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penelope poopendorfer

Oklahoma | Member Since 2009

  • 9 reviews
  • 14 ratings
  • 332 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Shopper24 says: "Laughed so hard, I nearly coughed up a lung!!"
    "Holy Crap minus the Holy"

    The only emotions this book stirs in me is anger. I can't believe I wasted my credit on this. I am angry that this so called piece of literature was even published. I would have left minus stars if I could have. I feel duped by all the hype surrounding this book. I have seen it on the cover of magazines and on news programs, all with good things to say. Why??? I don't blame the author, I blame the editor and the publisher. Sadly there are more talented authors out there that take literature seriously that can't even get there foot in the door. But this dollar store throw away gets on the New York Times Best Seller list??? You've got to be kidding me. How??

    This book is definitely thought provoking. My thoughts aren't what the author had in mind I am sure. First of all you want your readers to believe this is a romance, but in truth its an abusive relationship. Do a little research. Your hero, Christian Grey, 26 year old billionaire, flys a helicopter, is a pretty boy creep and the guy you teach your daughters to stay away from. How many red flags do you have to have? The difference is in real life the flags are much harder to see. This one comes with a contract, that is painfully read word for word. Your heroine, Anastasia Steele is 22 an idiot, with a college education, a virgin, no computer, no email address, naive, an American and no vocabulary. Even the names are ridiculous. Steele/Grey. Ridiculous and non believable. My intelligence has been insulted.

    I am not even offended by the erotica. I am not a prude. But even that was lacking. Kinda turned me off, not on. Perhaps it was Anastasia's begging.

    The narrator wasn't all that bad either. I could tolerate it. She didn't really have great material did she? There is no way to turn a bologna sandwich into a steak. And this is exactly what the author, editor and publisher want you to believe. I wonder how much money they have spent promoting this. Hope it hurts a little, like losing my credit hurt me. Did that sound sadistic? Well Holy Cow, I'm sorry.

    I think I will sit down write murmur a thousand times, Oh my! a couple of hundred times. Throw in a couple of long fingers, Call a Vagina, "down there" . add a couple explicit sex scenes and call this publisher. Obviously anyone can write a book, get it published and make a million. Story? Who needs a story?

    970 of 1,046 people found this review helpful
  • Gone, Baby, Gone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis

    The tough neighborhood of Dorchester is no place for the innocent or the weak. A territory defined by hard heads and even harder luck, its streets are littered with the detritus of broken families, hearts, dreams. Now, one of its youngest is missing. Private investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro don't want the case.

    Jane says: "Wonderful writing,"
    "Grabs you and won't let go."
    If you could sum up Gone, Baby, Gone in three words, what would they be?

    Intense, compelling, addicting

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gone, Baby, Gone?

    All of them.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of them.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but I didn't want it to end. So I savored it.

    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to 3 Dennis Lehane books. Love this authors stories. Have another one waiting. Don't know what Im going to do when I run out of credits/stories.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Shutter Island

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte

    Summer, 1954. U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels has come to Shutter Island, home of Ashecliffe Hospital for the criminally insane. Along with his partner, Chuck Aule, he sets out to find an escaped patient, a murderess named Rachel Solando, as a hurricane bears down upon them.

    But nothing at Ashecliffe Hospital is what it seems. Is he there to find a missing patient? Or has he been sent to look into rumors of Ashecliffe's radical approach to psychiatry?

    Barry says: "Outstanding psychological thriller set in the 50s"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Just love all the twists.

    What other book might you compare Shutter Island to and why?

    None other like it.

    Have you listened to any of Tom Stechschulte???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. But I loved it. The Voice suited the story and the era.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Choice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life, including boating, swimming, and regular barbecues with his good-natured buddies, he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in next door.

    M. Chinander says: "Wow"
    "Such a Sweet Story"
    What made the experience of listening to The Choice the most enjoyable?

    The characters, the narrator, this beautiful story.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The story moved me to tears. Such a sweet love story, and love stories aren't really my thing, In fact I had purchased this several months ago started it and blew it off. Figured I wouldn't like it. I scanned my library and remembered this. What a sweet surprise. The characters are people you can relate to. Just very simple, everyday people. And an actual love story that is believable.

    Have you listened to any of Holter Graham???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I am not sure. But I loved his performance in this. He has a beautiful voice. One you don't get tired of hearing.

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

    Yes. When you have felt that sort of love in your life you understand what this poor man was going through. I loved him for loving her the way that he did.

    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this to any one. Even hard nosed mystery buffs like me. Its nice sometimes to enjoy the beauty in life sometimes, not all the suspense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Why Did I Wait So Long To Read This!"

    Well reviews really matter to me. And based on some of what I had read I was afraid to read this book. I am a little puny when it comes to violence. But there were good reviews as well, they sold me. My imagination is obviously much worse. I was really afraid there would be gory detail. So glad I took the chance on this book. It was incredible!!! There was some adult content, but nothing I couldn't handle. Watch the news its much much worse. It was a little slow getting started, but it introduces you to some pretty important characters with some foreign names. Once this book gets going you are hooked. You have to find out what happens. What a great ride.

    The narrator was great too. Didn't know if I'd like the accent at first ,but warmed to it quickly.

    I loved it so much. I was buying the second in this series at the last chapter of this one. I didn't want it to end. Lisbeth is such an interesting character. You want to know more and more about her. Not your typical heroine. Very unusual and different. Some how you love her still.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Inside the Mind of Casey Anthony: A Psychological Portrait

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Keith Ablow
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The trial of 25-year-old Casey Anthony for the death of her daughter, Caylee, was the most sensational case in America since O.J. Simpson’s. After being acquitted in July 2011, Ms. Anthony instantly became one of the most infamous women in the world. Dr. Keith Ablow distills tens of thousands of pages of documents he has obtained, his behind-the-camera, one-on one interviews, and his decades of experience in the world of forensic psychiatry to make sense of this troubled young woman.

    Snufu says: "Author's strange obsession"
    "Pure Trash"

    If you watched the trial, followed the story you"d know that this isn't an accurate description of events. He took Casey Anthony's attorney's opening statement and ran with it. I am very disappointed. I can't even finish it Wasted my credit on this book.

    37 of 45 people found this review helpful
  • The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Joe McGinniss
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Just in time for the kickoff of the 2012 presidential campaign, Joe McGinniss, the author of the classic account of the packaging of a presidential candidate, The Selling of the President; of the acclaimed search for the essence of Alaska, Going to Extremes; and of the best-selling study of the dark family secrets of an American patriarch, Fatal Vision; presents his already controversial investigative chronicle of Sarah Palin as an individual, politician, and cultural phenomenon.

    Glorianne says: "Thoughtful account, contrary to popular belief"
    "Loved it"

    This was an excellent listen. All the controversy surrounding this book I had to listen for myself. Thanks Joe McGinniss for this excellent portrayal of the former governor of Alaska. Its all that I suspected and more. Thank you for your honest, candid story. The narrator does a great job. Great listen.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Horns: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache, and a pair of horns growing from his temples. At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances.

    bet says: "people are funny"

    This book grabbed my attention and kept it there. When not listening I was thinking about it. Joe Hill definitely follows his parents footsteps. Very, very entertaining. Thanks Joe what a great ride.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Say Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee, Lincoln Hoppe

    For Kimberly Quincy, FBI Special Agent, it all starts with a pregnant hooker. The story Delilah Rose tells Kimberly about her johns is too horrifying to be true; but prostitutes are disappearing, one by one, with no explanation, and no one but Kimberly seems to care.

    KSK says: "Not for the faint of heart"

    I have read every Lisa Gardner book there is. I am never disappointed. I listened to this and couldn't leave it alone. One of those you want to savor and yet you can't resist finding out what is going to happen next.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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