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James M. Patton

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  • I'll Be Gone in the Dark

  • One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
  • By: Michelle McNamara
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman, Gillian Flynn - introduction, Patton Oswalt - afterword
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,932
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,137

A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer - the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade - from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Listen to Scare Yourself in the Dark

  • By Trixie Runnin' on 03-04-18

Best performance I have ever heard & riveting.

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

Every time I had to quit listening to return to the real world, I hated to stop. Usually, my audiobooks are to educate and fill time. Driving to work, washing the dishes, etc. Don't get me wrong, I buy based on intended enjoyment, but it is rare that a book is so addictive and that you hate to have it end.

This is the case with "I'll Be Gone In The Dark". It was so well told, and I believe out of hundreds of books, the best narration I have ever heard.

In short, I highly recommend it!

  • Hi Bob!

  • By: Bob Newhart
  • Narrated by: Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,854
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,948
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,856

In Hi Bob!, American icon Bob Newhart gets together one-on-one with a handpicked cohort of luminaries in the world of entertainment, whom he happens to be friends with. Bob gets deep with each performer about their aspirations, their careers, how they got started, and how they grew to be where they are today. They make TV shows, movies, or albums, but they all like telling stories.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really well edited, funny, sincere

  • By RCC on 09-24-18

Great set of interviews with celebrities.

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

It is kind of a back and forth set of interviews with celebrities. Bob gets to ask people like Judd Apatow, Jimmy Kimmel, and Conan O'Brien about how they got their start, and in turn, they get to ask Bob. An enjoyable listen with a large number of celebrity guests.

  • Twain’s Feast

  • By: Audible Originals
  • Narrated by: Nick Offerman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,091
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,440
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,413

Mark Twain, beloved American writer, performer, and humorist, was a self-proclaimed glutton. With the help of a chef and some friends, Nick Offerman presents the story of Twain’s life through the lens of eight of Mark Twain’s favorite foods.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Recycling

  • By Greg Hill on 11-17-18

Literally the ingredients and logistics of a meal.

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

Mark Twain was a man that loved food and writing and writing about food. The participants in this book work to gather types of food that have become rare, scarce, or obsolete to recreate a meal Twain wrote about.

The premise sounds like a good idea, but about 2 hours in, I had to move on to something else. It is just too much about ingredients and the history of food. For foodies, it may be enjoyable. The audio is kind of like listening to a tape recording of a conversation.

  • Stalling for Time

  • My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator
  • By: Gary Noesner
  • Narrated by: Gary Noesner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

In Stalling for Time, the FBI's chief hostage negotiator takes listeners on a harrowing tour through many of the most famous hostage crises in the history of the modern FBI, including the siege at Waco, the Montana Freemen standoff, and the D.C. sniper attacks. Having helped develop the FBI's nonviolent communication techniques for achieving peaceful outcomes in tense situations, Gary Noesner offers a candid, fascinating look back at his years as an innovator in the ranks of the Bureau and a pioneer on the front lines.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top Notch

  • By shane stark on 01-11-18

What you don't see on the news.

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

When the ATF tried to make a commercial of its brute force at Waco and failed, it was negotiators that worked to save those that got out. The stories in this book are the ones you do not hear on the news. Instead of flash, pow, bang, these are the true stories of the men and women that work to get everyone from babies to perpetrators out of situations alive.

  • Facts and Fears

  • Hard Truths from a Life in Intelligence
  • By: Trey Brown, James R. Clapper
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 18 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,640
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,502
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,500

When he stepped down in January 2017 as the fourth US Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper had been President Obama's senior intelligence advisor for six and a half years, longer than his three predecessors combined. He led the US Intelligence Community through a period that included the raid on Osama bin Laden, the Benghazi attack, the leaks of Edward Snowden, and Russia's influence operation on the 2016 US election.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Speaking Straight, Unbiased Truth to Power

  • By Cynthia on 05-29-18

Real stories from inside the rooms of power.

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

I like memoirs of people that were actually in power, actually in the room, not commentators talking about what they think. While not the most exciting read you'll ever find, this book reconfirms some things, and gives credence to some things, that other books by other people that were in the room have said.

If that seems cryptic, well, that is intelligence for ya!

  • I Want My MTV

  • The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution
  • By: Craig Marks, Rob Tannenbaum
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 20 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471

It was a pretty radical idea - a channel for teenagers, showing nothing but music videos. It was such a radical idea that almost no one thought it would actually succeed, much less become a force in the worlds of music, television, film, fashion, sports, and even politics. But it did work. MTV became more than anyone had ever imagined. I Want My MTV tells the story of the first decade of MTV, the golden era when MTV's programming was all videos, all the time, and kids watched religiously to see their favorite bands, learn about new music, and have something to talk about at parties.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Most Entertaining Book of the Year

  • By David on 10-24-12

It was so great, it could have even been longer!!

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

Reviewed: 02-05-19

I lived the "I Want My MTV" era (born in 1971) and I remember at 15 when I discovered this great station that brought bands into my home. This book captures that magic and all the behind the scenes stories from your favorite bands (if you were lucky enough to live in this era) and reminds us what it was like to race home to see what videos would make the top 10 count down, to see world premieres of videos, and yes, to watch Marth Quinn, Kennedy, and even Allen Hunter and the fantastic "Amuck In America" (did you know there was an all-inclusive named Club Hedonism II before Allen Hunter got a massage while naked on it's beach?).

Enjoyed every minute of reliving the heydays of music television and its sad demise into pregnant teen moms and reality garbage. But that is my age talking. To some, maybe Jersey Shore was their "Pour Some Sugar On Me".

Enjoy!!!

  • Most Talkative

  • Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture
  • By: Andy Cohen
  • Narrated by: Andy Cohen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,047

From a young age, Andy Cohen knew two things: He was gay, and he loved television. Now presiding over Bravo's reality-TV empire, he started out as an overly talkative pop-culture obsessive, devoted to Charlie's Angels and All My Children - and to his mother, who received daily letters from him while he was at summer camp, usually reminding her to tape the soaps. In retrospect, it's hard to believe that everyone didn't know that Andy was gay; still, he remained in the closet until college. Finally out, he embarked on making a career out of his passion for television.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you're depressed, listen to this book!!!

  • By Roberta on 07-02-12

A great memoir of an interesting life!

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

Andy Cohen has gone from Production Assistant to superstar, and this book takes you on the awesome trip Andy traveled to become the go-to celebrity interviewer he is today.

  • The Briefing

  • Politics, the Press, and the President
  • By: Sean Spicer
  • Narrated by: Sean Spicer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

For more than two decades, Sean Spicer had been a respected political insider, working as a campaign and communications strategist. But in December 2016, he got the call of a lifetime. President-elect Donald J. Trump had chosen him to be the White House press secretary. And life hasn’t been the same since. When he accepted the job, Spicer was far from a household name. But then he walked into the bright lights of the briefing room, and the cameras started rolling. His every word was scrutinized. Every movement was parodied. Every detail became a meme. And that’s just the public side.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • By Bobbie Lieggi on 08-24-18

Much better than expected. And a lot of info.

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

First off, realize that Spicer had a full career before his time in The White House and that from the military through political and publicity jobs before his time with Trump, he had done some great work. I didn't know that.

This book does a great job of educating you on the man, behind the scenes actions the press misrepresented and educating you on his time in The White House.

  • Kubrick's Game

  • By: Derek Taylor Kent
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Frakes, Yvette Nicole Brown, Peet Guercio
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

What if Stanley Kubrick left behind more than just his classic films? What if he also left behind an elaborate puzzle cleverly buried within his films, which would lead the player toward a treasure that could change the course of human history?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad - but production quality suffered.

  • By Dave Edens on 01-31-17

Great book for Kubrick fans and fans of fiction.

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

I do not usually do fiction but I love Kubrick so I decided to go for it and it was well told and a great story.

  • Black Klansman

  • Race, Hate, and the Undercover Investigations of a Lifetime
  • By: Ron Stallworth
  • Narrated by: Ron Stallworth
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,392
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,260

This program is read by the author. When detective Ron Stallworth, the first black detective in the history of the Colorado Springs Police Department, comes across a classified ad in the local paper asking for all those interested in joining the Ku Klux Klan to contact a PO box, Detective Stallworth does his job and responds with interest, using his real name while posing as a white man. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story if you can stay engaged

  • By RN44 on 08-18-18

Fantastic telling by author himself.

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

I usually do Hollywood memoirs, movie studio history, etc. But this just looked too intriguing. Turns out it was! Very well told by the author and an amazing story.