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Deborah

Ham Lake, MN, United States

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  • Nose Down, Eyes Up: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Merrill Markoe
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    At 47, Gil is the world's oldest 22-year-old man. He lives rent-free as a handyman in the L.A. summer house of a couple of rich retirees who only come out for vacations. Gruff, shrewdly observant, but perplexed and beleaguered by women since his nasty divorce, Gil has been dating Sara, an animal communicator, long enough to converse freely with all four of his dogs (especially Jimmy, the alpha).

    Ron says: "good little story if you like doggies"
    "Wish I could get my money back"
    Overall

    This book was horrible. I thought it would have lots of cute doggie stuff in it. It has some, but few and far between. Mainly it's about an unlikeable jerk of a guy, and is full of bad language and vulgar situations. I listened until it was halfway through and it got worse, not better. After getting through half of it, I couldn't even finish it, it was so bad.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Auschwitz Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joel C. Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1063)
    Performance
    (963)
    Story
    (967)

    A terrible darkness has fallen upon Jacob Weisz’s beloved Germany. The Nazi regime, under the leadership of Adolf Hitler, has surged to power and now hold Germany by the throat. All non-Aryans - especially Jews like Jacob and his family - are treated like dogs. When tragedy strikes during one terrible night of violence, Jacob flees and joins rebel forces working to undermine the regime. But after a raid goes horribly wrong, Jacob finds himself in a living nightmare - trapped in a crowded, stinking car on the train to the Auschwitz death camp.

    DebaDeb says: "Amazing, horrifying, and heartwarming!"
    "Probably better to listen than read"
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    Thought I'd address some of the criticisms of this book. Criticism: Poor writing, as if written by a teenager or not good writer. Yes, the writing was a bit simplistic in many places - however, I think that you would notice it much more if reading it than if listening to it, as the narrator was so excellent that the writing seemed a lot better with his expressions, different accents, etc. Criticism: Phrases used that were not common in that time, things like a skunk mentioned in Poland when there weren't skunks in Poland. Ok, I don't know if there were skunks in Poland nor do I care. It's a fictional story, I don't get my undies in a bundle about things not being completely accurate. But that's just me. Criticism: Book had too much proselytizing, too much Christian stuff, preachy. Yes, there were a few parts where they talked about the various characters' Christian beliefs but I didn't think it was THAT much or overdone or anything. Maybe some people are super sensitive to that kind of thing and really don't like it - I didn't think it was that bad. Those criticisms addressed, I did think the book got a bit long and started to drag on, particularly after they escaped. I liked the first half a lot better than the second half. I think if I was reading rather than listening I'd start skimming through pages after the halfway mark. But it did make me think about man's inhumanity to man and wonder how on earth something like that could happen - made me contemplate the origins of evil in the world and wonder why God (whom I do believe in) puts up with humans at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Good Is God?: In Search of a Faith That Matters

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Philip Yancey
    • Narrated By Philip Yancey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    Journalist and spiritual seeker Philip Yancey has always struggled with the most basic questions of the Christian faith. The question he tackles in What Good is God? concerns the practical value of belief in God. His search for the answer to this question took him to some amazing settings around the world.

    Deborah says: "Didn't think the title fit but liked the book"
    "Didn't think the title fit but liked the book"
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    I didn't think the book answered the question the title posed, however, it was a great compilation of different Christian experiences around the world, it really makes you think about other cultures and that Christianity is not just the way it is in America. Lots of both inspiring and interesting stories. Each chapter, part 1 was a story about an area of group of people and part 2 was him reading one of his talks he gave to those people. I will have to say I liked the Part 1's better than the part 2's. But this was worth my time and gave me new insights.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Illusion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Frank Peretti
    • Narrated By Frank Peretti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (339)
    Story
    (345)

    Dane and Mandy, a popular magic act for 40 years, are tragically separated by a car wreck that claims Mandy’s life—or so everyone thinks. Even as Dane mourns and tries to rebuild his life without her, Mandy, supposedly dead, awakes in the present as the19-year-old she was in 1970.

    tracy says: "Peretti is one of kind"
    "Way too much detail and description"
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    I really like Frank Peretti and I wanted to like this book but I finally gave up about 1/3 of the way through it. It took WAY too long to get to the plot. Too much description, maybe he was trying to develop the characters, but it just got too boring. I really want to find a synopsis somewhere because I am interested in the plot and how the book ends, but it wasn't worth listening through all of the descriptive detail and parts of the story that dragged on forever to get to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vampire Academy: Vampire Academy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Stephanie Wolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2590)
    Performance
    (1624)
    Story
    (1652)

    St. Vladimir's Academy isn't just any boarding school - it's a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They've been on the run, but now they're being dragged back to St. Vladimir's - the very place where they're most in danger.

    Mitch says: "The Weakest Installment in a Fantastic Series"
    "Couldn't get into this book"
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    I listened through quite a bit of this book and finally stopped. You'd think a book about teen vampires and their cohorts would be good but it just wasn't that interesting, not much happened. I didn't find the heroine to be very likeable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tilt-a-Whirl

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1582)
    Performance
    (970)
    Story
    (965)

    There isn't much fun in the sun when a billionaire real estate tycoon is found murdered on the Tilt-a-Whirl at a seedy seaside amusement park in the otherwise quiet summer tourist town of Sea Haven. John Ceepak, a former MP just back from Iraq, has just joined the Sea Haven police department. The job offer came from an old Army buddy who hoped to give Ceepak at least a summer's worth of rest and relaxation to help him forget the horrors of war. Instead, Ceepak will head up the murder investigation.

    Bryan says: "A Guilty Pleasure"
    "Pleasing"
    Overall
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    So this wasn't the most spellbinding mystery ever, but it was a very enjoyable book. Why? The narrator was awesome, he really made the book, good at using different voices. There was some pretty funny/cute dialogue made better by the narrator. While the story was mostly just okay, the characters were likeable and I will probably listen to more of these books just to hear more about those characters and because the narrator was so good. One thing I have am confused about....if the book is called Tilt-A-Whirl and the crime happened on a Tilt-A-Whirl, why is the picture on the cover a roller coaster????

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gregory Boyle
    • Narrated By Gregory Boyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (606)
    Performance
    (529)
    Story
    (532)

    As a pastor working in a neighborhood with the highest concentration of murderous gang activity in Los Angeles, Gregory Boyle created an organization to provide jobs, job training, and encouragement so that young people could work together and learn the mutual respect that comes from collaboration.

    Jeremy says: "Perhaps the best book I've read in years."
    "Makes you think"
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    It was very interesting to listen to this book and the take of someone who works year after year with gang members. His point of view of compassion and unconditional love was challenging for me but it gave me lots of food for thought and a different way to think about "those people" such as gang members in a different light, and also how God views all of us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hope to Die

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman, Scott Sower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (796)
    Performance
    (699)
    Story
    (698)

    Detective Alex Cross is being stalked by a psychotic genius, forced to play the deadliest game of his career. Cross' family - his loving wife Bree, the wise and lively Nana Mama, and his precious children - have been ripped away. Terrified and desperate, Cross must give this mad man what he wants if he has any chance of saving the most important people in his life. The stakes have never been higher: What will Cross sacrifice to save the ones he loves?

    Sandra says: "Well worth the wait"
    "Makes up for Cross My Heart"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I know a lot of people were mad when Patterson left Cross My Heart as a cliffhanger. This book makes up for it. It was the best Alex Cross I've listened to. It was cool how the various characters stepped up and helped Alex, and I liked the part where he paired up with Ava and how she was brought into the story. I suppose some might be surprised by some of the twists - as a frequent Alex Cross listener I found them to be rather predictable, but enjoyable nonetheless. Great book. Patterson, please keep letting Alex have happy endings, and Nanna Momma, as well as the rest of his family, must never die. Some things you just don't tamper with!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Mother Was Nuts: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Penny Marshall
    • Narrated By Penny Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1083)
    Performance
    (975)
    Story
    (978)

    her life story going her humble roots in the Bronx to one of the most liked and respected figures in the entertainment business, also covering her marriage to Rob Reiner and relationships with Art Garfunkel, Carrie Fisher, and John Belushi, and her bout with lung and brain cancer in 2009, to Julia Cheiffetz

    M. S. Cohen says: "The audio performance should get an award!"
    "Pretty boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I grew up with Happy Days and Laverne and Shirley and would have thought this would have been much more interesting. I was pretty bored. The numerous chapters on her childhood were not that interesting, and I ended up starting to skip chapters looking for the "good stuff" such as the Laverne and Shirley heydays. Even that wasn't very interesting. I finally gave up on the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mystery of Mercy Close

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Marian Keyes
    • Narrated By Caroline Lennon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (97)

    As the youngest of the five Walsh girls, Helen has had a tough time finding her way in the world. At 33, her job as a private investigator has proven less than fruitful and after losing her apartment, she’s moved back in with Mammy Walsh. In desperation, Helen takes on a case to locate the missing member of a once wildly popular boy band. The only hitch is that she has to work with her ex-boyfriend.

    Tiffany says: "I love Marian Keyes"
    "Couldn't get into this book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narrator was pretty good, but spoke in an English accent (or maybe supposed to be Irish) which was not something I'm used to so I don't know if that contributed to the fact that I just couldn't get into the book. I quit on it after several chapters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Work

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2461)
    Performance
    (1635)
    Story
    (1646)

    Thanks to a heart transplant, former FBI agent Terrell McCaleb is enjoying a quiet retirement, renovating the fishing boat he lives on in Los Angeles Harbor. But McCaleb's calm seas turn choppy when a story in the "What Happened To?" column of the LA Times brings him face-to-face with the sister of the woman whose heart now beats in his chest.

    Andrew Stone says: "A Darn Good Book"
    "Waited for it to get more interesting"
    Overall
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    So I waited for this story to get interesting and become a thriller and it just didn't happen....I listened to like 17 out of 47 chapters and finally got tired of waiting. Maybe it becomes a thriller after that...but I got tired of waiting and stopped listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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