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  • Evil Has a Name

  • The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation
  • By: Paul Holes, Jim Clemente, Peter McDonnell
  • Narrated by: Paul Holes, Jim Clemente
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,529
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,605
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,564

For his victims, for their families and for the investigators tasked with finding him, the senselessness and brutality of the Golden State Killer's acts were matched only by the powerlessness they felt at failing to uncover his identity. Then, on April 24, 2018, authorities arrested 72-year-old Joseph James DeAngelo at his home in Citrus Heights, Calif., based on DNA evidence linked to the crimes. Amazingly, it seemed, evil finally had a name. Please note: This work contains descriptions of violent crime and sexual assault and may not be suitable for all listeners.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much respect for the Victims and the Families

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-16-18

A Compelling Audio Documentary

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

Reviewed: 12-20-18

I listened to this right after finishing Michelle McNamara’s book I’ll Be Gone In The Dark, even though I thought it might feel repetitive hearing about the same case a second time. Instead, I found myself drawn in by the first-person perspectives of Paul Holes and others involved in the GSK investigations. It delivered much more than I was expecting. Highly recommend.

  • Nine Dragons

  • Harry Bosch, Book 14
  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Len Cariou
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,170
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,180

The one good thing in Bosch's life, the person he holds most dear, is taken from him and Bosch travels to Hong Kong in an all-or-nothing bid to regain what he's lost. In a place known as Nine Dragons, as the city's Hungry Ghosts festival burns around him, Bosch puts aside everything he knows and risks everything he has in a desperate bid to outmatch the triad's ferocity.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ordinary at best

  • By P.Keith Daigle on 06-23-10

Not Connelly's best

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-03-09

I've read all of Connelly's novels, and while this one isn't terrible, it's definitely not his best. Too much bloodshed, not enough story.

Also, I really don't like this narrator. His voice sounds oddly wheezy, which detracted from the story. I much prefer Peter Giles, who narrated some of Connelly's other recent books.

Beware when reading some of the other reviews on this site, as apparently people think it's acceptable to include spoilers withot warning you ahead of time...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Everything Matters!

  • A Novel
  • By: Ron Currie Jr.
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden, Hillary Huber, Mark Deakins, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 135

In infancy, Junior Thibodeaux is encoded with a prophesy: A comet will obliterate life on Earth in 36 years. Alone in this knowledge, he comes of age in rural Maine grappling with the question: Does anything I do matter? While the voice that has accompanied him since conception appraises his choices, Junior's loved ones emerge with parallel stories - his anxious mother.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Give Up On This One

  • By fred on 08-14-09

Amazing

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-30-09

Possibly the best audiobook I've listened to all year. For me, one measure of a great audiobook is that it leaves me glad that I chose to listen rather than read the printed book, and this one certainly meets that mark. The narration was perfect.

The book itself was incredibly moving without ever being sappy...if you like Vonnegut, you should really give this one a try.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Little Book

  • By: Selden Edwards
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 15 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

Wheeler Burden - banking heir, philosopher, student of history, legend's son, rock idol, writer, lover, recluse, half-Jew, and Harvard baseball hero - one day finds himself wandering not in his hometown of San Francisco in 1988 but in a city and time he knows mysteriously well: Vienna, 1897. Before long, Wheeler acquires a mentor in Sigmund Freud, a bitter rival, a powerful crush on a luminous young woman, and encounters everyone from an eight-year-old Adolf Hitler to Mark Twain, as well as the young members of his own family.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By B. Norwood on 05-07-09

Interesting, but not entirely successful

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-19-09

This book was recommended to me by several people whose judgement I trust. However, I found it to be alternately interesting and annoying. Interesting in the time travel concept and the historical setting; annoying because several aspects of the story simply don't ring true. The author goes on and on about how fascinating this teacher is, and how all his students worship him, but never shows why exactly the boys admire him so sincerely. And the main character is portrayed as a godlike character...he doesn't come across as remotely believable or human, he just appears to be there to serve the author's plot purposes.

Also, the narrator uses an oddly toned and stilted voice when reading lines from the female main character...kind of breathy and contrived. I wish he'd kept to a more normal voice rather than trying to sound "feminine".

If you like historical fiction, you might enjoy this more than I did.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Still Alice

  • By: Lisa Genova
  • Narrated by: Lisa Genova
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,985
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,034
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,037

Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At 50 years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world - forever.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very poor narrator, I returned it

  • By Laura on 01-26-14

Compelling

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-09

I couldn't stop listening to this book...it is a fascinating and nuanced portrait of the progress of Alice's disease and it's effect on her and her loved ones. Touching, but not maudlin.

During breaks between listening to segments of the book, I found myself thinking quite a bit about the philosophical questions raised along the way. This book really makes you think.

The narrator was a tad annoying at first, but I quickly fell into the story itself and didn't notice her voice at all.

This is a really good choice for an audiobook; I don't think I would have enjoyed it as much had I chosen the print version.

15 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Uranium

  • War, Energy, and the Rock That Shaped the World
  • By: Tom Zoellner
  • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 160

Uranium is a common element in the earth's crust and the only naturally occurring mineral with the power to end all life on the planet. After World War II, it reshaped the global order---whoever could master uranium could master the world. Marie Curie gave us hope that uranium would be a miracle panacea, but the Manhattan Project gave us reason to believe that civilization would end with apocalypse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT book, awful narration

  • By Carolyn on 03-30-09

4-star book with 2-star narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-15-09

This book is informative and pretty well-written, but the narrator makes the baffling choice to read every quote (and there are several throughout the book) in a different voice, most of which sound absolutely ridiculous. Totally out of place in a serious non-fiction book, and I have no clue why somebody...the producer, for one...didn't stop him from narrating in this way.

Seriously. His accented voices are truly terrible...along the lines of "Vee haff veys to make you talk".

It's not quite bad enough to make me stop listening to the book (which is quite interesting), but it's enough to irritate me every single time he does it.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Road

  • By: Cormac McCarthy
  • Narrated by: Tom Stechschulte
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,030
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,008
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,038

America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I just wasn't a fan of this one.

  • By PJC on 06-09-16

Ponderous and maddeningly slow narration

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-08

I couldn't even listen past the first ten minutes because the narration seemed so gratuitously slow to me. I picked up the print book instead, and now I'm inclined to think that part of the blame belongs to the author. I thought I would enjoy this book; what a disappointment.

The author combines the worst excesses of Hemingway and Faulkner...not an easy feat. I normally like both literary fiction AND apocalyptic scenarios, so my dislike of the book doesn't stem from either of those (as appears to be the case with many other negative reviews); I just can't stand the way Cormac McCarthy writes. I realize I'm in the minority on this one, so if you've liked other books by this author, feel free to ignore my review. Be forewarned; if you don't like this book after reading the first fifteen minutes (or first couple of pages), just cut your losses--it's not going to get any better.

24 of 32 people found this review helpful

  • Truth & Beauty

  • A Friendship
  • By: Ann Patchett
  • Narrated by: Ann Patchett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 537
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306

The author of Bel Canto, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Orange Prize, and long-running New York Times best seller, turns to nonfiction in a moving chronicle of her decades-long friendship with the critically acclaimed and recently deceased author, Lucy Grealy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It got better....

  • By Suzn F on 02-20-12

Excellent audiobook

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-28-05

I've listened to about 40 books since joining Audible, and this is one of my favorites. I love the author's voice, and the writing is wonderful--nothing too showy or flowery, just a really nice use of language. I do suggest that you read "Autobiography of a Face" before you listen to this book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful