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  • Chaos

  • Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties
  • By: Tom O'Neill, Dan Piepenbring
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 16 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Over two grim nights in Los Angeles, the young followers of Charles Manson murdered seven people, including the actress Sharon Tate, then eight months pregnant. With no mercy and seemingly no motive, the Manson Family followed their leader's every order. Twenty years ago, when journalist Tom O'Neill was reporting a magazine piece about the murders, he worried there was nothing new to say. Then he unearthed shocking evidence of a cover-up behind the "official" story, including police carelessness, legal misconduct, and potential surveillance by intelligence agents.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great book about Tom O'Neill

  • By Anonymous User on 07-05-19

I couldn't stop listening

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

Reviewed: 07-10-19

I wish I could meet Mr. O'Neill and tell him how much I appreciate his efforts. I've read a lot of books on this topic and finally someone has questioned the "party line" on just about everything. The authors aren't telling us what to believe. They are telling us what was found over many, many years of research. You feel like you are there with O'Neill doing the research, trying to figure out how to write it and not sound crazy. I'm really glad that I read this.

Narrator is very good. I'd listen to other books he narrates for sure.

  • Cemetery Road

  • A Novel
  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 23 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,541
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,175

When Marshall McEwan left his hometown at age 18, he vowed never to return. The trauma that drove him away ultimately spurred him to become one of the most successful journalists in Washington DC. But just as the political chaos in the nation’s capital lifts him to new heights, Marshall is forced to return home in spite of his boyhood vow. His father is dying, his mother is struggling to keep the family newspaper from failing, and the town is in the midst of an economic rebirth that might be built upon crimes that reach into the state capitol - and perhaps even to Washington. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cemetery Road comes to Life...

  • By shelley on 03-06-19

I felt like it would never end

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

Reviewed: 04-25-19

First, Scott Brick did his usual high quality work with the narration of this book. The story though, leaves a lot to be desired. Too many characters that acted so badly that it would be impossible to be believable. Yes, fiction isn't real. However, when you read fiction you want to be drawn into the story as if the characters were real. This story did not deliver on that. Also, I came to rather dislike the main characters, particularly the female character. Other than portraying her as smart, she is also a liar, a cheat and one who uses her body to get what she wants. And some of the graphic sexual scenes didn't add anything to the story. Seriously, I kept wondering if the author was getting paid by the word. If you were paying attention he repeated himself unnecessarily several times. Details that weren't useful were all over the place. And, the author seemed to be trying to make a political statement and express a point of view as a positive one. Again, he was unconvincing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Warren Commission Report

  • The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • By: Michael Beschloss (introduction), The Warren Commission
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim, James Lurie, Michael Beschloss (introduction)
  • Length: 34 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

President Lyndon B. Johnson, by Executive Order No. 11130 dated November 29, 1963, created this Commission to investigate the assassination on November 22, 1963, of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States. The President directed the Commission to evaluate all the facts and circumstances surrounding the assassination and the subsequent killing of the alleged assassin and to report its findings and conclusions to him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected.

  • By DM on 08-27-18

No matter how much you thought you knew about this topic you will be surprised at what a good read this is

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

I was concerned that this book would be very boring. It was interesting how they were able to weave so many details into a readable format. It’s worth reading for its historical value.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Meaning of Night

  • A Confession
  • By: Michael Cox
  • Narrated by: David Timson
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 120

"After killing the red-haired man, I took myself off to Quinn's for an oyster supper." So begins the extraordinary story of Edward Glyver - booklover, scholar, and murderer. As a young boy, Glyver always believed he was destined for greatness, and a chance discovery convinces him that he was right. Greatness does await him, along with immense wealth and influence. Overwhelmed by his discovery, he will stop at nothing to win back a prize that he knows is rightfully his.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Almost but not quite....

  • By Booksmith on 10-13-06

A treat for the ears and imagination

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

Reviewed: 12-16-17

I think I could happily listen to this narrator over and over again. I read a lot of audio books, so it is a big deal when I say that.

As for this story, it too was very engaging. I do wish it hadn't been so predictable as far as what was going to happen. Maybe I've read too many mysteries. Really, it is worth the time. Entertaining and the old English keeps you paying attention.

  • The Nix

  • A Novel
  • By: Nathan Hill
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 21 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,477
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,867
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,843

It's 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson - college professor, stalled writer - has a Nix of his own: his mother, Faye. He hasn't seen her in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she's reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the Internet, and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high school sweetheart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nathan Hill is an exceptional storyteller.

  • By Bonny on 09-13-16

The author must have gotten paid per word

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

Reviewed: 11-13-16

I wanted to like this book, but its redeeming quality was probably the plot. Unfortunately getting to the plot and storyline was clouded in lots and lots and lots and lots of extra words and pointless scenes. The writer didn't seem to understand how to develop a character and keep one separate from another. I only kept reading/listening because I wanted to see if he tied things together. Again, only giving 2 stars to the Story here means that I didn't think so. I got the plot though and though all the way through about how much more effectively the story could have been presented.

Just too many unnecessary words and scenes in the book.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • After She's Gone

  • By: Lisa Jackson
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 359

Cassie Kramer and her younger sister, Allie, learned the hazards of fame long ago. Together, they'd survived the horror of a crazed fan who nearly killed their mother, former Hollywood actress Jenna Hughes. Still, Cassie moved to L.A., urging Allie to follow. As a team, they'd take the town by storm. But Allie, finally free of small-town Oregon, and just that little bit more beautiful, also proved to be more talented - and driven. Where Cassie got bit parts, Allie rose to stardom.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertains

  • By Julie Lane on 01-27-16

Not worth the time spent reading

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

Reviewed: 10-04-16

I just wanted to find out 'who done it' so it would be over. Plot seemed to be the problem. The characters were under developed and all felt like the same person. There is more, but it was such an unremarkable book I won't bother with more of my thoughts on it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • I'm Feeling Lucky

  • The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59
  • By: Douglas Edwards
  • Narrated by: Douglas Edwards
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,493
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,239
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,234

Comparing Google to an ordinary business is like comparing a rocket to an Edsel. No academic analysis or bystanders account can capture it. Now Doug Edwards, Employee Number 59, offers the first inside view of Google, giving readers a chance to fully experience the bizarre mix of camaraderie and competition at this phenomenal company. I'm Feeling Lucky captures for the first time the unique, self-invented, yet profoundly important culture of the world's most transformative corporation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely worth a credit

  • By Stephen on 07-20-11

Really enjoyed this book

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

Reviewed: 06-04-16

It was interesting to read an insider talk about Google. Yes he lef a while ago but it wasmeant to be his personal story and he conveyed it with sincerity, fairness and even humor.

  • The Secrets of Mary Bowser

  • A Novel
  • By: Lois Leveen
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134

Based on a remarkable true story, The Secrets of Mary Bowser is an inspiring tale of one daring woman's willingness to sacrifice her own freedom to change the course of history.... All her life, Mary has been a slave to the wealthy Van Lew family of Richmond, Virginia. But when Bet, the willful Van Lew daughter, decides to send Mary to Philadelphia to be educated, she must leave her family to seize her freedom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful performance of a great story.

  • By Jay on 12-23-12

One of the best books I've read so far this year.

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

Reviewed: 05-23-16

I enjoyed nearly everything about this book. The way the author writes makes you feel like you're really listening to the character tell her story. The narration was also very good. This book covered a topic that many people would simply never have thought about. After finishing the book I did some research on the character. The author did a brilliant job of fictionalizing what isn't known and being sensitive to what it is. You will not be wasting your time reading and enjoying this book.

  • Perfect Health Diet

  • Regain Health and Lose Weight by Eating the Way You Were Meant to Eat
  • By: Paul Jaminet, Shou-Ching Jaminet
  • Narrated by: John Pruden
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121

Suffering from chronic illness and unable to get satisfactory results from doctors, husband and wife scientists Paul and Shou-Ching Jaminet took an intensely personal interest in health and nutrition. They embarked on five years of rigorous research. What they found changed their lives - and the lives of thousands of their listeners. In Perfect Health Diet, the Jaminets explain in layman's terms how anyone can regain health and lose weight by optimizing nutrition, detoxifying the diet, and supporting healthy immune function.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good luck following this

  • By Susan on 04-30-16

Good luck following this

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

Reviewed: 04-30-16

Even though I'm positive that the ultimate message of this book is sound, it is so poorly presented that I felt dizzy by the end of it. I've read several other books that present the same information with more, and better, supporting references. The author tends to make generalizations that aren't properly backed up. In more than one place he clearly says that there are no studies proving something and then recommends going ahead and doing it. I thought I'd scream if he told me one more time about how rats and mice are affected by this or that, making an unproven correlation to human health. Again, I think that anyone who is concerned enough about their health to try to follow this author's diet will likely be healthier than someone who eats like a typical American. However, if you want to understand why to do the things he is suggesting it would be best to seek other sources of information. Also, there isn't a good summary guide to the Perfect Health Diet, you almost have to make notes while listening if you want to get it straight. Maybe he is selling something on his website that clarifies it. I do not feel confident enough in his presentation of the information to bother with it. Plenty of other good, clear, and reliable info on this topic to be had.

Just for the record I started following much of the type of things that are suggested in this book years ago and I maintain superior health to those my age and younger. A bit of review wasn't a waste of time.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Golem of Hollywood

  • By: Jonathan Kellerman, Jesse Kellerman
  • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
  • Length: 18 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 308

Detective Jacob Lev wakes one morning, dazed and confused: He seems to have picked up a beautiful woman in a bar the night before, but he can’t remember anything about the encounter, and before he knows it, she has gone. But this mystery pales in comparison to the one he’s about to be called on to solve. Newly reassigned to a Special Projects squad he didn’t even know existed, he’s sent to a murder scene far up in the hills of Hollywood Division. There is no body, only an unidentified head lying on the floor of a house.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointing.

  • By Dianna L. Storck on 09-26-14

Number of stars I've given this book probably says it all

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

Reviewed: 01-22-15

I rarely write reviews. I rarely even find a book that I don't care if I finish. And, I've enjoyed Jonathan Kellerman's work for years. There have even been a few that I wasn't so fond of, but I still got to the end and I could've still said something good about them. This book is a bit of a mess. I do admit I learned a few interesting things about Jewish cultures and practices, so that gives it a couple of stars to begin with. But the flow of the story, the quality of the characters and an overall bad plot makes this book hardly worth the time to listen to it. It is rare for me, but I honestly didn't even finish this book. And there were a couple of chapters that I passed up on because they were so boring and I couldn't figure out how they related to the story. I'm sure that would've been explained in the end had I gotten to it. I do have to commend the narrator for his his usual excellent work. The quality of the performance had absolutely nothing to do with my personal difficulty enjoying this book. I logged in today to use my credits to move on to something else. Enjoy!