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  • Once Upon A Time, A True Story of Memory, Murder and the Law

  • By: Harry N. MacLean
  • Narrated by: Wendy Almeida
  • Length: 24 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 108

In 1989, Eileen Franklin, a young California housewife, claimed to recover a repressed memory of her father killing her playmate 20 years earlier. In a landmark trial, the father was charged and convicted of first-degree murder, based solely on his daughter's testimony. This book chronicles the trial, explores the remarkably dysfunctional Franklin family and delves into the credibility of repressed memories as evidence....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb!

  • By Brittany on 08-15-15

No Complaints Here

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

A good book by a good author, well narrated.
If you read this book and enjoyed it you might consider getting "In Broad Daylight" by the same author. It was VERY good.

  • Danubia

  • A Personal History of Habsburg Europe
  • By: Simon Winder
  • Narrated by: James Cameron Stewart
  • Length: 22 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

From the end of the Middle Ages to the First World War, Europe was dominated by one family: the Habsburgs. Their unprecedented rule is the focus of Simon Winder's vivid third book, Danubia. This is a narrative that, while erudite and well researched, prefers to be discursive and anecdotal. In his survey of the centuries of often incompetent Habsburg rule which have continued to shape the fate of Central Europe, Winder does not shy away from the horrors, railing against the effects of nationalism, recounting the violence that was often part of life. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magnificent history of the Habsburg Empire

  • By Meyer on 10-25-18

Ruined by the Narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

I was interested in this topic, and the fact that the author took extra effort to make it readable and funny was a real bonus. It seems, however, that the crusty, British narrator is dead set against history being enjoyable and decided to totally undermine the fun part by sounding as pained and boring as humanly possible. It's agonizing to listen to. I would rather hammer a wooden spoon handle into my ear, snap off the end and jam the jagged part into the other ear rather than finish listening to this book. Returning it right now... and good riddance.

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 162,974
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 150,420
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 150,258

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

Like listening to a long version of the movie.

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

The movie was great and so is this book. It's the movie on steroids. Lots of drama, suspense, and science details for us dorks. It's completely awesome, well written, and extremely funny. "None of you got laid in high school, did you?" ~ Female NASA employee in a meeting with a bunch of nerds yammering about naming a mission after something from Lord of the Rings.

  • Spin

  • By: Robert Charles Wilson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,602
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,607

One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • thoughtful, Bradbury-esque SF

  • By Ryan on 09-20-10

I really don't know what happened.

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

Honestly, there were some kids that lived next to each other, then something weird happened to the sky, then they grew up and some other weird stuff happened in the sky. That's about all I could piece together. All I know is I'm out one credit. Avoid this boring book and spend your credit on something infinitely more captivating, like a book on corporate tax law, or someone reading the entire New York City telephone book.

  • For the Thrill of It

  • Leopold, Loeb, and the Murder That Shocked Jazz Age Chicago
  • By: Simon Baatz
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 20 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

It was a crime that shocked the nation: the brutal murder in Chicago in 1924 of a child by two wealthy college students who killed solely for the thrill of the experience. Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb were intellectuals - too smart, they believed, for the police to catch them. When they were apprehended, state's attorney Robert Crowe was certain that no defense could save the ruthless killers from the gallows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!!!

  • By Anne Ashley on 05-05-17

Perfect in (almost) every way

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

Reviewed: 03-18-18

This book is a meticulously crafted recounting of the Leopold and Loeb case, something I have been fascinated with ever since my introduction to the true crime genre. The attention to detail is fantastic without losing the reader in minutia. It is just plain well written.
The only reason I didn't hit the golden buzzer is because ... the ... narrator ... insists ... on ... reading ... it ... with ... each ... word ... carefully ... and ... slowly ... pronounced, ... as ... if ... he's ... reading ... at ... a ... public ... library ... to ... a ... group ... of ... immigrants ... barely ... able ... to ... comprehend ... basic ... English. The audio producers probably could have shaved two hours off the run time if he had just spoken normally.
Oh well. It's still worth it. It took about an hour for it not to really bother me. If you are really interested in this book my advice is to just push through until you don't notice it.
Otherwise, it's one of my faves.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Killing the Bismarck

  • Destroying the Pride of Hitler's Fleet
  • By: Iain Ballantyne
  • Narrated by: Traber Burns
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

In May 1941 the German battleship Bismarck, accompanied by heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen, broke out into the Atlantic to attack Allied shipping. The Royal Navy's pursuit and subsequent destruction of the Bismarck was an epic of naval warfare. In this new account of those dramatic events at the height of the Second World War, Iain Ballantyne draws extensively on the graphic eyewitness testimony of veterans to construct a thrilling story, mainly from the point of view of the British battleships, cruisers, and destroyers involved.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, Bad narrator

  • By Sjoukje #2 on 03-19-17

Good but not Spectacular

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

Reviewed: 03-28-17

I was getting bored even when they were actually sinking the Bismark. Sorry for the spoiler :-) . I am a huge fan of even the stuff that most would consider to be "historic monotony". This writer needs to work on his presentation. Otherwise fine.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Wright Brothers

  • By: David McCullough
  • Narrated by: David McCullough
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,755
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,744

Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize David McCullough tells the dramatic story behind the story about the courageous brothers who taught the world how to fly: Wilbur and Orville Wright.

On December 17, 1903, at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Wilbur and Orville Wright's Wright Flyer became the first powered, heavier-than-air machine to achieve controlled, sustained flight with a pilot aboard. The Age of Flight had begun. How did they do it? And why?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story but narration is a little boring

  • By Vince on 08-20-15

An audio experience that is perfect in every way

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

Reviewed: 10-03-16

I cannot think of a single negative point to make about this book. Have been an Audible member many years and can't remember a title that I enjoyed more.
A must read for any history buff.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wheels Stop: The Tragedies and Triumphs of the Space Shuttle Program, 1986-2011

  • Outward Odyssey: A People's History of Space
  • By: Rick Houston
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 17 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 239
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238

Humanity's first reusable spacecraft and the most complex machine ever built, NASA's space shuttle debuted with great promise and as a dependable source of wonder and national pride. But with the Challenger catastrophe in 1986, the whole space shuttle program came into question, as did NASA itself, so long an institution that was seemingly above reproach. Wheels Stop tells the stirring story of how, after the Challenger disaster, the space shuttle not only recovered but went on to perform its greatest missions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finished it in three days!

  • By Ken on 01-07-16

Ruined by the Narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-02-16

I was really excited to listen to this book, as I love all things aviation and space related. The narrator is horrible, though. He sounds like a 1940s news caster and a game show host had a love child. I am usually able to ignore a bad performance. This one... no way. Returning it after 1 grueling hour.

4 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • The Run of His Life

  • The People v. O.J. Simpson
  • By: Jeffrey Toobin
  • Narrated by: Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 18 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,583
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,575

The definitive account of the O. J. Simpson trial, The Run of His Life is a prodigious feat of reporting that could have been written only by the foremost legal journalist of our time. First published less than a year after the infamous verdict, Jeffrey Toobin's nonfiction masterpiece tells the whole story, from the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman to the ruthless gamesmanship behind the scenes of "the trial of the century".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted more after the 2016 mini-series...

  • By AudioAddict on 04-15-16

One of my faves of all time

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

Reviewed: 10-15-15

This was an awesome book to listen to. Very well written and performed. At first I wasn't sure if the narrator was going to get on my nerves. But that thought quickly vanished and I was able to completely enjoy the reading.
Big recommend to anyone interested in this subject or True Crime books in general.

12 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition)

  • An Oral History of the Zombie War
  • By: Max Brooks
  • Narrated by: Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,778
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,951
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,949

World War Z: The Complete Edition features 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED

  • By Kim Venatries on 05-22-13

Nothing like the movie. Still awesome.

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

Reviewed: 11-01-14

This one is very well acted out by a huge cast of prominent actors. Very well done. Nothing like the movie. A must listen for sure!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful