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Robin

Richmond, VA, USA

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  • 39 titles in library
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  • House of Sand and Fog

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andre Dubus III
    • Narrated By Andre Dubus III, Fontaine Dollas Dubus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (494)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (132)

    In this riveting novel of almost unbearable suspense, three fragile yet determined people become dangerously entangled in a relentlessly escalating crisis. Colonel Behrani, once a wealthy man in Iran, is now a struggling immigrant willing to bet everything he has to restore his family's dignity. Kathy Nicolo is a troubled young woman whose house is all she has left, and who refuses to let her hard-won stability slip away from her. Sheriff Lester Burdon becomes obsessed with helping her fight for justice.

    JOHN says: "Tremendous!"
    "Couldn't stop listening!"
    Overall

    I basically missed a day of work listening to this book! It was so good I could not turn it off, so I sat at my desk doing busy work while listening!

    As I listened to it, I thought, 'There but for the grace of God go I'! While the main character is not perfect, she let a few mistakes snowball out of control.

    The reading was wonderful - especially the reading by the author - the accents were fabulous. I think it had to be better than actually reading it!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Million Little Pieces

    • ABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Frey
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (707)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (132)

    By the time James Frey enters a drug and alcohol treatment facility, he has so thoroughly ravaged his body that the doctors are shocked he is still alive. Inside the clinic, he is surrounded by patients as troubled as he: a judge, a mobster, a former world-champion boxer, and a fragile former prostitute. To James, their friendship and advice seem stronger and truer than the clinic's droning dogma of How to Recover.

    Robert in Denver says: "Waste of time"
    "Frey is a"
    Overall

    James Frey wants the world to feel sorry for him. He wants to be the hero that overcame a vicious addiction. Sorry. I ain't buying it!
    I tryed to listen to this book from both the perspective that it was mostly fiction as well as autobiographical. Either way, it is a whiny, snivelling, repetitive book.
    As an autobiography, it is not a believable storyline. Having had experiences with AA, detox, and rehab myself I can call BS on Mr. Frey. It simply doesn't work the way he says it does.
    If it was written as fiction, it has poorly developed and unbelievable characters. And as fiction, too many of the events are too over the top to believe.
    FINALLY, in his own "ripped from the headlines" twist, Frey has to throw in a jab at the Catholic church (no, I am not a Catholic) by bringing a perverted priest into the story at the end. This, along with the other lies in the book, were just too much to take.
    After finishing the book, I read "The Smoking Gun" report that checked the veracity of the story. Now that I know just how LITTLE of this book is fact, and how MUCH is fiction, I like the book even less.
    ON A GOOD NOTE, AND WHY I GAVE IT TWO STARS INSTEAD OF ONLY ONE...the reading is fantastic! I truly think I liked this a lot more hearing it than if I had read it.
    Peraps Frey could next time write about his privleged upbringing, his normal high school years (yes, he was just a normal high school kid), his fraternity days, and his fooling of the American public. Now that would be an autobiography...but I guess it wouldn't sell well enough!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Lovely Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Alice Sebold
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    Overall
    (509)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    It may be difficult to imagine a life-affirming book which begins with the main character, a 14-year-old girl, recounting her rape and murder, but Alice Sebold's debut novel is just such a book. Having received advance critical acclaim that before now was reserved only for literary giants, this book will no doubt invite comparisons to works such as Tracy Chevalier's The Girl with the Pearl Earring and Toni Morrison's Beloved.

    Susanne W. says: "Don't Pass It Up!!!"
    "Wonderful perspective"
    Overall

    I loved this book not only because it was a good mystery (although it is not really a mystery who killed the little girl!), but I really liked that it was told from the perspective of the child that was murdered. It made me realize that so much of our grieving is about us and that those that have passed would not want our lives to end because of their death. Instead, by living a productive exicting life we can memorialize our lost loved ones better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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