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  • Cruise Confidential: A Hit Below the Waterline

  • Where the Crew Lives, Eats, Wars, and Parties? One Crazy Year Working on Cruise Ships (Travelers' Tales)
  • By: Brian David Bruns
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

In Cruise Confidential, Brian David Bruns spills the dirt - or, in this case, the dirty water - on those romantic, fun-filled vacations at sea. His hilarious chronicle of the year he spent working for Carnival Cruise Lines takes listeners down into the areas where the crew works and lives, leaving listeners gasping with laughter as they're assaulted nonstop with events that range from the absurd to the utterly bizarre. Stewards fighting over food. Cutlery allowances and other nonsensical rules.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Never been on a cruise but this makes me want to take one

  • By Mary Karowski on 04-28-16

Never realized what goes on behind closed doors

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

One of the most entertaining books. The narrator was great, all the accents of the crew made you think they were all there. The tale about the dining crew is beyond belief what they put up with from the cruise line. It's an eye opening tale for sure. I didn't want to stop listening. Wish the book was longer.

  • Exile on Front Street

  • My Life as a Hells Angel...and Beyond
  • By: George Christie
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237

After 40 years in the Hells Angels, George Christie was ready to retire. As president of the high-profile Ventura charter of the club, he had been the yin to Sonny Barger's yang. Barger was the reckless figurehead and de facto world leader of the Hells Angels. Christie was the negotiator, the spokesman, the thinker, the guy who smoothed things out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Geat story -awkward narration

  • By Wilson Edwards on 05-05-18

Kept my attention on the story every minute.

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

I didn't want to stop listening, would hope everybody reads this book.It's really a personable book, George Christie is the ultimate outlaw. It shows his best side and hopefully more of the outlaw motorcycle clubs follows his ways. Really interesting on how the outlaw gangs work.

  • Making Jack Falcone

  • An Undercover FBI Agent Takes Down a Mafia Family
  • By: Joaquin "Jack" Garcia, Michael Levin
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

At six-foot-four-inches and 375 pounds, Jack Garcia looked the part of a mobster, and he played his part so perfectly that his Mafia bosses never suspected he was an undercover agent for the FBI. "Big Jack Falcone," as he was known inside La Cosa Nostra, learned all the inside dirt about the Gambino organized crime syndicate and its illegal activities---from extortion and loan-sharking to assault and murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book!

  • By Frank on 10-12-09

This is an amazing book and that says it all....

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

Reviewed: 10-21-17

I really loved how the story was told. We all should be really proud of Undercover FBI agent Mr. Garcia. This book tells his story in a really entertaining way, and the narrator was great, hard to believe you weren't listening to a whole studio of actors. Put this book on your must read list.

  • The Blood of Patriots

  • How I Took Down an Anti-Government Militia with Beer, Bounty Hunting, and Badassery
  • By: Bill Fulton, Jeanne Devon
  • Narrated by: Bill Fulton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

For Bill Fulton, being a soldier was his identity. After an involuntary medical discharge, Fulton was adrift until he started a military surplus store in Anchorage, where he also took on fugitive recovery missions. He took pride in his business. His life was happy and full. But when a customer revealed he planned to attack a military recruiting station, Fulton had to make a choice: turn a blind eye and hope for the best or risk his safety, his reputation, and his business by establishing contact with his customers' archnemesis: the FBI.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lucky there are Patriots like Bill Fulton

  • By SoozyQue on 10-12-17

Lucky there are Patriots like Bill Fulton

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

Reviewed: 10-12-17

A really great listen to. Kept my attention on every word. One of the best author narrations I've heard. You could tell by the sound his voice he was really going back to his memory of the situations he was in. You need to listen to this book. Thanks for your service to the country...

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  • Scores

  • How I Opened the Hottest Strip Club in New York City, Was Extorted out of Millions by the Gambino Family, and Became One of the Most Successful Mafia Informants in FBI History
  • By: Michael D. Blutrich
  • Narrated by: Michael D. Blutrich
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,017

Meet Michael Blutrich, mild-mannered New York lawyer and founder of Scores, the hottest strip club in New York City history, funded by the proceeds of an insurance embezzlement scheme. All Blutrich wanted was to lay low, make the club a success, and put his criminal acts behind him. But the Mafia got involved, and soon the FBI came knocking. Scores became wildly popular, in part thanks to Blutrich's ability to successfully bend the rules of adult entertainment. Unfortunately for Blutrich, it would all soon implode.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seductive narration about fortunes and betrayals

  • By Greeny on 02-06-17
  • Scores
  • How I Opened the Hottest Strip Club in New York City, Was Extorted out of Millions by the Gambino Family, and Became One of the Most Successful Mafia Informants in FBI History
  • By: Michael D. Blutrich
  • Narrated by: Michael D. Blutrich

Great Book

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

Reviewed: 06-18-17

What made the experience of listening to Scores the most enjoyable?

I'm so glad that Michael Blutrich narrated the book himself, the way he told the story made it like he was right there just talking to you. His personality showed through and really made it great.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Michael Blutrich really is a character that you can become attached to and hoped for the best outcome for him. He seems to be one of those types that can make you feel good and he keeps the book moving and interesting all the way through.

Have you listened to any of Michael D. Blutrich’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I'm going to look into his other ones..

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I wish I could of, maybe the next time I listen to it I can manage that.

Any additional comments?

Spoiler:
This was a sorrowful hit for the FBI, I can't believe that they would treat one of their cooperators like they did. And as far as Florida, what they did was shameful, what happened to fairness...they suck......

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  • American Desperado

  • My Life - From Mafia Soldier to Cocaine Cowboy to Secret Government Asset
  • By: Jon Roberts, Evan Wright
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,134

In 2008 veteran journalist Evan Wright, acclaimed for his New York Times best-selling book Generation Kill and co-writer of the Emmy-winning HBO series it spawned, began a series of conversations with super-criminal Jon Roberts, star of the fabulously successful documentary Cocaine Cowboys. Those conversations would last three years, during which time Wright came to realize that Roberts was much more than the de-facto “transportation chief” of the Medellin Cartel during the 1980s, much more than a facilitator of a national drug epidemic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEST First Person (realistic) Criminal Account

  • By aaron on 12-05-11

Kept my attention on the story every minute.

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

Reviewed: 03-07-17

Would you listen to American Desperado again? Why?

I will listen to it again and I'll recommend it to all my friends. To think I lived during this time and never new all this was going on. Changes my whole perspective of the 60's, 70's and 80's.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jon was my favorite, his coolness and intelligence that he showed when things got hot just made the story.

What does Mark Bramhall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I don't know if he actually sounds like Jon but in my mind, that is what he would sound like.

Any additional comments?

Anybody out there that likes tough guy books need to read or listen. This is best gangster book I've listened to. Mark Bramhall was a great narrator.

  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes

  • The Heirloom Collection
  • By: Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 58 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,550
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,071
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,069

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales are rightly ranked among the seminal works of mystery and detective fiction. Included in this collection are all four full-length Holmes novels and more than forty short masterpieces - from the inaugural adventure A Study in Scarlet to timeless favorites like “The Speckled Band” and more. At the center of each stands the iconic figure of Holmes - brilliant, eccentric, and capable of amazing feats of deductive reasoning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Table of Contents & Audible Part/Chapter Notes

  • By SantaFePainter on 11-18-13

Had to remind myself "Sherlock is Fictional"

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

Reviewed: 12-02-16

Would you listen to The Complete Sherlock Holmes again? Why?

Sir Arthur just described everything so colorful. Dr. Watson was talking like he was there for every step that Holmes took. I still think of them as real, I can understand why Holmes was so popular.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course it was Dr. Watson, looking through his eyes to see what Holmes was like, he acted like he could see in heart.

Which scene was your favorite?

The whole book, it changes in each story.

If you could take any character from The Complete Sherlock Holmes out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Dr. Watson, he's telling the story....

Any additional comments?

First of all, I'm a nonfiction only person, till now. I listened to biographies about Sir Arthur before ever reading or listening to any of his books. Watched the movies about Sherlock old and new and loved them all. I thought it was time to actually listen to the stories he wrote. Was really impressed, never realized how descriptive he was. How he put the stories together, it's like you are back in the late 1800's.

  • I Heard You Paint Houses

  • Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran and Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa
  • By: Charles Brandt
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 941
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944

"I heard you paint houses" are the first words Jimmy Hoffa ever spoke to Frank "the Irishman" Sheeran. To paint a house is to kill a man. The paint is the blood that splatters on the walls and floors. In the course of nearly five years of recorded interviews Frank Sheeran confessed to Charles Brandt that he handled more than 25 hits for the mob, and for his friend Hoffa.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't give up!

  • By Grace Azul on 05-30-10

Have to listen to it again.

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

Reviewed: 09-30-16

Would you consider the audio edition of I Heard You Paint Houses to be better than the print version?

The performance is great, I can't image just reading the book when the narration was so go.

What did you like best about this story?

Now we know where Hoffa went....

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

First time listening to Scott Brick but it won't be the last, hunting up books he's narrated.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Find out what really happened to Hoffa....

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  • The Demonologist

  • The Extraordinary Career of Ed and Lorraine Warren - The True Accounts of the Paranormal Investigators Featured in the film 'The Conjuring'
  • By: Gerald Brittle
  • Narrated by: Todd Haberkorn
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,515
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,506

If you think ghosts are only responsible for hauntings, think again. The Demonologist reveals the grave religious process behind supernatural events and how it can happen to you. Used as a text in seminaries and classrooms, this is one book you can't put down. For over five decades, Ed and Loraine Warren have been considered America's foremost experts on demonology and exorcism. With over 3,000 investigations to their credit, they reveal what actually breaks the peace in haunted houses. Don't miss the Warrens in the new blockbuster movie The Conjuring.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Scary fun.

  • By Cliff on 08-19-13

Really a scary scary story

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

Reviewed: 08-29-14

What made the experience of listening to The Demonologist the most enjoyable?

Knowing it's a true story.....

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

How Ed and Lorraine Warren seemed to take it all in stride and ready for the next battle

Which scene was your favorite?

The whole book was...

If you could give The Demonologist a new subtitle, what would it be?

Hold on to your seat...

Any additional comments?

Being Catholic, it's one of the scariest books or movies I have ever heard or seen.

  • Hear No Evil

  • Scientific Analysis of the Forensic Evidence in the Kennedy Assassination
  • By: Donald Byron Thomas
  • Narrated by: David Rapkin
  • Length: 26 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36

Groundbreaking scientific analysis that breaks the JFK assassination wide open! Did a shot from the "grassy knoll" kill President Kennedy? If so, was Oswald part of a conspiracy or an innocent patsy? Why have scientific experts who examined the evidence failed to put such questions to rest? In 2001, scientist Dr. Donald Byron Thomas published a peer-reviewed article that revived the debate over the finding by the House Select Committee on Assassinations that there had indeed been a shot from the grassy knoll, caught on a police dictabelt recording.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most Comprehensive Assassination Book To Date

  • By Parrish on 11-20-13

Really Informative

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

Reviewed: 08-06-14

Where does Hear No Evil rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is below the top 60 percent. It was interesting but too many calculations, stats, but it was informative.

Would you be willing to try another book from Donald Byron Thomas? Why or why not?

Yes, the information was really acurate but I think that is why it kept loosing my attention, too much stats.

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

No I haven't, but I would not say no to listening to him again.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

Any additional comments?

Just really informative with all the stats