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Jim Wilson MA,LPC

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  • Revival: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By David Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (252)

    In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

    Thug4life says: "Not fit for a King"
    "I want my credit back"
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    What did you like best about Revival? What did you like least?

    I did like the reader. The book was really too depressing to be enjoyable for me.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

    Probably


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

    The reader kept me listening long after I grew tired of the book.


    Do you think Revival needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Only if I begin taking anti-depressants before I read it.


    11 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Salinger

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Shields, Shane Salerno
    • Narrated By Peter Friedman, January LaVoy, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    Shields and Salerno illuminate most brightly the last 56 years of Salinger’s life: a period that, until now, had remained completely dark to biographers. Provided unprecedented access to diaries, letters, legal records, and secret documents, listeners will feel they have, for the first time, gotten beyond Salinger’s meticulously built-up wall. The result is the definitive portrait of one of the most fascinating figures of the 20th century.

    Melinda says: "Ingenious novel or biography? Hard to tell...."
    "Very boring"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The book relied on letters, notes and comments from people who knew Salinger and simply read or quoted them. The same theme used to depict the complex character of the author is used over and over. After the first part, I could not go on.


    Has Salinger turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What didn’t you like about the narrators’s performance?

    It was fair, but he had difficult material.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3793)
    Performance
    (3183)
    Story
    (3207)

    Will Robie may have just made the first - and last - mistake of his career.... It begins with a hit gone wrong. Robie is dispatched to eliminate a target unusually close to home in Washington, D.C. But something about this mission doesn't seem right to Robie, and he does the unthinkable: He refuses to kill. Now, Robie becomes a target himself and must escape from his own people.

    Fleeing the scene, Robie crosses paths with a wayward teenage girl, a 14-year-old runaway from a foster home. But she isn't an ordinary runaway....

    andrea says: "I Hope There's a Sequel!!"
    "As boring a watching a sloth climb a tree"
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    Baldacci has never really regained his story telling ability and I will never waste my time listening to one of his books again. It was absolutely torturous and as about as entertaining as driving across west Texas. This is not a mystery nor a thriller, just endless boring dialogue. The characters are not likable and the storyline is absurd. If you are have trouble sleeping, listen to this. It will put you to sleep right away. DO NOT waste your money. How this ever made it to the New York Times bestseller list is the real mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27485)
    Performance
    (14091)
    Story
    (14139)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "As powerful as "To Kill a Mockingbird""
    Overall

    Without doubt the best book I have ever listened to. As a child of the 50's whose parents employed a black maid whose love and guidance shaped my life, I was overwhelmed with emotion. The readers brought the characters to life and you are mesmerized by their theatrical skill. I literally could not stop listening. It went with me when I drove, when I worked out, when I ate and when I went to sleep. My wife is now addicted to it. Thank all you for an unforgettable performance and to you Kathyrn Stockett for what will become an American classic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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