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Jennifer

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  • Dare Me: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Megan Abbott
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    Addy Hanlon has always been Beth Cassidy's best friend and trusted lieutenant. Beth calls the shots and Addy carries them out, a long-established order of things that has brought them to the pinnacle of their high-school careers. Now they're seniors who rule the intensely competitive cheer squad, feared and followed by the other girls -- until the young new coach arrives.

    Cool and commanding, an emissary from the adult world just beyond their reach, Coach Colette French draws Addy and the other cheerleaders into her life. Only Beth, unsettled by the new regime, remains outside Coach's golden circle, waging a subtle but vicious campaign to regain her position as "top girl" -- both with the team and with Addy herself.

    Then a suicide focuses a police investigation on Coach and her squad. After the first wave of shock and grief, Addy tries to uncover the truth behind the death -- and learns that the boundary between loyalty and love can be dangerous terrain.

    The raw passions of girlhood are brought to life in this taut, unflinching exploration of friendship, ambition, and power. Award-winning novelist Megan Abbott, writing with what Tom Perrotta has hailed as "total authority and an almost desperate intensity," provides a harrowing glimpse into the dark heart of the all-American girl.

    dougal says: "Intense reading"
    "Not for adults unless you're feeling nostalgic"
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    This book is definitely for the YA crowd. Good story and well written for teens. If you want to remember the intensity of every little incident in high school, this book captures those feelings perfectly. I would give it to my teen cousins and nieces, but if you're over 21, I would not recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skipping Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (671)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (162)

    Best selling author John Grisham (A Time to Kill, The Brethren) returns with a new tale for modern times, offering a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that have become a part of our holiday tradition.

    Lisa says: "Simple Pleasures!"
    "Oh the poor put upon rich people! WAH!"
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    Did I listen to the same book as everyone else? Where the heck were the laugh out loud moments? All I heard was two spoiled rotten adults whining about every.last.little.thing. Not to mention a bunch of people - not friends - who don't know how to mind their own business and same spoiled adults not knowing how to tell them. All I wanted to do through the whole thing was to tell everyone to shut the hell up and stop being such self-centered buttheads. If you have $300 to spend on personalized Christmas cards, you have NOT ONE SINGLE THING in the world to complain about. A big old whiny annoying mess. I do NOT recommend this AT ALL.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    Overall
    (3990)
    Performance
    (2738)
    Story
    (2751)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "Amazing Storytelling & Perfect Performance"
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    I still think this is Stephen King's masterpiece. No one knows character development and how to delve into the average Joe's mind quite like King. When I was younger, IT scared the bejeezus out of me. As an adult, it's still terrifying, but so moving and heartbreaking as well. I've read it several times over the years and am so glad this time around I decided to give the audiobook a try. Nothing was lost and it became, if possible, even scarier and at times, more poignant than on the written page. Steven Weber's voice of Pennywise was so frightening it gave me the shivers and I could not listen to it before going to sleep at night.

    A FEW REBUTTALS TO OTHER REVIEWS.

    I agree with some reviews that at times some of the voices of the characters sound the same, however due to the author's detailed writing, you are quickly told which character is speaking. I did not find this to be a particular problem as some others did.

    As for what some people have referred to as constant shouting, if you look at the written page, you will see that there is LOTS of yelling, capitalization and shouting in the novel. I don't believe Steven Weber overdid it at all, I think he read the story perfectly, emoting as the author intended - and I am not a huge fan of his.

    Lastly, in regard to what so many are referring to as child porn, I have to wonder if they were distracted doing other tasks while listening and did not fully listen to or grasp the content of that section of the novel. While King himself has said the world was a different place 30 years ago and he would not write the scene the same way today, in context, that scene is about human beings desperately trying to stay connected to one another in order to survive. The human beings in question just happen to be very young. Additionally, throughout the course of the entire novel we see that these children are dealing with extremely adult issues with much more maturity than other children their ages, which is why they were the ones to deal with IT in the first place. I have never once viewed that scene as child porn and for people to call it that not only shows a lack of understanding of the story, but it is an insult to children in the real world that are being exploited by pornographers. Please don't let closed mindedness turn you off of a fantastic story that will stay with you for years.

    I am the last person to want to put another dime in a millionaire's pocket, but you do yourself a disservice passing this one up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Flame Alphabet

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ben Marcus
    • Narrated By Andy Paris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    In The Flame Alphabet, language is toxic to everyone but children. For adults this means no speaking, no reading, no writing, no listening—at least not without severe allergic reaction, depression or crippling pain.

    Nate says: "A Brilliant Concept, Executed to Perfection"
    "Be warned"
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    What disappointed you about The Flame Alphabet?

    This book is about a Jewish family and how they deal with their intelligent, logic based, sullen teenage daughter. The disease is almost secondary. I wish I had known that before purchasing.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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