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  • Folsom Untold: The Strange True Story of Johnny Cash's Greatest Album

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Danny Robins
  • Narrated by: Danny Robins
  • Length: 2 hrs and 21 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,247
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,959
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,956

This is the story of one of the greatest records ever made - Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison - and its shocking and tragic aftermath. Join award-winning journalist Danny Robins on the 50th anniversary of the album as he takes you on a road trip back to 1968, a pivotal year in US history, to investigate the dramatic and unlikely friendship between Johnny Cash, American icon, and Glen Sherley, armed robber and Folsom inmate, and how that friendship was violently torn apart. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 1968 Greystone Chapel and the death of a prisoner

  • By Kingsley on 02-01-19

A Great Audio That Adds to Johnny Cash Folklore

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

From the minute I seen the title I knew I would be intrigued by this audiobook. Johnny Cash music brings back memories of my dad fifty years ago listening on our old walnut cabinet RCA Victor console record player. The rich sound of Johnny's voice and that pleasant county guitar strum and twang has always had a place in my heart throughout the years from Cry, Cry, Cry to his rendition of Chris Cornell's Black Hole Sun.

This audio reinvigorated my interest in Johnny and the truths and folklore surrounding his life. Being a fairly young pup in the sixties I never thought much on the correlation between the music and the turmoil of the sixty's. I was also captivated with the story of Glenn Shirley interweaved with Johnny and the remarkable Folsom Prison concert.

Thanks for bringing back the good memories of Johnny's music and an enthralling tale that is well served from an audio prospective.

  • Dawn of the Code War

  • America's Battle Against Russia, China, and the Rising Global Cyber Threat
  • By: John P. Carlin, Garrett M. Graff
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109

The inside story of how America's enemies launched a cyberwar against us - and how we've learned to fight back. In this dramatic audiobook, former assistant attorney general John P. Carlin takes listeners to the front lines of a global but little-understood fight as the Justice Department and the FBI chases down hackers, online terrorist recruiters, and spies. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Master class

  • By Robert ONeill on 10-20-18

Exhausting

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

This book started with the potential for providing an extensive study of the current “Code War.”  For about twenty-percent of the book it did provide some good information and the foundations for fighting the cyber confrontation.  But the book went into an exhausting review of the author's career and the me-me babble along with a not needed review of computer and hacking history that has been touched thousands of times.  If you can do a fast skim to the good parts, or fast forward to it, you can get a little beneficial information.  If you are an above average cyber professional than skip this and get your next certification.

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  • The Fix

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,801
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,840
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,809

Amos Decker witnesses a murder just outside FBI headquarters. A man shoots a woman execution style on a crowded sidewalk, then turns the gun on himself. Even with Decker's extraordinary powers of observation and deduction, the killing is baffling. Decker and his team can find absolutely no connection between the shooter - a family man with a successful consulting business - and his victim, a schoolteacher.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Where is Ron Mcclarty?

  • By jason adams on 04-28-17

Love the Decker Series

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

Reviewed: 05-24-17

Ackward at times but that is how I imagine Decker being if there was a Decker. Keep them coming!

  • Full Dark, No Stars

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,501
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,897

"I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eerie, honest, frightening!

  • By 9S on 01-15-11

Nice Variety

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

Reviewed: 12-01-16

The stories told are stories that make you think. Anytime a book brings you in, and engages your mind, I believe it's a winner!

  • The Opposite of Woe

  • My Life in Beer and Politics
  • By: John Hickenlooper
  • Narrated by: John Hickenlooper
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

In just over a decade, John Hickenlooper has gone from a craft-brew entrepreneur to mayor of Denver to governor of Colorado, hailed by many political analysts, The New York Times, and Fox News alike as a solid contender to be the next vice president. It is an unlikely tale of success, quintessentially American yet utterly exceptional. In The Opposite of Woe, Hickenlooper tells his own story of determination and daring, from business to politics, in his singularly sharp and often hilarious voice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cheers to this Great American Success Story!

  • By Michael W. Travis on 06-28-16

Cheers to this Great American Success Story!

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

Reviewed: 06-28-16

Hickenlooper has had an amazing run and this book hits all the highs and lows. With the author narrating it seemed like you were sitting at the bar listening to a friend. with all the turmoil today in American politics it would be refreshing to have a person that says what they are going to do and then delivers! Cheers!!

  • Saturn Run

  • By: John Sandford Ctein
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,907
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,702

The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope - something is approaching Saturn and decelerating. Space objects don't decelerate. Spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: Whatever built that ship is at least one hundred years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best Sci-Fi Book in a While!

  • By Ted on 05-29-17

A Bit Too Much Tech for Me

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

Reviewed: 04-19-16

Enjoyed the concept and pace to the book but the tech jargon dulled me off too many times for a perfect rating. Was going with 3 stars until description by author at end gave a direction better than I imagined.

  • Autopilot

  • The Art & Science of Doing Nothing
  • By: Andrew Smart
  • Narrated by: Kevin Free
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 374

Andrew Smart wants you to sit and do nothing much more often - and he has the science to explain why. At every turn we’re pushed to do more, faster, and more efficiently: That drumbeat resounds throughout our wage-slave society. Multitasking is not only a virtue, it’s a necessity. But Andrew Smart argues that slackers may have the last laugh. The latest neuroscience shows that the “culture of effectiveness” is not only ineffective, it can be harmful to your well-being.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not worth it.

  • By Brian Lee on 04-30-14

Need a PhD to listen to this book.

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

Reviewed: 12-23-14

Too much medical jargon and ranting about the perils of hard work makes one wonder how much work went into this book. Basically stare at the ceiling and you'll solve the world problems.

  • Gideon's Sword

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: John Glover
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,300
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,778
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,775

At 12, Gideon Crew witnessed his father, a world-class mathematician, accused of treason and gunned down. At 24, summoned to his dying mother's bedside, Gideon learned the truth: His father was framed and deliberately slaughtered. With her last breath, she begged her son to avenge him. Now, with a new purpose in his life, Gideon crafts a one-time mission of vengeance, aimed at the perpetrator of his father's destruction. His plan is meticulous, spectacular, and successful.But from the shadows, someone is watching. A very powerful someone, who is impressed by Gideon's special skills.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • You've got to be kidding me. (Spoiler Alert)

  • By Larry on 02-21-12

First Preston & Child and I'll Be Back for More

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

Reviewed: 07-06-12

What made the experience of listening to Gideon's Sword the most enjoyable?

With this being my first Preston & Child experience I really enjoyed the background of Gideon and the premise of how he came to be in the story. Gideon provided me a new "hook" for a "super hero" type character.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot at times seemed predictable but I still kept wanting to know what was going to happen around the next corner.

What about John Glover’s performance did you like?

John Glover has an amazing voice that keeps you ingrained in the story. Each time I listen to Glover I feel like I am part of the story.

If you could rename Gideon's Sword, what would you call it?

Can't think of anything else it fit perfectly.

Any additional comments?

Thank you Preston & Child for providing a suspense book and an avenue to a new series to follow.

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