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Douglas

Grosse Pointe, MI, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Nineteen Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2307)
    Performance
    (918)
    Story
    (937)

    Jodi Picoult delivers the riveting tale of one small town's entanglement with high-school violence.

    New York Superior Court Judge Alex Cormier is assigned to preside over the case of the alleged Sterling High School shooter. Lawyer Jordan McAffee represents Peter, the boy who, on the day of the shooting, was found in the corner of the gymnasium holding a gun to his head with a shaky hand. Detective Patrick DuCharme has one star witness, but her story keeps changing. And then there's the biggest problem of all: the star witness happens to be Judge Cormier's daughter.

    Suze says: "Mesmerizing"
    "The Romance Interferes"
    Overall

    I can't remember a book that was so powerful and thought-provoking but at the same time contains a romance between two characters that's clearly contrived, unnecessary to the plot, and which serves to interrupt the story on many occasions for no good reason. My suspicion is that a majority of Picoult's listeners are female and the romance is added to assuage them, and in "My Sister's Keeper" it was more benign but just as unnecessary. The subject matter of this book is so riveting and disturbing, though, that the romance is glaringly out of place. In addition, the circumstances necessary for the two characters to come into contact with each other are so ridiculously unlikely, in a book that deals with an absolute reality of modern life (especially for young people) that I just rolled my eyes and had to wade through it until the real story was resumed. All in all a really great book with a major flaw - I hope Ms. Picoult sticks to her next story without the side journey since she's clearly so good at telling them.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bite Me: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1604)
    Performance
    (823)
    Story
    (820)

    "The city of San Francisco is being stalked by a huge shaved vampyre cat named Chet, and only I, Abby Normal, emergency backup mistress of the Greater Bay Area night, and my manga-haired love monkey, Foo Dog, stand between the ravenous monster and a bloody massacre of the general public. Whoa. And this is a love story? Yup."

    Ron says: "WOW!!!"
    "Terrific SERIES of books!"
    Overall

    This is one of the best series of books I've ever listened to - it's as funny and entertaining as Stieg Larssen's "Millennium Trilogy" is dark and captivating. Be aware, though - THIS IS BOOK #3 OF A SERIES! If you really want to get the most out of it, listen to "Bloodsucking Fiends" (#1) and "You Suck" (#2) first. I was completely baffled by the start of the book and Abby Normal's narration until I figured this out, and once I went back and listened to the first two I discovered that they're as entertaining as this one. Susan Bennett is absolutely perfect, especially as the Emperor and Abby, and I now intend to listen to all of Christopher Moore's books since he's obviously so talented ...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Bonny Light Horseman: Bloody Jack #6

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (297)

    In My Bonny Light Horseman, the infamous pirate, riverboat seductress, master of disguise, and street-urchin-turned-sailor Jacky Faber has been captured by the French and beheaded in full view of her friends and crew.Inconceivable? Yes! The truth is she's secretly forced to pose as an American dancer behind enemy lines in Paris, where she entices a French general into revealing military secrets--all to save her dear friends.

    Celia says: "Stunning & Engaging"
    "More Of The Same ..."
    Overall

    If you've listened to the other "Bloody Jack" books, you've heard this one - more cosmic coincidences, more of our plucky heroine either talking, crying or cheating her way out of trouble. A more disturbing problem is that she shows more undesirable characteristics in each book. I quit on this one about halfway through. Sorry, Jackie - I just don't like you any more ...

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful

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