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Christopher S. Doyle

Honolulu HI
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  • Beneath a Ruthless Sun

  • A True Story of Violence, Race, and Justice Lost and Found
  • By: Gilbert King
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Farr
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

In January 1957, which brings a rare killing freeze to Florida's orange groves, Blanche Bosanquet Knowles, the wealthy, young wife of a citrus baron, is raped in her home while her husband is away. She says a "husky Negro" did it, and Lake County's infamously racist sheriff, Willis McCall, has no hesitation in rounding up a herd of suspects matching that description, alibis be damned. But within days, they are released, and instead, the crime is pinned on Jesse Daniels, a slight, white 19-year-old with the mental capacity of a six-year-old.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • As In The Beginning, So GoethThe Entire Book

  • By Gillian on 04-26-18

Outstanding!

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

Gilbert Kings thoroughness and attention to detail almost makes this feel as if you're listening to a documentary. This story is so enthralling and sheds further light on how corruption flourishes when good people do not act and how an individual can make a difference. Willis McCall's brutality, racism and bigoted actions strike again.

  • The Force

  • A Novel
  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,344

All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop. He is the "King of Manhattan North", a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of "Da Force". Malone and his crew are the smartest, the toughest, the quickest, the bravest, and the baddest - an elite special unit given carte blanche to fight gangs, drugs, and guns. Every day and every night for the 18 years he's spent on the job, Malone has served on the front lines, witnessing the hurt, the dead, the victims, the perps.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Winslow continus to amaze

  • By Steve L on 07-13-17

Top notch police gang noir!

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

Great narrative style and high level dialogue. Nonlinear storytelling style adds nuance to the story and let's you know who the main character was and where their heart lies. Some of the bear dialogue ever! Simply masterful storytelling. Dion Graham crushes the narration and his variation in pace, inflection and ability to do all manner of character and embody their attitudes is amazing. Great storytelling all around!

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  • Lightning Men

  • A Novel
  • By: Thomas Mullen
  • Narrated by: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Officer Denny Rakestraw, "Negro officers" Lucius Boggs and Tommy Smith, and Sergeant McInnis have their hands full in an overcrowded and rapidly changing Atlanta. It's 1950, and color lines are shifting and racial tensions are simmering. Black families - including Smith's sister and brother-in-law - are moving into Rake's formerly all-white neighborhood, leading some residents to raise money to buy them out while others advocate a more violent solution.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Little Too Much

  • By Joseph Kucharski III on 11-08-17

Involved and entertaining!

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

Another quality entry in the series. Really like this series and the way Mullen delves into the social complexities of the time and how it affects the protagonist s both black and white. Mullen is adept at explaining Jim Crow practices in a succinct but clear way without the story lulling. Waiting patiently for the next entry!

  • Darktown

  • A Novel
  • By: Thomas Mullen
  • Narrated by: Andre Holland
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422

Responding to pressure from on high, the Atlanta Police Department is forced to hire its first black officers. It's a victory of sorts, though the newly minted policemen are met with deep hostility by their white peers, and their authority is limited: They can't arrest a suspect unless a white officer is present; they can't drive squad cars; they can't even enter the station through the front door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT Historical Police Procedural

  • By shelley on 12-13-17

Southern Noir Classic

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

Reviewed: 07-24-18

Crisp and quickly moving story peopled with interesting and believable characters. Mullen has crafted an instant classic and I look forward for other books in the series.

  • The Book of Leon

  • Philosophy of a Fool
  • By: Leon Black, JB Smoove - contributor, Iris Bahr
  • Narrated by: Leon Black
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 225

Everyone's favorite houseguest who never left, Leon Black (played by award-winning comedian JB Smoove from HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm), drops his wisdom and good-bad advice for the masses. Learn the secrets Larry David has gleaned from the Falstaff of television. Be forewarned: in opening this audiobook and Leon's mind, you need to be prepared for straight talk. The kind of unfiltered blunt straight talk that pounds on your door, invites itself in, makes itself at home, and helps itself to your food, your security pass code, and your expensive organic beet juice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tears of Laughter.

  • By mspeg on 03-03-18

Whimsical

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

I'm a big Leon Black (JB Smoove) fan so I'm biased. Entertaining and humorous musings of a self styled philosopher.

  • Devil in the Grove

  • Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America
  • By: Gilbert King
  • Narrated by: Peter Francis James
  • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,096
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 996
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 996

Devil in the Grove is the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction. Arguably the most important American lawyer of the 20th century, Thurgood Marshall was on the verge of bringing the landmark suit Brown v. Board of Education before the U.S. Supreme Court when he became embroiled in an explosive and deadly case that threatened to change the course of the civil rights movement and cost him his life. Despite death threats, the clan, and the urging of his associates, Marshall knew he had to defend "the Groveland Boys".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunning history of the Jim Crow south. Essential

  • By Bill on 06-08-13

Outstanding!

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

An incredibly detailed and compelling account of one of many miscarriages of justice and the brave men and women who fought against it. I have even more respect for Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP than I did before if that's possible. Bravo Mr King! I must also add the narration was superbly done.

  • The Mother of Black Hollywood

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jenifer Lewis
  • Narrated by: Jenifer Lewis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,012
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,494
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,480

Jenifer Lewis keeps it real in this provocative and touching memoir by a Midwestern girl with a dream whose journey from poverty to Hollywood will move, shock, and inspire listeners. Told in the audacious voice her fans adore, Jenifer describes a road to fame made treacherous by dysfunction and undiagnosed mental illness, including a sex addiction. Yet, supported by loving friends and strengthened by "inner soldiers", Jenifer never stopped entertaining and creating.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brutally honest memoir!

  • By D. Easter on 11-14-17

Irresistibly Entertaining!

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

One of the most honest and unfiltered biographies I've ever experienced. Jenifer Lewis is a beast! With attitude, talent and determination she's fought her way up to the upper echelon of her craft, endured painful lessons and walked away stronger than ever.

  • Tiger Woods

  • By: Jeff Benedict, Armen Keteyian
  • Narrated by: Roger Casey
  • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,414

In 2009, Tiger Woods was the most famous athlete on the planet, a transcendent star of almost unfathomable fame and fortune living what appeared to be the perfect life - married to a Swedish beauty and the father of two young children. Winner of 14 major golf championships and 79 PGA Tour events, Woods was the first billion-dollar athlete, earning more than $100 million a year in endorsements from the likes of Nike, Gillette, AT&T, and Gatorade. But it was all a carefully crafted illusion. As it turned out, Woods had been living a double life for years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Balanced Look at One of Golf's Greatest

  • By Bill Pence on 05-09-18

In-depth and unbiased

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-18

Just a great example of a well researched and unbiased examination of the life of the greatest golfer ever. The most dominant at the most competitive era of the game. An objective critique that is fair and unbiased.

  • Got to Give the People What They Want

  • True Stories and Flagrant Opinions from Center Court
  • By: Jalen Rose
  • Narrated by: Jalen Rose
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352

Jalen Rose has never been quiet. Not as a kid growing up in Detroit in the '70s and '80s. Not as the brash, trash-talking leader of the legendary "Fab Five" at the University of Michigan. Not as the player under the stewardship of Hall of Famers Larry Bird, Isiah Thomas, and others throughout his 13-year NBA career. And certainly not as a commentator and analyst on ABC/ESPN and Grantland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing book - a MUST download / read

  • By Terry on 10-08-15

Exactly what I wanted!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-18

Honest, heartfelt and honest. Jalen pulls no punches in this combination biography, NBA insider and guide to maneuvering through the game of life. The dumb jock handle definitely doesn't apply to J-Rose.

  • From the Outside

  • My Journey Through Life and the Game I Love
  • By: Ray Allen, Michael Arkush
  • Narrated by: J. D. Jackson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

The record-holding two-time National Basketball Association champion reflects on his work ethic, his on-the-court friendships and rivalries, the great teams he's played for, and what it takes to have a long and successful career in this thoughtful, in-depth memoir. Playing in the NBA for 18 years, Ray Allen won championships with the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat and entered the record books as the original king of the three-point shot. Known as one of the hardest-working and highest-achieving players in NBA history, he was legendary for his sharp shooting.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wish Ray was the narrator, but narration was good.

  • By Anonymous User on 04-27-18

Life Lessons

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

Nice biography from one of the best shooters ever. Life lessons sprinkled throughout Ray shares insights and personal anguish pain, insecurities and dreams.

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