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Jim

Glenview, IL, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Tuesday's Gone: A Frieda Klein Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Nicci French
    • Narrated By Beth Chalmers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (152)

    In Tuesday's Gone, a London social worker makes a routine home visit only to discover her client, Michelle Doyce, serving afternoon tea to a naked, decomposing corpse. With no clues as to the dead man's identity, Chief Inspector Karlsson again calls upon Frieda for help. She discovers that the body belongs to Robert Poole, con man extraordinaire. But Frieda can't shake the feeling that the past isn't done with her yet. Did someone kill Poole to embroil her in the investigation? And if so, is Frieda herself the next victim?

    Katherine says: "I like this series but..."
    "FULLY ENGAGING"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Tuesday's Gone?

    GREAT BOOK, WONDERFUL WRITING, A WELOME CHANGE FROM THE "BOILER PLATE" STUFF THAT IS TOUTED AS GREAT..BE SURE TO LISTEN TO THE BOOK ONE IN THE SERIES,"MONDAY IS GONE" HOPE THIS IS JUST THE START OF MANY MORE, FREIDA KLNE'S...HOPE THIS BECOMES THE NEW "DALGLISH"


    What other book might you compare Tuesday's Gone to and why?

    P.D. JAMES..ALL THE DAGLISH NOVELS...GREAT WRITING, TERRIFIC PLOTS, AND WONDERFUL PROTAGNISTS....


    Which scene was your favorite?

    ANYTHING WITH "JOSEPH" IN THE SCENES...


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    THE LAST LINES OF "MONDAY IS GONE" WHAT AN ENDING...TERIFFIC, NEVER SAW IT COMING


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Monday: Frieda Klein, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nicci French
    • Narrated By Beth Chalmers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (383)

    Frieda Klein is a solitary, incisive psychotherapist who spends her sleepless nights walking along the ancient rivers that have been forced underground in modern London. She believes that the world is a messy, uncontrollable place. The abduction of five-year-old Matthew Farraday provokes a national outcry and a desperate police hunt. And when his face is splashed over the newspapers, Frieda cannot ignore the coincidence: one of her patients has been having dreams in which he has a hunger for just such a child.

    William says: "Terrific!"
    "WELCOME CHANGE"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    ABSOLUTELY GREAT READ


    What did you like best about this story?

    SEE REVIEW OF "TUESDAY IS GONE"


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

    LISTENING TO THE BOOK(S) AND THE NARRATOR MAKES THE BOOK COME ALIVE


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

    THE LAST PART OF THE BOOK..WOW..NEVER SAW IT COMING


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Man

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Amity Shlaes
    • Narrated By Terence Aselford
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (161)

    It's difficult today to imagine how America survived the Great Depression. Only through the stories of the common people who struggled during that era can we really understand how the nation endured. In The Forgotten Man, Amity Shlaes offers a striking reinterpretation of the Great Depression. Rejecting the old emphasis on the New Deal, she turns to the neglected and moving stories of individual Americans, and shows how they helped establish the steadfast character we developed as a nation.

    Ray says: "One of the Best Books On the Subject"
    "The Conservtive's Wish Book"
    Overall

    The author tell a believable story if you are willing to forget and ignore all the history you have read in the last 75 years. This is a big time revision of the work of many scholars and real historians over the decades. According to the author, any thing good that came out of the New Deal was suggested or "hoped for" by Hoover, and the rest was pushed on the country by a brain trust coomprised of communists and fellow travelers. I walk out of bad movies and I didn't finish part 2. I concede the author put in a lot of research to find material that could be stretched and twisted to further her agenda, and there are a lot of conservatives out there (Bush's 27%)to gobble it up.

    14 of 53 people found this review helpful
  • Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Koren Zailckas
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    From earliest experimentation to habitual excess to full-blown abuse, 24-year-old Koren Zailckas leads us through her experience of a terrifying trend among young girls, exploring how binge drinking becomes routine, how it becomes "the usual". With the stylistic freshness of a poet and the dramatic gifts of a novelist, Zailckas describes her first sip at 14, alcohol poisoning at 16, blacked-out sexual experience at 19, and total disorientation after waking up in an unfamiliar New York City apartment at 22.

    John Riggs says: "Smashed"
    "Not an alcoholic??? Wake up girl~"
    Overall

    The author has talent and could write a marketabe book if she could get with the program. "Smashed" is suppoosed to be non- fiction but after six or more years of uncontrolable drinking, problem after problem after problem, hospitalizations, blackouts, and years of failure and wasted life, she denies she is an alcoholic- thereby condeming herself to a longer life as a practicing alcoholic. She will probably have new disasters for a sequel, but I'll take a pass.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Best of Bryson City: Stories of a Doctor's First Years of Practice in the Smoky Mountains

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Dr. Walt Larimore
    • Narrated By Dr. Walt Larimore
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Walt Larimore was a young "flatlander" physician with a wife and three-year-old daughter when he set up his first practice in the little mountain hamlet of Bryson City, North Carolina. Schooled in the latest medical technology, the eager doctor discovered that there were some things in rural practice for which medical school just hadn't prepared him. He found his patients were often his best teachers, and his classroom ranged from hospital corridors and smelly barns to homey kitchens and mountain streams.

    William says: "Not too bad, but...."
    "A religious message"
    Overall

    This syrupy series of goody-goody stories is a Christian sermon that smells more like fiction than non-fiction, and was a great disappointment to me. Indeed, I felt it was mis-labeled as true stories of a medical doctor and should have been promoted as sermons of a Christian evangelist.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Aristotle's Children: How Christian, Muslims and Jews Rediscovered Ancient Wisdom

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Richard E. Rubenstein
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    Best-selling author Richard E. Rubenstein brings the past to life in this engrossing story of social, religious, and scientific revolution during one of the darkest periods in European history. When a group of Dark Ages scholars rediscovered the works of Aristotle, the great thinker's ideas ignited a firestorm of enlightened thought. This is the endlessly fascinating account of the pivotal period in history when the modern era took root.

    John says: "Interesting story of the rediscovery of Aristotle"
    "Boooring"
    Overall

    I have downloaded over 50 nonfiction books in the past year and this, by far, is the worst. I was totally mislead by the publisher's review and feel I ought to get my money back. It would have been more interesting if the narrator had read a telephone book.

    6 of 26 people found this review helpful
  • Deliver Us From Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism, and Liberalism

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sean Hannity
    • Narrated By Sean Hannity
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    As Americans face the ongoing war against terrorists and their state sponsors around the world, Sean Hannity reminds us we must also cope with the continuing scourge of accommodation and cowardice at home. With his trademark blend of passion and hard-hitting commentary, he urges Americans to recognize the dangers of putting our faith in toothless "multilateralism" when the times call for decisive action.

    Jean says: "Deliver Us From Evil"
    "The Usual Diatribe"
    Overall

    The Author doesn't have an original thought but continues to spew the neo-conservative gospel that has made his ilk rich by adoring non-thinking Americans who don't care that the whole world hates us. Don't waste your time or money

    7 of 21 people found this review helpful

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