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Rachel

I own a small shop selling custom/costume Jewelry. I love to listen to audio books while I create jewelry. I love all animals and get very upset when they aren't treated well, even in fiction.

Atascadero, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 44 reviews
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  • 0 titles in library
  • 47 purchased in 2014
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  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15698)
    Performance
    (13925)
    Story
    (13959)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Too much €£#%¥?!"
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    I am not a person who is bothered by profanity. However this book had so much that even someone who isn't bothered by it was bothered by it. It's gratuitous and the story would've been just as well, better without every other word being the F word.
    The mystery was good. And there were some thought-provoking storylines on relationships.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Prodigal Son: A Reverend Curtis Black Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kimberla Lawson Roby
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    The Reverend Curtis Black hasn't spoken to his son, Matthew, in over a year-not since Matthew dropped out of Harvard to marry his girlfriend, Racquel, and be a full-time father to their infant son. Curtis knows that it was he and his wife, Charlotte, who drove Matthew away, but he prays that one day his son will forgive them and come home.

    Rachel says: "Great Read!"
    "Great Read!"
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    Couldn't put this one down! Wish all the Curtis Black books were available at Audible.
    Very interesting insight into skewed thinking of some characters. Renewed my faith in some major characters~ can 't wait for the next installment!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dead to You

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lisa McMann
    • Narrated By Aaron Tveit
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Ethan was abducted from his front yard when he was just seven years old. Now, at 16, he has returned to his family. It’s a miracle… at first. Then the tensions start to build. His reintroduction to his old life isn’t going smoothly, and his family is tearing apart all over again. If only Ethan could remember something, anything, about his life before, he’d be able to put the pieces back together....

    Tina says: "Interesting book!"
    "WOW!"
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    Listening to this book I couldn't help feeling that I was reading a fictionalized account of Steven Stayner and it was fascinating. I wanted to listen to the book all in one sitting and yet I wanted it to last much longer than it did. The narration was spot on! Wish there could be a sequel-I would be in line to buy it!
    Memorable characters that you actually care about the book left me feeling like I knew a whole new family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What the Most Successful People Do on the Weekend: A Short Guide to Making the Most of Your Days Off

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 39 mins)
    • By Laura Vanderkam
    • Narrated By Laura Vanderkam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (49)

    Many of us breathe a grateful TGIF when Friday rolls around, envisioning a weekend full of both productivity and refreshment. Yet too often our precious weekends seem to disappear, eaten up by unproductive work or leisure that fails to energize us. Monday morning comes too fast, finding us still unrested, with too much still undone. Time management expert Laura Vanderkam, continuing her series on What the Most Successful People Do, shows how we can take control of our weekends to get necessary R&R, while also using our downtime as a springboard to a productive week.

    Jami E. Nettles says: "A bloated pamphlet"
    "LAME"
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    If you have children and a partner I guess this book could provide some insights... I found it to be lame and useless. Don't waste your $ € £ ¥ in any currency.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Picture Perfect

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr, Bruce Reizen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (120)

    Cassie Barrett, a world-renowned anthropologist, wakes up in a graveyard and doesn't know who she is. Taken in for a few days by William Flying Horse, a Native American police officer, she waits for her life to re-appear. When Hollywood heartthrob Alex Rivers shows up to claim her as his wife, she is stunned but still doesn't remember anything.

    Geri-Ann says: "So Disappointed!"
    "What's up with male narrator?"
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    Could have, should have been much better. Two narrators, One excellent one mediocre, Sandra Burr, (clan of the cave bear) was wonderful! The male narrator gave such a forgettable performance that I have conveniently enough, forgotten his name. This story lacked the depth of characters that I'm used to seeing in Jodi Picoult's books I also didn't appreciate the gratuitous cruelty to animals.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Slammed

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Colleen Hoover
    • Narrated By Heidi Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (331)

    Layken Cohen isn't your typical 18-year-old. After the recent death of her father, she is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she's slowly losing hope. Enter Will Cooper: The 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for performing "Slams". Will and Layken immediately form an intense and emotional connection neither of them knew they needed until it was found.

    Jane says: "Not for me. Too much teen angst."
    "Never wanted it to end!"
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    The ultimate feel-good book! "Slammed" is like the first bite of a hot fudge sundae. If you are reading this, and you haven't yet heard "Slammed"I must say I envy you the experience. Boy girl story with lots of unexpected twists and turns, tears, and laughter. At times I felt myself in envying Lake, but mostly I just admired her. I fell in love with Will at first listen.

    Highly highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dare Me: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Megan Abbott
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (86)

    Addy Hanlon has always been Beth Cassidy's best friend and trusted lieutenant. Beth calls the shots and Addy carries them out, a long-established order of things that has brought them to the pinnacle of their high-school careers. Now they're seniors who rule the intensely competitive cheer squad, feared and followed by the other girls -- until the young new coach arrives.

    Cool and commanding, an emissary from the adult world just beyond their reach, Coach Colette French draws Addy and the other cheerleaders into her life. Only Beth, unsettled by the new regime, remains outside Coach's golden circle, waging a subtle but vicious campaign to regain her position as "top girl" -- both with the team and with Addy herself.

    Then a suicide focuses a police investigation on Coach and her squad. After the first wave of shock and grief, Addy tries to uncover the truth behind the death -- and learns that the boundary between loyalty and love can be dangerous terrain.

    The raw passions of girlhood are brought to life in this taut, unflinching exploration of friendship, ambition, and power. Award-winning novelist Megan Abbott, writing with what Tom Perrotta has hailed as "total authority and an almost desperate intensity," provides a harrowing glimpse into the dark heart of the all-American girl.

    dougal says: "Intense reading"
    "Awful"
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    Choppy, hard to follow. Waste of a credit. Very strange book. The reader was very good!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (454)

    Eva never really wanted to be a mother - and certainly not the mother of a boy who ends up murdering seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his 16th birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin’s horrific rampage, in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin.

    aaron says: "A smart, chilling story. Told in a very unique way"
    "Thought Provoking"
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    Good reader. The story line was excellent.
    I do wish the author had left out the animal abuse, the book would have been better with out it.
    The mixture of fact and fiction was flawless.
    I would NOT recommend this book to any pregnant woman---not joking!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • No Thanks, I'm Just Looking: Professional Sales Techniques for Turning Shoppers into Buyers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Harry J. Friedman
    • Narrated By Adam Henderson
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (14)

    No Thanks, I'm Just Looking gives anyone the inside scoop on how to skyrocket their selling career with a system of easy-to-learn practical money-making steps. By saving countless hours of trial-and-error experience, readers will be able to focus on the things that really work. Considered to be retail guru Harry J. Friedman's personal collection of proven selling techniques, No Thanks, I'm Just Looking includes all the tips and humorous anecdotes that have made him retail's most sought-after consultant.

    CW says: "Bot read book."
    "Text book material"
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    I had the feeling listening to this that I was being read a college textbook. Information was repeated over and over and over again~I kept waiting for the pop quiz and the final exam! There was some good information in this book, but a lot of it was really common sense things like don't stand around talking to your colleagues when there are customers in the store ---I mean HELLO!?! Who doesn't know that???

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7165)
    Performance
    (6238)
    Story
    (6219)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Best Nora Roberts ever!"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I loved the story, I loved the respectful mention of animals in the story! It is one that I know I'll listen to again and again.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Very interesting subject!


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Through my favorite character, Burt the Mastiff.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    I I couldn't understand the way the narrator pronounced the word garden?!?


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I really want to thank another reviewer, Bettiann, for talking about Bert the Mastiff in her review. When I first read the synopsis of this book I was afraid to download it because they mentioned a dog and sometimes authors don't treat dogs very well, so I tend to avoid books that include them... Thank you Bettiann! I want a Mastiff too!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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