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Linnea Carlson-Sabelli

Chicago, IL USA | Member Since 2007

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  • 17 reviews
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  • 57 purchased in 2014
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  • True Crime: Nathan Heller Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Max Allan Collins
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    1934 Chicago dazzles with fast action and calculating, cold-blooded meanness as private detective Nate Heller combs Chicago’s North Side looking for John Dillinger. But things take a turn for the strange when self-aggrandizing G-Man Melvin Purvis shoots down a Dillinger double in front of the Biograph Theater. Full of muscle and oozing Chicago’s tough-guy persona to the hilt, Max Allan Collins’ Nate Heller is the ultimate private investigator.

    MidwestGeek says: "Fiction and historical fiction, a great read."
    "Inside Story of Mob Life - Part 2"
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    Historical Fiction. This sequel is every bit as good as the first book in the Nathan Heller series. It continues the story of this fictional detective's inside story of mob life in Chicago in the early and mid 20th century.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Columbine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dave Cullen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1781)
    Performance
    (815)
    Story
    (826)

    Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.

    Book reader says: "Truth and heartache"
    "True story about a mass school shooting"
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    This is an incredible account of a terrible tragedy--a mass shooting of classmate, that took place in a school in Colorado. It portrays the feelings and thoughts of some of the victims. I may read this book again, someday.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Knack: How Street-Smart Entrepreneurs Learn to Handle Whatever Comes Up

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Norm Brodsky, Bo Burlingham
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (576)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (186)

    People starting out in business tend to seek step-by-step formulas or specific rules, but in reality there are no magic bullets. Rather, says veteran entrepreneur Norm Brodsky, there's a mentality that helps street-smart people solve problems and pursue opportunities as they arise. He calls it "the knack" and it has made all the difference to the eight successful start-ups of his career.

    morton says: "Practical Advice with Real Life Examples"
    "How to succeed in business widom"
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    I read this book, enjoyed the wisdom, but didn't find it particularly relevant for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tiger's Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Tea Obreht
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden, Robin Sachs
    Overall
    (805)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (523)

    In a Balkan country mending from years of conflict, Natalia, a young doctor, arrives on a mission of mercy at an orphanage by the sea. By the time she and her lifelong friend Zóra begin to inoculate the children there, she feels age-old superstitions and secrets gathering everywhere around her. Secrets her outwardly cheerful hosts have chosen not to tell her. Secrets involving the strange family digging for something in the surrounding vineyards. Secrets hidden in the landscape itself.

    Howard says: "Left me unfulfilled!"
    "A good read, but doestn' stick in my mind"
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    I did read this book less than a year ago, but I had to re-read the review by the publisher to remember it. The story is fine and it is a good read. But it was just not memorable, and I don't want to read it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oprah: A Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Kitty Kelley
    • Narrated By Kitty Kelley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (42)

    Based on three years of research and reporting, as well as 850 interviews with sources, many of whom have never before spoken for publication, Oprah is the first comprehensive biography of one of the most influential, powerful, and admired public figures of our time, by the most widely read biographer of our era.

    gingerpenny95 says: "Boring Droning Voice"
    "Oprah unmasked"
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    The author did an incredible job writing this book based on a meticulous review of media reports. It is documented throughout with quotes from published sources. It was very interesting at first, but I tired of Oprah's story after a while, and just stopped reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Day

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2631)
    Performance
    (2174)
    Story
    (2166)

    From David Baldacci - the modern master of the thriller and number-one worldwide best-selling novelist - comes a new hero: a lone Army Special Agent taking on the toughest crimes facing the nation. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. His father was an Army fighting legend, and his brother is serving a life sentence for treason in a federal military prison. Puller has an indomitable spirit and an unstoppable drive to find the truth.

    Steven L. Otis says: "There will be more of Puller ...."
    "Another action packed thriller from Baldacci"
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    This is one of Baldacci's best thrillers to date. The story keeps going and going and going with the unusual twists and turns. One doesnt' know what it is really about until the end!

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

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Edgar Roy - an alleged serial killer held in a secure, fortress-like Federal Supermax facility-is awaiting trial. He faces almost certain conviction. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are called in by Roy's attorney, Sean's old friend and mentor Ted Bergin, to help work the case. But their investigation is derailed before it begins-en route to their first meeting with Bergin, Sean and Michelle find him murdered. It is now up to them to ask the questions no one seems to want answered....

    P. Giorgio says: "i DON'T KNOW WHY THIS WAS WRITTEN"
    "Twist after twist after twist"
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    The story is full of action, with many twists and turns that never seem to end. I couldn't put it down.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (204)

    It's almost Christmas, but there is no joy in the house of terminally ill Jack and his family. With only a short time left to live, he spends his last days preparing to say goodbye to his devoted wife, Lizzie, and their three children. Then, unthinkably, tragedy strikes again: Lizzie is killed in a car accident. With no one able to care for them, the children are separated from each other and sent to live with family members around the country. But just when all seems lost, Jack begins to recover....

    Karen says: "Ebook producers, please listen!"
    "A poignant wise tear-jerker with a twist"
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    This book evoked a great range of emotions in me. It is a fictional, complex, fascinating story of loss conflict, violence, friendship,love and redemption. It contains an unfolding series of poignant letters which are beautifully written and full of wisdom.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • True Detective: Nathan Heller Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Max Allan Collins
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (73)

    When Mayor Cermak’s “Hoodlum Squad” brings Heller along on a raid with no instructions but to keep his mouth shut and his gun handy, he becomes an unwitting, unwilling part of a hit on Al Capone’s successor, Frank Nitti. As a result, Heller quits the force to become a private eye. His first job: head off a nation-shaking political assassination in Miami Beach. With the Chicago World’s Fair as a backdrop, Heller encounters a ragtag array of crooks and clients, including Al Capone, George Raft, “Dutch” Reagan, and FDR himself.

    Linda Lou says: "THE "FORREST GUMP" OF FILM NOIR NOVELS"
    "Inside account of historical Chicago mob life"
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    I loved this book. It is set in Chicago during the years of the mob and corruption. It is a work of historical fiction, where the main character, is an ex-policeman, self employed detective as adventures that highlight mob life and Chicago politics of the early and mid 20th century. It proposes alternative theories to explain real circumstances. Great fun!
    I'm looking forward to the rest of this brilliant series.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1312)
    Performance
    (678)
    Story
    (673)

    Toru Okada is going through a difficult time. He is without a job, his cat has disappeared, and his wife is behaving strangely. Into this unbalanced world comes a variety of curious characters, a young girl sunbathing in a nearby garden; sisters who are very peculiar indeed; an old war veteran with a violent, disturbing story. Okada retreats to a deep well in a nearby house. And the story unfolds.

    Shelley says: "Bizarre"
    "A fantastical monologue on a mundane lived life"
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    This is an "off beat commentary" of a young japanese man who has a rich inner life. It is fantastical but it captures the mundane thoughts we all have much of the time. It is brilliant in presenting metaphors in different forms and in weaving the occult with the real. I read the entire first section and part of the second before becoming tired of the story. There is really no story - just the ongoing commentary of the lived life of the main character. I will pick the book up later, to read more, as the mood strikes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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