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  • White Rabbit

  • By: Caleb Roehrig
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Rufus Holt is having the worst night of his life. It begins with the reappearance of his ex-boyfriend, Sebastian - the guy who stomped his heart out like a spent cigarette. Just as Rufus is getting ready to move on, Sebastian turns up out of the blue, saying they need to "talk." Things couldn’t get worse, right? Then Rufus gets a call from his sister April, begging for help. He and Sebastian find her, drenched in blood and holding a knife beside the dead body of her boyfriend, Fox Whitney. April swears she didn’t kill Fox. Rufus knows her too well to believe she’s telling him the whole truth, but April has something he needs. Her price is his help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Teen thriller you want to read!

  • By Kelly~BookCrushin on 10-08-18

Solid Writing, Good Mystery, Great Characters

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

This book is solid. With a messy start and characters leaving fingerprints all over the place, the characters and twisting mystery take over to create an enthralling piece of fiction. The story is told from a modern perspective with hip lingo but the structure is pure pulp Perry Mason classic, depending on insightful interviews and clear cold detective deduction. I liked this book a lot.

  • Last Seen Leaving

  • By: Caleb Roehrig
  • Narrated by: Josh Hurley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 938
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 868

Flynn's girlfriend, January, is missing. The cops are asking question he can't answer, and her friends are telling stories that don't add up. All eyes are on Flynn―as January's boyfriend, he must know something. But Flynn has a secret of his own. And as he struggles to uncover the truth about January's disappearance, he must also face the truth about himself.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A novel for teenagers…

  • By Laura on 05-01-17

A good mystery and solid performance

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

This is a solid mystery with a few problems. On the positive side, this book is a well written, age-appropriate, story that captures the coming out process and reaction accurately. The resolution is just awful and illogical. All I could think about what about the fingerprints. However there is so much good in this book that I give it a positive review. This writer needs to work harder on getting resolution without cheating so much at the end.

  • The Last Sun

  • By: K. D. Edwards
  • Narrated by: Josh Hurley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

Rune Saint John, the last child of the fallen Sun Court, is hired to search for Lady Judgment's missing son, Addam, on New Atlantis, the island city where the Atlanteans moved after ordinary humans destroyed their original home. With his companion and bodyguard, Brand, he questions Addam's relatives and business contacts through the highest ranks of the nobles of New Atlantis. But as they investigate, they uncover more than a missing man: a legendary creature connected to the secret of the massacre of Rune's Court.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This was such an amazing surprise!

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-06-18

Well-written fantasy-adventures-mystery

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

This is a well written, elaborate, carefully constructed, fantasy, mystery. Set in a world where there is and was an Atlantis, beings of immense power walk the earth in modern society. All manner of fantasy and horrific creatures also inhabit this world. A protagonist and his companion are hired to find a missing person. However, this is just the beginning to a very tangled web of deceit, murder, and dastardly plans for power. This is among the best new audiobooks in the LGBT fantasy and mystery collection at audible.com. I hope the sequel volume comes quickly.

  • Murder Takes the High Road

  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

Librarian Carter Matheson is determined to enjoy himself on a Scottish bus tour for fans of mystery author Dame Vanessa Rayburn. Sure, his ex, Trevor, will also be on the trip with his new boyfriend, leaving Carter to share a room with a stranger, but he can’t pass up a chance to meet his favorite author. Carter’s roommate turns out to be John Knight, a figure as mysterious as any character from Vanessa’s books. His strange affect and nighttime wanderings make Carter suspicious. When a fellow traveler’s death sparks rumors of foul play, Carter is left wondering if there’s anyone on the tour he can trust.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story, not a fan of narration

  • By DJR on 11-09-18

Best Lanyon Mystery in a While

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

Reviewed: 08-04-18

Mr. Lanyon put together a nifty little mystery in an homage to Dame Agatha Christie’s “Nemesis”. A new hero is created in the form of a librarian who sets out to see his mystery author hero. Characters are written to respond naturally to each situation and not much is forced. I appreciated the unusual structure of the story. With luck, Mr. Lanyon will create a new series based on his new sleuth.

  • Extreme Ownership

  • How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win
  • By: Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
  • Narrated by: Jocko Willink, Leif Babin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 34,558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,921
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,796

An updated edition of the blockbuster best-selling leadership book that took America and the world by storm, two US Navy SEAL officers who led the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War demonstrate how to apply powerful leadership principles from the battlefield to business and life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I don't read SEAL Books...

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-21-17

Schizophrenic Book on Military/Business Leadership

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

“Extreme Ownership” is equal parts military biography, military strategy, defense of US engagement in the Middle East, and business leadership development. If you are looking for a non-fiction work primarily discussing business leadership, this is not the book for you.

While it is important to know the genesis of the leadership principles discussed in the book, the authors feel that it is necessary to justify and explain their role in US combat operations in the Middle East and US foreign policy. These military and foreign policy discussions are two-thirds of the completed work, while discussion of the leadership principles in a business setting are about one-third.

In military parlance, this is “mission creep”. Writing a book requires decisiveness in what is necessary to achieve the book’s purpose and editing out what is not necessary.

If this book’s goal was to provide practical business leadership techniques, the authors should have flipped the emphasis. The authors should have explained the military leadership principles in a concise fashion, and then spent the majority of each chapter applying the military leadership principles to the business world in multiple examples.

I cannot fault most of the leadership principles discussed in the book. What I can fault is the inadequate application of leadership principles in the business world. This book features many examples of military applications of the leadership principles and at most one business application per principle.

The result is it schizophrenic book on leadership — it teaches the reader more about military operations and principles than business leadership and principles. I encourage the authors to get over their defensiveness and need to justify their time as U.S. Navy SEALS in the Middle East, and re-write this book with greater emphasis on the business application of their principles.

Historians and political scientists will judge US military actions in the Middle East. It is only important that the authors lived them, gained wisdom, and are now sharing that wisdom in business.

Anything else just comes across as defensiveness.

  • Calypso

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,049
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,131

If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong. When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And it's as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself. With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation - and dark humor - toward middle age and mortality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent, as always

  • By Ruthie on 05-31-18

Belly Laugh and Punch in the Gut

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

While reading “Calipso" by David Sedaris, your diaphragm will hurt, either from a belly laugh or a punch in the gut. This collection of essays is more cynical, more comically crude, and more revealing than his previous works. It has reigned on top of the New York Times Hardcover Non-Fiction bestseller list for the past six weeks. Mr. Sedaris is a literary juggernaut. His last book “Theft By Finding: Diaries 1977 - 2002”, released last year, was good but does not prepare you for the emotional depth of many of the stories in “Calipso”.

Interweaving and sometimes overlapping stories of his experiences create a mosaic of his modern life that none of his other books have reached thus far. This collection covers some old memories and many recent ones, even his feelings on the election of Donald Trump.

Perhaps it is a sign of the times that Mr. Sedaris’ hilarious and cruder stories come closer to matching the zeitgeist of modern life. I think it is intentional. However, no matter how many times bowel movements and benign cancerous masses are featured in “Calipso”, there is a clarity of point of view, eccentricity, and pathos that elevates his writing to a new strata of maturity.

This is partly due to the shroud of death that lingers over several stories. His writings on the death of his mother (previously mentioned in his other works), a more fuller discussion of the suicide of his sister Tiffany, and the current state of his elderly father Lou create the most intimate bond yet between the author and his audience.

I was quite surprised, even though I should not have been, that after all of these years and all of his prior published writings that he had been holding back. I think a writer must hold back about writing about a family member’s suicide until he is ready. I also think that his purchase with his longtime partner, Hugh, of a summer cottage on Emerald Isle in North Carolina, where he spent summer with his family in his youth, also prepared him to write about Tiffany and the present day Lou. (The new cottage is featured prominently in many of the stories in “Calipso”.)

Thinking back to “SantaLand Diaries” which was first read on National Public Radio in 1992 and all of his other writings, I feel that Mr. Sedaris has been more of a friend than any other writer that I have followed through the years. This feeling of closeness that he has created with his audience is probably one of the greatest achievements of any modern author.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 201,069
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 187,758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187,353

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Adventure and Love Set in the Future of the Past

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

There are few books that are as enchanting as “Ready Player One”. It is an adventure-mystery that is written with so much love and nostalgia that it is addictive. It gets everything just right. The prose is clean and left adorned with what is necessary to build the wondrous “Oasis”, a virtual reality where the vast bulk of the book takes place. This world is built on 1980s films, television, video games, computers, and fictional characters. And, all of it had never been used so ambitiously in this jigsaw puzzle story of love, life, and survival. GenX nerds will love this book, and I hope it transcends to other generations. I adored this creation. If you have seen the film by Steven Spielberg, do not fear that everything has been given away. The screenplay written for this book, while using much of its themes and some of its images, is sufficiently different as to create a whole new experience. I enjoyed both the movie and the book equally which is a triumph in and of itself. This is one of my favorite books all time.

  • The Magician Murders

  • The Art of Murder, Book III
  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Kale Williams
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

Jason West, hot-shot special agent with the FBI’s Art Crime Team, is at the Wyoming home of Behavioral Analysis Unit Chief Sam Kennedy, who is recuperating from a recent hit-and-run accident, when he’s asked to consult on the theft of a priceless collection of vintage magic posters. But before Jason can say “presto change-o”, the owner of the art collection turns up murdered in a national forest. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • things are heating up!

  • By B on 06-28-18

Solid Lanyon Mystery

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

Josh Lanyon is in form. While this mystery wastes an opportunity to utilize magic in a murder and I wish Jason was more emotionally intelligent in considering Sam, I did enjoy most of the book. I encouraged me. Lanyon to reach high and create more challenging “real” characters.

  • The Consumption of Magic

  • Tales From Verania, Book 3
  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Michael Lesley
  • Length: 18 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 380

Sam of Wilds faced the Dark wizard Myrin and lived to tell the tale. Granted, the battle left him scarred, but things could be a hell of a lot worse. It’s not until he reunites with Morgan of Shadows and Randall that he realizes just how much worse things could be. Because the scars have meaning and hint at Myrin’s true plans for Sam and the Kingdom of Verania. With time running out, Sam and his band of merry misfits must travel to the snowy mountains in the North and the heart of the Dark Woods to convince the remaining dragons to stand against Myrin. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Utter perfection.

  • By Janice Birnie on 05-03-18

Simply amazing

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

TJ Klune has perfect pitch for combining contemporary colloquial dialogue in a fantasy plots to create delightful characters in a magical story that moves at a lightning pace. Michael Lesley has reached a new level in vocal artistry as he is asked to bring to life a barnyard-full of colorful personalities. He is coming close to matching Jim Dale of “Harry Potter” American audiobook fame in his alacrity. Bravo!

  • Less

  • By: Andrew Sean Greer
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,465
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,455

You are a failed novelist about to turn 50. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: Your boyfriend of the past nine years is engaged to someone else. You can't say yes - it would be too awkward - and you can't say no - it would look like defeat. On your desk are a series of invitations to half-baked literary events around the world. Question: How do you arrange to skip town? Answer: You accept them all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Endearing, funny, but sometimes overly clever

  • By Becca on 07-30-17

“Less” is Much More

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

Reviewed: 05-13-18

From the first page, I was enchanted by one of the most endearing characters I have read in years. Arthur Less is 49-years old but still feels as if he is in his 20s and 30s. The only problem is that every mirror he passes persuades him that he isn’t actually that young anymore. His former lover of 9 years is getting married to another man just a week before he turns 50, and the publisher that told him that he was part of their literary family just left his new novel in a basket outside the local fire station. Not wanting to attend his former lover’s wedding and feeling lost, Arthur Less decides to go on the escape fantasy that many of us dream: to accept every invitation on his desk for events and get-togethers around the world. Thus, the story begins. Italy, Germany, the Sahara Desert, and Japan are some of the settings for his journey.

Less is more anti-hero than hero but not in a traditional sense. He is more Basset Hound and Charlie Brown than Rottweiler and Deadpool. Often innocent to the point of naive, Less wanders though the world seeing everything around him but not always understanding their meaning. He is enchanting and sometimes maddening but lovable.

Mr. Greer’s prose is smooth and as sharp as a scalpel. Familiar American cultural analogies belie the deeper wisdom he imparts about life and love. The shifts from flashbacks to present day are so artfully written that they are seamless.

This is my favorite book in years. It is the recent winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in fiction, and I recommend it for your summer reading list.

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