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  • American Prison

  • A Reporter's Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment
  • By: Shane Bauer
  • Narrated by: James Fouhey, Shane Bauer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318

In 2014, Shane Bauer was hired for $9 an hour to work as an entry-level prison guard at a private prison in Winnfield, Louisiana. An award-winning investigative journalist, he used his real name. Four months later, his employment came to an abrupt end. But he had seen enough, and in short order he wrote an exposé about his experiences that won a National Magazine Award. In American Prison, Bauer weaves a much deeper reckoning with his experiences together with a thoroughly researched history of for-profit prisons in America from their origins in the decades before the Civil War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark, entertaining, and informative.

  • By Mike on 11-20-18

A story that needs to be told

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

Reviewed: 03-01-19

This is a brave book. The writer taking his life in his hands to tell a story that would be difficult to tell from the inmates perspective.

I heard a man speak at a law school. He was a 'white collar criminal' of the low hanging fruit type. He saw what he thought was an opportunity and took it. He ended up with 18 months. Some of the things that Mr.. Bauer reports in his book are corroborated in the story I heard the WCC speak of.

  • Lies Sleeping

  • Rivers of London, Book 7
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 840
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 787
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 785

The Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud, and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, detective constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring him to justice. But even as the unwieldy might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that the Faceless Man, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long-term plan. A plan that has its roots in London's 2,000 bloody years of history and could literally bring the city to its knees. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A very satisfying read

  • By Tim on 11-21-18

Phantasmagorical genre bending fun!

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

Reviewed: 11-23-18

A little police procedural.
A little bit of urban magic, just that dash that makes it believable.
A lot of great characters.
Lovely u-bend turns in the story!
A fat grey polka line between perception of good and evil; believers and fanatics, that open a huge double door into the philosophical questions of the ages. Kant and Hume would be able to argue for tomes about it :)
I have enjoyed this series very much. Lies Sleeping is definitely a standout in the series.
The Inspector does some really great magic, seriously! Would have given it 4 stars just for that..
There is a surprise for Molly.
Toby still wants a walk no matter how tired Peter is :)
And Mr. Holdbrook-Smith is as usual, fabulous!

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  • Mindhunter

  • Inside the FBI's Elite Serial Crime Unit
  • By: John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker
  • Narrated by: Richard M. Davidson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,026
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,628

Bonus material! Includes an excerpt from John Douglas and Mark Olshaker’s Obsession! Discover the classic behind-the-scenes chronicle of John E. Douglas’ 25-year career in the FBI Investigative Support Unit, where he used psychological profiling to delve into the minds of the country’s most notorious serial killers and criminals - the basis for the upcoming Netflix original series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have purchased every book J.E.D. Has made available

  • By leelee8888 on 10-29-17

Mind opening

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Not only history but fascinating information on the creation of a valuable unit of the FBI. A calamity of things going right makes one feel, well not comfort, this book is not comfortable to read, but #pride in the men and women who have the #courage to do this work. #impressive #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • End Game

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,569

Will Robie and Jessica Reel are two of the most lethal people alive. They're the ones the government calls in when the utmost secrecy is required to take out those who plot violence and mass destruction against the United States. And through every mission, one man has always had their backs: their handler, code-named Blue Man. But now, Blue Man is missing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Keep 'em Coming!

  • By shelley on 11-15-17

As twisty and dangerous as the Tour DeFrance mountain race days!

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Freakishly believable. Characters are strong. The story is just within believability, amazing to imagine this but I don’t think the real estate was imagined. #thrilling #jaw-dropping #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Jasmine Blackborow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,090

Georgie, or Lady Georgiana Rannoch, is busy planning her upcoming nuptials to Darcy O'Mara. Unfortunately, what has started as a simple wedding has become quite a royal headache and grand affair, thanks to a guest list that includes the queen and the appointment of princesses as Georgie's bridesmaids. “If only Darcy and I had eloped!” she thinks, as she attempts to organize her wedding and find a place for her and her husband-to-be to live. Just as she despairs of ever finding a home, her godfather offers his fully staffed country estate. But something sinister is afoot....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall I loved it!

  • By Dylan on 08-13-18

Good addition to the series

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

Honestly not m favorite. Really wanted to revel in the end more, after all this time. The story itself was odd. I like Georgie and Darcy and hope they have more #feelgood and #delightful adventures. #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

  • The Hanging Tree

  • Rivers of London, Book 6
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,754
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,623

Where the Marble Arch stands today in London was once the Tyburn gallows - also known as The Hanging Tree. The walk toward those gallows along Oxford Street and past the Mayfair mansions has a bloody and haunted history as the last trip of the condemned. Some things never change. For both blood and ghosts have returned to those mansions of the super-rich. And it's up to Peter Grant - England's last wizard and the Metropolitan Police's reluctant investigator of all things supernatural - to get to the bottom of the sinister doings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Continuing Splendor of Peter Grant

  • By Tim on 02-01-17

Getting better and better

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Beginnings, the narrator is fantastic. When you are considering an audio book, the narration is very important.

I understand that the author had a hand in choosing Mr. Holdbrook-Smith. Outstanding is a good word for his work on this series.

The story itself. I feel like small things are being peeled away and it just gets more interesting. I have listened to each one of the River stories at least twice. I see Bill Nighy in my head whenever I think of Thomas Nightingale, just to give a visual. The stories are imaginative and delightful with enough daily hurdles thrown in to make you feel the potential for magic is balanced against a real life being lived.

I think the characters are strong and fascinating. I read a book called The Thirteenth Tale by Settlefield, and in that novel an author complains that minors characters do not all have an encyclopedic back story and people who read her books were just going to have to live with it; stop asking what happened to the scullery maid etc. There are probably a lot of authors who would agree with this, but I hope - yes I hope - that Ben Aaronovitch writes books or adds more details about all my favorite minor characters in his series. This being said, I like his characters and want to read lots more about them!

The series is a great deal of fun. I would recommend it to anyone with a slightly tilted sense of humor and a desire for a little magic in their lives.

  • Orphan X

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,626
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,322

Evan Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. He's also a man with a dangerous past. Chosen as a child, he was raised and trained as part of the off-the-books black box Orphan program, designed to create the perfect deniable intelligence assets - i.e. assassins. He was Orphan X. Evan broke with the program, using everything he learned to disappear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book by Hurwitz

  • By Nancy Chilton-Kendrick on 07-25-16

Don't let the Smoak get in your eyes

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

It is the little touches in this book that make it stand out. The actions that make the characters stand out.
This is a gritty anti hero thriller, do doubt, but the underlying man vs. self that is running like a riptide under the surface is outstanding. I thought the backstory gave a lot of credibility to the character's current actions.

Definitely recommend to anyone who likes a good thriller.

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  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • A Novel
  • By: Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,647
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,345

London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb.... As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends – and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I felt like a bit of a voyeur

  • By Ella on 03-10-09

A classic delight.

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

I enjoy this story every time I listen to it. It is a delight. The story, the characters and the research are top notch!

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  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,470
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,917
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,862

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

Loophole just add-> patience, time and silence.

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

Reviewed: 07-26-17

Would you listen to The Dispatcher again? Why?

I probably will listen to The Dispatcher again. There are nuances that can be gleaned from another listen I believe.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked Valdez. He has a very 'paramedic' sort of approach to his work.

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

Not audio no, but I thought he did a brilliant job. Top notch.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Good story. I think there could be more to the story, but perhaps that is because I liked it.
I enjoyed the new idea, that of dispatching. It is funny because dispatchers in my biz always complain they never see what happens, that they are under a kind of stress from never seeing what happens to the people they talk to on the phone.

  • The Last Mile

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,089

Following Memory Man, number-one NYT best-selling author David Baldacci returns with his next thriller featuring detective Amos Decker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Baldacci winner

  • By Dawn on 04-21-16

Glad to see Amos back!

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

Reviewed: 05-28-16

Where does The Last Mile rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The story line was strong. I feel like if you were not familiar with the first book that you might not get as much out of the characters as those who have read it. I strongly suggest reading Memory Man first. Yes, the book can stand on its own, it seems to me though that it would have more depth if the listener/reader was familiar with the first book.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot was excellent. I liked that Amos found a way to parlay his football knowledge with his hyperthymesia to solve the case.

What didn’t you like about Kyf Brewer and Orlagh Cassidy ’s performance?

I thought that Cassidy's performance was good. I wish I could separate the stars. I would give her 5. I felt like Brewer (gawd how I hate to criticize readers...I really do) made Amos sound like a 'small' man. He gave Agent Bogart a deep resonant voice and Amos the voice of a pre-pubescent boy. Perhaps I am to judgemental. Once I hear a character voiced by someone who I fell captures the character, as Ron McLarty did in Memory Man, it is difficult to take a switch.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

That Amos might be finding a place to stand firm in his world.