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  • Lightning

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,030
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,054
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,070

A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable.

  • By Barry S. Sharpnack on 01-01-09

loved it!

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

Wasn't sure at first, but as always, he sucked ne right in. great narration, too.

  • Her Every Fear

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,667
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,542
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,532

Growing up, Kate Priddy was always a bit neurotic, experiencing momentary bouts of anxiety that exploded into full-blown panic attacks after an ex-boyfriend kidnapped her and nearly ended her life. When Corbin Dell, a distant cousin in Boston, suggests the two temporarily swap apartments, Kate, an art student in London, agrees, hoping that time away in a new place will help her overcome the recent wreckage of her life. But soon after her arrival at Corbin's grand apartment on Beacon Hill, Kate makes a shocking discovery.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes the Narrator Elevates the Story

  • By Bette on 01-27-17

pretty enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

I enjoyed this audiobook. I love it when the narrator does the accents well and she did! I figured out pretty quickly who the murderer was, but the plot was twisted enough it kept me interested to find out how he/she pulled it off!

  • Joan

  • The Mysterious Life of the Heretic Who Became a Saint
  • By: Donald Spoto
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

During the tumultuous Hundred Years War between England and France, a young peasant girl nicknamed "The Maid" (La Pucelle) followed her heart and came to the aid of her nation. Facing unimaginable odds, Joan's belief in her mission from God continued to propel her forward. Within months, she was directing soldiers and bravely fighting for her nation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Most Balanced Account I've Read About Joan

  • By Troy on 06-12-14

fascinating

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

I was fascinated by this woman. In that day and age, at her young age, to be so clever and poised, so convicted in her beliefs. Something to aspire to, but so sad what pride causes us to do to another.

  • Forty Autumns

  • A Family's Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall
  • By: Nina Willner
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

In this illuminating and deeply moving memoir, a former American military intelligence officer goes beyond traditional Cold War espionage tales to tell the true story of her family - of five women separated by the Iron Curtain for more than 40 years and their miraculous reunion after the fall of the Berlin Wall. A personal look at a tenuous era that divided a city and a nation and continues to haunt us, Forty Autumns is an intimate and beautifully written story of courage, resilience, and love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By AvidReader on 03-24-19

Wonderful, sad and hopeful!

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

The "Iron Curtain" was something we were aware of during my childhood as a baby boomer. I always felt for those who were "trapped" and for those divided families, but this brings it to life. I felt the pain and frustration. (spoiler alert, the wall comes down in the end. haha)The excitement, tempered by fear of again being tricked by the government, really brought home the mental state of those who spent their lives trying to survive by walking on eggshells. this is recent history. It isn't something that won't happen again. We need to remember.

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,417

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Will Patton great - story so so

  • By Randall on 06-19-18

a bit predictable, but

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

Abit predictable but maybe I've just read too many of these. I enjoyed the story and the narration.

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  • The Line Becomes a River

  • Dispatches from the Border
  • By: Francisco Cantú
  • Narrated by: Francisco Cantú
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 484
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445

For Francisco Cantú, the border is in the blood: His mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Driven to understand the hard realities of the landscape he loves, Cantú joins the Border Patrol. He and his partners learn to track other humans under blistering sun and through frigid nights. They haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive. Plagued by a growing awareness of his complicity in a dehumanizing enterprise, he abandons the patrol for civilian life. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than expected,; No "Politics"

  • By Scott Herb H on 10-02-18

Such a powerful message

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

I don't know what the answers are, but this book begs for answers for this painful, angry subject. more people in power need to see these people as people, not things to be dealt with.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • John Wayne Gacy: Defending a Monster

  • By: Sam L. Amirante, Danny Broderick
  • Narrated by: Robin Bloodworth
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 898
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835

“Sam, could you do me a favor?” Thus begins a story that has now become part of America's true-crime hall of fame. It is a gory, grotesque tale befitting a Stephen King novel. It is also a David and Goliath saga - the story of a young lawyer fresh from the public defender's office whose first client in private practice turns out to be the worst serial killer in our nation's history. This is a gripping true crime narrative that reenacts the gruesome killings and the famous trial that shocked a nation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ultimately an excellent listen

  • By A.R. on 03-03-13

Ineresting

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

I was a little disappointed in the license he took in the first two chapters, putting words in the mouth and from the thoughts of, the last victim. I heard no disclaimer about this as I am accustomed to reading or hearing in nonfiction. The rest was very interesting, though so very sad. I had heard more about Mr. Gacy in an autobiography of an FBI BAU agent who studied him, so purchased this to learn more and was not disappointed.

  • Oddkins

  • A Fable for All Ages
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 171

Toymaker Isaac Bodkins created the Oddkins, a group of living toys, for very special children who face difficulties in life and need true friends. There's Amos, the brave stuffed bear; Skippy, the rabbit who dreams of being a superstar; Butterscotch, the gentle, floppy-eared pup; Burl the elephant; the wise and scholarly Gibbons; and Patch the cat. The Oddkins are given to children to inspire, support, and love them, especially during times of adversity. Only now, the toys themselves are the ones who need help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New Fairy Tale from Dean Koontz

  • By Amanda Felix on 09-01-14

mom

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

I enjoyed this book thoroughly. The narration was fantastic. If you are thinking of purchasing for children, I would suggest listening to it first to make sure you agree with the discussions of death and rebirth. This was a fun change from the non-fiction I usually read. I can always count on Dean Koontz.

  • The Emerald Mile

  • The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History through the Heart of the Grand Canyon
  • By: Kevin Fedarko
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,630
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,504
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,502

From one of Outside magazine's "Literary All-Stars" comes the thrilling true tale of the fastest boat ride ever, down the entire length of the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon, during the legendary flood of 1983. In the spring of 1983, massive flooding along the length of the Colorado River confronted a team of engineers at the Glen Canyon Dam with an unprecedented emergency that may have resulted in the most catastrophic dam failure in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome story and history of the Grand Canyon!

  • By Mike on 04-11-15

history buffs will love this

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

Reviewed: 09-16-17

incredibly detailed and chock full of history from the dawn of time to the present.

  • Flapper

  • A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern
  • By: Joshua Zeitz
  • Narrated by: Daniella Rabbani
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

Blithely flinging aside the Victorian manners that kept her disapproving mother corseted, the New Woman of the 1920's puffed cigarettes, snuck gin, hiked her hemlines, danced the Charleston, and necked in roadsters. More important, she earned her own keep, controlled her own destiny, and secured liberties that modern women take for granted. Her newfound freedom heralded a radical change in American culture.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book, Poor Performance

  • By redsrule1 on 03-16-14

really interesting and informative!

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

Reviewed: 08-29-17

The narrator read well-enough, but I got really tired of her verbal exclamation points. I highly doubt Mr. Ford! spoke! in a high-pitched!, Excite!-ed! VOI-CE!! Really well-written, though and quite interesting!