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  • Trust No One

  • X-Files, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Maberry - editor/author
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot, Hillary Huber
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,499
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,493

We all want to believe. The truth is still out there. The X-Files have been reopened. IDW Publishing and series creator Chris Carter have authorized new investigations into the weird, the strange, and the mysterious. New York Times best-selling author and multiple Bram Stoker Award winner Jonathan Maberry brings together some of today's top storytellers for a series of anthologies featuring all-new stories from the X-Files. Scully and Mulder continue their journey into darkness as they face aliens, monsters, shadow governments, and twisted conspiracies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mulder and Scully are at it again

  • By Diana Hart 33 on 11-23-15

REALLY FUN AND ORIGINAL X-FILES ADVENTURES

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

Reviewed: 09-27-17

BRONSON PINCHOT WAS AMAZING AS A NARRATOR AND BROUGHT THE STORIES ALIVE. AND THE OTHER NARRATOR WAS ALSO EXCELLENT. THE STORIES WERE INTERESTING AND BROUGHT SOMETHING NEW TO THE X-FILES CANNON. I WAS ENTERTAINED WITH THIS FORMAT AS THIS WAS THE FIRST FICTIONAL WORK I HAVE LISTENED TO ON AUDIBLE.

  • The X-Files: Cold Cases

  • By: Joe Harris, Chris Carter, Dirk Maggs - adaptation
  • Narrated by: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,146
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14,982
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,903

Based upon the graphic novels by Joe Harris - with creative direction from series creator Chris Carter - and adapted specifically for the audio format by aural auteur Dirk Maggs ( The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien: Out of the Shadows), Cold Cases marks yet another thrilling addition to the pantheon of X-Files stories. Featuring a mind-blowing and otherworldly soundscape of liquefying aliens, hissing creatures, and humming spacecraft, listeners get to experience the duo's investigations like never before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New Fan

  • By tatiana on 12-24-17

SINGLE-NARRATOR AUDIOBOOK WAS MUCH BETTER

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

Reviewed: 09-27-17

I LOVED THE FIRST X-FILE AUDIO-BOOK I PURCHASED WITH BRONSON PINCHOT AND ANOTHER AUTHOR READING EACH STORY INDIVIDUALLY. THE STORIES SEEMED MORE ORIGINAL, ENTERTAINING AND INTERESTING; THE PRESENTATION SEEMED MORE ORGANIZED AND JUST MORE "LISTENABLE". I WAS A DEVOTEE OF THE X-FILES TV SERIES AND MOVIE AND KNOW ALL ABOUT CSM AND KRYCEK AND REALLY LOOKED FORWARD TO THE ORIGINAL CAST NARRATING THIS BOOK THEMSELVES, BUT DISAPPOINTINGLY I FOUND THAT THIS FORMAT WAS NOT AS INTERESTING OR COHERENT. THE ACTORS VOICES AND AUDIO EDITING WAS FIRST CLASS, BUT AS AN X-FILES TV SHOW FAN FOR YEARS, THESE STORIES THEMSELVES SEEMED VERY FORMULAIC REHASHES OF THE PREMISE OF THE OLD SHOW, WITHOUT ANYTHING TERRIBLY INTERESTING OR ORIGINAL IN THE STORY-LINES. PLUS AT TIMES I FOUND THE DIALOGUE HARDER TO FOLLOW THAN WITH ONE NARRATOR. OVERALL, THESE STORIES WERE NOTHING SPECIAL, AND MIGHT ACTUALLY BE MORE INTERESTING TO PEOPLE WHO DID NOT SPEND YEARS WATCHING AND RE-WATCHING THE TV EPISODES AND NEVER LEARNED OF THE WHOLE X-FILES MYTHOLOGY.

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  • The Way of Men

  • By: Jack Donovan
  • Narrated by: Jack Donovan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,008
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,792
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,781

What is masculinity? Ask ten men and you'll get ten vague, conflicting answers. Unlike any book of its kind, The Way of Men offers a simple, straightforward answer - without getting bogged down in religion, morality, or politics. It's a guide for understanding who men have been and the challenges men face today. The Way of Men captures the silent, stifling rage of men everywhere who find themselves at odds with the overregulated, overcivilized, politically correct modern world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Needs to be re-recorded

  • By Avid Reader on 05-19-17

Interesting take on men and modern society

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

Reviewed: 07-24-16

This book was an interesting and enjoyable read dealing with the idea that there is a biological and evolutionary basis to "The masculine" as a real and acknowledged facet of what it means to be a human male. The author goes into the characteristics of what it means to "be a man". The author discusses the implications of these characteristics and how the fulfillment or the sublimation or suppression of these manly characteristics can have an effect on the individual and society. The author's perspective is unique for a lay reader like myself, and politically incorrect. There is no reliance on archaeological nor social science data to back up his claims, though there are some literary/cultural examples given, and I would call it a book-length essay on the subject. Overall it is well-written and the narration by the author is excellent and adds to the enjoyment of listening to the book. I have listened to the book only once and mostly in the car and this review is based on that type of listening experience.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Stonewalled

  • My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington
  • By: Sharyl Attkisson
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 15 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 410

Seasoned CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson reveals how she has been electronically surveilled while digging deep into the Obama Administration and its scandals, and offers an incisive critique of her industry and the shrinking role of investigative journalism in today's media.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Reporting

  • By Michael G. Boyd on 12-30-14

Shocking

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

Reviewed: 05-03-15

The bottom line is that network news is influenced by corporate money and political power. Great story and nice presentation by the narrator.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hitch-22

  • A Memoir
  • By: Christopher Hitchens
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hitchens
  • Length: 17 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,796
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,428

Over the course of his 60 years, Christopher Hitchens has been a citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom. He has been both a socialist opposed to the war in Vietnam and a supporter of the U.S. war against Islamic extremism in Iraq. He has been both a foreign correspondent in some of the world's most dangerous places and a legendary bon vivant with an unquenchable thirst for alcohol and literature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truth, the whole truth and nothing but.

  • By Laura on 08-23-10

Engaging and edifying

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

Reviewed: 04-25-15

Well written and read by the author. Hitchens is certainly one of the most gifted writers of recent times and it turns out that he is also an excellent narrator. I am not a fan of autobiography however being a fan of Hitchens I found his book to be as engaging and entertaining as any work of fiction.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Slobbering Love Affair

  • The Torrid Romance Between Barack Obama and the Mainstream Media
  • By: Bernard Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

According to Bernard Goldberg, the media crossed an important line in the 2008 presidential race, moving from their usual unthinking liberal bias to crass partisanship of the crudest kind, practically acting as spin doctors for the presidential campaign of Barack Obama. In A Slobbering Love Affair, his most provocative book yet, Goldberg demonstrates how the media launched an unparalleled effort to ensure the election of the man they regarded as the One.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • spot on!

  • By Eunice on 05-28-09

Greatest Narration on Audible

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

Reviewed: 03-25-15

Attention Audible: this is the way books need to be narrated. Alan Sklar is the best narrator I have heard. In all the right places, he uses his voice to deliver jubilation, disbelief, snark, dryness, wit, sarcasm, outrage, excitement, somberness, and on and on, bringing the written word to life! This is what every narrator should do, as appropriate to the tone of the text, of course.

I now have about 200 audible books, I have listened to this one 4 times already because I just enjoy the narration, it's actually entertaining in and of itself, and just pulls you through the whole book before you know it.

As far as the content of the book and the author, anyone who knows Bernard Goldberg knows he is conservative who worked in the liberal news rooms for decades and is well accustomed to the left-wing bias. He left the news side and since has written a couple books, and does conservative media analysis. He is smart, funny, and most importantly a seasoned journalist who knows how to do research, so....
....the chapters are organized in thought and content, making the case, USING EVIDENCE FROM THE PRESS, that the main stream media vacated their roll in vetting and challenging Barack Obama in his 2008 BECAUSE THEY WANTED HIM TO WIN.

Goldberg makes the case that the 2008 election was the first time the American liberal news media en masse actually moved from a position of passive bias favoring one candidate over the other, to actively downplaying negative stories of one candidate and then attacking the candidates critics ... remember the national news media investigating and then reporting on the credentials of Joe the plumber, a private citizen who asked Obama a tough question at one of the debates ?

I highly recommend everyone interested in politics read this book because the way most Americans get their political and world news is from the main stream press, and they are subject to shockingly deep bias and not above manipulating the stories to the betterment of their own world view and desires. It really is a shame. They are supposed to be "Objective".

  • Right Turns

  • Unconventional Lessons From a Controversial Life
  • By: Michael Medved
  • Narrated by: Robertson Dean
  • Length: 16 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Michael Medved is an orthodox Jew whose popular radio show is a favorite with evangelical Christians. As a nationally syndicated movie reviewer he made headlines with a controversial book titled Hollywood vs. America. He is a fervent and committed conservative who once worked 18-hour days in Bobby Kennedy's presidential campaign. And he counts among his friends both Rush Limbaugh and Hillary Clinton. He is a unique man, with a unique story to tell.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One man's quirky journey through life

  • By Christopher on 03-19-05

Very interesting biography

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

Reviewed: 03-25-15

I am not a fan of biographies generally, but I have listened to Medved on the radio and he is an interesting and knowledgeable story teller, so I figured, 'what the heck'. I listened over a week or two and it was a witty and enjoyable listen from a guy with a unique story to tell.

I gave it 4/5 stars overall because like I said, I'm not the biggest fan of biographies, they aren't going to really change your life, but Medved, as a professional broadcaster, did a lively job narrating the book.

The book as I recall talks about his politics only as it applies to his bio, but is not a preachy political book, so liberals or conservatives who like contemporary biographies would like it and not be put off.

  • After America

  • Get Ready for Armageddon
  • By: Mark Steyn
  • Narrated by: Mark Steyn
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549

In his giant New York Times best seller, America Alone: The End of the World as We Know It, Mark Steyn predicted collapse for the rest of the Western World. Now, he adds, America has caught up with Europe on the great rush to self-destruction. What will a world without American leadership look like? It won’t be pretty—not for you and not for your children. America’s decline won’t be gradual, like an aging Europe sipping espresso at a café until extinction. No, America’s decline will be a wrenching affair marked by violence and possibly secession.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Facts

  • By Peter on 11-11-11

Steyn's reading makes this a 5 star audiobook

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

Reviewed: 03-12-12

For those who don't know, Mark Steyn is a conservative commentator, columnist and humorist orignially from Canada. He has a great British accent and thank God he narrated this book. He has a wonderful lively delivery that makes the reading come alive: information and grave commentary are read seriously, and humorous or sardonic commentary are read with the appropriate tongue-in-cheek. He has to be one of the wittiest men to walk the planet. He is like a conservative version of John Stewart, but with alot more insight and facts to back up his targeting of the particular PC sacred cows that he skewers.

I would call this a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining book if the subject wasn't the prediction of the catastrophic end of America and the birth of a post-American world where looney dictators with nukes and totalitarian communist regimes are going to have far more influence on international politics than the bankrupt and impotent US and the rest of rest of the civilized Western world.

It's not all hopeless for Steyn though, for if enough of us can tap into that ruggedly individualist, subversive American spirit now we just might be able to breath new life into this radical experient in self-government as the rest of the Western welfare states sink below the waterline. If your under 40 don't forget, you're the one getting stuck with this collossal big-government nanny-state bar tab, so you might as well forget about retirement, you got five lifetimes of Chinese debt to pay back!

I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in politics and enjoys excellent political humor. No one other than looney dictators and big-government technocrats will be offended, and no animals were harmed in the making of this audiobook. Get it!

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  • The Secret Knowledge

  • On the Dismantling of American Culture
  • By: David Mamet
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 192

For the past 30 years, David Mamet has been a controversial and defining force in theater and film, championing the most cherished liberal values along the way. In some of the great movies and plays of our time, his characters have explored the ethics of the business world, embodied the struggles of the oppressed, and faced the flaws of the capitalist system. But in recent years Mamet has had a change of heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mamet's Rubicon

  • By Kirk on 08-13-11

A Consevative Milestone

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

Reviewed: 09-30-11

First, Johnny Heller has to be my favorite Audible narrators... a great gravely voice and an engaging reading. So the book has that going for it right out of the gate. Mamet's writing is smooth and flows like a stream of consciousness in essay after essay. His sentences are constructed informally, or conversationally, yet always with erudition. You get the sense that this is writer who lives what he speaks. Thomas Sowell's prose is in the same category of delivering dense nuggets of wisdom while crafting a clever and quotable sentence. I would love to say this book holds something for everyone, but I don't know whether liberals will read this book. I would hope they do, this book presents truth and wisdom and life experience wrapped in expert prose, it is a joy to listen to. But I don't think liberals like to challenge their innate sense of moral superiority by opening up their philosophy and egos to criticism, no matter how savory. We conservatives are fortunate to be living in a time when great thinkers and wordsmiths are now fleshing out the philosophy of our movement, recapturing and retooling the old wisdom of our great culture, and to be able to hear all these ideas brought to life in well-crafted works both written and spoken. This book is a notable milestone on the road to rediscovery of our American identity, who we are and what we envision for our future and our children's future. I dare say it is the "Common Sense" of our generation. In this battle of visions for America's future they have Krugman, we have Sowell; they have Maddow, Olberman and Sharpton, and we have Prager, Bennett, and Medved. They have most of Hollywood and we now have Mamet.. I'll take those odds all day long.

12 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • The Next Decade

  • Where We've Been . . . and Where We're Going
  • By: George Friedman
  • Narrated by: Bruce Turk
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 430
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

In The Next Decade, George Friedman offers readers a pro­vocative and endlessly fascinating prognosis for the immedi­ate future. Using Machiavelli’s The Prince as a model, Friedman focuses on the world’s leaders - particularly the American president - and with his trusted geopolitical insight analyzes the complex chess game they will all have to play.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jaw-dropping apolitical analysis

  • By Michael on 01-31-11

Jaw-dropping apolitical analysis

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-31-11

Friedman's analysis in this book is neither left nor right, neither liberal nor conservative. As a conservative myself, his cynical view of the American "empire" and practical Machiavellian insights into sound foreign policy contradict my idealistic higher moral calling toward "liberty and justice for all mankind". In fact, now that I think of it, it could be argued that Obama's soft call towards the Middle East may be just what we need to restore stalemate-stability in a region that would be devastating to US prosperity and security were it to unite under a common banner. This and other cold, hard insights on the unintended American hegemony make this the must-read book of the year, if not the decade. I have not read his previous books, so those of who know Friedman may be like, "yeah, we know he's good", but this is my first (and definitely not last) read from this author. You high-minded Tea-Party moralists and Left-wing ivy league idealogues would be foolish not to get a second opinion on how the world really operates from an internationally recognized expert on geopolitical analysis. Get it, read it, let your jaws hit the floor. Mine did.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful