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Jamie Andersen

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  • The Talented Mr. Ripley

  • Written by: Patricia Highsmith
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

In this first novel, we are introduced to suave, handsome Tom Ripley: a young striver, newly arrived in the heady world of Manhattan in the 1950s. A product of a broken home, branded a "sissy" by his dismissive Aunt Dottie, Ripley becomes enamored of the moneyed world of his new friend, Dickie Greenleaf. This fondness turns obsessive when Ripley is sent to Italy to bring back his libertine pal, but he grows enraged by Dickie's ambivalent feelings for Marge, a charming American dilettante.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Profoundly creepy

  • By Diana M. Sandberg on 2019-03-03

Very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-03

Great story the narrator does an excellent job of making the tale come alive. I thought the movie was fantastic but as is usually the case the book was much better. It provided many more insights into Tom Ripley’s thoughts and motivations.

  • The Wizard of Oz and Other Narcissists

  • Coping with the One-Way Relationship in Work, Love, and Family
  • Written by: Eleanor Payson
  • Narrated by: Cathryn Bond Doyle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

This ground-breaking book offers hope and help to those who have been drawn into these devastating relationships. She includes illuminating case studies that identify the problems that occur in the different types of relationships, from co-workers, to friends, to parents, to lovers. Listeners employing these insights and skills will find new abilities to identify and protect against the narcissist's manipulations and take back control of their lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very informative.

  • By Jamie Andersen on 2018-09-19

Very informative.

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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: 2018-09-19

Good introduction to narcissism and it’s behaviours. I liked how the author pointed out that many narcissistic actions are very common but when these traits are all when combined in 1 person it’s a disorder.
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  • The Vikings

  • Written by: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 17 hrs and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

As raiders and explorers, the Vikings played a decisive role in the formation of Latin Christendom, and particularly of western Europe. Now, in a series of 36 vivid lectures by an honored teacher and classical scholar, you have the opportunity to understand this remarkable race as never before, studying the Vikings not only as warriors, but in all of the other roles in which they were equally extraordinary - merchants, artists, kings, raiders, seafarers, shipbuilders, and creators of a remarkable literature of myths and sagas.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very thorough.

  • By Jamie Andersen on 2018-09-19

Very thorough.

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-19

Great listen, like some of the other history lectures it’s very information heavy and sometimes I wonder if all the details are needed to get a world view of this time and its people. I’ll have to listen to it again to soak up some more.
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  • Deviant

  • The Shocking True Story of Ed Gein, the Original "Psycho"
  • Written by: Harold Schechter
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

From "America's principal chronicler of its greatest psychopathic killers" ( Boston Book Review) comes the definitive account of Ed Gein, a mild-mannered Wisconsin farmhand who stunned an unsuspecting nation - and redefined the meaning of the word psycho.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Trine crime starts here

  • By Colton Dinning on 2019-04-28

First 3/4 good, ending not so much.

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-19

Very detailed account although as others have mentioned it kind of Peters out towards the end. I was familiar with the name of Ed Gein but not the story behind him. This is an informative albeit macabre account of s descent into madness. I found the childhood part of his story nearly as disturbing as what he did with the bodies.
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  • Way of the Reaper

  • My Greatest Untold Missions and the Art of Being a Sniper
  • Written by: Nicholas Irving, Gary Brozek
  • Narrated by: Jeff Gurner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

Way of the Reaper is a step-by-step accounting of how a sniper works, through the lens of Irving's 10 most significant kills - none of which have been told before. Each mission is an in-depth look at a new element of eliminating the enemy, from intel to luck, recon to weaponry. Told in a thrilling narrative, this is also a heart-pounding true story of some of the Reaper's boldest missions, including the longest shot of his military career on a human target of over half a mile.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing stories

  • By Anonymous User on 2018-05-16

Good listen.

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-19

I enjoyed listening to this, kept me entertained at work and is an interesting window into a world I never hope to occupy. I’m not from America so found some of the patriotism a little bit over the top but that’s to be expected and it’s understandable how many could feel this way after going through Nicks experiences.
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  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • Written by: Yuval Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,781
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,408
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,401

In Sapiens, Dr. Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical - and sometimes devastating - breakthroughs of the cognitive, agricultural, and scientific revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology, and economics, he explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'll definitely listen to this again.

  • By Shea Earl on 2017-11-25

Exceptional listen!!!

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-19

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and wish it had been issued as a school textbook. I was familiar with a lot of the info but had not connected it in such a seamless way. Incredible case study of the history of humans and presented in such a manner that was not dusty or boring. For some reason I also was able to retain a lot more of the info. Definitely recommend!!
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  • Before the Fall

  • Written by: Noah Hawley
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

On a foggy summer night, 11 people - 10 privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter - depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later the unthinkable happens: The plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs - the painter - and a four-year-old boy who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good.

  • By Jamie Andersen on 2018-09-19

Pretty good.

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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: 2018-09-19

This was a decent listen, nothing spectacular but did kept me entertained and interested throughout. I was hoping it would be similar to Fargo but I didn’t find it like the show at all.
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  • History's Great Military Blunders and the Lessons They Teach

  • Written by: The Great Courses, Gregory S. Aldrete
  • Narrated by: Gregory S. Aldrete
  • Length: 12 hrs and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Military history often highlights successes and suggests a sense of inevitability about victory, but there is so much that can be gleaned from considering failures. Study these crucibles of history to gain a better understanding of why a civilization took - or didn't take - a particular path.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very interesting!

  • By Jamie Andersen on 2018-09-19

Very interesting!

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

Reviewed: 2018-09-19

I enjoyed this lecture a lot. Great historical outcomes that can be applied to modem situations big and small. Lots of lessons to be gleaned! I also enjoyed that the accounts were varied so it’s kind of like a book of short stories. Some of the other lectures (Egyptians, Etruscans) can be overwhelming with the amount of information and I can only listen to a few chapters at a time whereas this lecture is a one sitting event.
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