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  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,887
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,458

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

Anti-Trump Propaganda

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

Without reviewing the author's previous works beforehand, I downloaded this book with an interest in what he had to say regarding storm tracking and warnings. By the 2nd chapter it became abundantly clear that this book is anti-Trump propaganda masquerading as a nonfiction novel. Disingenuous, at best. There's far too many proponents of the demise of the United States of America, and the republic for which it stands, to subject myself to more of it by way of a "free book". No thanks.

  • Time of Fog and Fire

  • A Molly Murphy Mystery
  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547

Molly Murphy Sullivan's husband, Daniel, a police captain in turn-of-the-century New York City, is in a precarious position. The new police commissioner wants him off the force altogether. So when Daniel's offered an assignment from John Wilkie, head of the Secret Service, he's eager to accept. Molly can't draw any details of the assignment out of him, even where he'll be working.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely marvelous; what a wonderful novel!

  • By Wayne on 03-06-16

Hopefully a One-Off

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

I've thoroughly enjoyed this series up to this point, but this book was a huge letdown. From books 1 to 15, the author developed Molly's character from a wide-eyed immigrant to an ever improving keen detective. Yet in this book, Molly seems to have lost her good senses. She blabs every confidential detail in her possession to every person she encounters, she misses every blatant warning sign, acts and reacts on pure emotion, and basically becomes the living embodiment of every negative stereotype men of that day held against women. If you are new to this series, I highly recommend NOT starting with this one. Honestly, I wished I had skipped it and hope the next one puts Molly back on track.

  • Beacon Hill

  • Series 3
  • By: Jerry Robbins
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Pape, Jerry Robbins, Shana Dirik, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11

A house filled with shadows and secrets. The epic drama of the Prescott Family continues. Series three finds Marietta Prescott living in Philadelphia as Burt Colton continues to appear on stage, but is putting off the wedding. With no money and an aggressive landlord, things begin to look very bad for her as she finds herself doubting Burt's sincerity. Back in Boston, Gilbert Hull begins a campaign to have the "Wayward Home" moved from Beacon Hill, causing Jocelyn and Augusta Prescott to join forces and draw the battle line.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • sorry

  • By Jamey on 05-30-18

A Wild Deviation From The CRP's Norm

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

Having been a fan of practically every CRP production, I looked forward to the Beacon Hill series with joyful anticipation. Season 1 was terrific and kept me spellbound and longing for more. But at the end of season 2 began the change for the worse. My family and I have so enjoyed the CRP productions for many, many reasons, but what has set them apart from everyone else in today's entertainment industry is the fact that they've not succumbed to eroding resistance to accepting perversity as normal, through desensitization by way of constant exposure. This can no longer be said about CRP, sad to say. I so hope that this production has been a "one off" and that we won't experience any more of it in future productions. I won't buy another if they do.

  • The Kremlin Conspiracy

  • By: Joel C. Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,034
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,853

Everything he learned to protect the president, he must use to take out theirs. With an American president distracted by growing tensions in North Korea and Iran, an ominous new threat is emerging in Moscow. A czar is rising in the Kremlin, a Russian president feverishly consolidating power, silencing his opposition, and plotting a brazen and lightning-fast military strike that could rupture the NATO alliance and bring Washington and Moscow to the brink of nuclear war. But in his blind spot is the former U.S. Secret Service agent, Marcus Ryker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding thriller

  • By DIANE M TINKLE on 03-12-18

Great Job Great Book!

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

Reviewed: 04-09-18

loved it! keep them coming! Really enjoyed the book, kept me on the edge thewholetime.

  • The Bear and the Dragon

  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 42 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,045
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,047

Newly elected, Jack Ryan has found that being President is not easy: domestic pitfalls await him at every turn; there's a revolution in Liberia; the Asian economy is going down the tubes; and now, in Moscow, someone may have tried to assassinate the chairman of the SVR - the former KGB - with a rocket-propelled grenade. Were the potential assassins political enemies, the Russian Mafia, or disaffected former KGB? Or is something far more dangerous at work here?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Clancy Book and Enjoyable Audio

  • By Emil on 03-24-12

great story

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

Reviewed: 03-24-18

but way too much swearing. ..wish I had a way to bleep it out ...

  • Black Flagged Vektor

  • Black Flagged, Book 4
  • By: Steven Konkoly
  • Narrated by: John David Farrell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

With the most recent bioterrorism threat against the United States neutralized and it's architect, Dr. Anatoly Reznikov, in custody, CIA Deputy Director Karl Berg proposes a more permanent solution to prevent future attacks: A covert raid by General Sanderson's Black Flag unit against Vektor Labs, deep inside Russia. When a Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) investigation takes a turn that could threaten the mission against Vektor, Berg goes "off the books" like never before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • There are still Soviet style secrets

  • By Simon L on 06-01-15

great story

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

Reviewed: 02-22-18

the reader was amazing! !! but there was way too much cursing. story moves along well and logical. great research done very accurate

  • Night

  • By: Elie Wiesel
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 4 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,918
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,372

Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the Congressional Gold Medal, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel offers an unforgettable account of Hitler's horrific reign of terror in Night. This definitive edition features a new translation from the original French by Wiesel's wife and frequent translator, Marion Wiesel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A haunting reminder...

  • By Ryan on 01-20-15

fantastic! wish I could read the original book in

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

his native tongue, true raw emotional connection with the author! Fantastic well done thank you!

  • Come Sundown

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,747
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,708

The Bodine ranch and resort in western Montana is a family business, an idyllic spot for vacationers. A little over thirty thousand acres and home to four generations, it's kept running by Bodine Longbow with the help of a large staff, including new hire Callen Skinner. There was another member of the family once: Bodine's aunt, Alice, who ran off before Bodine was born. She never returned, and the Longbows don't talk about her much. The younger ones, who never met her, quietly presume she's dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heart-rending story... good overcomes misogyny

  • By Sher on 06-15-17

fantastic! except for the over use of "GD" .

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

it is so well written it was like I was there, experiencing the surrounding she described , all the emotions from gut-wrenching, to a love for the characters; tears and anger were both stirred! When you listen to this book you will think you can smell the air, the person, the food. You almost believe you can taste the food she describes, see and feel the surroundings, the texture, hear the laughter, the tears.
I didn't give it 5 stars because I believe it could have been written without having to use GD to get the point across. I don't believe that's a common word used especially in a business. Also, the intimacy in the book didn't have to be in such detail to get the point across... I have a great imagination. but thankfully there is a fast-forward button on Audible that allowed me to fast forward without losing one bit of the characters in involved.

  • Debt of Honor

  • A Jack Ryan Novel
  • By: Tom Clancy
  • Narrated by: John MacDonald
  • Length: 36 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,493
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,097

Clancy plunges hero Jack Ryan into nonstop high adventure, as two seemingly unrelated occurrences being a chain of events that will stun the world. Called out of retirement to serve as National Security Advisor to the president, Ryan, with the help of CIA officers John Clark and Domingo Chavez, must prepare the untested president to meet the challenges of a new world order.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator not so great

  • By Louann on 02-10-11

too much GD'ing!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

Could not give it 5 stars because it is sadly so full of using GD as a filler for average word when creative thinking would have been suffice.

  • 1st to Die

  • The Women's Murder Club
  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,099
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,894
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,885

There's a killer on the loose in San Francisco, and he's stalking newlyweds. When the usual procedures to stop him don't work, four women, each holding a piece of the puzzle, form a Women's Murder Club to collaborate outside the box and pursue the case. 1st to Die is the start of a new series of crime thrillers from James Patterson.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Skip the Prologue

  • By Chuck on 01-11-05

don't need to use G...D...

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

you don't need to use Foul language to make a great story any better! I enjoyed it but what if enjoyed it better without the language.