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  • The Devil's Half Mile

  • A Novel
  • By: Paddy Hirsch
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

Seven years after a financial crisis nearly topples America, traders chafe at government regulations on Wall Street, racial tensions are rising, and corrupt financiers make backdoor deals with politicians.... 1799 was a hell of a year. When young lawyer Justy Flanagan returns to prove his father's innocence, he exposes a massive fraud that has already claimed lives, and one the perpetrators are determined to keep secret at any cost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I was expecting...

  • By Sondra on 11-28-18

Just not well written

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

It’s readable, but not well written. The story had potential though. Lindsay Faye is still the gold standard for period NY crime novel....

  • Tesser: A Dragon Among Us

  • A Reemergence Novel, Book 1
  • By: Chris Philbrook
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,545
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,543

Imagine for a moment that you are a Dragon. A creature of unimaginable power, unending intelligence and strength, and you've just woken from 10,000 years of slumber. Worse yet, you've awoken underneath a city: Boston, an alien and strange place that defies everything you've ever known. Your last memories are of primordial forests, erupting volcanoes sculpting a developing world, faeries, witches, vampires, krakens, and monsters that feared where you turned your eyes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth a credit and your time!

  • By Kelleefornia on 02-17-16

Just bad

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

This is one of the worst things I ever read written by someone who I assume graduated high school. This style is wasted on anything, but technical assembly manuals. Step by step instructions with no nuance or grasp of language. Plot is hastily assembled collage of borrowed ideas, and not the better ideas. The author seems to never have a read a book published in hard cover. The characters and language are flat cliche brutally forced into blatant stereotypes. Was editing done by Microsoft Word? The whole thing makes Sunday afternoon SyFy monster movie seem like high art. Whoever publishes this crap should be sterilized for ecological reasons. Also, mixing first and third person narrative so unsuccessfully should get you some sort of bad writing award, perhaps the “James Patterson how not to write prize.”
I don’t mean to invoke drama, but this highway pile up of a travesty should be studied as the wrong way manual...
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  • The Alienist

  • By: Caleb Carr
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,290

The year is 1896, the place, New York City. On a cold March night New York Times reporter John Schuyler Moore is summoned to the East River by his friend and former Harvard classmate Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a psychologist, or "alienist." On the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge, they view the horribly mutilated body of an adolescent boy, a prostitute from one of Manhattan's infamous brothels.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding on several levels.

  • By lyl on 12-30-12

Eh

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

Reviewed: 02-18-18

Fair disclosure I haven’t seen the show
The books is ok the writing is amateurish and silly. First person narrative, unnatural exposition at times, staggering anachronisms, courageous attempts at despite no command of period language, characters are largely one dimensional with no real depth, the theme has been done and done better. Another words worthy of television, and not good television at that. On the positive side despite all the Hackery it does make you want to finish so the plot is very directional even if a bit unsurprising.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fatal Flame

  • By: Lyndsay Faye
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

No one in 1840s New York likes fires, but Copper Star Timothy Wilde least of all. So when an arsonist with an agenda begins threatening Alderman Robert Symmes, a corrupt and powerful leader high in the Tammany Hall ranks, Wilde isn't thrilled to be involved. His reservations escalate further when his brother, Valentine, announces that he'll be running against Symmes in the upcoming election, making both himself and Timothy a host of powerful enemies.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • horrible narrator ruins good story

  • By ChicagoCubsGrl on 06-19-15

New narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-25-17

The previous two books were much better cast. The new narrator lapses into some sort of iambic monotony 75% of the time....
The book itself is on par with the previous two. Not amazing, but fun to read. Being a New Yorker I feel compelled sticking with it.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Lawrence in Arabia

  • War, Deceit, Imperial Folly, and the Making of the Modern Middle East
  • By: Scott Anderson
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 23 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,811

Based on four years of intensive primary document research, Lawrence in Arabiadefinitively overturns received wisdom on how the modern Middle East was formed. Sweeping in its action, keen in its portraiture, acid in its condemnation of the destruction wrought by European colonial plots, this is a book that brilliantly captures the way in which the folly of the past creates the anguish of the present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Middle East Built on Lies

  • By carolyn on 12-19-13

Informative, and reads well.

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

Reviewed: 10-07-17

If you are interested in the period and curious about filling some gaps in your history this book definitely adds value. Was it a particularly enlightening experience, I did not think so. But, it reads well enough.
The author somehow seemed to manage to hold back his fashionable academic prejudice most of the time....

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

FREE: Crackanory Seasons 1, 2 and 3 audiobook cover art
  • FREE: Crackanory Seasons 1, 2 and 3

  • By: Nico Tatarowicz, Toby Davies, Kevin Eldon, and others
  • Narrated by: Kevin Eldon, Jack Dee, Sally Phillips, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 691
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 570

Imagine if Jackanory was set free from its childish shackles. What twisted, funny tales would it unleash upon the world? Each episode of Crackanory contains two 15-minute tales and is a master class in storytelling, combining some of the UK's best comedy writers and performers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, creative, and thought-provoking

  • By Bethany on 02-03-17

Just something fun for in-between

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

Reviewed: 01-28-17

Not a huge fan of short stories but these very much fun, highly recommend it

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

  • By: Frans de Waal
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 917
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 910

De Waal reviews the rise and fall of the mechanistic view of animals and opens our minds to the idea that animal minds are far more intricate and complex than we have assumed. De Waal's landmark work will convince you to rethink everything you thought you knew about animal - and human - intelligence.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Finally the science catches up

  • By Philomath on 05-07-16

Was hoping for something more I guess

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

Reviewed: 11-02-16

Its an awesome topic and the authors is a serious researcher with a lot to say. Which is doubly strange because most of the work is the endless cycle of admonitions to people who think animals are stupid or merely instinctually driven. I think anyone who really took the time to figure out how evolution works can honestly put humans on a pedestal and disagree with the good professor.
Anyways, I was hoping for more information and less sermonizing... plus for all his faults I like Skinner, and in all fairness I always felt he was more interested in behavior and found pigeons and rats less biased subjects than people.
I honestly agree with all the points the author makes and appreciate that his profession wasn't always so intuitive on the subject.... but this was mostly waste of time kind of cyclical even slightly condescending book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Crime and Punishment [Russian Edition]

  • By: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Narrated by: Vyacheslav Gerasimov
  • Length: 23 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, a former student, lives in a tiny garret on the top floor of a run-down apartment building in St. Petersburg. He is sickly, dressed in rags, short on money, and talks to himself, but he is also handsome, proud, and intelligent. He is contemplating committing an awful crime, but the nature of the crime is not yet clear. Thus begins Crime and Punishment with all the twists and turns and philosophical questions that permeate Dostoyevsky's writing. A world classic! Please note: This audiobook is in Russian.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must listen.

  • By Roman C. on 07-11-17

The reader is so horrid

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

Reviewed: 03-13-16

Big fan of the book was looking forward to hearing it, but the reader is so terrible its really impossible to listen to it... audible has one narrator, the audio actually names a different narrator... but this guy makes you want to tune him out...

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Big Short

  • Inside the Doomsday Machine
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Jesse Boggs
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,083
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,784
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,807

Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real-estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Michael Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative brimming with indignation and dark humor, a fitting sequel to his number-one best-selling Liar’s Poker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My Favorite Analysis

  • By Michael on 11-21-13

MIchael Lewis, not much else to say

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

Reviewed: 03-13-16

If you are not familiar with Mr Lewis I suggest google. He has a definite perspective on Wall st, and like many people who work here (i do as well) he was an outsider on the inside. I think when those of us who were hoping for a more noble industry end up on "the street," it a little bit of into the heart of darkness, where you feel like you are unraveling some forsaken civilization in the a jungles of amazon... new language, rites of passage, tribal politics, and so on... its probably not so different from most other industries except for the money and the testosterone that comes with that...

Lewis tends to make it easy for a lot of outsiders on the outside to understand some of the more complex dynamics, etc. but he has a definite bias and generally his protagonists tend to be outsiders too. I think the one thing you are not going to get from him is a whole picture, but then who really with all honesty can do that? its a good read, definitely is better than the movie (although they tried). Enjoy!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Casual Vacancy

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 17 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,827
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,196
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,236

When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was surprised by how much I liked it

  • By cristina on 01-14-14

hard to start, but an amazing book

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

Reviewed: 05-12-15

In all honesty it took me a few tries to get through this book. It starts out slow and the author takes her time. The first few times I stopped reading thinking that Ms Rowling was really not reaching me. However, I somehow managed on maybe a 7th try to get through the initial parts, and I cannot recommend this book enough.
The slow start in retrospect does make sense, it sets up the mood for the main point of the book. The banality of the middle class struggle, the author develops characters like no other writer that comes to mind. She makes these regular people interesting through their mundane every day interaction. There is a level of empathy that is generated as the book progresses that is both subtle and staggering.
I think while this is a departure from Harry Potter, it is not a departure for Ms. Rowling. She has a tremendous gift for allegory, for relating her story and characters to the reader. For reaching us where live with things that matter, not statistically or conceptually but where we live without bleeding hearts or over intellectualized gibberish.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful