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Carmela08

San Antonio, TX | Member Since 2003

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  • 31 reviews
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  • 34 purchased in 2014
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  • The Last Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Smith
    • Narrated By Lee Smith
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (10)

    On a bright June day in 1965, a dozen girls - classmates at a Blue Ridge women's college - launch a ramshackle raft on a trip down the Mississippi. Their journey, inspired by Huckleberry Finn, is duly reported in the Paducah, Kentucky newspaper. 35 years later, four of the "girls" reunite to cruise the river again. This time, it's on the luxury steamboat The Belle of Natchez. This time, when they reach New Orleans, they'll give the River the ashes of a fifth rafter: Margaret ("Baby") Ballou.

    Carmela08 says: "Ear candy book"
    "Ear candy book"
    Overall

    I hated myself for liking this so much. It's pink cotton candy, puffy, full of air and too sweet, but enjoyable nonetheless. Sure the characters are caricatures. The cliches fly like bats out of a cave. But it's really a lot of fun and easy to follow.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Doing Harm

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kelly Parsons
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    Chief resident Steve Mitchell is the quintessential surgeon: ambitious, intelligent, confident. Charged with molding a group of medical trainees into doctors, and in line for a coveted job, Steve's future is bright. But then a patient mysteriously dies, and it quickly becomes clear that a killer is on the loose in his hospital. A killer set on playing a deadly game with Steve. A killer holding information that could ruin his career and marriage. Now, alone and under a cloud of suspicion, Steve must discover a way to outsmart his opponent and save the killer's next victim before the cycle repeats itself again and again….

    Jacqueline says: "Unbelievable First Novel--Not in a Good Way"
    "Old-fashioned medical thriller"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Some of the plot twists were way over the top, but I enjoyed the inside look at the lives of the interns, residents and medical students. If you like medical thrillers, a fast pace and the usual psycho bitch from hell, then you will like this novel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8060)
    Performance
    (7270)
    Story
    (7265)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Grisham has his mojo back"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    John Grisham's newest book is as good as it gets. I have read most of his books, and lately they have been uneven in quality and interest. But this book is just great: the plot, the characters, the evocation of small-town Southern life. Jake Brigance remains an essentially good man who is sorely tempted at times. I hope Grisham has at least one more Brigance novel inside him.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of James

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ellen J. Green
    • Narrated By Bettye Zoller Seitz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Moments before his death following a tragic car accident, Nick whispers warnings to his wife that someone from his past may attempt to harm or even kill her. He urges her to travel to Philadelphia to his childhood home. Find James, he insists. It’s the only way out. Mackenzie dismisses her husband’s warnings, assuming his words were a result of blood loss and morphine... until the things he outlined start to come true.

    Jeanette says: "Narrator was awful."
    "Narration ruins a good story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Remember when a teacher or a librarian read a story out loud and never quite got the inflection right? That's what this book sounds like. You wonder what the producer was thinking.

    I only stuck this out because the story line was good. And, in a perverse way, I kept listening because I just could not believe narration could be this bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sex and Violence in Hollywood

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Ray Garton
    • Narrated By Seth Michael Donsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    This blockbuster is a chilling combination of thrills, terror, and black humor, plot reversals and a climax so shocking that it will leave you shaken. Adam Julian, son of a Hollywood screenwriter, has a life many would kill for... and some would kill to keep. He's tangled in a web of forced sex, coerced into robbery, and it's only a short step to killing as a choice. At the center of the book is a sensational murder trial which oddly resembles the O.J. Simpson case.

    Carmela08 says: "Awful"
    "Awful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I could only get through about 20 minutes. The title of the book says it all. No plot. No character development. Only cliched sex scenes.

    I have tried returning it three times to no avail.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocence Game

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Michael Harvey
    • Narrated By Robbie Daymond, Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    They’re young, brilliant, beautiful...and naïve enough to believe they can make a difference. For three graduate students, the exclusive innocence seminar at the nation’s most esteemed journalism school is supposed to teach them how to free the falsely accused from prison. Little do they know the most important lesson they’ll learn is how to stay alive. The first day of class for Ian Joyce and Sarah Gold starts like any other, until a fellow student, Jake Havens, pulls a wrinkled envelope from his backpack. Inside is a bloodstained scrap of shirt from a boy murdered 14 years ago and an anonymous note taking credit for the killing.

    Carmela08 says: "Good weekend 'read'"
    "Good weekend 'read'"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is fast-food, drive-through lit. The plot moves along at a good clip, and I got a lot of gardening and housework done by listening to it. The premise is implausible but intriguing: a graduate seminar at the Medill School of Journalism leads to a vast conspiracy. Three intrepid graduate students, each with his or her own agenda, uncover aforementioned vast conspiracy. Take it to the beach this summer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fat Tuesday

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (192)

    A cop with nothing left to lose, Burke Basile is out to get revenge. Corrupt lawyer Pinkie Duvall has cost him his best friend’s life and his job. Kidnapping Pinkie Duvall’s trophy wife seems the perfect way to get even. There’s just one problem. He doesn’t foresee the electric attraction he’ll feel for this lonely, desperate woman from New Orleans. Sandra Brown’s flair for concocting just the right blend of passion and mystery has made her one of America’s most popular writers.

    bluebelle says: "More of a Mystery than a Romance"
    "Predictable popcorn"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I hated myself for enjoying this but if you want a lightweight read that does not require a lot of your attention while you shop or clean on the weekends, then this book is for you. The characters are cut-out but the plot moves rapidly if not somewhat improbably. And you learn a little about life in the Louisiana swamps.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4011)
    Performance
    (3583)
    Story
    (3579)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "For dog lovers"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Make no mistake. This book is lightweight as far as suspense and plot. But the story of Maggie, the dog, lifts it from the mundane to a special book about military and police dogs. I learned a lot about their training and and handling. And, of course, at the heart of the book is the bond developed between Maggie and her alpha.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Three-Day Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Michael Kardos
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Will, Jeffrey, and Nolan are lifelong friends. Each has gone their separate ways as adults, living their own lives while forging their own careers. They have no reason to believe anything extraordinary will befall them. Until one shocking moment changes everything. Will is a part-time drummer who spends the rest of his time in recording studios. Then one night Jeffrey attempts to rob a convenience store, drags a young woman into Will’s car, and shouts a single word: "Drive!" Shaken and confused, Will obeys.

    Jami E. Nettles says: "Gem of a novel"
    "Pleasant fall 'beach' read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Although the plot is improbable, this book moves fast and is a good distraction if you are housecleaning or raking leaves. The development of Will, as a character, is deftly done, and the plot twists keep coming.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In Search of Sushi Tora

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Emily Kemme
    • Narrated By Diana Andrade
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    We all have days when it seems the world as we know it is falling apart, mouthy teenagers, forgotten cell phones, the pressure of deadlines, and others insisting that appearances are what create integrity. One minute you have family togetherness, in the next, festering misperceptions distort everyone’s viewpoint of how they thought it all worked. Lucy Linfeld, wife, mother and former lawyer, chafes at her husband’s demands to present a perfect image to their world in his quest to retain his position as a Court Judge.

    Carmela08 says: "Horrible"
    "Horrible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    With a sing-song, condescending tone, the narrator seems to have confused reading for an adult novel with a children's story hour. And from the one hour of listening that I could stand, the novel needs all the help it can get. The characterization is paper-doll thin, and the whole first part is devoted to clumsily written back story. I have not been this irritated with book in a long while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharp Objects

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    Overall
    (2975)
    Performance
    (2292)
    Story
    (2308)

    Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

    Kelley says: "I agree with Stephen King"
    "Not for the squeamish"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Sharp Objects is a tight, integrated story that flirts with Southern Gothic, Stephen Kingesque horror without crossing the line. Although you will probably guess the villain and the specific syndrome early in the novel, the characterization and plot are so tightly interwoven that it holds your interest to the very end, and the reward is one more horrific detail. Flynn is an excellent writer, far above most who write in this genre. The plot is described elsewhere, so I won't rehash that. I do recommend this book to anyone who wants something a little different in mystery suspense.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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