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kellee

las vegas, NV, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 67 reviews
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  • 288 titles in library
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  • Eleanor & Park

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Rainbow Rowell
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1557)
    Performance
    (1406)
    Story
    (1418)

    Set over the course of one school year, in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits - smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love - and just how hard it pulled you under.

    G. House Sr. says: "Pure Heartstrings -- A Great Story"
    "Great read for teenagers!"
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    This story was young for me, but I still enjoyed it immensely. It pays homage to the idea that what happens to you as a teenager changes you, but it doesn't define you. I would have loved to have read a book like this when I was a kid.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Arms of Family: Adrian's Undead Diary, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Chris Philbrook
    • Narrated By James Foster
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (164)

    In Book Six of Adrian's Undead Diary, no one near Adrian is safe. Many will make the ultimate sacrifice to ensure that he can keep his loved ones protected at any cost, and rebuild a new, better world. In the Arms of Family also follows Kevin and Michelle as their stories entwine and bring them ever closer to the horrors that surround Adrian across the vast Atlantic Ocean. How long can they survive before the dead finish what they came to do?

    AudioBookReviewer says: "This sixth book is no different than the rest"
    "HURRY UP BOOK #7!"
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    If the next book in this series isn't out on Audible soon I will be forced... gasp... to READ it. It's THAT good. It's taking all of my self control not to "read' the next book in this series. These are THE best book about the apocalypse I have read. I can't get enough of them.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Yasmeena's Choice: A True Story of War, Rape, Courage and Survival

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jean Sasson
    • Narrated By Parisa Johnston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    This is the true story of Yasmeena, a bright and beautiful young Lebanese woman who was imprisoned in Kuwait during the first Gulf War. Yasmeena's shocking journey is a tale of the madness of war, of the sexual brutality unleashed by chaos, and of one woman’s courage to stand in danger’s way to aid her fellow sufferers.

    kellee says: "Not what I expected."
    "Not what I expected."
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    I would like to start out by saying I think what these innocent women were forced to endure is an abomination. My heart aches for them and their tribulations. I think it's equally abhorrent what their own families do to them as a result. I don't think it's prideful to be ashamed of your own daughter, sister, friend for being the victim of a horrendous, violent crime. I find it to be culturally and willfully ignorant and grotesque.
    Having said all of that, I found it nearly impossible for me to be compassionate towards Jasmeena regarding anything other than her capture and rape. The ridicule that comes from her culture and family and HERSELF is no different from the arrogant way, I felt, that she treated people that aren't as thin, as pretty, as affluent as her or her family.
    It was obvious to me that, by the way the author beat the dead horse again and again, that being rich, pretty and thin made her better than most in her own eyes. She simply saw this as fact. I get that she's small, but did we have to hear about it again and again and again? The materialistic nature of the descriptions of people and possessions made it difficult for me to be as sympathetic as I probably should be.
    Although I'm incredibly empathetic and sickened by the kidnap, rape and torture these women had to endure, it was difficult for me to set aside Jasmeena's thoughtlessness and lack of humility towards anyone outside of her caste and feel as much compassion for her as I truly wanted to. As a whole, I feel a tremendous amount of compassion for these women, but so much so for the poor women that don't have all of the material things that the rich, privileged women like Jasmeena feel entitled to.
    This is just my opinion and my "feelings" after reading this book. I'm enraged actually. I find what happened to these women and what continues to happen to them abhorrent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 20/20 Diet by Dr. Phil McGraw- A15-Minute Summary & Analysis: Turn Your Weight Loss Vision into Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (34 mins)
    • By Instaread
    • Narrated By Jason P. Hilton
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Dr. Phil McGraw is a former psychologist, perhaps best known for his popular afternoon talk show. He has written several books geared toward self-improvement, including The Ultimate Weight Loss Solution. Since the publication of that book 10 years ago, dietary research and his own insights into the nature of weight loss have inspired him to write The 20/20 Diet Book.

    kellee says: "Good overview, but a waste of a credit or money."
    "Good overview, but a waste of a credit or money."
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    You don't really need this book to tell you that Dr. Phil's new book is pretty good. This is a total waste of money and/or a credit. The narration is AWFUL!!! It's almost like he's trying to cause your ears pain. Don't waste your time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lucky: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Alice Sebold
    • Narrated By Alice Sebold
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (126)

    In a memoir hailed for its searing candor and wit, Alice Sebold (The Lovely Bones) reveals how her life was utterly transformed when, as an 18-year-old college freshman, she was brutally raped and beaten in a park near campus. "A rueful, razor-sharp memoir," raves Vogue, "funnier than you'd think was possible. Sebold tells what it's like to go through a particular kind of nightmare in order to tell what it's like - slowly, boldly, triumphantly - to heal."

    Samantha says: "Very raw"
    "GREAT BOOK! Really bad narrating."
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    This is one of the most powerful books I have ever read as a woman. Well, I haven't read any as a man.. but you get what I'm saying :-) This book is a must read for all women. It's also a must read for anyone that is close to someone that has been raped. It's incredibly insightful. It took my breath away.
    Having said all of that... the book is 5 stars.. the narration, which I feel a little bit bad saying since it's the author that narrated the book, is just awful. She may as well have been reading out of the dictionary. She put zero emotion into this... well... that's what it sounded like.
    I think it's a great idea for her to have read a prologue or epilogue, but not the whole book. I also understand why she wanted to narrate it... but the reason I listen to audiobooks is for the experience the narrator brings to it when I listen. The way the narrater brings a book to life is SO important. Someone should have let the author know she is a wonderful writer, but terrible narrator.
    I would recommend READING this book... but I can't recommend the audio version. I will say the book itself is incredible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alone No More: Adrian's Undead Diary, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Chris Philbrook
    • Narrated By James Foster
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (266)

    Adrian's piecemeal life on campus since "That Day" has been a struggle. Retrieving supplies from local neighborhoods filled with the walking dead has been dangerous for him, but he's stayed alive by being a little smarter than the other survivors, and a lot faster than the roaming, hungry zombies that have overtaken his home town, and the world.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Full of the back-story you crave"
    "I LOVE LOVE LOVE THESE BOOKS!"
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    I've read several books in the Zombie Fallout series and have enjoyed them very much. However, I didn't have anxiety about what was going to happen next when I wasn't able to listen. I have a rule and I only listen to audio books in the car or at the gym. I broke my own rules with this series for the first time ever. With A.U.D I couldn't stop. I mean.. I couldn't stop at all..... I listened in bed at night and set my timer... first for 8 minutes... than 15.. than 1/2 an hour... then another half hour.. I couldn't help myself. I had to know what happened next. I had to listen at work the next day. I couldn't stand not knowing. And kids... this book is not really approrpiate for "most" work scenario's.

    Chris Philbrook has a way of making you care and feel the same way about the characters in the book that Adrian does. Including Adrian. I'm totally engrossed. I reallize this review doens't tell you about the actual book... but all you really need to know is that these books are worth the credit and then some.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Recollections: Adrian's Undead Diary, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Chris Philbrook
    • Narrated By James Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (348)

    For the first time, the Internet phenomenon is now in print! Beheading a zombie isn't easy in a world where you're more afraid of the living than the dead. Adrian Ring's simple life is thrown into chaos when the world is ripped apart by a plague of undead and legions of desperate survivors. Retreating to Auburn Lake Preparatory Academy, Adrian attempts to rescue friends and family on the way while dancing around his impending insanity over who and what he left behind, and evading maniac survivors.

    Mike Naka says: "northern exposure meets zombieland"
    "Refreshing and fun, but intense. LOVED IT!"
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    This might be my favorite zombie book yet. I wasn't sure how it would play out with it being a journal entry... but it's awesome. It's like a zombie book if zombie's were real. No crazy fights where the guy shouldn't live, but does. It's almost like a manual for the apocolypse. I loved this book. My only complaint is that it was too short. I'm downloading the next book in the series now. I totally recommend this book whether you are a guy or a girl. Yay!

    I feel a little bit bad not giving it 5 stars, but I think a book has to be earth shattering for that... definitely a GREAT read, though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hellhole

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Gina Damico
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (103)

    There was a time when geeky, squeaky-clean Max Kilgore would never lie or steal or even think about murder. Then he accidentally unearths a devil, and Max's choices are no longer his own. The big red guy has a penchant for couch surfing and junk food - and you should never underestimate evil on a sugar high.

    kellee says: "Best book I have read in over a year!"
    "Best book I have read in over a year!"
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    LOVED this book. I usually just listen to my books in the car or at the gym, but I took this book with me into work and listened at home. The humor was awesome and the narrator was incredible, but the story itself was funny, refreshing and very unexpected. I didn't think this book had it in it to take the dark place that it went at the end with all of the humor, but it did and it really worked. I feel like I actually learned a lesson and I can't stop thinking about the message, whether it was implied or not.

    Super funny, very witty and the best book I have read (listened to) in a very long time. Fast paced and fun, but very thought provoking..... for me anyway.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Trouble in Mudbug

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jana DeLeon
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (682)
    Performance
    (626)
    Story
    (622)

    Scientist Maryse Robicheaux thought that a lot of her problems had gone away with her mother-in-law's death. The woman was rude, pushy, manipulative and used her considerable wealth to run herd over the entire town of Mudbug, Louisiana. Unfortunately, death doesn't slow down Helena one bit. DEA Agent Luc LeJeune is wondering what his undercover assignment investigating the sexy scientist has gotten him into - especially as it seems someone wants her dead.

    K. April Holgate says: "My newest addition"
    "If you like Charlaine Harris you'll like this!"
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    This reminded me a lot of The Sookie Stackhouse Series. It's a light listen with the same narrator as the Sookie Stackhouse series. It's kind of fun, sort of silly, somewhat predictable, but I enjoyed it for the most part. I might listen to the second book in the series after listening to something heavy. It's worth the credit :-)

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Revival: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By David Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3460)
    Performance
    (3135)
    Story
    (3154)

    In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

    Thug4life says: "Not fit for a King"
    "Not one of my favorite Stephen King books."
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    I really, really wanted to LOVE this book, but I didn't. It fell really flat for me. I know lots of people loved it and I wanted ot be one of them, but just wasn't. I never felt a connection to any of the character's. I never really cared if anything bad happened to them after Jamie grew up and after... well.. the pastor stopped preaching at his first preaching job. I think this book may have a lot of appeal and may very well touch many deeply, it just didn't "touch" me in in the way that I had hoped. That being said.. I finished the book yesterday and had a bad dream about a little door last night... so you be your own judge. ;-)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Trunk Music: Harry Bosch Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2789)
    Performance
    (1760)
    Story
    (1753)

    Back on the job after an involuntary leave of absence, LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch is ready for a challenge. But his first case is a little more than he bargained for. It starts with the body of a Hollywood producer in the trunk of a Rolls-Royce, shot twice in the head at close range - what looks like "trunk music", a Mafia hit.

    Dan says: "Another Harry Bosch winner"
    "Worth the read, but not my favorite Harry Bosch."
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    I saw the end coming on this one and it was a bit predicatble. If you enjoy the series it's worth the read, but it's not my favorite Harry Bosch book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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