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Anthony

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Norwalk, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 16 reviews
  • 187 ratings
  • 500 titles in library
  • 74 purchased in 2014
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  • Practical Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Alice Hoffman
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    When the beautiful and precocious sisters Sally and Gillian Owens are orphaned at a young age, they are taken to a small Massachusetts town to be raised by their eccentric aunts, who happen to dwell in the darkest, eeriest house in town. As they become more aware of their aunts' mysterious and sometimes frightening powers - and as their own powers begin to surface - the sisters grow determined to escape their strange upbringing by blending into "normal" society.

    Joy says: "All the characters were present"
    "While I was pleased, I felt the story lacked..."
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    While I was pleased, I felt the story lacked substance. I had watched the movie based on this book many times over the years. The book did not meet my expectations. The movie was a much better story. Usually, this is not the case.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteenth Child

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Patricia C. Wrede
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (884)
    Performance
    (804)
    Story
    (805)

    Eff was born a thirteenth child. Her twin brother, Lan, is the seventh son of a seventh son. This means he's supposed to possess amazing talent - and she's supposed to bring only bad things to her family and her town. Undeterred, her family moves to the frontier, where her father will be a professor of magic at a school perilously close to the magical divide that separates settlers from the beasts of the wild. With wit and wonder, Patricia Wrede creates an alternate history of westward expansion that will delight fans of both J. K. Rowling and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

    Erin - Audible says: "History, Magic, Teens, & Not An Inkling of Romance"
    "Magical Children"
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    Have you heard of the 7th son of the 7th son? What about the 7th daughter of the 7th daughter? What about the 13th child? Is this child doomed to be evil? This is the story of the 13th child.

    This is a wonderful story and I enjoyed it very much, and I hope that you will too.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Twilight Before Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Teri Clark Linden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (437)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (381)

    Best-selling novelist Kate Drake is one of seven sisters gifted with amazing powers of witchcraft. Returning home in time for her northern California town's annual Christmas pageant, Kate catches the spirit of the season and decides to open a bookstore in a charming but run-down historic mill. Decorated former U.S. Army Ranger Matt Granite, now a local contractor, doesn't mind working in the undeniably eerie house -- not if it means getting closer to Kate. There's something about the quiet, sensual woman that powerfully attracts him.

    Paige says: "Narrator so bad I quit after 5 minutes"
    "Worst book of the past 12 months"
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    This book and it's reading were simply awful. It is the worst book that I've purchased in the last 12 months.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • China, Inc.

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ted C. Fishman
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (57)

    China today is visible everywhere: In the news, in the economic pressures battering America, in the workplace, and in every trip to the store. Provocative, timely, and essential, this dramatic account of China's growing dominance as an industrial super-power by journalist Ted C. Fishman explains how the profound shift in the global economic order has occurred, and why it already affects us all.

    Dave Larson says: "China status update"
    "A good primer on the Chinese economy and the world"
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    Although the material is a bit dated, it describes the Chinese economy and it's impact on the entire world. When the government forces even the biggest corporations to give up trade secrets, as it does to every company wanting to do business in China, it gives itself the power to produce those products on an unimaginable scale that even the originating company cannot compete with. Add to that the meaninglessness of copyright laws, and a population that is mobilized for production, it's inevitable that China will be the next #1 superpower in the world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twelve Years a Slave

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Solomon Northup
    • Narrated By Louis Gossett, Jr.
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1078)
    Performance
    (962)
    Story
    (964)

    In this riveting landmark autobiography, which reads like a novel, Academy Award and Emmy winner Louis Gossett, Jr., masterfully transports us to 1840s New York; Washington, D.C.; and Louisiana to experience the kidnapping and 12 years of bondage of Solomon Northup, a free man of color. Twelve Years a Slave, published in 1853, was an immediate bombshell in the national debate over slavery leading up to the Civil War.

    Fran H. Willingham says: "I've waited for this a long time"
    "This is an amazing story..."
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    This story is nothing short of amazing. This book took me into the hardships and everyday life of freeborn man who was kidnapped in the the horrible world of slavery. The book was not written with hate. It was written as an account of an individuals personal experience.

    I highly recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Michael Scott
    • Narrated By Denis O'Hare
    Overall
    (2350)
    Performance
    (1212)
    Story
    (1234)

    Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest alchemist of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty. The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives, but only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.

    Allison says: "High Fantasty in a modern world setting"
    "Story is incomplete. Not a complete book."
    Overall
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    The story while enjoyable it is not a complete book. I'm disappointed. It seems as if the author took a complete book, ripped in half, and published the first half. It would have been better had the story been published with a beginning, a middle, and an end with a prelude to the next novel. But, this book is simply cut short.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Surviving Off Off-Grid: Decolonizing the Industrial Mind

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Michael Bunker
    • Narrated By James Killavey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Western Society is in confusion, the industrial world is teetering on collapse, and it looks like things could get worse. Agrarian blogger, historian, and "plain" preacher Michael Bunker has been living off of the grid for many years, and he has some advice for those living in the industrial/consumerist economy... living an off off-grid life is achievable. It has been done for thousands of years, and it can be done today...

    Anthony says: "Religious diatribes with little else"
    "Religious diatribes with little else"
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    This book nothing more than a religious diatribe. Take out the religious ramblings about the authors personal beliefs, and there isn't much left.

    I purchased this book in the hopes of learning something about "Surviving Off Grid". I wasn't expecting an instruction manual on religion. Had I wanted an instruction manual on religion, I would have purchased one.

    I feel like the author misrepresented his book and took my money based on false pretenses. This is not honest. I actually expected that the book would have something to due with the title and the description, but it does not. It's a rambling religious diatribe couched in the guise of a guide to learning about off grid survival.

    Sincerely disappointed.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Dreadnaught: The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3008)
    Performance
    (2425)
    Story
    (2433)

    The first book of best-selling sci-fi author Jack Campbell’s new series Beyond the Frontier returns to find Captain John “Black Jack" Geary, the hero of the Lost Fleet series, awoken from cryogenic sleep to take command of the fleet. Geary’s legendary exploits have earned him the adoration of the people—and the enmity of politicians convinced that a living hero can be a very inconvenient thing.

    Jean says: "A welcome new series"
    "Incomplete story"
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    This book is an incomplete story. The first half of the book is pointless political ramblings that go nowhere. The second half of the book is a childish rendition of a space battle. The book seems to have no beginning and no conclusions. It's hard to even like the characters because they are shallow and vague.

    I listened to the entire book and was very disappointed.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sunset: Pact Arcanum, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Arshad Ahsanuddin
    • Narrated By David Stifel
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Los Angeles, 2040: When the terrorist known as Medusa threatens to kill millions with a stolen nuclear bomb, Nick Jameson makes a fateful decision. He reveals himself on global television as a Daywalker - a vampire with a soul. To save Los Angeles, Nick exposes not only his own gifts but three separate cultures based on millennia-old magic.

    Donald says: "A Splendid Surprise"
    "I hated this book."
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    For me the story was bad. The plot was bad. I listen to the entire book, but this was one that I wanted to quit in the middle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7012)
    Performance
    (4969)
    Story
    (4959)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "A very sad family story"
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    This was a very sad story of man's cruelty to man, and the hope that abides in the human psyche for things better. It is also the story of a family and the love that holds them together through terrible times. It's also the story of an abused boy who becomes the worst of men who heinously uses and abuses others. Mostly it's a story of great grief and the human spirit's rebellion against evil, while keeping that which is most precious: A family's love.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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