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  • Psychology of Human Behavior

  • By: David W. Martin, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: David W. Martin
  • Length: 18 hrs and 29 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 451
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449

Today's psychologist is apt to be very different from the image most people conjure up when asked to picture one - an image that almost always suggests Sigmund Freud or someone like him, complete with leather couch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By TJ on 04-25-15

Chapter intro..UGH!

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

The information is phenomenal, useful and easy to follow for a lay person, but the insane music/clapping at the start of each chapter is annoying as all get out, enough to jar the line of thought one might have in their head from the last chapter.

Note:
Some of the information is outdated, but there's enough basic info here to for it to be worth the time to listen.
My family has a history of struggling with mental health issues from Addiction to Manic Depression. I have been the primary care giver for two family members and watched up close and personal as others in my family worked as care giver with the ones struggling with the issues.

We pass around information when we find that it has been helpful and I will be suggesting this series to family but will be warning them about the annoy way each chapter start!

  • True Blue

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 14 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,371

Mason "Mace" Perry was a firebrand cop on the D.C. police force until she was kidnapped and framed for a crime. She lost everything-her badge, her career, her freedom-and spent two years in prison. Now she's back on the outside and focused on one mission: to be a cop once more. Her only shot to be a true blue again is to solve a major case on her own, and prove she has the right to wear the uniform.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • No connection to new heroine

  • By Stephen on 11-22-09

Works for a Baldacci junkie

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

If this is your first Baldacci---just don't.

Head for Will Robie/The Camel Club crew to develop a real passion for this author and his writing style. He is a bit of an acquired taste and you have to start with the right selections to acquire the taste. You won't regret an addiction to his stories, just need to start with the right ones first.

I am a Baldacci junkie, this was a fill in to feed the Baldacci jones.

I have had this one on my wish list for a while, snagged it in the recent two-for-one sale.

It was worth the investment ON SALE.
I wouldn't have been thrilled had I paid full price or used a full credit for the story.

I enjoyed the main character Mace, even the other the top bits, Beth, her sister though, something about that character grated on my nerve, she just never seemed to fit in. She was to stiff and one dimensional as a key component in the whole story line.

Roy was a great sidekick to Mace. Considering how long ago this was published I am guessing this won't be one of his franchise series, which is really to bad since I would enjoy following the development of both the Mace and Roy characters. I'd like to get more backstory on the female protagonist Mona.

As others have noted Ron is...as always...spot on....with narration. I agree with those who say it needed the duel Female/Male narration that is common for Baldacci and that might have made Beth feel less stiff and one dimensional.

It was worth half the credit and glad I did get a chance to catch it on sale.

  • The Peyton Brooks, FBI Box Set, Volume One

  • Books 1-5
  • By: M.L. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Kelley Hazen
  • Length: 63 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43

Get the first five audiobooks of the popular Peyton Brooks, FBI series in a single collection. Plenty of action and adventure from San Francisco’s top special agent. The Peyton Brooks, FBI series follows the career of Special Agent Peyton Brooks and her team, the Ghost Squad, as they tackle crimes around the world.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great series

  • By kristin on 07-25-18

Utter waste of a credit

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

Nancy Drew/The Hardy Boys try to do D.D. Warren/Harry Bosch
(And fail, miserably.)

I'm all about flawed characters but the characters in these story lines are flat out cartoonish and without depth. I have tired for six hours to find something about any of the characters that is even slightly appealing and just can't.

At the core, Peyton is whiney, with no back bone.

The characters built around her, the support cast so to speak, so over the top cartoonish the whole thing feels like a 9th grader is writing a back yard play about something they think they have a working knowledge of but really have no clue how the real world works, how adults interact. The stereo types that flood the story lines is just mind boggling. A quick google search shows the author is a high school English teacher and it shows in the writing style...or lack thereof...in the story lines and character building.

Narration is seriously lacking.
The narrator doesn't have enough range in skill for the amount of character voices needed. The inflections, accents and cadence are grating on the ears. Fact is, the narrator doesn't have much to work with in the characters so it was a stab in the dark to find enough range to assign each character something distinct enough so they each each stand alone in the narration. The stereotyping the author used in the characters is about the only thing the narrator has to use to get a sense of the characters and sadly, they grabbed that with gusto and took the stereotyping of each character over the top in the narration.






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  • Making Jack Falcone

  • An Undercover FBI Agent Takes Down a Mafia Family
  • By: Joaquin "Jack" Garcia, Michael Levin
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

At six-foot-four-inches and 375 pounds, Jack Garcia looked the part of a mobster, and he played his part so perfectly that his Mafia bosses never suspected he was an undercover agent for the FBI. "Big Jack Falcone," as he was known inside La Cosa Nostra, learned all the inside dirt about the Gambino organized crime syndicate and its illegal activities---from extortion and loan-sharking to assault and murder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book!

  • By Frank on 10-12-09

The other side of the story.

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

I have always had a rather macabre interest in the Mafia and when I go after something that is about the mob I prefer non fiction and this book was a great in depth look at what it looks like from the law enforcement side.

If you read the book "Scores" about the high end club that the Gambino's gutted you might be interested in the " blue collar" guy version of that story as told in this book.

Overall the story pace is good and has some facts that I never get when I focus on the "as told by the criminal" side non fiction books. If you are even the smallest "mob buff" there will be names here you know and some things you might not have known about the names.

I had to shake my head during the last few chapters considering the state of the FBI right now and what is coming to light, this book shows it was a flawed organization long before the likes of Comey-Strzok-Page debacle, but at the core base of the organization are solid, proud, moral, non politically motivated men and women who just want to do their job and do it right.

To bad the ones who hold the power don't have the same moral grit and sense of right and wrong as the every day folks who work in the ranks of the FBI and make it one of the best weapons we have to keep us safe even when the powers that be blow past the real reason for the organization:
The safety of the real folks who do the gut work and protect the real folks like you and me.

God Bless and God speed to all who do the gut work.


Dick Hill is an excellent narrator. He has east coast lingo/accents.......from New York City to Little Cuba in Miami….down pat!

  • Purple Cane Road

  • A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 11
  • By: James Lee Burke
  • Narrated by: Nick Sullivan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251

Dave Robicheaux has spent his life confronting the age-old adage that the sins of the father pass on to the son. But what was his mother's legacy? Dead to him since his youth, Mae Guillory has been shuttered away in the deep recesses of Robicheaux's mind. While helping out an old friend, Dave is stunned when a pimp looks at him sideways and asks if he is the son of Mae Guillory, the whore a bunch of cops murdered 30 years ago. Her body was dumped in the bayou bordering Purple Cane Road, and the cops who left her there are still on the job.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too bad about narration

  • By Pamela on 08-17-13

Lost in translation

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

Reviewed: 07-21-18

Since the narrator was a really poor choice.

The narrator isn't bad, he is just REALLY wrong for JLB's characters.

I don't fault the narrator.

It's the production crew that should be flogged for this epic fail with Dave and his peeps.

Shame on the people who had the responsibility of getting the book from printed word to vocal. Shame on them for not taking the time to think through the process of how the narrations needs to fit the beloved characters of any author.

I've listened to/powered through some wicked, gnarly fails when it comes to narrator selection, this by far, is the MOST epic fail to date.

He has no flair for the colorful voice inflection/cadence and nuances that are needed for these characters. I live in this area of Louisiana, I married a man who is half Cajun, I know these people, trying to listen to this narration is plain UGH!

I'm four chapters in and I am giving up, I'll buy the hard copy and read it.

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  • Bad Blood

  • Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
  • By: John Carreyrou
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,192
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,525
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,514

In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup "unicorn" promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes' worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn't work.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent listen & definitive account

  • By Michael J Canning on 06-30-18

Folie à deux

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

The title for this review comes from an astute observation made by one of the people who was caught up in this mess with Holmes and Balwani.

I lost a whole day to this book because I could not shut it off. I had to remind myself I wasn't listening to something from Crichton, Cook, Grisham et.al. more than once.

The reporting is solid, narration is spot on and come together so well that it puts you right there. I've followed this story since it broke but getting to see the internals of the whole mess, the way Mr.Carreyrou writes this in depth look at what he complied puts a human face to the story in a way the news articles can't.

You don't need to be stock trading savvy, tech nerd or medical geek to stay with this one or get the gist of what kinds of insanity was going on inside the heads of two very narcissistic, delusional people and the hell they rained down on anyone who would get in their way.

Hands down, one of the most emotional styled roller coaster reads/listens I have had in a long while.

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  • The Fallen

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Kyf Brewer, Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,162

Something sinister is going on in Baronville. The rust belt town has seen four bizarre murders in the space of two weeks. Cryptic clues left at the scenes - obscure Bible verses, odd symbols - have the police stumped. Amos Decker and his FBI colleague Alex Jamison are in Baronville visiting Alex's sister and her family. It's a bleak place: a former mill and mining town with a crumbling economy and rampant opioid addiction. Decker has been there only a few hours when he stumbles on a horrific double murder scene.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This was supposed to be a VACATION!!!!

  • By shelley on 04-17-18

When did Baldacci

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

Reviewed: 05-15-18

become a new age social warrior and feel the need to educate his fan base?

I'm over half way thru the story nd forcing myself to stick with it...but not easy...getting really sick of the social commentary and statistic disguised as conversation.

If I wanted the stats on the opioid mess in this country...I would have bought a book about that...or wait...all I have to do is turn on my TV or radio...and listen...hmmm..geeee.

Here's a clue:
I am guessing your fan base IS smarter than the average bear.....and isn't so dumb they need all the stats of this tragedy spoon fed to them. Without all that in the book...it would be at best five hours long.

The premise of the story was a good one...but just too bogged down by the stats junk...that is overkill.


Ya let me down David...yeah I'm disappointed that I did waste a credit...but I was excited to spend time with Amos again.

Kyf and Orlagh...as always ..spot on.

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  • Crash & Burn

  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: Christina Traister, Mikael Naramore
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,367
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,076
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,084

Nicole Frank shouldn't have been able to survive the car accident, much less crawl up the steep ravine. Not in the dark, not in the rain, not with her injuries. But one thought allows her to defy the odds and flag down help: Vero.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible!

  • By Kerry on 02-06-15

If this is your first Gardner

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

Reviewed: 12-25-17


Don't start here! You will be lost.

Go back to the first Tess Leoni !


This story is the S.O.P. of Ms. Gardner's theme but it's not the exact formulaic standard. It's her with some new method in the mix and this isn't a --Tess story line. Yes Tess is in the mix and an important part of the plot......but...the book is as mush if not more about Wyatt's methods and that a good thing.



I was thrilled to get to know the other half of Tess and look forward to more of this series, soon.


If you are a Lisa Gardner fan, then you know that most all her story lines involve children being abused---in many horrid ways----you need a strong constitution to be a fan. She's not graphic in her description of the abuse, her ability to convey the theme without graphic blow by blow..... is deft and tempered.

She uses her words it in a way that your own mind will fill in what needs to be fleshed out....thus needing a strong constitution....... to go where your own mind may lead you...... while hearing her words. Disturbing and haunting. I always walk away from any of Ms. Gardner's stories wondering if people are really capable of being the monstrosities she paints and having worked in the social services system as a volunteer over a 30 year span...my gut says......yes-yes they are.

I didn't care for the narration, not so much the voices of the narrators, more the method the producers chose to use.

There's no established voice for the characters and the swapping back and forth from male to female back to male then to female and both male and female narrators voicing all the characters was annoying. It's always easier for me to stay invested in the story and the characters when they have the same voice consistently...be it male or female.

The story line is a solid five stars, the production method of the narration tho..is a fubar double negative five star massive mess.

I do hope in the future the producers will consider keeping the narration consistent as in all female cast, all male cast or assign the gender to the characters gender and leave it be!

D.D. Warren makes a fast appearance here and the producer should be ashamed of how they mangled her character the credence Ms.Gardner has established for her in many, many D.D. Warren past novels.


The bit of narration for D.D. was just flat out B-A-D!

Please don't let that happen again!!

  • Mississippi Mud

  • Southern Justice and the Dixie Mafia
  • By: Edward Humes
  • Narrated by: Alex Paul
  • Length: 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

Biloxi, Mississippi: After the fatal shooting of one of the city’s most prominent couples - Vincent Sherry was a circuit court judge; his wife, Margaret, was running for mayor - their grief-stricken daughter came home to uncover the truth behind the crime that shocked a community and to follow leads that police seemed unable or unwilling to pursue. What Lynne Sposito soon discovered were bizarre connections to the Dixie Mafia, a predatory band of criminals who ran The Strip, Biloxi’s beachfront hub of sex, drugs, and sleaze.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Book, Terrible Narration

  • By JustS on 09-26-14

Fact is always stranger than fiction

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

Reviewed: 12-23-17

It is worth the credit and the time if you are a true crime fan. If you know the area and the story from being in the area in the time frame it happened, you might learn some things you didn’t know.


My husband is from the area and we both recall when the events were unfolding, the gossip and guessing as to what really happened.


Can’t say we learned much new but it was interesting to get a chronological unfolding of the events and my heat broke for the Sherry kids. The story is weighted heavily toward Vince being more victim than a co-conspirator.

What the family thought---- back then ------inside the family I married into------ was Vince was playing fast and loose with some dangerous people and his wife and kids paid for it.

Once all was said and done…..no one I know was surprised by the end result of who was guilty.

The narration…yep…..it is pretty bad.

Not the narrator so much as his voice and cadence style is wrong for this story line. He reads it as if he is reading for something out of the 40’s…the many news reels or class room film strips that had narration with them very monotone.

I don’t know where Mr. Paul hails from, but my guess would be from the upper north east. His attempts at a southern dialect sounded like an Up-Easterner doing a bad impression of Beau and Luke Duke from Hazzard county.

I do wish the producers for these audible stories would keep that in mind when they hire the narrators!

Producers, please!

Check to make sure the narrator has some sense of the accent and cadence and the correct pronunciation of vital words in the story line.

I cringed every time Mr. Paul referred to Kessler AFB as Key-zuh-lur.

I live in a suburb of New Orleans, I have lived with a whole family of this local dialect speaking folk for almost 40 years and this was hard on my ears at times! I'm a born and bred Okie so twangs are my thang! The accent and cadence is just so wrong it is distracting.

That said, I did get past my vexation with Mr. Paul’s reading and stayed with the story pretty much none stop…all 17 hours.

I felt it was worth the money and effort.

  • A Wrinkle in Time

  • By: Madeleine L'Engle
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis, Ava DuVernay, Madeleine L'Engle, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,993
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,376

Meg Murry, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a "tesseract", which, if you didn't know, is a wrinkle in time. Meg's father had been experimenting with time travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank You for a New Narrator

  • By Patricia on 02-01-12

The power of a book and the impact it can have.

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

Reviewed: 12-13-17

I'm not reviewing the book, the reviews previouse to mine are all one needs.

I am talking about the power of a book and how it can change a life and how this one changed mine.

I am 57 years old

The first time I heard this story was in 1970 when my fourth-grade teacher read it to my class the last hour of every Wednesday.

I was a kid who was riddled with learning disabilities and back then, we were al labeled slow, remedial and sometimes retarded. This book gave me the will power to find a way to work around my dyslexia since waiting for Wednesday was like waiting for Christmas for me as a kid. I checked it out of the library that year and then begged my mom for weeks to buy it for me at the school book fair.


No, that’s not a review of the book but it is a statement how a book can impact a child and change things in their lives give them a motivation to work past being labeled slow, remedial and retarded.

(Remember, it was a different time!)

It taught me then, at age 10 there are many ways to skin a cat and to this day when I find out a child is having trouble focusing when it comes to reading, I buy them a copy of this book. I have lost track of how many I have passed along but I do know the majority of kids who got the book and had an adult help them read it, fell in love with reading and discovered they can read on their own.


The trick….was in finding something they WANTED to read! And this book so many times…was THE TRICK!


The story was a magical journey, so cuddle up with a kiddo you love, suspend rationality for a bit and be a kid with your kid.