As with everything else written by John Feinstein this was a great listen. The author is still a surperior nonfiction author. However this selection is well worth the investment in both time and money.
This is a well written book that goes into far too much detail on the details of bondage, clothing, and the experiencing of pain. I would have welcomed more words concerning their feelings and the arc of their overall relationship than 3-5 minutes spent on the pain experienced during one whipping than was given to the "bottom's son." If you can take or even enjoy highly nuanced descriptions of bondage and pain then you may like this audio; if not, then it's not for you.
Michael Lewis goes back to his New Orleans high school where his old coach Billy Fitzgerald has come under fire from his player's parents and is in danger of losing his position. Lewis then takes on the attitude of the players millennial parents; one that tells them it is their duty to remove both obstacles and consequences from their son's paths. Ultimately Fitzgerald retained his coaching job until February 2014. It was also this project that brought Lewis together with his old high school teammate Sean Tuohy; which led to the bestseller "The Blind Side" which of course became the hit movie "The Blind Side." The sale price of 2.95 makes this a fantastic bargain.
Though it's only about ten minutes this is a nice little excerpt from Risk. Mara Wilson discusses the ups and downs of her relationship with her sister who is not only seven years younger than her but is a practicing Catholic while Mara is an atheist. It was both touching and entertaining.
Either way this an excellent piece of fiction for both the adult and YA markets. This is one of the few lesbian themed books that was able to overcome the romance genres worst cliches. Okay maybe I'm just guilty of totally over relating to Lee and Marisol. I'm a 19 year old out lesbian who is probably more similar to Lee than I'm totally comfortable with. My big sister Stacy reminds me a lot of Marisol; very strong, extremely confident, and seems to feel no trepidation even when she's encountering a person or situation where some fear might be warranted.
Then there's the character of Olivia who is an advanced version of the high school mean girl b***h that most of the girl's in her class are scared of. Being on the receiving end of attention from that girl created dread to the extreme and created nausea if you found yourself in one of her classes; especially when you were walking in the halls between classes. They always managed to find acolytes who lived to kiss their ...rings. Then way too often they would turn on these girls using information they'd gotten from them supposedly in confidence. Some of the minor characters in the books seemed to be kind of formulaic; particularly her roommate and her mother. The mother in particular is a little too over the top. Although Stacy's dad is sometimes kind of like that for us. Which reminds me if there are spelling or grammatical errors, blame him.
This is a really great listen; even for people who aren't 19 year old lesbians; give it a shot.
I wanted to like this one I really did and for the three and a half hours I did. Eventually though the whole "I can't say anything about who I really am. First due to not trusting anyone not to sell her out to the paparazzi; then because if he knew the person she really was he wouldn't like her. In the meantime anyone who's read listened to this genre knows it's gonna come around and bite her on some portion of her anatomy. Please writers, try a little harder to come up with a plot that doesn't include these same old cliched plot devices. Even with so many positive aspects that beg for a recommendation I do believe that I've reached my limit for the same 'ol thing.
The back story is excellent and there are portions of this audiobook that are really good. It's just unfortunate that getting to those portions involves wading through long, tedious, overly detailed sections of text that made me long for the printed page where I could skim through such detritus. I found it unfortunate because I really liked the concept and the author's knowledge of the high level competitive swim world appears sound. As much as I liked the idea of this selection I can't recommend it.
Lexi Morgan's hands have an incredible power; when she touches an object it's history is transmuted into her. Her Sister Allison and her husband and child are in the midst of a severe crisis; including living in a haunted house. Lexi's niece Chloe has evidently inherited some paranormal abilities of her own because she is being afflicted by ghosts. When Allie's husband and Chloe's father is found in the trunk of his car, then Chloe goes missing, obviously something is not right in River City. There are huge holes in the plot and bright people doing stupid things for no apparent reason. On the positive side Lexi is a spirited offbeat character and Gabriel the cop isn't too much of a cliche. The narrator Andi Arndt does an excellent job; it's not too strong of a recommendation but it is a recommendation.
The third installment of the series is just as good as the first two. All the characters from the first two books are back and no one and no part has become trite, formulaic or tiresome. Though the continued enmity displayed by Avery for her mother gave me pause; especially given that book two ended with Delia taking a bullet to save Avery. Her reversion to the angry child of the initial two books made her a much less sympathetic character in this one. Added to that is the over the top tabloid coverage of Kira's son Dustin. It's difficult to conceive that the tabloid fascination with the kid would continue for years. Likewise William "the Wild" Hightower was a rock star back in the seventies and early eighties and the paparazzi is still chasing him around; seriously? I mean when was the last time there a tabloid article on Gregg Allman or Lindsay Buckingham?
Still these are the same tough, gutsy, likable ladies that created an emotional investment by the readers/ listeners of the first two works. Plus even though there was a lot less space given to the DIY facets in books two and three than there was in the first book, it was still more than is in most audiobooks. Despite those issues we still unanimously awarded this one five stars .
Way too much detail about the Abusive treatment of teens, both male and female who are a part of an LDS polygamist cult. It might be reality but it was nothing I wanted to listen to in great detail. The narrator is an author and in my opinion should stick to it. I only made it through about 2 hours of this one before the combination of those two factors convinced me to give it up.
Boy meets girl. Boy can't stand her; she can't stand him. Boy and girl become attracted to each other but still can't stand each other. Boy and girl begin to be able to get along but they both deny any possibility of more. Boy and girl are thrown together and their feelings for each other begin to grow though everyone else sees it the two of them still deny it emphatically. Boy and girl soon become aware of what they feel still they continue to deny the possibility of anything developing due to incompatibility. Boy and girl at last come to realize the extent of their feelings they curse fate and reluctantly acquiesce to reality. Boy and girl then of course both realize they can't live without each other and true love wins out yet again.
Cameron Murphy is a good leading lady and the fantastic Abbott are just made for a series. It's a good example of the top end of the genre though it got five stars because of Sasha not me. I still think it's really good; we recommend it.
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