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  • Tinseltown

  • Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood
  • By: William J. Mann
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,503
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,364
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,370

By 1920, the movies had suddenly become America's new favorite pastime and one of the nation's largest industries. Never before had a medium possessed such power to influence; yet Hollywood's glittering ascendancy was threatened by a string of headline-grabbing tragedies - including the murder of William Desmond Taylor, the popular president of the Motion Picture Directors Association, a legendary crime that has remained unsolved until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everybody's a dreamer...

  • By Steven on 01-08-15

More in the content than just the major headlines

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

Reviewed: 03-02-15

What made the experience of listening to Tinseltown the most enjoyable?

I knew the story of the murder of William Desmond Taylor, but the other stories of the obscure but no less interesting characters made for an entertaining listen.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Tinseltown?

The Osborn/Madsen angle to the Taylor murder. I always believed it was Charlotte Shelby with daughter Mary Miles Minter present.

Which scene was your favorite?

Peavey proving he was not another "scared brotha."

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reaction, just shook my head at the stories of the hypocrisy of the moral religious movements

Any additional comments?

I have a new appreciation for Will Hayes and what he was up against in performing his duties as the censorship czar.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Screwtape Letters

  • By: C.S. Lewis
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 3 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,180

A masterpiece of satire, this classic has entertained and enlightened readers the world over with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below". At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C.S. Lewis gives us the correspondence of the worldly-wise old Devil to his nephew, Wormwood, a novice demon in charge of securing the damnation of an ordinary young man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One to Read Again and Again

  • By E. Pearson on 12-31-11

Great story!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-14

Would you listen to The Screwtape Letters again? Why?

I would listen to this again only because of the reader. He really does a great job with Screwtape.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Richard Diamond, Private Detective: Old Time Radio - 122 Shows

  • By: Blake Edwards
  • Narrated by: Dick Powell, Virginia Gregg
  • Length: 49 hrs and 40 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

Richard Diamond, Private Detective is a detective drama which was on radio from 1949 to 1953 and on television from 1957 to 1960. Dick Powell starred in the Richard Diamond, Private Detective radio series as a rather light-hearted detective who often ended the episodes singing to his girlfriend, Helen (played by Virginia Gregg).

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Old-Time Detective Radio Drama

  • By Niels J. Rasmussen on 07-04-14

My favorite film noir detective

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

Reviewed: 11-14-14

If you could sum up Richard Diamond, Private Detective: Old Time Radio - 122 Shows in three words, what would they be?

Fun film noir

What did you like best about this story?

The sense of humor and fun throughout every story

What about Dick Powell and Virginia Gregg ’s performance did you like?

I could do without the singing at the end of every show, although he is a good singer.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed Dick Powell in "Murder, My Sweet.' He brings that character's sense of fun to this show as well.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Five Came Back

  • A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War
  • By: Mark Harris
  • Narrated by: Andrew Garman
  • Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214

It was the best of times and the worst of times for Hollywood before the war. The box office was booming, and the studios’ control of talent and distribution was as airtight as could be hoped. But the industry’s relationship with Washington was decidedly uneasy - hearings and investigations into allegations of corruption and racketeering were multiplying, and hanging in the air was the insinuation that the business was too foreign, too Jewish, too "un-American" in its values and causes. Could an industry this powerful in shaping America’s mind-set really be left in the hands of this crew?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had a lot of fun with this book!

  • By Detail-oriented on 08-11-14

Nice account of a few directors' war experiences

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

Reviewed: 11-14-14

Would you listen to Five Came Back again? Why?

I would listen to this again only because I know I missed some information. I usually pick it up the second time around.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Five Came Back?

The liberation of the Nazi death camps

What does Andrew Garman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Accents of the subjects who were not known to be foreign born because they took Anglo sounding names.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The title.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,863
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 36,866

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Boring

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-08-16

Not what I was expecting

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

Reviewed: 11-14-14

What did you like best about 14? What did you like least?

It took a while to get the story started. I was fine until they opened apartment 14. The story then took off on a tangent that I was not expecting. I liked Tim but all the characters were good. I was glad for the mix of age groups to show that they can all get along when they have a common goal.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It was so-so.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes.

Do you think 14 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. I think all the loose ends were cleared up by the end. What else could the author do with this story line?

Any additional comments?

This book kept me company during two nights when I was suffering insomnia from jet lag.

20 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • The Federal Rules of Evidence Simplified!

  • Perfect Study Tool for Every Law Student & Practicing Attorney
  • By: Benjamin Morton
  • Narrated by: Deaver Brown
  • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 13

This audiobook will let you learn and review the core elements of federal evidence rules which apply in most states and local districts as well. Morton covers the 11 important areas: General Provisions, Judicial Notice, Presumptions, Relevancy, Privileges, Witnesses, Opinions & Expert Testimony, Hearsay, Authentication & Identification, Contents of WritingRecordingsPhotos & Miscellaneous Rules. A must listen for every law student, lawyer, and people interested in the law or involved in legal cases.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Okay for students

  • By PearlGirl on 01-02-14

Okay for students

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

Reviewed: 01-02-14

Would you try another book from Benjamin Morton and/or Deaver Brown?

Yes to Ben Morton, no t D. Brown. The content was good but listening to the reader was a chore.

Would you be willing to try another one of Deaver Brown’s performances?

No thank you.

Was The Federal Rules of Evidence Simplified! worth the listening time?

As a 2nd year law student coming up on midterm exams, it was nice to listen to this content as review.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Mary's Mosaic

  • The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace
  • By: Peter Janney
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 17 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

A shocking expos on the life and death of political peace activist Mary Pinchot Meyer, whose relationship with John F. Kennedy sheds new light on the circumstances surrounding his assassination. Who really murdered Mary Pinchot Meyer in the fall of 1964? Why was there a mad rush by CIA counterintelligence chief James Angleton to immediately locate and confiscate her diary? What in that diary was so explosive and revealing?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another peace lover dies by violence.

  • By PearlGirl on 12-06-13

Another peace lover dies by violence.

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

Reviewed: 12-06-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Mary's Mosaic to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mary's Mosaic?

Discovering more about Ben Bradley beyond the Watergate scandal, the real (?) story about Phil and Katherine Graham and the Luces, and the author's agonizing discovery about his father.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It was interesting all the way through.

Any additional comments?

This was a murder that morphed into a bizarre conspiracy. I am not surprised that the CIA may have been behind the coverups and killings. Their arrogance likely led them to make some mistakes that helped the defense counsel for the patsy in the long run.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • A Cruel and Shocking Act

  • The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination
  • By: Philip Shenon
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff, Philip Shenon (prologue)
  • Length: 23 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 139

A groundbreaking, explosive account of the Kennedy assassination that will rewrite the history of the 20th century's most controversial murder investigation. The questions have haunted our nation for half a century: Was the President killed by a single gunman? Was Lee Harvey Oswald part of a conspiracy? Did the Warren Commission discover the whole truth of what happened on November 22, 1963? Philip Shenon, a veteran investigative journalist who spent most of his career at The New York Times, finally provides many of the answers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book I have read in a while.

  • By Gregory Maupin on 12-04-15

For the Warren Commission apologists,...

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

Reviewed: 11-11-13

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

This story was told from the point of view of those who worked on the commission. It was interesting to hear how some of the members changed their views as the investigation progressed and how some stuck with their initial impressions no matter what evidence they came across. At first they decried the conspiracy theorists, but later understood why people still questioned who was actually involved in this henious crime. Everyone comes in for their share of criticism but in the end, the CIA, the Hoover era FBI and the Secret Service all still need to account for their lapses in sharing information before and after the assassination. Is it any wonder that conspiracy theories thrive when so many questions remain unanswered?

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator was good.

Could you see A Cruel and Shocking Act being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Not really. If Hollywood got hold of this, a lot of the historical facts would probably be lost in favor of more drama.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • No One Would Listen

  • A True Financial Thriller
  • By: Harry Markopolos
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Harry Markopolos, Frank Casey, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,837
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,833

No One Would Listen is the exclusive story of the Harry Markopolos-lead investigation into Bernie Madoff and his $65 billion Ponzi scheme. While a lot has been written about Madoff's scam, few actually know how Markopolos and his team - affectionately called "the Fox Hounds" by Markopolos himself - uncovered what Madoff was doing years before this financial disaster reached its pinnacle. Unfortunately, no one listened, until the damage of the world's largest financial fraud ever was irreversible.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Liked the story, but not the author

  • By Brock on 05-08-13

Interesting account of a true investigation

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

Reviewed: 05-01-13

What made the experience of listening to No One Would Listen the most enjoyable?

Scott Brick is a very good reader. He reminds me of Frank Muller.

What did you like best about this story?

Author/reader used tracks from live congressional hearings to demonstrate the outrage of how Madoff got away with his scheme for so long.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I thought the author's recommendations were good but hard to implement because, whether he likes it or not, politicians pass the legislation on which policy and regulations are based. In this time of sequestration, few people will ask for more funds and put their promotion chances in jeorpardy. Also, comparing the SEC to the IRS is not fair. The IRS brings in revenue for the government by collecting taxes. Most other agencies spend money, although that is their job, cutting costs in budgets is what gets people promoted. Time will tell how any changes are implemented and how effective they will be.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories

  • By: Julian Hawthorne (editor)
  • Narrated by: Scott Woodside
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 39

In the six volumes of the Library of the World’s Best Mystery and Detective Stories, Julian Hawthorne presents us thrilling and mysterious short stories from all corners of the world. Some of the stories appeared in this 1907 collection for the first time translated into English, and many of them come from unexpected sources, such as the letters of Pliny the Younger, or a Tibetan manuscript. In the first volume, we find stories written by American authors.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Reader should have learned French.

  • By PearlGirl on 01-21-13

Reader should have learned French.

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

Reviewed: 01-21-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The first few stories were written by French authors. Unfortunately the reader had not learned French and he mispronounced such simple words as "monsieur" which he pronounced as "moan-sewer." As a lifelong mystery reader, some of these stories were predictable. So, I look for how the story is told. They were so-so overall.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Woodside?

Anyone who knew how to speak French.

Was Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories worth the listening time?

Not really.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful