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  • The Good Nurse

  • A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder
  • By: Charles Graeber
  • Narrated by: Will Collyer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,872
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,599

After his December 2003 arrest, registered nurse Charlie Cullen was quickly dubbed "The Angel of Death" by the media. But Cullen was no mercy killer, nor was he a simple monster. He was a favorite son, husband, beloved father, best friend, and celebrated caregiver. Implicated in the deaths of as many as 300 patients, he was also perhaps the most prolific serial killer in American history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Good Nurse gets it right

  • By jc on 05-28-13

Tragic story, well written and narrated

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

As retired RN and Navy veteran I recognized much in this fascinating but sad story. His betrayal of the nursing profession and it’s standards was horrific. The way the Hospital Administrators enabled this monster was criminal.

  • Frankenstein: Prodigal Son

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,754
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,631
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,628

He is Deucalion, a tattooed man of mysterious origin, a sleight-of-reality artist who has traveled the centuries with a secret worse than death. He arrives in New Orleans as a serial killer stalks the streets, a killer who carefully selects his victims for the humanity that is missing in himself. Deucalion's path will lead him to cool, tough police detective Carson O'Connor and her devoted partner, Michael Maddison, who are tracking the slayer but will soon discover signs of something far more terrifying: an entire race of killers who are much more - and less - than human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A modern masterpiece

  • By AmeliaD on 06-08-18

A fun read

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I enjoyed the book. It was engaging and I liked the concept behind it. I look forward to the rest of the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71,740
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 67,336
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67,201

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 10-29-16

I enjoyed this book. The story was well written and moved along nicely. The narration was very good. I especially liked the way the "Bobs" developed different personalities over time. I look forward to the next book in the series.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Learning Experience, Book 1

  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,383
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,382

When a bunch of interstellar scavengers approach Earth intending to abduct a few dozen humans and sell them into slavery in the darkest, they make the mistake of picking on Steve Stuart and his friends, ex-military veterans all. Unprepared for humans who can actually fight, unaware of the true capabilities of their stolen starships, the scavengers rapidly lose control of the ship - and their lives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great concept / Hated the prosletyzing

  • By Alton J Henley on 08-12-16

Disappointment

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

Reviewed: 07-14-16

I have read several books by Nuttall and enjoyed them. This book, however, is so lame that I have trouble believing it is the same author that wrote the other books. Frankly it's nothing more than right wing militia masturbation wrapped up in an astoundingly weak science fiction wrapper. The characters are one dimensional. The plot predictable to the point of absurdity with way to many convenient coincidences. If Nuttall did write this mess, and I'm not convinced he did, he should be ashamed. In the past I have snapped up books simply because his name was on them, knowing I could count on them to be well written and suited to my taste. Sadly, this is no longer true. The narration is good but wasted on this material.

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Ghost Fleet

  • A Novel of the Next World War
  • By: P. W. Singer, August Cole
  • Narrated by: Rich Orlow
  • Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,125
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,137

The year is 2026. China has taken over as the world's largest economy, while the United States, mired in an oil shortage, struggles to adjust to its diminished role. Then, a surprise attack throws the US into a chaos unseen since Pearl Harbor. As the enemy takes control, the survival of the nation will depend upon the most unlikely forces: the Navy's antiquated Ghost Fleet and a cadre of homegrown terrorists.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An unusual war story

  • By Mike From Mesa on 09-06-15

Excellent

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

Reviewed: 07-05-15

Very well written and exciting. Reminded me of Tom Clancy before he got rich and lazy. Those this book is better written than the ones Clancy did.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 165,458
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 152,744
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 152,582

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

As good as any SciFi book I've ever read.

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

Reviewed: 06-14-15

No vicious aliens, no ray guns, and no evil asshole trying to undermine everything. The story of one man's attempt to survive an impossible situation and the sacrifices others make to save him. Lots of drama, and humor. I spent every spare moment listening. As good as, but not the same as "Stranger in a Strange Land", "Enders Game" and others. Similar to "Rendezvous with Rama" but more realistic. Good performance by narrator which always helps.

  • Dead of Night

  • A Zombie Novel
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,689
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,558
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,554

A prison doctor injects a condemned serial killer with a formula designed to keep his consciousness awake while his body rots in the grave. But all drugs have unforeseen side-effects. Before he can be buried, the killer wakes up. Hungry. Infected. Contagious. This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang… but a bite.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who Will Be Eaten Next?

  • By Squeak on 11-04-11

Excellent Zombie story

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

Reviewed: 12-16-14

As good a book as any I listened to in quite awhile. Maberry did a great job writing this one. The characters were compelling and the story just grabbed me and wouldn't let go. Dufris did a masterful job of narration. I have no idea why so many were so critical of the job he did. I enjoyed the way he voice acted the book. I guess its a matter of personal preference. Though why one would prefer a droning characterless narration to this one is beyond me.

  • Patriots

  • A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse
  • By: James Wesley Rawles
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 21 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,346
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,878
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,879

America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking for preppers

  • By Allison on 02-02-13

Right wing wacko fest. I loved it.

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

Reviewed: 12-31-13

Sounded like it was written by Ann Coulter in the middle of a paranoid delusion. I still haven't decided if it was serious or satire. The details on supplies and equipment were excruciating and endless. The political diatribes were long winded and pointless. The characters were one dimensional. The author tried to add some political correctness by including a Jewish and Asian characters. This made the book seem less authentic, the author should have kept with the Right wing Christian, White supremacist theme. Still I enjoyed this look at a world and way of thinking I am so unfamiliar with and I think I may even have a better understanding of both Survivalist and right wing religious extremists. The narration was actually pretty good. Though whether intentional or not, the narrators voice acting made many of the characters sound like dim witted jocks, but it seemed to fit and worked for me.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • SEAL Team 666

  • A Novel
  • By: Weston Ochse
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 337

Halfway through SEAL training, Cadet Jack Walker, still green but showing incredible promise, is whisked away to join four SEALs and their dog for a special-ops mission. Walker soon finds himself in a whirlwind of otherworldly creatures and events as he discovers the true nature of SEAL Team 666. Battling demons, possessed humans, mass-murdering cults, and evil in its darkest and most and ancient form, the members of SEAL Team 666 have their work cut out for them. And it’s not long before they realize that the threat isn’t directed against the US alone....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable way to spend some downtime.

  • By Dan on 01-02-13

Enjoyable way to spend some downtime.

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

Reviewed: 01-02-13

The concept is great, the execution is just good. I was hoping for more but I would still recommend this for anyone looking for some fun escapist reading. Narration was very well done.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Spark

  • The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain
  • By: John J. Ratey
  • Narrated by: Walter Dixon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,075
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,744
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,717

Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spark

  • By Kathleen on 11-02-08

Great information

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

Reviewed: 10-08-12

Good information on the role of exercise in improving many aspects of one's life. I found myself really motivated to exercise consistently.