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Clarissa

Blytheville, AR, USA | Member Since 2008

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  • 36 reviews
  • 379 ratings
  • 761 titles in library
  • 49 purchased in 2014
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  • Loving Frank

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Nancy Horan
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (685)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (275)

    I have been standing on the side of life, watching it float by. I want to swim in the river. I want to feel the current. So writes Mamah Borthwick Cheney in her diary as she struggles to justify her clandestine love affair with Frank Lloyd Wright. Four years earlier, in 1903, Mamah and her husband, Edwin, had commissioned the renowned architect to design a new home for them.

    Eva Gannon says: "Fascinating"
    "WOW"
    Overall

    Great novel. Great narrorator. Imaginative story. Great research. As another review said DO NOT GOOGLE! NOT EVEN TO CHECK OUT PICS OF FRANKS WORK!!!

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The First Confessor: The Legend of Magda Searus

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Kellie Fitzgerald
    Overall
    (678)
    Performance
    (625)
    Story
    (623)

    In the time before the Confessors, when the world is a dark and dangerous place, where treason and treachery are the rule of the day, comes one heroic woman, Magda Searus, who has just lost her husband and her way in life.

    Kurt says: "Hold on, we are going for a wild ride"
    "REPEATATIVE to the extreme."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    First TG does a great job of putting you in the action, THEN he makes you rehear what you just read/listened to while the character explains everything in extreme detail over and over again. I think Mr. Goodkind thinks his readers are either stupid or have memory problems. Couldn't finish this mess.


    What was most disappointing about Terry Goodkind’s story?

    That he lacks imagination to at least find new words to repeat the same thing over and over again. Get this man a thesaurus.


    What three words best describe Kellie Fitzgerald’s voice?

    Pretty Good B-


    What character would you cut from The First Confessor?

    THE FIRST CONFESSOR


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Second Grave on the Left: Charley Davidson, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2150)
    Performance
    (1914)
    Story
    (1903)

    When Charley is rudely awakened in the middle of the night by her best friend who tells her to get dressed quickly and tosses clothes out of the closet at her, she can’t help but wonder what Cookie’s up to. Leather scrunch boots with a floral miniskirt? Together? Seriously? Cookie explains that a friend of hers named Mimi disappeared five days earlier and that she just got a text from her setting up a meet at a coffee shop downtown....

    Connie says: "LOVE LOVE LOVE these books!"
    "New Fan"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Second Grave on the Left again? Why?

    Love me some Charlie Davidson. Yes, she is sooo much like Stephanie Plum...but so what. Mrs Jones admits to that, so I see no problem with it, not enough Stephanie's in the world. Lorelei King does amazing as always. Keeps me interested, minor twists so I don't KNOW what's going to happen next. Gimme more!


    What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

    Her AMAZING voices! Perfect inflection and cadence.


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

    Charlie Davidson ALWAYS make me LOL...gotta watch that when at WalMart alone :D


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cry to Heaven

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Best selling author Anne Rice reveals the dark, eerie beauty of the 18th-century Italian society of the castrati: the castrated males - sterile yet sexually functional - who were celebrated and adored for their glorious soprano voices. She draws the listener into the castrati's strange and luminous world of extraordinary decadence, opulence, and brutality.

    Patricia says: "Abridged = A-Butchered"
    "Great for an abridged"
    Overall

    I would like to recommend this to people who just want a "taste" of Anne Rice or who have read this book before but need a refresher. This story is amazing! THe characters come to life even in this version. But if you do like this...get the hard copy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ice Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Anne Stuart
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (92)

    Museum curator Summer Hawthorne considered the exquisite ice-blue ceramic bowl given to her by her beloved Japanese nanny a treasure of sentimental value, until somebody tried to kill her for it.

    Carey says: "Intense"
    "Much Better than Ice Cold"
    Overall

    The characters are much more believable than Ice Cold. Narration was much better. Still weak in the plot but pretty interesting and somewhat original (which is important to me)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Christopher Cazenove, Gabrielle de Cuir, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (278)

    In a not-too-distant future that is not quite ours, there has been a major scientific breakthrough. It is a way to open windows into the past, permitting historical researchers to view, but not participate, in the events of the past.

    In one of the most powerful and thought-provoking novels of his remarkable career, Orson Scott Card interweaves a compelling portrait of Christopher Columbus with the story of a future scientist who believes she can alter human history from a tragedy of bloodshed and brutality to a world filled with hope and healing.

    Alaskak64 says: "Fascinating"
    "OSC is a never ending fount of originality"
    Overall

    WOW...more original worlds from Mr. Card. Amazing. Very thought provoking..love historical fiction and SciFi..this fits both. Amazed as always by him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Turn of the Screw

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Henry James
    • Narrated By Simon Vance, Vanessa Benjamin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (79)

    One of the world's most famous intellectual ghost stories, The Turn of the Screw is a haunting tale of suspected supernatural possession. A governess at a country house claims that Miles and Flora, two orphaned children in her care, are being controlled by spirits for some evil purpose. No one else can see the ghosts, and the children themselves are silent. Are they being dominated by spectral forces, or are they hiding something? Is the governess simply paranoid, or is something else going on?

    Darwin8u says: "Compelling, creepy and rich in its ambiguity"
    "Good Classic"
    Overall

    Narrator was good...great value.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ice Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Anne Stuart
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (67)

    The powerful head of the covert mercenary organization The Committee, Isobel Lambert is a sleek, sophisticated professional who comes into contact with some of the most dangerous people in the world. But beneath Isobel's cool exterior a ghost exists, haunting her with memories of another life...a life that ended long ago.

    Kelley says: "Icy Hot"
    "Don't waste you credits on this one"
    Overall

    One of the worst written books I've ever encountered. The main character, Isabel (can't believe I remember her name, she was that boring) is SUPPOSED to be an ice cold, hard, strong ect ect, woman. Right off the bat she is made into a romatic moron. Secret agents do not make the mistakes that ALL of these characters do. Killian got cold? She left her purse unguarded and neither thought of him excaping through the dumb waiter? Stupid.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wintersmith: Discworld Childrens, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (837)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (383)

    At nine, Tiffany Aching defeated the cruel Queen of Fairyland. At 11, she banished an ancient body-stealing evil. At 13, Tiffany faces a new challenge: a boy. And boys can be a bit of a problem when you're 13. But the Wintersmith isn't exactly a boy. He is winter itself.

    Kent says: "THANK YOU TERRY"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    I'm only giving this 4 outta 5 cause it just wasn't long enough. Didn't want it to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Riverton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2656)
    Performance
    (1729)
    Story
    (1725)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Cathy says: "superbly written mystery"
    "Morton Will be a classic"
    Overall

    Another new fav writter for me. A long story, but kept me into it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Monsters of Templeton

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lauren Groff
    • Narrated By Nicole Roberts
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    In the wake of a disastrous affair with her married archeology professor, brilliant Wilhelmina Cooper arrives back at the doorstep of her hippie mother-turned-born-again-Christian's house in Templeton, New York - a storybook town her ancestors founded on the shores of Lake Glimmerglass. Upon her arrival, a prehistoric monster surfaces in the lake, bringing a feeding frenzy to the quiet town. And Willie learns she has a mystery father her mother has kept secret for Willie's entire life.

    Dan's Gal Sal says: "SPOILER ALERT!!"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    Kept me entertained. Narration was excellent. Will look for more from both Groff and Roberts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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