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Julia

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 18 reviews
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  • Mine Till Midnight: The Hathaways, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (932)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (487)

    When an unexpected inheritance elevates her family to the ranks of the aristocracy, Amelia Hathaway discovers that tending to her younger sisters and wayward brother was easy compared to navigating the intricacies of the ton. Even more challenging: the attraction she feels for the tall, dark, and dangerously handsome Cam Rohan.

    paige says: "Missing part of the story. NOT unabridged"
    "Will appeal to a certain type"
    Overall

    After listening to this, I wondered what ever induced me to purchase it. I went back to read the summary, and I still don't know. It is clearly a romance novel, and I've not read one in decades, so I was surprised (and rolled my eyes a lot) at the very graphic "perfect-man" sex. I was annoyed at the perfunctory element of paranormal events and also at the way that key plot elements were not tied up. Guess they want me to buy book 2. Ain't gonna happen.

    5 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Painted Caves: Earth's Children, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1209)
    Performance
    (720)
    Story
    (731)

    Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader.

    phillip says: "Be careful what you wish for!"
    "Land of boring repetition"
    Overall

    Could have been great. Instead it was incredibly boring. No character development. Repetition of what readers already knew over and over and over. You WILL be disappointed. There was maybe an hour of worthwhile material in 34 hours of listening. Save yourself. Do not buy. One upside, there were a fraction of the stupid, never-ending sex scenes compared to previous books. Narration was fine. Thank goodness for the fast forward button.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love, and Faith in Stages

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kristin Chenoweth
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (127)

    In this frank and funny memoir, the Tony Award-winning star of stage and screen shares her journey from small-town Oklahoma to big-time Broadway, vamping on what it takes to stand firmly on a foundation of family and faith while wearing a hot pair of Jimmy Choo platform sling-backs.

    Holly says: "Salt of the Earth + Sparkles"
    "A Little Bit Shallow"
    Overall

    I love her singing, but she spends way more time talking about things like her hair extensions than her experiences on the stage. I still think she's great, but I hope she eventually writes something more substantial. It's amazing that she needed a ghost writer to write something this light weight. C'mon Kristy, you can do better. And the title was ridiculous. She's about as un-wicked as they come, so it makes no sense, even with her experience in the show, "Wicked." Pandering.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Brief History of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kevin Brockmeier
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    All residents of the City have recently died, and they will remain in the City only as long as someone still living on Earth remembers them. On Earth, however, the population has been devastated by a terrible pandemic. Laura Byrd, isolated at an Antarctic research station, may be the only person to have survived the pandemic. But she's running out of time and supplies, and her memories are fading.

    Audrey says: "Can't wait to hear it again."
    "Where was his editor?"
    Overall

    What an interesting concept! What a weak result!

    Your questions about the characters and the afterworld(s) are never answered. Loose ends are never tied up. Huge sections are tedious meditations or pointless reminisceses.

    Avoid. Avoid. Avoid.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Nathaniel Philbrick
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (766)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (204)

    From the perilous ocean crossing to the shared bounty of the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrim settlement of New England has become enshrined as our most sacred national myth. Yet, as best-selling author Nathaniel Philbrick reveals in his spellbinding new book, the true story of the Pilgrims is much more than the well-known tale of piety and sacrifice; it is a 55-year epic that is at once tragic, heroic, exhilarating, and profound.

    John M says: "Fascinating book about a little-understood time"
    "I warmed to the Indian aspects of the story."
    Overall

    I began the book looking forward to the pilgrim aspect of the story, but actually found that the less entertaining part of the book. I found the discussion of the religious aspects tedious. The actual crossing is given short shrift. The real meat is in the analysis of the evolution of the relationship early settlers had with the indians.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Thomas E. Woods
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (144)

    Everything, well, almost everything, you know about American history is wrong because most textbooks and popular history books are written by left-wing academic historians who treat their biases as fact. But fear not; Professor Thomas Woods refutes the popular myths in The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History.

    Gary says: "Informative, thoughtful, eye opening and funny."
    "mediocre"
    Overall

    Yes, he shined a light on some things, but there is plenty of rotten stuff he forgot, like the advent of a national income tax and withholding. I agree with a previous reviewer who said that there was a lot of cherry-picking and fact-twisting. Things just ain't that simple.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance: Shackelton's Incredible Voyage

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Alfred Lansing
    • Narrated By Richard Brown
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    This fabulous account of Sir Ernest Shackelton's epic adventure recreates one of the most astonishing feats of exploration and human courage ever recorded. In August, 1914, the Endurance set sail for the South Atlantic. In October, 1915, still half a continent away from its intended base, the ship was trapped, then crushed in the ice. For five months Shackelton and his men, drifting on ice packs, were castaways in one of the most savage regions of the world...

    Timothy C S says: "A wonderfull treatment of a complex story"
    "I wish I could have given it five stars"
    Overall

    I can't give this five stars because the sound quality was not very good, even after I switched to level 4 download quality. It was particularly muddy at first, until perhaps I got used to his reading style. The narrator lent very little personality to his characterizations. It is a very interesting story and well written, but I disagree with a previous reviewer who liked that the book did not go into the happenings after the rescue. But I do give it four stars and think it is definitely worth a download credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Josh Heine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (88)

    Having completed the two cycles of legend to which she has devoted her career so far, Anne Rice gives us now her most ambitious and courageous book, a novel about the early years of Christ the Lord, based on the Gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship.

    Matthew says: "Breaking new ground"
    "Interesting premise. Well executed."
    Overall

    I approached this as an interested and curious agnostic. I think she did a very good job of telling the story and weaving in the historical and biblical aspects. I think this whole time frame is interesting. I had always viewed Jesus as being born in a manger and then the next we hear, he is pretty much tacked up on a cross. This gives a little novel-like idea of some of those in-between years. I hope she makes a whole series of it, as I view the Bible as a pretty boring and unapproachable read. Overall, it was well read and there is a nice explanatory author's note at the end. As an aside, I have never read her work before (although I thought the Interview with a Vampire movie sucked).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In a Sunburned Country

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bill Bryson
    • Narrated By Bill Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2046)
    Performance
    (624)
    Story
    (625)

    Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. His previous excursion on the Appalachian Trail resulted in the best seller A Walk in the Woods. Now, we follow him "Down Under" to Australia with this delectably funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance that combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiosity. More from Bill Bryson.

    Larry says: "Laugh out loud funny"
    "Droll and dry wit"
    Overall

    I've never understood the attraction of visiting Australia, and, in all honesty, even after reading this book I still don't want to visit. However, as usual, I loved Bryson's style of presenting intformation, and I do know a lot more about the country. He reads it himself which is always a plus. I recommend pulling out an atlas to get your bearings, and then dive in.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Anthony Bourdain
    • Narrated By Anthony Bourdain
    Overall
    (3453)
    Performance
    (1372)
    Story
    (1363)

    Last summer, The New Yorker published chef Anthony Bourdain's shocking, "Don't Eat Before Reading This." Now, the author uses the same "take-no-prisoners" attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable audiobook, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike.

    Holly says: "Kitchen Confidential"
    "Winning Structure, Reading, and Content"
    Overall

    I was astounded to hear about the degenerates running America's great kitchens. I had imagined food purists and people who never got their clogs dirty. But, boy, was it entertaining! Truly, Anthony Bourdain tells it like it is and pulls no punches. The book is perfectly organized, he answers every question by the end, and hearing it from the horse's mouth is the only way to go with a memoir. Big thumbs up, but be prepared to be scandalized.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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