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  • Down the River unto the Sea

  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,459
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,454

Joe King Oliver was one of the NYPD's finest investigators, until, dispatched to arrest a well-heeled car thief, he is framed for assault by his enemies within the NYPD, a charge which lands him in solitary at Rikers Island. A decade later, King is a private detective, running his agency with the help of his teenage daughter, Aja-Denise. Broken by the brutality he suffered and committed in equal measure while behind bars, his work and his daughter are the only light in his solitary life. When he receives a card in the mail from the woman who admits she was paid to frame him those years ago, King realizes that he has no choice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Claudia Peebler on 03-03-18

Watching the watchers watch the watched

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

Walter Mosley is my kind of writer,and his protagonist Joe King Oliver is my kind of dinosaur (still uses AOL), Joe is a life hardened ex cop turned PI from the mean streets of NY who reads Hess ,drinks Cognac and wants to bang every women he meets! Mosley is a writer who doesn't tap dance around issues with PC jargon, his characters talk and act like they should in the environment the have come from. The story is a well paced investigation that has connections to his troubled past filled with
many memorable characters as well as quotes i.e. the headline. this book never had me rolling my eyes and the narration is perfect for this story.

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  • Duma Key

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: John Slattery
  • Length: 21 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,035
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,368

A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Play the Book and Let the Book Play You

  • By OldDog on 11-09-09

Much a Duma bout nothing

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

I never have trouble getting sucked into a Steven King book but Duma Key may have been the first. After some grueling hours about a man recovering from a horrible accident , the story finally starts to PU after the protagonist moves down to Florida to a fictitious isle named Duma Key, and starts to draw and paint pictures that have a supernatural connection. The book eventually dissolves into a typical ghost story that was never really scary or thrilling, This book probably doesn't make King's 50 best list.

  • Leaving Time

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,971
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,965

Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars

  • By Jan on 10-18-14

A Big Steaming Pile of ....

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

I hate it when other reviewers use the words wow and amazing but all I can say about this book is wow that amazingly bad! What starts out as an interesting missing person story involving biologists studying elephants dissolves into a ridiculous story with a tired twist involving ghosts...Yes Ghosts! I should just get a book on elephants

  • Bad Blood

  • Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,101
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,344
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,331

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup "unicorn" promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes' worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn't work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Off the chart expose’!

  • By Angela Lauer on 06-23-18

Lock Her Up

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

She raised over $900 million and never produced anything remotely close to what she was telling the world she had developed, Holmes is an ultra con artist whom deserves to be spending a lot of time in an orange jump suit.

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,657
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,340

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By Emily on 05-07-17

All that glitters is Red

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Red Rising is a Sci-fi that breaks away from the current trends of Post Apocalyptic zombies, AI Human hybrids and military based alien invasion stories. Red rising creates a martian world uniquely it's own with a caste society defined by color and influenced heavily by Greek and Roman mythology. The book is never dull or idiotic and I will definitely get book 2.

  • In the Skin of a Lion

  • By: Michael Ondaatje
  • Narrated by: Tom McCamus
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 261

Patrick Lewis arrives in Toronto in the 1920s and earns his living searching for a vanished millionaire and tunneling beneath Lake Ontario. In the course of his adventures, Patrick's life intersects with those of characters who reappear in Ondaatje's Booker Prize-winning The English Patient.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By Joshua on 02-25-18

Set sleep timer for 5 minutes

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

He bought the book, tried to listen, wandered off, tried again, fell asleep, switched to a podcast, tried it again, same results.

PS: When I first reviewed this book there were only a few reviews and they were all 5 stars, I thought maybe I missed something here, but I now see that others found this book as awful as I did.

  • The Scarlet Pimpernel [Classic Tales Edition]

  • By: Baroness Emmuska Orczy
  • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23

Paris: September 1792. At the West Barricade, the bloody guillotine continues her ghastly work. And word has gotten round that the mischievous Englishman who delights at ferrying off French aristocrats to England is somewhere among them. For today, the Citoyen Fouquier-Tinville, on his way to the Committee of Public Safety, received another enigmatic calling card. It was signed with a symbol of a red flower - the mark of the Scarlet Pimpernel.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes Nostalgia Comes Up Short

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-24-17

Pimperneling Aint Easy

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

Sometimes interesting but a bit too contrived ,The Scarlet Pimpernal was definitely a book for it's time. Having read much on the Reign of Terror there isn't much else here for but a melodramatic tale of an aristocratic hero and the snobs he rescues.

  • Sharkman

  • By: Steve Alten
  • Narrated by: Andrew Eiden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 778
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 723

Kwan Wilson was a high school basketball star living in San Diego when a tragic accident changed his life in ways no one could predict. He only looked at his phone for a few seconds, but that was all the time it took to crash his car into a telephone pole, killing his mother and paralyzing him from the waist down. After the accident, his father, Admiral Douglas Wilson, sent him off to live with his maternal grandmother in South Florida.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • There are a lot of fantastic books in the world,

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-26-18

Dumb Fun

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

Sometimes after a listening to a few heavy dramas you need a no brainer, Sharkman for a daily deal was just that. With a ridiculous premise that requires the reader to suspend belief and not analyze any of it, Sharkman manages to be entertaining til the end even though it's full of Bull Shark

  • The Bees

  • A Novel
  • By: Laline Paull
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,194
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,192

Flora 717 is a sanitation worker, a member of the lowest caste in her orchard hive, where work and sacrifice are the highest virtues and worship of the beloved Queen the only religion. But Flora is not like other bees. With circumstances threatening the hive's survival, her curiosity is regarded as a dangerous flaw, but her courage and strength are assets. She is allowed to feed the newborns in the royal nursery and then to become a forager, flying alone and free to collect nectar and pollen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Book of 2014

  • By Emily - Audible on 12-07-14

The Zzz's

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

I tried to get through this silly story but it doesn't hold my interest, a book about real bee colonies would better suit my interests.

  • Galaxy's Edge

  • By: Nick Cole, Jason Anspach
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,298
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,972
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,962

On the edge of the galaxy, a diplomatic mission to an alien planet takes a turn when the Legionnaires, an elite special fighting force, find themselves ambushed and stranded behind enemy lines. They struggle to survive under siege, waiting on a rescue that might never come. In the seedy starport of Ackabar, a young girl searches the crime-ridden gutters to avenge her father's murder; not far away, a double-dealing legionniare-turned-smuggler hunts an epic payday; and somewhere along the outer galaxy, a mysterious bounter hunter lies in wait.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • bit of a disconnect between parts

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-10-18

Galaxy Edgeless

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

Like a few reviews already stated, the first half of this story is a really good futuristic military venture, with great characters and gripping action, the second half though is hard to get through and the ending was so bad I have no desire to continue on with this series.

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