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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: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,642
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,598

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

Masterfully recounted saga of detective work, now finally resolved

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

I can hardly believe that days after beginning this book I hear on the radio news of the GSK. Absurd timing. Can’t help but wonder how Michelle McNamara would have responded to the unmasking of the fucking lunatic creep she and so many others sought the identity of for essentially 40 years.

Michelle’s writing is absolutely gripping and superb. I was not only hooked but I actually felt this narrative being woven between the endless details without feeling lost in the sea of evidence and detectives and wrong suspects.

I had a noticeably difficult time paying attention during the chapter her two sleuth friends wrote simply because they were more technical and less narrative, though no less interesting.

It’s a difficult book to stomach, being both fascinating and disturbing, but is an excellently told story that had me feeling like an inspector myself by the end of it.

I hope Michelle somehow knows, as Patton Oswalt also wishes near the end of the book, that the mother fucker got caught.

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,947
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,176

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mediocre

  • By erin george on 10-03-18

Thank you Stephen King!

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

Just before this book, I had listened to a “thriller” that had me berating the main character aloud for the entire excruciating duration of the book. What a completely relief and joy it was to fall into Stephen King’s capable storytelling hands!

Don’t get me wrong, this story has some seriously disturbing elements to it that will absolutely make you cringe. But it’s so well told, and brilliantly crafted through the perspectives of multiple characters. If you can stomach some hardcore violent crime and weird sci-fi stuff, dive into this book.

0 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 99,121
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 91,796
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 91,368

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and perfect narration

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 12-15-16

This book is your next obsession

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

Trevor Noah is an extraordinary person who seems to have already lived 1,000 lives. The insight, perspective, thoughtfulness, humor, and delivery of each story Trevor tells are outstanding. There are countless broken expectations throughout this book that shed so much light not only on living under apartheid, injustice and abuse, but also on the miraculous ability Trevor and his mother have to survive and endure while retaining a sense of humor and calm and peace despite all they have been through.

This book is one of the best I’ve ever encountered. It’s eye-opening, inspiring, and moving on many different levels. I listened to it every possible chance I got and very highly recommend that others listen as well. Trevor Noah narrates his stories himself and was absolutely excellent. I’m so happy I put the book down in the store and bought it on Audible. Hearing his voice expressing these stories and the people in them is a true gift.

If I were to ever meet Trevor Noah, I would have no clue whether to hug him for all the hardships he has experienced or to high-five him for getting through it with far more grace and humor than I could imagine myself, or most people, doing. At the very least I would thank him for sharing his stories and this audio book.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Something in the Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,797
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,859
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,772

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

Finally it’s over!

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

Reviewed: 07-23-18

I don’t like leaving bad reviews, it feels like an awful thing to do. But honestly, it was painful finishing this audio book. The main character makes THE DUMBEST possible choices during the entire story, making the whole thing feel very contrived. Like looking away from a brutally gory film, I had to turn it off every time she made a stupid choice because it was so frustrating, which in turn took me a long time to get through it. I spent a credit on this book so I wanted to finish it, though many times I considered deleting it and moving on with my life. I still have anxiety thinking about what a dunce the main character is. If you like to constantly verbally scold fictional women who can’t hear you, then listen to this book and let her have it. I will say that the narration, done by the author, was pretty decent.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Speaker for the Dead

  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: David Birney, Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,467

In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War. Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. But again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Enderverse

  • By Joe on 06-13-05

Absolutely worth listening to!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-01-18

The richness of story, characters, experience, fantasy, creativity, kindness, and thoughtfulness in this book is magical. The world is vast, the characters are deep, the story is both ancient and present. I absolutely loved this book and highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. I almost wish I could forget it and read it again to experience the unfolding of the story. Beautifully written and interesting book!! I may actually buy the physical book and read it myself.

  • 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 1,430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,294
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,301

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

Fun and insightful!

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

I am an indie filmmaker NOT in LA but I greatly enjoyed this telling of mysterious goings on of actors and producers of old Hollywood. Very fun and intriguing and well written!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • All These Worlds

  • Bobiverse, Book 3
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37,849
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 35,428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,323

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble. They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfying End to a Fun Series

  • By Craig Schorling on 08-20-17

I want more!

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

The Bobiverse books made my daily driving life so amazing!!! Ray Porter is STELLAR and Dennis Taylor’s massive world of the Bobiverse Series is so much fun and thought provoking! I miss all the Bobs! Also someone tell Ray Porter to pair up with some map app and tell me how to get places while also telling me a story. His narration is just so damn good. Worked perfectly with this series which I recommend to anyone who likes space and AI and science and exploration and humor!

  • The Fold

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,035
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,031
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27,984

The folks in Mike Erikson's small New England town would say he's just your average, everyday guy. And that's exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he's chosen isn't much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he's content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun premise, great performance, weak story

  • By J. Klinghoffer on 08-06-15

Another great one!

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

I’d read “14” by Peter Clines first and loved it and listening to this book next was delightful. Super fun stories and characters and a whole universe worth of stories to explore! Highly recommend his science fiction treat. ALSO RAY PORTER IS PERFECT!!! As always! I’m at the point where if Ray Porter is narrating, I’ll just go for it and get whatever book it is. He is excellent!

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,984
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,960

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

Loved this book!!

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

I was sad when this book ended. The writing was absolutely lovely and the narration was fantastic. I enjoyed every ounce of it. It does involve highly evolved spiders, which I did NOT know. I have an irrational fear of spiders and despite this fact I found myself wanting for the spiders to have what they wanted in the story. Seriously well done. I say just dive into this awesome space and time exploration of extreme proportions and just go with it. So good.

  • The Address

  • A Novel
  • By: Fiona Davis
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld, Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,713
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,574
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,574

After a failed apprenticeship, working her way up to head housekeeper of a posh London hotel is more than Sara Smythe ever thought she'd make of herself. But when a chance encounter with Theodore Camden, one of the architects of the grand New York apartment house The Dakota, leads to a job offer, her world is suddenly awash in possibility - no mean feat for a servant in 1884. The opportunity to move to America, where a person can rise above one's station.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Should be a movie!

  • By Linda Slater on 10-19-17

I very much enjoyed this book because

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

it had a very ethereal feel to it as it moved between characters that were 100 years apart. Very fascinating story and very well told. It was fun to uncover the past with the characters, especially as the location is a real place and some characters were real people.

The narrators both did an excellent job conveying not only their characters but the time periods they lived in and the cadences and tones that were been true to the times.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful