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  • Killers of the Flower Moon

  • The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
  • By: David Grann
  • Narrated by: Will Patton, Ann Marie Lee, Danny Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,658
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,940
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,913

In the 1920s the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An outstanding story, highly recommended

  • By S. Blakely on 06-22-17

Just WOW

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

What David Grann has accomplished with this book is so significant. Not only does he inform of a historical event, which has been largely forgotten, but he makes an impactful investigation of his own. This book is a necessary accounting of a horrible wrong done to the Osage people, as well as a tale of endless fascination!

  • Ghostland

  • An American History in Haunted Places
  • By: Colin Dickey
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 410
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 372
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 369

Colin Dickey is on the trail of America's ghosts. Crammed into old houses and hotels, abandoned prisons and empty hospitals, the spirits that linger continue to capture our collective imagination, but why? His own fascination piqued by a house hunt in Los Angeles that revealed derelict foreclosures and "zombie homes", Dickey embarks on a journey across the continental United States to decode and unpack the American history repressed in our most famous haunted places.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A fluffed-up college essay writ large.

  • By Gavin on 10-13-16

Interesting stories, insights a bit redundant

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

I enjoyed listening to this book overall. The "ghost stories" were interesting and I enjoyed learning the historical and social context surrounding the stories. I found the writer's commentary on what drives us to create ghost tales redundant, however. I felt like he was hammering home the same insights time and time again.The narrator was engaging but I thought some of the accents he used sounded too much like unflattering impressions of certain groups and cultures, almost more like mockery than theater, and that took me out of the narration a bit.

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  • Empire of the Summer Moon

  • Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History
  • By: S. C. Gwynne
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,174
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,073
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,069

Empire of the Summer Moon spans two astonishing stories. The first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history. The second entails one of the most remarkable narratives ever to come out of the Old West: the epic saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker and her mixed-blood son, Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanches.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Historically Significant

  • By Rick on 10-07-16

Amazing historical tale not free from commentary

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

Would you listen to Empire of the Summer Moon again? Why?

Yes.Years from now when the history is not fresh in my mind, I would enjoy revisiting the subject.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Empire of the Summer Moon?

The story of Quanah Parker's family as well as his personal history.

Any additional comments?

I liked David Drummond's performance but he tended towards voicing the characters in a way that I found distracting at times.

  • Blood and Thunder

  • An Epic of the American West
  • By: Hampton Sides
  • Narrated by: Don Leslie
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 857
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 853

In the fall of 1846, the venerable Navajo warrior Narbona, greatest of his people's chieftains, looked down upon the small town of Santa Fe, the stronghold of the Mexican settlers he had been fighting his whole long life. He had come to see if the rumors were true, if an army of blue-suited soldiers had swept in from the East and utterly defeated his ancestral enemies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • History Many Don't Know

  • By Tom on 03-21-07

Unbelievably fascinating with a great narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

What made the experience of listening to Blood and Thunder the most enjoyable?

My boyfriend and I listened to this book as we were on a road trip through the American Southwest. The experience was beyond what I could've imagined. The book would've been a great listen no matter where we heard it, but seeing the land that all the drama took place in was haunting and profound. We even drove by historical monuments moments after we had heard the history of them. If you are going on a road trip of the west, you couldn't pick a better companion for it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The story closely follows Kit Carson throughout it. He is likable while being undeniably flawed and sometimes terrifying. The author paints an accurate and not too flattering portrait of the man.

Have you listened to any of Don Leslie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I really enjoyed Don Leslie as a narrator. He reads engagingly while having no distracting quirks to speak of.

  • A Good Marriage

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Jessica Hecht
  • Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,094
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 981
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 989

What happens when, on a perfectly ordinary evening, all the things you believed in and took for granted are turned upside down? When her husband of more than 20 years is away on one of his business trips, Darcy Anderson looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a box under a worktable and she discovers the stranger inside her husband. It’s a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends a good marriage.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Buy Full Dark, No Stars

  • By Tim on 11-02-14

The performance kills the story/ends the marriage

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

Reviewed: 01-08-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I should have listened to the audio sample! The narrator and her narration are unlistenable. Her voice is grating and her reading style is stilted, with odd pauses and inflections. I have never have bothered listening to the audio sample and I've been burned a couple times now.

Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

YES! I love some of his work. It's hit or miss, but even the misses have their good points.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jessica Hecht’s performances?

No, never.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment, straight up. I couldn't even move into the territory of anger or sadness, because the disappointment ended the whole experience early.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful