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Vicki Henseler

Arlington, Kansas
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  • Kushner, Inc.

  • Greed. Ambition. Corruption. The Extraordinary Story of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump
  • By: Vicky Ward
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham, Vicky Ward - introduction
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 266

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are the self-styled prince and princess of America. Their swift, gilded rise to extraordinary power in Donald Trump’s White House is unprecedented, unconstitutional, and dangerous. In Kushner, Inc., investigative journalist Vicky Ward digs beneath the myth the couple has created that depicts themselves as the voices of reason in an otherwise crazy presidency and reveals that Jared and Ivanka are not just the president’s chief enablers, they are, like him, disdainful of rules, of laws, and of ethics.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story but narrator was a disaster

  • By Lmaris on 03-20-19

Don’t bother.

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

Reviewed: 03-24-19

I shouldn’t have bothered. Difficult to follow as an audio book with a British accented narrator and Saudi names. While I don’t doubt much of the Javanka involvement in governmental affairs, this was sorely lacking in attribution other than, a very senior official, a family friend, a respected reporter or someone I know told me. I returned the book for my credit.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Team of Vipers

  • My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House
  • By: Cliff Sims
  • Narrated by: Daniel Thomas May, Cliff Sims - introduction
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 570
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 526
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 528

After standing at Donald Trump’s side on Election Night, Cliff Sims joined him in the West Wing as special assistant to the president and director of White House message strategy. He soon found himself pulled into the president’s inner circle as a confidante, an errand boy, an advisor, a punching bag, and a friend. This is the story of what it was really like in the West Wing as a member of the president’s team. It's a story of power and palace intrigue, backstabbing and bold victories, as well as painful moral compromises, occasionally with yourself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Underwhelming and OMG - the performance?

  • By Mark Lipscombe on 01-29-19

Best served with an eraser.

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

Reviewed: 02-10-19

Dry as chalk. As with most of the mid point of term one books about the trump presidency, self serving with a generous helping of “guess I’ll write a book while looking for a job.”

  • Ohio

  • By: Stephen Markley
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies, Jayme Mattler, Joy Osmanski, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 445

 

Since the turn of the century, a generation has come of age knowing only war, recession, political gridlock, racial hostility, and a simmering fear of environmental calamity. In the country’s forgotten pockets, where industry long ago fled, where foreclosures, Walmarts, and opiates riddle the land, death rates for rural whites have skyrocketed, fueled by suicide, addiction, and a rampant sense of marginalization and disillusionment. This is the world the characters in Stephen Markley’s brilliant debut novel, Ohio, inherit. This is New Canaan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Moving and Deeply Haunting

  • By Matthew Hall on 08-26-18

He has set the standard for first novels.

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

The bar has been raised. I hope this is a young author; I want to keep reading his novels till the day I can no longer read. Great character development, suspense and answers to all of the questions raised.

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,877
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,359
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37,252

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

Sad.

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

Reviewed: 05-09-18

I was so looking forward to this new release from Dan Brown. I was disappointed. I listened to about an hour and it was so predictable, so similar to his others, I had to return it.

  • Mississippi Blood

  • A Novel
  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 28 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,040

The endgame is at hand for Penn Cage, his family, and the enemies bent on destroying them in this revelatory volume in the epic trilogy set in modern-day Natchez, Mississippi - Greg Iles' epic tale of love and honor, hatred and revenge that explores how the sins of the past continue to haunt the present.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good ending to the trilogy

  • By Taryn on 06-17-17

More

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

Reviewed: 05-12-17

We need more of the story. Now, please. So much to learn from the south.

  • Heartbreak Hotel

  • An Alex Delaware Novel
  • By: Jonathan Kellerman
  • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,237
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,220

At nearly 100 years old, Thalia Mars is a far cry from the patients that child psychologist Alex Delaware normally treats. But the charming, witty woman convinces Alex to meet with her in a suite at the Aventura, a luxury hotel with a checkered history. What Thalia wants from Alex are answers to unsettling questions - about guilt, patterns of criminal behavior, victim selection. When Alex asks the reason for her morbid fascination, Thalia promises to tell all during their next session. When he shows up the following morning, he is met with silence: Thalia is dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Start at the beginning

  • By JAMES on 03-04-17

Unreadable

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

Reviewed: 04-12-17

Unreadable, unlistenable and so very disappointing for a Kellerman novel. This book took over a month to listen to completely and that's because I knew I had to get better somewhere along the line. It didn't. Perhaps fresher characters or even aging characters would help along with a supportable story line. Sorry Mr Kellerman, I do believe this may be my last although I've enjoyed you for years.

  • Lying on the Couch

  • A Novel
  • By: Irvin D. Yalom
  • Narrated by: Tony Pasqualini
  • Length: 15 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 757
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 686
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 686

Exposing the many lies told on and off the psychoanalyst's couch, Lying on the Couch gives listeners a tantalizing, almost illicit glimpse at what their therapists might really be thinking during their sessions. Fascinating, engrossing, and relentlessly intelligent, it ultimately moves listeners with a denouement of surprising humanity and redemptive faith.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fresh Fun!

  • By Espanolish on 05-11-16

So different.

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

Reviewed: 01-26-17

I've never been so amazed by such an odd book. No murder, no sex bust amazing just the same.

  • The Dry

  • A Novel
  • By: Jane Harper
  • Narrated by: Stephen Shanahan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,799
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,356
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,352

After getting a note demanding his presence, Federal Agent Aaron Falk arrives in his hometown for the first time in decades to attend the funeral of his best friend, Luke. Twenty years ago when Falk was accused of murder, Luke was his alibi. Falk and his father fled under a cloud of suspicion, saved from prosecution only because of Luke’s steadfast claim that the boys had been together at the time of the crime. But now, more than one person knows they didn’t tell the truth back then, and Luke is dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing dry here!

  • By green ice cream garden on 01-18-17

Best mystery I've read in years.

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

Reviewed: 01-13-17

I am going to hate waiting for her next mystery. Beautifully plotted and executed. She is a master.

31 of 37 people found this review helpful

  • Change of Heart

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione, Stafford Clark-Price, Nicole Poole, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,163

One moment June Nealon was happily looking forward to years full of laughter and adventure with her family, and the next she was staring into a future that was as empty as her heart. Now her life is a waiting game. Waiting for time to heal her wounds, waiting for justice. In short, waiting for a miracle to happen. For Shay Bourne, life holds no more surprises. The world has given him nothing, and he has nothing to offer the world. In a heartbeat, though, something happens that changes everything for him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intensely satisfying

  • By Stephanie on 04-22-16

Second only to 'Her Sister's Keeper'

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

Reviewed: 01-04-17

Second time around for Jodi Picoult's 'Change of Heart'. Each of her books must be read more than once but this one most especially. The first time for the story and the second time for history, theology, philosophy, religion and a new way of thinking. Anyone who has ever struggled with the differences between religion, belief, faith and spirituality will find answers. A masterpiece, in my opinion.

  • The Chemist

  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,068
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,752
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,717

She used to work for the US government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn't even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They've killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened all night!

  • By bebe on 06-04-17

Stunningly horrible.

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

Reviewed: 01-04-17

The only saving grace is the narrator. I couldn't finish the book. Not believable, terribly predictable and not worth the time or cost. Another fall in love with the gutsy heroine who can't seem to carry her smarts from one chapter to the next. It's rare I don't finish a book, it's a matter of pride with me. This was one I couldn't finish even while flat on my back with pain and needed distraction.