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  • The Second Coming

  • A Thriller
  • By: John Heubusch
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

When a fallen angel is mistakenly resurrected from the blood of an evil "Watcher" taken from the Shroud of Turin, the fiend's first gift to the world is an unstoppable plague. Dr. Jon Bondurant, the forensic anthropologist and avowed atheist, joins with devout Domenika Josef to bring another child of the Shroud into the world to save it, this one borne of DNA believed to be that of Jesus Christ. Can this child be the answer to their - and mankind's - prayers? 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • “Second Coming” Disappointing

  • By On a journey on 11-08-18

Another Narrator May Have Helped

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

An interesting premise, but the author seemed to lack actual knowledge of the Catholic Church and the narrator made the book sound more like an infomercial than a story about the forces of heaven and hell. The narrator may have been the most distracting part, taking away from a story line that had potential.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Let Trump Be Trump

  • The Inside Story of His Rise to the Presidency
  • By: Corey R. Lewandowski, David N. Bossie
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 837
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 836

Corey R. Lewandowski, Trump's campaign manager who launched Trump's historic bid for the White House, teams up with David N. Bossie, the consummate political pro who helped steer the last critical months of the Trump campaign, to offer the first insiders' account of the most historic campaign in modern political history. Starting from the months leading up to Trump's announcement all the way through staff shakeups within the White House, they offer eyewitness accounts of the real stories behind some of the most sensational headlines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • RESPECT

  • By Susan McGuire on 12-27-17

Casey Kasem Reads Let Trump Be Trump

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

This is a really interesting look into the Trump campaign but, wow, the narrator is difficult to tolerate. He sounds like Casey Kasem doing American Top 40.

3 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Risen

  • The Novelization of the Major Motion Picture
  • By: Angela Hunt
  • Narrated by: P.J. Ochlan, Alana Kerr Collins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216

Roman Tribune Clavius is assigned by Pilate to keep the radical followers of the recently executed Yeshua from stealing the body and inciting revolution. When the body goes missing despite his precautions, Clavius must hunt it down. His investigation leads him from the halls of Herod Antipas to the Garden of Gethsemane and brings him in touch with believer and doubter alike. But as the body still remains missing, Clavius commits to a quest for the truth - and answers that will not only shake his life but echo throughout all of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • MUST READ

  • By Cynthia on 03-11-16

Better Than the Movie

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

Reviewed: 03-08-16

I enjoyed the premise of the book and the idea that the body of Christ, after the Resurrection, would have been searched for by the Romans so as to prove He was just an ordinary man. The book has a lot more to it than the movie, with additional characters and insight into their personalities. I think in both, although more so in the movie, the sheer awe of seeing this Man, whom you helped to kill, is now alive and walking the earth again, is missing, but the writer gets close to it in the book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Pimsleur Italian Level 1 Lessons 1-5

  • Learn to Speak and Understand Italian with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • By: Pimsleur
  • Narrated by: Pimsleur
  • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471

Each lesson of Italian Level 1 Lessons 1-5provides 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation and new vocabulary and structures. Detailed instructions enable you to understand and participate in the conversation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audio for learning Italian

  • By Janeaustenruns on 04-14-10

Fun and Fast Moving

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

Reviewed: 08-25-14

I've only done 10 units of Pimsleur's Digital Italian but I've enjoyed it because it's fast moving and makes more sense than something like Rosetta Stone's Italian version which often takes too big of a leap between one lesson to the next for the student to fully grasp the meaning of words and grammar. In Pimsleur's there is a good variety of new words and phrases introduced with each unit, interspersed with a review of ones already learned in a logical sequence.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • A Darker Shade of Sweden

  • By: John-Henri Holmberg
  • Narrated by: Carol Monda, Scott Brick, Adam Grupper, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 229

Ever since Stieg Larsson shone a light on the brilliance of Swedish crime writing with his acclaimed and best-selling Millennium trilogy, listeners around the world have sought out and devoured the crime fiction of his countrymen (and women), many of whom have proved to be some of the greatest masters of the genre. In this landmark and unique publication, Sweden's most distinguished and best-loved crime writers have contributed stories to an anthology that promises to thrill even the most jaded mystery listener.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very uneven collection with some gems (see below)

  • By Alcairha on 08-16-14

A Mediocre Collection of Boring

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

Reviewed: 08-25-14

I kept listening to this assortment of dull crime stories, hoping that one would actually be good. My hope was never realized. The only interesting part was my cat's reaction to the 'mysterious' music that was played in between each story; it scared the heck out of her.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,916
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,493
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24,515

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By j phillips on 05-28-17

Too Much Book for Too Little Story

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

Reviewed: 01-30-14

After all the great reviews I've read about this book I was surprised at how little it really had to offer. It's a lengthy listen and I kept hanging in there with it, hoping that something incredible was about to happen that would live up to all the hype this book has received, but alas, it just continues on and on as the main character, Theo, continues the same pattern of drug addiction and uncertainty without any perceptible goals.

In a way it's about a person who never lives up to his potential although what that potential might be, I really don't know because he never seems too interested in much of anything. He does have a manic attachment to The Goldfinch painting, which he absconds with after an explosion in a museum that kills his mother. He hides it away for fear that it will be discovered by someone and basically spends a lot of time fretting over it and wasting it's beauty and depriving everyone of seeing it by wrapping it up tightly and keeping it taped behind his bed or in a storage unit for years, a place he eventually becomes too paranoid to even visit. It is also way too long for the story it has to tell.

David Pittu's narration is good, freaky good with voices he gives to some characters, but a little annoying in how he portrays others. He covers alot of voices though, and you can't win 'em all.

I don't think I would recommend the book because it just wasn't that interesting. It could have been half as long and perhaps that would have helped.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
    
    
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    Length: 15 mins
    5,102 ratings
    Overall 3.7
  • Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

  • By: James Thurber
  • Narrated by: Ben Stiller
  • Length: 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,102
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,531
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,563

Mild-mannered Walter Mitty is a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. This well-known and beloved tale has launched its famous protagonist into the cultural lexicon, warranting his inclusion in English-language dictionaries and countless anthologies. Stiller's imaginative performance as Mitty is the perfect re-introduction to the classic character and a great preface to the upcoming film, for longtime fans and new listeners alike.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • We Only Live Once. Or Do We?

  • By Dave on 12-04-13

I Enjoyed This

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

Reviewed: 01-19-14

Great narration by Ben Stiller of a fun little story. A nice diversion and a pleasant escape.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Exorcist

  • 40th Anniversary Edition
  • By: William Peter Blatty
  • Narrated by: William Peter Blatty, Eliana Shaskan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,756
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,497
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,490

Four decades after it first shook the nation, then the world, William Peter Blatty's thrilling masterwork of faith and demonic possession returns in an even more powerful form. Raw and profane, shocking and blood-chilling, it remains a modern parable of good and evil and perhaps the most terrifying novel ever written.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrifying...

  • By Kenneth on 10-01-12

As Chilling As It Ever Was

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

Reviewed: 01-19-14

William Peter Blatty did a great job of narrating this chilling, and may I say, very real account of demonic possession. He included the humanity, the questioning of Faith and in the end the regaining of belief. I was pleasantly surprised at just how good it was.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,864
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,720
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,752

It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I took a chance.

  • By Robert on 08-20-11

Great Story and Narration

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

Reviewed: 01-14-14

Allan Corduner gives an excellent narration throughout as he gives life to each character in the book. His quirky and sometimes wistful voice of 'Death' making his sad journey through ravaged Germany nearing the end of WWII, is very good. He even makes the Book Thief herself, little Lisel Meminger, vividly come to life with the cadence and innocence of his expression. I thought the story was a very good one about human tragedy and resilience with the players facing each event that comes their way with humor, courage and often sadness. Better than the movie and alot more satisfying.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sycamore Row

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,747
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,701

Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham at his best (again)

  • By Brock on 10-23-13

Excellent Narration to an Otherwise Dull Story

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

Reviewed: 01-14-14

The narrator did a great job using a variety of Southern accents (it was amusing that one sounded like an Andy Griffith immitation and another Bill Clinton, though I must say he came up with alot of different character voices) but the story was very dull throughout. I kept thinking, when is this thing going to be over? How can John Grisham write so much about so little? The big shocker ending was anything but and easily figured out about half way through the novel. I would not recommend this limited, though lengthy, book.