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  • The Stately Home Murder

  • By: Catherine Aird
  • Narrated by: Robin Bailey
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

At this stately home, now open for public tours, visitors revel in the lush atmosphere created by its three hundred rooms, its exceptional display of fine china, its chilling dungeon with historic suits of armor on display, evoking the spirits of knights from a forgotten age. Young Michael's sister, a visitor to the mansion with their mum, presses her for an explanation of "what's a chastity belt?" while Michael fools around with one of the suits of armor....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Undoubtedly the best

  • By Pam on 04-04-08

The most wonderfully narrated book of all time.

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

Catherine Aird has written a stellar police procedural with a delightful cast of characters and a perfectly depicted Stately Home tour setting. This alone would make the book excellent. But it is also narrated by Robin Bailey, who does every character, every sentence to perfection. His one man play type reading of all the eccentric and expected characters is not to be missed. This was the first audio book I ever bought, and I listen to it time and time again, never tiring of the flow, the humor, the sheer Britishness of the whole book. I simply can't recommend this book highly enough. It's fun every single time I hear it. I wish I could give the performance a million stars, it deserves every one.

  • Murder of the U.S. Attorney

  • Congressman Sickles' Crime of Passion in 1859 (A Historical True Crime Short)
  • By: R. Barri Flowers
  • Narrated by: Wendy Almeida
  • Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Award-winning criminologist R. Barri Flowers, best-selling author of Murder at the Pencil Factory, delivers again in the gripping historical true-crime audio short, Murder of the U.S. Attorney: Congressman Sickles' Crime of Passion in 1859.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging true crime account of historic murder

  • By Fascinatingbooks on 07-31-18

Engaging true crime account of historic murder

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

Well written and researched account of Daniel Edgar Sickles crime of passion shooting of his wife's lover, Philip Barton Key II, a U.S. Attorney and son of Francis Scott Key, whom Sickles gunned down in broad daylight in Lafayette Square. This short is perfect for someone like me that doesn't want to read a 400 page book on the topic, but wants more than the usual single sentence or footnote about the shooting that is all I can get from a history book on the Civil War and the events leading up to it.

I don't know why there aren't more short reads like this. It was perfect. Answered all my questions but didn't go on and on with a lot of filler. The author, R. Barri Flowers, has come up with a brilliant idea.

Wendy Almeida did a great job of narration. She was clear, understandable and her pace was excellent. I Immediately looked to see what other books she narrates.

For a Civil War buff like me this book filled an empty place in the story of Sickles, who was wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg and received the Medal of Honor. I'm more interested in the stories of the people than I am in the tactics of each battle. This is a fascinating story with long term legal influence, I'm glad I read it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Leadership of Ulysses S. Grant

  • A General Who Will Fight
  • By: Harry S. Laver
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

A General Who Will Fight is a detailed study of leadership that explores Grant's rise from undisciplined cadet to commanding general of the United States Army. Some experts have attributed Grant's success to superior manpower and technology, to the help he received from other Union armies, or even to a ruthless willingness to sacrifice his own men. Harry S. Laver, however, refutes these arguments and reveals that the only viable explanation for Grant's success lies in his leadership skill, professional competence, and unshakable resolve.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A quick focus on a interesting man

  • By cosmitron on 07-11-18

Clear, concise and enlightening

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

I listened to The Leadership of Ulysses S. Grant by Harry S. Laver on audiobook, narrated by J. Scott Bennett. It's not a long book, only 6 hrs and 48 minutes, which is short compared to some of the other lengthy books on Grant, but, much like Grant's war stategy, it marches straight forward and without deviation, goal firmly in mind. This gives it a wonderful clarity, and kept me completely interested every minute.

The author focuses on something that had puzzled me. How did Grant, small of stature, mild of manner and admittedly flawed in some aspects of his character, how did he manage to rally Union troops and lead them to victory. What did he do, how did he act, to bring such determination to troops already weary from fighting?

Covering the additional challenges Grant faced from his own administration, fellow officers, and traitors to the Northern cause, Laver explains clearly the path Grant took to overcome these obstacles. Laver gave a very balanced view of Grant, not hero worship nor whitewashing his flaws, I came away feeling like I really understood the whole course of Grant's command.

I highly recommend this book for a reader just getting started in their understanding of the Civil War, and for the reader who has read a great deal of highly detailed material. I read everything I can about the Civil War, and this book was like putting in a foundation block in my understanding. Solid, clear and well organized, it made it easy for me to see the big picture of Grant's campaigns.

The narrator, J. Scott Bennett, was absolutely perfect for this book. His voice, pace and down home style was like having a very interesting and knowledgeable friend lay out all the information on how Grant managed his command and won the war. It was really the perfect listening experience.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Don't Touch the Blue Stuff!

  • Where the Hell is Tesla?, Book 2
  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Rob Dircks
  • Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 699
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697

Something called the “Blue Juice" is coming. For all of us. Luckily, me (Chip Collins), Pete, Nikola Tesla, Bobo, and FBI Agent Gina Phillips are here to kick its ass, and send it back to last Tuesday. Maybe. Or maybe we'll fail, and everyone in the multiverse is doomed. (Seriously, you might want to get that underground bunker ready.) Either way, I've got to get home to Julie and find out – woah, I'm not about to tell you that right here in the book description! TMI, dude.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun roller coaster ride through the multiverse!

  • By Fascinatingbooks on 09-21-17

Fun roller coaster ride through the multiverse!

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

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

Absolutely! This whole book is hilariously fun and that would be enough. But there's more. Within the wildly imaginative humor there's a touching love story and some very respectable science fiction that takes on even the metaphysical aspects of perception and creation.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Don't Touch the Blue Stuff!?

When Chip proposed to Julie. Through a door.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Chip decides to save dimension 92103445523194 and he has to disarm a missile.

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

The whole book was funny, the relationships were real, the science fiction aspect was intriguing and the scope was cosmic. There isn't another writer like Rob Dircks in the entire multiverse.

Any additional comments?

Only Rob Dircks could (and does) narrate this book. He's like that crazy fun friend you want to be around because you never know what's going to happen next. I hope this series is going to continue, it's a blast, from the past, the present and the future. After listening I felt happy, contented and light hearted. It's that kind of book.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Murder in Room 305

  • By: Gary C. King
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

A shocking true crime story of sex, greed and cold-blooded murder! Veteran true crime author Gary C. King spins a gripping real-life tale of a woman caught in a deadly web of lust and violence...a riveting story of love gone horribly, tragically wrong. Kathryn Ann Martini graduated from Yale with a bright future in the banking business. Young, beautiful, and ambitious, she had everything going for her. Until she met Michael David Lissy, the sleazy proprietor of a scuba diving school.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Room 305

  • By med c on 02-24-17

Detailed true story of a heinous crime and justice

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

Reviewed: 09-06-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Murder in Room 305 to be better than the print version?

Yes, even though the print version had photo illustrations (I would recommend getting both the audio and the e-book) the narration by J. Scott Bennett added a lot to the riveting story, especially the police interviews, recorded conversations and the trial.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The innocence of the victim and the truly evil nature of the crime.

What about J. Scott Bennett’s performance did you like?

His narrative skills let me differentiate between speakers, and kept a perfect pace and tone for this kind of book.

If you could give Murder in Room 305 a new subtitle, what would it be?

Assault on Innocence

Any additional comments?

I have listened to and read many true crime books and this one was top notch. The research, detail and unfolding of the investigation were completely engrossing.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Titanic: Voyage of Death: The Final 48 Hours

  • By: J.T. Belmont
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

This is the story of the final 48 hours of the RMS Titanic, its first and last voyage. The story is told in a compelling countdown that ends mere hours after the ship's sinking. This book describes the last days, actions, and thoughts of architect Thomas Andrews and passenger Margaret Brown, known as the Unsinkable Molly Brown, as they interact with other passengers and crew members during these last 48 hours. While Miss Brown enjoys her cruise and her interactions with everyone onboard, Mr. Andrews is at first proud and then haunted by this stately ship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Big Dreams with a Tragic end

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 05-22-17

Engaging novelization of a true event.

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

Reviewed: 08-26-17

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

Yes, it was both factual and a great story, told as a novelization of the true events.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the narration, very easy to listen to. And the way the story was told, so that I was able to envision what the passengers and crew experienced first hand.

Which character – as performed by J. Scott Bennett – was your favorite?

I liked the unsinkable Molly Brown, he gave her just the right amount of spunk and personality.

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

I had the natural reaction of being sad about the many lives lost, especially because that could have been mitigated by more life boats.

Any additional comments?

A quick listen (2 hours and 41 minutes) the story is gripping throughout, partly because I already know of the disaster to come, and partly because the narrator is one of those rare people that has the natural gift of the story teller. I felt as if a world class story teller was telling me a fascinating tale of tragedy. That it was true made it all the more compelling.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Texas 7

  • A True Story of Murder and a Daring Escape
  • By: Gary C. King
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

"You haven't heard the last of us yet..." These were chilling words on a note left behind by seven armed and dangerous inmates who escaped from the John Connally prison in South Texas on December 13, 2000. Their promise has apparently been fulfilled. The inmates, now known as the Connally Seven, are suspected of having first robbed a Radio Shack in Houston, and then, days later, on Christmas Eve, of having fatally shot and run over a young police officer during an assault on a Dallas sporting goods store. For six frantic weeks, a massive manhunt with a significant reward had only turned up dead ends - until a tip came in from someone who had seen the gang on Fox TVs, America's Most Wanted. Authorities arrested four of the seven prisoners, including suspected ringleader George Rivas, in Woodland Park, Colorado, and a fifth inmate shot himself during police negotiations.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting true crime story

  • By Rabid Reader on 09-12-17

Spell binding true story of prison escape

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

Reviewed: 08-20-17

Where does The Texas 7 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the true crime category it ranks among my top five.

What did you like best about this story?

It was well researched, perfectly paced, clearly written and didn't contain a lot of filler. I was completely enthralled during the whole audio book. Kudos to Gary King for a great true crime book!

Which scene was your favorite?

I liked hearing how the seven were located and recaptured.

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

When the police officer was killed, I felt bad for him and his family.

Any additional comments?

As much as the book itself, the narration by J. Scott Bennett made this book a home run. He's a terrific narrator, I could tell he understands what he's reading and his voice is very easy to listen to. I couldn't believe how fast the time went when listening. I hope to listen to more books narrated by him.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Powerful Home Hypnosis for Relaxation, Confidence and Stress Reduction

  • By: Pauline Brumwell
  • Narrated by: Jan Cramer
  • Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

This selection of short hypnotherapy sessions provides a convenient, self-directed opportunity to experience how hypnosis can help with deep relaxation, stress and anxiety reduction, and confidence building. The sessions have been developed specifically for home use. The trance-states employed are light and the suggestions given are general but effective.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect hypnosis audio book!

  • By Fascinatingbooks on 07-30-17

Perfect hypnosis audio book!

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

Reviewed: 07-30-17

What made the experience of listening to Powerful Home Hypnosis for Relaxation, Confidence and Stress Reduction the most enjoyable?

Both the scripts and the narration were wonderful. Deep relaxation really worked, I could feel myself completely let go of anxiety, A place of safety was absolutely perfect, something I could use at any time, not just when I'm listening to the book. The retreat is a track I want to explore over and over again, because I will find new answers each time. And Active confidence boost was terrific. I could tell I will benefit from repeated listening.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Powerful Home Hypnosis for Relaxation, Confidence and Stress Reduction?

When I came up with my place of safety and realized I could go there any time.

What does Jan Cramer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her soothing voice, perfect pacing and a quality I could call kindness.

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

The realization that now I have another effective tool to help with anxiety and stress. I love this audio book, I plan on sharing it with others.

Any additional comments?

I have listened to many self help audio books and this was one of the very best. As anyone who listens to a self hypnosis audio, the narrator is important. Jan Cramer does a splendid job. Her pacing, pitch and soothing suggestions are so conducive to both relax and allow my mind to take in the helpful suggestions.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Rising

  • By: Brian Keene
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 124

The Rising is the story of Jim Thurmond, a determined father battling his way across a post-apocalyptic zombie landscape, to find his young son. Accompanied by Martin, a preacher still holding to his faith, and Frankie, a recovering heroin addict with an indomitable will to survive, Jim travels from state to state and town to town facing an endless onslaught of undead hordes and the evils perpetrated by his fellow man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Rising Part I

  • By Spooky Mike on 08-11-17

Not your regular drooling shambling zombies! Scary

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

Reviewed: 07-15-17

Would you listen to The Rising again? Why?

Yes, it was packed from start to finish with action, characters and the unrelenting need of a father to save his child. The first time through I was mostly focused on Jim Thurmond, but I would like to hear it a second time to focus more on the story as a whole.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Rising?

Definitely the ending. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see if Jim made it there in time to save his child. When he was finally at the house .. well, I won't give it away, but boy oh boy it was memorable!

What does Joe Hempel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Oh he was terrific, he was like a movie you could listen to. His characterizations and pacing was perfect. He didn't over emote, he didn't over act, he just made the whole thing believable and vital.

If you could take any character from The Rising out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Maybe poor Frankie, I would like to let her know that there is more to life than what she was settling for.

Any additional comments?

It's no wonder that Brian Keene's THE RISING is one of the best-selling zombie novels of all-time. It's a roller coaster ride of scariness, horror and tense situations.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lost in the Light

  • By: Mary Castillo
  • Narrated by: Mary Castillo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Drawn to this tough but tender woman, Vicente materializes out of the butler's pantry and asks her to find his lost love, Anna. Dori wonders if she's not only about to lose her badge, but also her sanity. Dori has always been drawn to the mysterious Queen Anne Edwardian house in her hometown. But after a devastating injury that puts her career on the line, Dori isn't sure if she made the right decision purchasing this rundown old mansion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spellbounding

  • By KateB on 12-10-17

Terrific First Book in the Series!

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

Reviewed: 04-24-17

Where does Lost in the Light rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It was wonderful, and I know I will listen to it again. Mary Castillo did a terrific job narrating it, bringing all the characters to life. She is a top notch writer, and she covers an intertwined plot that spans two time periods perfectly. A great story!

What other book might you compare Lost in the Light to and why?

I have read several mystery books that contain ghosts because I like them. This book is a very satisfying read, a great addition to the genre. I love the plot, love the ghost Vincente.

What about Mary Castillo’s performance did you like?

The MOST important thing about doing accents is that they have to be done well. Mary Castillo obviously has the background to do a spot on Spanish accent. I like her voice, and I was able to know every character as they spoke.

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

Yes, when Dori Orihuela decided to help Vincente find out what happened to his long lost love.

Any additional comments?

I liked Dori Orihuela, the main character, a lot. She is strong, loving and a caring grand daughter. She's dealing with an injury on her job as detective. Practical, independent, she is struggling with the after effects of being shot. As if that isn't enough, she has a big house that needs a lot of work, an ex boyfriend as a contractor and a touchy mother. Oh yes, and she has a ghost.