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  • How to Get Run Over by a Truck

  • A Memoir
  • By: Katie McKenna
  • Narrated by: Katie McKenna
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,210

People often say, "I feel like I've been run over by a truck." Katie actually was. On a sunny morning bike ride in Brooklyn, 24-year-old Katie McKenna was forever changed when she was run over by an 18-wheeler. Being crushed under a massive semi wasn't something Katie should have survived. After 10 hours of emergency surgery, she woke to find herself in a body and a life that would never be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How to book on gratitude

  • By Leah on 04-23-17

Wow!

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

I just finished listening to this book in one sitting. I absolutely couldn’t stop listening. The author pulls you in and by the end of the book, she feels like a good friend. The accident was so horrific and her injuries so devastating that it truly is a miracle she survived. As a nurse, I got so angry at the treatment she received and the callousness of some of her care givers. I loved it when her family and nurse friend stood up for her. This is a rare book where the authors exposes her thoughts and fears with readers with such raw frankness. It isn’t maudlin in any way even as she describes her injuries and post injury medical and surgical treatments. I found myself holding my breath as she described making her way to work with her canes. I have over 1000 audiobooks in my library and have to say this is one of the best I’ve ever heard. The author does a great job narrating too.

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  • Overboard!

  • A True Bluewater Odyssey of Disaster and Survival
  • By: Michael J. Tougias
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

In early May of 2005, Captain Tom Tighe and first mate, Loch Reidy, of the sailboat Almeisan welcomed three new crew members, two men and a woman, for a five-day voyage from Connecticut to Bermuda. While Tighe and Reidy had made the journey countless times, the rest of the crew were paying passengers learning about offshore sailing—and looking for adventure. Four days into their voyage, they got adventure but nothing that they had expected or had any training to handle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing like this has ever happened to me...

  • By Greg on 10-02-10

Gripping

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

Reviewed: 09-25-17

I have over 1000 audible books in my library and this has to be in the top 10!! It is a gripping tale that is well-told. The narration is excellent too. I didn’t hit pause or stop once I started this book because I had to find out what happened next.

  • A Stolen Life

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jaycee Dugard
  • Narrated by: Jaycee Dugard
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,660
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,172

"In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation. On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I dont think of myself as a victim. I survived...."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific

  • By Daniel on 07-27-11

Amazing story about an amazing young woman

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

Reviewed: 05-08-15

This was a gripping story that was hard to listen to in parts. I am amazed at the maturity and level of insight this young woman displays in talking about her recovery and re-integration into the world. I am so thankful she was open to counseling and was apparently paired with a skilled and compassionate counselor familiar with the types of challenges she and her family would be facing.

One thing that really struck me was how she sounded exactly like a scared 11 year old at the very beginning of the narration. She sounded so child-like and innocent By the end, she sounded like a strong young woman who had done what she had to survive in horrible circumstances. I am so glad she understands and was able to explain how she had been manipulated by this psychopath. By limiting her contact with the outside world to only he and his wife, he was able to brainwash her to accept most of his reality even though she often had doubts about its validity. I hate to hear ignorant people say things such as "Why didn't she just leave?" after kidnappings such as this and Elizabeth Smart's. She really explains in detail what her thinking was and why she was unable to leave due to the psychological chains her captor had placed on her. Remember, she was only 11 when this happened. I am amazed at her ability to figure out how to survive and not end up as another murder victim. It is astounding that she didn't end up bitter with the entire world and hating everyone in it.

I wish nothing but the best for Jaycee and her family as they continue to rebuild their lives and thank her for sharing this difficult story. I hope sharing it helps her in healing.

  • The Hades Factor

  • A Covert-One Novel
  • By: Robert Ludlum, Gayle Lynds
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 914
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 440
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439

In the first installment of an exciting new series from Robert Ludlum, a teenage girl in Atlanta, an Army major in California, and a homeless man in Boston all die a horrible and painful sudden death from the devastating effects of an unknown virus. Join the search for the truth behind the deadly virus in this heart-stopping listen!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Deb on 01-17-05

Not the usual Ludlum but still good

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

Reviewed: 05-15-13

I am a die-hard Ludlum fan. I have been reading/listening to his books all my adult life. I usually find his intricate plots, twists and turns totally engaging. There were a few disappointing lapses in this book. For instance, the lead character drove a very distinctive sports car to the home of a computer guru friend without a thought that it was easily trackable. Hello?? Granted, this was a minor point, but it was quite unusual for Ludlum books and was disappointing. There were a few more like this that I won't mention and spoil anything. The audio had numerous sequences where phrases or even sentences were repeated. Didn't an editor listen to the final result? The narrator was pretty good but all his British accents sounded a lot like Cary Grant! Overall, this is a very enjoyable listen. It is the first of a the Covert One series and I really like to listen to series books in order and am glad I started this series. But it is not even in the same league as "The Parsifal Mosaic" or the Bourne series novels, all by Ludlum, which had much more developed characters and more intricate plots.

  • The Panther

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,457
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,007
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,995

Anti-Terrorist Task Force agent John Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, have been posted overseas to Sana'a, Yemen - one of the most dangerous places in the Middle East. While there, they will be working with a small team to track down one of the masterminds behind the USS Cole bombing: a high-ranking Al Qaeda operative known as The Panther. Ruthless and elusive, he's wanted for multiple terrorist acts and murders - and the U.S. government is determined to bring him down, no matter the cost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Corey and Brenner--it doesn't get any better!

  • By Janels on 11-01-12

I like the wise cracks

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

Reviewed: 03-15-13

I know a number of other reviewers have said they have had enough of the John Corey's wise cracks but I still love them. His irreverence is hilarious and is often exactly what I'm thinking. I did think the story wasn't quite as good as the the previous ones in the series but it was still very good. I was a little disappointed in the minor role that Kate played in this book. I know the middle eastern setting where she was forced to cover her body, hair and face reduced her ability to take active part in many of the situations, but it was almost as if the author dismissed her as readily as the Bedowins did. Aside from that, this was a very enjoyable listen and if you have liked John Corey in the previous books, you will probably like him in this one. As usual, Scott Brick does an excellent job narrating.

  • Bird's Eye View

  • By: J.F. Freedman
  • Narrated by: Gregory Harrison
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Maverick risk-taker and onetime star professor Fritz Tullis witnesses the first in a string of murders involving high-ranking government officials and before he knows it, and against his better judgment, he is digging for the truth. But he himself is being scrutinized, and someone, somewhere, is plotting his death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nice change of pace for a mystery

  • By Ann on 10-23-03

wonderfully original

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

Reviewed: 03-15-13

This was such a refreshing, different mystery,. It had none of the usual cliched, urban settings and scenes. It was very interesting and I couldn't stop listening once I started. I've stayed up until almost 2am because I had to hear the end. About 3/4 of the way through I figured out that one character wasn't exactly what he/she was portrayed to be but I was VERY wrong about their actual identity! Gregory Harrison did a superb job of narration--not too flat or too emotional. This is a great listen.

  • Flu

  • The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It
  • By: Gina Kolata
  • Narrated by: Gina Kolata
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112

Feeling feverish, tired, or achy? Listening to Gina Kolata's engrossing account of the 1918 Influenza epidemic is sure to give you the chills. A gripping work of science writing, Flu addresses the prospects for a great epidemic recurring, and considers what can be done to prevent it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating science; disappointing narration.

  • By Joanne on 10-25-05
  • Flu
  • The Story of the Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918 and the Search for the Virus that Caused It
  • By: Gina Kolata
  • Narrated by: Gina Kolata

Enthralling

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

Reviewed: 03-13-13

I have to agree with other reviewers that the author's lisp made it sometimes difficult to understand. But once I got used to it, I didn't notice it. I found the story enthralling but then I tend to like most medical mysteries, fact or fiction. I didn't know a lot about the 1918 flu and found the topic very, very interesting. While this definitely is not a comedy, I found myself laughing at the comparison of the two "expeditions" to obtain tissue samples. A guy with a shovel and two strong helpers, and a million dollar expedition with 2 tons of equipment, dozens of journalists and hazmat suits that took years to plan. The latter, of course, receiving federal funding. Also the description of the outcome of the expensive expedition as not being a failure was classic spin! I suggest you listen to the sample of the book and see if the narrator's speech will be too distracting to you before buying. If it won't, this is a great book. I will probably listen to it again. If you have listened to "Hot Zone" and liked it, you will like this one.

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • The Millennium Series, Book 1
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,280

Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN

  • By Pamela M on 03-02-09

I can't get past the S-L-O-W start

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

Reviewed: 11-13-12

I have tried three or four different times to listen to this book. I just cannot get past the VERY slow start. I have listened to a lot of epic novels, detailed historical books and other books some might find tedious but just can't get into this one. I have tried multiple times only because of the glowing reviews. Maybe I will give it another try but for now it will have to just sit in My Library.

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  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

  • By: Betty Smith
  • Narrated by: Anna Fields
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

The Nolans lived in the Williamsburg slums of Brooklyn from 1902 until 1919. Their daughter Francie and their son Neeley knew more than their fair share of the privations and sufferings that are the lot of a great city's poor. Primarily this is Francie's book. She is a superb feat of characterization, an imaginative, alert, resourceful child. And Francie's growing up and beginnings of wisdom are the substance of this classic tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Story, Must

  • By David on 04-30-03

Enthralling story but very poor audio quality

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

Reviewed: 11-13-12

I read this book as a child and have seen the movie countless times. I absolutely love the story. Betty Smith develops characters that you develop feelings for--both positive and negative. She has a way of making mundane, everyday life seem enthralling and even exciting. The brutality of the treatment of poor children and their indomitable spirit to overcome obstacles is amazing and inspiring. In our times of unending materialism, the life the family leads seems so deprived by comparison but the love in the family triumphs. Yes, this book is old-fashioned and probably won't appeal to a lot of people, but this is well worth a listen.

  • Night Fall

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,951
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,306

Five years after the crashof TWA Flight 800, the government has declared it a result of mechanical failure. But John Corey, an ex-NYPD detective who is now a contract agent with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force, is persuaded by Kate Mayfield, his wife and task force partner, that the case deserves a second look.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Addictive mix of fact & intriguing storyline

  • By Ms Discus on 11-28-04

I can't get enough of John Corey

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

Reviewed: 10-29-12

This is the third in the John Corey series and it did not disappoint. I love John Corey's sarcastic sense of humor and distaste for authority figures. A man after my own heart! Fiction based loosely on historical events can be fascinating and really gets your imagination going. the downing of TWA flight 800 is the event in this book. The plot is enthralling and I really didn't see the ending coming.. Scott Brick does an excellent job of narration as usual.