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Rebecca

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Baltimore, MD, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12761)
    Performance
    (11689)
    Story
    (11756)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Wow! What a story!"
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    I know this is marketed as a "teen" book but it really opened up my eyes. This story displays the ups and downs, the tragedy, the reality that come with being a teen experiencing challenges. The "teen" view of their parents' struggles was very insightful. I'm gifting this book for Christmas, it was the captivating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    Overall
    (1126)
    Performance
    (986)
    Story
    (989)

    Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective in literary history. For the first time since the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a new Holmes story has been sanctioned by his estate, whetting the appetites of fans everywhere. Information about the book will be revealed as deliberately as Holmes himself would unravel a knotty case, but bestselling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz is sure to bring a compelling, atmospheric story to life.

    GP says: "A disapointment"
    "Just like the original!"
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    I find it hard to believe this book was not written by Sir Arthur! The author mimics Doyle's writing style as if he is his reincarnation. He captures the characters and thoughts of Watson in the same way as the original master!

    The tale itself was quite interesting and had a feel of a more "current" issue, which was interesting to read.

    If you were a fan of the original stories, you will enjoy this one as well. I highly recommend it!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Be a Lady: A Contemporary Guide to Common Courtesy

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Candace Simpson-Giles
    • Narrated By Mimi Black
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    There are just some things she'd never be caught doing. Chattering away on her cell phone about the latest family drama while in line at the grocery store? Never. Updating her Facebook status in the middle of a conversation with a friend? Certainly not. Spouting off her political opinions in mixed company? Not her style. Fumbling through airport security with complicated shoes and a misplaced boarding pass? Wouldn’t think of it.

    Rebecca says: "Decent and short enough to be worth it."
    "Decent and short enough to be worth it."
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    While I wouldn't say this is worth a credit I think it is worth it if you get it during one of Audible's sales. This basically reads like a bullet list, reading quick sentences of appropriate versus inappropriate actions. So, the performance/format may not be completely captivating it is short enough that you can attend to it and benefit from the information as it is an interesting list. Some things are obvious/common sense but other points of information are interesting to hear. Overall okay if you get it cheap and have 2 hours of time to kill while cleaning/etc. and want to learn an thing or 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Patriot's History of the United States

    • UNABRIDGED (50 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Larry Schweikart, Michael Allen
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    Overall
    (744)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (311)

    Since the liberal revolution of the '60s and '70s, American history books have been biased toward the negative. They overemphasize America's racism, sexism, and bigotry while downplaying the greatness of her patriots. As a result, more emphasis is placed on Harriet Tubman than on George Washington, more on the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II than on D-day or Iwo Jima. This book offers a long-overdue acknowledgment of America's true and proud history.

    P. Metz says: "About What You Would Expect"
    "I felt like I was back in college...."
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    Wow! I almost always finish my audiobooks, keyword: ALMOST. This book was so slow. There wasn't much life in the narration which made it difficult to stay interested. Also, I felt like the attention to subject matter would just flip flip going from detailed descriptions of events to general moments in history. It seemed like an awkward approach to revisiting history. I really wanted to finish it and brush up on history but It was so hard to attend to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Walter Moers
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (91)

    Playful enough for young adult readers, yet as intricate and engaging as any work of literary fiction, The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear has the plot of a novel and the spontaneity and humor of a vintage comic book, making it already an instant cult classic.

    Paul says: "Hillarious and fantastic book and great listen"
    "Started slow but turned out great!"
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    What did you love best about The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear?

    What an adventure! This story really brought me in and had me eager to listen to the next twist!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really "felt" the emotions and feelings of Captain Bluebear, you can understand the excitement, the loss, the fear.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hm... I can't pick just one.


    Who was the most memorable character of The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear and why?

    Bluebear! He was so believable in a world of make believe.


    Any additional comments?

    While the start was a little slow I definitely got into the book. At first I was thinking "Where is this going? What is the point?" and while there may not really be a point it is certainly a joy to relax and listen to such a wondrous adventure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It's So Hard to Think Straight About Animals

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Hal Herzog
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (99)

    Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat is a highly entertaining and illuminating journey through the full spectrum of human-animal relations, based on Herzog's groundbreaking research on animal rights activists, cockfighters, professional dog show handlers, veterinary students, and biomedical researchers. Blending anthropology, history, brain science, behavioral economics, evolutionary psychology, and philosophy, Herzog carefully crafts a seamless narrative.

    Fara says: "Thorough and beautifully written"
    "Not As Deep As I Would Have Expected."
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    This book does a very good job covering the different relationships we have with animals, however, I felt is was lacking in depth. It provided a lot of instances to demonstrate our relationships with animals but not as much about how those relationships evolved or why we feel as we do as I would have liked to see. It does provide some explanations but I think I was expecting more. Overall, I'm glad to have read the information and did enjoy my time spent on this book. It may serve as a precursor to other books that research this topic more thoroughly.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • How to Marry a Duke

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Vicky Dreiling
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Jasicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (418)
    Story
    (419)

    In Vicky Dreiling’s enchanting Regency romance debut, Tristan - the rakish duke of Shelbourne - wants to marry and sire an heir. To help him choose among the dizzying array of wealthy but witless candidates, he secures the services of prim and proper matchmaker Miss Tessa Mansfield. But as Tessa seeks the perfect mate, the duke finds himself distracted by Tessa’s considerable charms.

    Dalia says: "My first book for Vicky, not the last ;)"
    "It passes time."
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    This was a different story but had a few many "lusty" parts for my taste. If that is a bonus for you readers then I think you will like this story. For me, I was more interested in the story line and plot than being entertained by such fantasies. The narrator did a wonderful job carrying the story and I thoroughly enjoyed the characters but I cannot say this is a book I got "attached" to as some avid readers can probably relate.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Fairy-Tale Detectives: The Sisters Grimm

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Michael Buckley
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (762)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (563)

    The recently orphaned Sisters Grimm find out from their Granny, who they thought was dead, that they're descendents of the legendary Brothers Grimm. Now they must take over the family responsibility of being fairy tale detectives in a town where fairy tales are real. Their first case: a giant is destroying the town and it may have something to do with a boy named Jack and a certain famous beanstalk.

    Tina says: "Funny twists"
    "Even for adults!"
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    I admit, I'm caught up in the new TV servies Once Upon a Time and perhaps that was what first intreguied me about this book series, and rightfully so! I can't help but enjoy the parallels between the fairy tale characters and their real world facade (similar to the TV show I mentioned). The girls are endearing and the characters are interesting and amusing. The narrator does a wonderful job performing the voices and carrying the story. I wish I had a little one to enjoy this series with me! It is a nice, light read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lyndsay Faye
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1484)
    Performance
    (1135)
    Story
    (1128)

    Breathless and painstakingly researched, this is a stunning debut mystery in which Sherlock Holmes unmasks Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye perfectly captures all the color and syntax of Conan Doyle’s distinctive nineteenth-century London.

    connie says: "the best of both Holmes"
    "Good Read!"
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    While it took a little to get myself invested I soon found that I was wrapped up in the story and could not wait to see what the great detective would do next. Perhaps I was influenced by Robert Downey Jr's portrayal of Holmes on screen but it seemed as if that role was based on this exact book! An entertaining read. The narrator does a good job of voices and presentation of the story. I only gave it a 4 because it did take a bit to get caught up but after that it carried me away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sudhir Venkatesh
    • Narrated By Reg Rogers, Sudhir Venkatesh, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (785)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (269)

    The story of the young sociologist who studied a Chicago crack-dealing gang from the inside captured the world's attention when it was first described in Freakonomics. Gang Leader for a Day is the fascinating full story of how Sudhir Venkatest managed to gain entree into the gang, what he learned, and how his method revolutionized the academic establishment.

    DanO says: "Listen to this one first"
    "Eye opening..."
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    This book was one of my all time favorites. I even got it for my brother to read!

    The only negative I could say is that the music in between chapters is a bit much...

    I really enjoyed the truth and honesty found in the story. Sudhir captures life in the projects in a way no sociologist has come close to.

    I highly recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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