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  • The Kelloggs

  • The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek
  • By: Howard Markel
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

John Harvey Kellogg was one of America's most beloved physicians; a best-selling author, lecturer, and health-magazine publisher; founder of the Battle Creek Sanitarium; and patron saint of the pursuit of wellness. His youngest brother, Will, was the founder of the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company. In The Kelloggs, Howard Markel tells the sweeping saga of these two extraordinary men, whose lifelong competition and enmity toward one another changed America's notion of health and wellness and who helped change the course of American medicine, nutrition, wellness, and diet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good History, Best for Battle Creek Folks

  • By ftmgal on 08-26-18

Good History, Best for Battle Creek Folks

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

I was born and raised in Battle Creek and my mother and one brother had lifelong white collar careers there. So the story was one that I grew up knowing something about.

Book was well done but I don’t know that someone without my childhood would find it very interesting.

  • Holidays on Ice

  • Featuring Six New Stories
  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,853
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,848

David Sedaris's beloved holiday collection is new again with six more pieces, including a never before published story. Along with such favorites as the diaries of a Macy's elf and the annals of two very competitive families, are Sedaris's tales of tardy trick-or-treaters ("Us and Them"); the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to the French ("Jesus Shaves"); and what to do when you've been locked out in a snowstorm ("Let It Snow").

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best When In SantaLand

  • By Dave on 12-06-11

Mostly Hits, A Few Misses

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

Sedaris’ humor is not for everyone, but most of it works for me. Some stories were laugh out loud funny. A couple were cringe worthy and I would have skipped them.

Spoiler alert: if you cringe easily, I would recommend skipping “Cow and Turkey” and “The Monster Mash”. Obviously all subjective.

My favorites were “Six To Eight Black Men” and “Us and Them”

Enjoy!

  • Code Girls

  • The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II
  • By: Liza Mundy
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,219

Recruited by the US Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than 10,000 women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of codebreaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just released, about 80% through this story

  • By Roobah Fox on 10-11-17

Great History But Sometime Slowgoing

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

I was well read about the Navajo Code Talkers and fairly familiar with the Bletchley Circle and Turin, but completely unaware of this part of WWII history.

As a woman born three days after VJ Day, it gave me a sense of what was going on in that period. My sister, now 80, remembers my Dad taking her and my two brothers and walking downtown to the celebration in Battle Creek. They were 5, 6, and she was 7.

Well written although there were sometimes when I wished it moved a bit faster.



  • Blue Nowhere

  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 201

Jeffery Deaver, best-selling author of The Empty Chair and The Bone Collector , now turns to the labyrinthine world of cyberspace - a world where the most powerful can lose their wealth, their minds, their lives with a hacker's touch of a button.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good read

  • By Barbara on 12-14-12

Good But A Couple Flaws

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

Reviewed: 03-14-18

Note that this book about super-hacking was written in 2001 so some of the tech has changed. Also, there were a lot of red herrings and a few plot twists that were pretty far out. Still I enjoyed the book, especially the main characters, Frank Bishop and Wayne Gsomebody (how quickly we forget!).

At least one of the voices used by the narrator was annoying, but the rest was fine.

So I marked 4s because it was better than average. But minor flaws kept it from being great.

  • An Accidental Death

  • A DC Smith Investigation Series, Book 1
  • By: Peter Grainger
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,120
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,896
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,880

The story opens with the apparently accidental drowning of a sixth form student in the Norfolk countryside. As a matter of routine, or so it seems, the case passes across the desk of Detective Sergeant Smith, recently returned to work after an internal investigation into another case that has led to tensions between officers at Kings Lake police headquarters. As an ex-DCI, Smith could have retired by now, and it is clear that some of his superiors wish that he would do so.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Accidental Read

  • By Lulu on 08-29-16

Happy Discovery

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

I just discovered this author and will definitely read more. I liked DS Smith a lot; his humanity, his common sense, his caring for the future and security of others, like the young Waters.

Narration was fine.

Definitely going for more.

  • The Making of Donald Trump

  • By: David Cay Johnston
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 624
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 626

The culmination of nearly 30 years of reporting on Donald Trump, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter David Cay Johnston takes a revealingly close look at the mogul's rise to power and prominence. Covering the long arc of Trump's career, Johnston tells the full story of how a boy from a quiet section of Queens, New York, would become an entirely new and complex breed of public figure. Trump is a man of great media savvy, entrepreneurial spirit, and political clout. Yet, his career has been plagued by legal troubles and mounting controversy

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very informative, brief.

  • By Isaac Sherman on 08-16-16

Scary But Well Researched and Documented

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

Reviewed: 02-14-18

I have seen this author on TV several times and he, and his professional history, are impressive. He has followed Trump's business practices since 1988 and chronicles them well. For those of us who are concerned about the direction of our country with this President, it is not comforting.

The narrator did a good job. I can't complain about mistakes or poor recording. I just didn't like his voice and he seemed like an odd choice for that reason.

  • Dead Pig Collector

  • By: Warren Ellis
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 242

From the wicked imagination of award-winning writer Warren Ellis comes Dead Pig Collector, a love story with a classic Ellis twist. So while it might be a love story, it's also about killing people and disposing of their bodies in the most efficient manner possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Frightful Story of Murder as a regular job! 😱

  • By David D. Schneider on 07-20-15

Pretty Macabre

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

Reviewed: 12-13-17

Short story so quick listen in the car in just a few rides. Interesting character, but definitely graphic description of how to dispose of a body.

  • So Cold the River

  • Booktrack Edition
  • By: Michael Koryta
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

It started with a documentary. The beautiful Alyssa Bradford approaches Eric Shaw to unearth the life story of her father-in-law, Campbell Bradford, a 95-year-old billionaire whose childhood is wrapped in mystery. Eric grabs the job, even though the only clues to Bradford's past are his hometown and an antique water bottle he's kept his entire life. In Bradford's hometown, Eric discovers an extraordinary past - a glorious domed hotel where movie stars, presidents, athletes, and mobsters once intermingled.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally Different Genre But A Good Listen

  • By ftmgal on 12-10-17

Totally Different Genre But A Good Listen

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

Reviewed: 12-10-17

I have listened to a number of this author’s other books and enjoyed them all. Bought this without realizing that this was very different. Wasn’t sure it would be for me, but I enjoyed it.

And the violin tune was haunting. Not going to change my genre preferences but a good listen nonetheless.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Monster Trucks & Hair-In-A-Can

  • Who Says America Doesn't Make Anything Anymore?
  • By: Bill Geist
  • Narrated by: Bill Geist
  • Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Bill Geist, two-time Emmy recipient and long-time CBS news correspondent, chronicles 19 wacky but true entrepreneurial endeavors that prove the American Dream is alive and well - if but just a tad warped. Who says America doesn't make anything anymore? Where else could you find Bob Chandler who made a fortune by inventing the huge-wheeled behemoth of the arena, the car-crushing monster truck? How about Hardy Warren, dean of the dog-eat-dog California traffic school?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How Innocent 20 Years Ago Seemed

  • By ftmgal on 12-08-17

How Innocent 20 Years Ago Seemed

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

Reviewed: 12-08-17

I was really happy to hear one of my favorite cultural icons telling his stories in his own voice. His look at things like “fish tv” and “Mary Hart’s legs” is refreshing and, somehow, innocent.

I hope Bill’s health is stable and thank him for his quality son, Willie.

Very pleasurable listen.

  • Call for the Dead

  • A George Smiley Novel
  • By: John le Carré
  • Narrated by: Michael Jayston
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,137

George Smiley is no one's idea of a spy - which is perhaps why he's such a natural. But Smiley apparently made a mistake. After a routine security interview, he concluded that the affable Samuel Fennan had nothing to hide. Why, then, did the man from the Foreign Office shoot himself in the head only hours later? Or did he? The heart-stopping tale of intrigue that launched both novelist and spy, Call for the Dead is an essential introduction to le Carre's chillingly amoral universe.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Entry to le Carré

  • By Caroline on 08-06-13

Interesting Story

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

I am not a big fan of spy stuff, but I actually have listened to this book twice. Didn't plan to but I was into it before I recognized it. I can see how readers/listeners who ARE into spy stuff would find George Smiley/s story and personality irresistible.

It's never going to be my genre, but this is a great representative of that genre. And those who favor this genre would be well served by this book.