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Ron K

Miami, Florida, USA
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  • Lullaby

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,381
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,374

A young couple buys a beautiful house by a picturesque lake in the Catskills, looking to escape the bustle of the city to raise their newborn baby. It is a perfect place for a fresh start. Except that nothing is ever as perfect as it seems. As autumn nights close in around their home, they learn that darkness takes many forms. And sometimes that darkness is hungry. New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry delivers an unsettling Audible Original that will give listeners the Halloween creeps all year round.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sorry but not worth a visit

  • By D. D. Schooler on 10-09-18

The Performance makes Listening Worthwhile

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

We knew when the couple moved into the house that the house was going to be its own entity. We knew when a baby was born, specially after it got sick and recovered, that something weird was going to happen. Most listeners will guess at least the form of the ending if not the details. At 37 minutes, this is a valuable carry-along audiobook that will fill time between appointments or tasks while still giving the listener an entire completed tale. The performance, the narration by Scott Brick, make this an enjoyable listening experience. Because this is an Audible Original, two of which I get free every month with my subscription, I listened to the story for "free." The program is one of several which make the subscription valuable.

  • Girls & Boys

  • By: Dennis Kelly
  • Narrated by: Carey Mulligan
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,790

A pulse-pounding new play from Tony Award-winning® playwright Dennis Kelly takes you on a journey that is at once hilarious, gripping, and heartbreaking. This world-premiere production starring Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, An Education) is available exclusively on Audible after a celebrated run at the Royal Court Theatre in London and off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have never heard a story performed so well.

  • By Erin Reeve on 07-05-18

Many levels to this story

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

This is a nuanced, multi-level story presented as a monologue play. I have heard nothing superior to this, and noting equal to this, than Swimming to Cambodia by Spaulding Gray.

  • I'm Thinking of Ending Things

  • By: Iain Reid
  • Narrated by: Candace Thaxton
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 644
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 595
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 596

In this deeply scary and intensely unnerving debut novel, Jake and a woman known only as "The Girlfriend" are on a drive to visit his parents at their secluded farm. But when Jake leaves "The Girlfriend" stranded at an abandoned high school, what follows is a twisted unraveling of the darkest unease, an exploration into psychological frailty, and an ending as suspenseful as The Usual Suspects and as haunting as Misery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a ride! This is a must read!

  • By Elizabeth on 06-15-16

Superb Psychological thriller excellently produced

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

It is impossible to review the content of this book because anything said would be a spoiler. There is an excellent piece of advice given in the story that is a key to understanding everything. It is only one sentence. To reveal that would be a spoiler. So, what CAN be said? 1) This is truly a suspenseful psychological thriller with an almost unpredictable ending. For the few who might anticipate the ending, the motive, the "why" remains unpredictable. Ultimately, reader or listener agreement with the ending will determine if the ending was satisfactory. It is a great story by Iain Reid. Candace Thaxton brought this to life with excellent narration and voice quality. There is another narrator, male, whose name is not readily apparent who contributed vital information. His voice was also perfect for this story. There were several great technical parts to the audio but, much as with content, to list them would be spoilers. A great five-star performance on the part of all. I will look for more by these artists.

  • Dangerous Dozen

  • Notorious USA True Crime Box Set
  • By: Gregg Olsen, Katherine Ramsland, Rebecca Morris, and others
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 25 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292

 A true-crime collection culled from the crime files of the New York Times best-selling series, Notorious USA.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • bang for your buck!

  • By MrsCeeDoubleAargh on 04-17-18

Very Well Done Overview

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

I have read other ratings critical of this narration that said the narrator was dispassionate and therefore boring. I disagree. I found the narration to be objective and in the style of an observer, not one involved in or interested in each of the myriad cases reported in this study. This publication was as advertised and should serve as a alunch vehicle for those interested in a more in depth study.

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  • Episode 1

  • By: Anthony Del Col, Cassandra Bond, JP Conway, and others
  • Length: 30 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

University student Anna Winslow, has gone missing. The circumstances of her disappearance are far from ordinary, a fact that only fellow student Melissa Lopez appears to appreciate. Motivated by an unexplained and disturbing voicemail message from Anna, on the night of her disappearance, Melissa's curiosity quickly turns into a deeper investigation, an obsession even, which she chronicles as a regular podcast — the very podcast you are about to listen to.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Uhhh.... Awesome!

  • By Jeffrey veals on 12-23-17

Surprise after Surprise

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

Reviewed: 12-28-17

This is a free 30-minute selection from Audible.com. Offered by email as a Christmas present to Audible.com members, I believe it will interest many members to look for the follow-up episodes. Melissa Lopez received a mysterious voicemail message five months prior; it was from an unknown phone number and sounded like a female calling for help. Rediscovering the message in the present time, Melissa decides to pursue the matter as a radio documentary program for a class project. Classmate Nick has found a newspaper clip reporting a police account of a girl missing near the date on which Melissa received the call. Melissa is on a mission to solve a mystery and complete a class project. The missing girl, Anna Winslow according to the police, was also a student at the university Melissa attended. Friends assumed Anna had walked away from university because of too much pressure. According to one of her professors, Anna was brilliant and could develop into a world-class researcher in linguistics … if she could overcome some hearing problems. After initially disappearing for two weeks, Anna showed up at the campus with hearing completely restored. Two weeks later she disappeared again. Just prior to her last disappearance but after regaining her hearing, Anna had been hearing voices that no one else could hear. She began public outbursts that disturbed all around her. Finally, she disappeared again. There were a few calls from Anna to her best friend, Laura. In a final call, Anna wanted to relay a message to Laura given her by Laura’s grandfather. That relative had been dead for eleven years and there was no way that Anna could have known about him.

Of course, Episode 1 ends in a cliffhanger event. If you want to know about the event, listen to the free download. It is intriguing enough that I would buy all following episodes, eight in all, but I discovered I didn’t have to. The 8-episode collection is included in the member subscription price to Audible.com. I use the windows 10 Audible.com application; there are other formats. To listen to this, the subscriber must be able to access “channels.” Some Audible.com formats do not support this. And a necessary caveat: I am not advertising for Audible.com, I get no reward or prize in any form for the mention. I just think this feature of the subscription justifies the monthly fee.

So, I downloaded the other seven approximately 30-minute episodes. Wonky internet stability makes me download things. For countries with an infrastructure, downloading is not necessary.

Listeners will hear a story that is revealed layer by layer, some with creative surprises. This is in the tradition of “found videos” or “found audio files” such as we might see in the Blair Witch Project. It is as if we are on a submarine journey as Melissa works to drill down to the ultimate truth of what happened to Anna. There will be multiple personalities, usually of victims. There will be rogue (and even unstable) doctors. And Melissa has allies in her search. But how many of them are truly allies and how many are secretly manipulating her?

I am not usually a fan of audible books because I do not multi-task. If I am listening to and must focus on an audible presentation, I would rather read the book. There are exceptions. Welcome to Night Vale with its almost 100 episodes (there is also a book) captured my attention because of the excellent (and creepy) main narrator. Unheard is also very creative in its audible presentation. It won’t wean me off books but it is a pleasant distraction.


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  • Liane Moriarty

  • Audible Sessions: FREE Exclusive Interview
  • By: Liane Moriarty, Robin Morgan
  • Narrated by: Liane Moriarty, Robin Morgan
  • Length: 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

Audible Exclusive. Liane Moriarty drops by to talk about her career.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Boring!

  • By Diana on 08-08-16

Moriarty Interview

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

Reviewed: 07-19-17

Moriarty came across as honest, open, and with thoughtful responses. Morgan as the interviewer came across as well prepared with standard, predictable questions. I do not feel he interacted with her.

  • The Merry Misogynist

  • The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 6
  • By: Colin Cotterill
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

In 1978 in poverty-stricken Laos, a man from the city with a truck was somebody—a catch for even the prettiest village virgin. The corpse of one of these bucolic beauties turns up in Dr. Siri’s morgue, and his curiosity is piqued. The victim was tied to a tree and strangled, but she had not, as the doctor had expected, been raped. And though the victim had smooth, pale skin over most of her body, her hands and feet were gnarled, callused, and blistered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun with a sad topic

  • By Jan on 07-08-17

Merry, but not in a Socially Acceptable Way

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

Reviewed: 12-11-16

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

I would recommend this book to a friend but I would caution the friend to make time to listen to it. This is not a book that can be listened to while doing something else

What other book might you compare The Merry Misogynist to and why?

I refer to the same author, the book "Thirty-three Teeth." It has the same style as far as sharp, challenging, sarcastic, dry, droll wit.

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

I have only listened to his performances in this series. I don't think I will be able to imagine him as anyone other than Dr. Siri Phaibuon

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

Dr. Siri's conversation with Deng in which Deng compared her and Dr. Diri's earlier lives to an undeveloped peanut. Very moving.

Any additional comments?

I liked it enough that I have now purchased five books in the series. I will purchase the other five.

  • The Coroner’s Lunch

  • The Dr. Siri Investigations, Book 1
  • By: Colin Cotterill
  • Narrated by: Clive Chafer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,214
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,049
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,047

Laos, 1975: The Communist Pathet Lao has taken over this former French colony. Dr. Siri Paiboun, a 72-year-old Paris-trained doctor, is appointed national coroner. Although he has no training for the job, there is no one else: the rest of the educated class have fled.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deeply Satisfying Listening Experience

  • By Elizabeth on 09-11-11

Lao historical fiction<br />

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

Reviewed: 01-11-15

Listened to parts of this every day until finished. Completely captivating for those who live in South East Asia. Great narration of separate characters, very easy to follow. A dry, droll sense of humor throughout emphasized the ridiculous contradictions of a socialist experiment gone wrong.

  • A World Undone

  • The Story of the Great War, 1914 to 1918
  • By: G. J. Meyer
  • Narrated by: Robin Sachs
  • Length: 27 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,782
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,575
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,560

The First World War is one of history’s greatest tragedies. In this remarkable and intimate account, author G. J. Meyer draws on exhaustive research to bring to life the story of how the Great War reduced Europe’s mightiest empires to rubble, killed 20 million people, and cracked the foundations of the world we live in today. World War I is unique in the number of questions about it that remain unsettled. After more than 90 years, scholars remain divided on these questions, and it seems likely that they always will.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Overview of the "Overshadowed" War

  • By Andrew on 12-14-12

A great, but attention demanding, work

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

Reviewed: 06-01-14

What made the experience of listening to A World Undone the most enjoyable?

The categorization of different elements important to the story. For example, after presenting historical elements relating to Kaiser Wilhelm, there was sort of a "flashback" element entitled "Background: the Hohenzollerns". This went on for the Hapsburgs, the leadership of the Central powers, the leadership of the Triple Entente, and so on. These segments were entertaining, informative, and, I found, essential to "keeping up" for the amateur historian.

What did you like best about this story?

Related to the above comment, the detailed description of an event laced together with the background information about the individual players.

Which scene was your favorite?

The very detailed accounting of the fight for Verdun.

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

There were several elements that moved me, but all were related to the individual accounts of members present at the scene of events described.

Any additional comments?

A suggestion for the best way to listen to this book: I opened an interactive time/event map website and left it open while listening to the book. I could update the years on the website while I listened to the book and was able to follow the movement of troops on a map.
This is one of the books I should have purchased an accompanying "readable" book for. I might do so yet. This work is worth revisiting as I continue to read/listen about WWI.