LISTENER

Tim

United States
  • 590
  • reviews
  • 1,488
  • helpful votes
  • 592
  • ratings
  • Last Year

  • By: Robert Charles Wilson
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 393
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 392

In the near future of Robert Charles Wilson's Last Year, the technology exists to open doorways into the past - but not our past, not exactly. Each "past" is effectively an alternate world, identical to ours but only up to the date on which we access it. And a given "past" can be reached only once. After a passageway is open, it's the only road to that particular past; once closed, it can't be reopened.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • didn't think I would like it...

  • By Pree Bee on 05-05-18

It Got Confusing

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

I just thought "Last Year" by Robert Charles Wilson was just okay. Typical time travel. The first half of the book was good. It was like watching Quantum Leap again, where they go back in different times and be apart of history. After that, the story kinda lost me. I wasn't sure what period of time they were in and who they were fighting against. It got confusing. Were they in the future or were they in the past? I couldn't figure it out.

  • Operation Paperclip

  • The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America
  • By: Annie Jacobsen
  • Narrated by: Annie Jacobsen
  • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396

Drawing on exclusive interviews with dozens of Paperclip family members, colleagues, and interrogators, and with access to German archival documents (including papers made available to her by direct descendants of the Third Reich's ranking members), files obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, and lost dossiers discovered at the National Archives and Harvard University, Annie Jacobsen follows more than a dozen German scientists through their postwar lives and into one of the most complex, nefarious, and jealously guarded government secrets of the 20th century.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Osenberg list

  • By Jean on 08-07-14

Awesome Reporting

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

I consider myself a major history buff on WWII. I pretty much have read almost everything on there regarding this war. It always amazes me how much that I still need to learn during this period of time. Something new always comes up. It just shows us the impact that was left from this war.

Annie Jacobsen is the best researcher and journalist. I have read some of her other books and I have yet to be disappointed of her work. She always make sure to research and explain her findings and give detail information in her books. I'm never in doubt after I finish her journalist reporting.

"Operation Paperclip" is excellent. I had no idea that Nazi Scientists came to America after they got defeated in the war. Reading about chemical warfare and experiments in the Nazi concentration camps is something that I read about before, but I didn't know to what extent. Basically, the United States got their foundation on chemical weapons from the communist scientists.

  • First Women

  • The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies
  • By: Kate Andersen Brower
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 387
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 349
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 352

In one of the most underestimated - and challenging - positions in the world, the first lady of the United States must be many things: an inspiring leader with a forward-thinking agenda of her own; a savvy politician, skilled at navigating the treacherous rapids of Washington; a wife and mother operating under constant scrutiny; and an able CEO responsible for the smooth operation of countless services and special events at the White House.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Who is missing?

  • By Southern belle on 05-07-16

Queens at The White House

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

Reviewed: 07-01-18

We often read about the Presidents and their lives in the White House, but we never hear about their wives. "First Women" by Kate Andersen Brower wasn't my first choice on what to read next, but as I kept staring at the cover, I decided to download it and give it a try. No regrets at purchasing this audiobook. My headphones were glued to my ears for three days. I enjoyed hearing all of the First Ladies throughout the different terms and how much influenced that they had on their husbands and public policies. I also enjoyed the drama between the Kennedy's, all the way to the Obama's. ​The First Ladies were queens of The White House and without them their better half wouldn't be the men that they once were. ​

  • Killer Clown

  • The John Wayne Gacy Murders
  • By: Terry Sullivan, Peter T. Maiken
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421

He was a model citizen. A hospital volunteer. And one of the most sadistic serial killers of all time. But few people could see the cruel monster beneath the colorful clown makeup that John Gacy wore to entertain children in his Chicago suburb. Few could imagine what lay buried beneath his house of horrors - until a teenage boy disappeared before Christmas in 1978, leading prosecutor Terry Sullivan on the greatest manhunt of his career.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • SCARRIEST BOOK I HAVE EVER LISTENED TO!

  • By Steve Horwitz on 12-21-17

Couldn't Stomach

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

Reading about John Wayne Gacy's life and murders in "Killer Clown" was disgusting to its core. At one point, I needed to stop and remember that there are people out there that were born to be evil. As despicable Gacy was, he is also fascinating to finish this book. What kind of person do you have to be to take 33 lives from others? How messed up do you have to be to keep your victims in the crawl space in your house? What in the world was Gacy thinking when he was doing these horrific acts? John Wayne Gacy's story was almost too much for me to stomach. Very gruesome book. This isn't for the faint of heart. When I was reading "Killer Clown", I kept daydreaming in my mind of constant fear of how many copycat killers out there that we have yet to discover.

  • Molly's Game

  • From Hollywood’s Elite, to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker
  • By: Molly Bloom
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,448

In the late 2000s, Molly Bloom, a twenty something petite brunette from Loveland Colorado, ran the highest stakes, most exclusive poker game Hollywood had ever seen - she was its mistress, its lion tamer, its agent, and its oxygen. Everyone wanted in, few were invited to play. Hundreds of millions of dollars were won and lost at her table. Molly's game became the game for those in the know - celebrities, business moguls, and millionaires.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Great book. Zero payoff. *Semi-Spoilers*

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-01-16

Very G Rated

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

"Molly's Game" felt very G rated. It felt like Molly Bloom skipped the sleazy side of high stakes poker games with billionaires. I just didn't buy that all of the players were in their proper behavior and nothing else happen besides playing poker. I saw the movie opening weekend and thought that it was just okay. I wanted to know more about Molly Bloom and what it was like to be in a high stake game, but the book showed me nothing new. Almost feel like I wasted time at reading this one. The movie is good enough.

  • Giovanni's Room

  • By: James Baldwin
  • Narrated by: Dan Butler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 684
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 690

Set in the 1950’s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality. With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin’s now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a moving, highly controversial story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Baldwin: sensational. Butler: great. One caveat.

  • By Music Man on 06-28-14

Out from the Closet

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

I now understand why "Giovanni's Room" by James Baldwin is an American classic. It took me a good better half of the story to understand at what was I reading. James Baldwin was going against the social norms on what it is like to be gay and bisexual in 1950's. The human interest in story on what it was like coming out from the closet is riveting to read, even when the LGBTQ community is so pronounce in our society now. James Baldwin was way ahead of his time. Thank you for writing an outstanding story and underlining a society that wasn't acceptable at the time.

  • Red Sister

  • First Book of the Ancestor
  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Heather O'Neill
  • Length: 19 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,471

From the international best-selling author of the Broken Empire Trilogy comes the first in a brilliant new breakout fantasy series. A searing novel set in a brand-new world, this series follows a young girl who enters a convent where girls are selected to train in religion, combat, or magic. Nona is selected to learn combat and finds herself at the center of an epic battle for empire on the outer reaches of a dying universe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story supported by great narration

  • By jdykes33 on 04-15-17

Very Gung Ho

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

Reviewed: 06-16-18

It's hard to tell that I will be continuing on with Books of the Ancestor series. "Red Sister" is very well written and extremely well constructed. This is why I gave this book four stars, but (there is always a but), the first book in the series was too much fantasy for me to accept. If you happen to be a feminists, you will enjoy this series. By far, this is the best book to show girl power, but I also thought that it was very bias because all men are pigs and we all wear white beaters.

If there was a book where Wonder Woman came from, this world in "Red Sister will be it.

All of the women are very gung ho!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sharp Objects

  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,985
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,891
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,898

Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pitch Perfect Performance

  • By theenglishmajor on 02-14-14

F'ed Up cuz' It's Realistic

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

I have new found respect for Gillian Flynn. After reading her blockbuster hit a few years ago, I really thought she was a one hit wonder. Watching TV a few evenings ago, I saw a preview of "Sharp Objects" on HBO, a new miniseries. It sparked my interest at reading the book before the show debut next month.

The book is extremely well written in a way that you will run to the bathroom and try to vomit what you just read in the pages. Very dark story and it's so realistic that it will eventually F'ed you up because there are multiple layers in the plot. My kind of writer and surely my kind of book.

The plot is so realistic that it truly can happen anywhere and can be a documentary of true crime. As I said before, the story has multiple layers. I will be visiting this book again, after the eight part miniseries is over.

  • Saturn Run

  • By: John Sandford Ctein
  • Narrated by: Eric Conger
  • Length: 16 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,343

The year is 2066. A Caltech intern inadvertently notices an anomaly from a space telescope - something is approaching Saturn and decelerating. Space objects don't decelerate. Spaceships do. A flurry of top-level government meetings produces the inescapable conclusion: Whatever built that ship is at least one hundred years ahead in hard and soft technology, and whoever can get their hands on it exclusively and bring it back will have an advantage so large, no other nation can compete.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best Sci-Fi Book in a While!

  • By Ted on 05-29-17

No Buildup Dialogue

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

"Saturn Run" has been on my wish list for a long time. I was compelled to get it right after I read the Martian, but since there were so many other books that I wanted to read that my wish list got longer and longer. When I saw Saturn Run on a 2 for 1 sale, I jumped to a chance of getting this book. My wish list is one less book shorter because of Audible.

John Sandford Ctein's sci fi fantasy was very good at the beginning and I was fully engaged to the story, but I felt that it was missing something. There was too much narration telling about the mission to Saturn, instead of building up each characters and each of their dialogue. The book almost became like a mockumentary. Also, there was too much play with China, who would get to the rings first and trade war. I really thought that I was watching Fox News, on how the Chinese were stealing our intellectual properties.

I felt that this author had plenty of time to expand the world, but his ideas were very limited. The whole China idea lost me and I started to think that I was listening to Planet Money on NPR, instead reading a mission to another dimension.

  • In the Kingdom of Ice

  • The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette
  • By: Hampton Sides
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,040
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,855

In the late nineteenth century, people were obsessed by one of the last unmapped areas of the globe: The North Pole. No one knew what existed beyond the fortress of ice rimming the northern oceans. On July 8, 1879, the USS Jeannette set sail from San Francisco to cheering crowds in the grip of "Arctic Fever." The ship sailed into uncharted seas, but soon was trapped in pack ice. Two years into the harrowing voyage, the hull was breached. Amid the rush of water and the shrieks of breaking wooden boards, the crew abandoned the ship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great found story

  • By Dennis Hinkamp on 08-28-14

​Best Survival Story

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

​"In the Kingdom of Ice" is one of the best survival books that you will ever read. It is gorgeously written because its a true story. USS Jeannette was on a mission to travel to the North Pole that no man has gone, but yet the crew of 32 men got ship wreck for two years in​ ​​frozen land and had to survive. This might be an easy rescue mission by today's standards, but in the late 1800's, the voyage to uncharted water was like the first man stepping on the moon in 1969.

If we didn't have wealthy people like James Gordon Bennettwith ludicrous ideas, like sailing to the North Pole, we might not have Elon Musk, planning a journey to Mars. Or other ideas for the naysayers to argue about.