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Ruth

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  • 22 reviews
  • 31 ratings
  • 105 titles in library
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  • Island of the Sequined Love Nun

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (791)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (477)

    Take a wonderfully crazed excursion into the demented heart of a tropical paradise - a world of cargo cults, cannibals, mad scientists, ninjas, and talking fruit bats. Our bumbling hero is Tucker Case, a hopeless geek trapped in a cool guy's body, who makes a living as a pilot for the Mary Jean Cosmetics Corporation.

    Benjamin says: "redeeming light thriller"
    "Another great Moore book!"
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    This was my second Moore book (after A Dirty Job).

    He's a very fun writer, and his books are compelling and well crafted. I absolutely recommend this one and can't wait to hear more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Janet Reitman
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1077)
    Performance
    (893)
    Story
    (905)

    Scientology, created in 1954 by a prolific sci-fi writer named L. Ron Hubbard, claims to be the world's fastest-growing religion, with millions of members around the world and huge financial holdings. Its celebrity believers keep its profile high, and its teams of "volunteer ministers" offer aid at disaster sites such as Haiti and the World Trade Center. But Scientology is also a notably closed faith, harassing journalists and others through litigation and intimidation, even infiltrating the highest levels of government to further its goals.

    Matt says: "My cup of tea."
    "Astounding, informative, and terrifying"
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    I really appreciate the author making every effort to write an objective book about a controversial subject. Reading this book makes you realize that even without nuance, the facts in this story are absolutely chilling. Anyone who has any interest in the Church of Scientology should absolutely read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Interestings

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Meg Wolitzer
    • Narrated By Jen Tullock
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1065)
    Performance
    (945)
    Story
    (950)

    The summer that Nixon resigns, six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. In The Interestings, Wolitzer follows these characters from the height of youth through middle age, as their talents, fortunes, and degrees of satisfaction diverge. The kind of creativity that is rewarded at age 15 is not always enough to propel someone through life at age 30; not everyone can sustain, in adulthood, what seemed so special in adolescence.

    Tango says: "Needs a better title, but a good read (listen)"
    "An absolute must-read"
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    This book was recommended by a friend, and honestly I couldn't believe it could possibly be as good as he said. I was wrong. It's a long book, and it spans a lot of time, but it's usually written and the characters are all absolutely wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flood: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Andrew Vachss
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (95)

    Burke's newest client is a woman named Flood, who has the face of an angel, the body of a high-priced stripper, and the skills of a professional executioner. She wants Burke to find a monster for her - so she can kill him with her bare hands. In this thriller, Andrew Vachss's renegade private eye teams up with a lethally gifted avenger to follow a child's murderer through the catacombs of New York, where every alley is blind and the penthouses are as dangerous as the basements.

    Snoodely says: "Noir!"
    "Beautifully written and completely compelling."
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    This is apparently the first series. The author tells an intense and compelling story in a tight and visually beautiful style. The performance is also perfect. I absolutely recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (2315)
    Performance
    (1152)
    Story
    (1177)

    A striking red-head, 20-something Jody is attacked and transformed into a vampire while walking home one night in downtown San Francisco. Befriending 19-year-old Tommy, Jody tries to understand her new undead life, but trouble finds her when the cops start suspecting Tommy of being a local bloodsucking serial killer.

    SHEILA says: "Bloodsucking FUN!"
    "Great author, but skip this title"
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    This is probably my sixth or seventh Christopher Moore book. He is a fantastic author, and his stories are all wonderful. All but this one. I think this must be a very early book. The story is not good and the performance is not good either. I constantly recommend his books to friends, but I'm seriously considering asking for a refund on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shady Palms

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Allen Dusk
    • Narrated By Rose Caraway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (305)

    A sleazy motel, burrowed on the edge of town, is haunted by rumors of dead hookers found between mattresses and peep holes drilled through walls. When Special Agent Daniels targets the motel during an investigation, the nefarious owner, Sanjay, must scramble to conceal evidence of his own dark deeds. Just when he believes things can't get any worse, motel guests begin to vanish without a trace.

    Bill says: "What a fun ride!"
    "Just not very good"
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    I don't write many negative reviews, but I just can't recommend this book. The story (no spoilers) could have been interesting, but all the subplots and all the characters are dull, cliched, and sometimes even insulting. Aside from that, the reader was pretty awful too. Maybe if she were better I could have looked away about the plots, characters and dialog? Probably not.

    Yes, this was on sale for only $3.95, so I won't ask to be credited back, but if I'd paid a whole credit for it I certainly would.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Serpent of Venice: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (529)

    Venice, a really long time ago: Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy from Britain who also happens to be a favorite of the Doge: The rascal-Fool Pocket. This trio of cunning plotters have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising a spirited evening. Their invitation is, of course, bogus. These scoundrels have something far less amusing planned for the man who has consistently foiled their quest for power and wealth. But this Fool is no fool.…

    Amazon Customer says: "Moore sophomoric humor riffing off the Bard's time"
    "Another great read from Moore and Morton"
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    I was so happy to see this new book that I ordered it the day it was released. Thank goodness Euan Morton is still on board to perform, because he is my new favorite actor of all time. The story continues where we left Pocket at the end of FOOL (also a HUGE recommend), and this is another great Shakespeare mashup by Moore.

    Be sure to stick around for the epilogue, read by Moore, which clarifies what is and is not Shakespeare.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Goldfinger

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Ian Fleming
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (203)

    James Bond is challenged by a maniacal superfiend: the world's cleverest, cruelest criminal. Complications abound. A beautiful golden girl turns up dead, and a friendly game of two-handed canasta turns into a deadly game of survival with ever-rising stakes: 15 billion dollars worth of U.S. government bullion. But 007 knows that Auric Goldfinger's rules remain brutally simple: heads I win, tails you die.

    DARBY KERN says: "One of Fleming's better books"
    "A great reader!"
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    Of course I've seen this movie a million times, but having it read was a delight. The reader is great and the book is well worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (203)

    From the author of The Secret History comes a dark, suspenseful novel of lost childhood. Harriet Dusfresnes is a child in Mississippi, haunted by the murder of her brother when she was just a baby. He was found hanging from a tree in their backyard; his killer was never identified, nor did the family ever recover. Only Harriet's teenage sister might have seen what happened that day, and she has blocked it out from her memory.

    Sam says: "Couldn't put it down"
    "More great characters and story from Donna Tartt"
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    I downloaded this one following my read of THE GOLDFINCH, which I found to be beautiful and compelling.

    Tartt has a great gift for characters, and the people she created for this book really did seem to come to life.

    I very much enjoyed this book and am about to download her third one next.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fool: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2200)
    Performance
    (1011)
    Story
    (1028)

    Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear demands that his kids swear to him their undying love and devotion. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father's request is kind of...well...stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.

    Michael says: "Mr Moore does it again."
    "Maybe the best Moore yet!"
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    LOVED this one! I think this is my third or fourth book of Moore's, and the second with this narrator (Euan Morton) WHO IS WONDERFUL.

    Whether you know King Lear or not, this is enjoyable from start to finish (provided you're up for bawdiness, cursing, and general irreverence).

    If you're looking to be entertained, this one's for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller
    Overall
    (1254)
    Performance
    (1101)
    Story
    (1110)

    Best-selling author Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside. Roach takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: The questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts?

    Kirstin says: "Mary Roach Does Not Disappoint!"
    "Informative and truly interesting"
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    Mary Roach has a real talent for taking subjects no one talks about and asking - and then answering - every single question anyone could ever ask. Her style is easy and conversational, and you can tell she's genuinely interested in all her subjects.

    All her books educate and entertain, and this one is no exception.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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