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  • Total Mayhem

  • A Jonathan Grave Thriller, Book 11
  • By: John Gilstrap
  • Narrated by: Basil Sands
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

America is under fire. One by one, simultaneous terror attacks have left the country reeling. The perpetrators are former Special Forces operatives working for ISIS. Jonathan Grave and his team are called to go undercover and eliminate the traitors. No need to collect intel. No need for arrest. Wipe them out - and get out. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best of Jonathan Grave series

  • By Wayne on 06-26-19

Not the best of Jonathan Grave series

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

Reviewed: 06-26-19

TOTAL MAYHEM is an good thriller, but it is not author John Gilstrap's best. I have one more unread Gilstrap novel in my library. If it is not better I am through with this author. Basil Sands' narration is outstanding as usual.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Backlash

  • The Scot Harvath Series, Book 19
  • By: Brad Thor
  • Narrated by: Armand Schultz
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

In ancient texts, there are stories about men who struck from the shadows, seemingly beyond the reach of death itself. These men were considered part angel, part demon. Their loyalty was to their families, their friends, and their kings. You crossed these men at your peril. And once crossed, there was no crossing back. They were fearless; men of honor who have been known throughout history by different names: Spartan, Viking, Samurai.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sensational!!!

  • By shelley on 06-25-19

Worth getting up early to download!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-25-19

BACKLASH, the 19th novel in Brad Thor's Scot Harvath series, is among the best and likely the most suspenseful since The Lions of Lucerne. Armand Schultz narrates superbly as usual. Recommended!

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Confessions of an Innocent Man

  • A Novel
  • By: David R. Dow
  • Narrated by: Henry Levya
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Rafael Zhettah relishes the simplicity and freedom of his life. He is the owner and head chef of a promising Houston restaurant. A pilot with open access to the boundless Texas horizon. A bachelor, content with having few personal or material attachments that ground him. Then, lightning strikes. When he finds Tieresse sitting at one of his tables, he also finds his soul mate, and his life starts again. And just as fast, when she is brutally murdered in their home, when he is convicted of the crime, when he is sentenced to die, it is all ripped away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!

  • By shelley on 04-12-19

Best novel I've listened to this year!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-23-19

I purchased CONFESSIONS OF AN INNOCENT MAN after reading a review of it written Audible Listener Shelley (Raleigh, NC) in April. It is yet another of many examples of her reviews leading me to great listens. The publisher's summary sets the novel up perfectly, so I will not add to it except to say it is a legal thriller. This is my first exposure to the work of narrator Henry Levya. He does an outstanding job.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Theory of Everything: The Quest to Explain All Reality

  • By: Don Lincoln, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Don Lincoln
  • Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338

At the end of his career, Albert Einstein was pursuing a dream far more ambitious than the theory of relativity. He was trying to find an equation that explained all physical reality - a theory of everything. Experimental physicist and award-winning educator Dr. Don Lincoln takes you on this exciting journey in The Theory of Everything: The Quest to Explain All Reality. Suitable for the intellectually curious at all levels and assuming no background beyond basic high-school math, these 24 half-hour lectures cover recent developments at the forefront of particle physics and cosmology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audible’s Best Science Offering, A Gem

  • By MikeB on 12-08-18

Not even close to a unified 'theory of everything'

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

Reviewed: 06-23-19

The PDF file helps immensely, but an audio book is likely the weakest possible medium for the information presented.

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING is well organized and presented by Professor Don Lincoln, but the 24 lectures do not come close to realizing the goal expressed in the title. Where it fails most spectacularly is in the area of gravity and the fanciful proposed particle of a graviton and its proposed concept of strings and superstrings. (See lectures 20 through 24.) Nevertheless, the first 19 lectures are mostly outstanding.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Lost in Math

  • How Beauty Leads Physics Astray
  • By: Sabine Hossenfelder
  • Narrated by: Laura Jennings
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

Whether pondering black holes or predicting discoveries at CERN, physicists believe the best theories are beautiful, natural, and elegant, and this standard separates popular theories from disposable ones. This is why, Sabine Hossenfelder argues, we have not seen a major breakthrough in the foundations of physics for more than four decades. The belief in beauty has become so dogmatic that it now conflicts with scientific objectivity: Observation has been unable to confirm mindboggling theories, like supersymmetry or grand unification, invented by physicists based on aesthetic criteria.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rare glimpse into the inner world of physics

  • By Joe on 12-08-18

Important book about biases of many scientists!

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

Reviewed: 06-22-19

The topic of LOST IN MATH is about how many/most current physicists have abandoned serious scientific research in their search for "mathematical beauty". The author, a physicist herself, presents a strong case. Of course, cognitive bias has become a major issue is fields other than physics.

Narrator Laura Jennings does an outstanding job with difficult subject matter.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Deep, Deep Snow

  • By: Brian Freeman
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 887
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 820
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 816

Deputy Shelby Lake was abandoned as a baby, saved by a stranger who found her in the freezing cold. Now, years later, a young boy is missing - and Shelby is the one who must rescue a child. The only evidence of what happened to 10-year-old Jeremiah Sloan is a bicycle left behind on a lonely road. After a desperate search fails to locate him, the close bonds of Shelby’s hometown begin to fray under the weight of accusations and suspicion. Everyone around her is keeping secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Get this while it's the daily deal!!!!

  • By shelley on 06-20-19

Outstannding!

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

Reviewed: 06-22-19

I was surprised to see that Audible was offering a new release by an author the quality of Brian Freeman as an Audible Daily Deal. THE DEEP, DEEP SNOW is an outstanding novel of the type I have come to expect of Freeman. This one is different in that it is written in the first person of female protagonist sheriff's deputy Shelby Lake. January LaVoy does a really nice job of narration.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Dead Drink First

  • By: Dale Maharidge
  • Narrated by: Dale Maharidge
  • Length: 3 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,160

Dale Maharidge’s father, like many World War II veterans, never talked about “the good war”. There was just one clue to his dad’s experience as a US Marine - a portrait with a close friend that hung permanently in their home. In The Dead Drink First, Dale, now a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, recounts his 18-year quest to find and repatriate the missing remains of his dad’s buddy, Herman Walter Mulligan, 73 years after he was killed in action.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • read it even if it's not your usual genre

  • By Kindle Customer on 06-07-19

powerful; gripping

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-21-19

This memoir by the son of a WWII veteran is by far the best Audible Original I have listened to to date. It is a powerful story well written and well narrated. This one is a must listen!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Unfreedom of the Press

  • By: Mark R. Levin
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Lowell, Mark R. Levin - introduction and epilogue
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,039
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 960
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 957

Unfreedom of the Press is not just another book about the press. Levin shows how those entrusted with news reporting today are destroying freedom of the press from within: “not government oppression or suppression”, he writes, but self-censorship, groupthink, bias by omission, and passing off opinion, propaganda, pseudo-events, and outright lies as news. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Thought Provoking Book

  • By JP on 05-22-19

Scholarly

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

Reviewed: 06-19-19

This nonfiction book certainly deals with the current status of the press but the greater value of UNFREEDOM OF THE PRESS is Levin's treatment of the history of the press in the US. I recommend this book to everyone without ragaurd to their politics. It's only 6.5 hours long but is still well worth a credit.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Expose

  • Dr. Schwartzman, Book 3
  • By: Danielle Girard
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

With her vindictive ex-husband out of prison, San Francisco medical examiner Annabelle Schwartzman is trying harder than ever to move on with her life - by focusing on her job to speak for the victims who can’t. Summoned to a homicide in Golden Gate Park, she realizes that she’d seen the victim just hours before, alive and well in a parked Jeep with a small boy. Now, the woman has been stabbed to death and stripped of her burka, and the child is nowhere to be found. Then an African American student is found dead, bearing knife wounds identical to those of the woman in the park.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cliffhanger ending!

  • By Wayne on 06-19-19

Cliffhanger ending!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-19

Like the two prior novels in this outstanding suspense series EXPOSE has a cliffhanger ending. The reader should beware that the series must be listened to in order. On the positive side the novels are inexpensive especially for those with Kindle Unlimited.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Book of Lost Things

  • By: John Connolly
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,054
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,052

High in his attic bedroom, 12-year-old David mourns the loss of his mother. He is angry and he is alone, with only the books on his shelf for company.But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in the myths and fairytales so beloved of his dead mother, he finds that the real world and the fantasy world have begun to meld. The Crooked Man has come, with his mocking smile and his enigmatic words: "Welcome, your majesty. All hail the new king."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For Those Who Enjoy Playing with Fairytales

  • By alison on 01-06-13

Grimmer than Grimm!

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

Reviewed: 06-13-19

This novel, like some others I have not yet listened to, has been in my Audible library for more than two years. First I must confess that I listened to barely more than half of this book and I will listen to no more. The high rating I have given The Book of Lost Things is based on the extreme creativity of Irish author John Connolly. The novel is quite literally a fairy tale. It's like Grimm, only it is even grimmer and more violent. The book is endlessly clever and very funny at times. It is just not my cup of tea. Steven Crossley's narration is superb.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful