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  • Indianapolis

  • By: Lynn Vincent, Sara Vladic
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 442
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 407

 

The USS Indianapolis was the key ship in the largest and most powerful fleet to ever sail the face of the earth - or that will ever sail again. Her crew led the fleet from Pearl Harbor to the islands of Japan, notching an unbroken string of victories in an uncharted theater of war. When the time came for President Harry S. Truman to deal Japan the decisive blow, Indianapolis answered the call, and a super-spy named Major Robert S. Furman climbed aboard with the components of the world’s first atomic bomb.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More stars!

  • By David Sherman on 07-21-18

A MONUMENTAL STORY OF SURVIVAL AND HOPE

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

This was one of the best 'military' books that I have ever read. The story of how the US Military, and US Government screwed up and essentially LOST these crewmen - FORGOT about them - thereby creating a situation where the crew had to survive in shark-filled waters - is absolutely believable. You become attached to the crew, the Captain, and the individuals who survived at 100 to 1 odds, having lost 60% of the crew to injury, exhaustion, dehydration...and the ever circling sharks. Then, also BELIEVABLY - the government tries to cover their _____ - and has the gall to courts martial the Captain for his gallant efforts to keep his crew alive. I was so intrigued that I searched for a documentary that was made about this book - written by the book's authors - and highly recommend that you follow up this read with the documentary. It took 10 years to research and bring to print - and is a story that needed to be finally told. Very highly recommended.

  • Twain’s Feast

  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,011
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,455
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,428

Mark Twain, beloved American writer, performer, and humorist, was a self-proclaimed glutton. With the help of a chef and some friends, Nick Offerman presents the story of Twain’s life through the lens of eight of Mark Twain’s favorite foods.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Recycling

  • By Greg Hill on 11-17-18

TWAIN'S FEAST? HARDLY! - JUST TOO MUCH TWAIN!

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

The idea behind this book was to present a 'feast' based on all the foods that Mark Twain wrote about and personally enjoyed. Sounded good to me - 'historical' cooking and literature sounded like a reasonable combination. BUT - the chef presenting the banquet decided to present his 'nouvelle cuisine' concept of the foods Twain loved. 'Raccoon' was at the top of the list - but instead of cooking the beast in a traditional manner, as Twain would have enjoyed it, the chef turned the meat into a SAUSAGE - pumped up with pork, no less! Couldn't he have Googled for preparation of this meat 100 years ago - and still enjoyed in many communities. In New Orleans, it is smoked, then used in a gumbo type stew - and is delicious - with none of the 'off-flavor' that the fat of the meat can have. This was supposed to be an 8-course dinner...but I don't recall that many 'recipes' or courses being served - at least not memorable enough to be impressive. Then - there was the 'literature'. A GREAT deal of the 'book' was about Twain the person - the author - the renowned - the eccentric. There was a great deal about Twain's stories, and 'interviews' with various people. Ho-Hum.... It's like having an invitation to a marvelous meal - and then being served cold cuts. It certainly didn't live up to my hopes.

  • Stiger's Tigers

  • Chronicles of an Imperial Legionary Officer, Book 1
  • By: Marc Alan Edelheit
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 887
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 828
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 826

The empire has endured many centuries but is now threatened by multiple wars and a major rebellion in the South. A nobleman from an infamous family, an imperial legionary officer, a fighter, and a right proper bastard of a man, Captain Ben Stiger finds himself reassigned from a crack legion to the rebellion simmering in the South. Placed in command of a truly terrible company, the 85th Imperial Foot, he is unknowingly sent on a suicide mission to resupply an isolated outpost, the garrison of Vrell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful New spin on High Fantasy

  • By E. Atkinson on 10-25-16

LEGIONARIES AND ELVES and DWARVES? OH, MY!

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

I really enjoy books about Roman legions, life, etc. I'm curious about how the army functioned - what they ate - how they set up camp - and their battle strategies. I got a lot of this kind of information in this book...but I just never could get my head around the 'new story line' of a Roman legion being guided by an Elf - and running into various other 'fantasy' beings like dwarves, etc. I liked the Officer - I liked the narration - but I just hit a brick wall every time the 'fantasy' characters and situations arrived. It was an interesting concept - but I guess I wasn't ready for it. Perhaps if there had been a considerable 'prologue' explaining about this 'new' world, it might have been easier to get used to the idea. I'd definitely listen to this author's series - if he just stuck to the 'traditional' Legion.

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  • City of Bones: Harry Bosch Series, Book 8

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Jay Fernandez
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,133

On New Year's Day, Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch fields a call that a dog has found a bone - a bone that the dog's owner, a doctor, feels certain is human.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good read

  • By Pamela on 11-09-03

Interesting twists at the end<br />

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

Reviewed: 11-30-18

Seemed standard 'driven detective' til a couple of fast flips after the case seemed solved - but then it wrapped up too quickly for me. Still a good read.

  • One Door Away from Heaven

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Anne Twomey
  • Length: 21 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,974
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,549
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,546

In a dusty trailer park on the far edge of the California dream, Michelina wants to change the direction of her troubled life but can't find her way. When a new family settles into the rental trailer next door, Micky meets the young girl who will change her forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Koontz outdoes himself

  • By Perk4me on 06-11-08

Didn't expect the 'reveal' - great read!<br />

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

Kids, dogs, unusual good guys & very bad villains keep you listening past bedtime! Highly recommended.

  • The 7 ½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

  • By: Stuart Turton
  • Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 17 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 280

The rules of Blackheath: Evelyn Hardcastle will be murdered at 11:00 p.m. There are eight days and eight witnesses for you to inhabit. We will only let you escape once you tell us the name of the killer. Evelyn Hardcastle will die every day until Aiden Bishop can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others....  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely fantastic

  • By Reisodi on 10-14-18

UNIQUE 10-LITTLE-INDIAN SHAPE-SHIFTERS!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18


This was one of the most interesting mysteries I have read! Out of the thousands of 'who dunnits' that I've read, this one will stand out in my memory for it's unique concept. It's the "Ten Little Indians" story-line, as characters are 'knocked off' until there is 'just one'. But, that's where the similarity ends. These 'little Indians' are all guests at a rotting English mansion that has been temporarily spruced up to try to attain it's long-gone glory - in a woody area so distant from the nearest village that it can be considered a 'land unto itself'. And, to make matters worse, the horses are gone - leaving only the carriages (and any attempt to escape from this nightmare) useless.

Enter our protagonist - who wakes up in a body he doesn't remember - immediately at odds with the personality of it's owner whose weakness and ethics he finds repugnant. He is immediately thrust into situation that can only be the murder of a woman - but, in the dense forest, he had been unable to see the dastardly deed - just hear it. Now, stuck with this abhorrent situation, he strives to find answers to the murder that he believes has taken place.

Now the 'Ten Little Indians" come into play. He learns that he is one of many guests who have invited to a Grand Masked Ball. He soon discovers that he has begun a mind-boggling transformation. Every time he goes to sleep, he wakes up in another person's body with their memories and morals quite often conflicting with his own. Even worse, the body's limitations (by appearance, social position or obesity) limit his ability to solve what a murder that may - or may not - have happened.

Enter the 'Guide', a tall man in black clothes and cloak, whose face is hidden under the 'Plague Doctor's beak-like mask. He learns that he will be continue to 'shape shift' into different people's bodies, in an attempt to solve the question: Who murdered Evelyn Hardcastle. But more is at stake that a mere problem-solving conundrum. He will continue to repeat these body-changes, every time he goes to sleep, until he can provide the name of the murderer - on and on, into infinity, if necessary. Thus the "7-1/2 deaths"...one death every night - and then it begins all over again, as he had previously lived through it, until he cycles through the 8 bodies that must inhabit - trying to find clues by knowing their whereabouts and motives - from his unique "personal" standpoint.

Eight days - eight bodies - and if he is unable to name the killer, it all begins again - and again. Escape is impossible from this remote location. No roads or pathways lead to the assumed 'safety' of the village. Only the mysterious provision of a handheld compass helps him find his way out of the dense woods - once again - to the mansion.

The twists, turns, misleading character actions and clashes in English social classes will keep you wondering. With each 'body change', you learn a bit more, and the previous day's activities are not repeated, just 'highlighted', as our hero mulls over what he has learned, in hopes of putting the puzzle pieces together. You won't expect the outcome of this very unusual situation. "Trust no one", the Plague Doctor warns - but some trust must be needed, to earn an ally and find the solution - and freedom.

A cautionary note: I was initially put off by the narrator - whose rather slow reading, in Classic British Accent - was slightly annoying at first. But, on reflection, this narration might best have been slowed down a bit - rather like a mother speaking slowly to a child, so all the information 'sinks in'. It allows you to contemplate the facts - and clues - a bit, as you awaken every day, in a new body, with so much information to process.

This is one book I will definitely read again - just for the fun of it!

#AmateurDetective #Gaslighting #BackFromTheDead #Clever #Quirky #MindBending #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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  • The Franklin Scandal

  • A Story of Powerbrokers, Child Abuse & Betrayal
  • By: Nick Bryant
  • Narrated by: Nick Bryant
  • Length: 20 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

A chilling exposé of corporate corruption and government cover-ups, this account of a nationwide child-trafficking and pedophilia ring in the United States tells a sordid tale of corruption in high places. The scandal originally surfaced during an investigation into Omaha, Nebraska's failed Franklin Federal Credit Union that went beyond the Midwest, ultimately to Washington, DC.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why Do Citizens Trust Govt At All Anymore?!?

  • By mary on 12-09-17

PEDOPHILIA AND POWER - IT CONTINUES TO THIS DAY

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

This is an up-dated re-telling of the original pedophilia scandal and coverup that occurred in Omaha, NE, years ago. The coverup involved powerful people, including the publisher of the newspaper, politicians and police. The perverts extended all the way to the Bush Sr White House - and then far beyond. Most of these men came from our 'most honored' positions in the U.S. They were men of wealth and power, who hid their filthy secrets from the rest of the world, while flying young children to special 'parties' - and murdering any who revealed their secret. Worst of all, the victims came from 'Boys Town', supposedly a safe refuge for young children, managed by a priest and funded by his religious and powerful local masters.

More of these stores are coming to light - Pizzagate is just one small purveyor of this depravity. Children as young as babies are used in debaucheries. Even worse, it has been estimated that up to 90% of our politicians and employees in high positions in the U.S. Govt are involved in these activities - including many past Presidents - and their wives!

#RippedFromTheHeadlines #Domestic #Globetrotting #Dark #Depressing #PoliticalPower

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  • How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog)

  • Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jump-Started Evolution
  • By: Lyudmila Trut, Lee Alan Dugatkin
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462

Tucked away in Siberia, there are furry, four-legged creatures with wagging tails and floppy ears that are as docile and friendly as any lapdog. But, despite appearances, these are not dogs - they are foxes. They are the result of the most astonishing experiment in breeding ever undertaken - imagine speeding up thousands of years of evolution into a few decades. In 1959, biologists Dmitri Belyaev and Lyudmila Trut set out to do just that, by starting with a few dozen silver foxes from fox farms in the USSR and attempting to recreate the evolution of wolves into dogs in real time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome story, fantastic book!

  • By Illyria on 11-21-17

TOO MUCH DATA AND NOT ENOUGH 'FOX'

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

Although the subtitle forewarns that this book weighs heavily on the scientific information and data, I was hopeful that I'd learn more about foxes as the 'new dog-like cat' - or vice versa. Unfortunately, it lacks the sort of 'mini stories' of individual foxes and their humans that I had hoped for. If you've read how the Russian fox was 'semi-tamed', you might, as I, be a little bored with more of the same information. SPOILER FOR PET FOX HOPEFULS: Forget it. They're a long way from being the ideal domesticated pet. We'll have to wait quite a long time for the fox to be as welcome (and helpful) a guest in our homes as are cats and dogs. They continue many of their wild ways - so 'house training' still remains a hopeful trait in the distant future.

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  • Lullaby

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16,486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,108
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15,119

A young couple buys a beautiful house by a picturesque lake in the Catskills, looking to escape the bustle of the city to raise their newborn baby. It is a perfect place for a fresh start. Except that nothing is ever as perfect as it seems. As autumn nights close in around their home, they learn that darkness takes many forms. And sometimes that darkness is hungry. New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry delivers an unsettling Audible Original that will give listeners the Halloween creeps all year round.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I guess there’s a reason it’s free

  • By Katie Washington on 10-05-18

23 MINUTES OF NO SURPRISES

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

Absolutely nothing surprising in this supposedly creepy horror story that was so highly touted. If I had to use a credit on it, you better believe I would have returned it. This was a third-rate story line at best - and not even the effort to create an 'atmosphere' made it close to a ghost/horror/scary story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Witch Elm

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Paul Nugent
  • Length: 22 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,881
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,621
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3,608

Toby is a happy-go-lucky charmer who's dodged a scrape at work and is celebrating with friends when the night takes a turn that will change his life - he surprises two burglars who beat him and leave him for dead. Struggling to recover from his injuries, beginning to understand that he might never be the same man again, he takes refuge at his family's ancestral home to care for his dying uncle Hugo. Then a skull is found in the trunk of an elm tree in the garden - and as detectives close in, Toby is forced to face the possibility that his past may not be what he has always believed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Yes, the Main Character Comes Off Poorly, But...

  • By Marina on 10-19-18

Best of it's kind I've ever read!

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

I've been reading this genre for years and years - and this is the best of the best of those that I have read. Not only is it a great 'mystery/cop investigation/murder/psychological thriller', but it digs even deeper to create this one of a kind book. Tana French has written a number of really good books, but this is her ultimate best. It was a little slow at first, and I got irritated with the main character about being such a wimp. But, as I read more, especially closer to the end, I understood how necessary this was to give reason to his final actions. This book goes beyond mere mystery detective stories - not only does it twist and turn, but it turns what you believe to be the real story 'upside down and backwards' in bursts of actions you can't anticipate. Definitely one of the books I'll retain to read again some day. If you don't come out of this book with feelings you didn't expect - especially sadness! - then you're not listening close enough!

#underdog #suspenseful #denial #clever #GoodGuyGoneRogue #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

10 of 13 people found this review helpful