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Rebecc

Jacksonville, FL, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • 477 titles in library
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  • Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Brian Wansink
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (81)

    In this illuminating and groundbreaking new book, food psychologist Brian Wansink shows why you may not realize how much you're eating, what you're eating, or why you're even eating at all.

    Jim says: "Mindless Reading"
    "Valuable information for anyone who eats."
    Overall

    Its pretty long, but an easy listen. The narrator is pleasant and there is a bit of relaxed humor tossed in. I found the descriptions of the food studies long enough for validation, but brief enough to keep things moving along. The results are some tips that everyone can incorprate into their lives to keep on top of the battle of the bulge:)
    Most importantly, this book gives tips for lifestyle changes that can be permanent. Enough fad diet books already out there!(They don't work.)

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4682)
    Performance
    (2724)
    Story
    (2746)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "Not for the meek"
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    Performance
    Story

    This book is well written and performed beautifully. It is, however, the single most painful listening experience I have ever had. I was moved to tears several times. The sheer reality of what would or could happen is just horrible. The story is way too believable to be an enjoyable read. If you choose to walk down this road, be strong. Made me want to go to the driving range and hoard bullets and food.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cemetery Dance

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1431)
    Performance
    (667)
    Story
    (664)

    Captain Hayward leads the official homocide investigation, while Pendergast, D'Agosta, and Nora undertake a private quest for the truth. Their serpentine journey takes them into a part of Manhattan they never imagined could exist: a secretive and deadly hotbed of Obeah, the West Indian Zombii cult of sorcery and magic. And it is here they find their true peril is just beginning.

    J. says: "Not for the faint of heart OR animal lovers"
    "The series really jumped the shark! Lost me:("
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well, the last book was as far into the realm of fantasy that I could apparently go. I do not like books that are completely unrealistic unless entirely into the fantasy realm. I have really enjoyed the plot twists and intricacy of these authors before. They are still in this book, as well. However, the basic premise of this one has entered the stupid range for me. I have struggled to remain interested and have given up. I rarely cannot finish a book. Sadly, I'm done forcing it with this one. Not sure if I will try any more in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brimstone: Pendergast, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1055)
    Performance
    (930)
    Story
    (927)

    Art critic Jeremy Grove is found dead, his face frozen in a mask of terror. His body temperature is grotesquely high; he is discovered in a room barricaded from the inside; the smell of brimstone is everywhere... and the unmistakable imprint of a claw is burned into the wall. As more bodies are discovered - their only connection the bizarre but identical manner of death - the world begins to wonder if the Devil has, in fact, come to collect his due.

    Lannette says: "Simply another great Pendergast novel."
    "My FAVORITE!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you are enjoying this series for its most twisted, intricate windings, this one is great fun!!! Its long, stretches believability as far as you can possibly stretch, and even has a fun side plot going on. Loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Host: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4865)
    Performance
    (2499)
    Story
    (2536)

    Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

    Keith says: "Great story in a genre only touched upon before"
    "LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! Much more than I expected."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I thoroughly enjoyed the Twilight series. Yet, this book blows it out of the water, for me. The story and entire concept are great fun. Based on an alien invasion, it is written in the first person, as the alien. It leads you on a journey of perspectives that has very real implications both in human interactions, as well as interspecies interactions, both historically and now. The character development and perspective are deeper and not at all aimed at a teenage audience, although many teens may still like it.

    I eagerly anticipate future novels.

    0 of 0 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
    (3126)
    Performance
    (2452)
    Story
    (2479)

    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"
    "Gillian Flynn is genius."
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    Any additional comments?

    After listening to Gone Girl, I was not finished listening to these amazingly developed, twisted characters and plot lines. While Gone Girl starts bright and happy and leads you by the hand into a dark, disturbing place Dark Places dumps you right in! The main character is a depressed, dysfunctional young woman. The narrator is SO good at portraying this that I had a hard time listening. I don't care for negative energy and shy away from people, movies, and books that are 'downers'. I stuck with it though, and you should too. Libby gets better and the story is intricate and twisted. The characters are self-destructive and you feel like you really are looking into the lives and thoughts of people you never would be able to understand, yet because of how well they are portrayed, you do. Gillian Flynn is an interesting author. After two in a row, I need a break. I'll be back though!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2955)
    Performance
    (2347)
    Story
    (2336)

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice.

    Lulu says: "Very, Very Funny Book, Suffered from My Bad Timing"
    "Different, sexy, and great fun!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Which character – as performed by Lorelei King – was your favorite?

    She gives life to Charley the best.


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

    Absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    The mix of a twist to the supernatural that I have not yet stumbled upon, with a strong storyline is a good listen. Toss in the perfect amount of sexual tension without the overload that is popular right now, and add the funniest, sarcastic, light-hearted banter winding its way between well developed characters and within the main character's internal dialogue and you have a super fun book! Ms. Jones takes you to dark places, sexy places, and unexpectedly pitches humor at you that made me laugh right out loud several times throughout the series.

    I just loved this series! I started when there were 3, hoping it was a trilogy with closure. No such luck. There is no end in sight and Ms Jones simply cannot write fast enough to make me happy! More, MORE!

    This series makes me want to meet the writer very badly. She must be a riot! I hope she has written something else to charm me:)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13586)
    Performance
    (11061)
    Story
    (11691)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "Think porn- sex until you are bored, weak plot"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    There are several plots here. The sex, which is great fun, but 3 books of repetitive, 'shattering' orgasms gets boring. When Ana 'detonated' I actually laughed out loud! The author must have been using a thesaurus- there are only so many ways to describe THE-absolute- most-amazing-mind-blowing-orgasm-EVER when it happens about every thirty minutes of your life, blah, blah, blah.
    Then there is the love story, well, eventually. Book 1 leaves you wondering about how twisted some people's versions of love are. It gets better, but in the end its just another unrealistic fairy tale that takes 3 books to spit out a story line that would have been interesting for one book.
    Then there is a menacing drama. This part is really, really poor. Sometimes so invisible, you wonder why it was brought up in the first place, and in the end rushed to a climax(don't even go there) that is under-developed and leaves loose ends frayed all over in one big mess.
    Christian's psychological journey has potential, but again, interesting issues are just randomly tossed around. It all magically resolves like smoke, carried off by some invisible force you never really see.

    If this sounds like fun to you- go for it, but toss out a few dozen IQ points, then borrow the BOOK! The narration is simply too bad to endure, and spending money on this will feel pretty frivolous. Save it for some hot shoes.


    Would you ever listen to anything by E. L. James again?

    No.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator is so distractingly bad for this story, I have seriously questioned why on earth I cannot walk away from a book or movie I am not enjoying! Makes me want to see a therapist.
    I liked the narration of Ana well enough. I suspect its the narrator's true speaking voice. However, when portraying anyone else, it sounds like me trying to read a fairy tale to my babies while making ridiculous 'big bad wolf' voices for every male voice in the book. Toss in some dumb surfer-dude inflections, and bad imitations of clipped or tense emotions, and you have all the men in the book- ugh!
    I listened to this right after listening to the Hunger Games trilogy. Such polar opposites in narration skill I suffered audio whiplash!


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Now here's a question the author should have asked at the end of the series. Gia, the Detective, some security people, the girl with Layla, Kate's brother (so uninteresting I already cannot remember his name)- all distractions that add nothing.


    Any additional comments?

    If they ever make this into a movie, it will make an excellent drinking game for college students. And they had better do some serious searching for actors sexy enough to pull off the main characters. Go for the looks! People will see it to watch them. No need for any acting ability whatsoever.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Secret Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By James W. Huston
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    In the dead of night, Lieutenant Kent "Rat" Ratham and his secret Special Forces counterterrorism team parachute into the Sudanese desert, where an arms merchant is delivering weapons to Wahamad Duar, the world's most wanted terrorist. Eventually Duar is captured. But an enemy within Rat's own government sells him out - a cold-blooded act of betrayal that could lead to horrifying destruction for the United States, for Duar's organization is planning a major strike.

    Lynn says: "GREAT READ ! RAT IS A SUPERDUDE !"
    "Outstanding and frightening!"
    Overall

    A great listen that explores some very real issues facing our armed forces today. You see both sides of an uncomfortable issue and question where you personally stand. This entwined with a thrilling terrorist plot makes for an engaging story that gets better and better as you listen more. Loved it!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • ScreamFree Parenting: The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Hal Edward Runkel
    • Narrated By Hal Edward Runkel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (631)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (224)

    Parenting is not about kids, it's about parents. If you're not in control, then you cannot be in charge. What every kid really needs are parents who are able to keep their cool no matter what. Easier said than done? Not anymore, thanks to ScreamFree Parenting, the principle-based approach that's inspiring parents everywhere to truly revolutionize their family dynamics.

    Crystal says: "CALLING ALL PARENTS: MUST READ!"
    "Wow!"
    Overall

    This easy to listen to, hit-you-between-the-eyes-with-the-truth version of how not and why not to react the way we parents pretty much all do is really something special. It'll make you cringe, then it will make you reframe what you do, and reframe how you view interactions that you witness. The best part of all is that once you listen to this a time or two, you automatically change the way you respond to your children.
    I doubt if this will make me a perfect parent, but it has already made me a better one.
    I thank this author, and so do my sons.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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