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Circle K

Riverside, CA United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 30 reviews
  • 191 ratings
  • 412 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2015
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  • Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Morton Sellers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1632)
    Performance
    (1447)
    Story
    (1432)

    A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than 200 personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists - both famous and less well known - and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.

    Chris Reich says: "Scared the Hell Out of Me"
    "Tragically Illuminating"
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    This was one book that once I began, I found it very difficult to stop listening. It is not a book bashing Scientology but rather a documentary of sorts that starts at the beginning of Scientology and brings you up to its current status. I disagree with the other reviewer as to the footnotes. I found those to be very interesting and necessary. Just more validation to support the book. So many things are covered regarding Scientology that just make you shake your head and are very sad and deplorable. Not to say that things like this do not happen in other "religions", but the focus of this book is on Scientology. Unfortunately the tragedy which unfolded at Waco really gave rise to Scientology's allowable existence in the eyes of the IRS. In this regard, Scientology was basically given the green light to proceed pretty much without sanction other than within their inner hierarchy. Truly a sad situation for those involved with Scientology who now desire the opportunity to leave of their own free will with no strings/debts attached.

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2447)
    Performance
    (2255)
    Story
    (2251)

    Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

    Marvin says: "New diet trend, become a zombie!"
    "Zombie fun!"
    Overall
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    Great twist on the zombie theme. Even better, great name for a zombie: Angel. We get to follow Angel's journey/adjustment into zombie land and her inherent detective skills. Great lighthearted book and top notch narration. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Echo Burning

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3308)
    Performance
    (2350)
    Story
    (2357)

    Reacher is hitching through the heat of West Texas and getting desperate for a ride. The last thing he's worried about is exactly who picks him up.

    She's called Carmen. She's a good-looking young woman, she has a beautiful little girl...and she has married into the wrong family. They're called the Greers. They're a bitter and miserly clan, and they've made her life a living hell. Worse, her monster of a husband is soon due out of prison. So she needs protection, and she needs it now.

    Lawyers can't help. Cops can't be trusted. So Reacher goes home with her to the lonely ranch where nothing is as it seems, and where evil swirls around them like dust in a storm. Within days, Carmen's husband is dead - and simmering secrets send Echo, Texas, up in flames.

    Tammy says: "Not his best"
    "Wow, what a disappointment"
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    Slow, boring 'plot'. There's more action finding Waldo... Shallow characters and redundant speeches. Horrible narration, especially the whining female. If I were reading this book, I would never use that pathetic I-can't-think-or-do-anything-for-myself-airhead voice. Completely destroyed the book. Tried pumping up the speed and still couldn't force myself to finish it, even after investing 6 hours. Just not interested in how it turned out at all. On the other hand, I immediately started My Life as a White Trash Zombie and I am completely satisfied with the performance and story. Such a wonderful experience to once again not suffer through a book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Gospel: Decoding the Ancient Text That Reveals Jesus' Marriage to Mary the Magdalene

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Simcha Jacobovici, Barrie Wilson
    • Narrated By Bob Souer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    The Lost Gospel takes listeners on an unparalleled historical adventure through a paradigm-shifting manuscript. What the authors eventually discover is astounding: confirmation of Jesus' marriage to Mary the Magdalene; the names of their two children; the towering presence of Mary the Magdalene; a previously unknown plot on Jesus' life, thirteen years prior to the crucifixion; an assassination attempt against Mary the Magdalene and their children.

    Circle K says: "Disappointed"
    "Disappointed"
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    Was really looking forward to reading this book. Unfortunately I was very disappointed. The book was slow and very repetitive. Did not seem to offer anything new. Maybe it was a little heavy on the scholarly side and could've used a lighter hand.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The First Days: As the World Dies, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Rhiannon Frater
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (572)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (519)

    The morning that the world ends, Katie is getting ready for court and housewife Jenni is taking care of her family. Less than two hours later, they are fleeing for their lives from a zombie horde. Thrown together by circumstance, Jenni and Katie become a powerful zombie-killing partnership, mowing down zombies as they rescue Jenni's stepson, Jason, from an infected campground.

    crazybatcow says: "I'd pick another series..."
    "Is this a zombie story or a sexual preference story?"
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    The book started off interestingly enough. Continued rather well. And then when Katie and Jenny hooked up with other survivors it kind of went downhill. Suddenly these two women, who incidentally weren't really playing with a full deck emotionally, considering the circumstances they just endured, walk in like they're taking over. Should you decide to read the story, you will understand the reference to the sexual preference. One is heterosexual and the other appears to be bisexual, but everybody thinks she's a lesbian. She would prefer everyone to continue to think that for reasons you will discover. By the time I got to the end I felt like I had just listened to a chick flick.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How To Survive a Horror Movie: All the Skills to Dodge the Kills

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (141)

    Seth Grahame-Smith delivers the definitive, essential guide to making it through a horror movie in one piece. As hilarious as it is useful (if you’re trapped in a scary flick, that is), How to Survive a Horror Movie covers all the bases. Trapped in a haunted house? Check. Stalked by an evil doll? Check. Wandering aimlessly through the remains of the old world as a plague of zombies sweeps over the planet? Check.

    Wil says: "Entertaining. What I expected"
    "Wonderful listen!"
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    Totally entertaining, easily done in one sitting and I expect to listen to this several more times. Rarely does a book actually make me smile, much less laugh out loud!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Everything That Rises Must Converge

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Flannery O’Connor
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot, Karen White, Mark Bramhall, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (325)

    This collection of nine short stories by Flannery O'Connor was published posthumously in 1965. The flawed characters of each story are fully revealed in apocalyptic moments of conflict and violence that are presented with comic detachment.

    Ryan says: "Pride goeth before the fall"
    "Bigoted and depressing"
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    Must have been relevant for its time, which is sad in itself, but just too much bleakness to even finish. The language was a real turn off. I guess if there wasn't the N-word, there wouldn't have been any stories....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Butterfly Forest

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tom Lowe
    • Narrated By Michael David Axtell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (300)

    After 40 years in San Quentin, Luke Palmer leaves with a state-issued suit, $100 dollars to buy a bus ticket, and a map that will lead to a promise and into the heart of a dark forest. College graduate student Molly Monroe is about to release rare butterflies not far from where the FBI used 4,000 bullets in a shootout to kill Ma Barker and one of her gangster sons in 1935. Molly snaps a picture that will frame something she never sees coming.

    shelley says: "Really good story, Super Narator!"
    "Will it ever end"
    Overall
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    I have not listened to a Tom Lowe book before so I cannot compare it to any of his other works. But if this is typical, I will not be listening to anymore. The female characters were overly dramatic and pitiful. I do not blame that on the narrator. It was definitely the way the characters were written. I did however have to lower the stars on the narrator because the female voices were really bad. Way too wordy and just not a good story. No action and definitely not a thriller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Infected: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Scott Sigler
    • Narrated By Scott Sigler
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (397)

    Across America a mysterious disease is turning ordinary people into raving, paranoid murderers who inflict brutal horrors on strangers, themselves, and even their own families.

    Jessica says: "Confused? This review might help."
    "Tedious"
    Overall
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    How people can compare this author to Stephen King or anyone of that caliber is truly amazing. The story just wasn't put together neatly and the narration ruined it. Thank goodness for returns!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Park Service: Book One of the Park Service Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Ryan Winfield
    • Narrated By Michael Braun
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (282)

    In the post-apocalyptic future, a fifteen-year old boy stumbles on a paradise where the few remaining humans live on the run from deadly drones controlled by a mysterious Park Service. Now this boy must learn to survive in a world he never dreamed existed while searching for answers to why everything he was taught is a lie.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Epic YA Adventure in a dystopian Future"
    "Snore..."
    Overall
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    Have no idea how anyone made it through the end of this book much less the series. The narration is nauseating!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Scott Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (113)

    The Ruins follows two American couples enjoying a pleasant, lazy beach holiday together in Mexico. On an impulse, they go off with newfound friends in search of one of their group, the young German who, in pursuit of a girl, has headed for the remote Mayan ruins, site of a fabled archeological dig.

    Art says: "The Plant"
    "Crap putting it politely"
    Overall
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    Kudos to the screenwriter that was able to make this into a movie. Must have been one of their biggest challenges ever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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