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  • Bootlegger's Daughter

  • By: Margaret Maron
  • Narrated by: C.J. Critt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 458
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 336
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 335

Attorney Deborah Knott is North Carolina's answer to V.I. Warshawski, a legal sleuth with a knack for sniffing out the most baffling crimes. Deborah has just done the unthinkable: entered the heated race for judge of old-boy-ruled Colleton County. The only female candidate, she's busy reeling in voters and giving campaign speeches. There couldn't be a worse time for Gayle Whitehead to beg Deborah to investigate the 18-year-old unsolved murder of Gayle's mother, Janie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Series

  • By J. Byerly on 01-06-14

Too long too descriptive

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

Reviewed: 08-10-19

This author will go off on tangents and descriptive stream of conscience detours whenever she can - that imho do not progress the plot. Periodically she returns to the plot. When the climax finally came I almost missed it because it was wrapped up in unnecessary descriptive prose.

  • Fuzzy Nation

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi - introduction
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,350

In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling.

  • By Samuel Montgomery-Blinn on 05-11-11

Light book for airheads

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

Reviewed: 07-27-19

If you are looking for something light and inconsequential to while away the miles on a long road trip this is the book for you.

You will learn nothing from this book. It is pure mindless entertainment.

  • The Creature from Jekyll Island

  • A Second Look at the Federal Reserve
  • By: G. Edward Griffin
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 24 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,571
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,346

This classic expose of the Fed has become one of the best-selling books in its category of all time. Where does money come from? Where does it go? Who makes it? The money magician's secrets are unveiled. Here is a close look at their mirrors and smoke machines, the pulleys, cogs, and wheels that create the grand illusion called money. A boring subject? Just wait. You'll be hooked in five minutes. It reads like a detective story - which it really is, but it's all true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting novel. Oh and it's economic history.

  • By Stephen on 08-31-13

Interesting but repetitive

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

Reviewed: 07-27-19

If Griffin can find time and space to repeat the same thing a dozen times he will do it. The facts presented in this book are interesting. The interpretation of the facts are very much tilted to a specific agenda. One would not say that this book is fair and balanced. But then again it is not intended to be.

The book could have been and should have been 50% shorter and still deliver the same message.

  • Trackers

  • Trackers, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,343
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,263

Estes Park police chief Marcus Colton and tracker Sam "Raven" Spears have never liked one another, but when a young girl goes missing in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colton hires Spears to help find her. Their search ends after a night of devastating horror. When word reaches Estes that the nation has been hit by a coordinated electromagnetic pulse attack, Colton and Spears are forced to work together again. But they quickly realize they aren't just tracking a killer - they are tracking a madman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great exciting book!

  • By grammyshere on 03-08-17

Mildly interesting

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

Reviewed: 06-01-19

The narrator does a lot to ruin this for me. He has an irritating voice and also makes some me of the characters sound like they are screaming even during regular conversation. I am not motivated to listen to the rest of the books in this series.

The story line notionally is interesting but the book written fleshing out the story line ends up being uncomplicated and in place amateurish in my opinion.

Sadly I couldn’t recommend this book to my friends.

  • Sakina's Restaurant

  • By: Aasif Mandvi
  • Narrated by: Aasif Mandvi
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 5,040
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,575
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4,578

Sakina's Restaurant breathes new life into an age old story: the emotive tale of an immigrant coming to New York in pursuit of the American dream. Actor, comedian, and writer Aasif Mandvi originally performed his Obie Award-winning solo show off-Broadway 20 years ago. This past October, the iconic play was reimagined and produced by Audible for a limited run at Minetta Lane Theatre in the West Village of Manhattan. Recorded for an Audible-exclusive audience, listeners can forgo the price of admission and embark on the cross-cultural journey with Mandvi.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Entertaining and Insightful

  • By Elaine on 03-03-19

A sad story of everyday life

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

Reviewed: 05-02-19

I did not enjoy this performance. It certainly is not a book. Disjointed vignettes about different members of an immigrant family. The fact that it was billed as written by a comedian makes one think that it should be funny. It wasn’t. Perhaps the Audible marketing people should be credited with a fail. Putting a laughing man on the cover totally does an injustice to this piece of work.

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 114,371
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 103,903
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 103,373

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's exactly what I thought it would be

  • By April on 04-09-19

A little too repetitive

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

Reviewed: 02-27-19

The back story of Michelle’s life and rise to the White House is very interesting and worth knowing. She has a main political point that she presents throughout the book, but in my opinion she oversells her point and by the time one is through three quarters of the book one does not want to hear it anymore. Her editors did her no favors by allowing the book to be so long because of the repetition.

Having said that it is worth perhaps reading the book so one can skim over parts - this is more difficult in an audiobook.

43 of 51 people found this review helpful

  • The President Is Missing

  • By: Bill Clinton, James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Quaid, January LaVoy, Peter Ganim, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,191
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,909
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,862

The White House is the home of the president of the United States, the most guarded, monitored, closely watched person in the world. So how could a US president vanish without a trace? And why would he choose to do so? An unprecedented collaboration between President Bill Clinton and the world's best-selling novelist, James Patterson, The President Is Missing is a breathtaking story from the pinnacle of power.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted it to be so much better

  • By K. Moeller on 06-18-18

Meh

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

This storyline had a lot of potential, but novel ruined by too many words. Interesting premise about a cyber attack on the US. The prose should have been much tighter for an action fiction story. Parts were very repetitive (note to author - we got it the first time). There were parts where the storyline was going great guns and then all of a sudden what appeared to be a non sequiter was thrown in that interrupted the flow of the story but didn't add anything to the novel. Bill Clinton is a wordy guy and it certainly came across in this book. Bill needs to remember in the book he is the author and not a politician that has to charm people - just tell the story. I will give him credit that for a first fiction book it was and admirable effort - but when measured against the competition out there Bill has room for growth as an author.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,856
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,754

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

Dan Brown's worst book

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

I had a hard time finishing this book. The premise was a good idea but the goal story was boring tedious and felt like a university lecture. The same story boring as it was could have been done in half the time it took. I found no redeeming value in this book beyond the premise. I hope Brown realizes the poor effort he has produced and improves in the future.

  • Robert Ludlum's (TM) The Bourne Enigma

  • By: Eric Van Lustbader
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 518
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 469
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 461

On the eve of Russian general Boris Karpov's wedding, Jason Bourne receives an enigmatic message from his old friend and fellow spymaster. In Moscow, what should be a joyous occasion turns bloody and lethal. Now Bourne is the only one who can decipher Karpov's cryptogram. He discovers that Karpov has betrayed his sovereign to warn Bourne of a crippling disaster about to be visited on the world. Bourne has only four days to discover the nature of the disaster and stop it.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I Miss Robert Ludlum!

  • By Otto on 07-13-16

Eric Van Lustbader is not Robert Ludlum

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

Reviewed: 08-28-16

Would you try another book from Eric Van Lustbader and/or Holter Graham?

No

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Most interesting - the continuation of the Bourne story
Least interesting - pathetic character descriptions

How could the performance have been better?

Get a new narrator

Any additional comments?

I read Robert Ludlum, he was a favorite author or mine and Eric Van Lustbader is not Robert Ludlum. Lustbader does not transition well between character description and action. It is like he is almost writing according to a formula - a bad one. I am three quarters of the way through the book but it is tough slogging. With each chapter I hope that it will get better but I am continually disappointed, but determined to finish the book at least to get my money's worth.

Holter Graham is terrible as a reader and narrator. His short choppy almost out of breath reading style takes away from the enjoyment of this story. His pathetic efforts to do various Russian and Arabic accents are almost comical. They are very hard on your ears. This is the first Holter Graham narration I have listened to and I must say that now his name on audiobooks is a red flag for me - avoid the book no matter how good you might think the story will be.

It is disappointing to have to write a bad review like this but if we don't authors and narrators will not improve.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Port Mortuary

  • A Scarpetta Novel
  • By: Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Kate Burton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,261
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 690
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 703

In this fast-paced story, a treacherous path from Scarpetta's past merges with the high tech highway she now finds herself on. We travel back to the beginning of her professional career, when she enlisted in the Air Force to pay off her medical school debt and found herself ensnared in a gruesome case of what seemed to be vicious, racially motivated hate crimes against two Americans in South Africa.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • once again angry

  • By teresa gooch ross on 12-09-10

Why Bother?

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

Reviewed: 11-06-13

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book would be enjoyed by someone who takes delight in experiencing female angst. In this book Scarpetta spends more time bemoaning this or that or how things might have been if etc. etc. The interactions and conversations she has with her husband Benton are pitiful and laughable and don't add much to the story. In fact the two main plots have nothing to do with each other and are only linked by Scarpetta's angst and seem subordinate and inconsequential to the unbearable angst. This book was not for me and I had to force myself to listen to the end.

Would you ever listen to anything by Patricia Cornwell again?

I used to be a big fan of Patricia Cornwall and the early Kay Scarpetta novels but the last few have been dismal. It almost seems like the author has run out of ideas for this character. It might be best to shut this series down. Would I ever listen to another one of her books - perhaps if I didn't have to pay for it.

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

Burton is a good reader and is the saving grace for this production. If there were a less competent reader I may not have stuck with it to the end.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

Any additional comments?

Don't waste your time and hard earned money on this book.