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Peterborough, Ontario Canada
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  • Killer by Nature

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jan Smith
  • Narrated by: Angela Griffin, Robert James-Collier, Katherine Kelly, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,529
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,488

Dr. Diane Buckley, a talented freelance forensic psychologist, is drafted in to examine a grisly murder – a body found in a children's playground. The murder carries all the hallmarks of one of her most famous incarcerated clients, 'The Playground Killer' (aka Alfred Dinklage). In a series of intimate 1:1 sessions, Buckley has to race against time to unpick the facts and delve into Dinklage's often manipulative, complicated mind to understand his past whilst striving to prevent further murders....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • glad it was free, sad I used a free credit.

  • By River on 03-02-19

Quite good

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

For a free offering this is quite good. I did not find it frightening at all. The adaption was very good. Some of the twists in the story were a little, shall we say, mildly unclear. But, eh, the price was right.

  • Folsom Untold: The Strange True Story of Johnny Cash's Greatest Album

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Danny Robins
  • Narrated by: Danny Robins
  • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,203
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,450
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,435

This is the story of one of the greatest records ever made - Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison - and its shocking and tragic aftermath. Join award-winning journalist Danny Robins on the 50th anniversary of the album as he takes you on a road trip back to 1968, a pivotal year in US history, to investigate the dramatic and unlikely friendship between Johnny Cash, American icon, and Glen Sherley, armed robber and Folsom inmate, and how that friendship was violently torn apart. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointing.

  • By Margaret on 02-04-19

A check on mythologizing

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

A short, poignant story of human frailty and a reality check on the dangers of mythologizing 'idols'.

  • The Kiss Quotient

  • A Novel
  • By: Helen Hoang
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,872
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,595
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,588

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases - a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with as well as way less experience in the dating department than the average 30-year-old. It doesn't help that she has Asperger's and that French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. She decides that she needs lots of practice - with a professional - which is why she hires escort Michael Phan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-12-18

A romantic, sexy and fluffy story

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

Reviewed: 01-27-19

Romantic stories, sexy or otherwise are definitely not my cup of tea. However, this one caught me off guard and intrigued me from the start. Having some knowledge about persons on the autism spectrum was part of the attraction of finding out how Ms. Hoang would proceed. She hit it well for an inside the park home run. The narrator, once I listened to her for the first few chapters sounded better to me and was absorbed by the story and less obvious in her reading as she changed character voices. Well done.

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  • There There

  • A Novel
  • By: Tommy Orange
  • Narrated by: Darrell Dennis, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, Alma Ceurvo, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,046
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,034

Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life back together after his uncle's death and has come to work at the powwow to honor his uncle's memory. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and will perform in public for the very first time. There will be glorious communion and a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, and heroism, and loss.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommend.

  • By Rachel Subido on 07-09-18

Very good stories

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

Reviewed: 01-26-19

Fast-pace stories with interwoven characters reflecting the reality of urban living for American Indians in Oakland, California. The author writes with humour, compassion and understanding of the obstacles experienced by most culturally displaced individuals. The narration by different readers was excellent.

  • Where the Crawdads Sing

  • By: Delia Owens
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 43,809
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,968
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,822

For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not my usual style

  • By Veronica on 09-22-18

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

A refreshingly different story that incorporates nature writing, interesting character development and a mystery in the middle of it all. A really well drawn portrait of human nature.
The narration by Cassandra Campbell is superb.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic

  • By JohnS on 01-18-19

Classic

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

I remember as a child reading adaptations of these stories. Now, 60 years later to listen to lengthier renditions was a pleasure. This full cast version is terrifically done and I look forward to Volume II for more stories.

  • The Last Days of August

  • By: Jon Ronson
  • Narrated by: Jon Ronson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,208
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,192

In December 2017 the famous porn star August Ames committed suicide in a park in the Conejo Valley. It happened a day after she’d been the victim of a pile-on, via Twitter, by fellow porn professionals - punishment for her tweeting something deemed homophobic. A month later, August’s husband, Kevin, connected with Jon Ronson to tell the story of how Twitter bullying killed his wife. What neither Kevin nor Ronson realized was that Ronson would soon hear rumors and secrets hinting at a very different story - something mysterious and unexpected and terrible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a healing masterpiece

  • By A. M. on 01-04-19

Tragic

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

This is a sad, tragic story. I thought that Jon Ronson was measured in his approach and presented what was shared in a fairly balanced manner. The porn industry is a problematic part of our society, which is not going away any time soon. August's death is one of many. It is a statistic added to those who died before her and those, sadly, who will die after her. May they all R. I. P.

  • Heavy

  • By: Kiese Laymon
  • Narrated by: Kiese Laymon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,728
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,609
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,601

Kiese Laymon is a fearless writer. In his essays, personal stories combine with piercing intellect to reflect both on the state of American society and on his experiences with abuse, which conjure conflicted feelings of shame, joy, confusion, and humiliation. Laymon invites us to consider the consequences of growing up in a nation wholly obsessed with progress yet wholly disinterested in the messy work of reckoning with where we’ve been. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Be prepared

  • By Amy Bannor on 10-30-18

Wow! This book bowled me over

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

Reviewed: 01-07-19

Heavy is like nothing I've read before. It is an emotional letter written to a dysfunctional mother by a dysfunctional son. It is a story of lives that I, as a white Canadian man cannot relate to. I may intellectually say that "I understand", but I do not. This is an honest look at racism and addiction that is beyond my reality, but which does not negate the need for discussion, dissection and reckoning.

No one could have narrated this book with the impact and feeling of the author. It totally grabbed me and did not let me go until I listened to the whole story in one sitting. Wow!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Righteous

  • By: Joe Ide
  • Narrated by: Sullivan Jones
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,962
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,953

For 10 years something has gnawed at Isaiah Quintabe's gut and kept him up nights, boiling with anger and thoughts of revenge. Ten years ago, when Isaiah was just a boy, his brother was killed by an unknown assailant. The search for the killer sent Isaiah plunging into despair and nearly destroyed his life. Even with a flourishing career, a new dog, and near-iconic status as a PI in his hometown, East Long Beach, he has to begin the hunt again - or lose his mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Joe Ide can write!

  • By 6catz on 10-20-17

Pure, unadulterated escapist fun

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

Joe Ide has written an excellent sequel to IQ, his first book. Sure, there are unrealistic passages and an absence of regular police presence or acknowledgement, but that is the precise reason for the fun in this book - - pure fiction. I enjoyed it a lot!

The narration by Sullivan Jones is superb. He has the right intonation and accents development ability to make the story come across as real. Very well done all around.

  • My Sister, the Serial Killer

  • A Novel
  • By: Oyinkan Braithwaite
  • Narrated by: Adepero Oduye
  • Length: 4 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 755
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 754

Korede is bitter. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola's third boyfriend in a row is dead. Korede's practicality is the sisters' saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body, and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her "missing" boyfriend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A unique and enjoyable listen!

  • By Dee on 11-24-18

Witty and enjoyable story

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

A very well crafted, darkly humorous and clever story of familial dynamics and unrequited yearnings. The narration by Adepero Oduye is masterful and I hope to listen to her again.