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  • B-17 Flying Fortress Restoration

  • By: Jerome J McLaughlin
  • Narrated by: Bill Nevitt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 6

Through engaging narrative and first-person accounts, B-17 Flying Fortress Restoration captures the painstaking restoration of a World War II-vintage Boeing B-17 bomber by more than 100 volunteers in Pooler, GA. Airplane restoration and military aviation enthusiasts alike can follow the airplane's journey from the storage hangers of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum to the Combat Gallery of the Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book with only one drawback

  • By Barry Owens on 07-02-18

Excellent book with only one drawback

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

I received this book from Bill Nevitt in return for an honest review.

I very much enjoyed this book as it details the restoration of the B-17 Flying Fortress The City of Savanna. Much detail regarding the history of the B-17 in general and this aircraft in particular. Jerome McLaughlin does an excellent job of telling the story. Bill Nevitt does an equally excellent job of narration. My only complaint about this book is that McLaughlin frequently takes the reader out of the story and onto rabbit trails in sidebars that are informative but distracts from the unfolding story. I would have preferred them to be put into an appendix in the back of the book and just let the story unfold naturally.

This is the only audiobook that I have finished so far this year.

  • Last Days on Earth

  • Are We in Them? See for Yourself
  • By: Randy Nelson
  • Narrated by: Gary L. Willprecht
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

To many of us, this is a scary time to be alive. It seems that every newscast raises more questions about where we are headed. When God's messenger angels appeared to people in scripture, they always said, "Fear not." Fear is based on uncertainty. However, everything about God's plan is certain. This audiobook is like a spiritual GPS! In it, author Randy Nelson takes us on a guided tour through the days and events to come. He unveils God's exciting end-time plan and our place in it.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don’t waste your money

  • By Barry Owens on 06-02-18

Don’t waste your money

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

I was completely unimpressed with this book. I wanted to listen to it because I usually enjoy reading books on eschatology and thought that this one would be interesting . I was wrong. It contained nothing new that I haven’t read or heard in the past thirty years. Nelson loves to make lists and this book is full of them. They add little to the narrative and make it difficult to follow a thought. Lots of scripture is quoted but most of it is out of context. A sequel to this book is referred to towards the end, but I cannot see me torturing my with more of the same.

As for Gary Willprecht’s narration there is not much to say. I had to speed it up. The narrator speaks so slowly as to quickly become boring. A faster pace was needed just to keep my attention from wandering.

I was really looking forward to this book, but I was disappointed in it all the way around. I cannot recommend this book.

  • NYPD Red

  • By: James Patterson, Marshall Karp
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini, Jay Snyder
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,292
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,887
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,888

It's the start of Hollywood on Hudson, and New York City is swept up in the glamour. Every night, the red carpet rolls out for movie stars arriving at premieres in limos; the most exclusive restaurants close for private parties for wealthy producers and preeminent directors; and thousands of fans gather with the paparazzi, hoping to catch a glimpse of the most famous and beautiful faces in the world. With this many celebrities in town, special task force NYPD Red is on high alert - and they can't afford to make a single mistake.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Strong Narration, formuliac and predictable story

  • By Christine on 12-03-12

The pacing of a Hollywood film!

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

The first third of this book is pretty slow; marked mainly by people dying and the police baffled as to who is doing the killing and how to stop them (so pretty much a typical police procedural novel ).

About halfway in, though, the pace really picks up, and the pacing changes to that of a fast action thriller. There are almost a hundred chapters and each one moves quickly to the next like the scenes of a movie. So Kudos to Patterson and Karp on an excellent novel.

Edoardo Ballerini and Jay Snyder are perfect for this book. Five stars for the narration. I listened to the last 4.5 hours of the book in one sitting and could not tear myself away from it.

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  • Defending Your Faith

  • By: R. C. Sproul
  • Narrated by: R. C. Sproul
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 268

Dr. Sproul surveys the history of apologetics and demonstrates that reason and science are your allies in defending the existence of God and the historical truth claims of Jesus Christ.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but a bit too theoretical than practical.

  • By Richard on 08-03-15

Love it, but....

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

I love this teaching series by Dr. Sproul. However, there’s a ton of teaching on philosophy before he ever gets around to teaching on apologetics. I really wish that could have been shortened so that more teaching on scripture could have been taught.

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  • Don't Touch the Blue Stuff!

  • Where the Hell is Tesla?, Book 2
  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484

Something called the “Blue Juice" is coming. For all of us. Luckily, me (Chip Collins), Pete, Nikola Tesla, Bobo, and FBI Agent Gina Phillips are here to kick its ass, and send it back to last Tuesday. Maybe. Or maybe we'll fail, and everyone in the multiverse is doomed. (Seriously, you might want to get that underground bunker ready.) Either way, I've got to get home to Julie and find out – woah, I'm not about to tell you that right here in the book description! TMI, dude.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another home run for Dircks

  • By Julie W. Capell on 10-30-17

Great Story but too much language for me!

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

Reviewed: 11-29-17

A great followup to “Where the Hell is Tesla?” Loved the story, but there was a bit too much bad language in it for my taste. The F Bomb gets dropped every couple of minutes, and there were also a few GDs in there. That is why I gave it three stars instead of four. I have developed a thicker skin when it comes to general cursing, but taking the Lord’s name in vain is a huge NO NO for me.

The narration was good. I just wish that Mr. Dircks could do female voices since there are so many of them in his books. Still, there was no problem telling who was doing the talking so I went ahead and gave the Performance 4 stars.

If you are hyper sensitive to the use of foul language then this book is most definitely not for you. Otherwise I can recommend it as a worthy follow up to “Where the Hell is Tesla?”

  • Lines of Departure

  • Frontlines, Book 2
  • By: Marko Kloos
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,086

Vicious interstellar conflict with an indestructible alien species. Bloody civil war over the last habitable zones of the cosmos. Political unrest, militaristic police forces, dire threats to the solar system. Humanity is on the ropes, and after years of fighting a two-front war with losing odds, so is Commonwealth Defense Corps officer Andrew Grayson.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • SCIENCE, IT WORKS

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 03-17-15

Love this series!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-17

Marlo Koloa has a hit military sci-go series on his hands, and Luke Daniels is the perfect narrator for it!!! I will binge-listen to the entire series, or at least as much of it is available.

  • My Mother Was Nuts

  • A Memoir
  • By: Penny Marshall
  • Narrated by: Penny Marshall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,889
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,675
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,677

her life story going her humble roots in the Bronx to one of the most liked and respected figures in the entertainment business, also covering her marriage to Rob Reiner and relationships with Art Garfunkel, Carrie Fisher, and John Belushi, and her bout with lung and brain cancer in 2009, to Julia Cheiffetz

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen up - not to be read!

  • By GaylM on 10-17-12

Great book but just a little too much language for me!

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

Reviewed: 01-26-17

This is my second memoir this year and I really enjoyed it.

My only complaint is the language, especially in the second half of the book which seems to have had more than the first half. I took off one star for that.

I loved hearing about the life and career of one of my favorite actresses and directors. I did have some trouble with her heavy accent in the beginning but I quickly adjusted to it.

  • Dead As a Doornail

  • When The Fat Ladies Sing, Book 3
  • By: Linda Kozar
  • Narrated by: Michelle Babb
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

With her wedding to Hudson just months away, all Lovita's plans seem to be going awry. A crooked politician is running for mayor, his girlfriend is opening a new beauty shop, and the contractor building Sue Jan and Monroe's dream home is found dead. To top it all off, the money from the high school band's fundraiser has disappeared. Before Lovita walks down the aisle, the girls have to nail a killer, uncover missing band fundraiser money, save their beauty shop, and rescue the town of Wachita. Piece of cake.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A fun who did it.

  • By Jean on 09-11-16

Linda Kozar and Michelle Babb do it again!

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

Reviewed: 12-29-16

I loved listening to this book. Linda Kozar is a master of the cozy mystery, and Michelle Babb is the perfect narrator for them.

I love how Linda spins her tales so that the reader doesn't know who done what until she wants them to. Even if you were to guess the who the why is always a surprise.

Michelle Babb has the perfect voice and accent for Kozar's characters. Her male voices could use some work, but when it's women speaking, which is most of the time, there is no need to guess who is saying what because her voices are varied and consistent, even from book to book. Michelle is my favorite female narrator hands down.

I received this book from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

  • Paper Doll

  • A Jana Lane Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Joe Cosentino
  • Narrated by: Charissa Clark Howe
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Jana Lane was America's most famous child star until she was attacked on the studio lot at 18 years old. Now a 38-year-old beauty and mother of two living in a mansion in picturesque Hudson Valley, New York, Jana's flashbacks from her past turn into murder attempts in her present.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great psychological thriller

  • By Rabid Reader on 10-20-16

Another Great Mystery by Joe Cosentino

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

Reviewed: 12-21-16

Joe Cosentino does it again with his period mystery, Paper Doll.

Jana Lane is a former child star who is offered the chance to make a comeback twenty years after her last picture. She is reunited with several of the people she worked with as a child including her former co-star who is now producing the film that she is to star in.

As things unfold Jana begins to wonder if she might be beginning to suffer another nervous breakdown like she did all those years ago as a child actor. Is someone stalking her? Is someone trying to kill her? Finally, could she be the one doing the killing as she suffers from multiple personality disorder?

So many questions and Joe Cosentino keeps you guessing almost until the very end. I loved this book and can highly recommend it to anyone who just likes a good old fashioned mystery. I will be listening to more in this series.

  • Back to Christmas

  • By: Dennis Canfield
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

An Audiofile Magazine Earphones Award Winner! Twelve-year-old Amanda Krumwerth can't believe her eyes or her ears. She's come face-to-face with an elf from the North Pole. And not just any elf; he's Marmel, head of Santa's Department for Labeling Humans Naughty or Nice. Marmel just told Amanda there is not one good quality about anyone in her family, so they are all destined to go onto the Permanent Naughty List. With only two days before the sun sets on Christmas, how can Amanda prove Marmel wrong and save her family from their fate? Find out in this delightful new story about an unhappy elf, an unpleasant family and the true meaning of Christmas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Family Road Trip Book

  • By MissSusie66 on 12-15-16

Really loved this new version

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

Reviewed: 12-12-16

I have both versions of this book, the earlier book from last year and this year's updated version narrated by Simon Vance. I must say that I really loved this version more. Last year's was good, but Simon Vance just made this year's version even better.

Loved the updated story by Dennis Canfield. I will be listening to this version again next year around Christmas time.

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