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Elisabeth

Durham, NC, United States | Member Since 2017

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  • 103 reviews
  • 682 ratings
  • 652 titles in library
  • 45 purchased in 2018
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  • Objects of My Affection

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jill Smolinski
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (366)

    In the humorous, heartfelt new novel by the author of The Next Thing on My List, a personal organizer must somehow convince a reclusive artist to give up her hoarding ways and let go of the stuff she’s hung onto for decades.

    Susan B. Jamieson says: "If you can relate to "Too Much Stuff"...Read on!!"
    "Wanted More Hoarding"
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    This was an interesting story about a woman who is hired to convince a cantankerous, aging artist de-clutter her house against her will. The story kept me intrigued but I felt the author didn't include enough about the artist's hoarding, given that this was the whole raison d'etre for the novel. A good book for listening to while you are driving or doing other tasks - engaging and well written, but not so laced with literary imagery that you have to concentrate deeply to follow the story.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Tree: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2624)
    Performance
    (2375)
    Story
    (2362)

    Former prosecutor Penn Cage and his fiancee, reporter and publisher Caitlin Masters, have barely escaped with their lives after being attacked by wealthy businessman Brody Royal and his Double Eagles, a KKK sect with ties to some of Mississippi's most powerful men. But the real danger has only begun as FBI Special Agent John Kaiser warns Penn that Brody isn't the true leader of the Double Eagles.

    R. Ford says: "Ok but definitely could put it down."
    "Usually give Penn Cage 5 Stars"
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    I have really enjoyed Greg Iles' Penn Cage Series, but the Bone Tree did not live up to the quality of the previous reads. I had a hard time getting into the story in the beginning, which is unusual. I think the Bone Tree would be improved by editing out many superfluous scenes as it was unnecessarily long. If you are listening to the whole series, then you won't want to miss this book as there are some big doings that I won't give away but will definitely effect the following books in the series. Glad I listened but - meh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scores: How I Opened the Hottest Strip Club in New York City, Was Extorted out of Millions by the Gambino Family, and Became One of the Most Successful Mafia Informants in FBI History

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Michael D. Blutrich
    • Narrated By Michael D. Blutrich
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1891)
    Performance
    (1759)
    Story
    (1752)

    Meet Michael Blutrich, mild-mannered New York lawyer and founder of Scores, the hottest strip club in New York City history, funded by the proceeds of an insurance embezzlement scheme. All Blutrich wanted was to lay low, make the club a success, and put his criminal acts behind him. But the Mafia got involved, and soon the FBI came knocking. Scores became wildly popular, in part thanks to Blutrich's ability to successfully bend the rules of adult entertainment. Unfortunately for Blutrich, it would all soon implode.

    Greeny says: "Seductive narration about fortunes and betrayals"
    "Great Book, Intriguing Topics"
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    Well, the things I learned about strip clubs - very interesting! I really enjoyed Scores, especially with the capable author narrating. It moved a little abruptly from the running of Scores into Michael becoming an FBI informant, but that's ok. There is little need for a plot summary because the extended title says it all. The one question which I was left pondering was since Michael was supposed to go into the witness protection program, how is he living under his original name and able to write this book and live? Maybe that's in the sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16680)
    Performance
    (13805)
    Story
    (13831)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Kurt Schwoppe says: "A Realistic Worst Nightmare"
    "WOW!"
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    An incredible story about the aftermath of an EMP strike. Made me realize I am not even prepared for an extended power outage! Scary topic told within a riveting tale. Highly recommend - and contact your senator to find out why the government isn't doing more to prepare for an EMP strike.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9766)
    Performance
    (8860)
    Story
    (8854)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Very funny"
    "Light hearted fun!"
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    Make no mistake, I'm not giving Agent to the Stars 5 stars for being a literary tour de force, but it is a well written, fun, light hearted adventure blending aliens and movie stars. Good quality work if you're looking for a don't-have-to-think-too-hard romp. Very well narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hate U Give

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Angie Thomas
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13964)
    Performance
    (13041)
    Story
    (13000)

    Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

    Michael - Audible says: "What a story!"
    "Wow"
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    Just finished The Hate U Give and was blown away. I felt like Angie Thomas was penning a gentle letter to white people to help us understand what the heck has been going on in black neighborhoods with regard to police shootings/killings of residents, all wrapped up in a great story. Thomas cleverly has the protagonist, Star, attend a private white high school (which also provides insight into comments whites might view as a joke but are offensive to minorities) and have a white boyfriend, both of which on a certain level make Star more relatable for a white reader. Star's immediate and extended family and friends are so well drawn that I felt connected to or personally repelled by each. There is a riot scene toward the end of the book. I had tears streaming down my face - and I'm not an empathetic person. Highly recommend!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nevertheless: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Alec Baldwin
    • Narrated By Alec Baldwin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1608)
    Performance
    (1515)
    Story
    (1510)

    One of the most accomplished and outspoken actors today chronicles the highs and lows of his life in this beautifully written, candid memoir.

    Kristin says: "Who knew Alec could write?"
    "Disappointed"
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    I usually really enjoy a (quality) celebrity autobiography, but was disappointed with Nevertheless. I really like Alec Baldwin, but found him often casting blame on others, perhaps deservedly, and sounding whiny once he got into the adult part of his life. I did enjoy learning about his childhood. There was relatively little discussion of his life with Kim Bassinger, which also disappointed me. He also doesn't really detail or own up to his bad boy antics other than one coke bender. His raving, gushing description of his current wife seemed over the top and thus a little phony, as did his praise for so many others. It's as if he knows these people will read his book and if he doesn't gush about them, they won't like him any more. Hhhmmm...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8527)
    Performance
    (7540)
    Story
    (7526)

    Forty years ago Israeli psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky wrote a series of breathtakingly original studies undoing our assumptions about the decision-making process. Their papers showed the ways in which the human mind erred systematically when forced to make judgments about uncertain situations. Their work created the field of behavioral economics, revolutionized Big Data studies, advanced evidence-based medicine, led to a new approach to government regulation, and made Michael Lewis' work possible.

    Jane says: "I loved learning about two very smart men."
    "So Disappointed"
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    If you asked me who my favorite author is, I would say Michael Lewis, until The Undoing Project. While I appreciate the general topic of behavioral economics, the story (or lack of) is bogged down in the life of two Israeli psychologists. While perhaps that is the story, I found it so uninteresting compared to Moneyball, The Big Short, The Blindside, Liar's Poker or Boomerang. This will sell because it is Michael Lewis, but if it had been written by an unknown, I can't imagine it would go far.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • You

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Caroline Kepnes
    • Narrated By Santino Fontana
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10427)
    Performance
    (9733)
    Story
    (9721)

    Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she's gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and sexy beyond his wildest dreams. Joe needs to have her, and he'll stop at nothing to do so. As he begins to insinuate himself into her life - her friendships, her email, her phone - she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom-made for her. So when her boyfriend, Benji, mysteriously disappears, Beck and Joe fall into a tumultuous affair. But there's more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade.

    Emily - Audible says: "Wow. This. Book."
    "Billed As Gone Girl"
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    But it's not. I kept wanting to like this book, but was underwhelmed. I did not think this had the tension or interest of Gone Girl.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Glory over Everything: Beyond the Kitchen House

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Santino Fontana, Heather Alicia Simms, Madeleine Maby, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1646)
    Performance
    (1516)
    Story
    (1511)

    This new standalone novel opens in 1830, and Jamie, who fled from the Virginian plantation he once called home, is passing in Philadelphia society as a wealthy white silversmith. After many years of striving, Jamie has achieved acclaim and security, only to discover that his aristocratic lover, Caroline, is pregnant. Before he can reveal his real identity to her, he learns that his beloved servant, Pan, has been captured and sold into slavery in the South.

    Dawn says: "Painfully insipid. Couldn't finish."
    "If you loved The Kitchen House..."
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    ...you will love this. I was totally captivated by Grissom's novel The Kitchen House and found myself equally entranced with Glory Over Everything. The story continues in Philadelphia with the capture of a free black boy sold into slavery in North Carolina. You'll recognize some of the characters from The Kitchen House as the boy's former employer travels to NC to retrieve him while revealing his own secrets and putting his life in jeopardy. I found myself coming up with more tasks to complete so I could continue listening!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Redemption Road: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By Scott Shepherd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2043)
    Performance
    (1889)
    Story
    (1879)

    Imagine: A boy with a gun waits for the man who killed his mother. A troubled detective confronts her past in the aftermath of a brutal shooting. After 13 years in prison, a good cop walks free as deep in the forest, on the altar of an abandoned church, a body cools in pale linen.... This is a town on the brink. This is Redemption Road.

    Ted says: "Darkly Disturbing"
    "So Dark"
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    I have really enjoyed John Hart's other books, but I have to say that this one felt like a slog. A slog in the sense that it was so dark and depressing that for me it took the enjoyment out of the book. There is hope cast at the very end of the book, but for me it was too late. Well written as always, but just too depressing!

    17 of 24 people found this review helpful

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