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Heather

Wasilla, AK, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • Me of Little Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lewis Black
    • Narrated By Lewis Black
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (128)

    What do we believe? And in God's name why? Lewis Black has the answers. Or at least his answers. He survived Hebrew school and a bar mitzvah (barely), was a 60's college student who saw the parallels between religious rapture and drug-induced visions (even if none of his friends did), explored the self-actualization movement of the 70's (and the self-indulgence it engendered), and turned a cynical eye toward politicians who don the cloak of religious rectitude to cover up their own hypocrisy.

    Roberta says: "great read"
    "Variable"
    Overall

    Black's customary energy and anger come through. He has moments in which he displays some of the angry humor that is so effective politically. But, ultimately, he's a man of more than a little faith. Like Mulder on the X-Files, he -wants- to believe, and he's coming up with justifications. Gullible ones. Really, if Lewis Black were reviewing his own book, he'd savage himself, particularly on the astrology and psychic sections.
    On the other hand, there are genuine moments of hilarity and insight in here.
    As a skeptic/non-believer who usually likes Black, I was disappointed - not because I disagreed with him, but because he just couldn't maintain any intellectual consistency. I'd expect more from him. But there were moments of entertainment, and I've had worse 5 hour blocks of my life while driving in the winter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bleeding Hearts

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    The death of a TV reporter from a single bullet wound to the heart is a dramatic news story, and also an unsolved crime. But the twist in the tale is that this time it's the man who fired the bullet who's asking all the questions. Michael Watson wants to know how come the police were on his tail so quickly. And who wanted the journalist permanently out of the picture? His first task is to find the writer of his pay cheque; the second is to make sure he doesn't get caught.

    Alison says: "A twist in the tale"
    "Outstanding reader, good book"
    Overall

    Very different from the Rebus novels. The characters are a little cliched but not disturbingly so, and there is a wry sense of humor that threads its way throughout the book.
    The reader is FANTASTIC.
    Several "driveway moments" with this book where I had to sit for a few minutes to see what happened next. Took a little time to get going, but then I was hooked.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Remains Silent: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Baden, Linda Kenney
    • Narrated By Michele Santopietro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    When a body is unearthed beneath the construction site of a mall near the Catskill Mountains, Jake is called to the scene by his elderly mentor, Dr. Pete Harrigan, to examine the bones. Further investigation reveals a gruesome discovery: additional skeletal remains with striking abnormalities. After one of the victims is identified, the family of the deceased retains Manny to represent them, and, with Jake, she is swept into a terrifying vortex of murder and deceit.

    John says: "Don't Bother"
    "Cheetos for the mind"
    Overall

    Had high hopes for the forensics - but just too formulaic to engage me. Protagonist is rather obsessed with designer shoes/clothes and just too precious for words; this works in "The Ivy Chronicles" as character development, but here it is just annoying and shallow. (Hint: lists of clothing and shoes tell us more about the character of the author than they do the protagonist.) The stock characters are all here: the scruffy ME, the sweet old farm couple, the evil developer, the corrupt sheriff, the ambitious attorney, the drag queen sidekick, the secret government conspiracies...
    I finished it as it was the only book on my player that day, but I felt a little guilty.
    The interview with the authors at the end was more interesting than the book, actually.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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