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Barbara

Lake Forest, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jenna Miscavige Hill
    • Narrated By Sandy Rustin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (729)
    Performance
    (665)
    Story
    (665)

    Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member Sea Org - the church's highest ministry - speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape.

    Tim says: "The Despicable Truth Behind Scientology"
    "Very Informative... Sad..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Beyond Belief to be better than the print version?

    I've never read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obviously, the main character Jenna.


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

    No i haven't.


    Any additional comments?

    Regardless of this book being about Scientology or anything else, it's very interesting and sad to see how different other peoples lives can be. Especially when they are children and their parents do not know about their childrens daily lives.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Spell: Book Two of The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Alan Smyth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (710)
    Performance
    (668)
    Story
    (660)

    With the legends and lore of Ireland running through his blood, falconer Connor O’Dwyer is proud to call County Mayo home. It’s where his sister, Branna, lives and works, where his cousin, Iona, has found true love, and where his childhood friends form a circle that can’t be broken. A circle that is about to be stretched out of shape - by a long-awaited kiss. Meara Quinn is Branna’s best friend, a sister in all but blood. Her and Connor’s paths cross almost daily, as Connor takes tourists on hawk walks and Meara guides them on horseback across the lush countryside.

    Margaret-Ann says: "Narration is terrible"
    "NARRATOR IS TERRIBLE!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If they would have stayed with the same narrator as the first book (Katherine Kriggrin). I listened to about 20 minutes of the audio book and couldn't even understand what was going on. It's the worst audio book reader EVER!


    Any additional comments?

    I was so excited for the second book to come out, I couldn't wait to hear the audio book reader. Katherine was great. This new audio book guy KILLED this book. I'm returning it... Now I will never know the rest of this story. Major BUMMER!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fire Study

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1254)
    Performance
    (483)
    Story
    (488)

    When word that Yelena is a Soulfinder - able to capture and release souls - spreads like wildfire, people grow uneasy. Already Yelena's unusual abilities and past have set her apart.

    DKay says: "More please"
    "Teen Book"
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    Story
    Where does Fire Study rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The series as a whole was good but definitely not the best books I've ever listened too.


    What did you like best about this story?

    My favorite part was how the audiobook reader said, "Love." When Valek was talking to the main character.


    Which character – as performed by Gabra Zackman – was your favorite?

    Valek. I'm not sure if I'm spelling it right since I listened to the book. Sorry.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Dennis Boutsikaris, Rosalyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2726)
    Performance
    (1079)
    Story
    (1090)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "No connection with book or characters..."
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    Would you try another book from Elizabeth Kostova and/or the narrators?

    No.


    Has The Historian turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Kindof.


    Any additional comments?

    I am half way through this book and cannot seem to connect with the story or the characters. I keep waiting for that moment where i look forward to the next time i can listen to my book, but it never comes. It's just one paper they read after the other... So bored!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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