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Heidi

Wheeling, WV, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Morton Sellers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (991)
    Performance
    (885)
    Story
    (873)

    A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than 200 personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists - both famous and less well known - and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.

    Chris Reich says: "Scared the Hell Out of Me"
    "Brilliant and Scary"
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    Where does Going Clear rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    For it's genre it's very good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Going Clear?

    The biography of Hubbard. He was so disturbed.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't know much about Scientology. I knew they believed in aliens or we were aliens or something. After listening to this book I'm actually anxious for the poor people who are in the Sea Org. I really like the line in the book about people joining and being in religions, not because they are evil people but because they want to be better people, help people, help themselves. That's a noble desire, it's sad how people exploit others. I don't understand why anyone would want to be part of this "religion" unless you're Tom Cruise. Everyone else seems to be disposable and unimportant. For Tom Cruise it must be great, your own personal slave team and a religion set up where you can't do wrong. I always kind of thought he was a nutter, but now I think he's beyond narcissistic, maybe even sociopathic.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Heart-Shaped Box

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (1844)
    Performance
    (749)
    Story
    (747)

    Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

    Lesley says: "Yikes! Five stars for fright"
    "Love It"
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    I love the audio of this. Stephen Lang makes this story so cool. He's so perfect as Jude. I can't imagine anyone better.
    Joe Hill is such a great story teller. He takes things that are just totally far fetched and brings them to life to where you actually buy into the fantasy for the time you're listening or reading. I love his work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2565)
    Performance
    (1097)
    Story
    (1108)

    The legend began in the obscure little town of Pico Mundo. A fry cook named Odd was rumored to have the extraordinary ability to communicate with the dead. Through tragedy and triumph, exhilaration and heartbreak, word of Odd Thomas' gifts filtered far beyond Pico Mundo, attracting unforgettable new friends - and enemies of implacable evil.

    Cynthia says: "Odd Hours-Disappointing"
    "Boring"
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    "You used to be all right, what happened?" I used to read Dean Koontz all the time but I just can't get through anything he writes anymore. It's either so implausible with no build up to let your mind suspend reality or it's just dull. This one was just dull.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Earth Shall Weep: A History of Native America

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By James Wilson
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    This carefully researched exploration of Native American culture investigates the complex, often misunderstood histories of hundreds of indigenous peoples. Author James Wilson has drawn from ethnographic and archaeological studies, historical texts, and the rich written and oral traditions of Native Americans to complete this important work.

    Heidi says: "Well Researched"
    "Well Researched"
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    This was like the Rise and Fall of the Third Reich except about indigenous Americans and of course no real resolution like we had with National Socialism. My family is Native American and the real history of what happened is heartbreaking. I was already pretty well educated about the history from the termination acts onward but that is pretty modern and it's just another thing on a long line of injustice and prejudice. I highly recommend this if you're interested in learning the history of the Native American people.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3332)
    Performance
    (2862)
    Story
    (2832)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Pretty Good"
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    I would love extroverts, especially business people, to read this book. Give them an insight to how introverts think. For introverts I think being introverted you pretty much know what she is talking about. I have always been called shy or mysterious but I'm really neither. I like to roll around in my own head. I work better when it's quiet and I can think and I generally like what I find in my own ideas. If I don't like what I find I like to rework it all out. I don't understand extroverts. I loved the whole scene she wrote about Tony Robbins. I've seen him on television a couple times and have to turn the channel. She was spot on how introverts see that assembly of rah rah. Some of the sections, like about the fish, went on too long and my interest waned but for the most part it was insightful and nice to know being an introvert isn't as odd as people like to make it out to be.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2291)
    Performance
    (2129)
    Story
    (2133)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Christopher Barnes says: "D*mn near flawless"
    "Crazy at it's best"
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    What other book might you compare NOS4A2 to and why?

    Sharp Objects. Same kind of flawed personalities.


    What three words best describe Kate Mulgrew’s voice?

    over the top


    If you could rename NOS4A2, what would you call it?

    Christmas Land


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this story. Was exciting and dark and fun all the way through it. Mr. Hill does a great job of drawing you in and taking you into his worlds. I definitely will buy this for reading. I think the narrator, though I know she's someone famous or something, was too dramatic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2878)
    Performance
    (2106)
    Story
    (2110)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Cynthia says: "Complicated and Not Good for Listening!"
    "I loved it"
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    If you could sum up Cloud Atlas in three words, what would they be?

    Brilliant, Thought Provoking


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved all the stories woven together. Louisa was my favorite story, but they were all great.


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

    no it's too long. But I liked listening to it in the evenings and not just when I was jogging.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the writing in this book. I loved the accents the narrator did. He was almost flawless. Great story, great narrator you just don't get any better than this in audio form.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Them: Adventures with Extremists

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (310)

    Them began as a book about different kinds of extremists, but after Jon had got to know some of them - Islamic fundamentalists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen - he found that they had one oddly similar belief: that a tiny, shadowy elite rule the world from a secret room. In Them, Jon sets out, with the help of the extremists, to locate that room. The journey is as creepy as it is comic, and along the way Jon is chased by men in dark glasses, unmasked as a Jew in the middle of a Jihad training camp, and more.

    aaron says: "Dated but VERY Good... and FUNNY!"
    "Meh"
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    What disappointed you about Them: Adventures with Extremists?

    Besides the section on Ruby Ridge I didn't like this book. It wasn't really what I expected.


    What was most disappointing about Jon Ronson’s story?

    How he bowed down to people that were obviously hateful toward him.


    What three words best describe Jon Ronson’s performance?

    The performance is what kept me listening. He's a great reader, his humor is great and his timing is awesome. Just wish he had some backbone.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment mostly. I understand journalistic integrity but there comes a point where you should be a human being. I think the worst part is when he let that poor man go be publicly humiliated after he expressed to him that it was his worst fear. That was horrible.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    Overall
    (3916)
    Performance
    (1564)
    Story
    (1606)

    Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

    Renato says: "much more than I expected"
    "Wow"
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    What would have made The Shack better?

    So many things. The writing was horrible. The subject matter was so preachy all wrapped up in some melodramatic soap opera I totally hated it.


    What was most disappointing about William P. Young’s story?

    First the writing was horrible. It was written like he wrote straight out of a thesaurus. The subject matter was cheesy. It was written so cheesy that I was almost embarrassed. Was thankful I had headphones on and nobody knew I was listening to it.


    What didn’t you like about Roger Mueller’s performance?

    He really didn't have much to work with in the first place. I love Roger Mueller usually but his inflections in this story just made the cheesy parts cheesier :(


    What character would you cut from The Shack?

    All of them. Papa was so stereotypical that I'm surprised people haven't called this book racist. Jesus was dull and full of cliches and metaphors.


    Any additional comments?

    I tried to listen to this book over the past month and have never made it past about 30 minutes before I just couldn't stand anymore. I can't believe this was ever on a best seller list anywhere.

    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
    (13910)
    Performance
    (12281)
    Story
    (12309)

    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!"
    "Great Story"
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    If you could sum up Gone Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Can't Stop Listening


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

    Yes. The plot twists and turns so much. I thought it one way then it flips to another way. So many surprises in this story.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    Nick was my favorite. Amy creeped me out more than Nick did.


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

    Yes I wish I could have. I ended up staying up way too late to finish it. Begged my husband to put the kids to bed for me so that I didn't have to take a break this evening from my listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Gillian Flynn. I read Dark Places first and was completely drawn into that story. Her style is so dark and unforgiving. Her characters are dark and real and she never dresses up flaws. I am becoming a huge Gillian Flynn fan. I wish she had more books but at the same time I'm glad she doesn't because I don't ever want her to lose the way she can create a character. I'd rather wait for the stories at her pace than lose any of the quality of her work. She's just a great story teller and is amazing at creating dark characters.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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