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Loretta

Journalist, consultant and audible addict.

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  • Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (2362)
    Performance
    (1194)
    Story
    (1218)

    A striking red-head, 20-something Jody is attacked and transformed into a vampire while walking home one night in downtown San Francisco. Befriending 19-year-old Tommy, Jody tries to understand her new undead life, but trouble finds her when the cops start suspecting Tommy of being a local bloodsucking serial killer.

    SHEILA says: "Bloodsucking FUN!"
    "Fun and Irreverent."
    Overall

    Laugh out loud funny. The author doesn't miss an oportunity to insult or offend. Think of it as Twilight, with character development,clever writing and a bad attitude.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The King's Grave: The Discovery of Richard III's Lost Burial Place and the Clues It Holds

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Philippa Langley, Michael Jones
    • Narrated By Corrie James
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (32)

    On 22 August 1485, Richard III was killed at Bosworth Field, the last king of England to die in battle. His victorious opponent, Henry Tudor (the future Henry VII), went on to found one of our most famous ruling dynasties. Richard's body was displayed in undignified fashion for two days in nearby Leicester and then hurriedly buried in the church of the Greyfriars. Fifty years later, at the time of the dissolution of the monasteries, the king's grave was lost - its contents believed to be emptied into the river Soar - and Richard III's reputation buried under a mound of Tudor propaganda.

    yoderfamily01 says: "Should have been so much better!"
    "Advocacy non fiction - wait for the documentary"
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    This is an odd work. The author is carried by her zeal for the project, but the 'book' would have been better shaped into an article with a good editor.

    The idea that our popular beliefs about Richard III have been shaped by Shakespeare's iconic tragedy (and thus by his benefactors the Tudors) is worthy of exploration and commentary. However, this author, while clearly passionate (a bit weirdly so) doesn't seem to have the academic or journalistic discipline necessary for the undertaking. It is all about her excitement for the project, and is a disorganized mess.

    Her discussion of the archeological dig is mind numbing. No detail to small. (Where is her editor??) The IDEA for the book has merit, but as it is, it is tedious and redundant. There are long portions where it feels she is simply reading her daily planner. It would be wonderful to see this material in the work of a gifted and disciplined writer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Day the Dogbushes Bloomed

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lee Smith
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Nine-year-old Susan has the whole glorious, carefree summer ahead of her. Sometimes she worries that her mother and father aren't happy together, but from her vantage point under the dogbushes, the world is safe and wonderful. Her life begins to change when her friends introduce her to the creepy new city kid, Eugene, who's come to spend the summer. Eugene holds a strange power over the group, a power that Susan feels most profoundly on the night she is forced to play "doctor".

    Loretta says: "A Disturbing Story of Childhood Sexual Abuse"
    "A Disturbing Story of Childhood Sexual Abuse"
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    As a fan of Lee Smith, I was caught off guard by the nature of this story. The ending is abrupt, disturbing and unsettling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Oath

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Frank Peretti
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (263)

    National best-selling author Frank Peretti is an undisputed master of supernatural thrillers. The Oath has sold nearly a million copies and won the ECPA Gold Medallion Award for best fiction. When a nature photographer is killed and mutilated while camping, common sense points to a rogue bear on the prowl. But the search for answers uncovers a century of sin-and a beast of ghastly power. Filled with chilling suspense and unforgettable imagery, The Oath is an epic tale of good versus evil.

    Linda says: "Brilliant! Loved it!"
    "Preachy. Tedious and a rip off of JRR Tolkein"
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    ... I should admit that I was a bit of a Peretti fan back in the 80s when he landed with an 'oomph' on the 'Christian Lit' scene. What can I say? I was young and hadn't read (or thought) widely. I am still a devout Christ follower, but frustrated that much of 'Christian Literature' remains shrill and one dimensional. (And in this case bigoted, predictable and misogynistic.)

    If you are looking for thoughtful timeless prose, consider Tolstoy or Victor Hugo. You won't find it here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (760)
    Performance
    (677)
    Story
    (678)

    Goodwin describes the broken friendship between Teddy Roosevelt and his chosen successor, William Howard Taft. With the help of the "muckraking" press, Roosevelt had wielded the Bully Pulpit to challenge and triumph over abusive monopolies, political bosses, and corrupting money brokers. Roosevelt led a revolution that he bequeathed to Taft only to see it compromised as Taft surrendered to money men and big business. The rupture led Roosevelt to run against Taft for president, an ultimately futile race that gave power away to the Democrats.

    Cynthia says: "Makes You Forget You Live in the 21st Century Good"
    ""Reads" like novel. Couldn't put it down."
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    Goodwin's research is so detailed she manages not only to weave together an engaging plot, but these larger than life characters actually grow and change. We see their vices and virtues and how they impact the nation overtime. I can't say enough about this book.
    This may be the best of Goodwin's already impressive body of work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Missing You

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1655)
    Performance
    (1459)
    Story
    (1468)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Harlan Coben set huge sales records with last year’s Six Years - and he’s poised to do it again in his next breathtaking stand-alone thriller. Harlan Coben, author of six consecutive instant number-one New York Times best sellers and a total of 24 award-winning, best-selling, and internationally acclaimed novels, returns with another ripped-from-real-life thriller full of impossibly high emotional stakes and the real-to-life characters for which he has become famous.

    Susan says: "I Ain't Missing You"
    "Not what I had hoped..."
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    I am new to Harlan Coben, and I had hoped to really love his work. If this is any indication I won't be trying others. The main character is a mopey, not so bright female detective who spends most of the book pining for a man who dumped her 18 years ago. A feminist manifesto it's not. I would call it mildly distracting. Pass.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Russian Debutante’s Handbook

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gary Shteyngart
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Best-selling author Gary Shteyngart’s exquisite fiction is met with a level of critical acclaim reserved for the very best in the field. In this startlingly provocative work, Russian immigrant Vladimir Girshkin searches for love and self-identity while interacting with a quirky set of acquaintances.

    Loretta says: "Don't Let the Title Fool You"
    "Don't Let the Title Fool You"
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    Attention fans of the bodice ripper -- this is NOT historical fiction. If you are looking for petticoats and princes this is not for you. It's also NOT a romance, although there is a lot of sex.

    I know it's very stylish to adore this genre of fiction, gritty and surreal. I found the main character in turns boring and annoying. Clearly many people are quite enthralled with this author - who am I to quibble?

    Still I would like a book to educate me, challenge me or entertain me. Like a good Russian novel, this one mostly depressed me.

    Despite all that, there is much craft here; well-writen and very nicely performed by Adam Grupper. Before you buy, just know -- it's for an acquired kind of taste.



    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Run

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (106)

    Since their mother's death, Tip and Teddy Doyle have been raised by their loving, possessive, and ambitious father. As the former mayor of Boston, Bernard Doyle wants to see his sons in politics, a dream the boys have never shared. But when an argument in a blinding New England snowstorm inadvertently causes an accident that involves a stranger and her child, all Bernard Doyle cares about is his ability to keep his children, all of his children, safe.

    Jeanne says: "Disappointing"
    "Great Book. Poor Narration"
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    This was recorded and mastered for CD and needs to be revisited for the digital format. Aside from production quality, the narrator is uninspiring to the point of distraction.

    The book is another excellent offering from Ms. Patchett.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Say Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee, Lincoln Hoppe
    Overall
    (541)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (322)

    For Kimberly Quincy, FBI Special Agent, it all starts with a pregnant hooker. The story Delilah Rose tells Kimberly about her johns is too horrifying to be true; but prostitutes are disappearing, one by one, with no explanation, and no one but Kimberly seems to care.

    KSK says: "Not for the faint of heart"
    "Too Graphic -- Too Disturbing"
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    I've read other Lisa Gardner's so I have a thick skin. But this one goes too far. The book graphically describes child sexual abuse, rape and murder. The author has become as bad as the pornographers and exploiters of children she depicts. This is not fiction, this is pornography.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Looking for Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (651)
    Performance
    (579)
    Story
    (579)

    Beth Hoffman’s bestselling debut, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, won admirers and acclaim with its heartwarming story and cast of unforgettable characters. Now her unique flair for evocative settings and richly drawn Southern personalities shines in her compelling new novel, Looking for Me.

    Debra says: "Another fascinating story from Beth Hoffman!"
    "Sweet and Fluffy"
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    I felt like I'd spent a day antique shopping in a sweet little Southern town. Enjoyable beach read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cove: FBI Thriller #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (208)

    The Cove is a quaint little postcard town made up only of old folk who sell the World's Greatest Ice Cream - a secret recipe that brings lots of tourists into town.

    Into The Cove comes Sally Brainerd, daughter of murdered Amory St. John, of Washington, D.C., seeking sanctuary, and FBI Special Agent James Quinlan, who's undercover and after her. He's got a murder to solve, and he believes she's the key. But is she really?

    bookish327 says: "Not for anyone sensitive about sexual violence"
    "Don't bother..."
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    I know Catherine Coulter has a faithful following, but after forcing myself to the halfway point in this book, I don't understand why.

    The characters are flat and uninteresting. The plot is utterly predictable. The writing is uninspired. I guess I could say something nice about Sandra Burr who did a reasonable job of narrating an insipid story.

    Skip it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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