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Lindsay

Calgary, AB, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • 5 reviews
  • 17 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2014
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  • Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7415)
    Performance
    (6483)
    Story
    (6487)

    When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees. Now, Ana and Christian have it all - love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy.

    SIMARA says: "We ate the dessert first..."
    "Terrible writing, repetitive and juvenile."
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    Was hoping for a fun summer read but this was not it!
    The three books were poorly written and though I kept hoping for some semblance of an adequate story line to emerge the plot was weak, the characters repetitive and shallow, the writing juvenile and the repetition hard to take. Even the gratuitous scenes (which is what I'm assuming made these books popular) were repetitive and I was fast forwarding through them by book three!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Sisters Brothers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Patrick deWitt
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. The enigmatic and powerful man known only as the Commodore has ordered it, and his henchmen, Eli and Charlie Sisters, will make sure of it. Though Eli doesn't share his brother's appetite for whiskey and killing, he's never known anything else. But their prey isn't an easy mark, and on the road from Oregon City to Warm's gold-mining claim outside Sacramento, Eli begins to question what he does for a living–and whom he does it for.

    Kirsten says: "A trip in to the Wild West"
    "I just don't get it."
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    I kept waiting to have a eureka moment while reading this book - wondering if, like when I read Lord of the Flies in high school, I had missed an underlying message.
    After much book club discussion, I've decided I didn't miss anything - the book was just a miss for me - I still am not sure what I was meant to get out of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Solomon's Song: The Australian Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (1416)
    Performance
    (913)
    Story
    (906)

    Here is the story of two families, branches of the Solomons, transported to an alien land. Both branches eventually grow rich and powerful. But through three generations, the families never, for one moment, relinquish their hatred for each other. This novel is also the story of Australia, from its beginnings to its coming of age as a nation.

    Anne says: "Breathtaking!"
    "Enjoyed the characters coming together in book 3."
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    I didn't expect to like these three books as much as I did - I really enjoyed them and the sense of justice and social values that were woven through the characters. Courtenay is creative in how he brings the characters together and I found myself wondering "how would anyone dream up that story!?".
    The only reason I gave the story 4/5 is that in all three books the endings are always rather brutal and sudden. I haven't read others of Courtenay's books so perhaps that his style. I found that I was fully immersed in the story and the it was almost like the author got tired or didn't know what to do next and so just ended the book.
    Overall enjoyable and I recommend all three in the Australian Trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jenna Miscavige Hill
    • Narrated By Sandy Rustin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (719)
    Performance
    (657)
    Story
    (657)

    Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member Sea Org - the church's highest ministry - speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape.

    Tim says: "The Despicable Truth Behind Scientology"
    "Unreal"
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    This story blew my mind - I had to keep reminding myself that it was non-fiction and that someone went thought this. I found myself whole-heartedly rooting for the main character throughout the book. Absolutely could not put it down. A must "read"!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14402)
    Performance
    (11812)
    Story
    (12440)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "Truly the worst book I have read"
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    This is the poorest book I have read in years - from story to writing it is just bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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