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Vicki

Morrow, OH, USA | Member Since 2006

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  • 5 reviews
  • 42 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 23 purchased in 2014
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  • The Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    Overall
    (3977)
    Performance
    (1617)
    Story
    (1663)

    Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

    Renato says: "much more than I expected"
    "Very Inspiring!"
    Overall

    I'd heard alot about this book, but wasn't sure it was one that would keep my interest. I was surprised and moved by the way the author was able to tell an age old story, and make it relevant to the times. I found myself unable to pull the headphones off my ears. There were places that I actually found myself laughing and even crying. How I envied the main character as he spoke with God, and even questioned God's reasons for things that happened in his life. We can all find some way to relate to his anger and pain. How I wished I could be there with my own questions. This book is one that reaches inside you and gathers up all your beliefs and hopes and strengthens and gentles you all at one time. I recommend it highly, and hope you find your own meanings and answers in it's pages. I know I did.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6809)
    Performance
    (3176)
    Story
    (3182)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "RATS!!!!"
    Overall

    I wandered everywhere for days with earbuds protruding from my head, totally mezmerized by this book. I had no problem with the time jumps, and always love anything narrated by Scott Brick. Today I realized I was FINALLY close to the end. All things would be explained. I could remove the ear buds. Then came the ending, the ultimate joke on me after sooo many hours. I first let out a little barrage of appropriate obscenities, and then broke into lsughter. If this isn't the perfect set up for another book, I don't know what is! I'll wait to see what happens next because after all the time invested, I gotta. Good book, but the ending sure doesn't do much for the blood pressure! Hmmm, I'm gonna miss those earbuds.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • So Cold the River

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (410)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (191)

    It started with a documentary. The beautiful Alyssa Bradford approaches Eric Shaw to unearth the life story of her father-in-law, Campbell Bradford, a 95-year-old billionaire whose childhood is wrapped in mystery. Eric grabs the job, even though the only clues to Bradford's past are his hometown and an antique water bottle he's kept his entire life. In Bradford's hometown, Eric discovers an extraordinary past.

    Vicki says: "Incredible!"
    "Incredible!"
    Overall

    This is an author I was not at all familiar with, but this book seemed to be so highly recommended that I took a chance. I am very glad that I did! The writing is so descriptive that it grabs your imagination in the first sentence, and keeps you captive to the very end. The narration is very well done, and the background sound effects tasteful. I live in Ohio and have visited French Lick many times. I will look at it differently next time. This is an author that I will add to my list of favorites. He reminds me a bit of Stephen King with a little of the mystery of Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes tossed in. It's one of those books you can't put down, and know that it is also one you will read again. Fantastic!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Shutter Island

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1014)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (294)

    Summer, 1954. U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels has come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the criminally insane. Along with his partner, Chuck Aule, he sets out to find an escaped patient, a murderess named Rachel Solando, as a hurricane bears down upon them.

    But nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is what it seems. Is he there to find a missing patient? Or has he been sent to look into rumors of Ashecliffe's radical approach to psychiatry?

    Barry says: "Outstanding psychological thriller set in the 50s"
    "WOW!!!!"
    Overall

    I read alot of books, but this is the first one in a long time that had my attention so thoroughly that I couldn't put it down. I could constantly be seen with my earbuds plugged into my head. I always thought I was pretty good at figuring out the ending, but this one caught me totally by surprise. Not only does the author do a great job of making his characters three dimentional, the narrator does a remarkable job of bringing them all to life. No sooner had I reached the last page when I started the book over again to see how differently it would read after knowing the ending. This is one author I will add to my favorites, and one narrator that I will watch for in my book purchases. It was a fantastic read!!1 I now find myself wanting to attend the movie to see if it follows the book. As far as the ending, I liked it. It still leaves you wondering about Teddy.It allows you to use your own imagination. I'm still pondering it!

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Chris Mooney
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    Darby McCormick had known Melanie Cruz and Stacey Stephens forever. Best friends since childhood, the threesome had survived high school together. But one night in the woods, drinking beers to celebrate Melanie's 16th birthday, the three unsuspecting teenagers witnessed the grisly murder of a woman. Darby and her friends fled the scene, but they left behind a clue to their whereabouts, which only simplified the killer's revenge. It didn't take long to find them. This time, only Darby survived.

    Eric says: "Well Written, Well Read"
    "Pleasantly Surprised"
    Overall

    I'd never seen anything by this author, but wanted something relatively short and interesting. I found this book to be one of those I couldn't put down. Even though I had guessed who the bad guy was, it did not take away from this book at all. I especially liked the fact that I was able to be surprised by the ending! I will be looking for the next book by this author, and adding the name to my list of favorites.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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