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  • Through Five Administrations

  • Inside the White House with Presidents Lincoln, Johnson, Grant, Hayes, and Garfield
  • By: William H. Crook
  • Narrated by: Brian V. Hunt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Fifty years of service at the White House in various capacities, including bodyguard to Abraham Lincoln, William H. Crook's memoir brings an astonishing array of personal details of life in the executive mansion. His sensitive observations of Lincoln are especially moving.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible narration

  • By Kathy on 06-05-17

Terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 06-05-17

I think if a person is going to narrate a book, that person should be awake at a minimum.

Failing that, I think the person producing the audio-book should notice the groggy-voiced actor, stop the recording, and find someone else.

To find someone better, you might just get a random man-on-the street for the task. It's sure to be better than the one talking through a heavily drugged sleep.

Good Grief!! Don't make an audio-book unless you really want to! Otherwise, go take a nap!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Case of Need

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Crichton, Jeffery Hudson
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 766
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 646
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 642

When one doctor is accused of murder, it takes another to set him free. In the tightly knit world of Boston medicine, the Randall family reigns supreme. When heart surgeon J. D. Randall's teenage daughter dies during a botched abortion, the medical community threatens to explode. Was it malpractice? A violation of the Hippocratic Oath? Or was Karen Randall murdered in cold blood?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not Mr Cricghton's Best Work

  • By Lia on 09-12-18

Awful

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

Reviewed: 11-26-16

Truly awful on so many levels. Who the heck approved this mess for publication!
I started to give the narration one star but then the narration matches the story,,, so I gave him an extra star for the appropriate level of awfulness.

1 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Lovecraft Country

  • A Novel
  • By: Matt Ruff
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,603
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,604

Critically acclaimed cult novelist Matt Ruff makes visceral the terrors of life in Jim Crow America and its lingering effects in this brilliant and wondrous work of the imagination that melds historical fiction, pulp noir, and Lovecraftian horror and fantasy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An effective mix of influences

  • By Jim N on 04-10-16

Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 08-18-16

Reminds me of Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five -- vivid pictures of real events laced with the bizarre, strange and fanciful. Well paced, well written and absolutely beautifully told stories rolled into one. I would be surprised if this one doesn't become a movie. At the very least is should become required reading in HS or early college.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

  • By: Betty Smith
  • Narrated by: Kate Burton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,553
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,541

A moving coming-of-age story set in the 1900s, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn follows the lives of 11-year-old Francie Nolan, her younger brother Neely, and their parents, Irish immigrants who have settled in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Johnny Nolan is as loving and fanciful as they come, but he is also often drunk and out of work, unable to find his place in the land of opportunity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Book: flawless. SKIP THE RECORDED INTRO!!

  • By Wild Wise Woman on 09-04-11

A great find

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

Reviewed: 01-20-16

Molly Manning's book, When Books Went to War, mentioned this book several times so I had to find out what was so great that soldiers clamored to read it while spending time in a cold, wet foxhole. What a surprise. This book is well written, the characters are rich and full, sometimes its funny and sometimes way past sad but it always left me wondering what would happen next. The story is a lot like Angela's Ashes but I think its better

  • Persuader

  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,264

Jack Reacher. The ultimate loner. An elite ex-military cop who left the service years ago, he's moved from place to place...without family...without possessions...without commitments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Child at His Best! A Must Read for Reacher Fans!

  • By Joanna on 06-19-09

It isn't you; it's me

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

Reviewed: 08-31-14

Dear Jack
We have to talk. This just isn't working between us anymore.
Be assured that it isn't you; it's me.

Your super human escapades are fine, I just can suspend belief long enough anymore
Your emotional immaturity is fine, I just feel I need something a less shallow these days
Your author's choice of having Tom Thumb , I mean Tom Cruise play you in a movie is fine, even though I am stricken with paralyzing nausea at the very thought

I'm not worried that you will reply as your author's most favorite phrase for you is "I said nothing." Honestly Jack, if I had a penny for every time I heard that, I could forget trying to win the Power Ball

I wish you all the best. I know you will find new readers/listeners as I must move on and find other authors/heroes/books .

15 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Storm Clouds Rolling In

  • Bregdan Chronicles 1
  • By: Ginny Dye
  • Narrated by: Christine Cunningham Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 821
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 719
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 717

Carrie Cromwellcomes of age as the dark clouds of the Civil War swallow the country. Born with a fiery spirit and a strong mind, she finds herself struggling between the common wisdom of the South and the truth she has discovered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • narrator

  • By Catherine on 06-28-15

Dreadful

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

Reviewed: 08-15-14

I bought this book because someone said it was similar to the Gabaldon's Outlander series.
There is NO comparison. I could go on for hours about the differences but I'm so upset by this book I can't organize my thoughts. For me, this book is a Wallbanger -- the kind of book I would throw against the wall for just for existing.

41 of 46 people found this review helpful

  • Tangled

  • The Tangled Series, Book 1
  • By: Emma Chase
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,873
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,877

Drew Evans is handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? He’ll tell you he has the flu. But we all know that’s not really true. Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • And Now For Something Completely Different

  • By Kathy on 02-17-14

And Now For Something Completely Different

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

Reviewed: 02-17-14

Since I usually give romance novels close to failing grades (except for Sandra Brown's Rainwater and Linda Winstead Jones' Raintree: Haunted) why would I give this one a 5 Star rating? The same rating as I would give The Beautiful Ruins, the Book Thief, the Book of Unholy Mischief? Well, that would be comparing apples and oranges so it isn't a fair comparison.

However, as a Romance novel, this one stands out far above all others!

The key difference is that the protagonist is male and he narrates the story to the reader/listener as if in casual conversation. And the dialogue is definitely male--locker room style, blunt, crude and perfect for the story. It is so on the mark, I have trouble realizing that it is written by a woman.

All the characters are colorful, entertaining and totally different than those found in ordinary romance stories.
Great find. I just can't figure out how the author will follow up on this one, much less top it but I'm ready to find out!

60 of 64 people found this review helpful

  • The Child Thief

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Smith
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 613

A troubled World War I veteran races across the frozen steppe of 1930's Ukraine to save a child from a shadowy killer with unthinkable plans. Luka is a war veteran who now wants nothing more than to have a quiet life with his family. His village has, so far, remained hidden from the advancing Soviet brutality. But everything changes the day a stranger arrives, pulling a sled bearing a terrible cargo. In the chaos, a little girl has vanished, and Luka is the only man with the skills to find the stolen child and her kidnapper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cold, Subtle, and Full of Suspense

  • By JD on 04-23-14

What a Find!

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

Reviewed: 02-17-14

What a find!
First I was unfamiliar with the author. Second the story was unique and about a time and place I knew little about (Ukraine about 1930). Third the characters seemed to really care about each other. There was genuine affection between family members. None of the drunken beatings common in many stories of that area.
Smith's writing is delightful. The details are so vivid, it's hard to believe he didn't live the experience.
Bronson Pinchot's performance is stunning. It just couldn't be better.

12 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • Free Fall

  • A John Ceepak Mystery, Book 8
  • By: Chris Grabenstein
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,007
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 900
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895

“I didn’t do it!” is something cops hear all the time. But when the plea comes from a close friend who’s fallen on hard times, it’s tougher to ignore, especially for young Officer Danny Boyle. It’s the start of another action-packed summer for the wisecracking Boyle and straight-arrow cop (now chief of detectives) John Ceepak down the Jersey Shore as they do their best to help Danny’s friend, a young nurse who claims she has been falsely accused of aggravated assault by a prestigious Sea Haven doctor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • absolutely fantastic. perfect narration and story

  • By Dr Dionne P Joseph on 05-12-13

Ceepak is BACK!

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

Reviewed: 08-04-13

John Ceepak is BACK! He is one of my many guilty pleasures and I don't mind everyone knowing. Grabenstein's books are fun, clever, and entirely delightful. Consistently a great choice for reading/listening pleasure.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Great Pearl Heist

  • London's Greatest Thief and Scotland Yard's Hunt for the World's Most Valuable Necklace
  • By: Molly Caldwell Crosby
  • Narrated by: Michael Page
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

In the summer of 1913, under the cover of London’s perpetual smoggy dusk, two brilliant minds are pitted against each other - a celebrated gentleman thief and a talented Scotland Yard detective - in the greatest jewel heist of the new century. An exquisite strand of pale pink pearls, worth more than the Hope Diamond, has been bought by a Hatton Garden broker. Word of the “Mona Lisa of Pearls” spreads around the world, captivating jewelers as well as thieves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining Read

  • By Rodney on 12-18-12

Great find!

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

Reviewed: 07-06-13

This one should be a movie! Clever cops, handsome robbers, evolving forensic science, LOTS of money in the mix! A fantastic story delightful told. And it really happened!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful