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  • All the Pieces Matter

  • The Inside Story of The Wire®
  • By: Jonathan Abrams
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Abrams, January LaVoy, Prentice Onayemi, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

Since its final episode aired in 2008, HBO's acclaimed crime drama The Wire has only become more popular and influential. The issues it tackled, from the failures of the drug war and criminal justice system to systemic bias in law enforcement and other social institutions, have become more urgent and central to the national conversation. But while there has been a great deal of critical analysis of the show and its themes, until now there has never been a definitive, behind-the-scenes take on how it came to be made.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • There's a reason you hire professional talent

  • By Shawnald on 02-13-18

A disappointment

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

Reviewed: 04-05-18

The first chapter was pretty good. Somewhere in the middle of the second chapter the began whining because they were so under appreciated and they didn't have any critical acclaim. Every chapter after that was we 'we weren't noticed enough, we should've gotten awards, we were really, really good and nobody watched us.' 'We were ground breaking geniuses, but we weren't watch so nobody knew that we were special' If the'd edited out the whining it would have been ok. Hopefully the folks who participated in this book will listen to it and instead of feeling slighted, wrap their arms around how blessed they are to have a dream job, to do it well, and to get paid for it. The average human being is not near as lucky.

  • I Can't Breathe

  • A Killing on Bay Street
  • By: Matt Taibbi
  • Narrated by: Dominic Hoffman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

A riveting work of literary journalism that explores the infamous police killing of Eric Garner - from the New York Times best-selling author of The Divide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had no idea!

  • By connie on 11-01-17

I had no idea!

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

Reviewed: 11-01-17

This book provided perspective that helps me begin to get a glimpse - to understand that I had absolutely no clue about how ugly life can be. I thought this insidious evil was behind us. Time after time I couldn't believe what I was hearing and was brought to tears. The injustices that I've witnessed here-to-fore seem paltry compared to what my fellow Americans are subjected to.

I confess that I did not understand the black lives matter movement. I was one of those folks that said "all lives matter". My child is biracial and I've always considered myself colorblind. Instead I was blind to what men and women, mothers and fathers and families of color face. I'm sickened by this horror.

I wish I knew a way to let this man's daughter, Erica Garner know how incredibly impressed I am with her tenacity and courage. I never want sweetness my father be disrespected or treated poorly by anyone. My heart would be destroyed had this happen to my father.

To every man that is been humiliated my heart breaks for you and I'm ashamed.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Coming Out

  • By: Lila Rose
  • Narrated by: Paul Casteri
  • Length: 3 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 96

Living a lie, Matthew 'Mattie' Alexander is exhausted. It's not easy to keep up the pretense, the deceit, but it's safer. Coming out to a world that so easily hates takes a courage he's yet to find, so he pretends - pretends to be into women - pretends to love being a part of the university's football team. It keeps him safe, hidden. Until he meets Julian. From the moment they first meet, Mattie knows life is about to change. He's yet to determine if it is for the better or worse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mattie & Julian’s love story

  • By IreneMBBT on 01-02-18

Okay Can I get it completely out of my Library?

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

Reviewed: 10-31-17

I thought this was a social commentary - it's just straight up porn.

I would not share or recommend to anyone. I hate that now my recommendations are filled with porn.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • That Night

  • By: Chevy Stevens
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 701
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699

Toni Murphy was eighteen when she and her boyfriend, Ryan, were wrongly convicted of the murder of her younger sister. Now she is thirty-four and back in her hometown, working every day to forge and adjust to a new life on the outside. She's doing everything in her power to avoid violating her parole and going back to prison. But nothing is making that easy – not Ryan, who is convinced he can figure out the truth; not her mother, who clearly doubts Toni's innocence; and certainly not the group of women who made Toni's life miserable in high school.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't Care For the Narrator

  • By KathrynBorgia on 09-23-14

Ending twist

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

Reviewed: 12-08-16

What did you like best about this story?

Believable characters and I didn't see the twist at the end coming.

Any additional comments?

Problem is I could barely make it through as it sounded like the narrator needed to blow her nose most of the time. I like this author but if the others have the same narrator I'll pass.

  • Friction

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,027
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,022

Crawford Hunt wants his daughter back. Following the death of his wife four years ago, Crawford, a Texas Ranger, fell into a downward spiral that left him relegated to deskwork and with his five-year-old daughter, Georgia, in the custody of her grandparents. But Crawford has cleaned up his act and met all the court-imposed requirements, and now the fate of his family lies with Judge Holly Spencer.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Entirely incredible in the true sense of the word

  • By Bill Graham on 09-04-15

Could have been okay if

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

Reviewed: 08-24-16

I rated this book low because of the unnecessary sex scenes which didn't add to the book but made I t read like a mediocre novel with some Rosemary Rogers thrown in.

  • The Bitter Taste of Dying

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jason Smith
  • Narrated by: Paul Costanzo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

In his first book, author Jason Smith explores the depravity and desperation required to maintain an opiate addiction so fierce, he finds himself jumping continents to avoid jail time and learns the hard way that some demons cannot be outrun. While teaching in Europe, he meets a prostitute who secures drugs for him at the dangerous price of helping out the Russian Mafia; in China he gets his Percocet and Xanax fixes but terrifies a crowd of children and parents at his job in the process.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another addiction story..

  • By suzanne on 02-22-17

Tough to listen to but true

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

Reviewed: 08-04-16

The author provides incredible insight into the life of a heroin addict. It would be wonderful if his parents wrote books as well.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • True Medical Detective Stories

  • By: Clifton K. Meador
  • Narrated by: James H. Kiser
  • Length: 2 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Modern technology has given rise to electronic medical records, remote monitoring systems, and satellite-enabled real-time examinations in which patient and physician might be separated by thousands of miles. Yet, when it comes to diagnosing difficult cases, the clinician's strongest asset might just be one of the oldest tools of the medical profession - careful listening.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unbearable listening

  • By Kendra Suzanne Ford on 05-03-15

What the heck

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

Reviewed: 05-16-16

This was blasé and a knock off of others. The painful thing was not just narrator but the screeching, awful noise between chapters was so poorly thought out. Listening quietly to a (boring) book and SCREECH, screech, Screech. Save time and money.

  • Soul's Harbor

  • True Adventures of Medic-13
  • By: Nicholas Black
  • Narrated by: Philip D. Moore
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Witness the Wild West era of emergency medicine as seen through the eyes of Paramedic-13. In this gritty, pull-no-punches account you will live each call through the people who wrestle with death each and every day to keep the rest of us alive. Every paramedic, firefighter, EMT, and nurse should show this to their families. Because...none of us actually have any idea what really goes in inside the Ambulance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Fun

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-07-18

Not Audible Quality

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

Reviewed: 04-07-16

This performance was painful to listen to. The authors attempt at humor were not funny and his continually putting down the people he was supposed to be saving, calling them fat and disgusting was disturbing.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Little Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,497
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,506

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to call in SAD to work

  • By Angela on 10-17-15

I hated it - not just a little.

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

Reviewed: 11-21-15

I listened for a couple of hours and then gave it up. I decided to give it a second try just to see if I can keep plodding through this. Then it became almost like a challenge so I listened really want my time back.
I got this because it was well reviewed but is depressing full of self-centered myopic characters who just want to wallow in their own self-pity.
Throughout the book I just keep waiting for something redeeming I didn't hear it. - Just painfully painfully morbid. By the end of the book, I was wishing the main character would just go ahead and kill himself just to give me a way out!

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Wind in the Willows

  • By: Kenneth Grahame
  • Narrated by: Michael Hordern
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 758
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 648
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658

Here is a timeless tale of waterside Britain that has been loved by generations of children and acclaimed as a classic. The story of Mole, Ratty, Badger, and Toad, and their escapades, whether messing about on the river or poop-pooping in Toad's shiny new car, cannot fail to enchant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorate read version of the willows!

  • By J. Glemby on 09-18-14

SIGH

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

Reviewed: 05-26-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Wind in the Willows to be better than the print version?

This took me back and for a brief moments the world feels innocent and safe again. After decades though i am wondering how a little mole can hold the reigns of a horse. As a child I just imagined it all in miniature but didn't think about a horse not being down-sizable.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wind in the Willows?

When mole tries to row a boat and tips them over. It really made me nervous again.

Any additional comments?

Read it to your children or your children's children. There is a sweetness lacking in todays books...

3 of 4 people found this review helpful