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  • Evil Has a Name

  • The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation
  • By: Paul Holes, Jim Clemente, Peter McDonnell
  • Narrated by: Paul Holes, Jim Clemente
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,496
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,864
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,837

For his victims, for their families and for the investigators tasked with finding him, the senselessness and brutality of the Golden State Killer's acts were matched only by the powerlessness they felt at failing to uncover his identity. Then, on April 24, 2018, authorities arrested 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo at his home in Citrus Heights, Calif., based on DNA evidence linked to the crimes. Amazingly, it seemed, evil finally had a name. Please note: This work contains descriptions of violent crime and sexual assault and may not be suitable for all listeners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rank this with the best in true crime.

  • By Allison Smith on 11-16-18

True Crime Audio Documentary

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

This is more than an audiobook. It’s a full production including interviews with survivors, investigators and more. I finished it in one day because it’s that good.

32 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • My Best Friend's Exorcism

  • A Novel
  • By: Grady Hendrix
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,087
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,030
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,029

The year is 1988. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since the fourth grade. But after an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act...different. She's moody. She's irritable. And bizarre incidents keep happening whenever she's nearby. Abby's investigation leads her to some startling discoveries - and by the time their story reaches its terrifying conclusion, the fate of Abby and Gretchen will be determined by a single question.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In My Top 5 Audiobooks

  • By M Dougherty on 11-18-16

Wanted to love it, but it's just pretty good.

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

I have a bit of a hard time with this narrator, as I've heard her before in other books. She can inadvertently take me out of the story with simple mistakes, but her voice is pleasant enough.

Some of the pop-culture stuff feels a bit shoehorned, but it's a fine gesture towards nostalgia that I can relate to. The friendship in this story kept me coming back for more, and at times I was legit creeped out. I don't think I'll go back to it but I'd recommend it.

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66,004
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 61,952
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61,824

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

The deeper it got, the less I cared

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

I'm certain I'm in the minority here, but I bought this book because of the preview sample and excellent reviews. I truly enjoyed the first half, but the deeper the sci-fi got, the less I cared. It's probably me, but when there are so many characters being created I eventually lost the ability to care about them.

So, cautionary tale: to me this isn't for everyone.

  • Tombley's Walk

  • By: A. W. Gray
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

Billy Ed and Dory Barnes left the honky-tonk in Tombley's Walk on a warm Texas night. They were looking for a little privacy. They never returned. Billy Ed's body was found soon after, ripped to pieces by a savage, wolf-like creature that walked on two legs. Dory survived the brutal attack. But she has been changed into something horribly, inexplicably... different.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Okay its Supernatural, but writing is great

  • By Charles Atkinson on 02-28-16

Decent horror fun, but it kept losing me...

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

Reviewed: 08-30-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Tombley's Walk to be better than the print version?

I wouldn't know about the print version, but I can say that the narrator may not be everyone's cup of tea. He's very accent and character heavy, sometimes to the point of distraction. Having said that, he's talented and pulls it off for the most part.

If you’ve listened to books by A. W. Gray before, how does this one compare?

Can't comment.

What about Stephen R. Thorne’s performance did you like?

His commitment to have a unique voice for every character.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I enjoyed the main character's reveal.

Any additional comments?

Hard to recommend, but I didn't dislike it.

  • Best Boy

  • A Novel
  • By: Eli Gottlieb
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,435
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,434

Sent to a "therapeutic community" for autism at the age of 11, Todd Aaron, now in his '50s, is the "old fox" of Payton Living Center. A joyous man who rereads the encyclopedia compulsively, he is unnerved by the sudden arrivals of a menacing new staffer and a disruptive, brain-injured roommate. His equilibrium is further worsened by Martine, a one-eyed new resident who has romantic intentions and convinces him to go off his meds to feel "normal" again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but with a Couple O' Caveats...

  • By Gillian on 04-27-16

Bronson Pinchot is amazing

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

Reviewed: 12-22-16

If you could sum up Best Boy in three words, what would they be?

Great big heart

What did you like best about this story?

The perspective, probably. When the characters would switch for dialogue it was really amazing.

Have you listened to any of Bronson Pinchot’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I think this is the first but he can do no wrong in my book now.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Got a little weepy at times.

  • Scrappy Little Nobody

  • By: Anna Kendrick
  • Narrated by: Anna Kendrick
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,029
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,895
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,799

Anna Kendrick's autobiographical collection of essays amusingly recounts memorable moments throughout her life, from her middle-class upbringing in New England to the blockbuster movies that have made her one of Hollywood's most popular actresses today. Expanding upon the witty and ironic dispatches for which she is known, Anna Kendrick's essays offer her one-of-a-kind commentary on the absurdities she's experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Anna Kendrick: Scrappy Little... Revelation

  • By Andrew on 01-17-17

Sure she's young, but this is a fun memoir

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

Reviewed: 12-22-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. If they know who Anna is, then this is an undeniably fun listen.

What other book might you compare Scrappy Little Nobody to and why?

First one that comes to mind is Neil Patrick Harris' autobiography, but this one is more traidtional (rather than "choose your own")

What about Anna Kendrick’s performance did you like?

She's naturally hilarious and being able to hear her exact intent in the funny parts of this audiobook are a true bonus.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It was occasionally genuinely touching (like when he mom and dad are outside the stage door listening to the audience at end of her show.) That bit gave me little goosebumps.

Any additional comments?

If you think Anna was funny in Pitch Perfect or Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, you'll love this.

  • Alien: Out of the Shadows

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tim Lebbon, Dirk Maggs
  • Narrated by: Rutger Hauer, Corey Johnson, Matthew Lewis, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,996
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,403
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,337

As a child, Chris Hooper dreamed of monsters. But in deep space, he found only darkness and isolation. Then, on planet LV178, he and his fellow miners discovered a storm-scoured, sand-blasted hell - and trimonite, the hardest material known to man. When a shuttle crashes into the mining ship Marion, the miners learn that there was more than trimonite deep in the caverns. There was evil, hibernating and waiting for suitable prey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a work that I highly recommend

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 05-02-16

Stellar "movie for the ears" from Audible

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

Reviewed: 12-10-16

What did you love best about Alien: Out of the Shadows?

The cast and production did a great job of bringing a movie-type audio book to life. I was sad when it ended. Fun ride.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Alien: Out of the Shadows?

The lead actress sounds so much like Sigourney Weaver I would have bet money it was her. It really adds to the Alien lore...

Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I've never heard this cast in an Audible original before, but it was a fine performance.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did kind of want to listen to it all at once, but I also didn't want it to end.

Any additional comments?

I rarely write reviews on here and I'm only writing this one to make sure that folks know how good this one is.

  • Duma Key

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: John Slattery
  • Length: 21 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,048
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,031

A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Play the Book and Let the Book Play You

  • By OldDog on 11-09-09

Fantastic. Might be my favorite King book

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

Reviewed: 06-18-16

John Slattery should read more audiobooks in general, but especially Stephen King books.

The story is one of the only set outside of Maine and it's wildly successful. Much of it reflects King's post accident recovery but it gets twisted into an opus combining art, the ocean, and dark telepathy.

I can't recommend this one enough. I reslisten from time to time for the performance itself... but mostly to hear Slattery say "muchaco".

  • Crash and Burn

  • By: Artie Lange, Anthony Bozza
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 905
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 819
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 823

At a high point in his career, Artie Lange performed a sold-out show in Carnegie Hall-and he did it with a pocketful of heroin. In the midst of a deep, self-destructive depression, addicted to heroin, cocaine, and prescription drugs, he lashed out at everyone around him-from his cohosts on The Howard Stern Show to celebrity guests and even his longtime friends. Then came his legendary meltdown on-air, with 6 million people listening, after which Lange pulled himself together enough to go to a buddy's bachelor party in Amsterdam.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Life of an addict

  • By Jay on 01-31-14

I was a fan until he gave up

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

Reviewed: 06-16-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

It's hard to listen to a talented guy like this essentially just wallow in despair. It's not cynicism... It's just sad.

Was Crash and Burn worth the listening time?

Stopped early.

  • AlterWorld

  • Play to Live, Book 1
  • By: D. Rus
  • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,470
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,269

A new pandemic - the perma effect - has taken over Earth of the near future. Whenever you play your favorite online game, beware: your mind might merge with the virtual world and dump its comatose host. Woe be to those stuck forever in Tetris! But some unfortunates - the handicapped and the terminally ill, shell-shocked army vets, wronged crime victims and other society misfits - choose to flee real life willingly, escaping to the limitless world of online sword and sorcery MMORPGs.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for people who are expecting a 4.5 star book

  • By Liz on 06-06-16

I thought I was nerdy/gamer enough to enjoy this

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

Reviewed: 06-16-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably not. I don't know anyone who is this immersed in gaming to even understand it.

Would you ever listen to anything by D. Rus again?

Maybe so. The writing was fine.

Which character – as performed by Michael Goldstrom – was your favorite?

No favorites.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

It would probably be easier to understand, so yes.

Any additional comments?

My review is only to alert potential readers that this is mostly SUPER inside gamer-speak with stats, character values, etc. I got lost in the acronyms surprisingly early. Not for me.