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  • The Christmas Train

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Tim Matheson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,917
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,460
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,465

Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington to L.A. in time for Christmas. Forced to take the train across the country because of a slight "misunderstanding" at airport security, he begins a journey of self-discovery and rude awakenings, mysterious goings-on and thrilling adventures, screwball escapades and holiday magic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • On A Whim For Fun

  • By Patti on 09-25-07

Worth Every Moment

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

The story was great with a twist I did not see coming. The narrator has got to be one of THEE best. I will follow him...a LOT.

  • The Labyrinth of the Spirits

  • A Novel
  • By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
  • Length: 27 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 160

Nine-year-old Alicia lost her parents during the Spanish Civil War when the Nacionales (the fascists) savagely bombed Barcelona in 1938. Twenty years later, she still carries the emotional and physical scars of that violent and terrifying time. Weary of her work as an investigator for Spain’s secret police in Madrid, a job she has held for more than a decade, the 29-year old plans to move on. At the insistence of her boss, Leandro Montalvo, she remains to solve one last case: the mysterious disappearance of Spain’s Minister of Culture, Mauricio Valls. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Zafon can spin a masterful tale!

  • By Eric S Fuller on 10-24-18

A One-And-One-Half Decade Journey Ends Brilliantly

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

Reviewed: 11-24-18

About 14 years ago, I picked up Mr. Zafon's The Shadow of the Wind in a bookstore, and what a long and wonderful journey it has been. Mr. Zafon is a great wordsmith. Not only are his stories profoundly engaging, the way in which he uses words to tell his stories is truly refreshing, inventive, and smart.

Many reviewers will tell you more about The Labyrinth of The Spirits, but for those of you new to the Cemetery of Forgotten Book series, I will let you know the order of the books: The Shadow of The Wind was first, then came The Angel's Game (which was a prequel to The Shadow of The Wind...Note: even though it is a prequel I suggest reading The Shadow of The Wind first but keep in mind that The Angel's Game is a prequel...which I did not realize, when I read it, causing me to be confused by the ending), followed by The Prisoner of Heaven, and, lastly, The Labyrinth of The Spirits.

Carlos Ruiz Zafon penned a tome of 816 pages, giving us an audio book of just under 28 hours. It is a book you must make a commitment to read (listen to). If you do, you will not be disappointed. Reading this book, you will know what it means to read the work of a truly professional writer. By the way, the author has other books. I have read them, too. They do not disappoint.

Lastly, I will voice what another reviewer stated in my own words. What I felt at the end of the The Labyrinth of The Spirits was a strong feeling of completion. When I started this series, I was a much younger man. As with the characters in the book, I have grown older after 14 years, and in these my later years, I seemed to have grown a good deal older, making the story somewhat bittersweet for me, as I seem to be able to identify with them. I will not forget the characters and the life lessons that Mr. Zafon has provided in his Cemetery of Forgotten Books series.

A WORD ABOUT THE NARRATOR: The narrator, Daniel Weyman, turned in an A-list performance. I am so very grateful to the powers-that-be who gave us a master narrator to match the greatness of the novel.

I want to encourage you to take the same journey. If you are new to the series, you can read all the books now one after the other. A friend of mine has started back a the beginning and has re-read the books prior to reading this final book. However you do it, it will be a wonderful journey.

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  • Long Way Gone

  • By: Charles Martin
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556

At the age of 18, musician and songwriter Cooper O'Connor took everything his father held dear and drove 1,200 miles from home to Nashville, his life riding on a six-string guitar and the bold wager that he had talent. But his wager soon proved foolish. Five years after losing everything, he falls in love with Daley Cross, an angelic voice in need of a song. But just as he realizes his love for Daley, Cooper faces a tragedy that threatens his life as well as his career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charles Martin has really "let it out."

  • By GG on 10-16-16

Exceptional Book

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

This is my first book by this author and this narrator. I am thoroughly impressed, and I look forward to more offerings by both. Other reviewers will tell you more about the book. I will simply state that if this book does not pull at your heartstrings, you are a stronger person than I. I highly recommend this book and audio presentation of it.

  • Lullaby

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16,529
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,147
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15,158

A young couple buys a beautiful house by a picturesque lake in the Catskills, looking to escape the bustle of the city to raise their newborn baby. It is a perfect place for a fresh start. Except that nothing is ever as perfect as it seems. As autumn nights close in around their home, they learn that darkness takes many forms. And sometimes that darkness is hungry. New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry delivers an unsettling Audible Original that will give listeners the Halloween creeps all year round.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I guess there’s a reason it’s free

  • By Katie Washington on 10-05-18

A Story for Halloween or Anytime

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

The story is short and well written. It moves along at a good pace with fine narration. Good job by all.

  • Killing the SS

  • By: Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard - contributor
  • Narrated by: Bill O'Reilly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,385
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,147

As the true horrors of the Third Reich began to be exposed immediately after World War II, the Nazi war criminals who committed genocide went on the run. A few were soon caught, including the notorious SS leader Heinrich Himmler. Others, however, evaded capture through a sophisticated Nazi organization designed to hide them. Among them were Josef Mengele, the “Angel of Death” who performed hideous medical experiments at Auschwitz; Martin Bormann, Hitler’s brutal personal secretary; Klaus Barbie, the cruel "Butcher of Lyon"; and perhaps the most awful Nazi of all: Adolf Eichmann.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great Killing book by O'Reilly & Dugard

  • By G. Kinzer on 10-11-18

Page-Turner

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

Though it is an audio book, I will still call it a page-turner. Bill O’Reilly narrates the book in a hard-driving manner befitting the subject. It is a book I will not soon forget.

  • The Russia Hoax

  • The Illicit Scheme to Clear Hillary Clinton and Frame Donald Trump
  • By: Gregg Jarrett
  • Narrated by: Charles Constant, Gregg Jarrett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,812
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,614
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,599

Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett reveals the real story behind Hillary Clinton’s deep state collaborators in government and exposes their nefarious actions during and after the 2016 election. This audiobook reveals how persons within the FBI and Barack Obama’s Justice Department worked improperly to help elect Hillary Clinton and defeat Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. When this suspected effort failed, those same people appear to have pursued a contrived investigation of President Trump in an attempt to undo the election results and remove him as president.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If only our media at large was as thorough as this!

  • By Ruth on 01-13-19

Ignore the One Stars

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

You will notice a small number (very small) of one-star reviews. Unlike Gregg Jarrett, who has hundreds of footnote references, these reviewers present none for their arguments. There's a reason for that. What they are telling you is simply regurgitated news media nonsense. They are trying to make you think that Mr. Jarrett has neither intelligence nor wisdom. They are, of course, wrong. Gregg Jarrett is a very intelligent man, an articulate attorney, and a meticulous researcher.

Buy it. Listen. Decide for yourself.

In the "pages" of this audio book is the truth. It might not be comfortable for some. Sometimes the truth is simply that way. This book, in my opinion, should rally those who believe in this future of this nation to request that our representatives push forward until the truth of all of these shady dealings by these miscreants provides a pathway to prison for them.

My one complaint about the audio is the narrator. Has he and/or the director/producer of this audio been living under a rock?! Many of the names in this audio are wrong, and they never should be, considering how well-know these names are to the general public. If I were Mr. Jarrett, I would not be happy. Harper Audio...you are better than this. Shame on your for releasing an inferior product. How can I trust anything else that you put out?!

29 of 57 people found this review helpful

  • Tending Roses

  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351

When Kate Bowman temporarily moves to her grandmother’s Missouri farm with her husband and baby son, she learns that the lessons that most enrich our lives often come unexpectedly. The family has given Kate the job of convincing Grandma Rose, who’s become increasingly stubborn and forgetful, to move off her beloved land and into a nursing home. But Kate knows such a change would break her grandmother’s heart.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful and uplifting story of living our goodbyes

  • By cathy on 07-04-18

Accurate and Endearing

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

There is so much good to review in this book, that it is hard to capsulize. The author accurately portrays a grandma who is experiencing dementia. In her more lucid moments, Grandma Rose has a special goal for her family and an important task for her adult grandchild, Kate. The book presents a tug 'o war between what is perceived to be important in the world and what might very well be the more important path for us to take, in my opinion.

The cast of characters are endearing, especially a little girl, Dell, who lives with her granny in a run-down rental. Dell reveals the kinder side of Grandma Rose, who identifies with the girl's poverty, as Grandma Rose's childhood was difficult as well.

Lisa Wingate writes with the skill of a seasoned professional, painting word pictures that bring the book to life. Narrator Allyson Ryan gives a world-class performance. Her portrayal of Grandma Rose is especially wonderful. As with any book, there will be some good reviews and some not-so-good reviews. I would encourage you to buy this Audible rendition of Tending Roses and decide for yourself. This is a very special book. Don't miss out on it.

  • The End of Alzheimer's

  • The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline
  • By: Dale E. Bredesen MD
  • Narrated by: Marc Cashman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459

In this paradigm shifting book, Dale Bredesen, MD, offers real hope to anyone looking to prevent and even reverse Alzheimer's disease and cognitive decline. Revealing that AD is not one condition, as it is currently treated, but three, The End of Alzheimer's outlines 36 metabolic factors (micronutrients, hormone levels, sleep) that can trigger "downsizing" in the brain. The protocol shows us how to rebalance these factors using lifestyle modifications like taking B12, eliminating gluten, or improving oral hygiene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Both exciting and frustrating

  • By RealWoman8 on 10-16-17

A Must Read

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

Reviewed: 07-06-18

This is such an important book for our society and that of the world, that I feel everyone should read it. The problem today is those who need to read it the most, e.g. the doctors, researchers, and others in charge of ridding us of Alzheimer’s, these people will not read it. They are stuck in the 20th Century. So we the people must take our health into our own hands. Reading this book, though parts of it are tricky to understand due to the medical terminology, is a good first step. I highly endorse this book, as it is not only well-written but provides REAL hope for those with Alzheimer’s Disease, instead of the babbling of lazy, uninformed doctors whose main goal is the preservation of their egos and the status quo, as opposed to actually healing people.

  • The Midnight Palace

  • By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

Set in Calcutta in the 1930s, The Midnight Palace begins on a dark night when an English lieutenant fights to save newborn twins Ben and Sheere from an unthinkable threat. Despite monsoon-force rains and terrible danger lurking around every street corner, the young lieutenant manages to get them to safety, but not without losing his own life.... Years later, on the eve of Ben and Sheere's 16th birthday, the mysterious threat reenters their lives. This time, it may be impossible to escape....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another lovely book, beautifully presented.

  • By R. J. Melton on 08-02-11

Carlos Ruiz Zafon: Master Storyteller

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

I never tire of the works by Mr. Zafon. He is a master storyteller. His skill at crafting words and sentences is world-class. I have no idea as to how he comes up with his ideas, but they are always original and dramatic and hold one's interest. The Midnight Palace is another example of this author's gift at original storytelling.

If you have ever been a part of a young group of pre-adults who have banded together to support each other's young lives, then you will like this story. If you have never been a part of a young group of pre-adults who have banded together to support each other's young lives, then for a moment in time, join this young group and be a part of this extraordinary story.

Some have said that the author only writes for young readers. As I write this review, I am 68. Perhaps I am just young at heart. No...that might be, but the reason is that I like a great story written by someone who knows how to write.

Many thank-yous to the translator for allowing the English-speaking people to enjoy another work by Mr. Zafon. And, many thank-yous to the narrator, Jonathan Davis, for a job well done.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Three Days in Moscow

  • Ronald Reagan and the Fall of the Soviet Empire
  • By: Bret Baier, Catherine Whitney
  • Narrated by: Bret Baier
  • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 451

In Three Days in Moscow, Baier explores the dramatic endgame of America’s long struggle with the Soviet Union and President Ronald Reagan’s central role in shaping the world we live in today. On May 31, 1988, Reagan stood on Russian soil and addressed a packed audience at Moscow State University, delivering a remarkable - yet now largely forgotten - speech that capped his first visit to the Soviet capital. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!

  • By Brian W. Barton on 05-20-18

Well Worth My Time

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

I will have to admit, I am and have always been a fan of Ronald Reagan. But, there is much that I did not know; mostly because the news media types such as ABC’s Sam Donaldson muddied the water. Bret Baier has not only given me a clear understanding of those three days in Moscow but has broadened my understanding of the life of Mr. Reagan and many of the top people in government at the time. Mr. Baier narrates the Book in a smooth, professional manner. And, a nice addition for those of us who go the audio route, is that we get to hear President Reagan give his Moscow speech in its entirety at the end. I highly recommend this audio book.