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  • Fantasyland

  • How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History
  • By: Kurt Andersen
  • Narrated by: Kurt Andersen
  • Length: 19 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,807
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,610

A razor-sharp thinker offers a new understanding of our post-truth world and explains the American instinct to believe in make-believe, from the Pilgrims to P. T. Barnum to Disneyland to zealots of every stripe...to Donald Trump. In this sweeping, eloquent history of America, Kurt Andersen demonstrates that what's happening in our country today - this strange, post-factual, "fake news" moment we're all living through - is not something entirely new, but rather the ultimate expression of our national character and path.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, but...

  • By Synthpulse on 11-15-17

A very long editorial.

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

this book seem to me to be a very long editorial, which would be okay in a newspaper, but in a book setting there should be some underlying facts presented. As far as I can see, that never happened, although I admit that I didn't finish it

  • The Good Girl

  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,242
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14,489
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,476

Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant performances, moving story

  • By Roger on 09-11-14

Dreary and slow.

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

I couldn't finish it. The plot seems slow, and the characters were drawn out in excruciating detail.

  • Sudden Prey

  • A Lucas Davenport Novel
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,471
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,260

John Sandford's acclaimed Prey novels featuring the brilliant Lucas Davenport have plunged millions of readers into the darkest recesses of the criminal mind.... When Lucas and his team gun down two bank robbers in the middle of a heist, Davenport falls prey to the purest and simplest criminal motivation: revenge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too many close calls

  • By Fitz on 09-26-14

Not the best in the series, but a fast listen.

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

Reviewed: 02-22-16

Subject is all that I have but audible wants twenty words for some reason. A

  • The Water Knife

  • By: Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Narrated by: Almarie Guerra
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,935
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,929

In the American Southwest, Nevada, Arizona, and California skirmish for dwindling shares of the Colorado River. Into the fray steps Angel Velasquez, detective, leg breaker, assassin, and spy. A Las Vegas water knife, Angel "cuts" water for his boss, Catherine Case, ensuring that her lush, luxurious arcology developments can bloom in the desert, so the rich can stay wet while the poor get nothing but dust.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The fight for water in a drought fueled apocalypse

  • By Lore on 09-24-15

Not for pronunciation nazis...

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

Reviewed: 07-17-15

Would you try another book from Paolo Bacigalupi and/or Almarie Guerra?

Possibly.

Has The Water Knife turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. I just don't buy the underlying, dystopian premise. There is as much water on this planet now as there was 4.6 billion years ago. It has just been moved and made more saline. Solar power and reverse osmosis fixes both issues.

Would you be willing to try another one of Almarie Guerra’s performances?

She does a decent job of inflection and narrating in general, but she mis-pronounces an amazing number of words. I jotted these down, and there were more: "mesa", "granite", "liturgy", and "chambered".

Do you think The Water Knife needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. See above.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Jack Maggs

  • By: Peter Carey
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

With scars on his back and silver in his pocket, the huge figure of Jack Maggs strides across the rich landscape of 19th century London. As this enigmatic man moves through its streets and houses, his single-minded quest to find his son will engender love, deceit, and vengeance in the lives around him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jack Maggs

  • By Kathleen on 04-04-05

decent historical context, but very slow pace

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-10

I listen to a lot of Audible books, and this one has a storyline which moves very slowly: if an editor had chopped away about 40% of this novel, the historical context and good characterization would make it a winner. But. . .

  • Grave Secrets

  • By: Kathy Reichs
  • Narrated by: Katherine Borowitz
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 799
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 435
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 433

Powerful entertainment from the crime fiction superstar who combines riveting authenticity with witty, elegant prose. Best selling author Kathy Reichs "keeps the twists coming, and by the novel's climax, she has skillfully interwoven her many subplots and red herrings into a satisfying puddle of sex, sleaze, greed and gore," says Publishers Weekly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By Don on 06-24-03

Tempe Digs In

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-23-08

This my second Tempe Brennan book, and I like them. The female protagonist, complete with her tangled, complex love affairs works well. The use of both French and Spanish, along with the view of contemporary Canada adds a little international spice to the mix.

The author does a good job of mixing in historical and technical information about forensics and modern biology, which is welcome.

My one complaint is the anti-NRA diatribe which is stuffed into the early part of the book. I normally allow authors to use their work to promote their political views, but this one is so clumsily done and blatantly obvious that I must object. It feels as if a cut-and-paste from an anti-NRA website was stuffed into the novel, paradoxically right after a scene where the good guys might not have been harmed had they been armed. It just didn't work.

The book is well worth your time: history, travel, romance, and mystery, all in a generally well-written package.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hunting Season: An Anna Pigeon Novel

  • By: Nevada Barr
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 236

When Park Ranger Anna Pigeon answers a call to historic Mt. Locust, once a producing plantation and inn on Mississippi's Natchez Trace Parkway, the last thing she expects to encounter is a naked and very dead man. His body bears what looks like the brutal scars of an S&M ritual gone terribly wrong. When the deceased turned out to be the brother of a candidate for the office of local sheriff, a host of cover-ups, hidden agendas, old allegiances, and buried secrets begins to emerge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ranger with an attitude

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-23-08

Ranger with an attitude

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-23-08

I like the Anna Pigeon/Nevada Barr novels, and I've read and/or listened to many of them. I like the mystery combined with Anna's middle aged woman's angst about life and her complex feelings toward others. It is a good study of humanity.

A minor nit is the anti-hunting bias which is evident in many books in the series, but this one is a little over the top. Barr characterizes all hunters as cretins, never allowing a single ethical example to enter the story.

I wouldn't complain about the anti-hunter bias except that such an attitude is atypical of all the Park Rangers I've met, who generally understand the need for hunters and the revenue they provide for wildlife welfare.

Still, it's a good book with some great characters. It's not the best Anna Pigeon book in the series, but it is worth your time.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Capitol Murder

  • By: William Bernhardt
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

William Bernhardt's best-selling novels featuring Oklahoma defense attorney Ben Kincaid capture the bare-knuckles reality of high-stakes criminal defense, as lofty ideals of justice clash with power, corruption, and wealth. In Capitol Murder, Bernhardt's hard-charging hero takes on his most shocking, headline-making case yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intrigue and Suspense

  • By Sammy on 11-20-06

Not Bernhardt's best

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-06

This book was disappointing. The plot is very flimsy, and the characters are more likc caricatures. I had a hard tme finishing it.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful