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Phyllis C.

Philadelphia, PA United States | Member Since 2001

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  • Running with Scissors: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Augusten Burroughs
    • Narrated By Augusten Burroughs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (980)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (219)

    Running with Scissors is the true story of a boy whose mother (a poet with delusions of being Anne Sexton) gave him away to be raised by her psychiatrist, a dead ringer for Santa and a lunatic in the bargain.

    Arthur Held says: "NOT what I was expecting"
    "Disturbing at best, not worth saving to CD"
    Overall

    I've waited a month to write a review because I hoped I would like this disturbing and compelling book more than I did. This boy is surrounded by dysfunction and it's a miracle that he survived at all. As much as I disliked it however, I felt compelled to finish as I was pulled along by the ever more disturbing plot. In that, it was excellent, by I certainly wouldn't save it to disc as I would never want to read it again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (9803)
    Performance
    (8906)
    Story
    (8918)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "A real Thriller!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I couldn't put this book down. I couldn't wait to get to the end.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was a little let down by the end. He seemed to sell out. And the book got complicated about two thirds of the way through. And i loved the references to Scooby doo throughout the book;.


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

    no, i have not.


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

    I didn't have an extreme reaction to this book. I enjoyed it, and wanted to read it. I loved it, and listened to it for several hours at a time but it didn't make me laugh or cry.


    Any additional comments?

    One might have a greater appreciation of this booj if one is familiar with the work of Lovecraft.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Michelle Huneven
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (29)

    Patsy MacLemoore, a history professor in her late 20s, has a brand-new Ph.D. from Berkeley and a wild streak. She wakes up in jail after an epic alcoholic blackout. "Okay, what'd I do?" she asks her lawyer and jailers. In fact, two Jehovah's Witnesses, a mother and daughter, are dead, run over in Patsy's driveway, and Patsy will spend the rest of her life trying to atone. She goes to prison, gets sober, and upon her release finds a new community (and a husband) in AA.

    Rex says: "Amazing character study!"
    "Wonderful Beach Read; couldn't put it down"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Blame?

    I loved the fact that you got to care about the main character. Having been the wife of a recovering alcoholic, I could relate and this story was perfect. I couldn't wait to continue to listen so I could find out what happened to her and to her family.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite was the main character's gay boyfriend. His name escapes me at the moment but he was the one I most wanted to know a little better. I wanted him for MY friend.


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

    No, I have not.


    If you could take any character from Blame out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Probably the husband of the Jehovah;s Witness woman that was killed. His capacity for forgiveness is something that I could learn a lot from.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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