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Samantha

Barrington, NH, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 309 titles in library
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  • Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (2631)
    Performance
    (1438)
    Story
    (1465)

    A striking red-head, 20-something Jody is attacked and transformed into a vampire while walking home one night in downtown San Francisco. Befriending 19-year-old Tommy, Jody tries to understand her new undead life, but trouble finds her when the cops start suspecting Tommy of being a local bloodsucking serial killer.

    SHEILA says: "Bloodsucking FUN!"
    "Not his best book..."
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    I was disappointed in this book, and I have not gone on to continue the series, although I may still do so at some point. Christopher Moore is one of my favorite authors and I find him to be a very intelligent and thoughtful writer. I appreciate that his books are filled with the ridiculous and yet still make me think an awful lot about what I've read and what he is 'really' trying to say.
    This book to me was filled with unnecessary crudeness and the plot was flimsy. There was a definite point A to point B feel and that frustrated me. I think I'm not describing it very well, but what I'm trying to say is that this book completely lacked the depth of his other stories. It was like he was trying to jump on the Vampire bandwagon or something (although tbh I'm not sure how much of a Vampire bandwagon there was in 1995).

    Anyway. This will not stop me from reading his other books, even if it did stop me from finishing the rest of this series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21419)
    Performance
    (17818)
    Story
    (17806)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Worth the read"
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    It took about 7 hours before it got really interesting! Decent mystery... Hated the main character (which I'm sure was the point) for most of the book. For me though, if I don't like the main character I have a hard time getting into the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Family Fang

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kevin Wilson
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (682)
    Performance
    (581)
    Story
    (579)

    Performance artists Caleb and Camille Fang dedicated themselves to making great art. But when an artist's work lies in subverting normality, it can be difficult to raise well-adjusted children. Just ask Buster and Annie Fang. For as long as they can remember, they starred (unwillingly) in their parents' madcap pieces. But now that they are grown up, the chaos of their childhood has made it difficult to cope with life outside the fishbowl of their parents' strange world.

    B. Westman says: "Surprisingly Deep"
    "Got about halfway through and quit..."
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    And that's a big deal for me. I usually can get into any story. I think that the difficulty that I had with this book was that the characters were all so completely unbelievable. They could only be made up people to me. Not to mention the story itself was so sad that I found myself getting depressed. It just was not the book for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    Overall
    (1302)
    Performance
    (1134)
    Story
    (1147)

    In July 1890, Vincent van Gogh went into a cornfield and shot himself. Or did he? Why would an artist at the height of his creative powers attempt to take his life... and then walk a mile to a doctor's house for help? Who was the crooked little "color man" Vincent had claimed was stalking him across France? And why had the painter recently become deathly afraid of a certain shade of blue? These are just a few of the questions confronting Vincent's friends who vow to discover the truth of van Gogh's untimely death.

    John says: "Not Moore at his funniest, but Moore completely"
    "Christopher Moore does it again!"
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    This was a wonderful book, and a very fresh, unique story. The narrator was perfection. The story moved at a great pace and it was impossible to get bored with all of the back and forth between Juliette and the male characters.
    I was disappointed in the ending. I can't explain why without giving away the story but suffice it to say that even though I was disappointed, it is probably a more accurate depiction of humanity than I care to admit.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7006)
    Performance
    (3722)
    Story
    (3748)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "Gaiman is delightful - as always!"
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    I really loved that even though it was a fantasy book, all of the characters were so real. I just know that there are people like this out there. I'm sure we've all met our share of Jessica's especially...
    And Richard was such a good and imperfect person. He was heroic in ways people don't normally think about. He cried, and was scared and he still did what he knew was right. That is very heroic to me.

    I couldn't put this book down. There was so much happening and it was so well told, and wonderfully performed. I would recommend this book to anyone!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grounded and Calm: A Guided Energy Meditation by Kimberley Jones

    • UNABRIDGED (22 mins)
    • By Kimberley Jones
    • Narrated By Kimberley Jones
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    In this wonderfully soothing meditation you will be guided effortlessly to align your energy in such a way as to create deep inner peace and relaxation in your mind and body. Being grounded brings you more present in your body, relationships and life and help you cope with everyday challenges. This meditation is perfect for you if you feel over-stimulated by our busy, modern world and long for a feeling of nourishing retreat.

    Samantha says: "Very Calming"
    "Very Calming"
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    I found this title to be very useful for decreasing my anxiety and helping me sleep at night. I know for a lot of these type of programs they say sit up straight and have your feel flat on the floor but I was really looking for a way to calm and clear my mind before bed. The imagery of the tree was well set forth so that I really did feel connected with the tree and the Earth. It helped me push aside the extra 'junk' from the day and wind down and have a good night's sleep.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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