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E. Sewell

Kettle, Kentucky
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  • Down in the Zero

  • A Burke Novel #7
  • By: Andrew Vachss
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Investigating an epidemic of apparent suicides among the teenagers of a wealthy suburb, Burke discovers a sinister connection between the anguish of the young and the activities of an elite sadomasochistic underground.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vachss Keeps Me Sharp and Entertained

  • By E. Sewell on 09-23-18

Vachss Keeps Me Sharp and Entertained

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Reviewed: 09-23-18

This is my sixth Vachss novel in two weeks and I have just started number seven. The lead characters are warriors with compassion, and they have added an edge to my professional approach as a psychotherapist. I’m adding to my education those lessons not coverered in grad school.

  • Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

  • Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking
  • By: Samin Nosrat
  • Narrated by: Samin Nosrat
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 361

A visionary new master class in cooking that distills decades of professional experience into just four simple elements, from the woman declared "America's next great cooking teacher" by Alice Waters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great insights : But Please include the recipes!!

  • By Daniel on 11-13-17

Will Make You A Better Cook

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Reviewed: 09-17-18

Listening once has made me aware of so many things I needed to change. I shall be listening again and again until this knowledge becomes ingrained in my memory as if I have lived her experiences. It is already working.

  • Aftershock

  • By: Andrew Vachss
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

After a life in various war zones, Dell and Dolly have settled in this town, fulfilling Dolly's lifelong dream. Though she has given up her nursing career and moved smoothly into civilian life, Dell had been a mercenary, so they both have to sacrifice their prior identities. When the star of the girls' softball team shoots and kills the most popular boy in school, Dolly asks Dell to uncover the motive behind this inexplicable crime. It doesn't take him long to uncover a horrifying rite of passage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vachss hits a solid triple

  • By Sara R. on 09-02-13

Another Must-Read from Vachss

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Reviewed: 09-17-18

As with all Vachss' books, you cannot put it down. As a therapist I feel I am learning a lot, and as a writer and reader, I am enthralled.

  • That's How I Roll

  • By: Andrew Vachss
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

After pleading guilty to a series of homicides, Esau Till sits on death row, writing his life story. But his memoir is his one last chance to protect his brother. And, when it comes to his baby brother, Esau Till is a man without boundaries. When the genetic cards were dealt, Esau drew a genius IQ - and a crippled body. His brother Tory drew a slow mind - and almost superhuman strength. Very early on, Esau learned that the only way to guarantee his brother's safety was to make himself indispensable, so he became the top hired killer for both rival local mobs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Roll baby Roll

  • By Gwen McKinley on 05-04-12

One of the great American writers

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Reviewed: 09-14-18

I am overwhelmed by the power and depth of this book. I will never forget this story.

  • Strega

  • A Burke Novel, Book 2
  • By: Andrew Vachss
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 122

Andrew Vachss’s implacable private eye has a new client, Strega. She wants Burke to find an obscene photograph and that search will take him into the ocean that flows just beneath the city, an ocean whose currents are flesh and money, the anguish of children and the pleasure of twisted adults. It is a place that Burke can visit only at the risk of his sanity and his life. But between the power of Strega and his own sense of justice, there is no turning back.

In Strega one of our most acclaimed crime writers gives us a thriller that might have been imagined by Dante. For this is a tour of hell with no stops left out, conducted by a novelist who writes with the authority of the damned.

“It’s wonderful. The words leap off the page. The plot is fresh. The principal character is original. The style is as clean as a haiku.” — The Washington Post Book World

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator is better here than on first book

  • By Mark on 11-15-14

Incredible read

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Reviewed: 09-12-18

The only downside is that this book it’s so addictive that I am not getting my necessary tasks completed.

  • Flood

  • A Novel
  • By: Andrew Vachss
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 248
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 253

Burke's newest client is a woman named Flood, who has the face of an angel, the body of a high-priced stripper, and the skills of a professional executioner. She wants Burke to find a monster for her - so she can kill him with her bare hands. In this thriller, Andrew Vachss's renegade private eye teams up with a lethally gifted avenger to follow a child's murderer through the catacombs of New York, where every alley is blind and the penthouses are as dangerous as the basements.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good - I will try some more of the series.

  • By Rachel on 02-20-12

Incredibly powerful and entertaining

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Reviewed: 09-08-18

I read the book long ago and listening again bowled me over with its brilliance