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Daryl

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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
    (591)
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    (255)
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    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"
    "Escaping the FLDS"
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    I read this book several years ago from my public library, and decided to purchase it from Audible and reread it.

    Carolyn Jessop is an incredibly strong woman, considering what she went through during the first 35 years of her life. This book details her personal observations of life with the FLDS, and provides enough insight into the history and workings to this group that will quickly get the uninitiated up to speed.

    Anne Marie Lee is a great choice of narrator for this book. There is some dialogue in it, but she does not really have to project different characters' voices much. Her emotions are lightly drawn out, and inflection is just perfect for the book.

    The book opens with the prologue of Carolyn's escape from the FLDS, then backtracks to her early life, childhood, marriage, children, etc. When it gets to the point of the escape again, it seems to completely omit the details in the prologue, which I thought kind of jumpy for readability's sake. Another quibble I have with the book is Carolyn's assertion of her "specialness"; SHE was not going to take this, SHE would observe things that no one else would Perhaps this is true, and perhaps this is Laura Palmer writing in this way, but is just grated a bit in places.

    Overall, however, this book is a welcome addition to former FLDS memoirs, and biographies in general.

    Enjoy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Seductive Poison: A Jonestown Survivor's Story of Life and Death in the People's Temple

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Deborah Layton
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
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    (45)
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    Told by a former high-level member of the Peoples Temple and Jonestown survivor, Seductive Poison is the "truly unforgettable" (Kirkus Review) story of how one woman was seduced by one of the most notorious cults in recent memory and how she found her way back to sanity.

    wendy williams says: "A remarkable telling from an eyewitness"
    "Brilliant, Haunting, Chilling"
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    Would you listen to Seductive Poison again? Why?

    Definitely! For years I have been curious about Jonestown - more about the people who followed Jim Jones to their deaths than about the man himself. A couple of years back I read Julia Scheeres' "A Thousand Lives" (a brilliant book in its own right), a thorough journalistic look at Jones and his followers. Deborah Layton laid herself bare in "Seductive Poison," detailing how she herself got drawn in to Jones' orbit, her rise to power in Peoples' Temple, her disillusion, escape, and putting her life back together.

    I must also say that Kathe Mazur's performance was superb! Her depiction of Jones - in either his caring or brutal persona - was chilling and believable. Deborah's fear, sorrow, and fumbling are portrayed realistically.


    What other book might you compare Seductive Poison to and why?

    it is a great companion piece to "A Thousand Lives". ATL is more journalistic and deals more with the suicides themselves; "Seductive Poison" is more personal, about one woman's own journey of self-discovery and deprogramming. But these together and you have a comprehensive look at Jonestown!


    What does Kathe Mazur bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her performance was superb here and turned a great memoir into a terrific audiobook


    Any additional comments?

    If you have any interest in Jonestown specifically, or indoctrination in general, or if you like to read about resilience against impossible odds, read this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rose Under Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Wein
    • Narrated By Sasha Pick
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (119)
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    (118)

    Rose Justice is a young pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War. On her way back from a semi-secret flight in the waning days of the war, Rose is captured by the Germans and ends up in Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi women's concentration camp. There, she meets an unforgettable group of women. These damaged women must bond together to help each other survive.

    Lulu says: "A Compelling and Disturbing Read"
    "Terrific story paired with passible narration"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The book, yes! I loved Elizabeth Wein's companion to this, "Code Name Verity". Even Maddie makes appearances in both books... But as an audiobook, I don't think I would recommend it. Sasha Pick has a cartoonish voice for Rosia, which made me want to cover my ears in protest. And her German and French pronunciations are also off.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    It did. As an American narrator, I did enjoy Sasha Pick, but for foreign accents (French, Polish) and Rosia's character in particular, I didn't enjoy so much.


    Any additional comments?

    Read the book, skip the audio, unless you can get this book on sale like I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jonestown: "Don't Drink the Kool-Aid": The Complete Story Behind the Mysterious Jim Jones & His Exodus to Guyana

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Will Savive
    • Narrated By Mark Moseley
    Overall
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    The life and death of Jim Jones and his followers in Jonestown still mystifies people to this day. "Drinking the Kool-Aid" became a famous metaphor for holding an unquestioned belief without critical examination. But was there a far more sinister play at hand than the official story revealed? This audiobook is a complete history of Jim Jones and People's Temple, with further analysis on what might have been the real cause of this tragedy.

    Daryl says: "In SERIOUS need of an overhaul"
    "In SERIOUS need of an overhaul"
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    What disappointed you about Jonestown: "Don't Drink the Kool-Aid"?

    I have always been fascinated by Jonestown. What would cause people to give up their lives, minds and bodies to this man? At first, I thought this book was well-rounded and informative, but the narration was flat, with mispronounced words (possibly due to misspellings in the printed text?) and graphic sexual scenes that seemed to be only there for shock value.
    I read Julia Scheeres' "A Thousand Lives" and plan on reading "Seductive Poison", which I hope will bring humanity to this tragedy.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    It actually did. But 12 hours of slogging through this text just didn't do it for me, especially with this flat (not monotone, just flat) performance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lev Golinkin
    • Narrated By Daniel Gamburg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
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    (8)
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    (8)

    Lev Golinkin's memoir is the vivid, darkly comic, and poignant story of a young boy in the confusing and often chilling final decade of the Soviet Union. It's also the story of Lev Golinkin, the American man who finally confronts his buried past by returning to Austria and Eastern Europe to track down the strangers who made his escape possible…. and thank them.

    Daryl says: "Touching, moving Memoir"
    "Touching, moving Memoir"
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    Would you listen to A Backpack, a Bear, and Eight Crates of Vodka: A Memoir again? Why?

    Definitely! I loved both the author and the narrator! They were both engaging, poignant and humorous in the right spots. I loved it


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole thing was a tgerrific read about identity, race, family, and perceptoin.


    Have you listened to any of Daniel Gamburg’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not. My quibble with his performance is less about his narration and more about the post-production. The narrator was very good, but switches in audio quality - even mid-sentence - became incredibly distracting to an audiophile with a good set of headphones...


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both! I laughed out loud in some places, and cried at some moving moments.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is less about Lev's journey to find the people who assisted him as a child, and more about his experiences as a refugee, then an immigrant; as a Jew and an anti-Semite. While this was not a bad thing, the publisher's description talks more about his journey to locate the people who assisted him.
    Terrific read, either way!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girls of Room 28: Friendship, Hope, and Survival in Theresienstadt

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Hannelore Brenner
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (4)
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    From 1942 to 1944, 12,000 children passed through the Theresienstadt internment camp on their way to Auschwitz. Only a few hundred of them survived the war. In the mid-1990s, German journalist Hannelore Brenner met 10 of these child survivors--women in their late 70s today. Weaving these interviews with excerpts from diaries that were kept secretly during the war and samples of the art, music, and poetry created at Theresienstadt, Brenner gives us an unprecedented picture of daily life there.

    Daryl says: "Beautiful yet Heartbreaking"
    "Beautiful yet Heartbreaking"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would. It is the story of the Girls who lived in and passed through Room 28 at a concentration camp during WWII. It is both a hard book to read and a testament to the power of youth struggling to keep their innocence and having to grow up beyond their years.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked many of the characters. They were painted primarily with humanity and complexity.


    Have you listened to any of Suzanne Toren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have! This is a good performance in general and for Toren in particular


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were many. It has several moving portions, both in their sadness and in their hope.


    Any additional comments?

    I learned many things in reading this book. I had NO idea that the Germans created certain concentration camps to act as the face of Jewish ghettos. Not all camps were houses of horror, but some were "better" than others.

    What a moving testament to youth, innocence, friendship and hope!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Anand Giridharadas
    • Narrated By Anand Giridharadas
    Overall
    (87)
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    The True American tells the story of Raisuddin Bhuiyan, a Bangladesh Air Force officer who dreams of immigrating to America and working in technology. But days after 9/11, an avowed "American terrorist" named Mark Stroman, seeking revenge, walks into the Dallas minimart where Bhuiyan has found temporary work and shoots him, maiming and nearly killing him. Two other victims, at other gas stations, aren't so lucky, dying at once. The True American traces the making of these two men, Stroman and Bhuiyan, and of their fateful encounter.

    TM says: "Worthy Listen"
    "Imporetant moving read"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the intertwining stories, what made these two men take the paths they did.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It actually made me uncomfortable. What brought these men to this place? What are their families like now? While I cannot say that I would have made the decisions Rais did, I understand the place he came from. My Christian faith also extols forgiveness.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an important read. It does ask more questions than it answers, but I loved it for its messiness and non-preachy look at some pretty intense topics - nature vs. nurture, religion, terrorism, patriotism...
    Well worth your time and credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fly a Little Higher: How God Answered a Mom's Small Prayer in a Big Way

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Laura Sobiech
    • Narrated By Amber Quick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (22)
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    (21)

    "Okay, Lord, you can have him. But if he must die, I want it to be for something big. I want someone’s life to be changed forever." This is what Laura Sobeich prayed when she found out her 17-year-old son had only one year to live. With this desperate prayer, she released her son to God’s will. At that point, Zach Sobiech was just another teenager battling cancer. When his mother told him to think about writing good-bye letters to family and friends, he decided instead to write songs. One of them, "Clouds", captured hearts and changed not one life but millions, making him an international sensation.

    tim says: "great story that brought me to tears!"
    "What an emotional, inspirational read!"
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    What did you love best about Fly a Little Higher?

    I loved the realism of this book. The Sobiech family tackled Zach's illness with realism, with their anger and pain and hope. It was so beautiful that I pulled up the songs and videos on Youtube.


    Which character – as performed by Amber Quick – was your favorite?

    Amber Quick embodied Laura Sobiech. Her voice is very similar, and while her dialogue is not strong, it isn't necessarily a bad thing.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I almost did! It is emotional and gripping, a family coming to terms with a child, a brother, a friend, who is going to die, but chooses to live his life fully, to use music as a way to connect with his friends and family. No one expected the story Zach's life and music would have, with its raw, unrefined power. I enjoyed this book!


    Any additional comments?

    I would have liked to have "Clouds"" in particular as a song along the book, but this is a minor quibble in an emotional roller-coaster that was not without hope.
    It is well worth watching the My Last Days videos on Youtube, which complement the lasting legacy of this close, real, strong family.
    Well worth the time and credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee - A Look inside North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jang Jin-sung
    • Narrated By Daniel York
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (343)
    Story
    (347)

    As North Korea's State Poet Laureate, Jang Jin-sung led a charmed life. With food provisions (even as the country suffered through its great famine), a travel pass, access to strictly censored information, and audiences with Kim Jong-il himself, his life in Pyongyang seemed safe and secure. But this privileged existence was about to be shattered. When a strictly forbidden magazine he lent to a friend goes missing, Jang Jin-sung must flee for his life.

    David says: "Stop browsing and get this Book"
    "Important look at North Korea"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dear Leader?

    When Jang Jin-Sung went back to his home town and saw how everyday Koreans were living. It was so hard to read about a privileged man being shown a side of his country so openly threatening to its people.


    Have you listened to any of Daniel York’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't. He was a good narrator, but some of his dialogue had this loud gravelly quality that was quite obnoxious. But overall it was a good performance


    Any additional comments?

    An important look at one man's coming to terms with his country and his leader, how he survived, both alone and aided by others.

    I hope he writes a subsequent book about his life after the escape.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Fifty-Year Silence: Love, War, and a Ruined House in France

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Miranda Richmond Mouillot
    • Narrated By Miranda Richmond Mouillot
    Overall
    (34)
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    (33)
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    In 1948, after surviving World War II by escaping Nazi-occupied France for refugee camps in Switzerland, the author's grandparents, Anna and Armand, bought an old stone house in a remote, picturesque village in the South of France. Five years later, Anna packed her bags and walked out on Armand, taking the typewriter and their children. Aside from one brief encounter, the two never saw or spoke to each other again, never remarried, and never revealed what had divided them forever.

    Kelly says: "a delightful brilliant young author and narrator.
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    "A Great read"
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    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book. The coming-of-age of the author as she tries to understand why her grandparents refused to speak to each other for over 50 years was both moving and unique. I laughed and cried in places, and loved that the author narrated this book herself. I could picture Both of Miranda's grandparents, their feisty desire for her to both remember and let go, to love and to hold at arm's length. The dilapidated house was a terrific symbol of hope, of ruin, of renewal and disappointment.

    A well-written, well-read biography, both of the author and of her grandparents themselves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Too Late to Say Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (110)
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    (111)

    Jenn Corbin appeared to have it all: two dear little boys, a posh home in one of the upscale suburbs of Atlanta, expensive cars, a plush houseboat, and a husband - Dr. Bart Corbin, a successful dentist - who was tall, handsome, and brilliant. But gradually, their seemingly idyllic life together began to crumble. Bart was distraught and Jenn seemed disenchanted. Then, just a few weeks before Christmas 2004, Jenn was found dead with a bullet in her head, an apparent suicide....

    Martha says: "True Crime Goodness"
    "A welcome addition for Ann Rule Fans"
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    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book by Ann Rule. She did a good job putting the pieces together and kept me interested, even though I pretty much knew what happened and why. The ending was disappointed, but that wasn't Ms. Rule's fault.

    Barbara Caruso did an excellent job narrationg this book; she is normally a hit-or-miss narrator, but this one was well-narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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