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  • The Stowaway

  • A Young Man's Extraordinary Adventure to Antarctica
  • By: Laurie Gwen Shapiro
  • Narrated by: Jacques Roy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

It was 1928: a time of illicit booze, of Gatsby and Babe Ruth, of freewheeling fun. The Great War was over, and American optimism was higher than the stock market. What better moment to launch an expedition to Antarctica, the planet's final frontier? The night before the expedition's flagship launched, Billy Gawronski - a skinny, first-generation New York City high schooler desperate to escape a dreary future in the family upholstery business - jumped into the Hudson River and snuck aboard. Could he get away with it?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Nice Little Story About A Nice Young Man...

  • By Gillian on 01-23-18

Story of someone who would have gone unknown

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

What did you love best about The Stowaway?

It is the true story of an 18 year old who stowaway on Admiral Byrd's first voyage to the arctic. The background second story Is about Byrd. More a promotor than an explorer such as the crew of Endurance.

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,866
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,051

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Incredible story line.

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

Reviewed: 02-16-16

If you could sum up The Life We Bury in three words, what would they be?

Allen Eskens took into account every small detail, as it would happen in real life. That's what kept you inside the story as it unwrapped. From the small details of how a play can cause the main actor to come unwound with his current life.

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  • Ugly

  • By: Mark A. Roeder
  • Narrated by: Joe DiNozzi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Julian is ugly. He knows it. Everyone knows it. He is also a boy with secrets. He's gay, his family owns the local funeral home, and he's not certain which secret he more desperately desires to keep. Julian is a wallflower, but tries out for the soccer team to please his father. Beyond all hope, he makes the team - and there he meets boys who change his life forever and a coach he suspects is trying to kill him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I cried and laughed all the way.

  • By Lifesavr on 04-13-15

Great background story, and gay

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

Reviewed: 09-10-15

What did you love best about Ugly?

The background story, the boy's family is in the funeral business. Had me thinking of the HBO show - Six Feet Under while I read it. Unlike so many gay teen/romance books, this book had three main stories taking place at the same time. Which is why it isn't typical.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Julien of course

Which character – as performed by Joe DiNozzi – was your favorite?

Brandon

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Continue to seek. He is there

Any additional comments?

First book I have listen to by Roeder. He has a mixed review (good, bad, middle) on his other books. I would agree with one listener of this book - on the level comparing it to One Man One Guy. The stories are vastly different, yet their many of written narration is the same.

  • I Am Pilgrim

  • A Thriller
  • By: Terry Hayes
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ragland
  • Length: 22 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,484

An anonymous young woman murdered in a run-down hotel, all identifying characteristics dissolved by acid. A father publicly beheaded in the blistering heat of a Saudi Arabian public square. A notorious Syrian biotech expert found eyeless in a Damascus junkyard. Smoldering human remains on a remote mountainside in Afghanistan. A flawless plot to commit an appalling crime against humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please let this all be fiction.

  • By B.J. on 08-08-14

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

Reviewed: 08-01-15

Would you listen to I Am Pilgrim again? Why?

I am subscribing to all new releases by Terry Hayes. Yes, at 22 hours it is longer than others, but you will be wishing the story continued for another 22. Terry does an incredible writing performance of having the story grow more legs into the twists and turns.

  • No Easy Day

  • The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden
  • By: Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,496

From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear

  • By Darwin8u on 09-04-12

Unveiling of event was well done

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

Reviewed: 10-01-12

If you could sum up No Easy Day in three words, what would they be?

Informative; direct; revealing

What was one of the most memorable moments of No Easy Day?

Personal information of his life from toddler to completion of college.

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

No

Any additional comments?

The format of the story of UBL assassination was well presented with the first chapter opening the story of the event with their helo riding to UBL; than jumping back to his childhood and taking us forward to the helo riding.

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,735
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,643

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This book faded like a bad racehorse…

  • By Matt on 01-06-12

Won't be nice if we could go back in time

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

Reviewed: 06-28-12

Would you consider the audio edition of 11-22-63 to be better than the print version?

I listen to audio books while training for marathon races. I need the story to take me away since miles 2 through 25 become long. But I don't want a technical self help book - too much to think about. Stephen King's books have become a main stay in taking me away while training - I don't even turn him off while cooling down. This book as with "Cell" kept me wanting to train longer - it was that good. You begin wishing you too could find the stairs to the past.

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