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  • American Made

  • Who Killed Barry Seal? Pablo Escobar or George HW Bush
  • By: Shaun Attwood
  • Narrated by: Randal Schaffer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 138

Barry Seal flew cocaine and weapons worth billions of dollars into and out of America in the 1980s. After he became a government informant, Pablo Escobar's Medellin Cartel offered a million for him alive and half a million dead. But his real trouble began after he threatened to expose the dirty dealings of George HW Bush.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazing!

  • By baggers on 08-22-17

Complete and utter waste of time.

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

Reviewed: 10-15-17

... unless you are someone who thinks it is necessary to wear a tinfoil hat.

  • Dead Run

  • The Murder of a Lawman and the Greatest Manhunt of the Modern American West
  • By: Dan Schultz
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,719
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,572
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,564

On a sunny May morning in 1998 in Cortez, Colorado, three desperados in a stolen truck opened fire on the town cop, shooting him 20 times; then they blasted their way past dozens of police cars and disappeared into 10,000 square miles of the harshest wilderness terrain on the North American continent. Self-trained survivalists, the outlaws eluded the most sophisticated law enforcement technology on the planet and a pursuit force that represented more than 75 local, state, and federal police agencies with dozens of SWAT teams, U.S. Army Special Forces....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sounds like fiction...but it's not! Great Listen!

  • By Karen on 04-04-13

Reclassify As Fiction

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

Reviewed: 09-27-17

Much of this book is written as speculation and refutes official conclusions by law enforcement.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lincoln in the Bardo

  • A Novel
  • By: George Saunders
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,179
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,140

The long-awaited first novel from the author of Tenth of December: a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Mixed Bag

  • By Thomas More on 02-24-17

Had high hopes.

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

Reviewed: 04-16-17

Do not care for fantasy. I exchanged it for a different title. Did not finish.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Fire Line

  • The Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots
  • By: Fernanda Santos
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June of 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Granite Mountain Hotshots were a ragtag family crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. The Hotshots were loyal to one another and dedicated to the tough job they had.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • touching

  • By matt on 05-04-16

Well written story

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

Reviewed: 07-16-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This is a good story, mostly biographical about the Granite Mountain Hotshots. The author does a good job of weaving the bios into the history and timeline of the Yarnell fire that cost the lives of 19 fire fighters. The story ends with the funerals and a bit of followup on compensations.

What other book might you compare The Fire Line to and why?

Fire on the Mountain (better)
The Big Burn (much better)

How could the performance have been better?

The narration is mostly easy to listen to, even at 1.5x, But he mispronounces many of the common plant names, particularly any with a Spanish origin, such as Saguaro. That just shows lazy prep for the reading by ARI FLIAKOS.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Gene

  • An Intimate History
  • By: Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 19 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,072
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,597

The extraordinary Siddhartha Mukherjee has written a biography of the gene as deft, brilliant, and illuminating as his extraordinarily successful biography of cancer. Weaving science, social history, and personal narrative to tell us the story of one of the most important conceptual breakthroughs of modern times, Mukherjee animates the quest to understand human heredity and its surprising influence on our lives, personalities, identities, fates, and choices.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scientific history blended with humanity

  • By S. Yates on 05-23-16

Mostly just introductory college biology.

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

Reviewed: 07-09-16

My review is based on my 30 plus years of experience teaching college level biology.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Finding Me

  • A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed
  • By: Michelle Knight, Michelle Burford
  • Narrated by: Maria Cabezas
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,176

Michelle was a young single mother when she was kidnapped by a local school bus driver named Ariel Castro. For more than a decade afterward, she endured unimaginable torture at the hand of her abductor. In 2003 Amanda Berry joined her in captivity, followed by Gina DeJesus in 2004. Their escape on May 6, 2013, made headlines around the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartbreaking..

  • By Karen on 12-11-14

Compelling and Vivid Narrative.

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

Reviewed: 01-05-16

Well done, although it was very difficult to listen to because of the repulsive nature of the story. It is truly hard to imagine someone as vile as Castro. Knight's endurance was also unimaginable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Killing Lincoln

  • The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever
  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by: Bill O'Reilly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,575

The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bill O'Reilly Nailed this one

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-23-12

Nothing New Here

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

Reviewed: 11-18-12

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

Although reasonably well written, there was nothing new or unique about the President, his assination, or events surrounding it. He included a lot of "filler" in the form of details of the final battles and events surrounding Lee's capitulation.
O'Reilly narrated. Although he reads well, his mispronunciation of technical words was annoying. Most annoying was saying calvary when he should have said, cavalry. He's paid way to much to not know the difference.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Miracle in the Andes

What three words best describe Bill O'Reilly’s voice?

Pleasant, well-modulated, appealing

What character would you cut from Killing Lincoln?

The somewhat irrelevant details of the ending of the civil war.

Any additional comments?

Many authors make the mistake of thinking they are good narrators. O'Reilly is one of those.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful