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Betty Von Schnuuglestein

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  • The Quarterback

  • By: Mackenzie Blair
  • Narrated by: Greg Boudreaux
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499

Matt Lancaster is the star quarterback at Bodine College, a small Southern Division II school with an ultra-conservative dean of athletics. Matt is also very much in the closet, and he thinks he’s kept his secret well hidden, until his best friends take him to a happy endings massage parlor and request a male masseuse for him. In walks Trevor Kim, a gorgeous, pierced, tattooed fellow Bodine student who does massages - without happy endings - to pay for school after his family kicked him out for being gay. Trevor takes one look at Matt and breaks all his own rules about mixing business with pleasure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love love love

  • By Rebecca on 04-20-18

Ridiculous!!

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

I know it’s a gay romance, but c’mon! Such over-the-top silliness, wrought with all the wrong/bad cliches, you just want to cringe and fight through it...or toss the stupid thing and return it to Audible - I did.

  • Confessions of a Cartel Hit Man

  • By: Martin Corona, Tony Rafael
  • Narrated by: Jacob Vargas
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383

Martin Corona, a US citizen, fell into the outlaw life at 12 and worked for a crew run by the Arellano brothers, founders of the Tijuana drug cartel that dominated the Southern California drug trade and much bloody gang warfare for decades. Corona's crew would cross into the United States from their luxurious hideout in Mexico, kill whomever needed to be killed north of the border, and return home in the afternoon. Martin Corona played a key role in the downfall of the cartel when he turned state's evidence.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rather Disappointing

  • By Betty Von Schnuuglestein on 08-03-17

Rather Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

Would you try another book from Martin Corona and Tony Rafael and/or Jacob Vargas?

Hell no! Once was plenty enough re: Corona's exploits. Don't get either too excited or mislead by this books title: there is very little 'hitting' going on, and lots of trying to justify his actions, or at least downplay them. I would estimate a full 98-99% of the book is the author recounting his time in prison/youth centers/super-maxes...which can be interesting enough, just not what the title implied was coming. 3/5 max.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Anti-climatic, like much of the book.

Which scene was your favorite?

None really jump out. :(

Do you think Confessions of a Cartel Hit Man needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

See 'Would you try another book' section above.

Any additional comments?

More of a 'Life in Prison' book than hit-man book.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Untold History of the United States

  • By: Oliver Stone, Peter Kuznick
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 30 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451

Aided by the latest archival findings and recently declassified documents and building on the research of the world’s best scholars, Stone and Kuznick construct an often shocking but meticulously documented "people’s history" of the American empire that challenges the notion of American exceptionalism. Stone and Kuznick will introduce listeners to a pantheon of heroes and villains as they show not only how far the United States has drifted from its democratic traditions but the powerful forces that have struggled to get us back on track.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting book but felt biased...

  • By Anthony S. McComas on 06-06-16

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 03-09-17

Should be read by everyone, any country, if interested in the truth about America and it's place in world history. Absolutely enthralling.

  • 50 Shades of Gay

  • By: Jeffery Self
  • Narrated by: Iggy Toma
  • Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 98

Meeting his celebrity crush was one thing, but even Hollywood could not have written what happened next. Inspired by E.L. James’ international phenomenon, 50 Shades of Grey, Jeffery Self’s 50 Shades of Gay tells the story of a young celebrity blogger, Alex Kirby, who interviews Taylor Grayson, a superstar leading man in Hollywood blockbuster films. Grayson also happens to be a closeted gay man with a passion for BDSM.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it

  • By Isiaih Graves on 03-06-15

AbsoluteNnonsense

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

Reviewed: 12-12-16

Hey, I am as down with a good gay-romance as the next guy, but this turd is complete & utter rubbish. SO unbelievable, SO lame, SO painful to listen to.
I had to fight back the gagging after three chapters, and finally tossed this doozey after the fourth chapter.
Do yourself a favour and pass on this trash.

  • Trust Your Eyes

  • By: Linwood Barclay
  • Narrated by: Ken Marks, Rick Holmes
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 879
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 789
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 793

Thomas Kilbride is a map-obsessed schizophrenic so affected that he rarely leaves the self-imposed bastion of his bedroom. But with a computer program called Whirl360.com, he travels the world while never so much as stepping out the door. He pores over and memorizes the streets of the world. He examines every address, as well as the people who are frozen in time on his computer screen. Then he sees something that anyone else might have stumbled upon - but has not - in a street view of downtown New York City: an image in a window. An image that looks like a woman being murdered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Map-Obsessed Schizophrenic Trusts His Eyes

  • By R. Pontiflet on 02-08-17

Okay but forgettable

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

Reviewed: 10-02-16

Not bad story, ok time-waster, but nothing to write home about. Usual kind of good guy in trouble, mysteries abound, blah blah blah 3 1/2 - 4 stars

  • The Short Drop

  • By: Matthew FitzSimmons
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,494
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,482

A decade ago, fourteen-year-old Suzanne Lombard, the daughter of Benjamin Lombard - then a senator, now a powerful vice president running for the presidency - disappeared in the most sensational missing-person case in the nation's history. Still unsolved, the mystery remains a national obsession. For legendary hacker and marine Gibson Vaughn, the case is personal - Suzanne Lombard had been like a sister to him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hidden gem hiding among all the generic crap

  • By Justin Messer on 12-27-15

Nothing Ground-breaking

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

Reviewed: 07-03-16

Not bad, not fabulous either; 2/3 way through was ready to just give it up: lost track of all the varied characters with all their varied dramas: was becoming tedious to plough my way through. But did finish, feel somewhat like I wasted my time :(

  • The Faithful

  • By: S. M. Freedman
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,305
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,173
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,180

FBI agent Josh Metcalf believes he has uncovered a decades-long conspiracy involving missing children. His obsession has led him to compile hundreds of cases. All involve children rumored to have psychic abilities - and all have no witnesses, no leads, and no resolution.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Bad on a cracker

  • By Anne on 12-08-16

Eeeehhhh....

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

Reviewed: 06-29-16

Story somewhat 'out there' but I dd finish it; ok for the $4.95 bargain-bin book it was. But oh: that narrator: never have I wanted to grab someone by the nipple and then twist it to make her shut her pie-hole! The impressions were ridiculous.

  • The Witness [Brilliance Audio Edition]

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,977
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,935

Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • JUST SIMPLY FANTASTIC LISTENING ! !

  • By Gary on 04-24-12

Fluffy but a nice diversion

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

Reviewed: 06-15-16

Haven't read fluff like this in many years, but after several books on dark, serious non-fiction, thought: "What the f@#k!" and indulged in some 'Power & Passion' drivel from the $4.95 bargain bin. But it was not half-bad, pounded through all 16 hours in 2.5 days. Surprisingly 'OK'.

  • Dreamland

  • The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic
  • By: Sam Quinones
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,424

In 1929, in the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the size of a football field; named Dreamland, it became the vital center of the community. Now, addiction has devastated Portsmouth, as it has hundreds of small rural towns and suburbs across America - addiction like no other the country has ever faced. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Truth Finally Told

  • By Perkyanne on 04-09-16

Enlightening and Interesting

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

Reviewed: 06-09-16

Detailed history of the icy epidemic in America; gripping story, well told, well narrated. If you are interested in the subject matter, you'll find it to e a '5 star' book, as do I.

Well done.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Justice Redeemed

  • By: Scott Pratt
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,462
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,139

Two years ago, Darren Street made a name for himself as the man who rooted out corruption in the district attorney's office. Now the hotheaded young lawyer is in the public eye yet again - this time, accused of murder. Jalen Jordan retained Street for what seemed to be a minor traffic violation, but when evidence turned up linking Jordan to the death of two boys, Street wanted out of the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Power In The Hands of Dishonest Prosecutors

  • By R. Pontiflet on 04-01-16

Surprisingly GOOD

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

Reviewed: 06-01-16

As another reviewer mentioned here, the bit about the client privilege thing at the beginning was obviously off and therefore unreal; HOWEVER: it still is a good, fast-paced read, and I liked the inside views of the courts-jail-prison etiquette and such. Having bought this book on the 'Daily Deal' for $4.95, I wasn't expecting too much - often it's like the '.99cent Bargain Bin' at Radio Shack - but I was pleasantly surprised.
He's not John Grisham, whom ire ally enjoy reading, but he's pretty ok. 4 Stars.