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  • American Radical

  • Inside the World of an Undercover Muslim FBI Agent
  • By: Tamer Elnoury, Kevin Maurer
  • Narrated by: Peter Ganim
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,263
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,170
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,164

It's no secret that federal agencies are waging a broad global war against terror. But, for the first time, in this memoir, an active Muslim American federal agent reveals his experience infiltrating and bringing down a terror cell in North America. Due to his ongoing work for the FBI, Elnoury writes under a pseudonym. An Arabic-speaking Muslim American, a patriot, a hero: To many Americans, it will be a revelation that he and his team even exist, let alone the vital and dangerous work they do keeping all Americans safe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible

  • By Mike on 10-31-17

Reads like a spy novel but is truth

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

An excellent book that reads like a crime novel but knowing that it is as much fact that can be legally put into a book makes it better. The book is well written and opened my eyes concerning the world of terrorism and its impact on the US.

This FBI agent is a true American Hero and the narration adds to the value presented. Unlike other 'documentary' stories, this isn't boring and didn't read like a dictionary or Wikki -

Just as the FBI agent was told that this case would change his life, this book did the same for me. I cannot recommend it enough.

  • Dark Sacred Night

  • A Ballard and Bosch Novel
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin, Titus Welliver
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,904
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,762
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,752

Renée Ballard is working the night beat again and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours only to find a stranger rifling through old file cabinets. The intruder is retired detective Harry Bosch, working a cold case that has gotten under his skin. Ballard kicks him out but then checks into the case herself, and it brings a deep tug of empathy and anger. Bosch is investigating the death of 15-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was brutally murdered and her body left in a dumpster like so much trash. Now, Ballard joins forces with Bosch. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of Connelly's best; great narration!

  • By Wayne on 10-31-18

New 'partner' for Bosch

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

A new partner, more drama, and a continuance of a previous story. Overall, it kept my interest but the series is starting to lack on originality and depth. I listened to this while doing work around the house and it didn't require 'attention'.

Bosch's new partner adds an interesting twist and brings with it some current political and mainstream news into the storyline.

Overall, it is a good listen but . . .

  • Hi Bob!

  • By: Bob Newhart
  • Narrated by: Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,419
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,837
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,765

In Hi Bob!, American icon Bob Newhart gets together one-on-one with a handpicked cohort of luminaries in the world of entertainment, whom he happens to be friends with. Bob gets deep with each performer about their aspirations, their careers, how they got started, and how they grew to be where they are today. They make TV shows, movies, or albums, but they all like telling stories.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really well edited, funny, sincere

  • By RCC on 09-24-18

Not what I thought - no jokes

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

I had hopes it would include some scenes or humor. As someone who grew up watching Bob on TV, I hoped to hear some of the original jokes. Learning about the basis of his humor was good but it seemed to spend more time on the 'guests' than Bob. I got 50% into the book and stopped listening. Maybe it got into humor in the second half.

  • The Shotgun Lawyer

  • By: Victor Methos
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

Personal injury attorney Peter Game has a reputation: cynical, untroubled by ethics, and willing to take any case, anytime, in his pursuit of the win. He dreams of a sweetheart score that’ll make his name and net him millions. Then comes the lightning rod: a school shooting just outside of Salt Lake City. His client: the devastated mother of one of the victims. What she wants is understandable - just not simple: to sue the manufacturers of the automatic weapon used in the mass killing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Never underestimate desperation...

  • By shelley on 10-24-18

Slow start - interesting finish

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

This is the first Victor Methos book I listened to and at first wasn't sure if I would like the writing style. It took many chapters to build the characters but the theme of the book kept me interested. There are many themes in the book based on crazy romance, missed chances, chasing the wrong things in life, and finding justice for a school shooting.

Once the book reached mid-point, I liked the writing style but there are a few obvious directions but it didn't distract from the storyline. The main subject is a controversial subject (guns) but the author does an interesting job presenting their side of the discussion. Added in is some political action but it doesn't distract from the storyline if the reader keeps an open mind.

A school shooting with one of the victim's mom as one of the main characters adds some perspective and motive for the main subject.

The ending sets up the reader for a potential series with the main characters. Overall, it is a good book that doesn't require intense attention to understand or determine the direction and ultimate ending of the book. I listened to it while working on a remodel project that didn't require listening to each component of the story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Queen

  • Aretha Franklin
  • By: Mikal Gilmore
  • Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo
  • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,341
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,090

You know her voice. Now hear her story.

Audible has teamed up with Rolling Stone to produce an uncompromisingly honest Audible Original that honors the life and legacy of the incomparable Aretha Franklin. Aretha’s universal appeal was evident from the release of her first album at age 14 through her nearly 50 Top 40 hits. Yet this intimate biography reminds us that Aretha knew pain as much as she knew glory. It was the blues, residing deep within her soul, that gave way to a voice able to lift millions with a profound sense of freedom, self-worth, and undeniable talent to rise above sorrow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I learned so much

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-15-18

Sad - not what I expected

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

I am not sure what I expected but the story is a sad tale. I wish I never listened to it and the memories of Aretha would only be in my mind through her songs. It appears well researched and the narrator does a good job in her role. The book has more 'f-bombs' than an "R-rated" crime novel which could have been avoided. Thankfully, I wasn't listening via speakers and only headsets on certain occasions.

The book left me feeling sad for many reasons. I have read or listened to other books about entertainers where their private life was much different than anticipated but this one hit me when I wasn't expecting it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Fallen

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,303

Something sinister is going on in Baronville. The rust belt town has seen four bizarre murders in the space of two weeks. Cryptic clues left at the scenes - obscure Bible verses, odd symbols - have the police stumped. Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are in Baronville visiting Alex's sister and her family. It's a bleak place: a former mill and mining town with a crumbling economy and rampant opioid addiction. Decker has been there only a few hours when he stumbles on a horrific double murder scene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This was supposed to be a VACATION!!!!

  • By shelley on 04-17-18

Entertaining with a different twist for Decker

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

The setting is in a small town that once was thriving but now is riddled with crime, poverty, and death by the day. Decker is injured again creating a different twist to his personality but not too much to eliminate what makes him challenging.

The characters are well developed throughout the book with enough twists and turns to keep the listener's interest. It is an entertaining novel but isn't one that is too deep that requires deep attention.

Naration is ok - I still do not like Decker's voice - he sounds like a teen boy.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,222

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable debut mystery set in London

  • By Tracey on 05-26-13

Amazing mystery - No clue to killer till the end!

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

The performance is excellent and will cause me to seek out other books read by the narrator.

Throughout the book, there are many clues with a few hints to the killer but nothing is 'fully' revealed until the end. Characters are built in a manner that builds the story. The reader is thrust deep into the world of supermodels, fashion, and the rich. My only issue is the amount of cussing and overall language. I understand the setting and the industry represented cusses worse than a drunk sailor. However, this will cause me to not recommend the book to a younger crowd or those who restrain from listening to books filled with the 'f - bomb' as if we were sitting next to Hell's Angels.

Overall, the writing style is excellent and kept me intrigued but due to the language, I haven't decided if I would purchase any others in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Noble Beginnings

  • By: L. T. Ryan
  • Narrated by: Dennis Holland
  • Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,255
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,094
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,093

In March of 2002, while the eyes of the world focused on Afghanistan, Jack Noble finds himself on the outskirts of Baghdad, Iraq. A Marine in name only, Jack is on loan to the CIA. Normally an integral part of the team, he finds that he is nothing more than a security detail in Iraq.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Give this series a try...

  • By shelley on 09-21-18

Nothing new | Predictable | Has some potential

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

There is nothing new in the storyline and too often the plot is predictable. The narrator is a good narrator but not the correct match for the characters in this book.

This is an 'easy' listen and well suited for when performing tasks where the narration can be in the background - e.g. work around the house, cutting grass, etc.

It doesn't require too much concentration nor attention to details since the story follows the plot of many other novels in the same genre.

My hope is that a writer will come along and pick up where some of the great writers stopped.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Masterpiece

  • By: Francine Rivers
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,028
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,034

A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want - money, women, fame. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. The demons of Roman's past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking Topanga Canyon view. But Grace doesn't know how her boss secretly wrestles with those demons: by tagging buildings as the Bird, a notorious but unidentified graffiti artist - an alter ego that could destroy his career and land him in prison.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Did not realize this was religious....

  • By Amanda on 05-08-18

Not what I expected - much more!

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

I never read this type of novel but it came up on one of the 'watch next' lists and I took a chance and I am glad that I did.

It is a book of forgiveness, redemption, love, and living for God.

I found the reading entertaining and it is one of the reasons I didn't want the book to end.

Many people seek love in all of the wrong places and ways. This book is a lesson on finding love but testing the love before 'going to the next level'.

It started a little slow but the character building was amazing and how the author tied the past to the present is amazing.

Depending on your knowledge of the Bible or your spiritual walk, you might love it or not. However, I loved the simple subtle one-liners. e.g. Roman stated over and over late in the book - "Saved by Grace."

As others stated - a beautiful story!


  • The Year of Less

  • How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy in a Store
  • By: Cait Flanders
  • Narrated by: Cait Flanders
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,235
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,138
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,136

In her late 20s, Cait Flanders found herself stuck in the consumerism cycle that grips so many of us: earn more, buy more, want more, rinse, repeat. Even after she worked her way out of nearly $30,000 of consumer debt, her old habits took hold again. When she realized that nothing she was doing or buying was making her happy - only keeping her from meeting her goals - she decided to set herself a challenge: she would not shop for an entire year. The Year of Less documents Cait's life for 12 months during which she bought only consumables.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Twenty-something coming of age

  • By Kate Terrell on 06-23-18

Not what I expected better than anticipated

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

First, Cait does an excellent job narrating the book. Her ability to pause then add emotion enhances the story. It isn't your normal minimalism book (which is great) but a memoir about her journey eliminating 'stuff' from her life that hindered her growth.

Her discussion concerning alcohol and food abuse lays the foundation for many life lessons scattered throughout the book. At first, I wasn't sure what to expect since Cait is younger than my youngest but I was encouraged to listen to the current generation explain how many things we all have that isn't needed and hinders life.

It is amazing what can be achieved when goals are set such as paying off $30k in debt, losing weight, and eliminating people from our life that hinders progress.

At the end of the book, she outlines steps others can take to achieve their goals in eliminating waste and unneeded items.

The book challenged me to review what we purchase and 'waste'. I highly recommend the book.

There are times when the book might seem to run too deep into the weeds but overall it is an excellent listen.