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  • Understanding Trump

  • By: Newt Gingrich, Eric Trump - foreword
  • Narrated by: Newt Gingrich, Eric Trump
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 814
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729

Donald Trump is unlike any president we've ever had. He is the only person ever elected to be commander in chief who has not first held public office or served as a general in the military. His principles grow out of five decades of business and celebrity success - not politics - so he behaves differently from traditional politicians.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • disappointed

  • By Brenda Hughes on 07-11-17

Should have been titled "Understanding Newt"

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

Reviewed: 09-09-17

This book offered up very little insight as to understanding President Trump any better. It seemed more about Knute sharing his political views and his ideas.

  • Lincoln's Greatest Journey

  • Sixteen Days That Changed a Presidency, March 24-April 8, 1865
  • By: Noah Andre Trudeau
  • Narrated by: Barry Press
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

March 1865: The United States was at a crossroads, and, truth be told, Abraham Lincoln was a sick man. "I am very unwell," he confided to a close acquaintance. A vast and terrible civil war was winding down, leaving momentous questions for a war-weary president to address. A timely invitation from General Ulysses S. Grant provided the impetus for an escape to City Point, Virginia, a journey from which Abraham Lincoln drew much more than he ever expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating little known details.

  • By Lisa M. Bober on 03-30-17

Content does not live up to the title - hyperbole

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

Reviewed: 05-13-17

What did you love best about Lincoln's Greatest Journey?

though very excited to start this book, I was disappointed overall. The author went down too many tangents and the core theme was lost.

If you’ve listened to books by Noah Andre Trudeau before, how does this one compare?

About the same.

What about Barry Press’s performance did you like?

He did a nice job on the voices for the various characters.

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

I wouldn't bother with a film.

Any additional comments?

Unless you do not know much about Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, I would recommend passing on this one.

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  • Loner

  • A Novel
  • By: Teddy Wayne
  • Narrated by: David Bendena
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 581
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 528
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 531

David Federman has never felt appreciated. An academically gifted yet painfully forgettable member of his New Jersey high school class, the withdrawn, mild-mannered freshman arrives at Harvard fully expecting to be embraced by a new tribe of high-achieving peers. But, initially, his social prospects seem unlikely to change, sentencing him to a lifetime of anonymity. Then he meets Veronica Morgan Wells. Struck by her beauty, wit, and sophisticated Manhattan upbringing, David falls feverishly in love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy Inner Dialogue of a Psychopath

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-18-17

I would pass on this one...

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

Reviewed: 04-06-17

Would you try another book from Teddy Wayne and/or David Bendena?

No

If you’ve listened to books by Teddy Wayne before, how does this one compare?

NO

Which character – as performed by David Bendena – was your favorite?

Sarah

Could you see Loner being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No - too many movies with a similar plot

Any additional comments?

would have quit listening if it had been longer

  • The Escape

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,074
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,098
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,080

John Puller's older brother, Robert, was convicted of treason and national security crimes. His inexplicable escape from prison makes him the most wanted criminal in the country. Some in the government believe that John Puller represents their best chance at capturing Robert alive, and so Puller takes on the burden of bringing his brother in to face justice. But Puller quickly discovers that there are others pursuing his brother, who only see Robert as a traitor and are unconcerned if he survives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Agonizing

  • By Bobby on 01-15-15

Keeps you guessing.....

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

Reviewed: 03-07-17

If you could sum up The Escape in three words, what would they be?

Like my title "keeps you guessing"

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Not sure who were the "good guy"

Any additional comments?

Always enjoy the performances by Orlagh Cassidy and Ron McLarty.

  • Twenty-Six Seconds

  • A Personal History of the Zapruder Film
  • By: Alexandra Zapruder
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Zapruder
  • Length: 14 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Abraham Zapruder didn't know when he began filming President Kennedy's motorcade on November 22, 1963, that his home movie would change not only his family's life but American culture and history as well. Now his granddaughter tells the whole story of the Zapruder film for the first time. With the help of personal family records, previously sealed archival sources, and interviews, she traces the film's complex journey through history, considering its impact on her family and the public realms of the media, courts, federal government, and the arts community.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An awesome book I had no plans to read.

  • By Robert on 01-04-18

Good only for the first hour....

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

Reviewed: 03-03-17

Would you try another book from Alexandra Zapruder and/or Alexandra Zapruder?

Probably not.

If you’ve listened to books by Alexandra Zapruder before, how does this one compare?

First one

What about Alexandra Zapruder’s performance did you like?

She was a good, clear reader.

Any additional comments?

This would be a good book for law students on the topic of copyright issues. After the first hour's insights into Abraham Zapruder and the aftermath of what he went through during and after 11/22/63, the book just bogged down into legal and copyright issues. That was quite disappointing.

  • Between Black and White

  • McMurtrie and Drake Legal, Book 2
  • By: Robert Bailey
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,115

In 1966 in Pulaski, Tennessee, Bocephus Haynes watched in horror as his father was brutally murdered by 10 local members of the Ku Klux Klan. As an African American lawyer practicing in the birthplace of the Klan years later, Bo has spent his life pursuing justice in his father's name. But when Andy Walton, the man believed to have led the lynch mob 45 years earlier, ends up murdered in the same spot as Bo's father, Bo becomes the prime suspect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping. White supremacists live, feel right.!!

  • By Richard Delman on 10-27-17

Can't wait until the next one...

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

Reviewed: 02-28-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Between Black and White to be better than the print version?

Have not read the print version.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Between Black and White?

The revelation as to Beau's real father.

Which scene was your favorite?

Many.

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

None

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to the next one in the series. Could put this one down. Finished in 3 days!

  • The Professor

  • McMurtrie and Drake Legal, Book 1
  • By: Robert Bailey
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,336

Law professor Thomas Jackson McMurtrie literally wrote the book on evidence in the state of Alabama. But when a power-hungry colleague uses a recent run-in between McMurtrie and headstrong student Rick Drake to end his career, he is left unsure what to do next.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Awful? No, but close.... close.

  • By Ted on 08-15-16

If you like John Grisham...

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

Reviewed: 02-25-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Most certainly. The story just pulls you in and you can't put it down.

What did you like best about this story?

The linkage to the great Alabama Crimson Tide football teams under Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. Though not a lawyer, I enjoyed the author's explanation of evidentiary rules and procedures.

Have you listened to any of Eric G. Dove’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

N/A

  • The Crime Writer

  • By: Gregg Hurwitz
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,781
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,768

Drew Danner, a crime novelist with a house off L.A.'s storied Mulholland Drive, awakens in a hospital bed with a scar on his head and no memory of being found convulsing over his ex-fiancee's body the previous night. He was discovered holding a knife, her blood beneath his nails. He himself doesn't know whether he's guilty or innocent. To reconstruct the story, the writer must now become the protagonist, searching the corridors of his life and the city he loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Mystery with Protagonist's LOL Remarks

  • By J. A. Black on 11-12-11

Not bad, not great

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

Reviewed: 02-21-17

What did you like best about The Crime Writer? What did you like least?

Scott Brick is a great book narrator. The plot was predictable.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

No.

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

Inner emotion.

Was The Crime Writer worth the listening time?

No

Any additional comments?

If not for Scott Brick's narration, I would have quit listening.

  • No Ordinary Disruption

  • The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends
  • By: Richard Dobbs, James Manyika, Jonathan Woetzel
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

In No Ordinary Disruption, the directors of the McKinsey Global Institute, the flagship think tank of the world's leading consulting firm, McKinsey & Company, dive deeply behind current headlines to analyze the key forces transforming the global economy over the next two decades - and most importantly, to explain what business and government leaders need to do to reset their intuitions and take advantage of the disruptions ahead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Did not live up to hype of title

  • By Ed on 02-18-17

Did not live up to hype of title

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

Reviewed: 02-18-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Not very focused, rambling. I got nothing out this book.

Would you recommend No Ordinary Disruption to your friends? Why or why not?

NO way.

Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

N/A

What did you take away from No Ordinary Disruption that you can apply to your work?

Nothing

Any additional comments?

Wish that I had returned for a refund.

  • The Sleeper

  • By: Emily Barr
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,014
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,778
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,775

A tense, gripping psychological thriller, with Hitchcockian overtones, perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, Sophie Hannah and Rosamund Lupton. Lara Finch is living a lie. Everyone thinks she has a happy life in Cornwall, married to the devoted Sam, but in fact she is desperately bored. When she is offered a new job that involves commuting to London by sleeper train, she meets Guy and starts an illicit affair. But then Lara vanishes from the night train without a trace.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By ilene on 09-15-15

Very tedious and hard to follow

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

Reviewed: 02-01-17

Would you try another book from Emily Barr and/or Imogen Church?

No plans to do so.

Would you be willing to try another book from Emily Barr? Why or why not?

This book was very dense and the performance made it even harder to follow along.

Have you listened to any of Imogen Church’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No,

Could you see The Sleeper being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

It might play well in a movie or TV with the right actors and actresses.

Any additional comments?

I am glad that I did not pay full price for this book. I cannot believe that I actually stayed with it.