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Erica

United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 17 reviews
  • 17 ratings
  • 105 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • Red Lily: In the Garden, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Susie Breck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (656)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (452)

    Hayley Phillips came to Memphis hoping for a new start, for herself and her unborn child. What she found was a home, said to be haunted but surrounded by beauty and friends - including Roz's son Harper. But to Hayley's chagrin, she has begun to dream about Harper - as much more than a friend. If Hayley gives in to her desire, she's afraid the foundation she's built with Harper will come tumbling down. Especially since she's begun to suspect that her feelings are no longer completely her own.

    Diane says: "Great Series"
    "Great finale"
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    I enjoyed the first book and was thrilled when I found out there were two more. By the third book a lot of series start to run out of steam, but not this one. Nora Roberts did a great job of telling a good ghost story without the book getting cheesy or over the top. It wasn't just a ghost story though. It was the story about three women finding their way in this world. It flowed very well and was fun to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Growing Up Duggar: It's All About Relationships

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jana Duggar, Jill Duggar, Jessa Duggar, and others
    • Narrated By Jana Duggar, Jill Duggar, Jessa Duggar, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (61)

    In a rare look inside America’s favorite mega-sized family, the four eldest girls talk about their faith, their dreams for the future, and what it’s like growing up a Duggar. Airing weekly throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, 19 Kids and Counting has made the huge Duggar family into a media phenomenon. Now, the four eldest Duggar girls—Jana, Jill, Jessa, and Jinger—open up about the blessings and advantages of living the Duggar lifestyle.

    Erica says: "I just love those Duggar gals"
    "I just love those Duggar gals"
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    This is a great little book. It is rather short and sweet. One of my closest friends is getting ready to foster three precious sisters and already has three boys of her own, and I couldn't wait to share this with her because there are so many great ideas for families and child raising. My other closest friend has five children and she learned a lot too. I think these gals have a great message and a great delivery. This will not be a book for everyone.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10801)
    Performance
    (9802)
    Story
    (9822)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "A fun and little frightening listen"
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    I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. My expectations weren't too high going into it. For me, with sci-fi there is always a fine line between awesome and awful. This book stayed on the awesome side. The characters were a lot of fun. One character in particular had me laughing out loud rather often. This is defiantly not a book to let pass you by if you are look for some frightening fun in your listening. I really hope this one becomes a movie!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • If Not for the Dawn

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dane St. John
    • Narrated By David DeBoy
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    AltaMira Pharmaceuticals releases Vigorex, a drug that allows people to sleep and experience R.E.M. while they're awake. A colorful cast of characters begin to take the drug, which if not taken properly will have hazardous consequences. But each of these people has undergone a deeply traumatic episode in their formative years, which will affect them in differing ways; murder, arson, kidnapping, vigilantism, among other crimes, will characterize their nightly personalities and send them crashing into one another.

    Maika says: "Captivating... you'll stay up late listening!"
    "Wow, there was a lot going on!"
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    I had mixed emotions about this one. There was just so much going on. For an audiobook it almost seemed like there were too many characters to keep up with. In a paperback it would have been easier to keep up with them all, however, the characters really didn't have any depth and layers so other than keeping them straight it wouldn't have made too much of a difference. I had no emotional attachment to any of the characters and truly believed I didn't really care what happened to any of them. I believed that until the end when I realized YOU DON'T FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THE ALL THE CHARACTERS!!! The concept was really well thought out and very interesting and had there been one main character I think it would have come out a lot better. It is apparent what the author was trying to do and the idea was great but I just couldn't get that into it. I think others could though. It wasn't a bad book, it was well written, the topic was interesting, it just simply had too much going on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2658)
    Performance
    (2412)
    Story
    (2429)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Is prison as fun as it sounds?"
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    I had just finished watching the Netflix series that is based on this book when I started the book. I found the book to be much more mundane than the show, but I wasn't disappointed, actually quite the contrary. I am glad that Piper didn't ruin her relationship with Larry. I am glad she constantly focused on that light at the end of the tunnel. However, I am disappointed with the ending. What happened to her after her release? Has she done anything to improve the prison system? How are the other ladies doing? Has she done anything to help the less fortunate women in their after prison journeys?The book just ended so suddenly. Obviously, it left me wanting more. Thank goodness the show has been picked up for season 2, but I also want more of the real story. I would highly recommend this book and the show. I thought this book would be dark, ugly, and scary but it truly wasn't. This book showed that women embrace one another, love one another, and carry one other no matter where life brings you. If HBOs Oz and a Delta Zeta Chapter had a baby it would be Orange Is The New Black. This is something you don't want to miss. This rarely happens to people like us so this is a great opportunity to pull on the sneakers of the one who drew the short straw and see life through her eyes. Every single one of us that ever drove drunk in college has had at least one thought of what prison would be like. Well, now you will know. Happy Listening!

    32 of 42 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
    (4012)
    Performance
    (3425)
    Story
    (3420)

    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"
    "The performer took getting used to but great story"
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    Would you listen to Defending Jacob again? Why?

    I usually don't listen to mysteries more than once. I may in a few years when the story has left me some.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This isn't really the kind of story where you have a favorite character. The story doesn't really have any good guys. It is just a group of people in pain trying their best to get through what their life has become. These are all characters you pity. You have no desire to emulate any of them.


    What aspect of Grover Gardner’s performance would you have changed?

    He sounded so much like Futarama's Zapp Brannigan that it took a lot for me to take him seriously. For me, his voice took away from the story. Grover Gardner has a great voice, but it is a voice that is perfect for a Seth McFarlane character or a any male character that thinks he is amazing but is more of a joke.


    If you could take any character from Defending Jacob out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would not like to spend time with any characters from this book.


    Any additional comments?

    It truly was a great book. Excellent actually. I crossed over to be a stay at home mother to take care of my only child and to back my husband in his career. I have a son and it was so easy to relate to the mother in the story because her set up is so similar to my own life. I felt a lot of compassion for her and feel like she is the hero of this story. The story took me by surprise at some points. When Andy Barber got to the end of talking about their vacation I gasped out loud! Oh my! Andy was an easy character to sympathize with until the very end. At the very end you just can't believe that he could be so intent of believing what he believes. As a parent though I realize my love for my son is endless. It may not be that hard to fall into the trap that Andy Barber had fallen into. I wished that it hadn't ended so suddenly. I would have liked to know what happened to Andy and his wife.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (3908)
    Performance
    (3178)
    Story
    (3201)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Not the author's finest hour but a good listen."
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    Would you listen to Dark Places again? Why?

    I usually don't listen to mysteries more than once. I possibly may in a few years when the story has left me more.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. It was very gruesome and a very sad, but I didn't want to stop listening. There were lot's of twists and turns. It was also the kind of story that you went over in your mind during the breaks from listening.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't have a particular scene that I enjoyed but it was a coming together of all the different scenes that I thought were orchestrated very well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. It was very hard to turn off.


    Any additional comments?

    I read Gillian Flynn's other novels before this one. She had set the bar very high. This one fell a little short for me. However, if this was from another author I would want to listen to more of their work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sisterland: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Curtis Sittenfeld
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (322)

    From an early age, Kate and her identical twin sister, Violet, knew that they were unlike everyone else. Kate and Vi were born with peculiar "senses" - innate psychic abilities concerning future events and other people’s secrets. Though Vi embraced her visions, Kate did her best to hide them. Now, years later, their different paths have led them both back to their hometown of St. Louis. Vi has pursued an eccentric career as a psychic medium, while Kate, a devoted wife and mother, has settled down in the suburbs to raise her two young children. But when a minor earthquake hits in the middle of the night, the normal life Kate has always wished for begins to shift.

    Erica says: "Too many minor details and not enough story."
    "Too many minor details and not enough story."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I am from St. Louis and I grew up during the same time that these girls did. The time and places from the story was a chance to revisit my youth. That part was wonderful, however, if I weren't from St. Louis this book would not have been a much of a listen.


    Would you recommend Sisterland to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would to someone my age from St. Louis. Anyone else I would say it isn't bad but it isn't anything to go out of your way for.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the parts that spoke of the places I have been and things I have done.


    Did Sisterland inspire you to do anything?

    Yes. It made me tell my husband how much I love him and how I would never ever do something like that to him.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't believe how many times they mentioned Target and Schnucks. The entire book seemed to be more about running errands than have an actual story. I'm still trying to figure out the point of the book. Don't believe in psychics? Love your sister? Don't love your sister? Ways to waste $15,000? Don't have an affair? It just didn't really seem to have much of a point.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2966)
    Performance
    (2552)
    Story
    (2566)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Slow start, good middle, & excellent finish"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret Keeper to be better than the print version?

    I haven't seen the print version. The audio version was hard to follow at first. It jumped from character to character, but once you figured out the flow of the book it got much easier to follow.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Keeper?

    The second I realized exactly what was going on. I usually have books and movies figured out rather quickly, but I didn't suspect this one until that exact moment the writer wanted the reader to.


    Have you listened to any of Caroline Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes. It was amazing how it all came together. I was very moved by the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. I was ready to quit the book in the first part, but I am very glad I kept going. It was worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (2892)
    Performance
    (2740)
    Story
    (2743)

    World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

    Kim Venatries says: "A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED"
    "You will want to listen to it more than once!"
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    If you could sum up World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition) in three words, what would they be?

    Scary Realistic Entertaining


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    T. Sean (Henry Rollins)


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrators are AMAZING!!! So much talent in one download!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The real story not that Brad Pitt bullsh*t.


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen. If you like zombie apocalypse stories you are going to think this is one of the finest. Nothing like those awful movie previews.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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