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Virginia

jacksonville, FL, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Life After Death

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Damien Echols
    • Narrated By Damien Echols
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (267)

    The definitive memoir by Damien Echols of the "West Memphis Three", who was falsely convicted of committing three murders. Hear this unforgettable account of his 18 years on death row.

    Courtney says: "A compelling story-worthwhile listen."
    "Wow what a great listen"
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    If you could sum up Life After Death in three words, what would they be?

    Articulate & well written Damien Echols takes us through his difficult experience. Somehow he kept hope alive through it all. "Hope is the thing with feathers" as Emily Dickinson said. It is a fragile thing that somehow stays alive despite the storms of life. I don't know how he kept hope alive. I don't think I could of, I really don't. That feathered bird would have been stomped out in the first year. If Damien writes another book, I'm reading it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the lawyer asked "will this make Lorri Davis leave me alone?" I cheered. Yea Lorri!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Innocence: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1008)
    Performance
    (901)
    Story
    (918)

    He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

    Michael says: "Among Koontz’s Best Slow Interesting Books"
    "It's not what you think it is, not at all"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Wow! I loved this twist. Great storytelling.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was very surprised by it, delightfully so.


    Any additional comments?

    I love that Koontz always finds a way to add a dog or two. The way he adds them to this story is wonderful. When I read Koontz I feel his love of canines and it makes me happy because I love them as well.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (6512)
    Performance
    (6037)
    Story
    (6060)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "I realized how much I miss Stephen King."
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    What did you love best about Doctor Sleep?

    I haven't listened to King in awhile but loved The Shining and so listened to Doctor Sleep which I loved. Now I want to go back and re-listen to all of King's books. King is a great character writer and I love that he uses senior citizens in this book to help the main character get out of trouble. Nobody has more character than seniors, gotta love them. The characters seem so real you feel like you've lost a group of friends when the story ends.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The seniors involvement in the story. I work in Long term care and the dying process can make total strangers become intimate. Dying is scary and we help them go into that great unknown as gracefully as possible. This book captures that act and the feelings attached to it.


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Will Patton's voice can at times sound like the possessed Reagan in The Exorcist (the scariest movie of all time) so this adds to the fear factor.


    If you could take any character from Doctor Sleep out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Dan, as long as he didn't read my mind. I'd want to know more about the dying process and what happens after death.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book. You won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets in the Cellar: The True Story of the Austrian Incest Case That Shocked the World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By John Glatt
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (128)

    Josef Fritzl was a 73-year-old retired engineer in Austria. He seemed to be living a normal life with his wife, Rosemarie, and their family - though one daughter, Elisabeth, had decades earlier been "lost" to a religious cult. Throughout the years, three of Elisabeth's children mysteriously appeared on the Fritzls' doorstep; Josef and Rosemarie raised them as their own. But only Josef knew the truth about Elisabeth's disappearance.... For 27 years, Josef had imprisoned and molested Elisabeth in his man-made basement dungeon.

    Eric Schurr says: "One of the most riveting and disturbing books ever"
    "I was hooked. A great listen."
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    Any additional comments?

    I know its a good book when I scour the web looking for anything I can about the main characters. This father was a sociopath of the worst kind. I think the author was too easy on the wife but I do live in a different part of the world and have had many things that women did not. Still, how could she let him do all those things to the kids while they were growing up? And the main character, she must really be something to have survived that. I send her and her family all of my prayers and well wishes.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Survivor

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1046)
    Performance
    (928)
    Story
    (919)

    Nate Overbay, a former soldier suffering from PTSD and ALS, goes to an 11th-floor bank and climbs out the bathroom window onto the ledge, ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself to jump, a crew of gunmen bursts into the bank and begins viciously shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate climbs back inside, confronts the robbers, and with his military training, starts taking them out, one by one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: “He will make you pay in ways you can’t imagine.” Soon enough, Nate learns what this means.

    T.D. says: "Shakes you to your very core."
    "My first Hurwitz book and I am impressed."
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    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book. Great plot twists. Great action. What a ride. I am now going to listen to every book this author has on Audible. I hope my heart can take it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • They're Watching

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (366)

    Patrick Davis is a man with troubles. First his Hollywood dreams crumble, then his storybook marriage hits a snag. Finally, DVDs start being delivered to his house – DVDs which show that someone is watching him and his wife, that the two of them are being stalked and recorded by cameras hidden around and within their house. Then the e-mails start, and someone offers to fix everything, to take the mess his life has become and make it all right. Patrick figures it's the offer of a lifetime.

    B.J. says: "Umm, no. They're not watching."
    "Wow."
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    Any additional comments?

    It started off a little slow but wow what an ending! I drove six hours and stayed in the car an extra twenty minutes just to hear the ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2672)
    Performance
    (2272)
    Story
    (2259)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "I was yelling at the character in my car."
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    If you could sum up You're Next in three words, what would they be?

    What a ride!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot made you yell at, cheer for and talk to the character as in, "Don't do it, do it, don't do it, why did you do that? My six hour drive sped along. I loved the book.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    The main character


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, but mostly anticipate.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't miss out on this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Long, Paul Perry
    • Narrated By Bob Dunsworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (135)

    Evidence of the Afterlife shares the firsthand accounts of people who have died and lived to tell about it. Through their work at the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, radiation oncologist Jeffrey Long and his wife, Jody, have gathered thousands of accounts of near-death experiences (NDEs) from all over the world.

    geoff says: "comprehensive"
    "Not what I was hoping for"
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    Any additional comments?

    Book was kind of boring in that it was all based on research. I wanted a lot more stories. The stories that were given were around 45 seconds to a few minutes long. I just thought it was something other than what it was. Probably a good listen for those who want the numbers.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tick Tock

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (140)

    A strange doll is left on Tommy Phan's front steps, stranger than anyone could ever imagine. Later he hears an odd popping sound and is intrigued to find it coming to life. Tommy pursues the thing as it scrambles away, and then is pursued by it as it evolves from a terrifying and vicious manikin into a larger, more formidable opponent bent on killing him. What in the world is this thing and why is it after him?

    gslindner says: "Quintessential Dean Koontz"
    "SCARY! Don't listen alone at night!"
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    Where does Tick Tock rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really liked this book. It is one of my Koontz favorites not because of the storyline as much as it scared the heck out of me! I had a cold and so had to sleep in the guest room where I listened to this audio book late into the night. Being alone, on NyQuil and listening to this was a mistake. I had to jump up to turn on the lights and then had to laugh at myself. There are certainly a lot of parts in this book that are too hard to listen to sitting or laying down. Pacing back and fourth while chewing on my nails is how I listened to it. Sick or not this book had my blood thumping through my veins.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grab Your Audience's Attention: First Impressions Set the Presentation On - or Off - Course

    • UNABRIDGED (13 mins)
    • By Mark Magnacca
    • Narrated By Ken Kliban
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Create an irresistible "Positioning Statement" that will make everyone want to know more about you! The cliche "You never get a second chance to make a first impression" is absolutely right. And the way you answer the question, "What do you do for a living?" usually determines whether or not people will want to listen to what you have to say. Here's how to get them engaged immediately.

    Virginia says: "Great information on making first impressions"
    "Great information on making first impressions"
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    What did you love best about Grab Your Audience's Attention?

    This book was spot on. Great presentation, great advice and on the mark. I am now going to buy this author's other audio book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Grab Your Audience's Attention?

    The first few minutes with the CEO


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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