LISTENER

Lmaris

  • 17
  • reviews
  • 53
  • helpful votes
  • 62
  • ratings
  • 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 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

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.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narration was its downfall

  • By Gretchen P. Johnston on 03-21-19

Great story but narrator was a disaster

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

Surely someone involved in this production has heard of the prominent American political players named in this book and could have corrected the narrator. She couldn't even get Mrs Trump III's name right, calling her meh-LAY-nia.

Her attempts at American accents were even more cringe-worthy.

Maybe the producers felt they needed a British voice because the Author is British, but this one showed she had no familiarity with the subject or people involved and apparently no one was willing to correct her.

Luckily the story was engaging and well written. Sadly it was nearly ruined by the narrator.

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • The Threat

  • How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump
  • By: Andrew G. McCabe
  • Narrated by: Andrew G. McCabe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,819
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,599
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,584

On March 16, 2018, just 26 hours before his scheduled retirement from the organization he had served with distinction for more than two decades, Andrew G. McCabe was fired from his position as deputy director of the FBI. President Donald Trump celebrated on Twitter: "Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy." In The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump, Andrew G. McCabe offers a dramatic and candid account of his career and an impassioned defense of the FBI.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The FBI & DOJ

  • By Greb on 02-19-19

An honorable man explains the threat we face

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

Reviewed: 02-22-19

I appreciated that the author was the narrator and you could hear his concern in his voice. He has been disparaged by men who only care about personal gain and fear of being caught as the treasonous danger they truly are.

He makes me want to be a G-man.

  • 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 out of 5 stars 527
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 488

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

Trump apologist with an ax to grind

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

Cliff Sims book starts with his time working in the campaign, and manages to focus only on sex scandals and "but her emails" ignoring totally all evidence of conspiracy with Russia - claiming it was no different from Democrats meeting with Russians (except the Dems reported the meetings and debriefed DHS officials, the GOP didn't).

He give Trump every benefit of every doubt and seems to still see him as a savant when it comes to real estate. the sole focus of this book appears to be a glowing review of his own behavior and how he was mistreated by Trump's family and other hangers on.

No real revelations, not worth one's time or money.

I returned this audiobook after listening to 6.5 hours of BS.

16 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • How Language Began

  • The Story of Humanity's Greatest Invention
  • By: Daniel L. Everett
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 158

Mankind has a distinct advantage over other terrestrial species: we talk to one another. But how did we acquire the most advanced form of communication on Earth? Daniel L. Everett, a "bombshell" linguist and "instant folk hero" (Tom Wolfe, Harper's), provides in this sweeping history a comprehensive examination of the evolutionary story of language, from the earliest speaking attempts by hominids to the more than 7,000 languages that exist today.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to endure

  • By Michael D. Busch on 09-09-18

Author's preconceived definitions spoil it

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

Reviewed: 10-09-18

The topic is one which I find very interesting, but in the introduction he makes broad assumptions which are in no way broadly accepted by others in the field.

The narrator is in a perpetual state of excitement which is very offputting and when he pretends to imitate others' speech it is almost offensive.

I should have paid more attention to the reviews left by others.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 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 528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491

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

A wonderful true story of devotion

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

I loved this story and believe Ludmila deserves a Nobel Prize. her work and contributions to science are truly impressive. And she got to play with foxes!

  • Pets on the Couch

  • Neurotic Dogs, Compulsive Cats, Anxious Birds, and the New Science of Animal Psychiatry
  • By: Nicholas Dodman DVM
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 572
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 519

Racehorses with Tourette's syndrome, spinning dogs with epilepsy, cats with obsessive-compulsive disorder, feather-plucking parrots with anxiety, and a diffident bull terrier with autism - these astonishing cases were all helped by One Medicine, which emphasizes the similarities, rather than differences, between animals and humans. Inspiring, sometimes heartbreaking, and utterly fascinating, Pets on the Couch demonstrates how what we share with our animals can only lead us to a greater appreciation for them - and for our mutual bonds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Oliver Sacks of Vets! Brilliant!

  • By Gillian on 08-28-16

This should be required for all pet owners

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

I flashed back to a dog I had 10 years ago who became progressively aggressive as he matured. I took him to numerous trainers, vets, and even a board certified behavior specialist. Nothing helped. after he repeatedly attacked me, the final time doing severe injury, I reluctantly euthanized him.

I wonder now if he wasn't having seizures.

  • American Pharoah

  • The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner's Legendary Rise
  • By: Joe Drape
  • Narrated by: Aaron Abano
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,644
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,308
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,306

History was made at the 2015 Belmont Stakes when American Pharoah won the Triple Crown, the first since Affirmed in 1978. As magnificent as the champion is, the team behind him has been all too human while on the road to immortality.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I didn't buy it, free download

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-14-18

Mispronounced most names of racing's greats.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

The narrator was more intent on selling the story as some miracle than learning the names he was speaking. These were names of Hall of Fame jockeys, owners, and horses. As someone who has been a fan of this sport for 50 years, I cringe when narrators ruin a half-decent stary by not bothering to do their homework and editors failing to do their jobs.

The best part of the tale was the back stories of Baffert and the Zayats. Could have done without the canonization of Espinoza, whose agent deserves the credit for any success.

  • Never Say Die

  • A Kentucky Colt, the Epsom Derby, and the Rise of the Modern Thoroughbred Industry
  • By: James Nicholson
  • Narrated by: John Chester
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

A quarter of a million people braved miserable conditions at Epsom Downs on June 2, 1954, to see the 175th running of the prestigious Derby Stakes. Queen Elizabeth II and Sir Winston Churchill were in attendance, along with thousands of Britons who were all convinced of the unfailing superiority of English bloodstock and eager to see a British colt take the victory. They were shocked when a Kentucky-born chestnut named Never Say Die galloped to a two-length triumph at odds of 33-1.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The race is pronounced DAHR-bee!

  • By Lmaris on 04-12-18

The race is pronounced DAHR-bee!

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

If one is going to produce a book about a specific race, make sure the reader can pronounce the name of the race. USA races are der-bees, but the race at Epsom is and has always been the DAHR-bee.

Made the book nearly painful to listen to. Still not sure I'm going to finish it.

  • The Radium Girls

  • The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women
  • By: Kate Moore
  • Narrated by: Angela Brazil
  • Length: 15 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,559
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,434

The year was 1917. As a war raged across the world, young American women flocked to work, painting watches, clocks, and military dials with a special luminous substance made from radium. It was a fun job, lucrative and glamorous - the girls themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered head to toe in the dust from the paint. They were the radium girls. As the years passed, the women began to suffer from mysterious and crippling illnesses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A simple way to improve the robotic narration

  • By B. C. French on 06-07-17

Heartbreaking but such an important true story

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

This should be required reading for anyone who feels safety regulations are unnecessary. great book.

  • Lone Star

  • A History of Texas and the Texans
  • By: T. R. Fehrenbach
  • Narrated by: John McLain
  • Length: 39 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Here is a must-listen history of the Lone Star State, together with an insider's look at the people, politics, and events that have shaped Texas from the beginning right up to our days. Never before has the story been told with more vitality and immediacy. Fehrenbach re-creates the Texas saga from prehistory to the Spanish and French invasions to the heyday of the cotton and cattle empires. He dramatically describes the emergence of Texas as a republic, the vote for secession before the Civil War, and the state's readmission to the Union after the War. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Top -10

  • By JNW on 03-29-18

Narrator is painful to listen to - ruined book

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

The man apparently has never heard most of the proper nouns in the book. He doesn't come close to the French, Spanish, and Native American words, and makes an otherwise interesting story too painful to listen to.

I read this book 30+ years ago and looked forward to listening to the updated version only to find I can't stand to hear another word out of this man's mouth. I am sadly returning it after only a couple hours of listening.

Read to book. Don't waste your $$ or credits on the audible version.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful