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  • Ship of Fools

  • By: Tucker Carlson
  • Narrated by: Tucker Carlson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,361
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,913
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3,876

The host of Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson Tonight offers a blistering critique of the new American ruling class, the elites of both parties, who have taken over the ship of state, leaving the rest of us, the citizen-passengers, to wonder: How do we put the country back on course?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best political book in quite a while

  • By Wayne on 02-11-19

Best political book in quite a while

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

Reviewed: 02-11-19

At 6.5 hours in length SHIP OF FOOLS is shorter than most political books, but the concise statements of issues and proposals of solutions it are uniquely focused. I've never watched his Fox News program but I may give it a try.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Killer Collective

  • By: Barry Eisler
  • Narrated by: Barry Eisler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447

When a joint FBI-Seattle Police investigation of an international child pornography ring gets too close to certain powerful people, sex-crimes detective Livia Lone becomes the target of a hit that barely goes awry - a hit that had been offered to John Rain, a retired specialist in “natural causes.” Suspecting the FBI itself was behind the attack, Livia reaches out to former Marine sniper Dox. Together, they assemble an ad hoc group to identify and neutralize the threat. There’s Rain. Rain’s estranged lover, Mossad agent and honeytrap specialist Delilah. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • All of Eisler's key characters together

  • By Wayne on 02-03-19

All of Eisler's key characters together

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

John Rain, Livia Lone, Ben Treven, and Dox are all together for the first time. Dox, who appears in several Rain novels, is the only one without his own series, yet he is one of the most interesting of Eisler's characters. Rain even brings in ex-Mossad agent and his long time lover Delilah in to kelp. But in the end THE KILLER COLLECTIVE is a novel of the Livia Lone series with the others being supporting characters. She is a Seattle sex crimes cop with a tragic background who gets justice either in her police role or as a vigilante when that is impossible. In this novel she calls on her friend Dox for help and Dox brings in John Rain and others. Some US Secret Service agents with help from politicians are running a child sex trade ring that Livia is determined to stop by any means necessary. I recommend this novel to those who like espionage thrillers.

Barry Eisler has been doing all of his audio book narrations for the last eight years He may be an even better narrator than he is an author. Since Eisler moved from traditional publishing to self publishing in 2011 his novels in ebook and audio format are very inexpensive. If an audio book listener buys of borrows the Kindle versions of his novels the audio versions sell for $1.99 each. Kindle readers and Audible listeners owe Eisler a vote of appreciation for the pricing of his superb novels.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Out of the Dark

  • An Orphan X Novel (Evan Smoak, Book 4)
  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,468
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,402
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,396

Taken from a group home at age 12, Evan Smoak was raised and trained as part of the Orphan Program, an off-the-books operation designed to create deniable intelligence assets - i.e. assassins. Evan was Orphan X. He broke with the Program, using everything he learned to disappear and reinvent himself as the Nowhere Man, a man who helps the truly desperate when no one else can. But now Evan's past in the Orphan Program is reaching out to him. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SMOAKIN' HOT!!!!

  • By shelley on 01-30-19

Just some comments

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

WOW! OUT OF THE DARK was released 2 and 1/2 days ago and there are already 10 reviews and 96 ratings. The fourth novel in the Orphan X/Evan Smoak series is a clear winner. With this series Gregg Hurwitz places himself among the best of the espionage series authors. Evan Smoak is a unique character among espionage novel protagonists. It was narrator Scott Brick who originally led me to Hurwitz's novels, but Evan Smoak will keep me following this author.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Slaughterhouse-Five

  • By: Kurt Vonnegut
  • Narrated by: James Franco
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,953
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,183
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,167

Traumatized by the bombing of Dresden at the time he had been imprisoned, Pilgrim drifts through all events and history, sometimes deeply implicated, sometimes a witness. He is surrounded by Vonnegut's usual large cast of continuing characters (notably here the hack science fiction writer Kilgore Trout and the alien Tralfamadorians, who oversee his life and remind him constantly that there is no causation, no order, no motive to existence).

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not well read

  • By Shane Fuder on 03-11-17

Unfunny humor and third rate scifi

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

Reviewed: 01-27-19

I had never before attempted to read Kurt Vonnegut's "classic" Slaughterhouse-Five, so I decided to give it a try. I could not appreciate it. I could not complete it.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Beowulf

  • By: Seamus Heaney (translator)
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365

Written a thousand years ago, this long poem is the very first surviving piece of English literature. Join Beowulf, a young warrior, as he achieves glory by fighting and killing three fantastic monsters. This new translation, by the Nobel laureate poet Seamus Heaney, offers modern listeners an accessible, intensely dramatic text. It amply demonstrates why this epic has spread its influence over more than a millennium of literature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Almost perfect

  • By Tad Davis on 01-28-13

An old poem; a long poem

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

Reviewed: 01-27-19

My view of the history of Beowulf does not agree with the publisher's summary. It is true that the only existing early transcript was written in Old English (a relative of the German language) in approximately 1000 BC, but there is very good reason to believe it was written three or four centuries earlier in what is now the German state of Saxony rather than what is now England. While taking a German 4 course in the spring semester of my sophomore year in 1963 I translated a modern German version of Beowulf into English (that was the full course). The author of Beowulf is unknown.

Beowulf, a Dane,is the protagonist who battled the evil Grendel to Grendel's death. The second battle with Grendel's angry mother is also won by Beowulf. Beowulf's third battle is with the dragon. He then becomes king.

My translation was poor, but good enough for a C- (i was not proficient in German and I took it because it was required for a BS in Chemistry). Seamus Heaney's translation here to modern English is flawless. I listened to this audio book to hear a good translation narrated by the wonderful George Guidall. It did not disappoint!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Hidden Figures

  • The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
  • By: Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,446

Before John Glenn orbited the Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as "human computers" used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets and astronauts into space. Among these problem solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted to like this...

  • By Jonathan Soyt on 02-28-18

See the movie! Then listen to the epilogue.

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

Reviewed: 01-27-19

HIDDEN FIGURES is a necessary lesson in the history of the the US space program and an even more important history of remarkable black female mathematicians. The book is great, but the movie is even better. Although the book has flaws the movie does not, the book's details are much greater than the movie's. The story is well known by now. The movie should be shown to every middle school student and the book should be required reading in every high school. The history is that important.

The flaws of the audio book are substantial. However, I believe a 5 star rating is appropriate.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Magnolia Story

  • By: Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
  • Narrated by: Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,303
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,984
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,944

Are you ready to see your fixer-upper? These famous words are now synonymous with the dynamic husband-and-wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV's Fixer Upper. As this question fills the airwaves with anticipation, their legions of fans continue to multiply and ask a different series of questions, like: Who are these people? What's the secret to their success? And is Chip actually that funny in real life?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super entertaining!

  • By M. Ryder on 06-25-17

Beautiful feel good story!

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

Reviewed: 01-27-19

I have a soft rule of not reading memoirs of anyone less than 60 years old because it seems to me that for anyone younger to write a memoir takes real audacity and excessive ego. Occasionally, I set the rule aside and read such a book. This is one case I'm happy that I did. I purchased The Magnolia Story because it was a $3.95 Audible Daily Deal with an average rating of 4.8 stars with over 10,000 listeners rating it. I've never seen Chip and Joanna Gaines' HGTV show and do not believe I had ever heard of them. The audio book is five hours in length and I had 5 hours to listen; the book has been in my Audible library for a while so I decided to give it a try not expecting to complete it. The book blew me away. It is an inspiring story! Very highly recommended!!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Fahrenheit 451

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Tim Robbins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,677
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,663

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television "family."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wish I Hadn't Cliff Noted This in High School

  • By Joel on 03-27-17

A twofur: Bad writing and worse narration

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

Reviewed: 01-26-19

Audible really needs to get over the growing tendency to get famous actors to narrate audio books. Some such as Richard Armitage do a great job, but horrid over performance like Tim Robbins with Fahrenheit 451 is far more typical. There are many outstanding narrators so why not use them.

I read Fahrenheit 451 as a teen some 60 years ago. I liked it than but it has not stood the test of time like Brave New World and 1984 have. When the book was released in 1953 it was set 46 years later in 1999. The actual world in 1999, or today, is very, very different from what Ray Bradbury imagined. Great dystopian scifi must pass the test of time.

For those interested in Fahrenheit 451 I recommend a Kindle version so you will not have to tolerate the screaming, screeching, and whispering of Tim Robbins.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • 30 Days of Justis

  • By: John Ellsworth
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

 

Michael Gresham meets his lost daughter, Cache, in her prison cell. She is scheduled for execution in 30 days. Her other lawyers have given up; there is nothing left to do. On a hunch, Michael reviews ancient records. He is astonished at what he finds. He goes before the appeals court. The lawyers at the other table hammer him; the judges pursue him. He leaves with a heavy heart. With gathering speed, the days tick past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the BEST in the series...

  • By shelley on 01-20-19

One of the best of the Gresham series!

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

Reviewed: 01-26-19

30 DAYS OFF JUSTIS, Book 9 and the most recent legal thriller in the Michael Gresham series, finds Gresham with an adult daughter he did not know about. That daughter is is on death row in Washington state with all appeals exhausted and with 30 days until execution.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Lawyer on Aisle 11

  • By: John Ellsworth
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Michael Gresham is assigned to prosecuting the case against the at-large killer. When Michael's team has tried everything else to find the killer, they turn to 12-year old Annie Gresham to create a criminal profile. Annie, the savant daughter of Michael Gresham, gathers together all the known evidence and begins mining the data. The killer moves closer and closer to the investigators. Now everyone is a potential target, especially those who are getting the closest to making an arrest.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing!

  • By Wayne on 01-25-19

Disappointing!

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

In DEAD LAWYER ON ISLE 11, Book 8 in the Michael Gresham series, Gresham finds himself on trial for the first degree murder of a fellow Assistant US Attorney with whom he had a one night stand that left her pregnant. His adopted 13 year old savant daughter Annie plays a huge role in this novel as she did in Annie's Verdict. Compared to Annie's Verdict this novel is weak and it earns 3 stars rather than 5. Author John Ellsworth is an outstanding storyteller at his best, but he seems unable to write two 5 star legal thriller in a row. Book 9 in the series, 30 Days of Justis, is up next; it has received very strong reviews.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful