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  • The Hellfire Club

  • By: Jake Tapper
  • Narrated by: Jake Tapper
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,015
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 928
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 925

 Charlie Marder is an unlikely Congressman. Thrust into office by his family ties after his predecessor died mysteriously, Charlie is struggling to navigate the dangerous waters of 1950s Washington, DC, alongside his young wife, Margaret, a zoologist with ambitions of her own. Amid the swirl of glamorous and powerful political leaders and deal makers, a mysterious fatal car accident thrusts Charlie and Margaret into an underworld of backroom deals, secret societies, and a plot that could change the course of history. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Could be happening now

  • By Barbara or Jerold Gendler on 05-24-18

Good 1950’s Political Thriller

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

At first I had doubts about this 1950’s political story and the author’s, Jake Tapper, narration. I was quickly won over by both. The central character processes character flaws in this fast moving story the politicians who serving in the House. The very liberal sprinkling of obscure period background info had me turning to Google for fact checking time and again. Did this really happen in 1954? It did.
While a friend found this distracting, I found these lost historical tidbits quite fun. As a Marylander, the subplot about the Eastern Shore wild ponies drew me on. Political figures of the era, LBJ, the Kennedys, Eisenhower pop into the plot to add to the ‘50s ambiance. One can not help but draw some parallels between red bater Joseph McCarthy and the political situation of today.

  • Food: A Cultural Culinary History

  • By: Ken Albala, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Ken Albala
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,786
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,515
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,486

Eating is an indispensable human activity. As a result, whether we realize it or not, the drive to obtain food has been a major catalyst across all of history, from prehistoric times to the present. Epicure Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin said it best: "Gastronomy governs the whole life of man."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my top 3 favorite courses!

  • By Jessica on 12-28-13

Fun Food Listening

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

Reviewed: 10-11-18

A fun fast moving history of food and cooking from the dawn of man to predictions of the future trends. The professor’s pleasant and often bemused voice makes for easy listening.
He is at his best when talking about how culture and innovation has been reflected in what human beings eat and how they prepared food. For me, the lectures slowed down with the reading of early cookbooks, although that may have been necessary for a complete covering of the topic.
I will definitely check out more of what the Great Courses has to offer.

  • The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer (Twin Peaks)

  • By: Jennifer Lynch
  • Narrated by: Sheryl Lee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 597

Lifeless and wrapped in plastic. This is how Sheryl Lee was first introduced as "Laura Palmer" in the cult television classic, Twin Peaks. Now, Sheryl returns to voice Laura's darkest secrets in the audiobook event that fans of the show have long awaited.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wrapped in plastic

  • By Phillip Frangules on 05-08-17

What A Bummer !

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

Well written with loads of sex and drugs. If you find stories about the sexual fantasies of a 12 -13 year old girl offensive as I do, this is not a book for you. The story is a real bummer !

  • The Chemist

  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,569
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,341

She used to work for the US government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn't even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They've killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened all night!

  • By bebe on 06-04-17

Good story. Way, way too long.

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

A very compelling story. Too bad it dragged out way to long. If I had been reading The Chemist in book form, I would not had the stamina to finish it. The performance by the narrator and the price of the Audible download kept me listening. The Twilight-like male and female plot of “will they or wouldn’t they” got old quickly. Some book editing would have been a good idea. It’s a shame because Meyers has created a great story line

  • All Clear

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis (introduction)
  • Length: 23 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,719
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,087
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,107

Three time-traveling historians are visiting World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz. But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler's bombers attempt to pummel London into submission.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Rescued by the second half

  • By Mike From Mesa on 12-05-11

Someone find this author a good editor

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

Reviewed: 05-16-18

I listened to both books of this series on Audible. In some ways, it is a typical time travel story. The details of England during the war raised it a step above most time travel sagas.

My criticism is that the second book ( All Clear) is entirely TOO LONG. The story is quite repetitious. I probably would have given up on it if I had been reading and not listening. Katherine Kellgren’s narration kept me engaged to the story’s very satisfactory ending. The story should have been edit down several hours.

  • The Nix

  • A Novel
  • By: Nathan Hill
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 21 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,043
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,463
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,438

It's 2011, and Samuel Andresen-Anderson - college professor, stalled writer - has a Nix of his own: his mother, Faye. He hasn't seen her in decades, not since she abandoned the family when he was a boy. Now she's reappeared, having committed an absurd crime that electrifies the nightly news, beguiles the Internet, and inflames a politically divided country. The media paints Faye as a radical hippie with a sordid past, but as far as Samuel knows, his mother was an ordinary girl who married her high school sweetheart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nathan Hill is an exceptional storyteller.

  • By Bonny on 09-13-16

The bad guys win....Big

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

Reviewed: 12-19-16

This is a clever, often witty, LONG, well written story. It is refreshing to read a book with new twists and characters.
My four star rating was the result of a the very unsatisfying ending where truly awful antagonists benefit greatly by all the evil they have created for the protagonists. While the author spends the last chapter explaining that the heroes have accepted and moved on, the unjust ending will be frustrating for the reader....at least this reader.

  • Term Limits

  • By: Vince Flynn
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,770
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,249

In one bloody night, three of Washington’s most powerful politicians are executed with surgical precision. Their assassins then deliver a shocking ultimatum to the American government: set aside partisan politics and restore power to the people. No one, they warn, is out of their reach—not even the president. A joint FBI-CIA task force reveals the killers are elite military commandos, but no one knows exactly who they are or when they will strike next.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Term Limits

  • By David Share on 06-26-11

Morally bankrupt thriller

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

Reviewed: 07-16-16

Of the 50 Audible books I have experienced, this is one of the more compelling. The story is complex and driving. I found that I could not stop listening. As a side point of interest, I was fascinated by how much technology has changed in the 19 years since the book was published. The story exists in a world without extensive smart phones use and limited surveillance techniques. It is an interesting pre- 9-11 take on the nation.
I didn't give the story five star because of the overall tone. As a three decade resident of the DC area it annoyed me that the domestic murderers were portrayed as heroes through out the book. Yeah., we all have fantasies about killing off incompetent obstructionist members of Congress. The black op killings in this book are NOT acts of patriotism. They are acts of domestic terrorism. "Old Grandpa" is not a hero. He is a old, rich entitled white guy who is a murdering terrorist

  • Wild Rover No More

  • Being the Last Recorded Account of the Life & Times of Jacky Faber
  • By: L. A. Meyer
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 689
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 644
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641

Audie Award, Best Female Narrator, 2016. Jacky Faber is framed as passing confidential U.S. information to the British. Forced to flee Boston, she goes undercover as a governess for a prominent Puritan family. When outed by a nosy postmaster, she deserts the respectability of her position, dons a leotard and slippers, and poses as a Russian tightrope walker in a traveling circus. But the law soon catches up with her, and prospects do not look good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I feel I have lost a friend.

  • By Jonathan on 02-09-15

Sorry this is the last

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

Reviewed: 05-26-16

Although I had begun to think that the Bloody Jack series was getting bit tired, I was still sorry to hear that the author had died. He closed out the tale nicely but in an author's postscript, he left the possibility of additional books. Note to publisher....let Jackie sail off happily into the early American 19th century. Don't have another author continue the series.

This is not one of the stronger books in the series but the narrator again is just absolutely wonderful.

  • The Lake House

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,331
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,309

Living on her family’s gorgeous lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, clever, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented fourteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure ...One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest son, Theo, has vanished without a trace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRAVO!!!!!!!

  • By Maria on 10-30-15

Keeps you guessing

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

Reviewed: 03-23-16

Lots of twists and turns. The characters take the reader down sure alleys of investigation of a 70 year old mystery only to be sharply turned in several different directions. I read so many mysteries that I can usually predict the plot. Not so with this book. The only flaw is a almost silly coincidence at the end. Still, it's a good mystery read.

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  • In the Belly of the Bloodhound

  • Bloody Jack #4
  • By: L. A. Meyer
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,207
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 954
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 937

Jacky Faber, having been called a pirate and had a price put on her head by the King of England, has no choice but to stay out of sight. Hoping for a safe hiding place, she returns to the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston, but the calm doesn't last long. On a class field trip to Boston Harbor, the girls are abducted and forced into the hold of the Bloodhound, a ship bound for the slave markets on the Barbary Coast where they will be put up on the auction block and sold into Arab harems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it! Loved them all.

  • By Michele on 02-25-10

Best of the The Bloody Jack series

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

Reviewed: 07-16-15

I have been listening to this series in order for a while. The behavior of Jackie, the protagonist was starting to get quite old. While her frustrating self destructive choices in the previous books make for an exciting set of stories, the plot line was getting a tad old. This adventure was not brought on by her oft goofy behavior. As a result, I found this the best story so far in the series. The narrator, as usual was terrific.