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Colleen

Nurse, mother, wife, Catholic and avid reader!

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  • If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Julia Sweeney
    • Narrated By Julia Sweeney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (84)

    Since her time on Saturday Night Live, where she created the infamous androgynous character "Pat", Julia Sweeney has gone on to establish herself as a witty, captivating performer of one-woman shows, like God Said Ha!, In the Family Way, and Letting Go of God. She gave a TED talk sharing how she explained the birds and the bees to her eight-year-old daughter, Mulan, which ignited an incredible response. Now, when it comes to talking about motherhood, people want to hear what Julia has to say.

    Lisa says: "I Love Julia Sweeney"
    "Great introduction to Sweeney the performer!"
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    I am a HUGE fan of Sweeney, her one woman shows and her TED talk. Ironically, the only thing I scarcely know about her is her character Pat from SNL.
    This book is a great first read to get to know Sweeney, then order her other works to get greater depth. Since I listened the other way, some of the stuff covered in this latest book was a little redundant.
    I did think her performance was a little off compared to the live show recordings she has done in the past for "Letting Go of God" for example. Maybe it is the absence of an audience that makes her reading sound a little stilted.
    One of the topics that makes this such a fantastic listen is the growing and morphing relationship with between Sweeney and her mother. They are about as different as humanly possible, yet loving. In this current work you can feel the understanding, connection and even forgiveness between mother, daughter and granddaughter that is truly heartwarming.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden: Alex Verus, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (217)

    With his talent for divining the future, Alex Verus should have foreseen his friends' reactions to the revelations about his previous life. Anne Walker no longer trusts him-and has also cut all ties with the mage community after getting kicked out of the apprentice program. As a favor to Luna, Alex's own apprentice and Anne's best friend, he checks in on her only to be told to leave her alone. Then Anne gets kidnapped.

    Amazon Customer says: "Keep 'em coming!"
    "Just loving this series!"
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    I like the dynamic in this series between the tarnished hero Alex and the rest of the magic community. Adds an extra dimension of intrigue to the Good/Bad framework of most supernatural series. The author makes an interesting cast of characters that cycle in and out of the narrative smoothly
    My only quibble is that I don't really feel like the story is needs to be based in London. If you are reading to feel a vicarious connection then maybe the Peter Grant series would serve you better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • High Heat: A Jack Reacher Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (451)

    New York Times best-selling thriller master, Lee Child returns with an exclusive eBook novella. In the midst of a savage heat wave and an infamous murder spree, a blackout awakens the dark side of the city that never sleeps - and a young Jack Reacher takes action as only he can.

    John says: "Cheap, but still overpriced!"
    "enjoying these snippets between books!"
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    I love the idea of young Reacher and also want to know him in a time when his family was still alive. Not that it makes him any less of a loner. Loved the focus of this story taking place in a NYC black out! Terrifying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Intern's Handbook: A Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Shane Kuhn
    • Narrated By Pete Simonelli
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (140)

    John Lago is a very bad guy. But he’s the very best at what he does. And what he does is infiltrate top-level companies and assassinate crooked executives while disguised as an intern. Interns are invisible. That’s the secret behind HR, Inc., the elite “placement agency” that doubles as a network of assassins for hire who take down high-profile targets that wouldn’t be able to remember an intern’s name if their lives depended on it.

    Douglas says: "started with great expectations, but a huge bust"
    "Very interesting concept, almost perfect execution"
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    Great concept for a novel. Killer Interns! Anyone who has been an intern knows you are routinely exploited, overworked and everywhere- yet also completely invisible! It is this dichotomy that forms the premise of Interns Handbook. From the long lesson on perfect coffee to turning in the work of 12 to get noticed, this book hits on so many levels. Great story with lots of twists, but some were a bit predictable. Would have liked a simpler ending for five stars, but some really wild resolution! Wow,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Those Who Wish Me Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (270)

    When 13-year-old Jace Wilson witnesses a brutal murder, he's plunged into a new life, issued a false identity and hidden in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens. The plan is to get Jace off the grid while police find the two killers. The result is the start of a nightmare. The killers, known as the Blackwell Brothers, are slaughtering anyone who gets in their way in a methodical quest to reach him.

    Jen says: "Best Bad Guys EVER!"
    "Kept me cleaning just to listen longer!!"
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    Very engaging, hang on the edge of your seat, can't stop listening story. Some very good twists and turns with interesting characters. Only gave it four stars because he went one "twist" too far that I felt made the story unbelievable and less interesting. Well worth the credit! Can't wait to listen to a few more of his stories!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10296)
    Performance
    (9795)
    Story
    (9815)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Wow! I LOVED this book!"
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    Not usually a sci fi fan, but I loved this book! This is a book that perfectly showcases the virtues of the audiobook format. The narration was excellent! With the wrong narrator this book could have become a dour snooze fest, luckily Andy Weir makes seem like listening to the fascinating stories of your best friend.
    The book is told almost exclusively through the personal mission log of astronaut Mark Watney. And lucky for us, he is one brilliant and hilarious dude! Exhibiting a very dry and occasionally gallows style humor he fights back as Mars relentlessly tries to kill him. This story also makes me remember just how brilliant, resourceful and dedicated the people of NASA all over again. Wish I could say "Mars or Bust". Makes me want to go get Curiosity!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Water Room: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Christopher Fowler
    • Narrated By Tim Goodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (156)

    Best-selling author Christopher Fowler has won a widespread following for his senior citizen detectives Arthur Bryant and John May. Here a woman is found drowned in her basement - with nary a drop of water to explain the crime.

    Cholmondeley says: "Baby Boomers Rejoice: This is a book for our time."
    "I really wanted to like this book!"
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    Plodding, dull, finished like medicine are all phrases I would use to describe this book. I so wanted to like it! I was waiting for the next in the Ben Aaronovich series to come out I saw that this book had a similar topic so I thought it would be just as interesting. Not so. :( I even went on the author's website and he recommended this book as a good starting point in the series, so I can't even blame the lack of interest on jumping into the series midway. It was ok, but I had a hard time finding any of the thousand characters in this book interesting enough to care about what happened to them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Takedown: Inside the Hunt for Al Qaeda

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Philip Mudd
    • Narrated By John Edmondson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (2)

    On September 11, 2001, as Central Intelligence Agency analyst Philip Mudd rushed out of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House, he could not anticipate how far the terror unleashed that day would change the world of intelligence and his life as a CIA officer. Takedown sheds light on the inner workings of the intelligence community during the global counterterror campaign.

    Colleen says: "The technocratic side of the GWOT"
    "The technocratic side of the GWOT"
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    This book will be interesting for you if you like the policy weeds of the democratic process. I found it interesting to see how the daily job of fighting terrorism gets done. I wish it had been narrated by the author as he is a pretty interesting guy and I think he would have done just as good of a job as Edmondson and I like when authors are allowed to tell their own stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (7410)
    Performance
    (6736)
    Story
    (6749)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Download JKR's newest “with renewed optimism”!!"
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    If you tried Casual Vacancy and that makes you reluctant to try JKR’s newest adult offering, this one line from the story should make you change your mind! Unlike the depressing, vacant, jaded pacifism so common throughout CV, The Cuckoo’s Calling is filled with vibrant and engaging characters, exciting story lines and yes, OPTIMISM!
    The central character is Cormoran Strike- Private Investigator, Afghan war veteran, lower leg amputee who had a peripatetic (my new favorite word!) childhood and a love life that screams trouble. He has an appealing new sidekick named Robin: a short term temp who lucks into a gig that fulfills her childhood dream of solving crimes and making a difference. While the plot is intriguing, the best part about the book is the characters. They are rich, detailed and fascinating! You'll want to get to know Cormoran! You would even agree to be in Robin's upcoming wedding- even though being a bridesmaid- especially in one ups-man-land London- would be a nightmare!
    The criminal story line starts out dramatic and quick- engrossing you completely from the first chapter. It quickly evolves into a complicated Gordian knot of twists, lies and secrets.
    This novel feels very British, but not so London-y like Aaronovitch's Rivers of London series. It is nice to read a book that covers aspects of the glam life without being enamored of it.
    In many ways this series feels to me like a British Jack Reacher. Not as violent! As Rowling makes a point of mentioning even the police don't carry guns and that Corm had to give his guns back when he stopped being a soldier. I do hope she writes as many books for Strike as their have been for Reacher. I want to know so much more about his past and future!!

    37 of 44 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1456)
    Performance
    (1333)
    Story
    (1330)

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "Have to review early so you don't miss out!!!!"
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    I have never reviewed a book before I finished before, but I wanted everyone to get a chance to buy this book in the 4.99 begin at the beginning sale- so you have until midnight.
    I ordered it yesterday, downloaded it around 11 pm and am already halfway through the book because I can't stop listening!!
    I am intrigued by the story- even though I am usually anti- supernatural events. To me they make the story less believable, because an author can just write around the obstacles of logic and credibility by inserting some hocus pocus. One thing I love about this book is the authors sense of realism. He makes his main character a beat cop, not the head of a super team with unlimited access, power and his own lab at the ready.
    Nice details of class, rank and British privilege that I find interesting as an American.
    I will update if my opinion changes, but so far I am LOVING this book, the writing style and the narrator.
    I like that the narration has a "normal" British citizen feel to it. So many British narrators sound like they hopped down from Pemberley to record the book. Not everyone in England went to Eton! Holdbrook Smith gives an authentic, but completely understandable normal British accent that is warm, personable and adds to the listening experience!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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