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Carol

Fort Collins, CO, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Craig Ferguson
    • Narrated By Craig Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1702)
    Performance
    (1085)
    Story
    (1084)

    In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. Along the way he stumbles through several attempts to make his mark - as a punk rock musician, a construction worker, a bouncer, and, tragically, a modern dancer.

    Diane says: "Unabashedly Honest"
    "Great Book"
    Overall

    I loved this book! Craig's sense of humor shines through, even in his darkest hours, and it's even more enjoyable to listen to with his lilting Scottish brogue. He never let his struggles get him down and his love for America is evident. It makes me proud to be an American. I hope someday he takes the top spot in late night TV, he's better than all the rest.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jenna Miscavige Hill
    • Narrated By Sandy Rustin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (867)
    Performance
    (789)
    Story
    (791)

    Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member Sea Org - the church's highest ministry - speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape.

    Tim says: "The Despicable Truth Behind Scientology"
    "Fascinating, eye-opening"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Beyond Belief the most enjoyable?

    The truth behind Scientology finally revealed.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beyond Belief?

    When she finally decided to leave the "church".


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Many memorable moments that were shocking in the way that people, especially children were treated and the way they had no regard for families.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I couldn't imagine being subjected to the brutal hours of ridiculous questioning that people had to endure.


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting how people can become so brainwashed in this and other cults and how one crazy person can influence so many people.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kill and Tell

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (556)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (372)

    Still reeling from her mother's recent death, Karen Whitlaw is stunned when she receives a package containing a mysterious notebook from her estranged father, whom she has barely seen since his return from the Vietnam War decades ago. Then, a shocking phone call: Karen's father has been murdered on the gritty streets of New Orleans.

    A User says: "Perfect Narration!"
    "Not one of the best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. It did not live up to my expectations.


    Has Kill and Tell turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I do not think it was typical for this genre.


    Did Natalie Ross do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Somewhat, although things were not always clear.


    Do you think Kill and Tell needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, would not want to read a follow-up.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was more erotic than mysterious. I think the author spent too much time describing sexual situations in great detail rather than providing mystery or suspense. Not exactly what I expected this book would be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Darkest Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Haynes
    • Narrated By David Thorpe, Karen Cass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1172)
    Performance
    (986)
    Story
    (988)

    Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous – Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape.

    Betty says: "AN OCD IS STALKED BY A PSYCHOPATH"
    "Confusing story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Into the Darkest Corner?

    It jumped around too much in time and I could not make any cohesive sense of it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth Haynes again?

    Probably not, I did not enjoy her style.


    Did David Thorpe and Karen Cass do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I found I was mixing up the characters all the time, the story was hard to follow


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Very disappointed.


    Any additional comments?

    I could only get about halfway through this story, it was too hard to follow. I got bored with trying to make sense of it all and the tedium of the main character's OCD rituals.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20091)
    Performance
    (17989)
    Story
    (18052)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Love It!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    The story was fascinating from beginning to end, with so many twists and turns. The characters were great and I was never sure if there was a bad guy or a good guy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gone Girl?

    Definitely the ending was stunning.


    Have you listened to any of Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I am not sure, I have listened to so many different narrators.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Suspenceful


    Any additional comments?

    If you love a good mystery thriller, then this is definitely a must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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