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Belinda

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Somewhere, CA | Member Since 2006

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  • Stones into Schools: Promoting Peace with Books, Not Bombs, in Afghanistan and Pakistan

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Greg Mortenson
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (128)

    From the author of the number-one national best seller Three Cups of Tea, the continuing story of this determined humanitarian and the schools he has established. In this dramatic first-person narrative, Greg Mortenson recounts his relentless, ongoing efforts to establish schools for girls in Afghanistan; his extensive work in Azad Kashmir and Pakistan after a massive earthquake; and the unique ways he has built relationships with Islamic clerics, militia commanders, and tribal leaders.

    Cathleen says: "Better than Three Cups of Tea"
    "Drove me mad"
    Overall

    I enjoyed reading 3 cups from Kindle, and bought this audio book instantly without a review there at that time - big mistake! - that sweet and lazy female voice representing a male former mountaineer just drove me crazy! 2 hours struggling and I still could not get into this book, so I have to stop listening to stop the torture.

    Change the reader please, and refund me that precious credit! At least I can use the refund to buy a Kindle book instead! So unbelievably unprofessional!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • All Fall Down

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Tracee Chimo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (231)

    Allison Weiss is a typical working mother, trying to balance a business, aging parents, a demanding daughter, and a marriage. But when the website she develops takes off, she finds herself challenged to the point of being completely overwhelmed. Her husband’s becoming distant, her daughter’s acting spoiled, her father is dealing with early Alzheimer’s, and her mother’s barely dealing at all.

    Michelle says: "Love Jennifer Weiner!"
    "Quiet and scarystory about an ordinary housewife"
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    Any additional comments?

    I am glad that I listened to this book before checking the rating since I usually only listened to books with rating 4.2 or higher. All what I can say about this book is that it sounds very realistic, not dramatic, but that’s actually the scary part. It seems that it can actually happen to ordinary people.

    The first half of this book is kind of depressing, especially for the first quarter. For all those little details of the life, I can feel for her. Every family may have their own pain points that something you cannot easily escape from. For Allison, it’s her needing little girl, a husband who doesn’t help (isn’t that common?), a husband who may have an affair, a mother who cannot handle the sick father and then the demanding work. During this mess, she finds out a little pill that can help her, and one pill becomes more, and then all things are falling down… During the listening, I could feel her pain, and that made me kind of depressed. However, it’s so real that it kept me engaged during the whole listening.

    Once I read the news about a drunken woman who drove 4 kids including hers and her sister’s to the freeway, at the wrong direction, and had the kids killed together with the old couple who drove their car crashing into hers. After the accident, her husband was so surprised that he never found out that she was heavily drinking… after the story, I learned that many housewives actually are secretly drinking, probably to help them go through the day to day chores and get along with distant husbands, and other issues.

    In the book, Jennifer wrote so well about the details of the thoughts of the main character, her struggle, her fear and her falling down. She made me nervous listening to Allison’s rehab and possible relapse. I wonder how Jennifer got all those vivid details, and I wish the best for Allison and her family. In the story, Allison’s husband runs away from the family with marathons. Running long distance actually can help to cope with depressing situations, but just don’t let running eat away too much family time. Be well, everybody.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4228)
    Performance
    (3950)
    Story
    (3962)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "Not the best but a decent listen"
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    What did you love best about Mr. Mercedes?

    The later part, that Hodges, Jerome and Holly try their best to track Brady down for the bomb plot. Finally, the book gets intense at that part. For the last several hours, it keeps me listening in one sitting.


    What other book might you compare Mr. Mercedes to and why?

    More like a detective's book instead of a horror book.


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    Holly is my favorite. She's so fragile and at the same time, super smart and determined. A very interesting character.


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

    No. It's kinda boring in the beginning. It's somewhat like Mike Connelly's Harry Bosch series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By T. D. Jakes
    • Narrated By Ezra Knight
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (141)

    Modern life can seem like being lost in a jungle. With distractions and dangers emerging from every direction, it's easy to lose focus. Over time, we lose touch with one of our most powerful, purposeful, God-given attributes - the desire to be fruitful and multiply, what Bishop T. D. Jakes calls our "instinct for increase". Combining historical, cultural, and personal examples with biblical insights, in Instinct Bishop Jakes outlines how to rediscover your natural aptitudes and reclaim the wisdom of your past experiences.

    Samika L. Williams says: "Wise Words Delivered Poorly!"
    "Nothing there"
    Overall
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    What would have made Instinct better?

    Don't think he has addressed that. Instant is just instant.


    Would you ever listen to anything by T. D. Jakes again?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    Content should be better. At least write something useful. It's seems nothing is in the book. Everybody has instant, and instant works. That's all about the book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of the Forest: Sevenwaters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Juliet Marillier
    • Narrated By Terry Donnelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (329)

    Lovely Sorcha is the seventh child and only daughter of Lord Colum of Sevenwaters. Bereft of a mother, she is comforted by her six brothers who love and protect her. Sorcha is the light in their lives and they are determined that she know only contentment. But Sorcha's joy is shattered when her father is bewitched by his new wife, an evil enchantress who binds her brothers with a terrible spell, a spell which only Sorcha can lift - by staying silent.

    Bruce says: "My gratitude for this work of art!"
    "Very boring"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you try another book from Juliet Marillier and/or Terry Donnelly?

    No


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Make the pacing faster


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

    Too slow


    Was Daughter of the Forest worth the listening time?

    No. I have listened for 5 hours, and couldn't stand it anymore


    Any additional comments?

    It's boring.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Heir of Novron: Riyria Revelations, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3688)
    Performance
    (3386)
    Story
    (3407)

    On the holiday of Wintertide, the New Empire plans to burn the Witch of Melengar and force the Empress into a marriage of their own design. But they didn’t account for Royce and Hadrian finally locating the Heir of Novron—or the pair’s desire to wreak havoc on the New Empire’s carefully crafted scheme.

    Ron says: "Spectacular fantasy series"
    "Why no more?"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up Heir of Novron in three words, what would they be?

    Way too engaging


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The two thieves. They are funny


    Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

    Hadrian. When he talks, you can feel the confidence. It seems nothing can affect him


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The heir and the guardian, two thieves, will guide you to the wonderful world.


    Any additional comments?

    Too short. Don't want it to be ended so soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Down London Road

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Samantha Young
    • Narrated By Elle Newlands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (714)
    Performance
    (654)
    Story
    (657)

    Johanna Walker is used to taking charge. But she’s about to meet someone who will make her lose control....

    It has always been up to Johanna to care for her family, particularly her younger brother, Cole. With an absent father and a useless mother, she’s been making decisions based on what’s best for Cole for as long as she can remember. She even determines what men to date by how much they can provide for her brother and her, not on whatever sparks may - or may not - fly. But with Cameron MacCabe, the attraction is undeniable....

    SIMARA says: "Magnificent!"
    "Very boring"
    Overall
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    Story

    Cannot pass the first 2 hours. The story is too detailed and extremely boring. The reader has heavy accent and annoying monotone. I could never focus on this story for continuous 20 seconds.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (9206)
    Performance
    (5254)
    Story
    (5300)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "Very boring"
    Overall
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    Listened for 3 hours, started from the beginning again, and listened for another 5 hours... too bored to continue.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3022)
    Performance
    (2599)
    Story
    (2611)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Slooow and boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    After about 5 hours' listening, the story still hasn't gone anywhere. I read other reviews, and some said it only starts to get interesting half way through, which means after 10 hours, so I just gave up...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Son

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (177)

    When the young girl washed up on their shore, no one knew she had been a Vessel. That she had carried a Product. That it had been carved from her belly. Stolen. Claire had had a son. She was supposed to forget him, but that was impossible. When he was taken from their community, she knew she had to follow. And so her journey began. But here in this wind-battered village Claire is welcomed as one of their own. In the security of her new home, she is free and loved. She grows stronger.

    Amy says: "A great "build up" to a "let down"!"
    "Heavy handed predictable story"
    Overall
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    Story

    Everything seems being put together by the author conveniently. The interesting and different worlds that the author described in the previous books ended in this book with a pretty cliched fairy tale.

    However, unlike the other books, this book does have a very clear end, guessing the author just run out of steam to imagine some innovative evils.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • In the Shadow of the Banyan: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Vaddey Ratner
    • Narrated By Greta Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (198)

    For seven-year-old Raami, the shattering end of childhood begins with the footsteps of her father returning home in the early dawn hours bringing details of the civil war that has overwhelmed the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. Soon the family’s world of carefully guarded royal privilege is swept up in the chaos of revolution and forced exodus. Over the next four years, as she endures the deaths of family members, starvation, and brutal forced labor, Raami clings to the only remaining vestige of childhood - the mythical legends and poems told to her by her father.

    Melinda says: "A Terrible Tale from A Beautiful Storywriter"
    "Exceptionally good book"
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    The poetically and beautifully written book told a brutal story experienced by the Cambodian Royal family through the eyes of the little princess. Since it's written based on real life experience, the cruelty of the reality is like the worst nightmare one could ever have. It's also inspiring that for the princess and her loving and strong mother, going through all the unimaginable hardship, they still could find their hope somewhere.

    One of the best books I have read. Couldn't stop listening. Highly recommend it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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