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  • The Lost Airman

  • A True Story of Escape from Nazi Occupied France
  • By: Seth Meyerowitz, Peter F. Stevens
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,310

Bronx-born top turret-gunner Arthur Meyerowitz was on his second mission when he was shot down in 1943. He was one of only two men on the B-24 Liberator known as Harmful Lil Armful who escaped death or immediate capture on the ground. After fleeing the wreck, Arthur knocked on the door of an isolated farmhouse, whose owners hastily took him in. Fortunately, his hosts not only despised the Nazis but had a tight connection to the French resistance group Morhange and its founder, Marcel Taillandier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Story of the French Resistance in WW2

  • By Rebecca Lawton on 06-19-17

Extraordinary

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

Reviewed: 05-18-18

Written in a in-the-heart-of-the-action narrative style that grabs a hold of you and won't let go. Extremely well done, even if it did leave me wondering how so much detail was available to the authors.

Nearly as much about Marcel Taillandier and the resistance as Arthur Mereyowitz; leaves me wanting to know more.

  • 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 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,969
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,962

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

Extraordinary

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

Reviewed: 08-12-17

Tremendously entertaining. The author is a natural storyteller, and has one hell of an interesting story to tell!

Several very memorable moments, including a mob-assisted medical procedure, and the author being forciblly strip-searched by goons moments after removing a hidden recording device.

I'd look forward to more books by this author, but I don't think he'd be up for more similar adventures.

  • No Baggage

  • A Minimalist Tale of Love and Wandering
  • By: Clara Bensen
  • Narrated by: Clara Bensen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 684
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 621
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 619

No Baggage is a memoir that will resonate with adventurers and homebodies alike - it's at once a romance, a travelogue, and a bright, modern take on the age-old questions: How do you find the courage to explore beyond your comfort zone? Can you love someone without the need for commitment or any expectations for the future?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I think I can finish, I think I can finish....

  • By Lisbeth on 08-20-16

Meh

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

Reviewed: 08-02-16

Very interesting premise, and I had a lot of hope for this book, but there's too much angsty introspection, and not enough about the experiences had while going on what must have been a truly amazing, throw-caution-to-the-wind adventure across Europe with a quirky, almost-stranger.

If you're a fan of travel adventures like those by Twain, Bryson, or even Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, this book isn't what you're looking for. If you're an anxiety-ridden 20-something Austinite with daddy issues, low self-esteem and an attraction to men who live in their office and begrudgingly shower once a week, you'll probably love this book.

That said, the book's not bad. Just not as good as it could have been.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • More Dirty, Funny, Sexy, Witty One Liner Jokes

  • Volume II
  • By: Lazaro Droznes
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22

Women love men with a sense of humor. The life of the party is the man who cracks the right word in the right moment. The problem is: Where are the good lines when you need them? They are here. The best one-liners to show off in public and in private. All the one-liners are related to sex, women, love, and relationships. Take the lines you'll need to become the life of the party. Dating will never be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and possibly offensive

  • By Gene on 03-03-16

Absolutely dreadful

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

Reviewed: 02-25-16

I'm not sure what I was expecting, but this was awful. Completely unlistenable.

0 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Ivy and Bean

  • By: Annie Barrows
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Morris
  • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 214

Annie Barrows introduces Ivy and Bean, two unique girls who certainly didn't plan on becoming friends. Bean, a mischievous yet lovable tomboy, never thought she'd enjoy playing with Ivy, the quiet new neighbor who looks rather boring. Ivy, however, happens to be a witch in training! When Bean gets into a real pickle, Ivy unexpectedly comes to her aid, sparking a rambunctious backyard caper that just might lead to a fabulous new friendship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • fun, but too expensive

  • By Sean on 11-04-15

fun, but too expensive

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

Reviewed: 11-04-15

my 6 year old daughter loves this book, and wants to listen to more, but they're priced at $7/hr. which is 2-3x what they're worth.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Coming Clean

  • By: Kimberly Rae Miller
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Rae Miller
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,247

Kim Miller is an immaculately put-together woman with a great career, a loving boyfriend, and a tidy apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. You would never guess that Kim grew up behind the closed doors of her family’s idyllic Long Island house, navigating between teetering stacks of aging newspapers, broken computers, and boxes upon boxes of unused junk festering in every room - the product of her father’s painful and unending struggle with hoarding. In this moving coming-of-age story, Kim brings to life her rat-infested home and her childhood consumed by concealing her father’s shameful secret from friends.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's Like a Car Wreck...

  • By Elisabeth on 02-09-14

tremendously compelling

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

Reviewed: 10-26-15

This is a tremendously compelling, often difficult to listen to story told by the author. It must have been painful for her to write and perform, but it offers insight into hoarders, and how their habits profoundly affect those who love them.

I'm glad I bought this book.

  • The Aviators

  • Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh, and the Epic Age of Flight
  • By: Winston Groom
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,689
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,537

Gifted storyteller Winston Groom, the best-selling author of Forrest Gump, has written the fascinating story of three extraordinary heroes who defined aviation during the great age of flight: Charles Lindbergh, Eddie Rickenbacker, and Jimmy Doolittle. These cleverly interwoven tales of their heart-stopping adventures take us from the feats of World War I through the heroism of World War II and beyond, including daring military raids and survival at sea, and will appeal to fans of Unbroken, The Greatest Generation, and Flyboys.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listening experience!

  • By tjcrewsbooks on 11-12-13

A great overview of these early pioneers

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

Reviewed: 02-05-15

There are certainly more detailed books about these three giants of aviation, but this one does a great job in pulling everything together and weaving it into a relatively coherent narrative that culminates in these men's contributions to aviation as well as to World War 2.

Well-paced and entertaining, I enjoyed this book very much.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Paddle Your Own Canoe

  • One Man's Fundamentals for Delicious Living
  • By: Nick Offerman
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,551
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,499

Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman - who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation's Ron Swanson? Combining his trademark comic voice and very real expertise in woodworking - he runs his own woodshop - Paddle Your Own Canoe features tales from Offerman's childhood in small-town Minooka, Illinois, to his theater days in Chicago, beginnings as a carpenter/actor and the hilarious and magnificent seduction of his now-wife Megan Mullally.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like bacon for your ears

  • By Kyle on 01-03-14

He keeps referring to it as a humorous book

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

Reviewed: 02-05-15

I'm a fan of Parks & Rec. Loved Amy Poehler's book "Yes, Please". Am generally a fan of the Ron Swanson caricature Offerman has played.

But in the first hour, this book is nothing but is Offerman lecturing the listener about organic foods (he's in favor of them), the joy of meat, and religion (keep your fictional stories to yourself) in a fairly condescending why-isn't-this-obvious-to-you manner.

All of which would be forgivable if the book were funny. It's not. Not so far, anyway, and my patience is running out.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Working Stiff

  • Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner
  • By: Judy Melinek MD, T. J. Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,064
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,877
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,863

Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. With her husband and their toddler holding down the home front, Judy threw herself into the fascinating world of death investigation-performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, and counseling grieving relatives. Working Stiff chronicles Judy's two years of training, taking listeners behind the police tape of some of the most harrowing deaths in the Big Apple.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating, though disturbing at times

  • By Sean on 08-26-14

Fascinating, though disturbing at times

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

Reviewed: 08-26-14

Dr. Melinek has written a fascinating and compelling book, and does a good job at showing the human aspects to her job as a medical examiner. Some of the details of what happens in an autopsy will make your skin crawl, but let's be honest, that's partly why you buy this sort of book.

The case histories are all interesting, if sometimes disturbing or heart-wrenching, but she comes across as a thoughtful professional who does a difficult job with dedication and compassion.

The majority of this book is similar to what's found in Stiff, and the Poisoner's Handbook, and will very much appeal to fans of those books.

But this book is more than that. Dr. Melinek was working for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York on 9/11/2001, and she offers a look into what happened out of the public's view in the weeks and months after the attacks.

If you think you might be interested in forensic science, I cannot recommend this book any more highly.

22 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Voices of the Pacific

  • Untold Stories from the Marine Heroes of World War II
  • By: Adam Makos
  • Narrated by: Tom Weiner
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151

Chronicling the United States Marine Corps’ actions in the Pacific theater of operations, Voices of the Pacific presents the true stories of heroism and honor as told by such World War II veterans as Sid Phillips, R. V. Burgin, and Chuck Tatum - whose exploits were featured in the HBO miniseries The Pacific - and their marine buddies from the legendary First Marine Division.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good story line

  • By cogal on 12-01-15

Great material, annoyingly narrated

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

Reviewed: 02-14-14

I'm a fan of the "Lost Voices" series of audiobooks, which intermixes the stories of a dozen or so people into a single narrative. Except those books use the original source material - recordings of the actual people telling their stories.

This book uses a narrator who makes up voices for the Marines. And many of them are similar to one another. This started out as extremely annoying, but faded to only mildly so halfway through the book, as the stories of these Marines took center stage. Honestly, the narrator could have read the book as Daffy Duck and I wouldn't have cared!

These stories were gathered recently - after the Pacific miniseries aired, but you'll see many of the same people and personalities from a different point of view. Personal stories of Lekie (Helmet for my Pillow), Sledge (With the Old Breed), Haldane, Chesty Puller, and John Basilonge. The book really adds depth to these famous personalities. Makes them more human. More complex.

Most of these types of books have a phrase or story that sticks with me for a long time. The one from this book will be this: When Medal of Honor recipient John Basiglone was married in 1944, he had 4 other sergeants act as groomsmen at his wedding. Of the 5 guys, 3 would be killed on Iwo Jima, and the other two wounded, one losing an arm.

Anyway, I recommend this book, especially if you've watched the Pacific, and/or read the other books mentioned above.