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  • Skeleton Crew

  • Written by: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King, Matthew Broderick, Michael C. Hall, and others
  • Length: 22 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

The master at his scarifying best! From heart-pounding terror to the eeriest of whimsy - tales from the outer limits of one of the greatest imaginations of our time! Trucks that punish and beautiful teen demons who seduce a young man to massacre; curses whose malevolence grows through the years; obscene presences and angels of grace - here, indeed, is a night-blooming bouquet of chills and thrills.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great mix of stories

  • By A on 2019-04-07

Great mix of stories

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-04-07

in many ways I think that King is a better short story writer than long. this collection is in example of that. some really great stuff is found here, including not all being horror. great use of different narrators

  • The Silence of the Girls

  • Written by: Pat Barker
  • Narrated by: Kristin Atherton, Michael Fox
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

The great city of Troy is under siege as Greek heroes Achilles and Agamemnon wage bloody war over a stolen woman. In the Greek camp, another woman is watching and waiting: Briseis. She was a queen of this land until Achilles sacked her city and murdered her husband and sons. Now she is Achilles' concubine: a prize of battle. Briseis is just one among thousands of women backstage in this war - the slaves and prostitutes, the nurses, the women who lay out the dead - all of them voiceless in history. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must-Listen!

  • By Jesslovescoffee on 2019-01-09

too modern of a mindset

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-02-05

I get what the author was trying to do with bringing a newer and feminine perspective to the Trojan War, but I find that it did not work for me. Briseis sounded like a modern person commenting on an ancient world. a world which was much harsher for sure, but everyone who was socialized in that world would not necessarily realize the problems of slavery, and gender rights. especially with the fact that she was okay being sold as a bride and having her own slaves before the fall of her city.

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  • The Song of Achilles

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Frazer Douglas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If I could only have one book for the rest of my life

  • By Emily Hann on 2018-05-03

a great epic story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-01-27

this book surprised me how much I liked it. anyone who has read the classical work knows how the stories end and character's fates. but what Miller did hear to get us to those endings is really something special. The layers and nuance added to each character really brings the story to life. a great work, with equally great narration

  • The Spy and the Traitor

  • Written by: Ben MacIntyre
  • Narrated by: Ben Macintyre
  • Length: 14 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 45

On a warm July evening in 1985, a middle-aged man stood on the pavement of a busy avenue in the heart of Moscow, holding a plastic carrier bag. In his grey suit and tie, he looked like any other Soviet citizen. The bag alone was mildly conspicuous, printed with the red logo of Safeway, the British supermarket. The man was a spy. A senior KGB officer, for more than a decade he had supplied his British spymasters with a stream of priceless secrets from deep within the Soviet intelligence machine. No spy had done more to damage the KGB. The Safeway bag was a signal: to activate his escape plan to be smuggled out of Soviet Russia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely amazing book

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-10-11

a tour de force

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-01-16

this is a great book by any standards but even more so perfect as an audiobook. the tension is real especially if you were like me and were not familiar with this case beforehand. I found this book had the perfect amount of focusing on the personal details and motivations and the larger scale political consequences. great narration as well. a book I would recommend any listener

  • The Terror Years

  • From al-Qaeda to the Islamic State
  • Written by: Lawrence Wright
  • Narrated by: John H. Mayer, Lawrence Wright
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

With the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Looming Tower, Lawrence Wright became generally acknowledged as one of our major journalists writing on terrorism in the Middle East. This collection draws on several articles he wrote while researching that book as well as many that he's written since, following where and how al-Qaeda and its core cultlike beliefs have morphed and spread.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • disappointing

  • By A on 2019-01-05

disappointing

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-01-05

to give a little bit of background I really loved the looming tower which is why I purchased this book. this book is nothing like the looming tower. it is very piecemeal and not one cohesive narrative. the most intriguing material was also duplicate from the tower. my recommendation is to read the looming tower or if you already have, avoid this book all together.

  • Needful Things

  • Written by: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 25 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

Leland Gaunt opens a new shop in Castle Rock called Needful Things. Anyone who enters his store finds the object of his or her lifelong dreams and desires: a prized baseball card, a healing amulet. In addition to a token payment, Gaunt requests that each person perform a little "deed", usually a seemingly innocent prank played on someone else from town. These practical jokes cascade out of control, and soon the entire town is doing battle with itself. Only Sheriff Alan Pangborn suspects that Gaunt is behind the population's increasingly violent behavior.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Previous reviews left me skeptic but was pleasantly surprised.

  • By Amazon Customer on 2018-05-20

Destruction of a town

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-11-28

I really enjoyed this book. Kings narration is spot on and he gives the characters great life. I didn't overly love the sound effects that were added in the background though. Besides the bell when somebody enters the store which I found work very well. this story is very violent near the end especially when the breadth spans the entire town. I really like the premise of this book being that many of us will do a seemingly small but bad thing to get something we want. as with some other of King's stories I found that the climactic battle seen went on a little bit too long. overall though lots of connections to the rest of the King universe and very enjoyable book.

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  • The Attention Merchants

  • The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads
  • Written by: Tim Wu
  • Narrated by: Marc Cashman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

In nearly every moment of our waking lives, we face a barrage of advertising enticements, branding efforts, sponsored social media, commercials and other efforts to harvest our attention. Over the last century, few times or spaces have remained uncultivated by the "attention merchants", contributing to the distracted, unfocused tenor of our times. Tim Wu argues that this is not simply the byproduct of recent inventions, but the end result of more than a century's growth and expansion in the industries that feed on human attention.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • important reading

  • By A on 2018-10-09

important reading

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-10-09

this is a really important book. I found that it started slowly and took awhile to really get into. Once he got to the middle of the 20th century it really picked up. it ends talking about the digital age and how our attention is being harvested . the biggest culprit in this are 'free' services that harvest your data and sell it to advertisers. definitely recommended reading.

  • The Cold Dish

  • A Walt Longmire Mystery
  • Written by: Craig Johnson
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Award-winning author Craig Johnson's critically acclaimed debut Western mystery takes listeners to the breathtaking mountains of Wyoming for a tale of cold-blooded vengeance. Four high-school boys were given suspended sentences for raping a Cheyenne girl. Now, two of the boys have been killed, and only Sheriff Walt Longmire can keep the other two safe.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • average murder mystery

  • By A on 2018-08-03

average murder mystery

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-08-03

there is nothing great here. the best part of the book is the characters who are admittedly engaging. however the plot is fairly trait murder mystery. particular areas I did not appreciate were Supernatural themes, Police Department with only four members and a alcoholic Sheriff battling personal demons, and finally a surprising and poorly chosen antagonist who predictably Phil in many missing plot points in a final confession.

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  • Enlightenment Now

  • The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
  • Written by: Steven Pinker
  • Narrated by: Arthur Morey
  • Length: 19 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247

Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? In this elegant assessment of the human condition in the third millennium, cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, which play to our psychological biases. Instead, follow the data: Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise, not just in the West but worldwide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intellectual optimistic Steven Pinker did it again

  • By Justin Greeno on 2018-04-07

A very important book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-07-09

this is an important book because the ideas it speaks to, mainly secular humanism, are what has and will continue to improve our world. I think that Pinker does a great job making an argument for this. in the first part of the book he cites numerous stats it makes for a powerful argument and I'm not in a position to refute anything he claims. I think the second half of the book slightly drags and is a little esoteric, but he wraps up his arguments well. overall this is a great read, and my only fear is that it will be mainly consumed by people like me who already believe in the ideals (preaching to the choir), as it would definitely be more of a benefit those who believe in nationalism, tribalism, and religious Doctrine.

  • Skeletons on the Zahara

  • A True Story of Survival
  • Written by: Dean King
  • Narrated by: Michael Prichard
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Everywhere hailed as a masterpiece of historical adventure, this enthralling narrative recounts the experiences of 12 American sailors who were shipwrecked off the coast of Africa in 1815, captured by desert nomads, sold into slavery, and subjected to a hellish two-month journey through the bone-dry heart of the Sahara. The ordeal of these men - who found themselves tested by barbarism, murder, starvation, death, dehydration, and hostile tribes that roamed the desert on camelback - is made indelibly vivid in this gripping account of courage, brotherhood, and survival.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story of survival

  • By Anonymous User on 2018-09-14

decent adventure story.

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-05-06

this is hey good adventure story and although the tale itself speaks to an arduous journey, the book isn't spectacular. I found the loss quarter dragged and the characters were hard to keep track of as the sellers keep getting passed to different groups