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kimeleon

kimeleon

Northville, MI USA | Member Since 2002

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  • 158 ratings
  • 484 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Good in Bed

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Paula Cale
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (85)

    The day Cannie Shapiro, a savvy, intelligent, plus-sized pop culture reporter, opens up a national women's magazine to find out that her ex-boyfriend has been chronicling their ex-sex life is the day her life changes forever. Good in Bed celebrates the courage of the human spirit and introduces you to a heroine you'll never forget.

    T. Freeman says: "A Genuine Surprise"
    "Finally! A Plus-Size Happy Ending!"
    Overall

    I love this book. A "normal" woman, not a stick figure with Farrah Fawcett hair and perfect teeth, gets the good guy! You can really put yourself in the shoes of this woman as her life takes unplanned turns. She DOES have a life. Most authors, and Hollywood, want us to think that if you are larger than a size 4, you never get the opportunity to have a life, let alone a HAPPY life or even a LOVE life.

    This book proves them all wrong. Overweight women are not parriahs. They are people who love and are loved. They are mothers, daughters, friends, lovers. Thank you for finally putting that into print for the whole world to see!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Evidence: An Alex Delaware Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jonathan Kellerman
    • Narrated By John Rubinstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (101)

    In the half-built skeleton of a monstrously vulgar mansion in one of L.A.'s toniest neighborhoods, a watchman stumbles on the bodies of a young couple - murdered in flagrante and left in a gruesome postmortem embrace. Though he's cracked some of the city's worst slayings, veteran homicide cop Milo Sturgis is still shocked at the grisly sight: a twisted crime that only Milo's killer instincts - and psychologist Alex Delaware's keen insights - can hope to solve.

    P. Giorgio says: "Good book... but"
    "What a disappointment"
    Overall

    I can't recall the last time I didn't finish listening to a book I purchased, but I won't soon forget this one. Boring, uninteresting plot, and the nasal tone to the narrator's voice all combined to make this a real snooze fest. Do not listen in your car, or risk running off the road when you doze off...I want a refund!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12814)
    Performance
    (5179)
    Story
    (5219)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "Fantastic Historical Fiction"
    Overall

    I just finished reading this book and I have to say that it is one of my FAVORITE books ever.

    I have no idea how Ken Follett was able to tie so many threads together to build a magnificent tapestry which tells a historical but fictional account of the lives of several families in the early 12th century, but he has done it masterfully. I have a better understanding of how difficult their lives were and the perils they faced in their daily lives from greedy Land owners, corrupt and inept Kings and Queens, and treachery of those who were supposed to give them spiritual guidance.

    I found it interesting that many of the concerns they faced are still faced by young people and families, governments and even religious institutions today.

    I just can't wait to read his next book!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Jester

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Andrew Gross
    • Narrated By Neil Dickson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (607)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (111)

    Hugh De Luc, a poor innkeeper, returns home from the First Crusade wearied from battle and disillusioned by carnage. After journeying from the Holy Land back to his own small village, he finds his nightmare is just beginning.

    Sheridan Race says: "Spellbound and engaged"
    "An Excellent Read"
    Overall

    This period piece takes place back in the age of Serfdom. Not only is the story interesting and intriguing, you also get a feel for life back in the age of the Crusades. One of my favorites!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur Golden
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3627)
    Performance
    (955)
    Story
    (964)

    In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

    Stephanie says: "Best Book in a while"
    "An Entertaining Look into an Exclusive Culture"
    Overall

    What an interesting History lesson and glimpse into a culture unfamiliar to us in the west. A fine line, or one could say, a wall between Geisha and prostitute. One a position of honor and respect, the other equally held in contempt regardless of culture. I thoroughly enjoyed the story of how a woman with very little choice in her life was able to take a hand in her own destiny.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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