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  • Under a Flaming Sky

  • The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894
  • By: Daniel James Brown
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall, Daniel James Brown
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

On September 1, 1894, two forest fires converged on the town of Hinckley, Minnesota, trapping over 2,000 people. Daniel J. Brown recounts the events surrounding the fire in the first and only book to chronicle the dramatic story that unfolded. Whereas Oregon's famous "Biscuit" fire in 2002 burned 350,000 acres in one week, the Hinckley fire did the same damage in five hours. The fire created its own weather, including hurricane-strength winds, bubbles of plasmalike glowing gas, and 200-foot-tall flames.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great book

  • By ChisumFam on 02-04-17

History lovers dream book.

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

As someone that loves history and largely forgotten stories this book is a gem.
Worried the subject was too depressing to read I finally gave into reading yet another book by this great author. I will be forever grateful for that choice.
The story, though sad, is of greed, negligence, heroism, ingenuity, resourcefulness, strength and kindness. A story that will forever echo in your memory.
You will not regret the purchase of the book. I listen straight through will only breaks to the answer phone. Yep, it’s that good.

  • City of Endless Night

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,820
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,506
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,500

When Grace Ozmian, the beautiful and reckless daughter of a wealthy tech billionaire, first goes missing, the NYPD assumes she has simply sped off on another wild adventure. Until the young woman's body is discovered in an abandoned warehouse in Queens, the head nowhere to be found. Lieutenant CDS Vincent D'Agosta quickly takes the lead. He knows his investigation will attract fierce scrutiny, so D'Agosta is delighted when FBI Special Agent A. X. L. Pendergast shows up at the crime scene assigned to the case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The allusive Pendergast..,

  • By shelley on 01-18-18

The Dynamic Duo, Preston and Child write another great book.

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

I find both authors to be great on their own as well as joint ventures.
Once again Pendergast is the FBI’s best weapon on finding the murderer that beheads his victims.
This book does not contain a unneeded scene or word. The two authors are great word smiths and dole out words as if they are allotted a so many per story.
Mr Auberjonois, the voice of the audio book. The voice that creates tension and the right amount of suspense. He is a treasure to listen to in any story he reads.

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,702
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,634

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

Nice twist

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

I try not to read about WW2 as I have read so many already but I gave into this one. The start of the book I didn't like it at all. Was it because of the writing or the narrator that turned me off I can not say. Seemed childish at first but hold on the story is worth the wait. The twist you do not see coming.

  • The Boys in the Boat

  • Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
  • By: Daniel James Brown
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26,205
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 23,818
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23,766

Daniel James Brown's robust book tells the story of the University of Washington's 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic games in Berlin, 1936.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do you believe in miracles??

  • By Janice on 07-12-13

Hard to put down.

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

Reviewed: 10-14-17

Love history so this book was written for me. Very well written with not one unnecessary word added.

The story of Joe is sad, compelling and up lifting. When the book is over you are left with a man you feel lucky to have met. That’s a testament to the wonderful skills of Daniel James Brown.

The narrator Edward Herrmann was the perfect choice for this book. He reads the book as if the storm is raging outside while you are safely inside sitting by the fire, content and at peace.

  • The Blood Gospel

  • The Order of the Sanguines, Book 1
  • By: James Rollins, Rebecca Cantrell
  • Narrated by: Christian Baskous
  • Length: 17 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 932
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 828
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 837

An earthquake in Masada, Israel, kills hundreds and reveals a tomb buried in the heart of the mountain. A trio of investigators - Sergeant Jordan Stone, a military forensic expert; Father Rhun Korza, a Vatican priest; and Dr. Erin Granger, a brilliant but disillusioned archaeologist - are sent to explore the macabre discovery, a subterranean temple holding the crucified body of a mummified girl. But a brutal attack at the site sets the three on the run, thrusting them into a race to recover what was once preserved in the tomb's sarcophagus: a book rumored to have been written by Christ's own hand....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Surprising Disappointment

  • By Jean on 01-15-13

Oh no, my favorite author went to the dogs!!

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

Reviewed: 08-21-15

I hated this book. Forced myself to read it. It had to get better right? Wrong. What the heck, James, are you in a coma? Awful writing, a root canal would be better than this book.

  • Gathering Prey

  • Prey, Book 25
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,293

They call them Travelers. They move from city to city, panhandling, committing no crimes - they just like to stay on the move. And now somebody is killing them. Lucas Davenport's adopted daughter, Letty, is home from college when she gets a phone call from a woman Traveler she'd befriended in San Francisco. The woman thinks somebody's killing her friends, she's afraid she knows who it is, and now her male companion has gone missing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good!

  • By Vida T. Yancy on 04-30-15

A good story again.

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

Reviewed: 08-21-15

The villain and his band of evildoers are flying under the radar doing their murder on the downlow. A chance encounter with Leddy, a BCA agents daughter, tips the scales of justice in our favor. Sandford set the story up to show how it's not always the great police work that gets the villain but dumb luck. And just the right person to take note.

Yes, this book has the usual shoot'em up scene so do not despair. Leddy, steals the show and I for one am glad for it.

  • The Black Marble

  • By: Joseph Wambaugh
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 60
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

He is a damned good cop -- a burned-out homicide detective wrapped around a Smith & Wesson .38 and a vodka bottle. She is his partner -- twice divorced, nursing a grudge against men, obsessed by the awful temptation of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to put down

  • By Linda on 09-15-11

Needed to reread a favorite book from my 20's

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

Reviewed: 08-21-15

This book was a family favorite when I was in my 20's. The book was read by my sister, dad, mother, aunt and so many more. Being poorly bound we held the book together with a rubber band as we passed it to yet another person. All of us loved it.

A fan of Joseph Wambaugh from that day forward.

We told everyone that read the book to wait for it, you'll be glad you did. This holds true today too. But now, after rereading it 30 years later I was taken back to the '70s like no other book can take you back. Things that were common to say and do are here for you to laugh at and reminisce. Yes, we have gotten more sophisticated and polished but we once were very politically un-correct.

Listen to a great detective finds his way back to sanity and a '70s gal blow fizz out of her eyes. (Yep, those damn dog poodle perms.) Leisure suit junkies and old Pasadena run amuck in this fun romp as a would be master mind picks the black marble again and again. Mr. Wambaugh wrote true for the time with plenty of true-to-life laughs.

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  • How to Talk to a Widower

  • By: Jonathan Tropper
  • Narrated by: Eric Ruben
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 254

Doug Parker is a widower at age 29, and in his quiet suburban town, that makes him something of a celebrity - the object of sympathy, curiosity, and, in some cases, unbridled desire. But Doug has other things on his mind. First there's his 16-year-old stepson, Russ - a once-sweet kid who now is getting into increasingly serious trouble on a daily basis. And then there are Doug's sisters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Characters Have Character

  • By Zan on 10-06-13

Fun book about a heart breaking time.

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

Reviewed: 03-02-15

Forget about learning how to talk to a widower. Just get comfy, and get ready to hear the few ups and a lot of downs in this funny tale of the life after. This book includes true to life dating fiascoes with plenty of side kicks to keep this widower from drowning in his year old depression. The widower's family has all the quirks necessary to make your family look better. Spoiler Alert: The hero of the book turns out to be a teenager. Who would have thunk it?
As a widow I can not relate to most of his grief but then everybody's grief is different. However, we see eye to eye on many and for that reason I love this book.

  • First Grave on the Right

  • Charley Davidson, Book 1
  • By: Darynda Jones
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,362
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,343

A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great choice for Stephanie, Lorelai or Buffy fans!

  • By Austin gal on 03-07-12

Fun romp with the nearly departed.

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

Reviewed: 03-02-15

I enjoyed this light hearted book about those who have not quite gone all the way to the other side and the lady who can help them. This book might not be a must listen to book, none the less it is worth your time. Laughs and some piquant moments. Very detailed sex!!

  • Sycamore Row

  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Michael Beck
  • Length: 20 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,790

Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grisham at his best (again)

  • By Brock on 10-23-13

Poop, I finished the book.

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

Reviewed: 09-08-14

Hey, what can I say besides that this is one of J.G. best books? I love the story. Set in a rural town that never really became anything and where pretty much everyone knew each other. This is were J.G. shines. He lets the characters bloom in to works of art. If you like Time to Kill you'll love this. Do check out Playing for Pizza. A book of the same Author that I was given, not bought from Audible so I can not leave a review. That book too made me say Poop, I finished it! With stories like these, written this well, sadness is enviable once the last paged is turned.