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Carla

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Santa Barbara, CA, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • Heroin's Puppet - Amy and Her Disease: The Rehab Journals of Amelia F.W. Caruso (1989-2009)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Melissa M. Weiksnar
    • Narrated By Melissa M. Weiksnar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Amy Caruso was a junior in the nursing program at Boston College and seemed to have everything going for her - brains, beauty, athleticism, career goals, a loving family, and many wonderful friends. But in November 2009, she admitted she was a heroin addict and voluntarily entered treatment. Five weeks later she died from an overdose at the treatment facility on the day after Christmas, weeks shy of her twenty-first birthday.

    MJ says: "Real, Helpful--and Heartbreaking"
    "Horrible narration!"
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    It was hard for me to get though this book due to the narrator's lisp, and monotone/emotionless voice. Although I do understand the author's reason for reading it. It ruined the book for me.
    As far as the story goes, I felt as though, through the whole book she placed blame on her daughter's doctors, friends, and boyfriends for her daughters issues. She does admit to being manipulated and lied to by her daughter. She praises her daughter throughout the whole book, repeatedly telling the reader what a wonderful person she was.
    This was a waste of money for me. Would have rather read it on my own. Hmmm maybe not, just not enough juice in the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Callis Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (258)

    Callis Rose is a girl blessed with a gift from above or cursed with a ruthless power she barely understands; it's really just a matter of degrees. As her family life is turned asunder she is thrown into an indifferent Social Services program where she defends herself the only way she knows how. Callis is moved from home to home until she finally settles at the Lowries. As she starts her first day of high school she meets both her favorite and least favorite person. Both happen to be part of the same household.

    Teddy says: "I wanted Callis to have a happy ending but..."
    "Enjoyed more than I did "Carrie.""
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    This was one of the titles in a "special discount" list Audible offered me.
    I really enjoyed it. I may receive some heat for saying this, but I enjoyed it more than I did "Carrie." A modern day Carrie with so much more juice!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincoln Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6199)
    Performance
    (2551)
    Story
    (2562)

    Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

    Steven says: "Great Legal Thriller, Great Reader"
    "Really good!"
    Overall
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    Saw the movie first and really liked it so I decided to buy the audiobook. Surprisingly the movie was dead on the book except for a tiny bit of the ending. Enjoyed both!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caught

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Seventeen-year-old Haley McWaid is a good girl, the pride of her suburban family, headed off to college next year with hopes and dreams. Which is why, when her mother wakes one morning to find that Haley never came home the night before, and three months pass without word from the girl, the community assumes the worst. Caught tells the story of a missing girl, the community stunned by her loss, the predator who may have taken her, and the reporter who investigates.

    Malia Nash says: "Caught me"
    "Pretty good"
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    Keep me listening to see how the story ended. Enjoyed the storyline and the ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Tall Grass

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 46 mins)
    • By Stephen King, Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (321)

    In the Tall Grass begins with a sister and brother who pull off to the side of the road after hearing a young boy crying for help from beyond the tall grass. Within minutes they are disoriented, in deeper than seems possible, and they've lost one another. The boy's cries are more and more desperate. What follows is a terrifying, entertaining, and masterfully told tale, as only Stephen King and Joe Hill can deliver.

    Gabe says: "Absolutly disgusting. Emotion provoking. Brilliant"
    "Boo....."
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    So not worth the $7! Bad even for a short story. Narrator was ok, story was a little gory (which i like) but too predictable and boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Chevy Stevens
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1245)
    Performance
    (631)
    Story
    (640)

    On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old Realtor, had three goals: sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

    richard says: "A singular voice; a horrendous story."
    "Loved it!"
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    From beginning to end I enjoyed this book. Would definately recommend. Good narration also. May listen to again some day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2955)
    Performance
    (2469)
    Story
    (2483)

    Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

    FanB14 says: "Adequate for Adults"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall
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    Wanted to read the series but this one made me change my mind. I enjoyed the movie better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warm Bodies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Isaac Marion
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (828)
    Performance
    (768)
    Story
    (765)

    R is a young man with an existential crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. His ability to connect with the outside world is limited to a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend, Julie.

    Tabitha says: "Incredible!"
    "Eh.... Just ok!"
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    I was disappointed with this one. Not enough romance. Should have just watched the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3545)
    Performance
    (3018)
    Story
    (3012)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Shauna says: "Defending Jacob"
    "Good read!"
    Overall
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    A little slow, but worth the wait. Just when I thought I had it figured out, it surprises me. Great ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharp Objects

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2440)
    Performance
    (1801)
    Story
    (1814)

    Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

    Kelley says: "I agree with Stephen King"
    "Another good Gillian Flynn book."
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    I enjoyed this book and listened to it in two sittings. Would definately recommend. Gillian Flynn.... I'm a fan!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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