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  • Aftermath of Disaster: Books 1, 2, and 3 Bundle + Bonus Book: When Jack Met Diane

  • By: Kevin Barry Maguire
  • Narrated by: Warren Keys, Kevin L. Knights
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5

In this bundle, I've included the first three books (It Has Begun, Diggin In, and Summer's End) and a short story bonus - "When Jack Met Diane". Find out how the leading characters met and started their journey together.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Combined, this is barely 1 short book

  • By Jeff & Sabrena on 01-17-19

Combined, this is barely 1 short book

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

This is supposedly a bundle of 3 "books" and a short story. But none are really more than short stories. All 4 combined barely qualify as 1 short book.

The story is rather trite and cliché. Why do authors use fingers flying over keyboards to imply brilliant hacking? That's rediculous.

The characters, although likable enough, are underdeveloped and predictable. None of them are all that interesting.

The first "book" is read by Kevin L. Knights and the remainder of this bundle is read by Warren Keys. Neither performance is particularly compelling. All in all, I'm glad this audiobook is short.

NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Henry: The Jersey Brigade

  • Toe the Mark, Book 1
  • By: Ruth Ochs Webster
  • Narrated by: Jacob Hashem
  • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

Henry Marts was 19 years old when he defied his Quaker faith and answered the call from President Lincoln to defend the Union. Fully expecting to be home in a matter of months, Henry left behind his parents, his work as an oysterman, his sea captain brother Will, and his sweetheart Christiana. Henry, and his comrades in the 3rd Regiment New Jersey Volunteer Infantry, would experience some of the most compelling moments of the Eastern campaigns.  

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dry and uninspired

  • By Jeff & Sabrena on 01-16-19

Dry and uninspired

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

Reviewed: 01-16-19

This story is rather dry and uninspired, due in part, perhaps, to the lackluster performance by Jacob Hashem. His narration is rather flat and uninflected.

I caught several mispronunciations by Mr. Hashem: The most distracting being his mispronunciation of cavalry as calvary. He also mispronounced hearth as hurth.

I think the reader should be quite familiar with US Civil War history in order to fully appreciate this story.

NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Guarding the Secrets

  • Palestinian Terrorism and a Father’s Murder of His Too-American Daughter
  • By: Ellen Harris
  • Narrated by: Lee Ann Howlett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Guarding the Secrets recounts the terror-stricken life and murder of 16-year-old Tina Isa, who was condemned by her other family members for becoming Americanized, before her father, an accused Palestinian terrorist, murdered her in November 1989. The killing was recorded by accident due to the FBI having bugged the house in an attempt to prove the father's ties to terrorism. The events leading up to the murder are expertly told by author Ellen Harris, including Tina's older sisters urging their father to kill their younger sister.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What insanity and real tragedy!

  • By Jeff & Sabrena on 01-15-19

What insanity and real tragedy!

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

What insanity! And what a tragedy! This is an old crime, and actually, an old book. An update with more current information would have been appreciated, but this is a true crime case worth the time to read.

I found keeping track of all the people involved in this case a bit challenging, especially in the beginning, but in the end, it came together for me.

Lee Ann Howlett performs competently. Of course, being true crime, there's not much to challenge her performance.

NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Dying to Get Married

  • The Courtship and Murder of Julie Miller Bulloch
  • By: Ellen Harris
  • Narrated by: Lee Ann Howlett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Dying to Get Married is a modern day morality tale of the perversion of an American dream. Julie Miller was a successful executive, who, through a newspaper ad, met who she thought was "Mr. Right". Little did she know that he had a violent past and a predisposition for bizarre sexual rituals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Snake In The Grass . . .

  • By Polly Poizendem on 12-20-18

Just a little disorganized

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

This book seems just a little disorganized. It does tell the story, but some minor details are begun without followup.

Lee Ann Howlett performs competently. Of course, being true crime, there's not much to challenge her performance.

NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • High Crimes: A Georgia Davis Novel of Suspense

  • The Georgia Davis PI Series, Book 5
  • By: Libby Fischer Hellmann
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

How do you solve a murder when there are 42,000 suspects? That’s the task facing Chicago PI Georgia Davis, hired to hunt down those behind the assassination of resistance leader Dena Baldwin at a demonstration 14 months after the 2016 election. The gunman, on a nearby hotel rooftop, dies within minutes of the shooting. As Georgia sifts through Dena’s 42,000 Facebook followers, she discovers that unknown enemies hiding behind fake profiles have infiltrated the group. She finds others who will do whatever it takes - including murder - to shield right-wing, wealthy elites.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book, interested in more

  • By TU on 01-14-19

Very contemporary

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

This is a very contemporary story, closely following current events. The author explains this in a note at the end. The motivations of the assassin are a little sketchy, but easy enough to accept, resulting in a very suspenseful story.

The introduction of Georgia's mother doesn't work for me. The family drama is just a distraction.

Eva Kaminsky is back with a satisfactory performance. This remains a series I'll continue to follow.

NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Wrecking Crew

  • Demolishing the Case Against Steven Avery
  • By: John Ferak
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 109

In 2016-17, while working for the USA Today Network’s Wisconsin Investigative Team, author John Ferak wrote dozens of articles examining the murder case again Steven Avery, who had already beat one wrongful conviction only to be charged with the murder of Teresa Halbach in 2005. In Wrecking Crew, Ferak lays out in exacting detail the post-conviction strategy of Kathleen Zellner, the high-profile, high-octane lawyer, to free Avery. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great factual account of the injustice system.

  • By Anonymous User on 12-07-18

Scary for the average citizen

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18

This book fairly closely follows the format of the Netflix documentary. Unfortunately, this case is far from concluded, but it's incredible that this case has gone on for so long, and still, the powers-that-be continue to perpetuate the injustice. It's absolutely unconscionable that law enforcement isn't being held accountable for their corruption. It's a truly scary prospect for the average citizen.

Kevin Pierce delivers his customary professional performance.

NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Out of the Tower

  • A Detective Story of the Emotions
  • By: Alison Gray
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Gill
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Jemima Forbes is seven years old when a mysterious event occurs and her father and uncle disappear from her life one night. She spends her growing years obsessing about this, and when she is old enough, she leaves home to find out what happened. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me.

  • By Layla on 01-14-19

Beautifully written and narrated

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

Reviewed: 12-03-18

It was a little hard for me to believe Jemima could be so naive into adulthood. It seemed her frustration and anger would have compelled her to insist on answers. And where were her friends and classmates?

I saw the big reveal at the end coming. It wasn't really a surprise. But I was left wondering how she would handle the revelation and go on with her life.

This was a beautifully written story, made even better by the outstanding performance of Jennifer Gill. It really enhanced my enjoyment of this audiobook.

NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • The History of Iran from Ancient Persia to the Ayatollahs

  • By: M Clement Hall, Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Tracey Norman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 9

How did Iran get to where it is today, at the forefront of global affairs? The history of Iran and the theme of Persian conflict with the West stretches back thousands of years, and it is a unique history of empire, culture, art, pride, and religious nationalism. The History of Iran from Ancient Persia to the Ayatollahs comprehensively and descriptively covers this history, progressing through a timeline dating back to antiquity and examining all of the different religious, political, foreign, and military issues that affect Iran and are affected by Iran today.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The History if Iran

  • By Deedra on 01-07-19

Pretty dry

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

This book is pretty dry with a lot of confusing names that aren't adequately explained. Although it does summarize a long history, it doesn't really follow through with any meaningful conclusions or explain Iranian's hatred of the West.

Tracey Norman's performance is adequate, but this dry material didn't require much from the narrator.

Ultimately, I didn't come away with much from this book.

NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Everett: A Dark Psychological Suspense Novel (Brooke Walton Series Book 1)

  • By: Jenifer Ruff
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Dillard
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Beautiful and brilliant Brooke, a transfer student with a mysterious past, aims to graduate first in her class at Everett and attend medical school. Her classmates and professors are captivated by her achievements and appearance. Only Jessica, a wealthy socialite fueled by prescription pills and a huge case of snobbery, senses there's something not quite right about the perfect student. What happens during a historic blizzard will settle their differences once and for all. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Could be considered a Young Adult (YA) novel

  • By Jenn on 11-13-18

Very unusual

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

Reviewed: 11-25-18

Brooke is an atypical, somewhat unique character. Stephanie Dillard does a very good job of voicing her and all of the characters in this unusual psychological thriller. Although the story is open-ended, it ends with a satisfying conclusion. This could prove to be a very interesting series.

NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Two Gun Hart: Lawman, Cowboy, and Long-Lost Brother of Al Capone

  • By: Jeff McArthur
  • Narrated by: Ward Paxton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Born in Italy and raised in Brooklyn, Vincenzo Capone left home when he was a teenager. He traveled with a Wild-West show and fought in Europe during the Great War where he earned a medal for sharp-shooting. Upon his return, he settled in Nebraska where he went by the name Richard Hart. He married, had children, and worked closely with the local Indian communities. He dressed like the type of cowboy he had seen in silent movies, rode a horse, and wielded two six-shooters at his side, which earned him the name “Two Gun” Hart.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thoroughly researched and very interesting

  • By Jeff & Sabrena on 11-22-18

Thoroughly researched and very interesting

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

Reviewed: 11-22-18

This book is thoroughly researched, well organized and very interesting. I learned a lot about this family and their part in American history.

Ward Paxton's performance is excellent. He sets just the right tone for this true crime story.

NOTE: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful