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  • Killer by Nature

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jan Smith
  • Narrated by: Angela Griffin, Robert James-Collier, Katherine Kelly, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,066
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11,075
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,033

Dr. Diane Buckley, a talented freelance forensic psychologist, is drafted in to examine a grisly murder – a body found in a children's playground. The murder carries all the hallmarks of one of her most famous incarcerated clients, 'The Playground Killer' (aka Alfred Dinklage). In a series of intimate 1:1 sessions, Buckley has to race against time to unpick the facts and delve into Dinklage's often manipulative, complicated mind to understand his past whilst striving to prevent further murders....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • glad it was free, sad I used a free credit.

  • By River on 03-02-19

series of crime tropes. unsurprising.

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

Reviewed: 02-27-19

this has been written by following the "murder mystery" textbook. every clichés is present making it predictable. it is like listening to a bad tv movie.

  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,873
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,827

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Please, have mercy and cut out the sound effects

  • By Areader on 11-29-18

fun and interesting short stories. Worth it.

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

Stephen Fry in all is amazing splendor. A collection of 30-35 min short stories that was great to listen to on a variety of subjects from female homosexuality to black people to Sherlock Holmes.

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  • 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 16,481
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15,288
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,207

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

Might as well be read by robots

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

I could not finish it. Voice acting is a skill.. this felt like a table reading where the actors are bored and just trying to make it through. Sound effects are disrupting.

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  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,207
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30,719
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,603

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Close To Perfection--A Definite Thumbs Up!

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-07-17

Cannot recommend enough

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

Wonderfully written and read. Having finished it, I am now sad I won't have anymore news from Eleanor. This is a unique story that is lighthearted despited being rooted in resilience. Best thing I have read this year.

#PastMeetsPresent #FemaleProtagonist #witty #gritty #SelfDiscovery #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell

  • A Novel
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Robert Dugoni
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,094
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,581

Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered. Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls. Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow..allow yourself to be submerged in this book

  • By Donna Smith McG on 05-18-18

cookie cutter characters, monotone.

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

The premise is the interesting part in this coming of age story the rest is just infuriating. Every character is a caricature; the mother who bakes cookies and cries, thebdad that buys a bicycle and dispenses slightly emotionally distant advice. There is a bully actually threatens by eye squinting and hitting his fist into his hand. Seriously. Every single character had the potential of being interestingly milti layered but is a xartoon character. oh and boobs. the author needs to get over them. Like now.

  • When

  • By: Victoria Laurie
  • Narrated by: Whitney Dykhouse
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,646
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,501

Maddie Fynn is a shy high school junior, cursed with an eerie intuitive ability: she sees a series of unique digits hovering above the foreheads of each person she encounters. Her earliest memories are marked by these numbers, but it takes her father's premature death for Maddie and her family to realize that these mysterious digits are actually death dates, and just like birthdays, everyone has one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • When is your death day?

  • By Martina Dalton on 05-07-17

excellent premise, very well acted.

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

the only downside is the last chapter where the author felt the need to wrap absolutely everything up in a saccharine pink bow. every character is accounted for with the most. ideal, outcome. the book was great, tjat last chapter gave me diabètes. still recommend.

  • Explaining Social Deviance

  • By: Paul Root Wolpe, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Paul Root Wolpe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

How do deviants reconcile their behavior with society's norms? This set of 10 lectures examines the complex topic of deviance and how major sociological theories have attempted to define it and understand its role in both historical and modern society. Professor Wolpe introduces deviance as "a complex, often ambiguous, social phenomenon that raises numerous questions about how a varied and often arbitrary set of characteristics can be used to name the same idea."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent content, though outdated

  • By MsTurkish on 11-29-15

I cannot stop listening to it again

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

This us a comprehensive, organised look into deviance. It is engaging and thought provoking. By far the favorite book I bought here. Cannot recommend enough.

  • Kafka sur le rivage

  • By: Haruki Murakami
  • Narrated by: Hervé Bernard Omnès
  • Length: 23 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Kafka Tamura, quinze ans, fuit sa maison de Tokyo pour échapper à la terrible prophétie que son père a prononcée contre lui. Comme l'Œdipe de Sophocle, il est voué à être parricide et incestueux. Nakata, vieil homme simple d'esprit, prend lui aussi la route, obéissant à un appel impérieux. Comme l'Idiot de Dostoievski, il est incompris des humains, mais converse avec les chats. Entre l'enfant perdu et le vieillard amnésique, des liens insoupçonnés se nouent peu à peu, dans les dédales d'une odyssée où l'effroi et la beauté se mêlent vertigineusement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • merveilleux conte

  • By Girardot on 11-06-15

Awfully sexist. seriously.

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

Reviewed: 10-14-17

The 2 and only women characters are only there too be used for sex or making dinner to the protagonist and are only described in level of attractiveness. It is infuriating and stupid. spent half the book rolling my eyes. Not worth it.

  • The Panama Papers

  • How the World's Rich and Powerful Hide Their Money
  • By: Frederik Obermaier, Bastian Obermayer
  • Narrated by: Simon Shepherd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272

Late one evening investigative journalist Bastian Obermayer receives an anonymous message offering him access to secret data. Through encrypted channels he then receives documents showing a mysterious bank transfer for $500 million in gold. This is just the beginning. Obermayer and fellow Süddeutsche Zeitung journalist Frederik Obermaier find themselves immersed in a secret world where complex networks of shell companies help to hide people who don't want to be found.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally, the details of this story connected!

  • By Donnie on 03-02-19

Perfect in every way

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

Reviewed: 10-28-16

Not to be missed. Very well written and read. the subject matter is told in way that you do it have to have any prior knowledge about it to understand and find it fascinating.

  • Working Stiff

  • Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner
  • By: Judy Melinek MD, T. J. Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,213
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,008
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,996

Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. With her husband and their toddler holding down the home front, Judy threw herself into the fascinating world of death investigation-performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, and counseling grieving relatives. Working Stiff chronicles Judy's two years of training, taking listeners behind the police tape of some of the most harrowing deaths in the Big Apple.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating, though disturbing at times

  • By Sean on 08-26-14

Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 08-18-16

A fascinating account of a job misunderstood and often misrepresented. Captivating in every way. this is a sliver of life of a medical examiner in New York.