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  • Judas

  • By: Astrid Holleeder
  • Narrated by: Naomi Frederick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Astrid Holleeder's brother Willem Holleeder, best known for his involvement in the 1983 kidnapping of the CEO and chairman of Heineken brewing company, is one of the most notorious criminals in contemporary history. For decades, Wim ruled over his family mafia style, threatening death if any of them betrayed him. Now, she's turning the tables on him. Charged for his involvement in multiple assassinations, including that of his former partner and brother-in-law, Holleeder is finally on trial for murder, all due to the shocking testimony of his own family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Edge of seat and gripping story! Wow!

  • By deb on 08-23-18

Edge of seat and gripping story! Wow!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-23-18

The Heineken CEO kidnapping in 1983 in the description caught my attention. I was curious what that had to do with a psychopath. Then the author literally pulled my attention into the 1996 scene of the attempted assassination of the sister's family in a car. I looked for a good stopping point so I could go to bed, but I was right there with Astrid, Sonya, and their children as the crazy, controlling, threatening brother has everyone so jumpy and on guard and 20+ years of their gripping tale had me on the edge of my seat all night. Watch for clues what the criminal investigation and judicial system in Amsterdam is like and wonder if there is a witness protection program. Just imagine the women and children through all the years of terror and death threats. I wish them quiet moments to come. The book really is worth a second listen already.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • No, Daddy, Don't

  • By: Irene Pence
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Dallas antiques dealer Mary Jean Pearle had a bitter history with her ex-husband, John David Battaglia, a former Marine and successful accountant. But even after the abuse she endured from him, she never thought he would go after their daughters, Faith and Liberty. That is, until she listened helplessly over the phone as Faith made a heartrending plea for her life - which was followed by gunshots. In this updated account of Battaglia's unthinkable crime, Irene Pence recounts an unforgettable saga of violence, betrayal, and a mother's worst nightmare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping!

  • By deb on 08-15-18

Gripping!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-15-18

Gripping story and certainly one the reader will put down only when it is finished.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Crate

  • A Story of War, a Murder, and Justice
  • By: Deborah Vadas Levison
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

After surviving the horrors of the Holocaust - in ghettos, on death marches, and in concentration camps - a young couple seeks refuge in Canada. They settle into a new life, certain that the terrors of their past are behind them. They build themselves a cozy little cottage on a lake in Muskoka, a cottage that becomes emblematic of their victory over the Nazis. The charming retreat is a safe haven, a refuge from haunted memories. That is, until a single act of unspeakable violence defiles their sanctuary.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Memoirs of an unrepentant narcissist

  • By Buretto on 07-25-18

Listen carefully! Hidden clues, surprises!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-18

The author chose to weave multiple stories and lives together in this book starting with the description of the telephone call received on vacation complete with descriptions of the family distractions. It is all of the distractions that compels me to offer the warning to listen carefully, because even in those descriptions and wanderings there are tidbits and clues necessary for the stories of many of the people associated with the cabin where evidence of a murder was found in 2010. The author's parents built the summer cabin as a retreat a few years after arriving in Canada from their escape from Hungary several years after surviving the holocaust. Expect a number of twists in the stories and that several countries and continents are covered. Finding what happened to the author's paternal grandfather is an unusual story in itself. Be patient because the author does finish the story of the cabin with a twist.

The murder investigation and trial in Canada is interesting but the author does not focus as much on the details as some people might like, instead the focus is more on the lives of the murder victim and her close family and the person charged with the murder.

I listened to the book a second time after a few days trying to decide what I thought about the book. Perhaps the author identified my concerns in one of her personal queries that included the word "obsessive." Be patient and listen carefully.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Feeding the Dragon

  • By: Sharon Washington
  • Narrated by: Sharon Washington
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,913
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,885

Sharon Washington’s autobiographical one-woman play, Feeding the Dragon, delighted audiences off-Broadway and is now available exclusively on Audible. The one-act play invites listeners into Sharon’s unorthodox childhood, growing up in an apartment on the top floor of the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building’s custodian. A love of literature and boundless imagination helped the playwright as a young woman persevere over dragons of all forms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story!

  • By Imara Walker on 09-07-18

Outstanding!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-26-18

Sharon Washington's story is captured in not only the words but the tones so well that it really would be appropriate to have a way to offer a superlative to the 5-star rating. Do not skip this audio production--truly outstanding! Share with the young people.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • American Sons: 40th Anniversary Edition

  • The Untold Story of the Falcon and the Snowman
  • By: Christopher Boyce, Cait Boyce, Vince Font
  • Narrated by: David Colacci, Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Forty years before the names Snowden and Manning entered the world's cultural lexicon, Christopher Boyce and Andrew Daulton Lee became America's youngest convicted spies - condemned to federal prison in 1977 for their roles in one of the most highly publicized espionage cases in Cold War history. Yet the story of their crime, as told in the book and movie The Falcon and the Snowman, was only the beginning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Espionage, Incarceration, Struggle to Freedom

  • By deb on 06-10-18

Espionage, Incarceration, Struggle to Freedom

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-18

Spellbinding story of a 1970s case of espionage by two very young men and a paralegal (Cait) who decides to help one (Daulton) and then the other (Chris) on the path to freedom. Apparently, the original story along with Chris's prison break and subsequent bank robberies were the subject of a movie (Falcon and Snowman) that I had not heard of. This edition of their story and Cait's story to set both Daulton and Chris on the road to freedom as well as fighting her own battles with cancer tells the story of the prison system and a love story that is worth sinking your teeth into for a weekend read. This is an excellent book that includes perspectives of Chris, Cait, and author Vince Font. Having male and female segments narrated by chapters is helpful to keep the perspectives flowing. The descriptions of how Chris feels at times is gripping and very explanatory of the stress/panic still present even when freedom is gained. The book would be a really good book for high school students to consider reading/listening. Excellent all around!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Black Klansman

  • Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigations of a Lifetime
  • By: Ron Stallworth
  • Narrated by: Ron Stallworth
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,131
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,023
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,024

This program is read by the author. When detective Ron Stallworth, the first black detective in the history of the Colorado Springs Police Department, comes across a classified ad in the local paper asking for all those interested in joining the Ku Klux Klan to contact a PO box, Detective Stallworth does his job and responds with interest, using his real name while posing as a white man. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story if you can stay engaged

  • By RN44 on 08-18-18

Just had to listen to this tale!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-06-18

How Ron Stallworth and the other investigators managed to pull off this undercover caper in the late 1970s is intriguing. The author weaves in some personalities from Colorado's history and offers both amusing and stressful situations encountered in this investigation. It is undoubtedly disappointing that the photograph with David Duke had been misplaced--it could have been made into a poster or offered to the state historical society or something. Some listeners may want to change from the standard play speed to 1.25 or 1.5 to get a better narration pace. There are a few points of opinion or analysis in the comparison with current events of about 2018 that may not have been necessary for the book and may be objectionable to some listeners, but probably only a very few paragraphs. Sure had a couple of good laughs with parts of the story.

21 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • Little Shoes

  • The Sensational Depression-Era Murders That Became My Family's Secret
  • By: Pamela Everett
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

In the summer of 1937, a California crime stunned an already grim nation. Three little girls were lured away from a neighborhood park to unthinkable deaths. After a frantic week-long manhunt for the killer, a suspect emerged. Justice was swift, and the condemned man was buried away with the horrifying story. But decades later, Pamela Everett, a lawyer and former journalist, starts digging, following up a cryptic comment her father once made about losing two of his sisters. Everett unearths a truly historic legal case that included the genesis of modern sex offender laws and the last man sentenced to hang in California.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful presentation of secrets and crime case!

  • By deb on 05-31-18

Masterful presentation of secrets and crime case!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-31-18

Excellent book! Could not put this book down until it was finished! The author, Pamela Everett, must be quite the attorney and is certainly a masterful storyteller presenting the mystery of a family secret that had been buried for nearly 80 years but had impacted even her life in ways she did not know until the secret and the crime was unearthed. Three missing children were found murdered, the search for the culprit(s), the witnesses and flaws in memory, the evidence, the prosecution, the defendant, the defense attorneys, cases that might have similar elements, the judge, the jury, San Quentin, the governor--all blended masterfully into a thriller to the very end. Get this book now.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • War Is a Racket: Original Edition

  • By: Smedley D. Butler
  • Narrated by: William Dougan
  • Length: 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

War Is a Racket is Marine General Smedley Butler's classic treatise on why wars are conducted, who profits from them, and who pays the price. Few people are as qualified as General Butler to advance the argument encapsulated in his book's sensational title. When War Is a Racket was first published in 1935, Butler was the most decorated American soldier of his time. Despite his success and his heroic status, Butler came away from his military experiences with a deeply troubled view of both the purpose and the results of warfare.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic addition to audio library!

  • By deb on 05-30-18

Fantastic addition to audio library!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-18

Consider that Smedley D. Butler wrote this short book in 1935 while listening to this selection. Sure seems like it is so relevant to current events.

I am so pleased to find this book available in audio format when it was only a week or so ago that I saw it mentioned in an older book I was reading. Thanks for the narration and audio publication.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Great Australian World War II Stories

  • By: John Gatfield
  • Narrated by: Jim Daly
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

From the annals of the RSL come these riveting true stories, written by a host of ordinary Australians - diggers, POWs, nurses, entertainers, sailors, airman and many more - that capture the impact of war on those who took part. With eyewitness accounts ranging from the Fall of Singapore to the Kokoda Track and from Europe to the Middle East, these stories bring the Australian experience of the Second World War to life with humour, pathos and vivid detail. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short stories both serious and amusing!

  • By deb on 05-30-18

Short stories both serious and amusing!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-18

These short stories from Australians involved in World War II are the sort of serious or amusing anecdotes everyone might wish they had heard from their fathers or mothers, uncles or cousins, no matter which country you are from. There are enough details for the events, locations, or ships that more information can be researched for anyone who wants to know more. I really enjoyed these stories and commend the author for taking the time to highlight these people.

  • Leftover in China

  • The Women Shaping the World's Next Superpower
  • By: Roseann Lake
  • Narrated by: Janet Song
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Forty years ago in China, marriage was universal, compulsory, and a woman's only means to a livelihood. Enter the one-child policy, which despite its horrors, resulted in China's first generations of urban only-daughters - girls who were raised without brothers and pushed to study, achieve, and succeed as if they were sons. Fast forward to the present, where in an urbanized economic powerhouse, enough of these women have decided to postpone marriage - or not marry at all - to spawn a label: "leftovers". Unprecedentedly well-educated and goal-oriented, they struggle to find partners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great book for both Women and Men

  • By GAM on 02-24-18

Excellent Choice!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-18

The women and issues the author wrote about from China are very interesting and how current employment and family life have been impacted by the one-child policy are very well explained. I appreciate that Roseann Lake even explained some of the similarities and differences with Japan, South Korea, and other locations for the women in higher education and the workforce. This book really is not just for women to read, since men could learn some things about how central planning can really impact very basic life choices. The book was an excellent choice for a Saturday listen! Do not miss this one.