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Beverly

bella jackson

Hermosa Beach, CA, United States

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  • Oath of Office

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Michael Palmer
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (380)

    From the New York Times best-selling author of A Heartbeat Away and The Last Surgeon comes a shocking new novel at the crossroads of politics and medicine. What if a well respected doctor inexplicably goes on a murderous rampage? When Dr. John Meacham goes on a shooting spree, his business partner, staff, and two patients are killed in the bloodbath. Then Meacham turns the gun on himself.

    NYNM says: "Corny!!"
    "Worst Book Ever from Palmer"
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    This was as disjointed as a book can be. No character development, unbelievable story line that was so far out there, I couldn't stay focused on the book. ( Really, the first lady bit!) I was appalled that Michael Palmer, who has written some good medical mysteries in the past put his name on this one. Don't bother wasting your time.

    41 of 46 people found this review helpful
  • Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Scott Brick
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (165)

    From best-selling author Jon Krakauer, a stark, powerful, meticulously reported narrative about a series of sexual assaults at the University of Montana - stories that illuminate the human drama behind the national plague of campus rape.

    David Powell says: "Extremely Compelling Fact Based,Learned a Lot"
    "An Absolute Must Read for Everyone"
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    I cannot stop thinking about this book. Jon Krakauer has done another top-notch job of bringing research to a subject no one wants to think or talk about. This is not a pretty topic, nor is the book for the faint of heart but this subject I believe is more prevalent than abortion, and date rape leaves both the male and female prime candidates for PTSD which can last a lifetime. I was shocked when my daughter told me how many young women she knew who had been date raped at her college and even in her inner circle. One young woman almost died of anorexia after the rape as she lost so much self esteem and only with the help of her women friends did she turn it around and now has a much happier existence. If you don't believe this is happening at all the colleges in the country, you have blinders on. There is a national organization on most campuses called "Take Back the Night" which focuses on sexual violence against any student, male or female. My child was involved in this group so I went to the event and the bravery it took for these young women and some young men to stand up and tell their stories mostly for the first time in public, made me cry like a baby. It is a fantastic organization and certainly can help with the PTSD that can come with a trauma of this sort. This was a fantastic academic and Division 1 school and I can tell from first hand, the athletes can get away with murder. The school turns its head so the "moola" from the sports, particularly football, keeps rolling in. I am an avid football fan, but I do not believe being a hero on a field with a ball gives these athletes the right to rape or take whatever they want. The school had a quarterback accused of date rape a few years back, and amazingly he is now a quarterback in the NFL. Great athlete, seemingly nice guy but the info about the rape was announced and amazingly it just faded away. No information was forth coming about an investigation, just suddenly the girl said she had made a mistake. I do believe there are people who for whatever "sick" reason accuse some of date rape falsely and in my mind if that can be proved, that person should be expelled and prosecuted. The incidence of false accusations are there, but rare from where I am sitting. I wonder what role Steroids take in this increase in date rape. I do know that alcohol is a major factor. If you or someone you know has been date raped, there is a therapy called EMDR that was developed for Vets who came home with PTSD. I lost a child several years ago and I can tell you this therapy works for most people who develop PTSD and cannot move forward with their lives. I will end with a few questions, Why as Americans can we not face the tough issues and correct them? Why is it always money that takes precedence over the well being of our children? Where will we be if we are too chicken to face this very heart-rending and difficult issue soon? I was discussing it with a person I know who has two girls and the person said,"Oh NO, I could never read that! I don't even want to think about it." Parents : get your heads out of the sand and realize that life can be a scary place if you are not equipped with the facts. We made sure our children knew statistics about this issue and taught them saying no, meant NO! Even then, one of their best friends who is now a lawyer for women's rights and one of the smartest women I have ever met was date raped by being drugged by a classmate she trusted. Our colleges and universities will only change if the Parents and the Students demand action.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Bubble Reputation

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Cathie Pelletier
    • Narrated By Christine Marshall
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
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    (2)

    Rosemary O'Neal lived for eight years with William, in a rambling country house in Maine. Then William committed suicide on a trip to London, leaving her with questions, anger, and no way to say goodbye. When her zany family descends on the house, bringing a tidal wave of casseroles and their own petty problems, Rosemary retreats with her cat from the chaos of the world around them. (Her cat understands human nature better than Homo sapiens anyway.)

    Jan says: "Not Quite Like Anything I Have Ever Read Before!"
    "Delightful Realism of Grief"
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    I started this book 3 times and kept thinking at the beginning-"oh great another book about death," but today for some reason I let it keep running and it turned out to be humorous and
    sarcastic, about friendships and family, the earth and sky and always a bit of loneliness. I lost a child ten years ago and this book made me laugh, feel sad but peaceful. No matter how many years the grief is always with you, it is just what you do with the grief. I recommend this book highly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Every Fifteen Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (238)

    Dr. Eric Parrish is the chief of the psychiatric unit at Havemeyer General Hospital outside of Philadelphia. Recently separated from his wife, Alice, he is doing his best as a single dad to his seven-year-old daughter, Hannah. His work seems to be going better than his homelife, however. His unit at the hospital has just been named number two in the country and, Eric has a devoted staff of doctors and nurses who are as caring as he is. But when he takes on a new patient, Eric's entire world begins to crumble.

    Sandy says: "Suspense!"
    "What?"
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    I just finished the book and I am still not sure what the book is trying to convey to laymen about sociopaths. Poorly written, too wordy, narrator not the right voice for this book. Every 15 minutes I wanted to stop reading but hung in there and still don't know why???

    15 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Gemini Effect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Chuck Grossart
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
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    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (53)

    A single raindrop opens a Pandora's box of horrors when the spawn of perverse genetic research performed during World War II - refined by Cold War enemies and perfected by nature - are unleashed on an unsuspecting world. By dawn only a dead city remains, eerily quiet and still except for the mutant beasts who hide from the light, multiply, and await the shadows of day's end.

    Barbara says: "WOW!!!!!!!!!!"
    "Garbage"
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    Dont waste your money- couldn't even finish it after the President starts making love to the secretary general while the rest of the world is being eaten by these weird monsters.(I think that is who she was but it was so boring I couldn't keep up with names) Cannot believe this book found a publisher.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl in the Woods: Waterman and Stark, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Gregg Olsen
    • Narrated By Corey M. Snow
    Overall
    (15)
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    (11)
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    (10)

    A schoolgirl found it on a nature hike. A severed human foot wearing pink nail polish. A gruesome but invaluable clue that leads forensic pathologist Birdy Waterman down a much darker trail - to a dangerous psychopath whose powers of persuasion seem to have no end.

    Valerie Hill says: "A bit to juvenile"
    "Schizophrenic"
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    This book is so convoluted and makes so many twists and turns that make no sense to the story that the author must have been listening to voices I could not hear.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
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    Overall
    (7717)
    Performance
    (6756)
    Story
    (6759)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    horslovr says: "Very entertaining!"
    "Little Lies Always Turn Into Big Lies"
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    I find Liane Moriarty's books to be incredibly moving. The way she weaves her characters in and out and then entangles them in the guts of the story is masterful. She certainly nailed life in a rich town. You get the good, the bad, and the ugly. This book is about abuse of all kinds: verbal, emotional, and physical. I think it certainly is pertinent to the times. It is set in Australia so the narrator and accent are a bit irritating, but the story overrides all. Definitely a must read for any woman who has ever been controlled by a male, her kids, her schedule, her job, etc.

    48 of 58 people found this review helpful
  • Turbulent Priests

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Colin Bateman
    • Narrated By Adam Moore
    Overall
    (3)
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    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Dan Starkey arrives on Wrathlin Island to investigate the residents' belief that the Messiah is alive, female, and about to start school there: It's not a commission that turns up everyday. He finds a mess of religious intolerance and illicit drinking in a tiny community that is big on religious fervour but small on hospitality. Apart from the Messiah's mum of course, who's clung to her sanity. And her lager.

    Beverly says: "Colin Bateman is hilarious"
    "Colin Bateman is hilarious"
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    I have read most of Colin Bateman's books and they (or I) are so quirky, they never fail to make me laugh. Whenever I am a bit down I read" I predict a riot, murder, Extortion and a carrot cake." I LOVE HIS WRITING but I think you have to suspend belief and just go with Colin on his fantastic voyages.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Farm

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By James Langton, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (254)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (225)

    The new international bestseller from the author of phenomenal Child 44 trilogy... The Farm. If you refuse to believe me, I will no longer consider you my son. Daniel believed that his parents were enjoying a peaceful retirement on a remote farm in Sweden. But with a single phone call, everything changes. Your mother...she's not well, his father tells him. She's been imagining things - terrible, terrible things. She's had a psychotic breakdown, and been committed to a mental hospital. Before Daniel can board a plane to Sweden, his mother calls: Everything that man has told you is a lie. I'm not mad... I need the police... Meet me at Heathrow. Caught between his parents, and unsure of who to believe or trust, Daniel becomes his mother's unwilling judge and jury as she tells him an urgent tale of secrets, of lies, of a crime and a conspiracy that implicates his own father.

    Stefanie says: "Don't Waste Your Time"
    "INCREDIBLY Sad Tale"
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    The voice of Tom Smith once again brings us a story with vivid characters, interesting environs, and a weird tale that turns out to be so real and so sad. It keeps you going back and forth in your belief of the activities going on. In the end, our past forms our future. He is a worthy author and this book is worth your time-just keep digging through to the end.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Busy Woman Seeks Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Annie Sanders
    • Narrated By Kim Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Because she's too busy bringing home the bacon to cook it. On the surface, Alex Hill is every inch the polished, high-flying marketing executive of a global sportswear company. But things are not quite as they appear; she's rushed off her feet with barely enough time to take out the rubbish bins, let alone pull together an amazing product launch.

    Stacy says: "Busy Woman Seeks Wife"
    "I Could Use A Wife Too!"
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    Funny, silly but for those of us in real life who cannot seem to ever get ahead with all the responsibilities, it was fun to imagine such a person in the background. Narrator a little shrill but British accent makes it acceptable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Death by Committee: A Susan Lombardi Mystery, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Carole B. Shmurak
    • Narrated By Barbara Benjamin-Creel
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    Overall
    (15)
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    (15)
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    (15)

    Faculty squabbling at a large state university turns deadly when Professor of Education Susan Lombardi joins a committee to make a tenure decision about Abby Gillette, a controversial faculty member. After one colleague is hospitalized following a suspicious fire and another is found dead in Abby's office, Susan must try to figure out who is doing what to whom...without becoming the next victim. At the same time, she must deal with her husband's highly dysfunctional family and help a friend handle a questionable romance.

    med c says: "Book 2"
    "Exactly What I Expected"
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    if you need a break from books about dysfunctional families, etc., this is just a simple light hearted mystery that you can read and not think about too much. These books are really valuable to me, because I need some brain drain time and love the cozy mysteries as the remedy. I can't give it a higher rating because it is not the caliber of writing or depth of story to get more. I still recommend it.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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