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Louise

Wallingford, CT, United States

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  • Heart Full of Lies: A True Story of Desire and Death

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Blair Brown
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    Perhaps America's best selling true-crime writer, Ann Rule, asks can the female really be deadlier than the male? Liysa and Chris Northon seemed the epitome of idyllic lovers when they married on a moonlit beach in Hawaii. Their friends admired the romantic couple: Chris, tall, athletic, handsome, a pilot for Hawaiian Airlines; and Liysa, attractive, seductive, with a tanned, perfect body. Their son, Bjorn, looked just like his dad, and they were raising Liysa's son by a previous marriage.

    Joann says: "One of Ann Rule's Best"
    "Left me Confused..............."
    Overall

    Rarely do I finish an audio book with a quizzical look on my face. After listening to this book, I was left with so many unanswered questions. There was more on the life of the murderer than the actual investigation of the murder.... it fell very short in that area leaving me not knowing what to believe. Very disappointed.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Love You More: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter, Katie MacNichol
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2204)
    Performance
    (1105)
    Story
    (1099)

    One question, a split-second decision, and Brian Darby lies dead on the kitchen floor. His wife, state police trooper Tessa Leoni, claims to have shot him in self-defense, and bears the bruises to back up her tale. For veteran detective D. D. Warren it should be an open-and-shut case. But where is their six-year-old daughter? As the homicide investigation ratchets into a frantic statewide search for a missing child, D. D. Warren must partner with former lover Bobby Dodge to break through the blue wall of police brotherhood, seeking to understand the inner workings of a trooper’s mind while also unearthing family secrets.

    Molly says: "Keeps you guessing all the way through!"
    "Maybe it's me....."
    Overall

    I read the reviews and downloaded this book thinking I would truly enjoy it. For me it was the most ridiculous story line I ever read. I listened to the whole thing because it was interesting that an author could make such a attempt at keeping things straight and make it seem possible. Not a winner for me...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Portia de Rossi
    • Narrated By Portia de Rossi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (210)

    In this searing, unflinchingly honest book, Portia de Rossi captures the complex emotional truth of what it is like when food, weight, and body image take priority over every other human impulse or action. She recounts the elaborate rituals around eating that came to dominate hours of every day, from keeping her daily calorie intake below 300 to eating precisely measured amounts of food out of specific bowls and only with certain utensils. When this wasn’t enough, she resorted to purging and compulsive physical exercise, driving her body and spirit to the breaking point.

    Dawn says: "Beautifully Sad"
    "Be prepared for the ride of your life............"
    Overall

    One of the most books written with courage and honesty. It touches anyone with an eating disorder and during the listen, I could feel my heart pound with the words of Portia's illness and how much of her everyday life it took from her. My mind could not wrap around the pain and energy it took to keep her 'eating' under control. I wish this woman all the best on her journey to recovery. A+

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Confession: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3436)
    Performance
    (1153)
    Story
    (1173)

    An innocent man is about to be executed. Only a guilty man can save him. Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.

    Suzn F says: "I confess, I loved it!"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    This book was great start to finish, it was a nail biting roller coaster of a story...I could not stop listening and would take my player everywhere with me so I can keep listening. Gives a good look at our judicial system, and moreover the politics involved when egos get in the way of the truth. A+

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Too Late to Say Goodbye: A True Story of Murder and Betrayal

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Karen Ziemba
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Jenn Corbin appeared to have it all: two dear little boys, a posh home in one of the upscale suburbs of Atlanta, expensive cars, a plush houseboat, and a husband, Dr. Bart Corbin, a successful dentist, who was tall, handsome, and brilliant. But gradually their seemingly idyllic life together began to crumble. Bart was distraught and Jenn seemed disenchanted. Then, just a few weeks before Christmas 2004, Jenn was found dead with a bullet in her head, an apparent suicide.

    Suze says: "Ann's usual fare"
    "Another Murder Story"
    Overall

    I am sad to say that though this book was good, it was just another man murdering his wife rather than get a divorce. It held my interest, but I cannot say I was at the edge of my seat. Good book when walking my dog.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Bad

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Sandra Lee
    • Narrated By Kate Hood
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Here is the shocking, true story of Australia's most horrific crime. Katherine Knight showed no mercy when she butchered her lover in a crime that put her behind bars in an Australian prison for a record life sentence. Knight, a 44-year-old abattoir worker, had stabbed father-of-three John Price 37 times, skinned his body, cooked his head, and served him up as a meal for his children.

    Vikki says: "Oh Boy...."
    "WHOA!"
    Overall

    This story was so unbelieveable that I could not stop listening to it. Just when you thought you heard everything evil, this takes the cake! Not for the weak stomach.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Lucky: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Alice Sebold
    • Narrated By Alice Sebold
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (106)

    In a memoir hailed for its searing candor and wit, Alice Sebold (The Lovely Bones) reveals how her life was utterly transformed when, as an 18-year-old college freshman, she was brutally raped and beaten in a park near campus. "A rueful, razor-sharp memoir," raves Vogue, "funnier than you'd think was possible. Sebold tells what it's like to go through a particular kind of nightmare in order to tell what it's like - slowly, boldly, triumphantly - to heal."

    Samantha says: "Very raw"
    "Amazing"
    Overall

    Extremely brave and so well written. Sebold is amazing.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Switching Time: A Doctor's Harrowing Story of Treating a Woman with 17 Personalities

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Richard Baer
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (144)

    Switching Time is the first story centering on multiple personality disorder to be told by the treating physician. It is the incredible saga of a young woman stranded in unimaginable darkness who, in order to survive, created 17 different versions of herself. One by one, Karen's "alters" began showing themselves: men, women, young boys, a toddler, black, white, vicious, nurturing, prim, licentious. And their "stepping out" confronted Baer with the challenge of a lifetime.

    Casey says: "Couldn't help myself"
    "Mind Blowing"
    Overall

    I grew up with Three Faces of Eve and as a child I never really understood what multiple personality disorder meant. This book was one I could not stop listening to. The most amazing patient-doctor journey that takes this woman to the light at the end of the tunnel. The reader was so good that I actually felt I knew each personality and as Karen became more 'whole' I cried when each of the alters had to be integrated into this woman in order for her to become who she was meant to be. Amazing simply amazing a must listen. A++

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Almost Moon: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Alice Sebold
    • Narrated By Joan Allen
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (40)

    For years Helen Knightly has given her life to others - to her haunted mother, to her enigmatic father, to her husband, and grown children. When she finally crosses a terrible boundary, her life comes rushing in at her in a way she never could have imagined. Unfolding over the next 24 hours, this searing, fast-paced audiobook explores the complex ties between mothers and daughters, wives and lovers, the meaning of devotion, and the line between love and hate.

    Rebecca says: "Life isn't nice and tidy"
    "luvs2listen"
    Overall

    Amazing listen. The reader, wonderful. Sad story but in fact touches all of us in some way. Trying to understand what makes us tick, maybe not in the way of the story but in what makes us who we really are. Excellent book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Breath, Eyes, Memory

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Edwidge Danticat
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Twelve-year-old Sophie Caco is removed from her impoverished Haitian village and sent to live in New York with her mother, a woman she barely knows. There she learns about a terrible truth that shadows her family. With the Oprah's Book Club Selection Breath, Eyes, Memory, Danticat contemplates the paradoxical coexistence of sublime beauty and terrible suffering in her homeland.

    SJ says: "Engaging"
    "WHAT?"
    Overall

    This was a good book, but it jumped around a bit from one point of the woman's life to another. I had to rewind a few times to get to where I could understand what part of the woman's life I was in. A bit confusing.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mick Brown
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    Phil Spector, born in the Bronx in 1940, grew up an outsider despised by his peers. But he formed a band, and had a number-one hit with "To Know Him Is to Love Him". He quickly became the top producer of early rock and roll and the originator of such girl groups as the Ronettes. Hit followed hit, and for all of them he used a new recording style called the "wall of sound". But the reign of the boy-man who owned pop music was doomed, and Spector spiraled into paranoid isolation and peculiar behavior.

    Chris says: "Descent Into Madness"
    "luvs2listen"
    Overall

    Excellent to know this screwball's background. I enjoyed every minute of it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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