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  • Caged

  • A Novel
  • By: Ellison Cooper
  • Narrated by: Danielle Deadwyler
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

 In a residential Washington, D.C., neighborhood, a young woman's body is found in the basement of an abandoned house - starved to death in a cage, along with the video footage of a dark and deadly ritual. The victim is identified as the daughter of a prominent D.C. politician, and it falls to the FBI to track down the unconscionable psychopath who murdered her. FBI special agent Sayer Altair would rather conduct research on criminality than catch actual criminals. But when she's offered a promotion hinging on her next assignment, she reluctantly accepts the "Cage Killer" case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This new author should go far...

  • By shelley on 08-18-18

Waste of Time and Money, with Emphasis on TIME

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

I stuck with it, right to the end, but it was an ordeal. The plot was weak and riddled with holes. It might have survived as a forty-four minute episode of CRIMINAL MINDS, but just does not make it as a book. Cooper's constant use of literary devices such as similes and strained metaphors tries the reader's soul. ("Guilt wrapped its foul fingers around her like a ghost." Gag.)

And the narration: what can I say? Shouting lines at the listener does not convey emotion; it is merely annoying and fatiguing. Then there is the matter of her pronunciation: kill, (kee-ul) fill, (fee-ul) didn't, (ditt'nt) couldn't, (coot'nt) and so on. She even blows everyday words such as ambulance, (am-bu-LANCE) sieve, (seeve) experiment, (ex-PEER-a-ment) "systematic" when clearly, "systemic" is the required word. Teeth-grindingly awful.

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  • Flight or Fright

  • By: Stephen King, Bev Vincent
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Christian Coulson, Santino Fontana, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 211

Stephen King hates to fly. Now he and coeditor Bev Vincent would like to share this fear of flying with you. Welcome to Flight or Fright, an anthology about all the things that can go horribly wrong when you're suspended six miles in the air, hurtling through space at more than 500 mph and sealed up in a metal tube (like - gulp! - a coffin) with hundreds of strangers. All the ways your trip into the friendly skies can turn into a nightmare, including some we'll bet you've never thought of before....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Every single story a gem!

  • By Gary on 09-08-18

A Mediocre Lot

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

These stories are neither frightening nor compelling. With the single exception of the gremlin-on-the-plane-wing, they're not even interesting. Stephen King's imprimatur on this anthology dilutes his credibility as a judge of good fiction.

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  • Dangerous Dozen

  • Notorious USA True Crime Box Set
  • By: Gregg Olsen, Katherine Ramsland, Rebecca Morris, and others
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 25 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 292

 A true-crime collection culled from the crime files of the New York Times best-selling series, Notorious USA.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • bang for your buck!

  • By MrsCeeDoubleAargh on 04-17-18

Chop, Bang, Guilty, Next!

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

Reviewed: 09-12-18

This is a lengthy collection of crime stories told at whiz-bang speed. There is no time for the reader/listener to ponder the workings of the criminal mind or the fate of the victims. Trap, kill, arrest, jail. Next! The outcome may vary from death row to never-found, but the rapid-fire series of brief narratives still results in a choppy succession of unsatisfying stories.

  • Pastoral

  • By: Nevil Shute
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94

She was from the hills of Yorkshire, country born and bred. He was a city boy. By the stream where they fished they were two young people falling in love. Overhead, the bombers roared, threatening to blow their idyllic world, so young, so fresh, to smithereens.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Historical romance set in WWII England.

  • By Stan on 06-19-12

Wake Me When It's Over

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

Judging by the overwhelming number of positive reviews, I'm swimming upstream here, but I find this book so utterly boring that I'm going to pack it in halfway through chapter 8.

The plot creeps along at a glacial pace, pausing now and again to remind us that our protagonist is actually the captain of a bomber crew that makes daring runs over Germany at the height of World War II. How can this NOT be compelling material? Somehow, it isn't. Maybe it just doesn't wear well with the years.

Even Frank Muller can't pull this draggy tale off.

  • The Domino Principle

  • By: Adam Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

A convicted killer is broken out of maximum security in broad daylight. The price of his freedom? A secret that just may cost him his life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Game of Bones

  • By Judy on 08-19-18

Game of Bones

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

This highly unlikely plot moves swiftly, with a bit of a boggy slog in the middle. However, author Kennedy delivers a few shocks that should slap you back into wakefulness.

Frank Muller - RIP - goes a little over the top with his pouty, defiant delivery. But what can I say? He was the greatest.

  • The Testament

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,834
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,830

Troy Phelan is a self-made billionaire, one of the richest men in the United States. He is also eccentric, reclusive, confined to a wheelchair, and looking for a way to die. His potential heirs, to no one's surprise - especially Troy's - are circling like vultures. But Troy shocks them all when he leaves his fortune to an estranged, illegitimate daughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Late & Glowing Review

  • By Bee Keeper on 03-13-10

A Test of Patience

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

Grisham's tale of beyond-the-grave manipulation follows a long meandering course that tries readers' souls. The premise is simply not believable and the events grow more preposterous with each new development.

Narrator Frank Muller is the single bright star in this swamp.

  • Doctors and Near-Death Experiences, Vol. 2

  • By: Jenniffer Weigel
  • Narrated by: Jenniffer Weigel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3

A compilation of podcasts broadcast on WGN radio in Chicago, called I'm Spiritual, Dammit! Volume Two.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Misleading Book Title

  • By Judy on 08-12-18

Misleading Book Title

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

The opening interview featuring Dr. Scott Kolbaba will be of greatest interest to the follower of ND experiences.

Weigel's other guests, for the most part, veer off into woo-woo land with their forays into alternative medicine or new-age crystals territory. P.M.H. Atwater, who has always struck me as a big phoney, comes across as little more than a trumpet section for her own cascade of books on the topic.

Interestingly, those guests who mention the name of Dr. Raymond Moody, a credible pioneer in NDE documentation, all claim never to have heard of the man or his books prior to commencing their own NDE-related gigs. We're left with the unspoken suggestion that they were led into this field through mystical events that befell them in their own lives. Some of these guests offer interesting or helpful comments, but generally, the interviews do not pursue the stated topic.

There are subsequent references to Near Death Experiences, but apart from Kolbaba's discussion, these are mostly peripheral references to the subject. This book is a major disappointment.

  • The Butchering Art

  • Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine
  • By: Lindsey Fitzharris
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,041
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 959
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 959

In The Butchering Art, the historian Lindsey Fitzharris reveals the shocking world of 19th-century surgery on the eve of profound transformation. She conjures up early operating theaters - no place for the squeamish - and surgeons, working before anesthesia, who were lauded for their speed and brute strength. They were baffled by the persistent infections that kept mortality rates stubbornly high. A young, melancholy Quaker surgeon named Joseph Lister would solve the deadly riddle and change the course of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not one boring moment!

  • By WRWF on 12-22-17

Bring Smelling Salts

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Take your cue from the book title. This is an excruciating, occasionally gory examination of the development of the science and art of medicine that will make you glad that you live in the 21st century. Pity our ancestors on whom these medical pioneers practised.

Narrator Ralph Lister - no relation, I presume - delivers the book in a growly, often shouty voice. The whole thing is kind of scary.

  • Pandora’s Lab

  • Seven Stories of Science Gone Wrong
  • By: Paul A. Offit MD
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325

Pandora's Lab takes us from opium's heyday as the pain reliever of choice to recognition of opioids as a major cause of death in the United States; from the rise of trans fats as the golden ingredient for tastier, cheaper food to the heart disease epidemic that followed; and from the cries to ban DDT for the sake of the environment to an epidemic-level rise in world malaria.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting

  • By Aceaussie on 01-29-18

Illuminating

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Pretty good outline of well-intentioned scientific projects that went awry, or at least led to unintended consequences. Some of these events are well known, such as the autism/MMR vaccine train wreck launched by Andrew Wakefield's severely flawed UK study, while others are something of a surprise.

Rachel Carson's 1962 book Silent Spring, for example, dramatically advanced the global environmental movement, and led directly to the prohibition of the toxin DDT. Turns out, however, that zero tolerance for DDT was not such a good idea. All in all, this is an easy listen and though relatively brief, is a surprisingly comprehensive examination of the horrors that continue to fly out of Pandora's Box as science makes its shaky way forward.

  • Blood Work

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,551

Thanks to a heart transplant, former FBI agent Terrell McCaleb is enjoying a quiet retirement, renovating the fishing boat he lives on in Los Angeles Harbor. But McCaleb's calm seas turn choppy when a story in the "What Happened To?" column of the LA Times brings him face-to-face with the sister of the woman whose heart now beats in his chest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blood work kept my blood rushing

  • By Book and Movie Lover on 01-04-10

Wood Work

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

This is a plodding, mildly interesting murder mystery with a quirky plot twist.

Protagonist McCaleb is moderately appealing, but love interest Graziella (sp.?) is a wooden replica of a woman.

Dick Hill's performance is the single bright light in this colourless landscape.