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  • Black Dahlia Avenger

  • The True Story
  • By: Steve Hodel
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 19 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

For 56 years, the Black Dahlia murder case remained one of the most notorious and high-profile unsolved crimes of the 20th century. Now, Steve Hodel, a 24-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, believes he has finally solved the case. On January 15, 1947, 22-year-old Elizabeth Short - "The Black Dahlia" - was found dead in a vacant lot in Los Angeles, her body horribly mutilated, bisected at the waist, and posed in a bizarre manner.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Pornography without substance- first 9 hours only

  • By Casey on 11-02-16

Wrenching and Compelling Search for the Truth

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

Reviewed: 03-30-19

This book deals with brutality on many levels. Anyone who is interested in the Black Dahlia case must read this book -whether you ultimately agree with Steve Hodel's assertions or not. He presents the history, the evidence, witness statements, press reports, and other elements in a compelling, organized way. The book is also extremely sad. So many lives were ended, forever changed, deeply wounded and scarred by these events . I cannot imagine the massive tangle of emotions Steve Hodel must feel thinkng about and writing about these things. He should be acknowledged and supported for his valiant efforts to get at and bring forth the entire truth for the sake of Justice. He was willing to find and report the facts - no matter where they led - up to and including his own family. This book is not for the faint of heart, and it is not for anyone bothered by forensics or graphic details. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in this case and in the checkered history of Los Angeles. The performance by Kevin Pierce is solid. It would have been excellent if Mr. Pierce had been provided with some of the location names written out phonetically - I almost missed the meaning a few times from off base pronunciations of typically Angelean locales (Sepulveda, Vallejo, etc.). Overall, this is an excellent, painful book with a heartfelt search for the whole truth and for Justice at its very core.

  • Strange Weather in Tokyo

  • A Novel
  • By: Hiromi Kawakami, Allison Markin Powell - translator
  • Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Tsukiko, 38, works in an office and lives alone. One night, she happens to meet one of her former high school teachers, "Sensei", in a local bar. Tsukiko had only ever called him "Sensei" ("Teacher"). He is 30 years her senior, retired, and presumably a widower. Their relationship develops from a perfunctory acknowledgment of each other as they eat and drink alone at the bar, to a hesitant intimacy, which tilts awkwardly and poignantly into love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cozy Love Story and Leisure Time in Japan

  • By mz on 01-02-19

Short and Sweet

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

Reviewed: 03-13-19

This is a sweet, simple story that contains some complicated elements. I cared about the characters a lot and I wanted to find out what would happen next. The performance was adequate - some odd acting and pronunciation choices , though. Overall, this was a good experience. A brief, poignant trip worth taking. Added Bonus: After experiencing this book, I have a new love and appreciation of Haiku. Up until now, Haiku was something that I was required to 'come up with' in school. I did not enjoy it or appreciate it at all. I do now and I credit the author, Hiromi Kawakami for changing my heart and changing my mind.

  • In the Midst of Winter

  • A Novel
  • By: Isabel Allende
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Alma Cuervo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 647
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 593
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 589

In the Midst of Winter begins with a minor traffic accident - which becomes the catalyst for an unexpected and moving love story between two people who thought they were deep into the winter of their lives. Richard Bowmaster - a 60-year-old human rights scholar - hits the car of Evelyn Ortega - a young undocumented immigrant from Guatemala - in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn. What at first seems just a small inconvenience takes an unforeseen and far more serious turn when Evelyn turns up at the professor's house seeking help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Allende, rich, warm, enticing.

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-13-17

Extraordinary!

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

Extraordinary! This is the perfect book for coping with the complexities of modern life. The performances are great and the storytelling is amazing. I would write more, but I don't want to give anything away. I would recommend this book to anyone who is frustrated by today's world events and political climate.

  • An Outlaw and a Lady

  • A Memoir of Music, Life with Waylon, and the Faith That Brought Me Home
  • By: Jessi Colter
  • Narrated by: Devon O'Day
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

The daughter of a Pentecostal evangelist and a race-car driver, Jessi Colter played piano and sang in church before leaving Arizona to tour with rock n' roll pioneer Duane Eddy, whom she married. Colter became a successful recording artist, appearing on American Bandstand and befriending stars such as the the Everly Brothers and Chet Atkins while her songs were recorded by Nancy Sinatra, Dottie West, and others. Her marriage to Eddy didn't last, however, and in 1969 she married the electrifying Waylon Jennings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational

  • By Elizabeth Ulrich on 05-23-17

Amazing Spirit

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

I bought the hardback edition of this book in the bargain section of the legendary independent bookstore Small World Books in Venice, California. I was interested in it because it was a sort of tabloid story that I had always wondered about. It has some . great photos and I am happy that I own it. The writing took me in right away. The intelligence and soulfulness of the writing come through to me right away.

Three chapters in, I decided I NEEDED to have the Audible version! This is not a tabloid story or a story about fame and celebrity. This is the story of a spiritual journey and an illustration of the responsibilities, challenges, hardships, and rewards of true commitment. It is a wonderful side bonus that this journey includes tons of fascinating, famous people.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is on a spiritual path and needs reassurance that even the most talented and successful among us experience doubt, confusion, and loss. I liked the Audible production. The performance by Devon O'Day is solid, but I thought it was an odd choice to hire a narrator instead of having Jessi read it herself. She has a beautiful singing voice - I would imagine her speaking voice is fine, too. At times, she does get a little preachy but most importantly, she seems to keep everything in perspective. I would recommend this book to fans of Waylon and Jessi who are also religious.

  • Ten Restaurants That Changed America

  • By: Paul Freedman
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

Ten Restaurants That Changed America reveals how the history of our restaurants reflects nothing less than the history of America itself. Whether charting the rise of our love affair with Chinese food through San Francisco's the Mandarin, evoking the richness of Italian food through Mamma Leone's, or chronicling French haute cuisine through Henri Soulé's Le Pavillon, Paul Freedman uses each restaurant to tell a story of race and class, immigration and assimilation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Delicious Details

  • By BK Littman on 02-11-19

Delicious Details

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

This is a very detailed and fascinating book. I chose the audio book. The performance was wonderful. I do plan to buy the hard copy though, because it has photos of the places. Readers need to keep in mind that this is the story of ten restaurants that changed America- it is not a top ten type of book. I enjoyed the way the author weaves history, popular culture, and food together. I also like the way the book is organized - impatient readers can pick and choose which restaurants they want to read about. I enjoyed the whole thing and I enjoyed learning about them all and many other restaurants and influences, as well. I would recommend this book . to fans of history, popular culture, travel, and fine dining.

  • Night Film

  • A Novel
  • By: Marisha Pessl
  • Narrated by: Jake Weber
  • Length: 23 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,821
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,556
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,579

On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive, cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova - a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than 30 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What's Real?

  • By Amanda on 01-12-14

Emotional Labyrinth

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

Night Film is an intense, richly detailed book. The storytelling style is a potent mixture of Noir, Magical Realism, and many very dark elements. Jake Weber's performance is outstanding. Still reeling from the experience of this work, I am not sure how I feel about it or whether or not I would recommend it. This book is confrontational and definitely not for the faint of heart. The writing is very detailed and the story is very intricate. Marisha Pessl is a supremely talented writer. However, my sense of this is that she might've outsmarted herself in this case. Night Film might be too smart for its own good - leaving this reader less moved than I might've otherwise been.

  • The Day the Angels Fell

  • By: Shawn Smucker
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

After his mother's death, 12-year-old Samuel Chambers would do anything to turn back time. Prompted by three strange carnival fortune-tellers and the surfacing of his mysterious and reclusive neighbor, Samuel begins his search for the Tree of Life - the only thing that could possibly bring his mother back. His quest to defeat death entangles him and his best friend Abra in an ancient conflict and forces Samuel to grapple with an unwelcome question....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Magical Mixture

  • By BK Littman on 01-01-19

Magical Mixture

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

Compelling mixture of the supernatural and the mundane...The Day the Angels Fell is a wild and beautiful read. For anyone who has struggled with their wishes, feelings, and dreams after suffering a loss-it is very thought-provoking. This book also contains bits and pieces of the history behind myths, legends, and strongly held beliefs. I chose the audible version and Adam Verner's performance is very strong. He does a great job portraying all of the characters in a way that is very relatable and recognizable. I would recommend this book to anyone who has experienced feelings of loss, pain, or guilt...almost everyone.

  • The Travelling Cat Chronicles

  • By: Hiro Arikawa, Philip Gabriel
  • Narrated by: George Blagden
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

With simple yet descriptive prose, this novel gives voice to Nana the cat and his owner, Satoru, as they take to the road on a journey with no other purpose than to visit three of Satoru's longtime friends. Or so Nana is led to believe. With his crooked tail - a sign of good fortune - and adventurous spirit, Nana is the perfect companion for the man who took him in as a stray. And as they travel in a silver van across Japan, with its ever-changing scenery and seasons, they will learn the true meaning of courage and gratitude, of loyalty and love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a wonderful story

  • By V. Brown on 11-22-18

Cat's Eye View

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

Beautiful story illustrating the way one life touches many others. Anyone who loves and appreciates cats and Japanese culture would probably like this book. I really appreciated that the narration is partly from the cat's point of view.

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  • The Marriage of Opposites

  • By: Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Gloria Reuben, Tina Benko, Santino Fontana, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,076
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,077

Growing up on idyllic St. Thomas in the early 1800s, Rachel dreams of life in faraway Paris. Rachel's mother, a pillar of their small refugee community of Jews who escaped the Inquisition, has never forgiven her daughter for being a difficult girl who refuses to live by the rules. Growing up, Rachel's salvation is their maid Adelle's belief in her strengths and her deep, lifelong friendship with Jestine, Adelle's daughter. But Rachel's life is not her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magical!

  • By TV on 09-27-15

Fantastic Mixture of History, Art, and Passion

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

Reviewed: 12-05-18

The Marriage of Opposites is outstanding in every way. Alice Hoffman expertly weaves history, fact, fiction, legend, religious beliefs, superstition, and social commentary. The performances are top notch. I cannot recommend this work highly enough.

  • Atlanta Noir

  • By: Tayari Jones
  • Narrated by: Ron Butler, Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

Come sit on the veranda and pour yourself a glass of sweet tea, fortified with a slug of bourbon. Put your feet up and enjoy these stories set in Atlanta, a city sewn from the ashes, where everything that grows is both fertilized and corrupted by the past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent read/listen

  • By Mommy Dearest on 05-06-18

Pure Atlanta With a Noir Feel

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

This is a great collection of short stories that each have a noir feel. All of these stories go well together. Some of the stories are not written in the traditional noir style. The performances by Ron Butler and Bhani Turpin are great. I would recommend Atlanta Noir to anyone who loves the city of Atlanta with all of its charm, grit, and diversity. #Redemption #ShortStories #Atlanta #Noir #Environmental #Clever #Creepy #Dark #Gritty #Mindbending #Provocative #Quirky #Suspenseful #TheOutsider #NoHeroes #Fatalism #CityStreets #Friends #PastMeetsPresent #SelfDiscovery #Tagsgiving . #Sweepstakes

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