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Nicole Porter

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  • What the Wind Knows

  • By: Amy Harmon
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld, Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232

Anne Gallagher grew up enchanted by her grandfather’s stories of Ireland. Heartbroken at his death, she travels to his childhood home to spread his ashes. There, overcome with memories of the man she adored and consumed by a history she never knew, she is pulled into another time. The Ireland of 1921, teetering on the edge of war, is a dangerous place in which to awaken. But there Anne finds herself, hurt, disoriented, and under the care of Dr. Thomas Smith, guardian to a young boy who is oddly familiar. Mistaken for the boy’s long-missing mother, Anne adopts her identity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best story I've read in years...

  • By Beth N. on 03-04-19

Just Beautiful and Charming

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

Reviewed: 03-18-19

Just a beautiful and charming love story and one of the most enjoyable listens in a long while.
Soaked in old Irish charm and laced with a political history of the times it is a captivating love story.
Amy Harmon told this wonderful love story free of the flowery romance and crass details - she made it charming and real.
Told from 2 POVs makes it even more charming.
I loved the Yeats scattered throughout the book, it just added to the beauty and charm of this fantastic listen.

I feel the narrators enhanced the story with their performances. Well worth the credit - and then some.

  • I Was Anastasia

  • A Novel
  • By: Ariel Lawhon
  • Narrated by: Jane Collingwood, Sian Thomas, Ariel Lawhon
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 241

Russia, July 17, 1918: Under direct orders from Vladimir Lenin, Bolshevik secret police force Anastasia Romanov, along with the entire imperial family, into a damp basement in Siberia where they face a merciless firing squad. None survives. At least that is what the executioners have always claimed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Interesting Read

  • By dana on 09-07-18

Unique and Refreshing

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

An interesting way to tell a story that some probably already know and I applaud the author's approach to the telling of two stories simultaneously. It did take a few chapters to get used to the time jumps - but it settled down quickly and was easy to follow. I really did enjoy this book, the author and narrators really brought the characters to life so vividly and Anna was such a character. Loved her.
I waited a couple days after listening to write a review because if a book/story sticks with you for a couple days once you've finished, then the author did something very right. This one is still with me.

  • Daisy Jones & The Six

  • A Novel
  • By: Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Beals, Benjamin Bratt, Judy Greer, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,033
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 972
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964

Daisy is a girl coming of age in LA in the late '60s, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s 20, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things. Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book

  • By Alisia Ned on 03-06-19

Underwhelmed but not completely disappointed

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

So I thought I was going to take a step out of my normal genre of historical fiction - but I guess I really didn't. It did really feel like the 70's and I loved the format the author chose to tell the story of Daisy Jones and The Six - a documentary. Very unique and for an audio listener it was great since the person talking was identified so no need to try and keep characters straight at the beginning. However, I really expected a little more meat to the "story". This seems like a real tame story for the rock n roll era of the 70's but it did keep me entertained enough to keep listening. I am a little underwhelmed, given the raving reviews, of the story itself. The narration was top notch, very well done. Worth a credit and a home in my library, but not by much.

  • The Man from the Train

  • The Solving of a Century-Old Serial Killer Mystery
  • By: Bill James, Rachel McCarthy James
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 17 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 489

Using unprecedented, dramatically compelling sleuthing techniques, legendary statistician and baseball writer Bill James applies his analytical acumen to crack an unsolved century-old mystery surrounding one of the deadliest serial killers in American history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Amy L Bruce on 10-04-17

Lighten Up a little

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

I almost didn't get this book for all the poor reviews of the author's writing style and format of his thesis. But there was something about the narrator that drew me in and I figured I could return if I didn't love it. Much to my surprise, I enjoyed the heck out of it and really enjoyed the tongue in cheek humor that occasionally arose and the way the author spoke directly to you the listener/reader. Given the material, this could have been a really dry, boring, horrific read/listen filled with so many dreary details. Instead, it felt more like Murder on the Orient Express - a little over the top at times and a lot of talking to the "camera". I thought it was a really good listen.
To the detractors: Yes, he could have been more concise; Yes, he could have laid it out in chronological order; But he didn't and I'm OK with that. I wonder if I would have enjoyed it as much with a different narrator... I think not. Mr. Lloyd was perfect for this book - just perfect.

  • Columbine

  • By: Dave Cullen
  • Narrated by: Don Leslie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591

"The tragedies keep coming. As we reel from the latest horror..."  So begins a new epilogue, illustrating how Columbine became the template for nearly two decades of "spectacle murders". It is a false script, seized upon by a generation of new killers. In the wake of Newtown, Aurora, and Virginia Tech, the imperative to understand the crime that sparked this plague grows more urgent every year. What really happened April 20, 1999? The horror left an indelible stamp on the American psyche, but most of what we "know" is wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entrancing, I couldn't stop listening!

  • By Anonymous User on 05-04-18

Very Informative Narrative

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

If you want to understand why this happened and exactly what happened - this is the book for you.
It puts you into the minds of the killers every step leading to that awful day. It shows you exactly how the media is out of control and gets so many things wrong in creating their own narrative instead of reporting the truth. A truth that is finally here thanks to Mr. Cullen.
It broke my heart on so many levels to relive the anguish and horror, but I feel like I finally know what happened on that day.
Was well worth the credit.
The narration is perfect for the material.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 20 Years in the Secret Service: New Edition

  • My Life with Five Presidents
  • By: Rufus W. Youngblood
  • Narrated by: Tony Messano
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

While highlighting his 20-year career in the Secret Service during which he protected Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon, US Secret Service Agent Rufus W. Youngblood describes the complexities, risks, and constant tensions involved in protecting America's chief executive. Along with several humorous anecdotes, archival audio inserts enhance this personalized journey through a critical period in American history. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Read and Unique Perspective

  • By Lindsey Taylor on 05-29-18

Couldn't get very far

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

I thought the subject matter and material would be enough to get through 7.5 hours, since this kind of stuff is right up my alley. However, I was wrong. I really really wanted to listen to this and gain some cool insight but the story starts so slow and the narration is just so awful.. just couldn't get very far. I will keep it around and keep trying... sometimes the right mood can make a book better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unanswered Cries

  • A True Story of Friends, Neighbors, and Murder in a Small Town
  • By: Thomas French
  • Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 471

On a warm Florida evening, Karen Gregory saw a familiar face at her door. What the beautiful young woman could not know was that she was staring into the eyes of her killer - a savage monster who would rape her, stab her to death, and leave her battered body on the floor outside the bedroom. Detectives frantically sifting through the evidence were tormented by one disturbing question after another....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Writing

  • By Phaedrus on 02-03-18

Some very interesting insights

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

This is really well narrated and the author really tells the story in a very interesting way. You are able to view the story from many different sides, which is pretty interesting. You get a real feel for the detectives perspective, the victim's loved one's perspective, and the legal perspective - which I think really makes the story very interesting. It really isn't hard to guess who the perp is, but you get to go along on the ride to get there.
It's a just a shame how this happened and what didn't happen as well. Well worth a credit.

  • The Stranger Beside Me

  • The Shocking True Story of Serial Killer Ted Bundy
  • By: Ann Rule
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 18 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,754
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,216

Ann Rule was working on the biggest story of her career, tracking the trail of victims left by a brutal serial killer. Little did this future best-selling author know that the savage slayer she was hunting was the young man she counted among her closest friends. Everyone's picture of a natural winner, Ted Bundy was a bright, charming, and handsome man with a promising future as an attorney. But on January 24, 1989 Bundy was executed for the murders of three young women - and had confessed to taking the lives of at least thirty-five more women from coast to coast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Good One from Ann Rule

  • By Malia on 08-24-12

Well worth a credit

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

It's a pretty interesting story, told in an interesting way. Narrator is fine. Nothing about this book screams "outstanding" but it was very interesting, chilling, and many details that you may not have known or have forgotten. It's a pretty incredible story overall given the author's relationship with Ted Bundy. Well worth a credit, but nothing to gush about.

  • The Main Enemy

  • The Inside Story of the CIA's Final Showdown with the KGB
  • By: Milton Bearden, James Risen
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

A landmark collaboration between a thirty-year veteran of the CIA and a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, The Main Enemy is the inside story of the CIA-KGB spy wars, told through the actions of the men who fought them. Based on hundreds of interviews with operatives from both sides, The Main Enemy puts us inside the heads of CIA officers as they dodge surveillance and walk into violent ambushes in Moscow. This is the story of the generation of spies who came of age in the shadow of the Cuban missile crisis and rose to run the CIA and KGB in the last days of the Cold War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A must.

  • By Brandon on 10-30-18

Lots of information

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

This book holds a lot of information and I found it all very fascinating, but I felt it gets a bit bogged down in the Soviet/Afghanistan intrigue. I had a hard time getting through that section, but was very glad I did - lots of good stuff to come after. Enjoyed it overall, it was a very long listen but did not disappoint - but didn't dazzle either. I liked it well enough I'd probably listen again - so much information and details that surely got missed the first time through. Very well spent credit.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Seven Million Dollar Spy

  • How One Determined Investigator, Seven Million Dollars - and a Death Threat by the Russian Mafia - Led to the Capture of the Most Dangerous Mole Ever Unmasked Inside U.S. Intelligence
  • By: David Wise
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Seven Million Dollar Spy reveals, for the first time, the inside story of the dramatic US counterintelligence operation that resulted in the capture of the most dangerous mole working for Russia inside US intelligence. Now, the former senior KGB spy, to whom the US paid seven million dollars for Moscow's file on the mole, is identified by both his real and code names.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, but.... the details

  • By Nicole Porter on 11-17-18

Good story, but.... the details

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

This is a great story and one of my favorite narrators, Kevin Pariseau, makes it even more enjoyable. However, I am dismayed on how the details of how this all unfolded is vastly different from the retelling of the ex-CIA people's telling which was not nearly as dramatic as this story. I feel some details are left out that are hit on in other stories of how this all unfolded and whose lives it affected. Not sure, or could ever be sure, which stories hold the complete truth. But, this took a long path to get to the end and along the way you get to know a vast array of really interesting characters.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful