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  • The Case Against Impeaching Trump

  • By: Alan Dershowitz
  • Narrated by: Lawrence Richardson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

Alan Dershowitz has been called “one of the most prominent and consistent defenders of civil liberties in America” by Politico. Yet he has come under partisan fire for applying those same principles to Donald Trump during the course of his many appearances in national media outlets as an expert resource on civil and constitutional law. The Case Against Impeaching Trump seeks to reorient the debate over impeachment to the same standard that Dershowitz has continued to uphold for decades: the law of the United States of America, as established by the Constitution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The reasonable left

  • By Erik Josephson on 07-10-18

Pleasant Surprise

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

By "pleasant surprise," I am referring to Professor Dershowitz's strong credentials as a civil libertarian. Unlike so many of his hypocritical colleagues such as Laurence Tribe and other liberal academics, Dershowitz maintains a consistent liberal (lower case 'L') perspective even on a political leader whose views are clearly antithetical to his own. I was also impressed by how effectively he exposed the ACLU for their double standard and complete abandonment of their mission. As one would expect from such a brilliant legal mind as Alan Dershowitz, this book is extremely well written and (to an objective reader) quite compelling. I only wish he had chosen a different title, as those who most need to hear his arguments will more than likely will be repelled the title.

I also want to give strong kudos to the narrator---something I rarely do with any reader other than Scott Brick---for doing an excellent job of distinguishing the different characters without using exaggerated accents and annoying dramatizations. Another strong credit for no mispronunciations---something which is unfortunately all too rare in most audiobooks.

21 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • Pushing Brilliance

  • By: Tim Tigner
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 13 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,991
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,788

Framed for murder and on the run, former Olympic biathlete Kyle Achilles is also in the crosshairs of assassins' guns. Why? He has no idea. He's fighting blind against two master strategists and one extraordinary invention - known as Brillyanc. Achilles' only ally is the other prime suspect, a beautiful Russian mathematician who is either the best or worst person to ever enter his life. Katya was engaged to Achilles' brother - before he died. Chasing clues while dodging bullets, Achilles and Katya race around the globe, uncovering a conspiracy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRILLIANT!!

  • By shelley on 08-31-16

Phenomenal Thriller

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

Reviewed: 07-08-18

This is the most exciting new author I have read in some time. Unfortunately I must resort to hard copy for his other works unless he finds another narrator. I cannot believe Dick Hill is so popular. His overly dramatic tone and amateurish accents are annoying, insufferable, and seriously detract from the story.

It's easy to believe that this author has real/personal experience in the area in which he writes. The story is riveting but also highly credible. I couldn't put it down.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Glidepath

  • By: Andrew Watts
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 115
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 101

When Charles Fend announces the Fend 100 aircraft, the world's first fully autonomous commercial airliner, he is praised for being a pioneer in aviation history. The Fend 100 will bring a new dawn of commercial flying to the world. One where human pilots are replaced by AI machines that will navigate over 100,000 flights per day. The first flight is a celebratory spectacle - the Fend headquarters crowded with news teams, technology lovers, and aviation enthusiasts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story---Buy The Hard Copy

  • By Roman on 07-01-18

Great Story---Buy The Hard Copy

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

This book was recommended to me by a highly reliable source however his recommendation was based upon the print version. Normally that would have made no difference to me but this was a major exception. I liked the story so much, and disliked the narrator SO MUCH that I had to stop in the middle and acquire the book (hard copy). The other unique experience for me is that when I complain about readers, which I rarely do, it's always due to egregious mispronunciation. The reader, to his credit, seemed to be highly literate but his voice was incredibly annoying. I thought I would eventually get used to it but I didn't.

Everyone is different----maybe it won't bother you, but I can almost guarantee that you'll love the story. Can't wait to hear more from this author.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • To Change the Church

  • By: Ross Douthat
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in 1936, today Pope Francis is the 266th pope of the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Francis' stewardship of the church, while perceived as a revelation by many, has provoked division throughout the world. "If a conclave were to be held today," one Roman source told The New Yorker, "Francis would be lucky to get 10 votes." In To Change the Church, Douthat explains why the particular debate Francis has opened - over communion for the divorced and the remarried - is so dangerous.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fine Book, Risible Narration

  • By Superfluous Man on 04-01-18

A Conservative's View of the modern Church

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

Although I fundamentally disagree with Douthat's analysis (and conclusions), I found this to be a fascinating account of the state of affairs in the Catholic Church over the past 55 years---especially his "insider's" perspective on some of the main players. Despite his numerous swipes at Traditionalists (of which I am one), I could not stop listening. And despite the blistering attacks levelled at Douthat by Catholic conservatives, I found his conclusions to be relatively optimistic. My major disagreement with him lies in the contrasts he draws between JPII, Benedict, and Francis. The differences are style---not substance, as I am convinced that the root cause of most of the current problems in the Church is Vatican II. Despite Francis' outlandish and frequently heretical pronouncements, his pontificate is the direct outgrowth of (and totally consistent with) Vatican II.

Although I frequently nit pik narrators who are guilty of errors in pronunciation, none have even come close to the egregious number contained in this recording. I an surprised that a journalist from the New York Times would not have done a better job of screening the narrator of such an important work. It was truly painful to hear him mutilate so many commonplace words---by far the worst I have heard in the hundreds of books to which I've listened.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Midnight

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: J. Charles
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,848
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,565
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,564

In picturesque Moonlight Cove, California, inexplicable deaths occur, and spine-tingling terror descends to this "edge of paradise". Growing numbers of residents harbor a secret so dark it is sure to cost even more lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Koontz, not crazy about narrator

  • By K. Banham on 03-31-17

Boring Beyond Belief

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

It's hard to say as I can find no redeeming virtue. It was a Daily Deal, so I can't really complain. And I was on a trip (away from my computer) so I didn't have the option of dumping it and turning to another book. Although I generally like this genre, Dean Koontz always seems to be a "crap shoot." This was one of his weakest efforts.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Liar, by KL Slater. Another Daily Deal so wish me luck :-)

Which character – as performed by J. Charles – was your favorite?

Without a doubt, the dog.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Midnight?

I'd trash the entire manuscript. Sorry. It wasn't offensive; just puerile and boring.

Any additional comments?

Nope

  • The Christmas Train

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Tim Matheson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,985
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,526
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,531

Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington to L.A. in time for Christmas. Forced to take the train across the country because of a slight "misunderstanding" at airport security, he begins a journey of self-discovery and rude awakenings, mysterious goings-on and thrilling adventures, screwball escapades and holiday magic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • On A Whim For Fun

  • By Patti on 09-25-07

Lame!

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

Reviewed: 12-28-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If Baldaci had put the effort into this that he normally puts into his books. In fact, I was so bored after the first hour that I would have stopped reading, but I knew that it would pick up due to the excellence of his prior works. Sadly, I was wrong.

Has The Christmas Train turned you off from other books in this genre?

I honestly am not sure what "genre" this book falls into

What does Tim Matheson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Decent job on the accents.

What character would you cut from The Christmas Train?

All

Any additional comments?

I picked this up on the Daily Deal where I will sometimes encounter a real gem. Sadly, this was not one of those times.

  • A Column of Fire

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 30 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,275
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,429

In 1558 the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, high principles clash bloodily with friendship, loyalty, and love. Ned Willard wants nothing more than to marry Margery Fitzgerald. But when the lovers find themselves on opposing sides of the religious divide sweeping across the country, Ned goes to work for Princess Elizabeth. When she becomes queen, all Europe turns against England.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Follett is a Master Storyteller

  • By Charles Atkinson on 10-11-17

Long Awaited....but Somewhat Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 09-19-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

No, I would not. I would heartily recommend the first two books in the series and let the person make up his/her mind about reading the third----with the proviso that (IMO) it falls well short of the first two

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ned, the lead character and occasional narrator, since he seemed to be the most balanced character and the common thread linking all of the various themes and plots.

What does John Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Outstanding tone, no pronunciation errors, and very skillful accents---especially British and French.

Who was the most memorable character of A Column of Fire and why?

No one character stood out as being more memorable than others, but if I had to pick one, I suppose it would be Marjorie. She was a spirited and interesting character, but unlike Ned, the lead character, she possessed some human foibles

Any additional comments?

Unlike his other works, all of which I have read or listened to, this took the longest to get me engaged. In fact, had Follett not been the author I'm not sure I would have stuck with it, but I'm glad I did as his genius for story telling became evident about a third of the way through and carried on until the end. My only other comment concerns his historical and religious bias. As a traditional Roman Catholic, I have detected his antipathy toward Catholicism in his other books, but never has it been on such blatant display as here. I have always tolerated this bias because he is such a superb writer and story teller (and will probably continue to do so), but this one was really over the top---to the extent that it completely and deliberately distorted the history of that period. Having said all of this, I will undoubtedly snatch up the next sequel as soon as it becomes available.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Isabella

  • The Warrior Queen
  • By: Kirstin Downey
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 21 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 417
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377

Whether saintly or satanic, no female leader has done more to shape our modern world, in which millions of people in two hemispheres speak Spanish and practice Catholicism. Yet history has all but forgotten Isabella's influence, due to hundreds of years of misreporting that often attributed her accomplishments to Ferdinand, the bold and philandering husband she adored.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Biography! Learned so much about the Queen

  • By Linda Erlich on 12-03-14

Absolutely Magnificent!

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

Reviewed: 08-31-17

What made the experience of listening to Isabella: The Warrior Queen the most enjoyable?

In these days of political correctness, it's such a pleasure to read a biography like this one which is so well researched and accurately reported. The fact that it is was such a long book with no dull periods is a double bonus. While I was aware of Queen Isabell's phenomenal accomplishments, I appreciated the way the author skillfully portrayed all of her personal qualities and unprecedented moral courage----more than any monarch of whom I am aware. I also enjoyed her accurate characterization of Ferdinand---a snake who has been treated all too favorably in most historical accounts.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Naturally, the Queen!

What does Kimberly Farr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I thought that Ms.Farr read as though she wrote the book herself, clearly showing the approval and reprobation of the author. I also found her to be a very engaging narrator and, while she mispronounced a few Spanish words, her overall pronunciation of proper nouns was superior to most readers. Since this is one of my pet peeves, I found the criticism of her pronunciation in other reviews a bit unfair.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It didn't make me laugh or cry, but it certainly kept me engaged and made if very difficult to put down.

Any additional comments?

Mega-kudos to this fine author. I can't wait to read her other works.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,661
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,573

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Where Has This Guy Been?!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Life We Bury to be better than the print version?

I honestly don't know the answer to this question, but perhaps a more salient title would be "where have I been?" I am clearly not the most widely read fiction reader, but I am surprised I had never heard of this author. Thanks to a promotional Audible email, I was intrigued by the description of this book (though the reviews were somewhat underwhelming). Since I had been going through a dry spell in fiction I thought I would give it a shot. And WOW! What a shocker. It started out well, but kept building until I could not stop listening.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Both of the young student "detectives" were my favorite characters as, I imagine, they were for most listeners.

What does Zach Villa bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Sorry----no clue, but he did a fine job and gets a deservedly high rating for no mispronunciations.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

My reaction was "elation" at having discovered such a great book by an author with whom I was previously unfamiliar.

Any additional comments?

Yes. A couple. First of all, I have never clicked on a link to "follow" a reviewer in the past, but after reading this one, I retrieved the email and clicked on the reviewer. He only had 4 or 5 reviews! How does Audible make these selections? His review of this book was far more useful than almost all of the recommendations and reviews by the "editors." But more importantly, this book is listed as a "series." I was delighted to see this designation since I was desperate for more material from this author (in fact I have already begun one of his other books); however the only characteristic of a "series" in my current audio book is the presence of two very minor characters from The Life We Bury. Not a complaint---just an observation. I am almost half way through the second of the three books currently available from Audible by this author and, while it's not quite up to the level of his first book, it's still very engaging. I sincerely hope to see more!

  • Blame

  • By: Jeff Abbott
  • Narrated by: Bailey Carr, Lauren Fortgang, Greg Tremblay, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 549
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 502
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 502

Two years ago Jane Norton crashed her car on a lonely road, killing her friend David and leaving her with amnesia. At first everyone was sympathetic. Then they found Jane's note: I wish we were dead together. From that day the town turned against her. But even now Jane is filled with questions: Why were they on that road? Why was she with David? Did she really want to die?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Who do you blame?

  • By Tania S Dawson on 07-28-17

A Major Disappointment

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

Reviewed: 07-27-17

What disappointed you about Blame?

The fact that it was, by far, Jeff Abbott's worst book and, in fact, his only effort that was short of excellent. I cannot think of another elite author as versatile as Abbott and was both surprised and very disappointed with Blame.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jeff Abbott? Why or why not?

Of course. I'll give him a mulligan for the reasons noted above. I have read and, until now, loved every one of his books.

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

Not a chance. The narrator sounded like she was constantly out of breath, which I found to be distracting and annoying.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Extreme disappointment.

Any additional comments?

Nope

4 of 11 people found this review helpful