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Kim

Pasadena, CA, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Immaculee Ilibagiza, Steve Erwin
    • Narrated By Lisa Renee Pitts
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (104)

    In 1994, Immaculee Ilibagiza's world was ripped apart when her native country of Rwanda descended into a bloody genocide. Her family was brutally murdered during a killing spree that lasted three months and claimed the lives of nearly a million Rwandans. Miraculously, Immaculee survived the slaughter.

    Kim says: "What a triumphant spirit"
    "What a triumphant spirit"
    Overall

    This book was flawless and although what the author experienced was a million times worse - I still felt like I was right there with her on that bathroom floor. At times I felt I couldn't go on listening and sometimes did stop the recording but I knew I had to finish - if she could experience it and come out on the other side stronger, wiser and closer to God - then I could simply listen. This story of courage has forever changed me and the way I view the world.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Invisible Monsters

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (182)

    She's a fashion model who has everything: a boyfriend, a career, a loyal best friend. But when a sudden freeway "accident" leaves her disfigured and incapable of speech, she is transformed from the beautiful center of attention to an invisible monster, so hideous that no one will acknowledge she exists.

    Heather says: "Fantastic"
    "not for me"
    Overall

    Being a fan of Fight Club, I thought that Palahniuk would be an author I could be a repeat customer of. I struggled to get through an hour of this book. Maybe I will try to listen another time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    Overall
    (2550)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (301)

    Lily Owens has shaped her entire life around one devastating memory - the day her mother was killed. When she and her "stand-in-mother," a fierce-hearted black woman named Rosaleen, are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily enters a secret world of bees and honey, and of the Black Madonna who presides over this household of strong, wise women.

    France says: "Secret Life of Bees"
    "Wonderful Poetry"
    Overall

    I can't say much more than the other reviewers. I was swept up into this book from the first line. The narrator did a brilliant job and I felt like I was right there with Lily - going through her trial and tribulations. It felt so personal - the anguish of being a 14 year old girl who only wanted her mother. The story read like poetry. My favorite line is about how if Lily were to go to heaven, for the first 10,000 years her mother would kiss her until her skin was chapped saying she forgives her and for the second 10,000 years her mother would brush her hair til it was shining. It's just so beautiful and sad to long for that kind love. Now I am forever a fan of Sue Monk Kidd. I will definitely listen to this one again and will be sure to get something else entirely out of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Can You Keep a Secret?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1184)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (400)

    Emma Corrigan has a long list of secrets, one of which is that she is afraid of flying. Coming back from a thoroughly ruinous sales trip to Glasgow, the plane she is on encounters some air turbulence, and she ends up spilling her guts to the handsome American sitting next to her. He gets to hear that she fibbed to get her current job and that she has never been able to satisfactorily find her G-spot. Then, the plane lands...and the American turns up in her life again. He's the CEO of her company....

    A says: "Enjoyable Chick Lit"
    "i don't get it"
    Overall

    i thought the story was just OK. a lot of the story played out like scenes from an old Three's Company episode. A lot of misunderstandings and mishaps come up when the girl just could have spoken up and cleared up the situation. It's entertaining enough but not worth my monthly credit. I'm sorry I ordered it and will stay away from chick lit from now on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Interruption of Everything

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Terry McMillan
    • Narrated By Desiree Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    With The Interruption of Everything, her sixth novel, Terry McMillan takes on the fault lines of mid-life and family life, reminds us once again of the redeeming power of friendship, and turns her eye toward the dilemma of how a woman starts to put her own needs higher on the to-do list while not shortchanging everyone else.

    Ann says: "Great to listen to"
    "Horrible narrator"
    Overall

    I love Terry McMillan and have always found her writing to be witty, smart and definitely speaks of the african-american experience that I can relate to - however this is the first time I have ever heard one of her novels on audiobook and whoever did the narration was completely terrible and it often took me out of the story. I wasn't able to complete to book because the narration was so jarring and unbelievable. I didn't feel sorry for the main character, I wanted her to stop talking. I am a commuter and have had my share of narrators over time - and this woman was hands down the worst I had ever heard. I hate that I wasted my credit on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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