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  • The Murder of William Marsh Rice

  • A Galveston Storm Novel
  • By: Paul N. Spellman
  • Narrated by: George Kastrinos
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

Pinkerton Detective Caleb Lincoln struggles against the worst natural disaster ever to strike the US - the 1900 Galveston hurricane - while fighting for his own life during the investigation into the murder of the Texas philanthropist whose estate founded Rice University in Houston in 1912. Chased by a mysterious assassin paid to stop him from finding the truth, Lincoln races across a continent and back before meeting his nemesis on the battlefield of a famous Texas hill even as the monumental Spindletop oil gusher explodes in the background. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent Tale

  • By Lee on 12-02-18

An Excellent Tale

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-18

This book is a perfect blend of a good story and a great narrator. The description of the ravages of the 1900 Storm on Galveston are incredible. It’ll keep your ear glued to your listening device. I also found the final part of the book of particular interest because it is set at Spindletop near Beaumont. I grew up just down the road in Port Arthur and so I appreciated the local history. From murder most foul to a vengeful Mother Nature, this book has it all!

  • Home Front: The Complete BBC Radio Collection, Volume 1

  • By: Lucy Catherine, Katie Hims, Sebastian Baczkiewicz, and others
  • Narrated by: full cast, Toby Jones, Ami Metcalf, and others
  • Length: 38 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Series 1-5 of the groundbreaking BBC Radio 4 drama charting life on the home front during World War One. First heard on radio between 4 August 2014 and 9 November 2018, each episode of Home Front is set exactly 100 years before the broadcast date, and each follows one character’s day. Together they create a mosaic of experience from a wide cross section of society, mixing historical fact with enthralling fiction to explore how ordinary people coped with daily life in wartime Britain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Radio Drama!

  • By Lee on 11-24-18

Excellent Radio Drama!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-24-18

This is an incredibly well done radio drama. It can be tough to keep track of all the characters, but if you go to the BBC 4 website you can see a list of them. It touches on virtually every aspect of World War One on the British Home Front.

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  • 3000 Degrees

  • The True Story of a Deadly Fire and the Men Who Fought It
  • By: Sean Flynn
  • Narrated by: Richard Rohan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

On December 3, 1999, the call crackled in to the men of the Worchester, Massachusetts Fire Department: a three-alarm warehouse blaze in a six-story windowless colossus of brick and mortar. What happened next - and how their lives and community were changed forever - offers an unprecedented look at these heroic men whose job it is to rush into burning buildings when everyone else just wants out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating details

  • By Diana - Audible on 04-16-12

An Excellent Book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-23-18

I’m a retired firefighter in Texas. The author does an incredible job describing not just the fire, but also the lives of the men who fought it. Their loss seems all the more tragic after you get to know them through the discussion of their backgrounds and personal/family lives. I highly recommend this book. It’s one of the few I’ve listened to more than once. (Three times to be exact.)

  • Dragnet: Old Time Radio - 379 Episodes

  • By: Frank Burt, James E. Moser, John Robinson
  • Narrated by: Jack Webb, Barton Yarborough, Ben Alexander, and others
  • Length: 137 hrs and 52 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263

Dragnet was perhaps the most famous and influential police procedural drama in media history. The series gave millions of audience members a feel for the boredom and drudgery, as well as the danger and heroism, of real-life police work.

Actor and producer Jack Webb's aims in Dragnet were for realism and unpretentious acting. He achieved both goals, and Dragnet remains a key influence on subsequent police dramas in many media.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Grandfather of Law and Order

  • By lizski on 09-21-13

Just the facts, ma'am.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-18

Dragnet is the godfather of all radio dramas. This collection is well worth it as it provides hours of entertainment. The stories are fast moving, the dialogue sparse and lean, and you get a sense of the boredom followed by excitement of police work. Jack Webb didn't shy away from controversial themes, which is remarkable given the time period in which these programs were produced. For example, listen to the episode about the boy who gets a .22 rifle for Christmas. Some of the episodes repeat, but that is because they were repeated on the radio too. The only downside is that a few of the episodes didn't record as well and can be a bit spotty. All things considered, this collection is a must for those who like old time radio police procedurals, plus you get an interesting slice of American life from the late 40s through the mid 50s.

  • Great Baseball Writing

  • By: Editors of Sports Illustrated
  • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
  • Length: 27 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

When Sports Illustrated was launched in 1954, baseball was, indisputable, the national pastime, its stars America's epic heroes, its rivalries the era's mythology. As baseballs fortunes rose and fell over the next 50 years - and then rose again to new heights, drawing more than 65 million fans to ballparks in 2004 - the game never failed to produce great drama and inspired storytelling.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • mispronunciations lowered my overall rating

  • By John J. Elert on 04-16-18

A Must For Baseball Fans

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

I love baseball and I love good writing, thus I’m a big fan of this book. I’ve listened to it three times and also bought a print copy for my dad. Any true fan of the game will definitely appreciate this book.

  • Galveston

  • A Novel
  • By: Nic Pizzolatto
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 946
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 826
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 830

From the creator, writer, and executive producer of the HBO series True Detective and soon to be a major motion picture comes a dark and visceral novel set along the wastelands of Galveston. On the same day Roy Cady is diagnosed with a terminal illness, he learns that his employer has put a hit out on him. After narrowly escaping an attempt on his life, Cady goes on the run with a young prostitute named Rocky and her three-year-old sister, from New Orleans to Galveston, Texas. But though they run, they cannot hide in this explosive, atmospheric, impossible-to-pause thrill ride.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Richly Layered

  • By Stephanie on 11-17-12

A Dark, Atmospheric Novel

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

I’ll preface this by saying that I’m from Port Arthur, TX and spent most of my young adulthood ranging back and forth from Anahuac to New Iberia. So I was predisposed to enjoy this book and Season One of True Detective. At any rate, this novel is Gulf Coast Noir at its finest. One thing that really stands out is Pizzolatto’s description of the fleabag motel in Galveston and its occupants. It’s like the last outpost of the desperado and the down on their luck.

I really enjoyed this book but a large part of that is because I’m familiar with the setting. Your mileage may vary. But I think this book offers something for everyone.

  • The Pirate Hunter

  • By: Richard Zacks
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 18 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 841
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 521
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 526

Captain Kidd has gone down in history as America's most ruthless buccaneer. However, Captain William Kidd was no career cut-throat; he was a tough, successful New York sea captain who was hired to chase pirates. Across the oceans of the world, the pirate hunter, Kidd, pursued the pirate, Culliford. One man would hang in the harbor; the other would walk away with the treasure. The Pirate Hunter is both a masterpiece of historical detective work and a page-turner.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Aaaargh Matey, Listen to this tale!

  • By Karen on 04-20-04

Great Book

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-25-17

Avast thar me hearties! You definitely want to drop your anchor and listen to this tale. It’s a fascinating story of how one man was both the hunter and the hunted.

  • Classics of Russian Literature

  • By: The Great Courses, Irwin Weil
  • Narrated by: Irwin Weil
  • Length: 17 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

Russian literature famously probes the depths of the human soul, and in this series of 36 insightful lectures prepared by a frequently honored teacher legendary among educators in both the United States and Russia-you probe just as deeply into the extraordinary legacy that is Russian Literature itself.Professor Weil introduces you to masterpieces such as Tolstoy's War and Peace, Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, Pushkin's Eugene Onegin, Gogol's Dead Souls, Chekhov's The Seagull, Pasternak's Doctor Zhivago, and many other great novels, stories, plays, and poems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jump in The Troika for A Ride with Dr. Weil!

  • By Rich on 07-15-16

Excellent!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-12-17

I studied Russian History in college and have read most of the writers he discusses before. This is an excellent overview for newcomers to Russian Lit or veteran readers alike. I especially enjoyed his delivery. First off, his Russian pronunciation is excellent. He even sings a bit. This is a course I’ll probably listen to a second time.

  • The Son

  • By: Philipp Meyer
  • Narrated by: Will Patton, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Shepherd, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,901
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,905

Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching examination of the bloody price of power, The Son is a gripping and utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American west with rare emotional acuity, even as it presents an intimate portrait of one family across two centuries. Eli McCullough is just twelve-years-old when a marauding band of Comanche storm his Texas homestead and brutally murder his mother and sister, taking him as a captive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Five Stars for the Lone Star, The Son, & Meyer

  • By Mel on 06-04-13

A Must Listen!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-15-17

Any additional comments?

I will preface my review by saying that I have not seen the television series. This book is a must read/listen for anyone interested in Texas History or the History of the Comanche People. Three generations of Texans cut their teeth on wars with perhaps the fiercest tribe to roam the plains. The author deftly moves back and forth between three time periods and weaves the divergent story lines together with great skill.

I'm a fan of Will Patton as a narrator from listening to his masterful performance as Dave Robicheaux in the James Lee Burke series. He does an equally good job here. Word of warning though, the book might not be for the squeamish. The author pulls no punches in describing the vicious nature of the Indian Wars.

  • Going Home

  • A Novel
  • By: A. American
  • Narrated by: Duke Fontaine
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,938
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,400
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,386

If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun book can't wait for more!

  • By Drew (@drewsant) on 08-14-14

A Good Listen

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-04-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would, with the caveat that the friend would have to be a fan of this genre. I don't think it would appeal to those who aren't. It was a very good listen. The characters seem real, as do their interactions with each other. This book is definitely more, shall we say, user friendly than Patriots is. I'd rank it just below One Second After. I got sucked into the story and listened to it all in a single day.

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