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Lil

Idaho Falls, ID, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Her Last Death: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Susanna Sonnenberg
    • Narrated By Susanna Sonnenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (12)

    Her Last Death begins as the phone rings early one morning in the Montana house where Susanna Sonnenberg lives with her husband and two young sons. Her aunt is calling to tell Susanna her mother is in a coma after a car accident. She might not live. Any daughter would rush the thousands of miles to her mother's bedside. But Susanna cannot bring herself to go. Her courageous memoir explains why.

    Lil says: "But what have you learned?"
    "But what have you learned?"
    Overall

    I guess the thing that struck me at the end was "but what have you learned?" It seemed to be more of how Suzanna could punish her mother than what lessons she came out of the whole situation with. It's an easier task to be honest and critical about our pasts...but what really takes bravery is to be honest about present life. Because the book just "stopped," it's hard to interpret it's lessons when viewed in comparison to her current life.

    Having a difficult relationship with my own mother, the anecdotes from the past were helpful to set a nice framework, but this book didn't carry those to the next logical step...Overall, I had hoped to see more resolution. Of course, perhaps that was her point...that we are always learning and there isn't ever a "real" resolution. Even so, there are still things we will do differently, today, from what have learned, yesterday.

    IMHO it needed another couple of chapters...

    0 of 0 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
    (429)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (272)

    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.

    Jannice says: "Glad I took a chance"
    "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
  • Bright Shiny Morning

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By James Frey
    • Narrated By Ben Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    One of the most celebrated and controversial authors in America delivers his first novel - a sweeping chronicle of contemporary Los Angeles that is bold, exhilarating, and utterly original. Dozens of characters pass across the reader's sight lines - some never to be seen again - but James Frey lingers on a handful of LA's lost souls and captures the dramatic narrative of their lives.

    Rina A. Stein says: "Sooo Good"
    "Captivating and Brilliantly Assembled"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I thought this story mirrored "real life" so well! Frey managed to give life to LA, personifying her via characters, hopes, dreams, and history. I was captivated from beginning to end. Not all the stories are happy, but they represent each life lived, poorly or brilliantly, according to the person. Such a rich story upon a story. LOVED IT! Narrator was PHENOMENAL!!!! He seemed to really love the story, himself, or at least understand it enough to pour his own emotion into it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Getting It Through My Thick Skull

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Mary Jo Buttafuoco
    • Narrated By Mary Jo Buttafuoco
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Jo Buttafuoco's anonymous life as a suburban wife and mother in sleepy Massapequa, New York, on Long Island, ended in May 1992, when she was shot in the head on her own front porch. The "Long Island Lolita" saga sparked a media frenzy that has not died to this day. As the years passed and Mary Jo steadfastly stood by her man while Joey Buttafuoco and Amy Fisher continued to make headlines, one question lingered in the minds of women everywhere: Why did she stay for so long?

    Joy says: "Finally, she gets it"
    "Nice Perspective..."
    Overall

    I like how Mary Jo tried to keep the larger picture in mind (IE her kids) as she told the story. She didn't seem to want to throw anyone under the proverbial bus. My only criticism is I was hoping to linger a little less on the history and, instead, savor more of what she's learned. Honestly, this came across less as "what I have learned" and more of her beating herself up a little much...but I can't imagine the criticism she faced. The "now-a-days" seemed a little rushed to me. I wanted to hear more details of how "the best revenge is a life well-lived." But it was nice to at least gain some of her perspective. Prosper, strong lady.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • East of the Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Julia Gregson
    • Narrated By Tania Rodrigues
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (49)

    Autumn 1928. Three young women are on their way to India, each with a new life in mind. Rose, a beautiful but naive bride-to-be, is anxious about leaving her family and marrying a man she hardly knows. Victoria, her bridesmaid couldn't be happier to get away from her overbearing mother, and is determined to find herself a husband. And Viva, their inexperienced chaperone, is in search of the India of her childhood, ghosts from the past and freedom.

    Cate P says: "Plotty, but good."
    "Engaging"
    Overall

    I LOVED how the author tied a larger world-view up in the stories of three quite different ladies. I liked how the story slowly unfolded...I find this resembles how life works...generally no huge cathartic epiphanies, but smaller, slower revelations that lend themselves to a larger awareness or understanding. I had a difficult time turning this one off at the end of each commute.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2712)
    Performance
    (932)
    Story
    (945)

    Dexter Morgan appears to be the perfect gentleman. He is handsome and polite, and has been in a relationship for nearly a year and a half. Yet appearances can be deceiving, for Dexter is a serial killer who has slain many people. But in this tale, he's the good guy, for there is one little twist: Dexter only snuffs out other murderers. When another serial killer, with an eerily similar style, starts grabbing headlines, Dexter has a fairly morbid thought. Am I being challenged?

    V. Sharol says: "Compelling but unsettling"
    "Great Story!"
    Overall

    I loved the story. As for the narration, I was able to get lost in the story, which means the narration did its job...at least for me. I would say this was definitely worth the money as an audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Brother's Journey: Surviving a Childhood of Abuse

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard B. Pelzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    The Pelzer family's secret life of fear and abuse was first revealed in Dave Pelzer's inspiring New York Times best seller, A Child Called "It", followed by The Lost Child and A Man Called Dave. Here, for the first time, Richard Pelzer tells the courageous and moving story of his abusive childhood.

    Leslie says: "amazing story of courage and strength"
    "Gripping, but ended too soon..."
    Overall

    I am sorry, but I thought this book stopped short of a journey. It is a gripping and horrifying story of the actual abuse, the details of which are quite explicit. And after enduring HOURS of hearing about that, I got no payoff or satisfaction by means of how his life is, now? How Mr. Pelzer recovers is completely left out. How he "escaped" is also left out. For me, child abuse is the start of the journey and in this book I felt it was the journey. A mere 5 minutes at the end of the book recants why this might have happened, how "the system" failed him, but tells NOTHING of how he is doing, today...truthfully, as honest as the details of the abuse were, he was not very honest with how he came through. Sorry, but that's how I felt. I was looking for soooo much more self-discovery! Book wasn't hopeful, in the least, it left me sad and uninspired.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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