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Laura

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  • Prophet's Prey: My Seven-Year Investigation into Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sam Brower, Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Jonah Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (230)

    Despite considerable press coverage and a lengthy trial, the full story of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints has remained largely untold. Only one man can reveal the whole, astounding truth: Sam Brower, the private investigator who devoted years of his life to breaking open the secret practices of the FLDS and bringing Warren Jeffs and his inner circle to justice.

    Steve says: "Incredible Story of the FLDS"
    "Narrator detracts from the book"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I found myself frequently aware of the narrator due to his odd pacing, fluctuating volume, and distracting voices. Almost all the men's voices sound like asthmatic old men. The women sound like whispery drag queens. Usually I lose myself in Audible books, but this narrator's style made me painfully aware of his presence at all times.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am super impressed with Sam Brower's perseverance in seeking justice within the impenetrable walls of the FLDS. I am sure he had no idea what he stumbled into in the early days, but he did not back down even as the horrors of the complete picture unfolded. Just to keep track of all the players and their various crimes required a great deal of skill. I've driven through Colorado City, and that is one scary, unwelcoming place. I commend him on his bravery.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jonah Cummings?

    This is the first time I haven't liked an Audible narrator, so I would have to say that I would pick almost anyone else.


    Do you think Prophet's Prey needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I would be fascinated to find out how the apostates, and those who were kicked out of the church are faring. Perhaps a second book would be in order as Warren Jeffs spends more time behind bars and the FLDS community crumbles. I find myself rooting for the men, women, and children who were caught in Jeffs' web. I hope that they are finding peace and security. I don't know if this story will have a happy ending, but perhaps some of the individual stories will have a silver lining. Hopefully no one steps in to take Warren Jeffs' place to keep the horrors continuing. I would like to see the abuses of this cult stop with this generation. At any rate, I found myself on the internet trying to learn the latest info about the FLDS, so a follow up book may be in order, in a few years.


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  • John Dies at the End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1814)
    Performance
    (1655)
    Story
    (1669)

    STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

    Amazon Customer says: "Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win."
    "Best monsters ever!"
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    If you enjoy Jay and Silent Bob type stories and have a high tolerance for gore, you will love this book. The author is so inventive. It is difficult to come up with scary monsters that haven't been done before, but David Wong is endlessly inventive (perhaps because the story is true and he didn't have to invent a thing). The wig monsters were my personal favorites. I laughed out loud multiple times. The voice the narrator does for the main character's sidekick is brilliant. He delivers each punchline perfectly. This would be a great listen for a surf trip to Baja.

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  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25594)
    Performance
    (19439)
    Story
    (19508)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Smells like blood..."
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    What disappointed you about A Game of Thrones?

    This book was so hyped up, that I was expecting to be swept away by it. I honestly didn't make it very far, so it may not be the most accurate review. Everyone just keeps being killed off. Every scene seemed to have an icy chill, and every location seemed to smell of blood. It seemed very cliche.


    Would you ever listen to anything by George R. R. Martin again?

    Probably not.


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