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  • Scientology: A to Xenu: An Insider's Guide to What Scientology Is All About

  • By: Chris Shelton
  • Narrated by: Chris Shelton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117

Former insider Chris Shelton grew up in Scientology and worked for it for 25 years. This critical analysis covers the key aspects of its beliefs, practices, and structure from the bottom to the top, including not just the confidential Xenu story but details of all of the upper-level scriptures. Chris goes into detail about what goes on inside Scientology churches, why its members get involved in the first place, and what it takes to get out should someone decide to leave.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent & book with some technical problems

  • By Dallas on 03-23-16

Everything you wanted to know about Scientology

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-22-16

Chris Shelton tells a compelling story about his 25 years in Scientology.
What I really like about this book is his insightful knowledge of the theory or dogma of this orginisation. It really is an A to Xenu guide to Scientology. Anyone who enjoyed the Going Clear book and documentary will enjoy this book. Wonderful narration by the author himself.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • I Heard You Paint Houses

  • Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran and Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa
  • By: Charles Brandt
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,075
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 904

"I heard you paint houses" are the first words Jimmy Hoffa ever spoke to Frank "the Irishman" Sheeran. To paint a house is to kill a man. The paint is the blood that splatters on the walls and floors. In the course of nearly five years of recorded interviews Frank Sheeran confessed to Charles Brandt that he handled more than 25 hits for the mob, and for his friend Hoffa.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't give up!

  • By Grace Azul on 05-30-10

Hoffa case finally solved

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-15

Loved this book, it's a definite one session listen from start to finish .
Can't wait to see what Martin Scorsese does with the book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Team of Rivals

  • The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
  • By: Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 41 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,931
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,251
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,275

On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative

  • By JJ on 09-10-12

A Defining Moment in American History

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-19-12

This is a fascinating account of a critical and nation defining moment in American History.
The abolition of slavery. This book details the lives of the men and women who played such a prominent role in this period. This is no dry academic look at history, Goodwin makes the period and the players come alive to make this a real page turner. Lincoln forged a team that liberated a nation from the contagion of slavery. He truly deserves his place as one of the most admired presidents of the United States.
After you listen to the book I recommend you see the film Lincoln and the extraordinary performance by Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

  • 50th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Ken Kesey, Robert Faggen (introduction)
  • Narrated by: John C. Reilly
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,024
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,802
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,798

Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Turning conventional notions of sanity and insanity on their heads, the novel tells the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Anon on 06-04-18

Best Narration I have ever listened to

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-12

This is a great book, made perfect by the narration of John C Reilly.
The best narration of an audible book I have ever listened to.
This book is a stunning example of how power corrupts so completely.
There is a fine line between sanity and normality.
I hope Mr Reilly graces us with more narrations in future.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Wah-Wah Diaries

  • The Making of a Film
  • By: Richard E. Grant
  • Narrated by: Richard E. Grant
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Here are the very personal diaries of Richard E. Grant's debut behind the camera, as writer and director of his autobiographical movie of the same name.

It is both a fascinating insight into the intrigues and agonies he encounters along the way, and also a deeply moving portrait of his childhood and his love affair with Swaziland, where he was born and brought up during the last throes of the British Empire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful listen. Read by an actor's actor.

  • By S. Stambler on 02-27-12

The Perils of Film Making

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

Reviewed: 08-31-12

Loved this book, thoroughly enjoyable ride into the highs and lows of making a film.
Richard E Grant is fabulous as the narrator as he takes us on his personal journey full of triumphs and disasters. I hope Audible adds his other book With Nails: The Film Diaries of Richard E. Grant to its library.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Interview with the Vampire

  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,874

Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force - a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write. From the Paperback edition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unabridged at last - First class

  • By Hilary on 08-16-11

Mesmarizing first book in the Vampire Chronicles

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-27-12

No one writes better in the vampire genre as does Anne Rice.
This is my third time working through the Vampire Chronicles, only this time I have
the luxury of listening to the books.
This is a sweeping tale through time eternal, conspiracies, betrayal, intrigue galore.
Its a shame no director has ever done justice to these books, they are so much better than
Twilight. These vampires do not want to date you, they want to bite you.
Imagine interviewing a vampire in the 21st century... and it has me hooked every time.

  • The Diana Chronicles

  • By: Tina Brown
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 21 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161

In The Diana Chronicles, you will meet a formidable female cast and understand as never before the society that shaped them: among them, Diana's sexually charged mother, her bad-girl sister-in-law, Fergie, and, most formidable of them all, her mother-in-law, the Queen. Add Camilla Parker-Bowles, the ultimate "other woman" into this combustible mix, and it's no wonder that Diana broke out of her royal cage into celebrity culture, where she found her own power and used it to devastating effect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Privileged people behaving badly

  • By Chris on 08-27-12

Privileged people behaving badly

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-27-12

A well researched book that covers the life and times of Princess Diana.
The author keeps her objectivity and does not portray Diana as a saint or queen of hearts.
I don't know why I am not surprised to learn that behind the public façade they are really privileged, spoilt dreadful people. A very interesting listen.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Syndrome E

  • By: Franck Thilliez, Mark Polizzotti (translator)
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 913
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 913

The classic police procedural meets cutting-edge science in this huge international best seller. Already a runaway bestseller in France, Syndrome E tells the story of beleaguered detective Lucie Henebelle, whose old friend has developed a case of spontaneous blindness after watching an extremely rare—and violent—film from the 1950s. Embedded in the film are subliminal images so unspeakably heinous that Lucie realizes she must get to the bottom of it—especially when nearly everyone who comes into contact with the film starts turning up dead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bizarre and Disturbing

  • By AudioAddict on 02-20-15

Subliminal Manipulation

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-22-12

I think we can stand to have another take on films that kill (The Ring).
An interesting thriller that will keep you listening to the end.
Gildart Jackson as the narrator goes a little over the top with some of his accents.
I enjoyed this much better than Gone Girl. Its a lot darker.

22 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,408

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

Great Listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-12

The book was not as good as I thought it would be.
My problem was I did not like the characters, therefore was not invested in their various outcomes.
I found the plot implausible.
The ending did not ring true to me. But otherwise not a bad way to pass an afternoon.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Truth and Consequences

  • Life Inside the Madoff Family
  • By: Laurie Sandell
  • Narrated by: Maggie Hoffman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

In December 2008, the world watched as master financier Bernard L. Madoff was taken away from his posh Manhattan apartment in handcuffs, accused of swindling thousands of innocent victims - including friends and family - out of billions of dollars in the world's largest Ponzi scheme. Madoff went to jail; he will spend the rest of his life there. But what happened to his devoted wife and sons?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No winner in the Madoff Story

  • By Chris on 08-01-12

No winner in the Madoff Story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-12

This book was really interesting, to experience the Madoff disaster from inside the Madoff family.
As compelling as their story is you still feel more sympathy for the victims of this horrendous fraud.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful