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Karen

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  • How to Write a Dirty Story: Reading, Writing, and Publishing Erotica

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Susie Bright
    • Narrated By Susie Bright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (31)

    Susie Bright is the first and reigning queen of contemporary erotica. In How to Write a Dirty Story she reveals her tricks of the trade and shows you how to heat up sex scenes in everything from traditional novels and romances to science fiction and humor. Easing the aspiring writer into the creative process, she tells you how to write the steamy plots and sensual characters that publishers and readers (and listeners) are looking for.

    Gaskill says: "If you fantasize about writing - read this book!"
    "Good Information"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Susie Bright provides great information about how to write erotica for those just getting started. Her advice about how to avoid some of the most common mistakes writers make on the page and when conducting the business of writing is also valuable. I wish she had devoted more time to that kind of information and less time to giving her bio at the beginning of the book. Some of it was interesting but I thought it went on too long. The reference materials she provides are also excellent. Good job, Susie.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cat Daddy: What the World's Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jackson Galaxy, Joel Derfner
    • Narrated By Jackson Galaxy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (163)

    In this book, Galaxy tells the poignant story of his 13-year relationship with a petite gray-and-white short-haired cat named Benny, and gives singular advice for living with, caring for, and loving the feline in your home. When Benny arrived in his life, Galaxy was a down-and-out rock musician with not too much more going on than a part-time job at an animal shelter and a drug problem. Benny's previous owner brought the cat to the shelter in a cardboard box to give him up.

    Dawn says: "10 Stars!!!"
    "Brutally honest"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Jackson Galaxy's journey from the depths of addiction to success as a cat behaviorist is inspiring. He draws parallels of his struggle to find emotional peace with the story of the love/hate relationship he has with his cat, Benny, but this is really Jackson's story - his journey, his redemption and, ultimately, his triumph. I don't think you need to have a cat or even love cats to find a deep empathy for Jackson. His struggles are our struggles, his foibles are our foibles. Because of this, his reading rings especially true. He is in the room with us, telling his story in all its beauty and ugliness. No one else could have told it with such a passion and truth that made me smile, laugh and cry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tiger, Tiger: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Margaux Fragoso
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    One summer day, Margaux Fragoso meets Peter Curran at the neighborhood swimming pool, and they begin to play. She is seven; he is 51. When Peter invites her and her mother to his house, the little girl finds a child’s paradise of exotic pets and an elaborate backyard garden. Her mother, beset by mental illness and overwhelmed by caring for Margaux, is grateful for the attention Peter lavishes on her, and he creates an imaginative universe for her, much as Lewis Carroll did for his real-life Alice.

    Susan says: "Gripping, unflinching and very, very brave."
    "Riveting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Fragoso brings raw honesty to a horrific story. The poetic quality of her writing belies the pain, anger and suffering she recounts as survivor of child sexual abuse. While Fragoso's story is often sickening and difficult to listen to, this is a tale no parent should shy away from.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Big Sex Little Death: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Susie Bright
    • Narrated By Susie Bright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (76)

    Ever wondered why theres no female voice as bold, erotic, unflinching, and revealing as Norman Mailer, Henry Miller, or Philip Roth? There is. It belongs to Susie Bright. Big Sex Little Death is an explosive yet intimate memoir that's pure Susie: bold, free-spirited, unpredictable, larger than life, yet utterly true to life.

    A User says: "Inspiring, thought provoking and very well crafted"
    "What an amazing life"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Susie Bright's memoir of her life as an abused child coming of age in the 70's is riveting. Her memories of being raised by a mentally ill mother who physically and emotionally abused her was poignant and, at times, heartbreaking. Inspite of the pain, Susie has accomplished more in her life than most of us have ever dreamed of. Maybe the pain in her formative years is the reason she has spent her adult life fighting for the rights of those who live outside the acceptance of mainstream society. Her life and her story are inspirational.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Choke

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (140)

    Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk's controversial and blazingly original debut novel, introduced a fresh and even renegade talent to American fiction, one who has retooled the classic black humor of Terry Southern and Kurt Vonnegut for the lunacy of the millennial age. In this novel, Choke, he gives listeners a vision of life and love and sex and mortality that is both chillingly brilliant and teeth-rattlingly funny.

    Pamela says: "Oh please, not another abridged!!!"
    "Chuck at his best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Choke again? Why?

    Yes, but only the unabridged version. It's smart, funny and entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is well-written and just like most of Chuck's books, it offers subtle pearls of wisdom throughout.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All scenes involving interaction of the characters in the 12-step program.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A sex addict tries to come to terms with the fake and real parts of his life, without knowing which is which.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Maxine Fuentes says: "Wonderful"
    "One of Irving's Best"
    Overall

    This is one of the best audiobook productions I have ever listened to. John Irving and the narrator, Joe Barrett, do such an amazing job of breathing life into Owen Meaney, I was actually tearful at the end. Kudos to everyone involved in the production.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John J. Ratey
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (2547)
    Performance
    (1590)
    Story
    (1570)

    Did you know you can beat stress, lift your mood, fight memory loss, sharpen your intellect, and function better than ever simply by elevating your heart rate and breaking a sweat? The evidence is incontrovertible: Aerobic exercise physically remodels our brains for peak performance.

    Kathleen says: "Spark"
    "Fantastic!"
    Overall

    Dr. Ratey provides great information about exercise's effect on the mind/body connection. If you're going to listen to only one book this year, make it this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shelter Mountain

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (1165)
    Performance
    (767)
    Story
    (765)

    Marine veteran John "Preacher" Middleton intimidates just about everyone who walks into his bar. But when an abused young mother comes in, seeking protection from her ex-husband, Preacher promises to become her guardian - and maybe something more.

    Judy says: "These books are fantastic!"
    "Predictable"
    Overall

    I agree with all the other negative reviews here and also add that the book is extremely predictable. If you have a brain, don't waste your time with this like I did.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Pygmy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    "Begins here first account of operative me, agent number 67, on arrival Midwestern American airport....Code name: Operation Havoc." Thus speaks Pygmy, one of a handful of young adults from a totalitarian state sent to the U.S. disguised as exchange students to live with typical American families and blend in, all the while planning an unspecified attack of massive terrorism

    Maude Lebowski says: "A Kinder, Gentler Chuck"
    "Fantastic!!"
    Overall

    One of Palahniuk's best. Once you get used to the language, the story is compelling, smart, and at times, laugh out loud funny. Palahniuk is definitely my favorite writer of contemporary fiction. Also, the narration was spot on. Excellet job all around.

    2 of 2 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
    (417)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (200)

    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"
    "Irresistible"
    Overall

    Fabulous!!! I loved this audiobook. Palahniuk's voice is smart and witty with just enough edge to make the main character and story compelling. The reader was perfect for this material. Needless to say, I highly recommend this book, but Palahniuk's voice isn't for everyone. If you like wholesome, positive stories with good-hearted characters, this is probably not the book for you.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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