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  • Run, Brother, Run

  • A Memoir of a Murder in My Family
  • By: David Berg
  • Narrated by: Geoffrey Alan Berg
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

As William Faulkner said, “The past is not dead, it’s not even past.” This observation seems especially true in matters of family, when the fury between generations is often never resolved and instead secretly carried, a wound that cannot heal. For David Berg, this is truer than for most, and once you listen to the story of his family, you will understand why he held it privately for so long and why the betrayals between parent and child can be the most wrenching of all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top Ten ouf of 7,000

  • By Roger on 06-27-13

Tantamount To Being Waterboarded

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

I don't know how this book received an overall 4 stars unless the author manipulated family/friends to write reviews. This book easily qualifies for taking home "The Worst Of The Worst Trophy." After hours of giving it my best shot, I finally threw in the towel. A first for me because I always want my money's worth so usually, I'll keep reading no matter what. Not so here. Everything about this book is boring, written at a kindergarten level, long, and drawn out. In short, it's a grouping of words that are overall, without purpose. This could be a "how to" use words repeatedly to create the same meaningless message. Yawn. Literally, it was torture trying to stick with finishing reading this book. There is nothing redeemable about it. Nothing. If you're thinking about buying this book then take your $30 bucks, put it in the trash, and walk away. I promise it will give you more pleasure than this book. (Believe it or not, I have been polite and generous with this book review.)

  • The Threat

  • How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump
  • By: Andrew G. McCabe
  • Narrated by: Andrew G. McCabe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,753
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,538
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,524

On March 16, 2018, just 26 hours before his scheduled retirement from the organization he had served with distinction for more than two decades, Andrew G. McCabe was fired from his position as deputy director of the FBI. President Donald Trump celebrated on Twitter: "Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy." In The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump, Andrew G. McCabe offers a dramatic and candid account of his career and an impassioned defense of the FBI.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The FBI & DOJ

  • By Greb on 02-19-19

Ugh! So Glad This One Is Done

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

The interesting matters in this book can be contained in a thimble. Seriously. OMG-- I thought it would never end. Andy McCabe's monotonous, emotionless reading from his manuscript sent me out the door screaming one-third way through. (I mean, there's a difference in story telling and reading a book while reading a book. Geeezzz!) I just refused to give up that soon-- by gosh, if it was published there surely must be a hidden treasure, right? Nooooo. Same story with the hope of a secret horse in the barn full of manure. It's m.a.n.u.r.e. I do not recommend this book. How can you have a successful wife (politician and doctor) and a couple of kids but there's not a single illustration of family humor? That family should be rocking and rolling in fun and funnies. Too personal? Well, Andy-- then don't tell "your" story because you aren't living in a capsule. You need to go back to the drawing board. Either you allowed the FBI to totally sanitize YOUR story or your story was never worth repeating in the first place. I hope you read this awful review 'cause you made a dollar off me that you didn't deserve.

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  • Invisible

  • The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America's Most Powerful Mobster
  • By: Stephen L. Carter
  • Narrated by: Karen Chilton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Stephen L. Carter delves into his past and retrieves the inspiring story of his grandmother’s life. She was black and a woman and a prosecutor, a graduate of Smith College and the granddaughter of slaves, as dazzlingly unlikely a combination as one could imagine in New York of the 1930s - and without the strategy she devised, Lucky Luciano, the most powerful Mafia boss in history, would never have been convicted. When special prosecutor Thomas E. Dewey selected 20 lawyers to help him clean up the city’s underworld, she was the only member of his team who was not a white male. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Moving Biography

  • By Jean on 10-31-18

ugh. Ugh. UGH!

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

Reviewed: 02-23-19

This could have been an award winning story. Instead, it was just a recitation of facts, absent feelings and emotions. It is a waste of time and money. Never again. Never.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Trumped!

  • The Inside Story of the Real Donald Trump - His Cunning Rise and Spectacular Fall
  • By: John R. O'Donnell, James Rutherford
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

Here's the inside story of Trump's legendary tirades, his convenient forgetfulness, and the infamous Donald Trump ego. O'Donnell tells how the Plaza staff catered to Trump's personal whims, and to those of his mistress - and how the man who built the largest gambling hall in the world knew little about running a casino. From the hypocrisy, bad deals, and the monumental debt to the untold tales of Marla and Ivana, Trumped! rips the mask off the mighty Trump facade - revealing a castle about to collapse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Seems Balanced

  • By in1ear (John Row) on 04-16-16

Another Sanitized Fairy Tale

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

Reviewed: 02-23-19

You run 3-4 casinos in Atlantic City but never mention a single interaction with the mob controlling the territory? The total silence in that regard severely damaged the credibility of the story. If I'd wanted a "cleaned-up version," I would just have chatted with Mr. Clean or maybe even listened to goofus bone-head tRrrump ramble on about his greatness.

  • Everything Trump Touches Dies

  • By: Rick Wilson
  • Narrated by: Rick Wilson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,812
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,620

In Everything Trump Touches Dies, political campaign strategist and commentator Rick Wilson brings his darkly funny humor and biting analysis to the absurdity of American politics in the age of Trump. Wilson mercilessly exposes the damage Trump has done to the country, to the Republican Party he served for decades, and to the conservative movement that has abandoned its principles for the worst president in American history. No left-winger, Wilson is a lifelong conservative who delivers his withering critique of Trump from the right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gives me hope

  • By Greb on 09-17-18

Pretty Much Including This Book

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

Reviewed: 02-23-19

The storyline was hard to follow. Now and again the author/narrator jumped to 2024, but I didn't hear the year announced. So, the plot continued to be confusing, and did so even after I learned to listen for "2024" as a big, red flag that meant "well, maybe; yawn." I have rarely been so happy to finish a book. There is some pretty good humor but it just took way too much energy to sort through it all.

  • Evil Has a Name

  • The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation
  • By: Paul Holes, Jim Clemente, Peter McDonnell
  • Narrated by: Paul Holes, Jim Clemente
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,496
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,773
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,740

For his victims, for their families and for the investigators tasked with finding him, the senselessness and brutality of the Golden State Killer's acts were matched only by the powerlessness they felt at failing to uncover his identity. Then, on April 24, 2018, authorities arrested 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo at his home in Citrus Heights, Calif., based on DNA evidence linked to the crimes. Amazingly, it seemed, evil finally had a name. Please note: This work contains descriptions of violent crime and sexual assault and may not be suitable for all listeners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Raises The Bar On True Crime Genre

  • By R. Squyres on 11-16-18

Edge Of My Seat

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

Reviewed: 01-14-19

The storyline is current since it centers in 2018, but also spans the period from the 70's. There were a couple of things that irked me so let me get those out of the way first. Every chapter repeated a warning to the reader about violence. I mean, it's doubtful a reader would miss that the story involved violence before he/she bought the book. Ridiculous. The drama music and sound background was a constant, irritating distraction. Ringing phones, loud music, chitter-chat. Ugh. Okay, now the good stuff. This is indeed a great book. I particularly like parts, of which there were many, when the narration was done by the real life character. That was exciting and I looked forward to more. Many of the characters had been victims. Some of them brought their hardships and accomplishments into the present and all reported they had done quite well notwithstanding the entanglement with a horrific person. Yea! for each of them. I couldn't help but feel a little pride and victory for each and feel truly grateful for those who shared. Before buying the book, I really debated. I wasn't looking for this storyline and thought for the length of the book, it was fairly pricey. I was not disappointed and although it is short and costly, I don't regret the investment. I recommend the book.

  • Red Notice

  • A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man's Fight for Justice
  • By: Bill Browder
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 14 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,832
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,189
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,191

Red Notice is a searing expose of the wholesale whitewash by Russian authorities of Magnitsky's imprisonment and murder, slicing deep into the shadowy heart of the Kremlin to uncover its sordid truths.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gutsy, chilling and important.

  • By Michael J Canning on 02-28-15

OMG! Wake Up America

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

This is the scariest thriller based on true facts I've ever read! In light of the events by Trump and his regime, as well as his Bromance with Putin, my knees are knocking. I thought the beginning chapters were "just okay" but certainly not overly impressive. Still, there was intrigue with young financial wizard Bill Browder setting about to make Russia his playground with an ultimate goal of reaching the pot of gold first. Like I said, young. However, the details in the initial chapters became relative and important backdrops. That is,because the reader grasps the personalities and values of key people, she feels as if she knew them. The questions I would later develop had, for the most part, been answered in these initial chapters. Good writing. The narration is excellent, also. I didn't notice a single repeat of an event (which has become common, and frustrating, in audiobooks). I had heard of the Magnitsky Act but never took the time to learn why it was drafted or enacted as law. Learning the in's and out's of forming an idea, transforming it into a bill, and herding the bill through heavy hitting politicians is an exciting part of the journey, albeit a roller coaster. The political process also enlightened me as to why sanctions under the Magnitsky Act are powerful and truly feared by Russians, particularly Putin. (It's a kick in the gut economically.) The application of those, like almost everything else, kept me on the edge of my seat. It was hard to put the book down. I didn't want it to end. The overall plot is a human rights story about a Russian whistleblower with weaving of a lot of twists and turns. The book's title is appropriate and a "tell all." I have already recommended this book to several friends and am purchasing it for two more. It really is worth your time and money.

  • My Own Words

  • By: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Mary Hartnett, Wendy W. Williams
  • Narrated by: Linda Lavin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 900

The first book from Ruth Bader Ginsburg since becoming a Supreme Court Justice in 1993 - a witty, engaging, serious, and playful collection of writings and speeches from the woman who has had a powerful and enduring influence on law, women's rights, and popular culture. My Own Words is a selection of writings and speeches by Justice Ginsburg on wide-ranging topics, including gender equality, the workways of the Supreme Court, being Jewish, law and lawyers in opera, and more.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Spectacularly Dry

  • By CMP on 07-27-18

An Awesome & Genuine Woman

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18

This book left me with more knowledge about RBG on a personal level. I really enjoyed and cherished those bits but wish there had been more. For the most part the book focuses on RBG's life as a Justice and relationship with her dear husband, Marty. It also touched on her as a Mom. Many times I thought, "Goodness, what in the world would you do if RBG was your Mother?" She is so soft spoken, calculating, and gentle with her speech. There is even an unique rhythm and it captures the listener. It might initially leave the impression that her speaking style undermines the powerful position she holds. Not so, she is intellectually superior and firmly holds her own in any situation. The downside was there were several old recordings, made when she spoke at different events, included in the audio book. Those are hard to understand; pretty fuzzy. Overall, it was worth my time and money. I'm glad I read this book. It made me want to know even more about this marvelous, inspirational woman. What a gal! :)

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  • House of Trump, House of Putin

  • The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia
  • By: Craig Unger
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 589
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520

It is a chilling story that begins in the 1970s, when Trump made his first splash in the booming, money-drenched world of New York real estate, and ends with Trump’s inauguration as president of the US. That moment was the culmination of Vladimir Putin’s long mission to undermine Western democracy, a mission that he and his hand-selected group of oligarchs and Mafia kingpins had ensnared Trump in, starting more than 20 years ago with the massive bailout of a string of Trump hotel and casino failures. This book confirms the most incredible American paranoias about Russian malevolence. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kleptocracy, Thy Name is Putin

  • By kimmacvb on 09-29-18

Dots Connected

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

Wow! This author does his homework and then some more. Everything written is based on fact; no puffing. I appreciate his research. The book was a great read. Don't expect to draw out reading this book. You're going to be finished with it pretty darn quick. There is information, and plenty of it, but easily digested. I had never known or heard much about #45 and his family, mostly his Dad. The book puts into context and perhaps explains how #45 developed his warped, fragmented, and disconnected reality. One in which he continues to reside and force upon America. In it, he is superior to every other person (living or dead). I have heard the media describe #45 as acting like a mobster. I'm so far away from the gangster world, those descriptions didn't have much meaning for me. It does now! Knowing #45's past, including family history, now-- I get it. Indeed, #45 does think and act like a mob boss and there are reasons for him doing so. His reasoning is ingrained and cannot entertain any unfamiliar information. I want to know more. I wasn't ready for this book to end. I feel it probably raises only the tip of the iceberg.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,675
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,558

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Actually Humanized Trump for Me

  • By BigNutz on 12-15-18

The Complete Story

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

This is a one-of-a-kind author who has been there before in similar situations. He gained knowledge and experience that is willingly shared through his writing. He tells the real story that every American is currently enduring, along with many world viewers, some government leaders. Who doesn't hold his breath every time #45 opens his mouth or tweets? He has done and said the most shocking, vicious, and outrageous things and most had no basis in truth. While I thought it would be a tough challenge to create an article, much less an entire book, about #45 that would be accepted by the public, this author did it. His tools were diligent interviews with many people, research, and for the most part, disregarding emotions that might interfere with factual analysis. Worth the time.