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Beverley Hills, CA, United States

  • 3 reviews
  • 51 ratings
  • 121 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Gerald's Game

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Lindsay Crouse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On a warm October day, Jessie Burlingame lies in the bedroom of her secluded lake home, listening to the far-off sounds of the country; the cry of a loon, the growl of a chain saw, the bark of a lonesome dog. Nearer, she hears the banging of the screen door, left unlatched in the autumn breeze; nearer still, the click of the key locking the second pair of handcuffs that chain her to the bed.

    Roni says: "Excellent story, terrible narration/production"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I was expecting a tense atmospheric thriller / horror. It actually reads like a post childhood abuse trauma stream of consciousness drama. What can anyone get out of that? Childhood abuse is disturbing, sure, but it's not the kind of disturbing I was after. Using this kind of trauma as some kind of catalyst for the narrative is weak and lazy.

    What could Stephen King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Why rely on an abuse narrative which reads like an excuse to write what would otherwise be completely unacceptable? I don't find the child sexual abuse scenes interesting or enlightening in any way. And using sexual abuse as some kind of vehicle for drama takes this book out of entertainment and into seedy. Also, there is so much scope to turn the story (without the abuse hysterics) genuinely frightening.

    I would have liked to see her kill Gerald by accident, during sex.
    I would have like to see the wild dog take Gerald's meat outside to the chainsaw man
    Then the chainsaw man could have found and held her captive
    That kind of scenario would have been so much more compelling and frightening as she worked to kill / get away from her captor.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lindsay Crouse?

    No, the narrator was excellent.

    What character would you cut from Gerald's Game?

    The childhood sex abuse angle entirely

    Any additional comments?

    Could not finish this book, was sick of listening to the abuse story line. Wanted suspense and horror in the cabin - not repressed childhood trauma drama.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Road Blues: The Pine Deep Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The cozy little town of Pine Deep buried the horrors of its past a long time ago. Thirty years have gone by since the darkness descended and the Black Harvest began, a time when a serial killer sheared a bloody swath through the quiet Pennsylvania village. The evil that once coursed through Pine Deep has been replaced by cheerful tourists getting ready to enjoy the country’s largest Halloween celebration in what is now called “The Spookiest Town in America.”

    James says: "Refreshingly different."
    "Don't bother"
    What disappointed you about Ghost Road Blues?

    I could only get in 15 minutes then I couldn't stand it, it reads like a teenage boys version of a horror story, I HATED IT

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


    Any additional comments?

    I took a punt on this book and lost because I wasn't able to return it WHICH MAKES ME FURIOUS because it really was a waste of a credit

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Your Way in a Wild New World: Reclaim Your True Nature to Create the Life You Want

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Martha Beck
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Many people feel called to help others and change the world, but they just don’t know how to fulfill their potential. They have the creativity and passion, but often get lost, not knowing how to direct their energies. Now, popular life coach Martha Beck shows how readers can find their calling in service and healing - while realizing their destiny. With a sparkling, compassionate, and often irreverent style, Beck draws from a combination of ancient wisdom and modern science to help readers consciously embrace vital skills that may be embedded in our DNA and are now made accessible again.

    J. Smith says: "Interesting"
    "AVOID, Don't waste your money"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Martha Beck again?

    No, she is clearly unbalanced

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

    I love the premise, I love the peppy upbeat vibe...but I hate the ridiculousness of it.

    Any additional comments?

    This is a sad review. The author is obviously so devestated by the fact her son was born with Down's Syndrom (and can't speak) that the author has created an alternative reality where his disability is not 'reality' and where they actually communicate through a telepathic type stream of conciousness. But she would have you believe, it's not just her,anyone can tape into this 'stream' and thereby improve their lives. And here is the whole reason for this book: she want's as many people as possible to buy into this idea.

    This audio book started so well, I really enjoyed the beginning and felt like it was going somewhere...until she started talking absolute fantasy and 'basing' or proving it with really bad and unproved science.

    Martha, I've been bending spoons since I was a child, so I'm more open to your ideas than most but it's clear to me that you are unwell. I'm sorry about your son but putting forward the idea that he planted dreams in your mind and communicates to you via some higher stream is just nonsense. You must be in a lot of pain to dedicate so much time and effort into what is essentially a work of fantasy. You are deceiving people. I'm not OK with you taking my money for this rubbish.

    Seriously.Get a grip already.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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