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  • The Fireman

  • A Novel
  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Kate Mulgrew
  • Length: 22 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,559
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,146
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,131

No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it's Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies - before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Gave Up

  • By Jeremy on 10-19-16

Such a sad statement...

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

Joe Hill has a great imagination and this is a wonderful twist on an apocalyptic story. The mere fact that the disease can make someone burst into flames is engaging. I loved how there was a way to control it, if people just gave it a chance and as usual the general population runs to hysteria instead of logic. The story itself is rather sweet which makes it all the more real. I did find myself saying "What more can you do to these people?" and each time Mr. Hill twisted the story, yet again. It was not tedious, but more realistic that to survive and be a survivor would be hard, no Hollywood ending here. Unlike Horns, this one did not give me nightmares.

0 of 27 people found this review helpful

  • The Winter Sea

  • By: Susanna Kearsley
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,944
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,194
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,215

History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Get Out Your Hankies

  • By MJ on 07-29-11

Interesting bits of history

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

This was an excellent reading experience. There is no old plotting here, it is fresh and in an age where there seems to be an obsession with knowing your ancestry, this book has lots of relevancy. Her character is strong and does not need saving, but she enough vulnerability that she is not intimidating to the reader. Her descriptions of the weather along the Scottish coast left me feeling chilled! An easy read with great bits of interesting history.

  • Amy Snow

  • A Novel
  • By: Tracy Rees
  • Narrated by: Melody Grove
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,263

It is 1831 when eight-year-old Aurelia Vennaway finds a naked baby girl abandoned in the snow on the grounds of her aristocratic family's magnificent mansion. Her parents are horrified that she has brought a bastard foundling into the house, but Aurelia convinces them to keep the baby, whom she names Amy Snow. Amy is brought up as a second-class citizen, but she and Aurelia are as close as sisters. When Aurelia dies at the age of 23, she leaves Amy 10 pounds. But Aurelia also left her much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't miss out on this one.

  • By laurie eller on 01-24-17

Unexpected and interesting

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

The author took a tried and true plot line and give it some intriguing twists that really make this story a speedy read. While it is not unrelenting; it is compelling. The characters are well written and nicely fleshed out. There is, as should be a bit of a stretch for part of the plot twist, but that's why it is called fiction. It does work and again, makes for a compelling reading experience.

  • AWOL on the Appalachian Trail

  • By: David Miller
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,342
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,907
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,895

In 2003, software engineer David Miller left his job, family, and friends to hike 2,172 miles of the Appalachian Trail. AWOL on the Appalachian Trail is Miller’s account of this thru-hike from Georgia to Maine. Listeners are treated to rich descriptions of the Appalachian Mountains, the isolation and reverie, the inspiration that fueled his quest, and the rewards of taking a less conventional path through life. While this book abounds with introspection and perseverance, it also provides useful passages about hiking gear and planning.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable but severely lacking.

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-01-13

All you ever wanted to know...

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

This is a great book about long-distance hiking! While there are much longer hikes to take, the story of this one is a good primer for anyone who might consider this little bit of insanity. He gives wonderful descriptions of both the mental and physical fortitude that you need for this type of adventure and adds to it with the emotional toll that it can take on you as well, particularly since he did this hike alone. I did enjoy the tales of how his pristine eating habits took a backseat to being ravenously hungry; sugar and carbs be damned! The story moved along very well with both tales of the trail and tales of his own life away from the trail. On a personal note, reading this convinced me not to consider this and just to keep doing my 2 to 5 mile hikes while I look for birds!

  • The Whiskey Rebels

  • By: David Liss
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 897
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 891

At his most desperate moment, Ethan Saunders is recruited to find his ex-fiancée's missing husband. Meanwhile, Joan Maycott and her Revolutionary War veteran husband distill whiskey on the western Pennsylvania frontier. As their causes intertwine, Joan and Saunders - both patriots in their own way - find themselves on opposing sides of a daring scheme that will forever change their lives and their new country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In My Top 10 - Maybe Top 5 At Audible

  • By Lulu on 10-31-12

Fascinating bit of history that is glossed over

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

I enjoyed this book very much. The Whiskey Rebellion is often glossed over in history class and this book fleshes out what happened, its importance and its long-reaching consequences to the newly formed USA. You do have to stick with it a bit as the author doesn't always signal that you have stepped back in time, but as long as you pay attention, you do catch on to it. History class always makes the founding of this country sound like it was settled over a good cup of rum and some darts, so not true and this book is a good example of the growing pains that started early on in establishing the USA's economy. There is also the interesting twist on the murder of Alexander Hamilton, that I did not expect!

  • Love and Ruin

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula McLain
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551

In 1937, 28-year-old Martha Gellhorn travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and becomes drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in the devastating conflict. It's the adventure she's been looking for and her chance to prove herself a worthy journalist in a field dominated by men. But she also finds herself unexpectedly - and uncontrollably - falling in love with Hemingway, a man on his way to becoming a legend. In the shadow of the impending Second World War, Martha and Ernest's relationship and their professional careers ignite.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A version of the Hemingway/Gelhorn relationship

  • By Kindle Customer' on 07-25-18

Over-dramatic lamenting

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

I read The Paris Wife and thought this would be of the same quality, its not. The over-dramatic lamenting of this character is tedious, much like the lamenting of Bella at the loss of Edward in New Moon. It dragged on the pace of the story and you got lost in her mind vomit. The history happening around her was rarely brought into the book and it really made getting through what should have been a steady stroll in the time and relationship little more than a day-time drama. I wish my library had had this and I hadn't spent a credit on it. The upside to it is that January Lavoy was great as the reader, the writing just wasn't that good.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Tinseltown

  • Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood
  • By: William J. Mann
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,456
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,462

By 1920, the movies had suddenly become America's new favorite pastime and one of the nation's largest industries. Never before had a medium possessed such power to influence; yet Hollywood's glittering ascendancy was threatened by a string of headline-grabbing tragedies - including the murder of William Desmond Taylor, the popular president of the Motion Picture Directors Association, a legendary crime that has remained unsolved until now.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everybody's a dreamer...

  • By Steven on 01-08-15

Proof of truly bad behavior at the very beginning

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

What made the experience of listening to Tinseltown the most enjoyable?

The information in this book was fascinating and very sad. That such a place who creates such dreams can also be the origin of such nightmares makes me torn. Torn because I love movies, but the people who are involved with the, both then and now seem to pay an awful price.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would change nothing, truth is what it is and it needed to be said.

Which character – as performed by Christopher Lane – was your favorite?

I enjoyed his performance of all of them.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the actress whose mother was so desperate to keep her virginal subjected her to an abortion. It disgusted me that a mother could be so very greeded as to do that to her own daughter.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Old Earth

  • By: Gary Grossman
  • Narrated by: P. J. Ochlan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,349
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,235
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,239

In the summer of 1601, Galileo Galilei made a startling discovery in the mountains of Eastern Italy that, if made public, could shatter faith in religion, bring down governments, and lead to worldwide turmoil. For more than 400 years, the secret has been guarded by a small group of incredibly powerful people, willing to do everything in their power to keep these discoveries from being made.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly one of the best novels I ever read

  • By Art Gaza on 05-18-15

Interesting twist on history

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

Would you listen to Old Earth again? Why?

No, the twist does not make it compelling reading once you know it.

What other book might you compare Old Earth to and why?

This is very similar to the Dan Brown books.

What does P. J. Ochlan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He is very good at motivating the reader with adding an anxious or sinister tone when it is called for in the story.

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

It is did not make me laugh or cry, but I did utter "I didn't see that coming."

  • Mycroft Holmes

  • By: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Anna Waterhouse
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,901
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,893

"When I say, therefore, that [my brother] has better powers of observation than I...I am speaking the exact and literal truth." (Sherlock Holmes). This story occurs when Mycroft, an athletic Cambridge graduate, assists the secretary of State. He becomes embroiled in a mystery in Trinidad based on actual history. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a huge Holmesian, seven-foot-two tall, basketball's all-time leading scorer, and a US cultural ambassador. Anna Waterhouse is a professional screenwriter and script consultant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally a good Mycroft story!

  • By Sherlock Fan on 09-28-15

GREAT BOOK!

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

Reviewed: 08-21-17

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

This book was so well done and kept to the theme and style of an Arthur Conan Doyle book. There was a bit more humor to it and we 21st century folk would have expected that. When I saw who the author was and then heard his brief introduction I knew I was in for a treat. Similarly to Doyle's book, I learned things about science, culture and language from this book.

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

It was not an edge of the seat read as much as a compelling read. I could put it down, but always looked forward to picking it up for a long read.

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

No, I have not.

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

Mycroft Holmes, out of the shadows!

  • Fishbowl

  • A Novel
  • By: Bradley Somer
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 536
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 490
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 490

A goldfish named Ian is falling from the 27th-floor balcony on which his fishbowl sits. He's longed for adventure, so when the opportunity arises, he escapes from his bowl, clears the balcony railing and finds himself airborne. Plummeting toward the street below, Ian witnesses the lives of the Seville on Roxy residents.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What a Nice Surprise

  • By Elizabeth on 12-05-16

an unexpected treat of a book.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-20-16

it had a little suspense, a little romance and a lot of tongue in cheek.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful