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  • Denying History: Holocaust Denial, Pseudohistory, and How We Know What Happened in the Past

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Michael Brant Shermer
    • Narrated By Michael Brant Shermer
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Denying History takes a bold and in-depth look at those who say the Holocaust never happened and explores the motivations behind such claims. While most commentators have dismissed the Holocaust deniers as antisemitic neo-Nazi thugs who do not deserve a response, historians Michael Shermer and Alex Grobman have immersed themselves in the minds and culture of these Holocaust "revisionists." In the process, they show how we can be certain that the Holocaust happened.

    James says: "Important, scholarly work."
    "Fascinating Subject"
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    At the risk of making it sound that I am mocking a serious matter, I believe certain things: Elvis is dead. The Earth is round. We did land on the moon. Oswald acted alone. There was a Holocaust.

    Who in their right mind can deny the Holocaust? It’s just amazing to me that people continue to refute it so vehemently and maintain that was just an elaborate hoax. It’s stupefying.

    I did not like the way the book presented the information, it was very “text-booky” and at times it felt like reading a bibliography. The beginning wasn’t even about the Holocaust at all, but rather about the theory of history – that part bored me.

    Although I can’t say learned anything new, I’d still recommend it because it’s basically a fascinating topic.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Carol Burnett
    • Narrated By Carol Burnett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (912)
    Performance
    (548)
    Story
    (552)

    Carol Burnett is one of the most beloved and revered actresses and performers in America. The Carol Burnett Show was seen each week by millions of adoring fans and won 25 Emmys in its remarkable 11-year run. Now, in This Time Together, Carol really lets her hair down and tells one funny or touching or memorable story after another.

    Robin says: "Do not listen while driving"
    "Nice For Fans"
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    I enjoy this type of Anecdotal Celebrity Biography, it feels more personal than the typical bio format of: born here, went to school here, caught a break, got married, had 3 kids, had dinner with my celebrity friends, The End.

    First hand anecdotes and recollections are much more enjoyable to read.

    Overall, the book reminded me a lot of Betty White’s book “If You Ask Me”, and my feeling on this book are the same: If you are a fan you’ll love it, if you are not then don’t bother.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (1843)
    Performance
    (1641)
    Story
    (1652)

    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

    FanB14 says: "Soap Opera Digest"
    "What goes around comes around!"
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    My mother warned me that I might get fed up with this book because she felt as if there was a cliff-hanger at the end of every chapter. I agree that would be irritating, but I did not get the same feeling.

    I loved this story. To me, it was another great example of a book where you can just enjoy the ride and let the plot slowly unfold, let the various narratives run along, let all the stories eventually knit together into a drama and who cares how it ends because the ride was fun.

    I never felt like I was left dangling, I was just intrigued throughout and driven to keep going because I liked the characters and wanted to read more about them.

    If Liane Moriaty’s books are all this good, I’d like to read more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heirs and Graces: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (982)
    Performance
    (887)
    Story
    (882)

    As 35th in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. It's forks on the left, knives on the right - not in His Majesty's back….

    Nancy says: "Enjoyable light murder mystery"
    "All caught up!"
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    I’m sad to come to the end of the available instalments; I have at least a 6 month wait to go for Book 8!

    I wanted to spread the episodes out a little more, but I was in the mood for a fast easy and enjoyable to read before going on vacation so picking up Book 7 right after Book 6 seemed like a no-brainer.

    Like I said in my review of Book 6: When you’re in the mood for a fun little break from longer heavier books, it’s so nice to have such an enjoyable series at hand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve Clues of Christmas: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1551)
    Performance
    (1379)
    Story
    (1369)

    On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile, Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I’m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "It was a great Christmas Who-Done-It!"
    "Always Refreshing!"
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    As predicted, it was another uplifting break thanks to the continuing adventures of Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie Rannoch.

    When you’re in the mood for a fun little break from longer heavier books, it’s so nice to have such an enjoyable series at hand.

    Rhys Bowen (and especially Katherine Kellgren) deliver so consistently - I always get what I expect out of each instalment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darwin's Radio

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Greg Bear
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (566)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (214)

    In a cave high in the Alps, a renegade anthropologist discovers a frozen Neanderthal couple with a Homo sapiens baby. Meanwhile, in southern Russia, the U.N. investigation of a mysterious mass grave is cut short. One of the investigators, molecular biologist Kaye Lang, returns home to the U.S. to learn that her theory on human retroviruses has been verified with the discovery of SHEVA, a virus that has slept in our DNA for millions of years and is now waking up.

    Paul Krasner says: "Really good science fiction"
    "Science Fiction or Medical Thriller?"
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    This was a great medical mystery book! A mix between Robin Cook and Michael Crichton; a real pager turner!

    My only complaint and the reason I could not go all the way and give it 5 stars was because it was just way too “jargony” and it lost me quite a few times along the way. There was a lot of dumbing-it-down-for-the-common-man and the author provided plenty of explanations of the medical terms and processes (so much so that it started to feel like he was showing off his research) but there was still WAY WAY too much technical detail for my liking. As soon as it started getting interesting, it got text-booky.

    I also felt like I lost huge chunks of the developing story; many times I found myself thinking “How did we get to this point?” or “when did that happen?” … did I miss something crucial?

    If you have a good attention span (better than mine anyway) you won’t have trouble – I on the other hand was confused for a lot of the time. Still, it was a great story and I can’t wait to dig into Book 2!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suite Francaise: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Irene Nemirovsky
    • Narrated By Daniel Oreskes, Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (89)

    Irene Nemirovsky was arrested soon after completing the second part of Suite Francaise. Ten days later, on August 17, 1942, she died of typhus in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Her husband, Michel, perished in a gas chamber on November 6. Their daughters, Denise and Elizabeth, survived, hidden in safe houses and convents, carrying a suitcase packed with clothes, photographs, and their mother's manuscript written in tiny letters to save paper.

    Robert says: "The best book I've read all year"
    "Abandoned"
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    I can't review this book properly because I never really got into it.

    I made it 25% of the way in back in November 2012 before putting it aside because I wasn't paying any attention and had no clue what was going on.

    I tried all over again now in March 2014 but only made it to 16% this time before I abandoned it for good.

    I just can't get into it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death of Riley

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (214)

    Molly Murphy has finally begun to forget the unpleasant murder of a would-be rapist back in Ireland, not to mention her investigation into the murder of a fellow recent Irish immigrant, and is finally free to begin her life in New York City. Given her experiences so far in the New World, Molly has decided that her first order of business is to become a private investigator, a people finder of sorts, working for families in Europe who've lost touch with relatives in America.

    Robert says: "Delightfully fun series"
    "Very Enjoyable"
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    I like this series and I am looking forward to moving along in the life of Molly Murphy.

    It’s a fun distraction - suspend your disbelief about the plausibility of the story and just enjoy!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: The Clifton Chronicles, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Alex Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (131)

    Be Careful What You Wish For opens with Harry Clifton and his wife Emma rushing to the hospital to learn the fate of their son, Sebastian, who has been involved in a fatal car accident. But who died, Sebastian or his best friend Bruno? When Ross Buchanan is forced to resign as chairman of the Barrington Shipping Company, Emma Clifton wants to replace him. But Don Pedro Martinez intends to install his puppet, the egregious Major Alex Fisher, in order to destroy the Barrington family firm just as the company plans to build its new luxury liner, the MV Buckingham.

    cristina says: "The demise of a great, fun author"
    "Skip it and wait for Book 5"
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    I am not in love with Book 4 in the series.

    The story felt weak to me - disjointed and random; too many short stories about this plot and that plan and this escapade and that scheme… it just left me feeling like there was nothing really concrete going on to justify a 4th book. At times, I felt like I was reading a movie script.

    Not surprisingly it ended with a cliff-hanger, so in addition to not being that great a read – there was no conclusion! Ugh! I say skip it and wait for Book 5.

    I would have appreciated a touch more exposition to remind me of who is who and why they matter. If you have a hard time keeping track of characters like I do, I would recommend a little “Wikipedia Refresher” before starting this book; I will be doing that myself before Book 5.

    (yes, despite this lacklustre instalment, I will persevere)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Secret Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Diane Chamberlain
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (17)

    Actress Eden Riley's decision to make a film about her mother plunges her into a shattering confrontation with her own past, irrevocably altering her life and the lives of those she loves. Her mother, Katherine Swift, was a renowned children's author who died when Eden was very young. Now Eden, recovering from a divorce and disillusioned with her glamorous life, returns to the childhood home of the mother she barely knew. She moves in with her uncle, archaeologist Kyle Swift and his wife, Louise. Eden gets more than she bargained for when Kyle gives her the journal her mother had kept from the age of 13 until her death.

    Simone says: "Drama-o-Rama"
    "Drama-o-Rama"
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    Lord I am exhausted!

    Diane Chamberlain is one of those authors whose books I read because she is the author. So far it’s been a steady way to go but this book makes me leery about reading others.

    It was a preposterous drama-onion, with seemingly never ending layers of emotional twists and turns that just left me rolling my eyes in the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • H is for Homicide: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Mary Peiffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (71)

    It started with the murder of Kinsey Millhone's sometime drinking buddy, an insurance claims adjuster. But before long Kinsey stumbles onto a massive insurance scam. Going undercover as a wisecracking vamp, Millhone descends into the Los Angeles nether world of machismo and gang hideouts. Her companion, terrified at having crossed the violent crook Raymond Maldonado, is Bibianna Diaz, no Girl Scout herself.

    James says: "Abrupt Ending!"
    "Sue Grafton can do no wrong!"
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    This is it now, I am all caught up with the series - obviously all read out of order since this is “H” and the series is up to “W”.

    I adore the Kinsey Milhone character so much; I am going to miss not having her around on a regular basis! I’m going from 23 instalments in 6 years, to a new instalment every 2 years.

    Will be sad to reach the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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