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  • 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 8,515
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,790
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,757

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

Much more than a simple mystery.

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

Perhaps beyond the mystery, the puzzles, this book gives you the people - people who were victims, people who cared, in the end not just a case solved but what that meant to the investigators, and more deeply to victims freed from years of fear. A lot to think about. Things to learn. People to admire.

  • Rogue Lawyer

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,960
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,942

On the right side of the law. Sort of. Sebastian Rudd is not your typical street lawyer. He works out of a customized bulletproof van, complete with Wi-Fi, a bar, a small fridge, fine leather chairs, a hidden gun compartment, and a heavily armed driver. He has no firm, no partners, no associates, and only one employee: his driver, who's also his bodyguard, law clerk, confidant, and golf caddy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not the John Grisham I know

  • By William Moritz on 11-01-15

Top notch listen!

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

Reviewed: 11-16-18

Totally engrossing. Serious humor. Just hope this is a series because it was so good. Including narration. Would give it an extra star if that were possible.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,085
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58,881
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58,733

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Not a sequel...

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

Reviewed: 11-23-17

As well written as "The Martian" but it’s 'own thing'. The book has all the space technology of classic SciFi with a credible plot, asides into economic & political theory plus not a little bit of crazy adventure reminiscent of "The Stainless Steel Rat" series.

And...one more thing...the narration is spot on. A new voice. One to watch.

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  • The Dawn Patrol

  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,190

Every morning Boone Daniels is out with the Dawn Patrol: four men and one woman as single-minded about surfing as he is, or nearly. They have real jobs; Boone works as a P.I. just enough to keep himself in fish tacos and in the water. But Boone is also obsessed with the unsolved case of a young girl named Rain who was abducted while he was with the San Diego police.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don Winslow always surprises me

  • By Hannah on 09-08-15

Could be made into a good movie!

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

Reviewed: 02-05-17

What did you love best about The Dawn Patrol?

Dialog. Crazy characters. At times almost poetic, at others pure snark. Excellently read.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Boone. Nexus. Although all the characters are interesting.

Which scene was your favorite?

Can't say. One of the meditations on the joy of the ocean and surfing.

Any additional comments?

I'll look for more by the same author & the same narrator.

  • How America Lost Its Secrets

  • Edward Snowden, the Man and the Theft
  • By: Edward Jay Epstein
  • Narrated by: Michael Bybee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 93

After details of American government surveillance were published in 2013, Edward Snowden, formerly a subcontracted IT analyst for the NSA, became the center of an international controversy: Was he a hero, traitor, whistle-blower, spy? Was his theft legitimized by the nature of the information he exposed? When is it necessary for governmental transparency to give way to subterfuge? Edward Jay Epstein brings a lifetime of journalistic and investigative acumen to bear on these and other questions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A different way of looking at things

  • By Stephanie M. McKay on 05-12-17

There's more to the story than headlines suggest.

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

Reviewed: 01-28-17

Would you consider the audio edition of How America Lost Its Secrets to be better than the print version?

The audio edition is very good. I intend to go back and read the Kindle edition in order to give more "think" time to the complex issues & questions raised in the book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There is no favorite character...unless it's us. We want security. We want privacy. We want it all. Reality doesn't work that way. We have to become informed & make decisions.

What about Michael Bybee’s performance did you like?

A very calm but definite voice. Emphasis only as needed. Not over dramatized.

If you could give How America Lost Its Secrets a new subtitle, what would it be?

Known knowns, known unknowns, and unknown unknowns.

Any additional comments?

An excellent book. I recommend it to anyone who wants to understand privacy/security issues beyond sound bites, and comprehend the implications of Snowden's breach of our security.

  • Red Sparrow

  • A Novel
  • By: Jason Matthews
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,579

Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Spy Novel (with a few quirks)

  • By Aaron on 01-12-14

Among the best!

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

Reviewed: 09-27-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This novel keeps you guessing & enjoying from the opening to the very end. Just when you think you can guess what will happen next you discover that you didn't see it coming. An excellent listen (or read).

What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Sparrow?

The ending. I won't give it away.


Have you listened to any of Jeremy Bobb’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I will look for his performances in the future. An excellent rendering of the characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Too long for one sitting, but you definitely look forward to you next opportunity to "tune in" and continue following the story.

Any additional comments?

Recipes!

  • The Second World War

  • By: Antony Beevor
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 39 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 881
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 797
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 793

Over the past two decades, Antony Beevor has established himself as one of the world's premier historians of World War II. His multi-award winning books have included Stalingrad and The Fall of Berlin 1945. Now, in his newest and most ambitious book, he turns his focus to one of the bloodiest and most tragic events of the twentieth century, The Second World War. Thrillingly written and brilliantly researched, Beevor's provocative account is destined to become the definitive work on World War II.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It Fills in Gaps I Didn't Know Existed

  • By DJM on 07-31-12

Probably the best book about WWII

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

Reviewed: 07-14-15

If you could sum up The Second World War in three words, what would they be?

Comprehensive. More complex history than you may have thought, more relevant to todays world in which major powers + internal national rivalries muddy the bigger picture. A great book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

How can there be a "favorite character" in a history? I'd say the people of Poland. If you want to know why listen/read the book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

This is a long book. Much too much for one sitting. In fact good for a re-listen. There's a lot to absorb.

Any additional comments?

If you've read other books about or set in the context of WWII this book will give you background. Some things start making sense...unfortunately.

Six Degrees of Assassination: An Audible Drama audiobook cover art
  • Six Degrees of Assassination: An Audible Drama

  • By: M J Arlidge
  • Narrated by: Andrew Scott, Freema Agyeman, Hermione Norris, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,483
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,371
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,366

On a sullen, cloudy July day ten years since 7/7, the happy, confident and optimistic British Prime Minister is visiting a charity in East London. It’s just two months after the general election which saw John Campbell's government returned to power with a clear majority, the economy is on the mend and the coalition is fast becoming a bad memory. Suddenly, a man appears out of the crowd and shoots him three times in the chest.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Original Drama Pity About the "Music"

  • By lynn on 01-15-15

Just when you think you know....

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

Reviewed: 01-29-15

What made the experience of listening to Six Degrees of Assassination: An Audible Drama the most enjoyable?

A soon as you think you know who done it...you know you don't!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Very enjoyable but don't start reading unless you're prepared to be hooked.

  • Bellwether

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,211
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 871
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 871

Sandra Foster studies fads and their meanings for the HiTek corporation. Bennett O'Reilly works with monkey group behavior and chaos theory for the same company. When the two are thrust together due to a misdelivered package and a run of seemingly bad luck, they find a joint project in a flock of sheep. But a series of setbacks and disappointments arise before they are able to find answers to their questions - with the unintended help of the errant, forgetful, and careless office assistant Flip.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pattern Recognition" Meets "Office Space

  • By Pam on 07-04-12

Off beat.

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

Reviewed: 09-16-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Bellwether to be better than the print version?

Well read.

What did you like best about this story?

An ironic look at human behavior. Amusing snippets about fads & the craziness of real people present & past.

  • Night Heron

  • By: Adam Brookes
  • Narrated by: Jason Isaacs
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

Set in China, and ripped from today's headlines, comes a pulse-pounding debut that reinvents the spy thriller for the 21st century. A lone man, Peanut, escapes a labor camp in the dead of night, fleeing across the winter desert of north-west China. Two decades earlier, he was a spy for the British; now Peanut must disappear on Beijing's surveillance-blanketed streets. Desperate and ruthless, he reaches out to his one-time MI6 paymasters via crusading journalist Philip Mangan, offering military secrets in return for extraction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Realistic Sort of Spy Book -

  • By Dorothy on 09-16-16

A "read".

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

Reviewed: 08-06-14

What did you love best about Night Heron?

Rings true. Involving.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The character of "Peanut" is ripe for a sequel. Hard to leave behind at the end of the book.

Any additional comments?

The tech premise is interesting. One suspects not too far beyond reality.

I'd Love to see this made into a series by HBO. Would work. But "read" it first.

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