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  • America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Meghan McCain, Michael Ian Black
    • Narrated By Meghan McCain, Michael Ian Black
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    In the summer of 2011, Meghan McCain and Michael Ian Black embarked on a balls-out, cross-country tour. Along the way, they spoke to politicians, gun lovers, abortion-rights advocates and opponents, gay parents, flag burners, Muslims, poker players, Tea Partiers, Minutemen, veterans, teen moms, bikers, fast-food workers, and a hooker or two. They toured the White House. They fired semiautomatic weapons. They stopped and ate at every Olive Garden along the way. But mostly they talked to each other.

    Pam says: "Sweet and Thoughtful"
    "Remember when America had moderates?"
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    What did you love best about America, You Sexy Bitch?

    If you are a radical, you'll hate this book, but it is educational. This book shows you that there are still sensible American's on both sides of the political spectrum. Meghan McCain is the sensible, up-to-date republican, while Michael Ian Black plays the understanding comedic liberal. This is a story about what people should be thinking about America. It ignores the left- and right-wing balderdash spitting out of cable news, satellite radio, and premium television channels. No polarizing political crap in this book.


    What other book might you compare America, You Sexy Bitch to and why?

    It's a book from both sides. That's rare, hard to compare.


    Did Meghan McCain and Michael Ian Black do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes. They are opposites, but they find common ground in America. They take turns speaking their minds and often match up in ideals.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    I'll never travel 3 weeks in an RV.


    Any additional comments?

    Meghan McCain sounds like a teenager, but she has her ideas straight. Michael Ian Black is great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (3668)
    Performance
    (2956)
    Story
    (2980)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Not Gone Girl, but close"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dark Places the most enjoyable?

    The characters


    What did you like best about this story?

    The complex story line and characters


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Actually, it hurts it.


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

    Pay attention.


    Any additional comments?

    I was often confused by the narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15673)
    Performance
    (13900)
    Story
    (13935)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Wait 'til you have time, you won't be able to stop"
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    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Addictive, twisted, provocative


    What other book might you compare Gone Girl to and why?

    People Who Eat Darkness: this book reads like non-fiction, not out of the realm of possibility but just fu*ked up enough to make you scared of falling in love.


    What about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance did you like?

    The narration is spot on, but still leaves room for your imagination to picture the characters. Whelan and Heyborne are clear and concise, speaking at a perfect pace to let everything sink in as you listen. The give you time to think about the story and understand what is happening.


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

    "It's always the husband, right?"


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't been this engrossed by an audiobook since I listened to Bossy Pants. While Tina Fey kept me awake at night in a fit of hilarity, this book kept me up fearing that you can't be sure that your friends and family are not psychopaths.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Philip Carlo
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1044)
    Performance
    (464)
    Story
    (467)

    Richard "The Ice Man" Kuklinski led a double life beyond anything ever seen on The Sopranos, becoming one of the most notorious professional assassins in American history while hosting neighborhood barbecues in suburban New Jersey. Now, after 240 hours of face-to-face interviews with Kuklinski and his wife and daughters, author Philip Carlo tells his extraordinary story.

    Eileen C says: "You must buy this audio only if..."
    "Reads like fiction, hard to beleive it's all true"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very much so. It is a thriller in the true sense; an episode of Law and Order that was't made up. A testament to the necessity of family and how a bad childhood affects and entire world. The writing is incredible, the narration is just creepy enough to make your armhar stand. If you listen to this, make sure to stick around for the interviews with Richard. Putting to the story to a name and a face gives you a complete understanding of the icyness of his caharcter.


    What other book might you compare The Ice Man to and why?

    tough


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes, but it's wicked long


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad he's in prison.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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