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Maine, United States
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  • Pirate Hunters

  • Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship
  • By: Robert Kurson
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,399
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,126

Finding and identifying a pirate ship is the hardest thing to do under the sea. But two men - John Chatterton and John Mattera - are willing to risk everything to find the Golden Fleece, the ship of the infamous pirate Joseph Bannister. While he was at large during the Golden Age of Piracy in the 17th century, Bannister's exploits would have been more notorious than Blackbeard's, more daring than Kidd's, but his story and his ship have been lost to time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure Gold

  • By Mel on 06-24-15

Such a skilled writer -- and an incredible story!

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

This is my 3rd book by Robert Kurson. He really has a gift for telling an engaging story with vital details and good pacing. The divers are unusual, driven men. Kurson gets into their heads and tells how their thoughts led them on an obsessive search--and how it played out. An exciting book. Great narration by Ray Porter. Definitely recommend this one.

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  • Island of the Lost

  • Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World
  • By: Joan Druett
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,089
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,081

Auckland Island is a godforsaken place in the middle of the Southern Ocean, 285 miles south of New Zealand. With year-round freezing rain and howling winds, it is one of the most forbidding places in the world. To be shipwrecked there means almost certain death. In 1864, Captain Thomas Musgrave and his crew of four aboard the schooner Grafton wreck on the southern end of the island. Utterly alone in a dense coastal forest, plagued by stinging blowflies and relentless rain, Captain Musgrave inspires his men to take action.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the Best Stories Ever Told!

  • By Tiffany on 04-10-16

Fascinating + amazing!

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

This was fun and interesting. The writing is detailed and tells an utterly amazing story. I felt like I was there on that small island enduring *terrible* conditions. Very good narration too.

  • The Feather Thief

  • Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century
  • By: Kirk Wallace Johnson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 705
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644

On a cool June evening in 2009, after performing a concert at London's Royal Academy of Music, 20-year-old American flautist Edwin Rist boarded a train for a suburban outpost of the British Museum of Natural History. Home to one of the largest ornithological collections in the world, the Tring museum was full of rare bird specimens whose gorgeous feathers were worth staggering amounts of money to the men who shared Edwin's obsession: the Victorian art of salmon fly-tying. Once inside the museum, the champion fly-tier grabbed hundreds of bird skins - some collected 150 years earlier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unusual and true natural history mystery!

  • By Sylvia on 04-28-18

I often thought, No way! Can this be true?!

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

The author does a great job of taking you on a tour of a very, very strange world. It's all well written and intriguing--also incredible. No way! I'd think, That couldn't have really happened! In addition to the central story, about a young feather thief, the author probes into other areas of human behavior like the 19th century hat craze and its insatiable hunger for feathers, and the varying moral perspectives concerning the crime at the heart of the story. It was interesting and entertaining, and enlightening on certain human moral dimensions, dealt with honestly. Glad I read it. Narration was very good.

  • Hero of the Empire

  • The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill
  • By: Candice Millard
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,447

At age 24 Winston Churchill was utterly convinced it was his destiny to become prime minister of England one day, despite the fact he had just lost his first election campaign for Parliament. He believed that to achieve his goal, he had to do something spectacular on the battlefield. Despite deliberately putting himself in extreme danger as a British army officer in colonial wars in India and Sudan and as a journalist covering a Cuban uprising against the Spanish, glory and fame had eluded him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding work

  • By G on 10-04-16

Quite a story, wonderfully told

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

Although I'd already read about Churchill as a young man, I wanted to give this a try because I so enjoyed Candice Millard's other books. Not disappointed! Churchill's adventures, especially in the Transvaal, and his outrageous personality are worked wonderfully by the author, a gifted writer and storyteller. The epilogue was very interesting too. Simon Vance--no surprise--did a good job.

  • The Man Who Loved China

  • By: Simon Winchester
  • Narrated by: Simon Winchester
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274

In sumptuous and illuminating detail Simon Winchester chronicles the extraordinary story of Joseph Needham, the brilliant Cambridge scientist who turned his eccentric genius on the study of China.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great for Winchester Fans

  • By David Ewing on 10-09-08

Amazing guy

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

Fascinating story about an amazing scholar and China. Well written. I learned a lot about China’s history.

  • The Force

  • A Novel
  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,111
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,740

All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop. He is the "King of Manhattan North", a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of "Da Force". Malone and his crew are the smartest, the toughest, the quickest, the bravest, and the baddest - an elite special unit given carte blanche to fight gangs, drugs, and guns. Every day and every night for the 18 years he's spent on the job, Malone has served on the front lines, witnessing the hurt, the dead, the victims, the perps.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Winslow continus to amaze

  • By Steve L on 07-13-17

One of the very best, ever

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

What a story. I won't forget this one. It's thrilling and gripping, and it gave me a lot to think about. Us regular folks have moral dilemmas, but an in-the-trenches NYPD detective has moral dilemmas we can't even imagine. Daily. So 'The Force' takes the reader on a ride with Detective Dennis Malone. The pace is *incredible* and it's so hard to stop listening. The characters are all well drawn. Everyone has their moral dilemmas, and you the reader have them too. Is Malone a good cop? A dirty cop?

And fortunately the reader of this audiobook does a Grade A job. There's so much drama in his narration, and the characters have their voices. Really great narration.

Highly, highly recommended.

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  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 32,778
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30,294
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 30,178

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

Wow, what a find!

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

Reviewed: 02-20-18

I've probably read 2 or 3 YA novels. I'm in my 50s so my taste in literature is elsewhere, but I gave this one a try. So glad I did! This is why I read books, to step into some other world or someone's life, have an experience, and come out of it a little wiser, a little more enlightened. I feel like I spent some time in Garden Heights with Star and her family, and the tragic and extraordinary events they (unfortunately) had to live through. Plus: the narration was absolutely amazing. There are a variety of characters, and the narrator brought drama to each of them. Honestly, this might be the very best audiobook narration I've ever heard--which is saying something since I've been listening to audiobooks for 15+ years!

  • The Secrets She Keeps

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Robotham
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,897
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,822

Agatha is pregnant and works part time stocking shelves at a grocery store in a ritzy London suburb, counting down the days until her baby is due. As the hours of her shifts creep by in increasing discomfort, the one thing she looks forward to at work is catching a glimpse of Meghan, the effortlessly chic customer whose elegant lifestyle dazzles her. Meghan has it all: two perfect children, a handsome husband, a happy marriage, and a stylish group of friends, and she writes perfectly droll confessional posts on her popular parenting blog.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Secrets - but Nothing New here

  • By Marie on 09-09-17

A wonderful thriller with outstanding narration.

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

A great story, a tale well spun. You get hooked then you've got to see what happens next. Very well written, wonderful prose. And the narration is fantastic. She delivers each voice with drama - grade A

  • Flash Boys

  • A Wall Street Revolt
  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,817
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,838

Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely A Worthwhile Learning Experience

  • By T Spencer on 07-14-15

Seemed to have a lot of filler.

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

Reviewed: 03-15-16

I love the author's books, Michael Lewis. But this one seems to have A LOT of filler, just stretching the premise out over and over. I'd recommend the abridged version of this one.

  • The Ghost War

  • By: Alex Berenson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,807
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,290

CIA agent John Wells returns, in a novel that reaches beyond today's headlines to foretell dangers yet to come, from the author of The Faithful Spy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'd listen to George Guidall recite the tax code

  • By K on 05-25-15

Alex Berenson is Grade A

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

Reviewed: 03-15-16

The story is a great thriller, with twists and puzzling threads that get sewn together. The pacing is great! If that's not enough, George Guidall does an exceptional job as the narrator.