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Selma

Costa Mesa, CA, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • City of Bones: Harry Bosch Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    Overall
    (2090)
    Performance
    (830)
    Story
    (833)

    On New Year's Day, Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch fields a call that a dog has found a bone - a bone that the dog's owner, a doctor, feels certain is human.

    Pamela says: "A good read"
    "Intriguing tale"
    Overall

    After reading Blood Work I wanted to give Connelly another go. I think I broke my all time record for completing an unabridged novel with this one. If it were a book I'd say I couldn't put it down. Since it was a cold and dreary weekend, I was satisfied to just sit back and enjoy. I'm still not sure what role the rookie cop, Julia Brasher, had to do with anything except fill. I kept wondering what she had to do with the plot. I guess Connelly figured he needed a cute young woman in there to spice it up. I do recommend this book regardless.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • I Still Dream About You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (139)

    Meet Maggie Fortenberry, a still beautiful former Miss Alabama. To others, Maggie’s life seems practically perfect - she’s lovely, charming, and a successful real estate agent at Red Mountain Realty. Still, Maggie can’t help but wonder how she wound up in her present condition....

    J. S. says: "Another Winner . ."
    "Light and entertaining."
    Overall

    If you just want to relax and be entertained then this is the book. After reading a lot of non fiction, intense dramas and mystery novels I was ready for some light entertainment. I love Fannie Flagg doing her own narration. Especially her southern twang. Also many of the thoughts of the main character were similar to my own in many ways.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Camel Club

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2960)
    Performance
    (1145)
    Story
    (1153)

    It exists at the fringes of Washington, D.C., has no power, and consists solely of four eccentric and downtrodden members whom society has forgotten. Their simple goal is to find the "truth" behind their country's actions.

    Alex says: "The Good, Bad, and the So-So"
    "Save your credit"
    Overall

    Not often do I just want a book to end. The whole premise of this story is preposterous. The author stretched what could have been a good read into a book with the most unbelievable sub plots. Each time he threw another one in I was wondering where on earth he going to go with it. At the end I felt like I had just listened to science fiction instead of a good mystery novel. I give it two thumbs down just because he turned a good story into something so farfetched it was laughable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4654)
    Performance
    (1303)
    Story
    (1314)

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "Not for me"
    Overall

    If you are not prepared to listen to the author go on and on about yoga and meditation, Hinduism, Buddhism, then bypass this book. I got so tired of the preachiness of her transcendental experiences that I just had to quit. This book should be in the religions section. This is only the second book that I just gave up on, ever. As a Christian I tried very hard to keep an open mind, but I just couldn't take it anymore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fly Away Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Judith Light
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (535)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (141)

    From the number-one New York Times best-selling author, a novel about three very different women who become friends while seeking refuge in an old beach house.

    Jayne Greeley says: "Loved it!"
    "Predictable"
    Overall

    The book was just not what I expected when I ordered it. It was plain and ordinary. I was surprised by nothing, and saw every turn from around the corner. Just wanted to finish it so I could select something a little meatier.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5574)
    Performance
    (2205)
    Story
    (2233)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "My least favorite audible book"
    Overall

    This book was so boring, I used it to put me to sleep at night. The narrator's voice just could not do a 30's something man and a young boy. He sounded more like a grandfather. It was the same thing over and over. Almost like groundhog day. Walk in the rain, search for food, find shelter, build a fire, decide who is going to hold the gun with the two bullets. Find an empty house, use what you can, take what you can, then head back to the road and do it all again the next day, and the next day, ad nauseum.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Angels and Demons

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (1252)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (79)

    World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries - old underground organization - the Illuminati.

    Mark Grannis says: "Not history, not theology, just great fiction"
    "Dumb and Dumber"
    Overall

    I should have taken some of the reviewers more seriously. What a waste of a book credit. All I can say is the book is "dumb" and the ending even "dumber".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Envy

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1441)
    Performance
    (607)
    Story
    (607)

    New York book editor Maris Matherly-Reed knows a best seller when she sees one - even if it is just a tantalizing partial manuscript submitted by a writer identified only as P.M.E., with the return address of an obscure island off the Georgia coast. Maris is intrigued enough to search for him.

    DMHVetSurveyor says: "Envy"
    "Should be X-Rated"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the plot (even though I saw almost everything coming), but the explicit and graphic sex turned me OFF. It was totally unnecessary. If I wanted to read graphic porn I go to an adult store. With a book you can turn the pages to avoid all the graphic sexual descriptions, with an audio player you're stuck with it because you don't know when it ends. None of the "porn" added to the story at all. I was disappointed.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • 'Tis

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Frank McCourt
    • Narrated By Frank McCourt
    Overall
    (698)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (304)

    Listen as Frank tells in his own inimitable voice his story of how at the age of 19 he traveled from Limerick to New York in pursuit of the American dream. Despite the abundance of unsolicited advice he gets to "join the cops" and "stick to his own kind", Frank knows that he should educate himself and somehow rise above his circumstances.

    Stanley says: "A second delightful helping"
    "Great first person account"
    Overall

    An interesting telling of the life of an Irish immigrant to the U.S. Sometimes very detailed, sometimes difficult to understand the author's accent. But I also found that having the person telling his story in his own accent a bonus. Being from the west coast I found myself getting an east coast education. And as a former teacher I found myself chuckling when he described his tribulations as a teacher. Times haven't changed much in education.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me If You Can

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Frank W. Abagnale
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (2133)
    Performance
    (901)
    Story
    (909)

    Frank W. Abagnale was one of the most daring conmen, forgers, imposters, and escape artists in history. In his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot's uniform and copiloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was 21. His story is now a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks.

    Steve says: "Really entertaining!"
    "Amazing true story"
    Overall

    I thoroughly enjoyed the telling of this sport span of white collar crime in a person so young. It is truly unbelievable that a mere teenager could have pulled off so much and fooled so many. The narrator kept my attention throughout. Although I had already viewed the film, I found the book so much more entertaining. If you saw the movie and liked it, I recommend that you follow up your experience with this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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