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Mark

Los Alamos, NM, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Carolyn Jessop, Laura Palmer
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (539)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (211)

    When she was 18 years old, Carolyn Jessop was coerced into an arranged marriage with a total stranger - a man 32 years her senior. Merril Jessop already had three wives. But arranged plural marriages were an integral part of Carolyn's heritage: She was born into and raised in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), the radical offshoot of the Mormon Church.

    Cheryl D says: "Like a train wreck you can't turn away"
    "Mind blowing"
    Overall

    First of all I'll state that I'm mainstream Mormon. I grew up in northern Arizona and in Utah Valley. I knew that various polygamous existed but had never spoken with anyone who practiced polygamy. Due to the Texas raid I decided it was time to try and understand a little more about who they were

    I have to admit I never knew how bad it was. I was raised by very loving parents in a large family (13 kids) so I can relate to them a little about living in a large family. I was shocked and felt horrible that such things were going on so close and nothing was being done. I have read many books about the Muslim world and other cultures and understand how much peer pressure works. Woman in some muslim countries are treated as slaves and property just like the woman in the FLDS cult. It isn't necessarily Islam that is the source of woman being abused it is people perverting religion and using it for power. It happens across many religions and places. Once the tradition gets started it is hard to break free and it perpetuates itself. You can't even really blame most of the men in the FLDS for what they do because they are taught to do it since they were small children. It is all they know. This book really shows how a closed culture can be easily turned into a cult.

    I have no idea if the Texas raid will finally break the FLDS rein of terror and brainwashing but I hope it makes a sizable dent. It disgusted me like no other to read the horrors Carolyn went through. No human being should be subjected to that but it happens all the time all over the world. It makes me grateful for the opportunities the US offers to most of its citizens. Carolyn is a brave woman and her story touched me deeply. I have rarely felt so mad at a someone (Merill) before. I can't believe he isn't in jail if his wife and kids are willing to testify to his abuse. I knocked off one star because she kept repeating a few things over and over in the book.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Robin Lee Hatcher
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    It’s the turn of the 20th century and drifter Hugh Brennan is a man well acquainted with betrayal. Hugh finds himself drawn to the attractive widow, Julia, yet when he looks into her eyes, he recognizes the same hurt that haunts him. Julia Grace has little reason to trust men, but she’s going to have to trust someone if she’s to keep her ranch from the clutches of her dead husband’s half-brother. Is it possible God had a hand in bringing Hugh to her door?

    Phyllis says: "All inspiring and romantic."
    "Ummm kind of Boring and predictable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I didn't even finish this book because it was so boring but the major reason was because the voice of the reader was SO awful , it was just too hard to listen to... I might have enjoyed the book more if I had read it myself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Path Toward Love

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Cara Lynn James
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Young widow Katherine Osborne returns to her family’s rustic camp on Raquette Lake in the Adirondack Mountains. She’s determined to live a quiet life, but her socialite mother is equally determined to push her into a new marriage while she’s still young. Andrew Townsend has known Katherine since they were children. An attorney who is successful, but not wealthy, he knows she is socially out of his reach. But he’s curious about what changed the free-spirited girl he once knew into this private, somber young woman.

    Michelle says: "Unsatisfying Waste of Time"
    "DUMB story!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    people that don't mind reading the same thing over and over and over again...seriously there is only so many ways you can say..." My mother wants me to marry this rich young man, but I want to prove I can do things on my own and I don't know but I might be falling in love with this not so rich man but he loves me...blah blah blah.....now just repeat that for 300 pages and you've got the book...no joke


    What was most disappointing about Cara Lynn James’s story?

    the huge lack of any plot , their was no relationship building at all.


    Did Angela Dawe do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    not really


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

    ummmm not really


    Any additional comments?

    nope

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

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Lisa T. Bergren
    • Narrated By Pam Turlow
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (72)

    What do you do when your knight in shining armor lives, literally, in a different world? Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives among the romantic hills with their archaeologist parents. Stuck among the rubble of medieval castles in rural Tuscany on yet another hot, dusty archaeological site, Gabi and Lia are bored out of their minds … until Gabi places her hand atop a handprint in an ancient tomb and finds herself in 14th-century Italy.

    Drew says: "A Great Escape!"
    "Could have been much better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The reader, the Performance was really really really annoying to listen to.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Lisa T. Bergren? Why or why not?

    Yes, I am interested in reading the next book, but I will be reading it not listening to it.


    What didn’t you like about Pam Turlow’s performance?

    I didn't like it, she made this really annoying laugh thing after everything she said, like she was trying to hard to talk like a teenager and she just didn't get it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • False Impression

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Byron Jennings
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (75)

    When an aristocratic old lady is brutally murdered in her English country home on the night before September 11, 2001, it will take all the resources of the FBI and Interpol to work out the connection between her death and a priceless Van Gogh, which is stolen that night.

    A says: "Very disappointing"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall

    The plot is reasonable but I've definitely read better. It starts off a little slow but it picks up half way through and maintains a decent suspense through out the rest of the book. The reader does an OK job, his accents aren't perfect but good enough.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Carson McCullers
    • Narrated By Cherry Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (633)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (232)

    Carson McCullers was all of 23 when she published her first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. She became an overnight literary sensation, and soon such authors as Tennessee Williams were calling her "the greatest prose writer that the South [has] produced." The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter tells an unforgettable tale of moral isolation in a small southern mill town in the 1930s.

    Connie says: "Cherry Jones - 10"
    "There was no point"
    Overall

    I like the classics as much as the next guy, but this book was pathetic. It followed the lives of several people that at first was somewhat interesting. Then it just drags on and on and in the end you say to yourself, what was the author trying to say? It had no point and I had to force myself to make it to the end. The narrator did an excellant job, but the book was down right dull.

    13 of 27 people found this review helpful

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