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  • Breakfast at Tiffany's

  • By: Truman Capote
  • Narrated by: Michael C. Hall
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,692
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,687

Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall (Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote's masterstroke about a young writer's charmed fascination with his unorthodox neighbor, the "American geisha" Holly Golightly. Holly - a World War II-era society girl in her late teens - survives via socialization, attending parties and restaurants with men from the wealthy upper class who also provide her with money and expensive gifts. Over the course of the novella, the seemingly shallow Holly slowly opens up to the curious protagonist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Better to look at the sky than live there"

  • By W Perry Hall on 02-12-14

I wish it ran longer

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

Saw the movie more than 50 years ago and remembered nothing about it besides Tiffany's and Audrey Hepburn. Watched the movie again after listening to this book and noted many similarities and differences. Both were outstanding. Listen to this book and then watch the movie. Or vice-versa. Classics.

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22,706
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,274
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20,276

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT.

  • By Ilia on 03-07-18

Slightly better than a waste of time

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

It sounded like a good idea. Actually, in practice, it didn't. An audio documentary. Imagine watching episodes of Unsolved Mysteries with a blanket draped over the front of your video screen. For nearly eight hours! Yikes! I like listening to Audible books because the overwhelming majority of them do not include visuals in their print form. And that's how they're written. At least the authors repeated some of the indecipherable audio recordings included (on television, captioning would have been used). I'm pretty sure this was a free download. If it wasn't, I'd be trading it in.

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  • The Fallen

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,346

Something sinister is going on in Baronville. The rust belt town has seen four bizarre murders in the space of two weeks. Cryptic clues left at the scenes - obscure Bible verses, odd symbols - have the police stumped. Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are in Baronville visiting Alex's sister and her family. It's a bleak place: a former mill and mining town with a crumbling economy and rampant opioid addiction. Decker has been there only a few hours when he stumbles on a horrific double murder scene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This was supposed to be a VACATION!!!!

  • By shelley on 04-17-18

Maybe the first three were better

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

I was not impressed with this offering although I may have been put at a disadvantage by not having read the first three books in this series. More impressive than Decker's photographic memory was his Carnac the Magnificent ability to detect things with a minimum of clues or evidence. I do not do well with names in real life and I found it hard to keep track of the number of murder victims who, as it turned out, played little or no significant part in this novel's plot. I don't take notes while listening to books and I don't plan on starting. I want books to entertain me, not test my memory skills. Perhaps I'll go back and listen to the first book in this series. And then again, maybe I won't. Not a bad book, just not a memorable one (at least for me).

  • Cross Justice

  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Ruben Santiago-Hudson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,097
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,874
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,882

When his cousin is accused of a heinous crime, Alex Cross returns to his North Carolina hometown for the first time in over three decades. As he tries to prove his cousin's innocence in a town where everyone seems to be on the take, Cross unearths a family secret that forces him to question everything he's ever known.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Possibly the best one yet!!

  • By Ginger on 11-24-15

Suspension of disbelief necessary for this one

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

Patterson is obviously a good writer but I'm not sure he's a good storyteller. At least in this offering. It's not really possible to describe why I think so without providing spoilers as evidence. But let me put it this way. It's theoretically possible for you to flip a coin 10 times in a row and come up with heads every time. It's also theoretically possible that the twists and turns in this novel could happen in real life. So if you want to know what it's like to flip a coin heads 10 straight times, have a listen. The writing is good but the plot is ludicrous. Suspend your disbelief for this one and you might enjoy the ride.

  • Don't Let Go

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Steven Weber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,768
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,277

With unmatched suspense and emotional insight, Harlan Coben explores the big secrets and little lies that can destroy a relationship, a family, and even a town in this powerful new thriller.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The new Harlan Coben?!

  • By shelley on 10-01-17

Good twists but otherwise average

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

This is one of the those "don't love it, but don't hate it" kind of books. Not the worse Coben book I have ever listened to but, by far, not the best. It had some good twists and turns but when you learn what finally happened it will take you back to something said earlier by one of the main characters. Sorry to be so vague but to say more would spoil things. Don't expect a lot from this listen and you won't be disappointed.

  • Trump: The Art of the Deal

  • By: Donald J. Trump, Tony Schwartz
  • Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith, Donald J. Trump
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,102

Here is Trump in action—how he runs his organization and how he runs his life—as he meets the people he needs to meet, chats with family and friends, clashes with enemies, and challenges conventional thinking. But even a maverick plays by rules, and Trump has formulated time-tested guidelines for success. He isolates the common elements in his greatest accomplishments; he shatters myths; he names names, spells out the zeros, and fully reveals the deal-maker's art. And throughout, Trump talks—really talks—about how he does it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Understanding Trump

  • By Rob Thomas on 08-27-18

The same guy who's now president

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

Probably would have never listened to this type of book if it weren't for the who the author has become. Can't say I learned any new theory but it's the application of the theory that can make or break a deal. And sometimes you have to get lucky as Trump did with the Mar Lago deal. I thought the narrator did an excellent job. Although he didn't sound like Trump, I had no problem imagining Trump was talking to me. Worth a credit.

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  • The Gods of Guilt

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,927
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,149

Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • God of Scribe

  • By Big jim Picotto on 03-12-15

Good offering by Connelly

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

Liked the character development in this novel although I would have appreciated more twists and turns. Haller seemed more human in this story than in previous installments. Thought the ending was somewhat anti-climactic but everything tied together. My schedule forced me to listen in smaller bits and over a longer period of time than usual. This rarely improves the listen and didn't with this one. On balance though, the book is worth a credit.

  • Echo in Ramadi

  • The Firsthand Story of U.S. Marines in Iraq's Deadliest City
  • By: Scott A. Huesing
  • Narrated by: David Marantz
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 312
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287

From the winter of 2006 through the spring of 2007, 250 marines from Echo Company, Second Battalion, Fourth Marine Regiment, fought daily in the dangerous, dense city streets of Ramadi, Iraq, during the Multi-National Forces Surge ordered by President George W. Bush. The marines' mission: to kill or capture anti-Iraqi forces. Their experience: like being in hell. Now Major Scott A. Huesing, the commander who led Echo Company through Ramadi, takes listeners back to the streets of Ramadi in a visceral, gripping portrayal of modern urban combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Combat is Combat

  • By Calvin Guthrie on 05-21-18

Couldn't get through it

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

Reviewed: 03-27-18

I admire the brave men who fought for us in Iraq but I wasn't able to get through this book. The individual stories were not stringed together well enough to make for a cohesive listen. When my iPod starting playing because of a malfunction I didn't have the stomach to try to locate where I had actually left off. My best estimate is that I had about two hours left in the listen. This book wasn't for me but might have greater appeal for another listener.

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  • Let Trump Be Trump

  • The Inside Story of His Rise to the Presidency
  • By: Corey R. Lewandowski, David N. Bossie
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 794

Corey R. Lewandowski, Trump's campaign manager who launched Trump's historic bid for the White House, teams up with David N. Bossie, the consummate political pro who helped steer the last critical months of the Trump campaign, to offer the first insiders' account of the most historic campaign in modern political history. Starting from the months leading up to Trump's announcement all the way through staff shakeups within the White House, they offer eyewitness accounts of the real stories behind some of the most sensational headlines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • RESPECT

  • By Susan McGuire on 12-27-17

Better than expected

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

I really did not expect to learn anything new with this listen but was pleasantly surprised. I did not really know there was such bad blood between Corey and Manafort. I also did not know that David was behind Corey's hiring as Trump's campaign manager. Some of the behind-the-scenes stories gave me new perspectives on Trump. I also did not know the president was so superstitious when it came to jinxing himself. I thought the book editors could have done a better job of keeping the narration in the same person. I didn't particularly like the switching back and forth from first to third person. On balance, worth the credit.

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  • The Midnight Line

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,287

Reacher takes a stroll through a small Wisconsin town and sees a class ring in a pawn shop window: West Point 2005. A tough year to graduate: Iraq, then Afghanistan. The ring is tiny, for a woman, and it has her initials engraved on the inside. Reacher wonders what unlucky circumstance made her give up something she earned over four hard years. He decides to find out. And find the woman. And return her ring. Why not?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reacher doing what Reacher does!

  • By shelley on 11-07-17

A disappointing snoozefest

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

What has happened to Lee Child? Most of the Reacher books he has authored in the last few years have been nothing like his earlier works. Even the number of times "Reacher said nothing" has nearly disappeared. I honestly would not have known Reacher was the main character in this book if it were not for Dick Hill's narration. Speaking of which, can Dick read any slower? Let me suggest this. Lee, put the Reacher back into Reacher. And Dick, put some energy into your narration. Let's make the next one four or five stars. Or it will be my last one. Oh, Midnight Line; slightly better than the time Reacher spent 20 percent of the book (a few year's back) riding in the back of a car. But not much. If Reacher fans want to get a taste of what Reacher used to be like, turn on the TV series "Taken." The Bryan Mills character, played by Clive Standen, is a 30-something Jack Reacher.

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