Irving, Texas, United States | Member Since 2011
I have listened to this story twice.
The main character has a drug addiction and a soft spot for bad boys. She's broken and fragile, yet strong and uncompromising.
Honestly, Bahni does a great job of bringing each character's uniqueness to life. Kudos, Bahni!
Eerie. Fast-paced. Unpredictable.
Lisa provides a brilliant performance. She breathes life into the characters in a way that is so engaging that you are immediately sucked in.
Everything happens for a reason.
This is a great story. Short and sweet. I highly recommend From the Kitchen to the Grave to everyone, regardless of your favorite genre. This story is that good.
I like this story. It's not as detailed as I'm used to with Dean Koontz, but very satisfying. I recommend this book if you're looking for something light. Honestly, I was not remotely scared by this book. It had the right amount of tension.
Last Week is a kind of rollercoaster ride through a blending of genres, and in my opinion, it truly ranks among the best contemporary short stories released this year among the independent titles. At its core, Last Week is about choices and consequences. This theme is sounded throughout the entire book in subtle and not-so subtle ways. The story basically centers around a selfish call girl who finds herself in an abandoned warehouse in the middle of the night with her boyfriend Danny and a strange soothesayer named Faye. In the course of Last Week, you will end up jumping from what is going on with Cora (the main character) to what is transpiring with a shapeshifter named Rex. Admittedly, I found these two dynamics slightly confusing in the beginning, but as all the pieces began to fall into place, I came to appreciate the way the author's narrative unfolded. Sadly, this is not a "one size fits all" type of story because, at its core, this story belongs in the sci-fi/horror genres. However, there are tender moments within this book that could easily allow Last Week to sit on the Romance Novel shelf at a Walmart. In the end, Last Week is neither all romance nor is it all horror, but a subtle blending of the two. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, so much so, that I felt its uniqueness alone warranted it 5 stars. I've already recommended this book to three friends.
A friend and I were talking one day about spirituality. I attempted to describe to her the two months I'd spent in India and the degrees of misfortune I witnessed while I was there. Upon hearing this, my friend recommended, with an enthusiastic smile, that I read Eat, Pray, Love. It is with great regret that I report to my friend (and everyone else) that Eat, Pray, Love is a diary about a selfish American woman who is blessed to travel on her publisher's dime. To be fair, the two months I spent in India was also on my employer's dime. But for the record, I had not gone through a divorce and I wasn't in a "bad place" in life but I was in my mid thirties, like the author.Of course, I would not try to draw parallels between her experiences and mine. But I could not help but feel that this person was utterly self absorbed in this retelling of her spiritual journey back to sanity. If you want a real, objective opinion at the expense of a few spoilers, then read on.SPOILER ALERT!!! First of all, Italy had nothing, really, to do with her spiritual growth. Yes, I understand she ate...quite a lot, in fact. Awesome for her. She sampled exotic Italian cuisine that most of us will only be able to dream about. Again, bravo for her! No, don't hate me for pointing this out. If you're going to write a book about your spiritual journey and then talk about the foods that you sampled for the first 2 hours of the book...I'm sorry but that's just pretentious. So, I'm suffering through all the foods she ate, and the hardships she endured learning Italian, and the utter consternation the beauty of Italy caused in her. Again, I'm thinking how utterly lucky she must be, to have a publisher (and readers) who "eat, pray, and love" this kinda stuff.Remember when I said started reading this book because of the conversation I had with a friend about India and my life changing experience there? I'm not going to even validate the author's India experience with more than these few words. The author admitted that one of the primary things asked of all attending students of the ashram is that they not be emotionally unstable. I think holding a knife for hours and contemplating harming yourself months before falls into that category. She dismisses that night when she almost killed herself, choosing instead to count the months since she and her husband had divorced. Seriously??? And then the author admits, unabashedly, to being a disruption to the overall harmony of the ashram to the point of making loud outburst during meditation, She never admitted to being embarrassed, however, I was embarrassed for her. In many ways, she seems almost child-like in her journey to enlightenment in India, oftentimes complaining or brooding or complaining and brooding. And just when you think she will come away with a deeper understanding and acceptance of herself, she makes out with a tree...reckless abandon redefined.Sadly, Indonesia is worse than India. She befriends a divorced woman, raises money for the woman to buy a home, and then suspects that the woman is out to hustle her when the woman doesn't run out and buy a home right away. The author, after receiving council from another Indonesian, finds that there are cultural differences which can be an obstacle when attempting to buying a home in Indonesia. Still, the author has to see this woman buy a home before she leaves the country. She lies to the woman, tells her that she has to buy a home before she (the author) leaves Indonesia or she's going to take the money back. WOW!No, I realize the author never professed to live like a nun or a Muslim. But this final story gnawed at me deeply. It defied every tenant I've come to revere as a steward of the planet and the people I live among. If you're going to give then you give and you move on. It is not my duty to hang around and make sure the guy I just gave 10 dollars to on the corner really buys food instead of liquor or drugs. That's the pitfall in giving. If you can't handle the shame of being seen as a sucker, then don't involve your friends and family in giving to your cause. End of story. Ultimately, I found the author's long string of insecurities and unresolved issues tiresome, and sometimes, utterly inane. Any nuggets of enlightenment to be found here are buried deep beneath the author's philosophical beliefs in relationship to the rediscovery of her wonderful self. This is, quite frankly, a well written account of one woman's narcissistic journey to nowhere.
Sadly, Bedbugs is a great idea that never quite takes off, in my opinion. This is the stuff low budget Sci-Fi Channel movies are made of...wholly cliche and predictable. Just when I would think the story was about to take some mind-boggling, Lovecraftian turn, the author would abandon ship and slide back into the same dog-eared script shows like the X-Files, the Outer Limits, and the Twilight Zone made so predictable. Don't get me wrong, Bedbugs is well written and narrated with equal polish. There is even a moment or two of brilliance. However, in the end,Bedbug falls way short of its mark.
If you're really starving for an excellent non-cliche story about rampaging killer bugs, Check out "Leiningen Versus the Ants" by Carl Stephenson.
Ultimately, a great idea executed poorly. The story drags too long in the beginning, builds to a fair boil by the middle and, just when you think you're in store for supernatural greatness, our protagonist goes from a compost heap to a hospital room. By the end,I swear I could hear the Sci-Fi Channel director yell, "Cut! That's a wrap!"
I've never read the print version but the audio version definitely rocks!
This audio book is a novella. I've listened to it probably 6 times and I always listen in one sitting. It's very interesting!
Lula has the most awesome sense of humor of a fictional character I've read in a long time. I found myself laughing out loud often.
The plot was not edge-of-your-seat nail biting stuff. However, I was thoroughly entertained (so much so that I spent every free minute I had listening to this story over three days).
I've never listened to any of the narrator's performances but I can assure you Lorelei King delivers a spectacular storytelling performance.
I was moved to laughter by the episode on the nude beach...did I mention Lula is absolutely hilarious?
I'm a heterosexual guy and I found this book extremely entertaining! I recommend this to men and women who like mystery, memorable characters, and a good laugh.
The secret love affair carried on by the main character in this story was brilliantly showcased. It was a thing you never saw coming and you never wanted to see end.
I found this book compelling in many different ways. To go too deeply into my feelings would be to get too political. Suffice it to say, there are aspects about 1984 that makes me wonder about our modern day government.
This is a classic well worth revisiting or reading for the first time. George Orwell is a masterful storyteller in any time. I highly recommend this audio book!
I love how the Diana Rowland eases the main character into her life as a zombie. The real life issues the main character has coping with an alcoholic loser father and a stoner boyfriend makes the plot believable enough to immerse you. In a world where zombies are totally cliche, bravo, Diana!
This is my first experience with Allison McLemore. She totally nails the characters! Impressive performance turned in by the narrator.
I have recommended this book to several people already.
Amazing Amy of course!
I'm not new to Julia. She brings so much to the characters as does Kirby. They both turn in stellar performances.
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