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  • The Murders in the Rue Morgue (Fort Raphael Publishing Company Edition)

  • By: Edgar Allan Poe
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

The Murders in the Rue Morgue was first published in 1841 in Graham's Magazine and is the first of three stories to center around Dupin, who here explains his theory of "ratiocination", where a precise, logical, and unemotional examination of the facts will lead to the solution of a mystery...no matter how bizarre the conclusion.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really brought to life

  • By Julie Garrett on 09-11-18

Kevin Theis is a great narrator!

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

I hadn't read this story since I was a teen so it was great to hear Mr. Theis bring it to life. Gruesome in its depiction of murder.

  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Rob Lowe
  • Narrated by: Rob Lowe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,799
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,771
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,731

A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book and Great Story

  • By Natalie J. Belle MD on 04-30-11

Lowe is so much more than his personae

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

Absolutely fascinating. Lowe's story auditioning and working with Francis Ford Copolla on "The Outsiders," his affairs, his political involvement, alcoholism, rehab, work ethic, long marriage, everything. You don't know Rob Lowe. This terrific autobiography is funny, serious, and so interesting for fans. Great book!

  • The Time Machine: An Invention - Unabridged

  • By: H.G. Wells
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 3 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Hailed for over a century as one of the finest science fiction stories of all time, H.G. Wells' The Time Machine is a classic story of adventure, exploration, and scientific curiosity. The Time Machine relates the story of the Time Traveller, a Victorian inventor who creates a machine that allows him to travel to any time period.  He chooses to rocket forward into the unknown world of the future, landing in the year 802,701 where he encounters the humanoids descendants of Earth, the seemigly friendly and benign Eloi, and the subterranean and primitive Morlocks. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Old classic feels fresh

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-19-18

Great Social Commentary

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

Reviewed: 07-10-18

Once again Kevin Theiss does a terrific job narrating a fascinating story. I have never read The Time Machine but I was curious as to why it remains such a classic. It is much more social commentary than it is science fiction although it certainly fits into that genre. I highly recommend this book.

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  • The Bassoon King

  • My Life in Art, Faith, and Idiocy
  • By: Rainn Wilson
  • Narrated by: Rainn Wilson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,708
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,586
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,583

For nine seasons Rainn Wilson played Dwight Schrute, everyone's favorite work nemesis and beet farmer. Viewers of The Office fell in love with the character and grew to love the actor who played him even more. Rainn founded a website and media company, SoulPancake, that eventually became a best-selling book of the same name. He also started a hilarious Twitter feed (sample tweet: "I'm not on Facebook" is the new "I don't even own a TV") that now has more than four million followers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exquisite narration!

  • By Johanna on 11-13-15

Hilarious, yet surprisingly serious at times

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

I love listening to authors read their own autobiographies and Rainn Wilson does not disappoint. After listening to Paul Simon's biography, Wilson restored my faith that most artists have a truly fucked up childhood. Hearing him talk about his experiences in NYC in the 80's brought back horrible memories. So much fun! But what I never would have guessed is how deep his faith is, the faith of the B'hai. He made it sound so cool, with all his talk of love and gooey shit like that. Overall, this is a terrific book.

  • Paul Simon

  • The Life
  • By: Robert Hilburn
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

Through such hits as "The Sound of Silence", "Bridge Over Troubled Water", "Still Crazy After All These Years", and "Graceland", Paul Simon has spoken to us in songs for a half-century about alienation, doubt, resilience, and empathy in ways that have established him as one of the most honored and beloved songwriters in American pop music history. His music has gone beyond the sales charts into our cultural consciousness. He was the first songwriter awarded the Gershwin Prize by the Library of Congress and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Paul Simon the music

  • By Swallowtail on 05-28-18

Quite good even if no big surprises

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

Very enjoyable. I love a lot of Simon's work. The best thing about this biography is how Simon relates his creative process, keeping track of snatches of sentences throughout his life and how the melodies almost always come first.

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  • The Paris Plot

  • By: Joseph Aragon
  • Narrated by: Ben Werling
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Izzy Stone, a top Secret Service agent, is in charge of a presidential visit to Paris. Without warning, a powerful French magistrate charges the US President with war crimes and crimes against humanity after an American counterterrorist strike goes awry. Now Izzy finds herself in a bloody, desperate race to save POTUS from certain death. A lethal cat and mouse chase unfolds across the City of Lights as Izzy uses her knowledge of Paris' ancient catacombs, a buried chateau fort, and the great Louvre to elude their pursuers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely exciting

  • By triathlondude on 04-23-18

Extremely exciting

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

Ben Werling does a fantastic job of narrating this exciting international story of intrigue. I couldn't put it down. Highly recommended.

  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,288
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,154

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

Gripping, Moving, excellent narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

Incredible story based on the real life Georgia Tan, a woman heralded as the mother of adoption agencies, but it was later discovered she had henchmen, policeman, steal children from poor families to be sold for profit. Heartbreaking and yet loving tale of familial bonds and survival under the heels of the powerful.

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  • Who I Am

  • By: Pete Townshend
  • Narrated by: Pete Townshend
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 726
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 668
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661

From the voice of a generation: the most highly anticipated autobiography of the year, and the story of a man who wanted The Who to be called The Hair; wanted to be a sculptor, a journalist, a dancer and a graphic designer; became a musician, composer, librettist, fiction writer, literary editor, sailor; drank too much and nearly died; detached from his body in an airplane, on LSD, and nearly died; planned to write his memoir when he was 21; and published this book at 67.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal

  • By Cow Poke McGhee on 10-11-12

Skims a bit, but definitely worth it.

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

I love listening to authors read their own autobiographies. Townsend does a great job reading his story, laughing off some pretty serious situations. But he gets very personal and tells tales of how he sees his creative endeavors. As a Townsend fan and The Who fan I enjoyed it quite a bit.

  • The Last Black Unicorn

  • By: Tiffany Haddish
  • Narrated by: Tiffany Haddish
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,182
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,496

Tiffany can't avoid being funny: it's just who she is. But The Last Black Unicorn is so much more than a side-splittingly hilarious collection of essays - it's a memoir of the struggles of one woman who came from nothing and nowhere. A woman who was able to achieve her dreams by reveling in her pain and awkwardness, showing the world who she really is, and inspiring others through the power of laughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sad it ended

  • By HerHighness on 12-08-17

Not Very Funny

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

I was attracted to this book after seeing Ms. Haddish being interviewed by Trevor Noah. I guess my big problem with the book is there are long stretches that Ms. Haddish is just screaming her story and those sections are just repeating, "This muthafuckah done fuckin' beat the shit out of me and I'm thinking she trippin' cause now I'm gonna beat her muthafuckin' ass." Not my thing when it goes on and on. BUT . . . I still think she must be an incredible person for having survived the terrible emotional and physical violence of her life and succeed like she did.

  • Seventh Extinction: The Genesis Project

  • By: Eric Donaldson Ph.D, Tim Harmon
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Dr. Victor Kraus labored tirelessly as a wildlife ecologist, passionately striving to use science and reformed policies to curtail the human activities driving global warming and fueling the sixth mass extinction. When Victor realized that nothing would stop the number of species being lost to human greed and overconsumption, he resorted to using the only weapon left in his arsenal: the first mass human extinction. A highly lethal engineered virus was developed and disseminated around the world to reduce the human population to one billion people. As the viral apocalypse detonated across the globe, the virus destroyed billions of lives and delivered fear and chaos to every corner of the earth. With the pandemic running rampant, a Montana virologist working on a vaccine, recruited an unlikely group of friends to help him hunt down an increasingly brazen Victor, stop the virus, and save what is left of humankind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Today a novel, tomorrow a headline?

  • By IndiaC on 02-13-18

Great First Part

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

I liked the new take on a virus that destroys a huge part of humanity in that it incorporates current climate change and overpopulation concerns. We'll drawn characters, some good shocks and excellent narration by Kevin Theis. He does a great job of delineating characters by using slight variations of accents and voice modulation. I look forward to part 2!

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