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Sam

CHICAGO, IL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Robert Kolker
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (103)

    One late spring evening in 2010, Shannan Gilbert, after running through the oceanfront community of Oak Beach screaming for her life, went missing. No one who had heard of her disappearance thought much about what had happened to the 24-year-old: She was a Craigslist prostitute who had been fleeing a scene. The Suffolk County Police, too, seemed to have paid little attention - until seven months later, when an unexpected discovery in a bramble alongside a nearby highway turned up four bodies, all evenly spaced, all wrapped in burlap. But none of them Shannan's.

    Sam says: "No answers"
    "No answers"
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    What made the experience of listening to Lost Girls the most enjoyable?

    it's so timely, and an interesting look at a side of the internet that I'm sure we'd all rather ignore.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lost Girls?

    Seeing many perspectives of the same story was valuable, and the author tries to take away some of the sensationalism.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It's definitely an upsetting book, and I personally looked in the mirror at my own classism and ability to write off certain crimes as "just the way things are."


    Any additional comments?

    There are no answers in this book. The author doesn't attempt to make any guesses as to the killer, nor does he try to reconstruct any of the homicides, so if you're looking for that kind of book, you're in the wrong place. If you're looking to learn about the victims, about the line of work they were in, and about how the internet is inextricably linked to the sex industry, this book is really well-written.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • I'll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Betty Halbreich, Rebecca Paley
    • Narrated By Jane Curtin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (37)

    Eighty-six-year-old Betty Halbreich is a true original. A tough broad who could have stepped straight out of Stephen Sondheim's repertoire, she has spent nearly forty years as the legendary personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman, where she works with socialites, stars, and ordinary women off the street. She has helped many find their true selves through clothes, frank advice, and her own brand of wisdom. She is trusted by the most discriminating persons - including Hollywood's top stylists - to tell them what looks best.

    Sand says: "Inspirational, but not in the way I expected"
    "Great stories but..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Ultimately the story of a rich girl who became a slightly less rich woman.

    I simplify. She's delightful. A lot of anecdotes are delightful, and there is some insight into her life. But oh BOY are there a fair share of stories that are pure privilege. But worth a read if you're a lover of shopping, or if you're in the retail field yourself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19954)
    Performance
    (17866)
    Story
    (17927)

    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!"
    "Breathless."
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    I should have been doing other things instead of listening to this book almost without stop. I don't even care. I couldn't turn it off. It's thrilling and crazy and unstoppable. You will be left stuttering, desperately looking for someone else who's read it so that you can yell in each other's faces about how gross you feel.

    You'll love it. Just read it.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10514)
    Performance
    (9512)
    Story
    (9597)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Dan Brown is not a fan of ladies."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you are a woman, or enjoy stories of women making smart decisions or knowing things at all, then you will hate this book as much as I did. All characters must pivot around our hero, Dr. Robert Langdon as if he is the sun. Our narrator is sure to mention that every time his female companion Sienna has an idea, it is only a few seconds AFTER Robert had the same idea.

    Robert Langdon is so clearly a character that Dan Brown identifies as himself. Listen to this book and count how many times somebody notices how attractive Langdon is. SO MANY times. He's smart and handsome and physically strong and knowns tiny minutia that just happens to come very much in handy.

    The book will infuriate you, because while the characters are limp and the plot is absolutely ludicrous, you also want to know what happens next. So I finished it. So my advice? Don't start it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4866)
    Performance
    (3584)
    Story
    (3610)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "First thing: it's a million hours long."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This story is phenomenal, and if you're in for the challenge of 40 hours (the book's over 1000 pages, I think) then it is absolutely fabulous. Length is really my only complaint. Fantastic talent in narrators, compelling story, and lots of moments where you think hard about your own views on your childhood.

    I personally don't think I've given King nearly enough credit for being the talented author he is. I've loved both of the audiobooks I've listened to thus far (seriously, listen to Carrie. super short and SUPER good.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Daphne du Maurier
    • Narrated By Anna Massey
    Overall
    (904)
    Performance
    (669)
    Story
    (677)

    After a whirlwind romance and a honeymoon in Italy, the innocent young heroine and the dashing Maxim de Winter return to his country estate, Manderley. But the unsettling memory of Rebecca, the first Mrs. de Winter, still lingers within. The timid bride must overcome her husband's oppressive silences and the sullen history of the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers, to confront the emotional horrors of the past.

    P. Wade Thompson says: "A Great Listen"
    "Just the best."
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rebecca?

    The character of Mrs Danvers is one of the most iconic characters I've read in fiction. Any of her monologues are totally riveting.


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

    She does icy WASP-iness like no one else, and her little variations her inflection give every character something special. She's great.


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

    Yes. yes yes yes. Took me 4 days total. It's moody and tense, and I never knew when was a good time to stop listening.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1579)
    Performance
    (1382)
    Story
    (1385)

    Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

    Larry says: "What a great book."
    "This is what an audiobook should be"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Helter Skelter in three words, what would they be?

    Thrilling. Twisted. Detailed.


    What other book might you compare Helter Skelter to and why?

    Very "In Cold Blood." From an audiobook perspective, the same guy narrates it, but it's also just a very classic true-crime.


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

    Every character has a voice. He's amazing at what he does. Flat when he should be, animated when the story calls for it. Great at making a moment important.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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