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Jason Hegland

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  • Kushner, Inc.

  • Greed. Ambition. Corruption. The Extraordinary Story of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump
  • By: Vicky Ward
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham, Vicky Ward - introduction
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are the self-styled prince and princess of America. Their swift, gilded rise to extraordinary power in Donald Trump’s White House is unprecedented, unconstitutional, and dangerous. In Kushner Inc., investigative journalist Vicky Ward digs beneath the myth the couple has created that depicts themselves as the voices of reason in an otherwise crazy presidency and reveals that Jared and Ivanka are not just the president’s chief enablers, they are, like him, disdainful of rules, of laws, and of ethics.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narration was its downfall

  • By Gretchen P. Johnston on 03-21-19

Solid reporting is undermined by tone of a “hit piece”

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

Reviewed: 03-23-19

Vicky Ward’s book is clearly well-researched, with credible sourcing, but the book’s veracity is undermined by the various snide remarks sprinkled throughout. The additional snark may be chum for the most ardent Never-Trumpers, but it fell flat for me. The narration is annoying at times, too, mispronouncing names that are repeated countless times day-in/day-out in the media.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rot & Ruin

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Brian Hutchison
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,857
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,641
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,653

Fifteen-year-old Benny Imura lives in a world infested with zombies where, when a kid turns 15, he must get a job to continue receiving food rations. Benny has no interest in the family business of zombie killing, but figures he doesn’t have much of a choice. He’s tried out a bunch of other jobs, and hasn’t found anything he likes. But as Benny starts training with his brother, he learns things about being human that he never expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just when you thought it was safe.....

  • By Amanda H. on 05-12-11

Good for young adults, not old adults

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

Reviewed: 03-25-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I wouldn't recommend it to any adult friends. The story was too simplistic, the dialogues too dulled down for a younger audience. I want more graphic language, graphic violence in a zombie novel.

Any additional comments?

I didn't realize at first that this book was geared toward young adults, or I wouldn't have downloaded. Once I started, I didn't want to stop, so I just plowed through, but Mayberry's other adult novels are by far better choices. I won't finish this series.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dead of Night

  • A Zombie Novel
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,560
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,436
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,433

A prison doctor injects a condemned serial killer with a formula designed to keep his consciousness awake while his body rots in the grave. But all drugs have unforeseen side-effects. Before he can be buried, the killer wakes up. Hungry. Infected. Contagious. This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang… but a bite.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who Will Be Eaten Next?

  • By Squeak on 11-04-11

Worst Narration Ever

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

Reviewed: 03-25-14

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Cheesy "campfire ghost story" tone and over-the-top delivery.

Any additional comments?

The story is typical Mayberry - thoughtful, detailed with just the right amount of science and fiction built in. It was hard to get fully sucked in due to the narration, unfortunately. If done by Ray Porter or Tom Weiner, this would've been a 4 star book.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful