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  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

  • By: Seth Grahame-Smith
  • Narrated by: Scott Holst
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,021
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,297
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,384

While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My friends thought I was crazy.

  • By bluecat1861 on 03-23-10

Weaving together fact and fiction

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

Reviewed: 02-02-13

A fascinating idea -- take a well known historical figure and a current public obsession with the supernatural, and weave together to form a novel. What drove Lincoln? Why was he so anti slavery? Why was he assassinated?

Vampires.

An interesting historical fiction - with an emphasis on both "history" AND "fiction" !

  • Helter Skelter

  • The True Story of the Manson Murders
  • By: Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 26 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,569

Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything I remembered about the case was wrong..

  • By karen on 06-22-12

Fascinating !

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

Reviewed: 02-02-13

Bugliosi is as good as a storyteller as he is prosecutor.

Almost everyone knows the story about Manson and the "Tate murders" but I would guess that few know *all* the facts - the gruesome, unbelievable facts. Bugliosi starts at the beginning and takes the reader/ listener through the murders, the "Family", pre-trial motions, discovery, evidence, witnesses, drugs, orgies, and, of course, the man, the myth - Manson ... including his past, his motivations, and the strange but very powerful hold he held on young people -- particularly young women.

It's a truth-really-is-stranger-than-fiction read.

And you won't be able to put it down or stop talking about it!

  • The Brethren

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513

In a minimum security federal prison known as Trumble, three former judges who call themselves the Brethren are quietly writing letters to unsuspecting victims of a monumental mail scam. Much to their delight, the money is pouring in. But now they've ensnared the wrong man and the Brethren's days of marking time are over.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Grisham to Date

  • By M.W. on 03-04-03

Grisham at his best!

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

Reviewed: 02-02-13

Entertaining story, top notch narration, and subtle and not-so-subtle jabs at our legal system. A great listen !

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  • See Mom Run

  • Side-Splitting Essays from the World's Most Harried Blogging Moms
  • By: Beth Feldman (editor)
  • Narrated by: Danielle Dardashti, Nancy Friedman, Abby Pecoriello, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 8

Motherhood is absolutely hilarious if you're not too exhausted to notice! These writings feature funny, blogging moms who chronicle motherhood from a uniquely contemporary perspective. From labor pains to potty disasters, weight gain, holiday mayhem, teen angst, empty nest syndrome, home renovations and even colonoscopy exams, See Mom Run is the perfect prescription for today's harried parents!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By Michael on 02-25-12

Boring.

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

Reviewed: 01-12-13

I bought this while I was pregnant and power walking often.

It was boring, predictable, annoying, and "sanctimommious"

  • Divergent

  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,046
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,617
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,820

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's not for me. Loved it anyway.

  • By Grant on 05-24-12

Kept me listening !

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

Reviewed: 01-12-13

Similar to THG in that it's a dystopian novel, but a totally different story.

Love an interesting plot with a strong female protagonist who yes, may have a love interest, but isn't defined by him.

(and it's YA fiction, but don't let that stop you!)

As soon as I finished the second, I came to audible to download the third... and learned it isn't out yet. Please hurry, Ms. Roth !

  • Insurgent

  • Divergent, Book 2
  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,606
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,113
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20,245

One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent but not as interesting as Divergent

  • By Lore on 03-08-14

Interesting story with likeable characters

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

Reviewed: 01-12-13

Similar to THG in that it's a dystopian novel, but a totally different story.

Love an interesting plot with a strong female protagonist who yes, may have a love interest, but isn't defined by him.

(and it's YA fiction, but don't let that stop you!)

  • The Marriage Plot

  • By: Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,251
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,879
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,876

It’s the early 1980s—the country is in a deep recession, and life after college is harder than ever. In the cafés on College Hill, the wised-up kids are inhaling Derrida and listening to Talking Heads. But Madeleine Hanna, dutiful English major, is writing her senior thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, purveyors of the marriage plot that lies at the heart of the greatest English novels.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Esoteric, Vapid, Trite

  • By FanB14 on 03-13-13

I really *wanted* to like this...

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

Reviewed: 01-12-13

I loved "Middlesex." In fact, I think it's the best audiobook I've ever "read." I really, really wanted to like Eugenides' new book.

I didn't.

The story seemed interesting, but nothing really _happens_. The first part of the book, where the author discusses the literary crazes of the 1980s was above my head, and I'm fairly well educated. I just don't care about "Of Grammatology" (or maybe I'm just not that smart ;)).

The characters were unlikeable and the story was boring. I kept waiting for something to happen but nothing ever did.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,081
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,697

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

Smart, sexy, witty

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

Reviewed: 01-12-13

It's hard to write this review without spoilers, so I'll keep it really short.

About halfway through you will stop whatever you are doing, widen your eyes, and wonder if you really heard that.

Amazing. A not-to-miss!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Places

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,892
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,221
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,243

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting but brutal

  • By Glenda Jeffers on 12-09-12

A real 'page turner' !

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

Reviewed: 01-12-13

Like everyone else in the world, I heard the hype about Flynn's "Gone Girl" and had to listen. It did not disappoint. After listening to her smart and witty writing, I knew I had to listen to her other books. "Dark Places" was a great read. It's a dark story and it's a sad story, but Flynn's storytelling will keep you listening. I would come home from a run and keep in my ear buds, needing to know what happened next. It's a modern whodunnit that takes the reader back and forth from the night of the murders to the present day. Three storytellers alternate, and little by little, the story comes together. Great writing, great story, complex characters. Flynn is amazing !

  • The Fault in Our Stars

  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,236
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,337

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Poignant Story

  • By AudioAddict on 04-25-13

Heartbreaking and Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 04-30-12

Beautiful, heartbreaking, raw, smart, funny, sexy.

I've listened to dozens of audiobooks, and this is easily one of the best.

Buy, download, listen, laugh, sigh, cry, laugh, cry, cry, smile, sigh, smile, and do it again, because you'll want to listen to this at least once.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful