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Douglas Hurstell

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  • Pretty Girls

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,405
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,408

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors. More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia's teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely needed the trigger warning, but..

  • By Hillary on 02-01-16

we get it. the author hates men

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

be prepared for a story where all men are either, inept, weak, stupid, or (most likely) horrible monsters who ALL want to subjugate, dominate, and violently rape and kill all women... after dismissing women as dumb and incapable.

Second book from the author that I've read, and these themes do not change.

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  • Personal Demons

  • By: Elliott Kay
  • Narrated by: Tess Irondale
  • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,470
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,390

Alex always knew romance would be complicated. When love came into his life with wings and horns, he knew those complications would be a little unusual. Four months after meeting Rachel and Lorelei, Alex finally has a handle on divine visitations, supernatural enemies, and the echoes of reincarnation. He might even survive bringing an angel and a demon home for Christmas with the family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Guilty pleasure with a great storyline

  • By David S. Broome on 02-20-17

weakest offering in the series

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

too much action, and not enough... action... If ya no what I mean. I believe the Supernatural sex is out of political favor in so the author and publisher switch to supernatural action as a substitute and it just doesn't work as well.

  • How to Make Money in Stocks

  • A Winning System in Good Times or Bad
  • By: William O'Neil
  • Narrated by: Chris Ryan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404

William J. O'Neil's proven investment advice has earned him millions of loyal followers. And his signature best seller, How to Make Money in Stocks, contains all the guidance listeners need on the entire investment process­­, from picking a broker to diversifying a portfolio to making a million in mutual funds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT

  • By XEVEN on 11-08-08

Not worth much as an audio book

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

There are no charts or any of the visual materials available. Without them, the whole thing just seems like a commercial for investors business daily.

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  • D-Day

  • June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of WW II
  • By: Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Narrated by: Jesse Boggs
  • Length: 25 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 974
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 896
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 900

Stephen E. Ambrose draws from hundreds of interviews with US Army veterans and the brave Allied soldiers who fought alongside them to create this exceptional account of the day that shaped the twentieth century. D-Day is above all the epic story of men at the most demanding moment of their existence, when the horrors, complexities and triumphs of life are laid bare and courage and heroism come to the fore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is an awesome story about the greatest day

  • By Randy on 12-11-12

a seminal work of our time.

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

this should be required reading for every high schooler in the english-speaking world. Well worth your time.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53,681
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53,536

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

This is no Martian

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

Not a bad yarn, and has a bit of the technical details that made the Martian so good, but it's just not as believable. the protagonist can do anything and everything at an expert level, but it's not like she is a trained engineer-astronaught, although her abilities are the same, if not greater.

The performance is also bland. hiring a celebrity to narrate is a mistake, and Rosario Dawson sounds ridiculous doing some of the voices and accents.

Had to force myself to finish it. save your money and pick this up in the library, if at all.

  • All These Worlds

  • Bobiverse, Book 3
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37,630
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 35,225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,123

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfying End to a Fun Series

  • By Craig Schorling on 08-20-17

Weakest of the series

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

Reviewed: 10-11-17

Just a wrap up novel to close out the series nothing to see here move along

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  • Battlefront II

  • Inferno Squad (Star Wars)
  • By: Christie Golden
  • Narrated by: Janina Gavankar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,060
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,048

After the humiliating theft of the Death Star plans and the resulting destruction of the battle station, the Empire is on the defensive. In response to this stunning defeat, the Imperial Navy has authorized the formation of an elite team of soldiers, known as Inferno Squad. Their mission: infiltrate and eliminate the remnants of Saw Gerrera's Partisans. Following the death of their leader, the Partisans have carried on his extremist legacy, determined to thwart the Empire - no matter what the cost.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Inferno Squad Squandered

  • By Michael Thomas Lamia on 08-13-17

the girlpower fantasy is becoming nauseating

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

Reviewed: 08-04-17

It was just... bad. Star Wars has become infested with SJWs. I'm in no way against female hero's. Jaina Solo, Princess Leia, Rogue Squadrons pilots, he'll even Admiral Dala are outstanding strong female characters, but this is just SJW malarkey

The SJWS perspective is bread in the bones of the story. Attempting to represent the empire to be "progressive" when it is essentially an allegory for Nazi Germany, is just folly of the worst kind.

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96,142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84,338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83,860

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A book for 20-somethings, but not me

  • By Bonny on 09-22-16

total fluff and stupid

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

Reviewed: 07-26-17

save your money. just because it has F#$@ in the title doesn't make it good.

  • The Queen of Bedlam

  • A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 2
  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 23 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,367

Robert McCammon brings the hero of his previous novel, Matthew Corbett, to 18th-century New York, where a killer wields a bloody and terrifying power over a bustling city carving out its identity - and over Matthew's own uncertain destiny.

The unsolved murder of a respected doctor has sent ripples of fear throughout a city teeming with life and noise and commerce. Who snuffed out the good man's life with the slash of a blade on a midnight street? The local printmaster has labeled the fiend "the Masker," adding fuel to a volatile mystery...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Matthew Corbett is King, man

  • By J. Kelly on 08-09-12

not as good as the first book in the series

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

Nightbird was a superb effort, and a wonderful audio value. I do not look forward to shorter and shorter volumes.

  • Cop Town

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,705
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,715

Atlanta, 1974: It's Kate Murphy's first day on the job, and the Atlanta Police Department is seething after the murder of an officer. Before the day has barely begun, she already suspects she's not cut out to be a cop. Her male uniform is too big, she can't handle a gun, and she's rapidly learning that the APD is hardly a place that welcomes women. Worse still, in the ensuing manhunt she'll be partnered with Maggie Lawson, a cop with her own ax to grind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding, Gutsy Crime Novel Read by a Master

  • By Charles Atkinson on 07-08-14

straight white southern males are the enemy.

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

Reviewed: 05-15-17

The author clearly has a sjw axe to grind. Every single straight white male is a villain. Every single other character is a victim oppressed.

It's an entertaining yarn, and the performance is tops, and you really end up rooting for Kate and Maggie, but the "all white southern straight males are racisit abusive mysoginists" trope that the author relies on is so overdone that by the fifth act, you are just ready to be finished with the book because the author doesn't have anything interesting to say.

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