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  • The Reporter Who Knew Too Much

  • The Mysterious Death of What’s My Line TV Star and Media Icon Dorothy Kilgallen
  • By: Mark Shaw
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 746
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 686
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 682

Was What's My Line TV star, media icon, and crack investigative reporter and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen murdered for writing a tell-all book about the JFK assassination? If so, is the main suspect in her death still at large? These questions and more are answered in former CNN, ESPN, and USA Today legal analyst Mark Shaw's 25th book, The Reporter Who Knew Too Much.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book! Well organized, great narration

  • By Jaybird on 05-24-17

Absolutely Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

I would recommend this book even if you don't normally read non-fiction. Mark Shaw very skillfully lays out fact after fact and allows you to draw your own conclusions. If you dismissed other works centered on the JFK assassination as a bunch of nutty conspiracy theory, this book will open your eyes. I am looking forward to other works by this author.

Gabra Zackman’s read was spot on - even sounding like Dorothy Kilgallen when reading her parts. Give this one a listen!

  • The Magnolia Story

  • By: Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
  • Narrated by: Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,591
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,344
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,302

Are you ready to see your fixer-upper? These famous words are now synonymous with the dynamic husband-and-wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV's Fixer Upper. As this question fills the airwaves with anticipation, their legions of fans continue to multiply and ask a different series of questions, like: Who are these people? What's the secret to their success? And is Chip actually that funny in real life?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprised! This is not a "chick book"

  • By Mavwreck75 on 07-30-17

If you already Like Fixer Upper it's GREAT

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

I am sure this is not for everyone, but if you already like the HGTV show Fixer Upper you will probably love this book as much as I did. Originally I purchased the actual paper BOOK for my wife and she really enjoyed finding the back story of How Chip and Joanna met, built a family, and created a great business. I am a big Audible user so I purchased the book to listen to as I drove to and from work. In the context of a recording, "I couldn't put it down" and listened to the entire book in two days. This is more from Joanna's point of view, but I also purchased and listened to Chip's new book (Capital Gaines: The Smart Things I've Learned by Doing Stupid Stuff) which I also loved!

a sincere AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

  • The Collapsing Empire

  • The Interdependency, Book 1
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,093
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,250

Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely not my favorite scalzi

  • By pat on 03-25-17

Interesting, Entertaining - A great new style

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

I really thought I would enjoy this book, if nothing else, because I Love the way Wil Wheaton breathes life into characters. The pleasant surprise was how enjoyable the writing style of John Scalzi is. From the prologue I was captivated by the characters and society of "The Empire". Even the faster-than-light travel was explained in a plausible way without being techno babble. Now I can’t wait for the second book in the series. Enjoy.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Invasion

  • Alien Invasion, Book 1
  • By: Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,582
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,573

They are coming. The countdown has begun. First visible only as blips on a telescope image, the discovery of objects approaching from Jupiter's orbit immediately sets humanity on edge. NASA doesn't even bother to deny the alien ships' existence. The popular Astral space app (broadcasting from the far side of the moon and accessible by anyone with Internet) has already shown the populace what is coming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just what I was looking for!

  • By Michael on 08-28-15

waiting for the action

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

Reviewed: 08-07-17

First, I liked Ray Porter’s read. Invasion seemed like an interesting premise but this first book should really be called Before the Alien Invasion. Most of the story deals with the journey of the main character and his family from New York to Colorado. Along the way society starts to break down. What I did not like was near the end of several chapters upcoming events are hinted at... but they take a long time to actually happen. So for me it was a let down as the narrative slowly winds it's way to the hinted event. I think I will pass on the rest of this series.

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 158,815
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 146,574
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 146,413

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Glad I found the book before the movie

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

Reviewed: 10-08-15

Would you listen to The Martian again? Why?

Yes - in fact I have already listened to it twice. When I first purchased then again right before the film came out.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Martian?

The airlock explosion was realistic and exciting.

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

Bring Him Home. (that's a joke BTW - it is the real tag line to the current film)

Any additional comments?

I thought I made a mistake at first since the narrative was very detailed about the science involved, but after just the first few chapters I really started to enjoy the technology descriptions. I was really surprised by the drama level by the end of the book - the final two chapters had me lingering in the car so I could listen to just a few minutes more... Great book. The movie was also very entertaining but I really am glad I experienced the book first.

  • Killing Patton

  • The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General
  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
  • Narrated by: Bill O'Reilly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,768
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,155

General George S. Patton, Jr., died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II. For almost 70 years, there has been suspicion that his death was not an accident - and may very well have been an act of assassination. Killing Patton will take listeners inside the final year of the war and recount the events surrounding Patton's tragic demise, naming names of the many powerful individuals who wanted him silenced.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bill O'Reilly "Phoned It In" - Poor Performance

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-28-14

Really Disappointing and not about what you think.

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

Reviewed: 11-21-14

What did you like best about Killing Patton? What did you like least?

There is a brutality to war explored in this book that perhaps is worthy of remembering. The history related is spot on, but only a very little of the content is actually devoted to the death of George Patton and that is in the last few minutes. Mostly in the epilogue. I already knew quite a lot of the history and wanted to know more about a possible conspiracy to murder Patton. I walked away feeling a little beat up and really still uninformed about the Killing of Patton. This was almost a waste of a credit to me. A few interesting anecdotes about William “Wild Bill” Donovan was about the only thing which kept me from requesting a refund.

How could the performance have been better?

Bill O'Reilly is entertaining on TV but no narrator - AND it sounded like he was unfamiliar with some of the content. Not good.

18 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Under the Dome

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Raul Esparza
  • Length: 34 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,775
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,810

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best Stephen King I've Heard

  • By Scott on 02-10-10

Different than TV show and much better

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

Reviewed: 09-30-14

What did you love best about Under the Dome?

Starts with a bang and lets you cruise at a comfortable pace getting to know the many characters involved. King is a master of subtle character development and concurrent related stories within the master plot. This is as good as anything by King.

What did you like best about this story?

Without giving it away there is a very simple premise at play here. It deals with mob mentality but on many different levels - and for both good and evil.

What about Raul Esparza’s performance did you like?

Really the narration was one of the key elements in my satisfaction with this purchase. Raul Esparza kept me interested for hour after hour - and it was never hard to figure out which character was in the spotlight. Very well done.