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I am new to horror and expected more. I just didn't get this classic. It just went on and on and on and i forced myself to finish the audio. All the characters are annoying, especially Elenor who is crazy or possessed or maybe both. And there is the story. This is a psychological thriller more than anything else. There was a lot of dialogue about ghosts and not a lot of real ghost activity. In the end it is not clear if Elenor created this whole event in her mind and freaked everyone else OR if there was a haunting. Anyway I'm still glad I read it. Now onto to something fun and light....
This is one of the most informative audiobooks I've listened to. Lawrence Wright's book tries to explain Scientology's hold in Hollywood and why seemingly "normal" people get involved with the religion. He does a very good job telling this story by first taking you on Paul Haggis' journey, then introducing you to countless people, in many cases former high ranking officials, who have been abused in one way or another by the church. It's a page turner!
There were enough moments of physical and emotional abuse that left me saddened. Sometime last year I read Jenna Miscavage's Beyond Belief and she also detailed lots of abuse so Lawrence Wright's expose wasn't surprising. However, what is surprising is how this abuse is sustained and ignored. It's ignored by the government and ignored by fellow Scientologists. I was left feeling disgusted. David Miscavage, and to some degree Tom Cruise should be in jail for sanctioning this unethical and abusive behavior.
Lawrence Wright writes with a sympathetic ear. I was impressed because he could have easily written a tongue and cheek expose and had a "told ya so" point of view, especially when story after story detailed similar endings. He doesn't do that, instead he tries to point out facts and patterns through the use of individual story telling. I felt sad then MAD for these folks. Most spent their entire lives, and life savings, sacrificed friendships and family, only to be dropped by the church when they asked too many questions, didn't agree with the church, or didn't follow orders. It's a terrible religion - there is no way around that. Obviously many people have found the teachings useful, but I'm sorry, the ends do not justify the means. Everyone should read/listen to this book. It's that good!
It's a very solid "romantic comedy" listen. This book is as good as the first in the series. I loved book 1 tangled but was disappointed by the follow up story. Because book 2 was a bit of a bore I didn't plan on downloading book 3, but a friend told me it was more similar to book 1. I am so glad I did download tamed - this is a very entertaining read. Emma Chase really finds her stride using the male POV. It's humerous, smart and fun. I hope she puts more male POV stories out there, cause I for one am a fan.
Worth the time and credit!
The narrator was great and the story was absorbing! Hot unassuming flight attendant, Sexy "over the moon" billionaire, lots of air travel and regular orgasims.......what's wrong with that? Nothing!
The first sexual encounters were super hot!
I just finished the trilogy and book1&2 were great! Book 3 was a lot more of the same old and I got bored. But hell, if you are going to invest time on the first two, ya kinda have to just go for it!
I found lots to like about this audiobook. It was pretty funny and the narration was great. The best bits are when Sandy has to come to terms with being a dog and live life as a dog, and well do those things that dogs do. That was probably the best part of the story and when I laughed the most.
As the story unfolds you are told that Sandy was totally privileged and never really had to work hard at anything. He did fall hard for Emily in the beginning because she was a challenge but didn't appreciate her once married. So - when he suddenly passes and he comes back as a dog, most literally and figuratively he has to figure out how to make things right with Emily. And if it wasn't challenging enough being a man, imagine him trying to make it right as a dog. This self discovery bit while funny also got tiring because Sandy and Emily's relationship was never really explored and so I didn't get why he didn't like her. I didn't know where the breakdown happened in their relationship. You just get to hear that he was sick of her and didn't care for her without any real background It was a bit of a disconnect for me. It's as if the story had originally been longer and more developed and at the end was edited so severely to leave out some major key points.
But besides THAT, really enjoyed this book and still recommend.
I'd bring Einstein to my house and feed him in a heartbeat.
This was such a nice surprise - this was an engaging, sexy listen. I loved the story and found Hannah and Drew's budding relationship come to life under the backdrop of New Zealand. The author spent lots of time taking the reader "there" and I so appreciate that. I want to escape when listening to this genre and this story did it for me. Plus the narration was 5 stars awesome!
Drew was pretty sexy! Hannah's trust issues got old and she sounded like a broken record but as with any worthy "feel good" book, in the end they worked it all out.
So good. 5 stars! The New Zealand male accents are hot!
Just thoroughly enjoyed this one as well as book 2. Both are so entertaining.
If you like travel, romance, adventure, sexy sex scenes and pretty awesome NZ accents- here ya go. You've been served!
Yes because the narration was great. This was one hot listen!
A lighter "erotic" version of backstage pass.
When Eve and David connect in Monterrey. I loved this book- it had great romantic moments, great dialogue, witty banter, and sizzle!
Ready to read anything by Kylie Scott! I have now listened to this audio 2 times- it's that good! Don't start this book at night, cause if you do - I guarantee that you will not sleep.
Yes definitely. I did enjoy this book even if it was lacking a little in story. It felt incomplete and at times disjointed but it was still interesting and fun. I enjoyed the characters, the horny ghost, the creepy house and the romance. I give it 3.5.
I would have liked to learn more about Hugh, the horny ghost and more history about the house.
A fun "light" spooky read.
Not sure if i would listen to it again but I am glad that I finally gave this audio a go. It's intense, disturbing, sad, and seductive.
I don't know if I liked any of the characters. I found Jacqueline's character to be very interesting because she was so different from O. She was not so willing to bend and while O called her selfish, Jacqueline had a sense for self preservation. "O" had zero inkling to save her self and truly and literally was a submissive.
She was perfect. She read each word slowly and deliberately. I got sucked in and thought that Kathe Mazur's voice cut through the tragedy and lulled you into "O's" tale. It was a very hypnotic listen.
Yes it was intense and spellbinding. It was a psychological journey and makes all the FSOG books look so trite because this story is the real deal. Don't get me wrong, I read FSOG and it's light and fluffy and shinny. The Story of O doesn't do a damn thing to make you feel good or try to entertain you. It has a strange voyeuristic feel - you are watching or reading something that you shouldn't and what is happening behind closed doors isn't really meant for you, yet you can't stop listening or watching. It has that quality to it.
The last scene where O is displayed for all to see as nothing more than Sir Stephen's object, his toy, his person was so tragic. She allowed all this and became nothing more than an owl, an object; a thing to be used in any which way for love. She gave everything away and had nothing left to give. I finished this book about 5 days ago and still can't get the images out of mind. It's a powerful read and I think it's worth the listen.
Yea, I really liked this listen. At only 26 Doug has fallen hard for Hailey only to become a widower a few years later. At 29 he is a step father, well sort of; he is terribly depressed and drunk all the time. He is consumed by grief and unable to cope with being responsible for himself let alone another person. Now this should make for just a sad, sad, tale but Jonathan Tropper has a brilliant way of making you laugh and pulling you in because there is more to Doug than just grief. He has a lovable family with big personalities; a stoner stepson that is so broken and sweet and just missing his mom; and Hailey's ex whom, well, he doesn't have many redeeming characterists. And there is Doug and his "total" journey which includes everything from sadness, laugh out loud moments to my favorite- going down memory lane and getting to know Hailey a bit. The book also definitely had some great tips about what NOT to ask someone going thru grief.
When he's caught in bed, drunk in his tighty whiteys, with a bottle between his legs and a picture of his date on his chest. Oh did I mention that this was at his blind date's house? I cringed for him, then laughed!!
Awesome listen and not a waste of time or credit!
Top 5! I really fell in love with this audiobook. While the story deals with a very serious topic the writing was its opposite; it was so light, comical and warm. Because of that, there were times I forgot about Will's affliction and intention. It was such a sweet, tragic, and heart warming story about love and acceptance, even if that means accepting an outcome you don't want. This is a strong story with strong character development and it just pulls at your heartstrings and it totally and completed sucked me in.
My favorite part of this story is the honest friendship that develops between Will and Lou. It felt authentic and I loved how they slowly broke down barriers and bared their souls - for me that's the making of a real love story.
Oh the narration was great. This whole audio was 5+ stars. If I could rate it higher I would.
The love that develops between Will and Lou was.....heartwretchingly wonderful! I loved that they gave each other so much. She gave him back his identity as a man and brought him joy and he gave her friendship, support and a future.
Absolutely worth the credit, the time and the heart pulling.
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