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Eau Claire, WI
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  • Devil's Cut

  • A Bourbon Kings Novel
  • By: J. R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 877
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 807
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 799

At first the death of William Baldwine, the head of the Bradford family, was ruled a suicide. But then his eldest son and sworn enemy, Edward, came forward and confessed to what was, in fact, a murder. Now in police custody, Edward mourns not the disintegration of his family or his loss of freedom...but the woman he left behind. His love, Sutton Smythe, is the only person he has ever truly cared about, but as she is the CEO of the Bradford Bourbon Company's biggest competitor, any relationship between them is impossible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unparalleled

  • By Kentucky Bohemian on 10-06-17

Great wrap-up to the series

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

William's murderer is brought to light and it was a shocker to me. Edward decides to be brave and reach out for love. Lane & Lizzie are still solid with one little hiccup in the middle. Gin & Samuel T grow up. Amelia gives us hope for the future of the family.

Sort of loose ends. Will Max stay? What about the half-brother? This was supposed to be a trilogy, but will there be another book?

In the final analysis, these books kept me riveted throughout. I first listened to these books as digital downloads from the public library; liked them so much I bought them.

The narrator's female voices were still sometimes annoyingly shrill. However, his southern accent and flare for the dramatic more than made up for this in my opinion.

There's just something about these books that drew me in and makes me want to listen to them again.

  • The Angels' Share

  • A Bourbon Kings Novel
  • By: J. R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,168

In Charlemont, Kentucky, the Bradford family is the crème de la crème of high society - just like their exclusive brand of bourbon. And their complicated lives and vast estate are run by a discrete staff who inevitably become embroiled in their affairs. This is especially true now, when the apparent suicide of the family patriarch is starting to look more and more like murder....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • this was one of her books I just couldn't do

  • By Angel on 07-31-16

Great series; and you'll want all 3 books

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

The saga continues. There's plenty of action so I never got bored. As I pointed out in my review of the first book in the series, I first listened to the book as a digital download from the public library; liked it so much I bought it. Some loose ends from the first book are tied up, but there's more to come. If you're not a fan of cliffhangers, you won't like this series as you have to read all three to get to the bottom of everything.

In this book and the next, Gin shows signs of maturity and the most growth of all the characters in this book. Nice to see the spoiled little rich girl take the reality check and try to make the best of things.

Now the cons. As some reviewers have pointed out, the narrator's female voices were sometimes annoyingly shrill. However, his southern accent more than made up for this in my opinion.

What I liked least was Samuel T's sexual exploits. My favorite fiction genre is romance, so once someone knows he/she loves someone, he/she doesn't feel inclined to have sex with anyone else. An argument can be made that Gin was married to someone else so Samuel T was free to do as he pleased, but these two had a history of using sex as a weapon against each other. Just wasn't my cup of tea. Still, I had hopes that they would wake up and smell the coffee.

Overall, I was lost in the story of the Bradfords. Not a light beach listen by any means. Yes, I'm sure I'll listen to the series again and get my money's worth out of it.

  • The Bourbon Kings

  • By: J. R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,942
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,946

For generations the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth has afforded them prestige and privilege - as well as a hard-won division of class on their sprawling estate, Easterly. Upstairs, a dynasty that by all appearances plays by the rules of good fortune and good taste. Downstairs, the staff who work tirelessly to maintain the impeccable Bradford facade. And never the twain shall meet. For Lizzie King, Easterly's head gardener, crossing that divide nearly ruined her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes it's Dallas with Bourbon but I loved it

  • By Katheryne on 08-30-15

Great series; and you'll want all 3 books

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

I'm a big fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood books by J. R. Ward. Although this book is nothing like that, the description looked interesting when it first hit bookstore shelves. Just to be safe, I listened to it first as a digital library loan. Then I borrowed the other 2 books. Then I bought all 3 books from Audible. Well worth it!

While there are some dark moments, including domestic violence, the H/h keep chugging along trying to get their lives back on track. For the most part, they're committed to each other with little that comes between them. At the time of the start of the book, the worst of the obstacles between the lead couple have been put behind them; we get that in the first few chapters or so.

Still there are troubled times ahead for the Bradford Bourbon Company and our hero has to figure out how to dig the family business (and personal lives) out of the hole his father has dug for them.

If you don't like cliffhangers, this is not the book for you. In my opinion/experience, you'll want to keep reading until all loose ends have been tied up and that doesn't happen at the end of the first book.

Narrator Alexander Cendese does a good job of separating the voices. Sometimes the women's voices come across as a little whiny, but that seems to happen with many male narrators. Overall, good job.

  • The Home Front: Life in America During World War II

  • By: Audible Original
  • Narrated by: Martin Sheen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,827
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,448

[Contains some explicit content] Narrated by award-winning actor Martin Sheen, The Home Front: Life in America During World War II takes listeners into the lives of Americans at home who supported the war effort and sustained the country during wartime. The war brought immediate, life-changing shifts; from the rationing of butter, to an explosion of war-related jobs, to mixed-signals about the role of women in society. Feel what living in the United States was like for everyday people during this disruptive and uncertain period of American history in the newest Audible Original series. Martha Little is the Executive Producer. Dan Gediman is the Series Producer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent! But incessant breaks with credits along the way.

  • By Bradley Justice on 09-11-17

Definitely a listen you'll want to repeat

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

Broken up into segments, this is a good overview. I'm a history buff so some things I knew. Even so, there were things covered that even my mother who lived through the war did not know.

Some segments cover topics that can be considered disturbing, but you're forewarned, just as you are when watching TV. There's a lot of heartbreak, but I think we should all know more about the experiences of the people involved. I feel that the more I know, the more empathetic I become. This series reinforces that belief.

I highly recommend it!

  • Symptoms of Withdrawal

  • A Memoir of Snapshots and Redemption
  • By: Christopher Kennedy Lawford
  • Narrated by: Christopher Kennedy Lawford
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

With compelling realism mixed with equal doses of self-deprecating wit, youthful bravado, and hard-earned humility, Symptoms of Withdrawal chronicles Lawford's deep and long descent into near-fatal drug and alcohol addiction, and his subsequent formidable path back to the sobriety he has preserved for the past 20 years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Discovery of Real Freedom

  • By Fortunee on 10-02-05

Would have liked an unabridged version

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

Reviewed: 08-13-18

I bought the hardcover and read it some time ago. This was a good abridgment, but I still think you miss a lot this way.

So as a narrator, Christopher Lawford has a pleasant voice and (one of my pet peeves) is good with pronunciations.

It's an autobiographical account of his life so one tends to take some things with a grain of salt. Still, he covered things that I remembered from the hardcover edition and seems to be fairly honest with his shortcomings. Definitely worth a repeat listen.

  • American Values

  • Lessons I Learned from My Family
  • By: Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
  • Narrated by: Stephen Graybill
  • Length: 15 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

With rich detail, compelling honesty, and a storyteller’s gift, RFK Jr. describes growing up Kennedy in a tumultuous time in history that eerily echoes the issues of nuclear confrontation, religion, race, and inequality that we confront today. This powerful book combines the best aspects of memoir and political history. The third child of Attorney General Robert Kennedy and nephew of JFK takes us on a journey through his life, including watershed moments in the history of our nation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More than interesting vignettes.

  • By Majorg38 on 05-22-18

Worth a repeat listen, but . . .

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

It's a good, overall view of life as a Kennedy. According to the author it's well-researched and I can't argue with that as I've read some of the same facts by other reputable authors. It's definitely led me to read more by RFK Jr.

If you're looking for a tell-all book on the family scandals, this isn't it. As the author explains (and I'm paraphrasing here), the family has a policy of not commenting on the more personal aspects of their lives, aka "I won't dignify that remark with a response." Fine by me. One can get plenty of that elsewhere. I don't believe all of the sensationalized stories in the tabloids anyway.

So about the narrator. He really needs to look up word pronunciations. It almost became comical at some point. I can't believe someone who was listening while he was narrating couldn't have corrected him. "Shinnied" does not have a long "i" sound, for example.

All that said, I'm on my third listen. I got my money's worth.

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  • The Adventure of English

  • The Biography of a Language
  • By: Melvyn Bragg
  • Narrated by: Robert Powell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,719
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,455
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,462

This is the remarkable story of the English language; from its beginnings as a minor guttural Germanic dialect to its position today as a truly established global language. The Adventure of English is not only an enthralling story of power, religion, and trade, but also the story of people, and how their lives continue to change the extraordinary language that is English.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Many Of Course monments

  • By Leigh A on 10-21-05

Definitely a listen you'll want to repeat

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

Reviewed: 07-21-18

My children have told me that I missed my calling by not becoming an English teacher because I've corrected their grammar so often. Well, this gives us a new perspective on the English language and its origins, and how our sentence structure may not be as cut and dried as we think it should be.

It dragged in parts (the lists), but luckily, Robert Powell speaks quickly enough that even those issues aren't a big detraction to the enjoyment of the book. Like other reviewers, I found some of his pronunciations of contemporary "American" words interesting, but, then again, he can pronounce things in other languages that I would never dare to attempt (four years of high school Spanish notwithstanding).

If I'd had a copy of the printed book handy for some parts, it might have been useful. Still, I'd rather listen to Robert Powell than just read the words. Definitely worth what I paid for it as I'll listen to it many more times, I'm sure.

  • Ghouls Gone Wild

  • A Ghost Hunter Mystery
  • By: Victoria Laurie
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359

Psychic M.J. Holliday finds herself in a witchy situation. When M.J. and her friends travel to a small town near Edinburgh, Scotland, to film the first installment of their new cable TV show Ghoul Getters, they find plenty of spooky action in a series of supposedly haunted caverns. But when they discover the body of a maintenance worker, the cause of death is reminiscent of an old legend involving a witch's wrath.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to say what I liked least...

  • By Charlene on 12-01-11

Sad tale

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

Is the witch/ghost mean? Yes. Does she have a good reason to be the way she is? Definitely. Good story offers insight into the minds of people of centuries ago. If bad things are happening, it must be because someone is a witch and it's her fault. Even as the witch is wreaking havoc, MJ shows understanding and compassion. Warning: There are some disturbing scenes that might not be palatable for every listener.

Once again I enjoyed Eileen Stevens's narration. Good accents and differing characters' voices.

  • Ghoul Interrupted

  • A Ghost Hunter Mystery
  • By: Victoria Laurie
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373

M.J. Holliday and her crew interrupt the frantic schedule of their reality TV show, Ghoul Getters, and hotfoot it to New Mexico, where a dreadful demon is waging tribal warfare. Same Whitefeather - M.J.'s spirit guide - urgently needs her help to stop this evil spirit from wiping out the descendants of his tribe. It doesn't take a psychic to predict that M.J.'s going to have a devil of a time making New Mexico a demon-free zone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 2,4,6,8, WHO DO I APPRECIATE? VICTORIA LAURIE!!!!!

  • By Dana on 02-10-12

Good story

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

I've enjoyed this series. Had a little trouble following this one toward the end. The pace picked up and I lost track of characters as there were quite a few. Maybe it would have been easier to follow had I been reading a print version. (I did that years ago, but didn't remember this story line from that time to this.) Still, worth listening to again. Enjoyed Eileen Stevens's narration.

  • Hell's Princess

  • The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men
  • By: Harold Schechter
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 353

In the pantheon of serial killers, Belle Gunness stands alone. She was the rarest of female psychopaths, a woman who engaged in wholesale slaughter, partly out of greed but mostly for the sheer joy of it. Between 1902 and 1908, she lured a succession of unsuspecting victims to her Indiana “murder farm.” Hell’s Princess is a riveting account of one of the most sensational killing sprees in the annals of American crime: the shocking series of murders committed by the woman who came to be known as Lady Bluebeard.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A certainly thorough if a bit meandering study

  • By JAY on 05-10-18

Can a book about a serial killer be entertaining?

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

Well, this one was so interesting it kept me riveted, and I generally shy away from anything that has "serial killer" in the description. If I were Harold Schechter, given the subject matter of several of his books, I'd have nightmares all the time!

The book seemed well-researched and thorough. I was so engrossed in the story that I found myself yelling at the men out loud "Don't go there!" As for gory, the only other book of this genre that I tried to read was "Helter Skelter." That one was bad enough that I only made it to page 110. I did have a little trouble keeping some of the characters straight so I bought the Kindle version, too. Great combination! The Kindle version has pictures that move and enlarge, and a few other features.

The narrator was good, but as a Wisconsinite, I have to mention that he mispronounced "Ed Gein." I know that normally you would give this particular spelling the long "I" sound, but for some reason we don't. That made me wonder if he mispronounced other words, but he has good pacing and a pleasant voice so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt on the rest.

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