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Holly Hospel

Indianapolis, IN United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 3 reviews
  • 54 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Elissa Wall, Lisa Pulitzer
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (202)

    In September 2007, Elissa Wall, the star witness against polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs, gave captivating testimony of how Jeffs forced her to marry her first cousin at age 14. This harrowing account proved to be the most compelling evidence against Jeffs, showing the harsh realities of this closed community and the lengths to which Jeffs went in order to control the sect's women. Now, in this courageous memoir, Wall tells the incredible story of how she emerged from the confines of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints and helped bring one of America's most notorious criminals to justice.

    Christine says: "Chris from Cedar City, UT USA"
    "Narration style distracts from story"
    Overall

    This is a fascinating memoir about mind control, abuse, Stockholm syndrome, and learned helplessness and the enormous amount of courage it takes to break away. What makes it difficult to listen to is the narrator's stylized 13 year old voice that over dramatizes every sentence. The story does not need the extra drama and the narration is distracting rather than enhancing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14933)
    Performance
    (11505)
    Story
    (11566)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "If you like sensationalized rape written with"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    the excuse of "it is a story" ...no, do not recommend this book. any female would find the sensationalized violence a cheap trick to broaden the male audience; especially those in the 14 to 30 age group. Unfortunately it works. They think they cannot "help" it. And will defend their right for their "reactions". Ugh.


    What could George R. R. Martin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    more voices? not that I think that is possible.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    any scene of joy


    Could you see A Storm of Swords being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    obviously


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mirror Dance: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (1187)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (551)

    The dwarfish, fetally damaged yet brilliant Miles Vorkosigan has more than his share of troubles. Having recently escaped an assassination plot whose tool was a brainwashed clone of himself, Miles has set the clone, Mark, free for a new chance at life. But when he decides to let his clone brother assume his secret identity and lead the Dendarii Free Mercenary on an unauthorized mission to liberate other clones from the outlaw planet of Jackson's Whole, things get really messy.

    Paul Mc Galey says: "Excellent book, but needs editing?"
    "Should be an award winner!"
    Overall

    Hard to use my puny skills at writing to describe her talent and this book. It is a masterpiece. Lois McMaster Bujold writings are everthng excellent literature ought to be...and more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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