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Mary

Manitowoc, WI, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 96 titles in library
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  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2927)
    Performance
    (2662)
    Story
    (2679)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "not interesting!"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    She spent a few months in prison, made friends and had a basically uneventful experience.


    What could Piper Kerman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    She would of had to put some fiction in it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    it didn't


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hiltons: The True Story of an American Dynasty

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By J. Randy Taraborrelli
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    The Hiltons is a sweeping saga of the success-and excess-of an iconic American family. Demanding and enigmatic, patriarch Conrad Hilton's visionary ideas and unyielding will established the model for the modern luxury hotel industry. But outside the boardroom, Conrad struggled with emotional detachment, failed marriages, and conflicted Catholicism.

    Jenna Frye says: "American Dynasty"
    "too long"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What would have made The Hiltons better?

    make it shorter


    Has The Hiltons turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no, I have read other books in this genre that were much more interesting


    Did Robert Petkoff do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    yes


    What character would you cut from The Hiltons?

    I would cut everyone. Their lives were boring.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling (with Great Hair)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Rosie Perez
    • Narrated By Rosie Perez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    Rosie Perez first caught our attention with her fierce dance in the title sequence of Do the Right Thing and has since defined herself as a funny and talented actress who broke boundaries for Latinas in the film industry. What most people would be surprised to learn is that the woman with the big, effervescent personality has a secret straight out of a Dickens novel. At the age of three, Rosie’s life was turned upside down when her mentally ill mother tore her away from the only family she knew and placed her in a Catholic children’s home in New York’s Westchester County.

    Rhonda Hill says: "Had me hooked from page 1..."
    "unbelievable"
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    Would you listen to Handbook for an Unpredictable Life again? Why?

    yes, It was very heartwarming and interesting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rosie of course. Her courage, sense of humor and her ability to narrate the story. I loved her expressions.


    Which character – as performed by Rosie Perez – was your favorite?

    Her aunt.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Courage


    Any additional comments?

    I can relate a little, because I went to a catholic school

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of Normal

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephanie Madoff Mack
    • Narrated By Stephanie Madoff Mack
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (100)

    An explosive, heartbreaking memoir from the widow of Mark Madoff and daughter-in-law of Bernard Madoff, the first genuine inside story from a family member who has lived through - and survived - both the public crisis and her own deeply personal tragedy. In this candid insider account, she talks about her idyllic wedding to Mark, what it was really like to be a part of the Madoff family, the build-up to Bernard's confession, and the media frenzy that followed. It is about the loss of the fairytale life she knew and the tragic and final loss of her husband.

    Naturalbohemian says: "Everything is disturbing about this book..."
    "Interesting and Informative"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The End of Normal the most enjoyable?

    Just the fact that it was very interesting. She gave a lot of insight as to what the family was all about and how much his children were hurt by his actions. I really felt bad for her husband and how her and her children were treated by his mother.


    What other book might you compare The End of Normal to and why?

    not sure.


    Which character – as performed by Stephanie Madoff Mack – was your favorite?

    Stephanie and her husband.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    How greed destroys!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breath of Scandal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1173)
    Performance
    (674)
    Story
    (669)

    On a rainy Southern night, Jade Sperry endured a young woman's worst nightmare at the hands of three local hell-raisers. Robbed of her youthful ideals and at the center of scandal and tragedy, Jade ran as far and as fast as she could. But she never forgot the sleepy "company town" where every man, woman, and child was dependent on one wealthy family.

    Margaret says: "Lifted by Narration"
    "Great story!"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about Breath of Scandal?

    Well written, kept my interest, couldn't wait to see what would happen next.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Her revenge


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    nothing


    Any additional comments?

    This is a story that is easy to follow, well written and had a great ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Stolen Life: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jaycee Dugard
    • Narrated By Jaycee Dugard
    Overall
    (1379)
    Performance
    (1024)
    Story
    (1024)

    "In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation. On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I dont think of myself as a victim. I survived...."

    Daniel says: "Terrific"
    "What a young brain is capable of,"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Stolen Life to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because you heard Jaycee's voice,


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jaycee, because of her unbelievable bravery.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she met her mother.


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

    Regardless of the circumstances she maintained caring, kindness and integrity. I especially liked how loving she was to her children and animals.


    Any additional comments?

    It is unbelievable that their are people out there like her abductors. Thank God they were caught, but it shouldn't have taken as long as it did. Authorities were in that house a number of times, because of neighbors complaints, but did a very poor job of investigating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15439)
    Performance
    (12756)
    Story
    (13395)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "sex, sex and more sex"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was entertaining


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It made me want to read the next book to see if she comes to her senses,


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Becca Battoe?

    Anyone, but her. She sounded too young (like she was around 16).


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I found it extremely annoying when writing about the text messages. Too many, boring and why did they constantly have to tell you who they were going to and who they were from. If you were reading the book you could skip over that part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life After Death

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Damien Echols
    • Narrated By Damien Echols
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (269)

    The definitive memoir by Damien Echols of the "West Memphis Three", who was falsely convicted of committing three murders. Hear this unforgettable account of his 18 years on death row.

    Courtney says: "A compelling story-worthwhile listen."
    "Extreme injustice!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, It was well written, the entire story kept my interest and was well read.


    What other book might you compare Life After Death to and why?

    None. I have never read a book like it. I also enjoyed the documentary's that was made about the three boys lives.


    What about Damien Echols’s performance did you like?

    Excellent. A very intelligent person.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The same as the book.


    Any additional comments?

    It's heart wrenching to know this is happening not only to these 3 boys, but to other people too. I was extremely upset over the fact they made these men plead guilty in order to get out of prison and the true murderer is free. The trial was a farce and these men should be well compensated. Thanks to all the people responsible for helping them,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jenna Miscavige Hill
    • Narrated By Sandy Rustin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (819)
    Performance
    (750)
    Story
    (750)

    Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member Sea Org - the church's highest ministry - speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape.

    Tim says: "The Despicable Truth Behind Scientology"
    "Interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    yes. It gave some good insight as to what the Religion was about and why the movie stars get caught up in it. They are treated a lot different than the average person.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I liked the ending, because she does get out.


    Which character – as performed by Sandy Rustin – was your favorite?

    I didn't have any


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Although the story dragged a little it was informative and it kept my interest.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. Phil McGraw: Life Code

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Phil McGraw
    • Narrated By Phil McGraw
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (267)

    The rules for living in the real world have changed, because the world we live in has changed. Much of the conventional wisdom the last generation has passed on just doesn't apply like it once did. If you want to win, and win big, and, more importantly, keep what you work so hard for, you need a crystal-clear view of how the real world works - not how you wish it worked, but how it actually works.

    christy says: "Read it, so don't mention it anymore Dr. Phil..."
    "basic information"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you try another book from Phil McGraw and/or Phil McGraw?

    yes


    Have you listened to any of Phil McGraw’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I think this book is geared to a young person that hasn't had much experience in life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Presumed Guilty: Casey Anthony: The Inside Story

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Peter Golenbock, Jose Baez
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (49)

    When Caylee Anthony was reported missing in Orlando, Florida, in July 2008, the public spent the next three years following the investigation and the eventual trial of her mother, Casey Anthony. On July 5, 2011, the case that captured headlines worldwide exploded when, against all odds, defense attorney Jose Baez delivered one of the biggest legal upsets in American history: a not-guilty verdict.

    Tracy says: "Blah, blah, blah"
    "Provides a different outlook."
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Presumed Guilty to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the printed version, but the performance was excellent.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't have one


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Her attorney, who wrote the book, brought out some incidents that sounded believable. You got a better understanding why the jurors found her not guilty.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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