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Carlile D. Crutcher

Louisville, KY United States
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  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,974
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,550
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,470

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

One of those great books you find so rarely.

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

Reviewed: 10-23-17

The people in this book will probably always be with me. So will all the stories. It’s a story of Pino and WWII in Northern Italy. Thrilling, fast moving, terrifying, scenic, but really in the end, a love story.

You come away realizing you have been there in 1944 with a 17 year old boy who becomes a man, a very senior Nazi general and evil everywhere. A largely true story about real people, beautifully written by Mark Sullivan and superbly read by Will Damon.

  • I'm Traveling Alone

  • By: Samuel Bjork
  • Narrated by: Laura Paton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 920
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 917

A six-year-old girl is found in the Norwegian countryside, hanging lifeless from a tree and dressed in strange doll's clothes. Around her neck is a sign that says, "I'm traveling alone." A special homicide unit in Oslo reopens with veteran police investigator Holger Munch at the helm. Holger's first step is to persuade the brilliant but haunted investigator Mia Krüger, who has been living on an isolated island, overcome by memories of her past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding police procedural!!

  • By Kathleen on 04-28-16

Wonderful book

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

Reviewed: 08-24-16

The narrator is beyond outstanding. The storyline was fascinating and never dragged. I was concerned at first that it was going to be a little too dark, but not so. The characters, good and evil, were richly developed. I'm delighted to have found a new Scandinavian author having exhausted the outstanding works by several of his peers.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Marco Effect

  • Department Q, Book 5
  • By: Jussi Adler-Olsen
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,009
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,811
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,813

All fifteen-year-old Marco Jameson wants is to become a Danish citizen and go to school like a normal teenager. But his uncle Zola rules his former gypsy clan with an iron fist. Revered as a god and feared as a devil, Zola forces the children of the clan to beg and steal for his personal gain. When Marco discovers a dead body - proving the true extent of Zola's criminal activities - he goes on the run. But his family members aren't the only ones who'll go to any lengths to keep Marco silent - forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So Well Written, So Well Narrated

  • By Bob on 09-15-14

Confusing at first, fantastic throughout to the end

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

Reviewed: 04-27-16

A lot of characters, a lot of office politics and a throwaway case to wade through before things got rolling at top speed. Great story teller. Great cast of characters. Stay with it.

  • The Mark and the Void

  • A Novel
  • By: Paul Murray
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59

While marooned at his banking job in the bewilderingly damp and insular realm known as Ireland, Claude Martingale is approached by a down-on-his-luck author, Paul, looking for his next great subject. Claude finds that his life gets steadily more exciting under Paul's fictionalizing influence; he even falls in love with a beautiful waitress. But Paul's plan is not what it seems - and neither is Claude's employer, the Investment Bank of Torabundo, which swells through dodgy takeovers and derivatives trading until - well, you can probably guess how that shakes out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Catherine on 02-19-16

Great story. Great reader. Will make you think and laugh.

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

Reviewed: 03-26-16

This book is a lot more than a story of a banker and an author. The way he makes a nightmarishly situation and serious philosophical discussions be riotously funny is pure magic. It's chaotic and profane but glued together with love.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Juggling with Knives

  • Smart Investing in the Coming Age of Volatility
  • By: Jim Jubak
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

In his new book, investment expert Jim Jubak explores the "new normal" of market volatility. With remarkable insights into the zeitgeist of financial markets and the economy, Jubak combines the big macro trends with the more mundane aspects of life to depict why volatility is here to stay, why things are not going to get any calmer soon, and how you can make investing decisions to profit off this new reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it

  • By Caminante on 09-24-16

Opens new doors understanding volatility

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

Reviewed: 03-19-16

Encyclopedic overview of many markets world-wide and how they have or haven't worked together. There are many thought provoking examples of how one change someplace undermines or promotes big changes all over the place. This resulting volatility opens doors for an investor to make money, in both up and down markets. Good training for the over cautious.

The reader is outstanding. Lots of numbers and complex content. His excitement with the material keeps you glued to the storyline.

The writing is not stuffy--actually pretty amusing from time-to-time. I'm glad I listened.

Sapiens
    A Brief History of Humankind
    
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    Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
    18,052 ratings
    Overall 4.7
  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,074
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,981

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six human species inhabited the Earth. Today there is just one. Us. Homo sapiens. How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our foraging ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations, and human rights; to trust money, books, and laws; and to be enslaved by bureaucracy, timetables, and consumerism?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sums it up nicely

  • By Mark on 05-15-15

Puts it all together--fascinating

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

Reviewed: 03-31-15

I knew many fragments of human history learned over 70+ years. Enjoying this rapid sweep was "can't put it down" fascinating. Several major threads that get lost when you study small pieces came to life for me. It is one of those books that stays with you--a book that you find yourself thinking and dreaming about. A book whose contents you find yourself quoting to friends, children and wife.
Beautifully read!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Starling Project

  • An Audible Drama
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina, full cast
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,615
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,470
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,461

Audie Award, Original Work, 2016; Audie Award Finalist, Audio Drama, 2016. An aborted raid targeting a major arms dealer. A hostage standoff at a bank that may not be what it seems. A plot to spring a former African dictator from prison. What is the threat that connects them all? And just who is the mysterious mastermind, The Starling? From Mexico to Washington – from London to Marseille to Prague – war crimes investigator Harold Middleton and his team of Volunteers risk their lives to follow the trail of clues. But how can they stop The Starling – when he always seems one step ahead?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a DRAMA, not a book!

  • By Writrix on 11-25-14

Fast paced

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

Reviewed: 01-29-15

I was overwhelmed with the fast pace and large cast of characters, but was sorry when it ended--I guess I liked it more than I thought part way thru.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Eyes of Prey

  • The Lucas Davenport Series, Book 3
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,190

The “Prey” novels by Pulitzer prize-winning journalist John Sandford consistently make the best-seller lists, but they are not for the faint of heart. Featuring Minneapolis Lieutenant Lucas Davenport, these thrillers are raw, graphic, and impossible to put down. In Eyes of Prey, a depressed and unfocused Davenport takes on a macabre case, tracking down a serial killer who maims the eyes of his victims after he has murdered them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sí. Oui. Yup. Uh huh. Oh hell yeah.Yes.

  • By mindusq on 04-06-14

Dark and fascinating

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

Reviewed: 01-07-15

The villan is very insane and on every drug I've never heard of. Lucas is brilliant but chronically depressed. Even though the book is short on humor the basic storyline gets so out of control that it borders on humorus, if evil makes you smile. The reader is outstanding. Sandford is some fantastic story writer.

  • The Manual of Ideas

  • The Proven Framework for Finding the Best Value Investments
  • By: John Mihaljevic
  • Narrated by: Mark Moseley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 179

Considered an indispensable source of cutting-edge research and ideas among the world's top investment firms and money managers, the journal The Manual of Ideas boasts a subscriber list that reads like a Who's Who of high finance. Written by that publication's managing editor and inspired by its mission to serve as an "idea funnel" for the world's top money managers, this book introduces you to a proven, proprietary framework for finding, researching, analyzing, and implementing the best value investing opportunities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent text on Value Investing

  • By Rajat K Bose on 04-02-17

I'm going to listen to it again--may buy hard copy

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

Reviewed: 09-30-14

Would you consider the audio edition of The Manual of Ideas to be better than the print version?

It is a very technical and sophisticated book. I was amazed how well it was read to me. I may buy the print version to go back and find some fascinating details that went by fairly fast, but I'm glad I listened first.
I felt like I've attended a semester's course in value investing at a top university. I feel so much wiser. Best investing book I've run across.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Lost Light: Harry Bosch Series, Book 9

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Len Cariou
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,427

Four years ago, LAPD detective Harry Bosch was on a movie set, asking questions about the murder of a young production assistant, when an armored car arrived with $2 million cash for use in a heist scene. In a life-imitates-art firestorm, a gang of masked men converged on the delivery and robbed the armored car with guns blazing. The crime was never resolved, and the young woman's murder was in the stack of unsolved-case files Bosch carried home the night he left the LAPD.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dashel Hammet Redux

  • By Harris on 04-09-03

Felt fatigued with the way the story was read

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

Reviewed: 09-30-14

What did you like best about Lost Light: Harry Bosch Series, Book 9? What did you like least?

I've read a lot of Connelly and Bosch and may expect too much. I quit after a couple of hours. I may have missed the better parts.

How could the performance have been better?

I felt the story was read one sentence at a time. Each sentence was terminal. I felt as though I were in a class for translators: here this, translate it, be scored. I tried faster speed but then when characters spoke, it was too fast and swallowed. It wore me out.

Any additional comments?

Because the reader and I didn't hit it off, I felt Connelly was exhausted, too: just one more page and I can go to bed... I wish the publisher would quit hounding me to finish...