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LillyO

LillyO

Idaho Falls, ID USA | Member Since 2003

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  • 30 purchased in 2014
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  • The Autobiography of an Execution

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David R. Dow
    • Narrated By David R. Dow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    Near the beginning of The Autobiography of an Execution, David Dow lays his cards on the table. "People think that because I am against the death penalty and don't think people should be executed, that I forgive those people for what they did. Well, it isn't my place to forgive people, and if it were, I probably wouldn't. I'm a judgmental and not very forgiving guy. Just ask my wife."

    Rich in BCS says: "Great story. Tragic reality"
    "Deliciously Unsettling!"
    Overall

    This book unsettled me and forced me, in a healthy way, from my nice and happy bubble. The justice system scares me and I don't know where people who are are falsely-accused of a crime get the strength to carry on! I don't know how death-penalty lawyers and cops can ever see life as "normal" since the meter for normal must get set waaaay askew! The systems seems WAY off-balance and I don't see any hope for fixing it. If I got falsely-accused of a crime, I honestly don't know if I would even be able to face my trial!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Marti Olsen Laney, PsyD
    • Narrated By Tamara Marston
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (362)

    The Introvert Advantage dispels common myths about introverts - they’re not necessarily shy, aloof, or antisocial - and explains how they are hardwired from birth to focus inward, so outside stimulation such as chitchat, phone calls, parties, or office meetings can easily become "too much". Most importantly, it thoroughly refutes many introverts’ belief that something is wrong with them. Instead, it helps them recognize their inner strengths - their analytical skills, ability to think outside the box, and strong powers of concentration.

    Jared says: "Enlightening"
    "What a Gift!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Introvert Advantage rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    WAY up there. REALLY helped me understand myself and my hubby more.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When I understood why we get "overwhelmed" and how easy it is to pause to recharge the old batteries.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    This book did such a great job of letting me "off the hook." Hubby is an extreme introvert and I am mostly an introvert with a couple extroverted veins. It helped me understand why we work so well together as well as why we don't enjoy socializing. We already knew we didn't enjoy it, but now we know why...and that although we are different, we are not "wrong." Hubby has thanked me several times for downloading it and we are each on our second listen.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't see that the "tests" were available in a supplemental pdf. I might be wrong about that, but consider adding them! ;oP

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Carrion Comfort

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Mel Foster, Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (379)

    The Past...Caught behind the lines of Hitler’s Final Solution, Saul Laski is one of the multitudes destined to die in the notorious Chelmno extermination camp. Until he rises to meet his fate and finds himself face-to-face with an evil far older, and far greater, than the Nazis themselves...

    Robert says: "Simmons at his best"
    "Long, sure...but GREAT story!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I see other reviewers a bit put off by the length of this story. I had the thought "wow, a compelling story that the author took his time with!" What a bonus! I didn't find a single part boring. I liked how he took his time with a complicated tale. I liked the story development in between bouts of action. In typing this, I would compare it to the Steigg Larsen series...I like some story and character development with my "action sequences." I have not read Simmons' other books (for which he is apparently more famous) but this one piqued my interest in perusing more! The narrators were both excellent, too!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Pontoon: A Novel of Lake Wobegon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Garrison Keillor
    • Narrated By Garrison Keillor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (560)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (311)

    Garrison Keillor's latest book is about the wedding of a girl named Dede Ingebretson, who comes home from California with a guy named Brent. Dede has made a fortune in veterinary aromatherapy; Brent bears a strong resemblance to a man wanted for extortion who's pictured on a poster in the town's post office. Then there's the memorial service for Dede's aunt Evelyn, who led a footloose and adventurous life after the death of her husband 17 years previously.

    Michele says: "Brillliant but not lighthearted"
    "Genius! PURE Genius!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As an avid fan of PHC, I was pleasantly surprised by the authenticity of the characters and story, here. Because PHC is a radio show, it is MUCH more "vanilla" than this book, and I found this surprise quite delicious. I LOVE how Keillor's mind works and keeps the web of characters and relationships so real. I LOVE his "deadpan" delivery (that's vintage Keillor--love it or hate it) and think NO ONE could have read it better than the author, himself. Just AWESOME!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Joe

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jonathan Tropper
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (385)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (239)

    Joe Goffman was fifteen years out from his sleepy hometown when he wrote Bush Falls, a searing critique of its people and institutions. The book was a runaway best seller, and led to an even more successful movie. Now, however, Joe's got a problem. His father has suffered a stroke, and that means that Joe has to go back to his birthplace after having successfully antagonized every person living there. Can Joe survive the reservoirs of hatred that have been waiting to pour down upon him? Just maybe.

    FanB14 says: "Sarcasm Reigns Supreme"
    "Highly Entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Perhaps it's the time of life I am in (just faced my 20th high school reunion), but this book made me laugh and kept me highly entertained. There was no unnecessary tearful reunions or sudden epiphanies...just a slow unfolding of the story. I also like the way Tropper told a "story within a story" in the same, unhurried way. HIGHLY entertained...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Life as an Experiment

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By A. J. Jacobs
    • Narrated By A. J. Jacobs
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    Best-selling author and human guinea pig A. J. Jacobs puts his life to the test and reports on the surprising and entertaining results. He goes undercover as a woman, lives by George Washington’s moral code, and impersonates a movie star. He practices "radical honesty", brushes his teeth with the world’s most rational toothpaste, and outsources every part of his life to India—including reading bedtime stories to his kids.

    Jean says: "Incredibly entertaining anecdotes"
    "LOL!"
    Overall

    Self-effacing humor combined with new ways to look at the world made this a compelling story. My favorite part was the wrap-up after each experiment, showing what he learned, as well as what he "kept" (or didn't) and why. I don't want to spoil it, but the guest writer at the end had me laughing out loud! I look forward to more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (16947)
    Performance
    (12855)
    Story
    (12792)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Does Not Disappoint"
    Overall

    Oh, Tina Fey, you live up to your reputation as a smart, strong, witty HAM (of the metaphorical variety, not the swine variety). ;oD This book had me laughing out loud as I completed my morning jogs...I am sure people thought I was insane. The biggest asset, to me, is how she can make a point without making a point. By deflecting what you might be "expecting to hear next" with humor, it makes the point even funnier. Okay...one last thing...Piss Jugs! REALLY???? Ew!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3168)
    Performance
    (2481)
    Story
    (2473)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "In a Different Light"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book! I must confess, I bought it hoping for nothing more than a lighthearted yarn. I liked how Rob was able to dish a little information, without diving into gossip. Shallowly, I had not gone much beyond the "pretty boy" image he had. He can write! He's funny! He's loyal! The most interesting part, for me, was how in-depth and honestly he describes the "behind the scenes" politics and operations of movies. I also liked how he contrasted movie-making to TV shows. Keep it up, Mr. Lowe! You are SMART!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ultramarathon Man: Confession of an All-Night Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Dean Karnazes
    • Narrated By James Yaegashi
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (189)

    Karnazes reveals the mind-boggling adventures of his nonstop treks through the hell of Death Valley, the incomprehensible frigidity of the South Pole, and the breathtaking beauty of the mountains and canyons of the Sierra Nevada.

    Andrea says: "Not as self-congratulating as others have said"
    "Flat"
    Overall

    For some reason I expected an Ultra-athlete to be more "turned on" to life, himself, the world around him. For example, if your muscles seize up and you yak all over your steering wheel, did you do any research to find out why this happened so as to take preventative measures and share your wisdom with other runners? No. I think that's why this book comes across as self-congratulatory...lacks introspection, in my opinion. Unlike his runs, this book is flat.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • If I am Missing or Dead: A Sister's Story of Love, Murder, and Liberation

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Janine Latus
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    In April 2002, Janine Latus' youngest sister, Amy, wrote a note and taped it to the inside of her desk drawer. "Today Ron Ball and I are romantically involved", it read, "but I fear I have placed myself at risk in a variety of ways. Based on his criminal past, writing this out just seems like the smart thing to do. If I am missing or dead this obviously has not protected me...."

    Angie says: "I felt deceived by this book"
    "Message Lost in Delivery"
    Overall

    Such a great opportunity to get a strong message "out there" lost in borderline narcissism. Sigh. Would feel better if Janine had spent less time belaboring the point that they BOTH made bad choices in men (thanks, dad) and more time telling what she's learned. It would turn this from whiny to redemptive! Great narrator, tho!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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