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Carmen

Burlington, NC, United States

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  • 5 reviews
  • 7 ratings
  • 77 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014
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  • A Wilderness of Error: The Trials of Jeffrey MacDonald

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Errol Morris
    • Narrated By John Pruden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (40)

    Early on the morning of February 17, 1970, in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, a Green Beret doctor named Jeffrey MacDonald called the police for help. When the officers arrived at his home they found the bloody and battered bodies of MacDonald's pregnant wife and two young daughters. The word "pig" was written in blood on the headboard in the master bedroom. As MacDonald was being loaded into the ambulance, he accused a band of drug-crazed hippies of the crime.

    Carmen says: "Rocked My World"
    "Rocked My World"
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    Any additional comments?

    I was always convinced Macdonald was guilty. 100%, no question. The first half of the book didn't impress me. It seemed as if if Morris was just content to spout philosophy. He brings the jackhammer down in the second half and I'm still astonished at the lack of info regarding the Macdonald case I had no idea existed. I doubt Macdonalds guilt but, even if I didn't, the things that occurred during his trials frighten me in the sense that this judicial malfeasance could actually occur in my lifetime.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Therese Anne Fowler
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (448)
    Performance
    (397)
    Story
    (397)

    Picture a late-May morning in 1918, a time when Montgomery wore her prettiest spring dress and finest floral perfume - same as I would wear that evening.... Thus begins the story of beautiful, reckless, 17-year-old Zelda Sayre on the day she meets Lieutenant Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald at a country club dance. Fitzgerald isn’t rich or settled; no one knows his people; and he wants, of all things, to be a writer in New York. No matter how wildly in love they may be, Zelda’s father firmly opposes the match....

    L.W. says: "Great! From the first page to the last....."
    "WONDERFUL!"
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    If you could sum up Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald in three words, what would they be?

    glamorous, worldly, tragic


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald?

    There's simply no way I could pick one...seriously.


    Any additional comments?

    Jenna Lamia blew me away! Will look for her as much as the titles! This book was almost exhausting. It was as if I was following Zelda and Scott step for step. What a ride! I hate the lack of a happy ending...a happy 'anything', in the lives of this couple...but it was compelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris
    Overall
    (3434)
    Performance
    (3139)
    Story
    (3122)

    From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences.

    FanB14 says: "Devout Fan Disappointed"
    "Oh, David."
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from David Sedaris and/or David Sedaris?

    Of course, I would.


    If you’ve listened to books by David Sedaris before, how does this one compare?

    I have always viewed Sedaris' books as veritable gems. This one, however, felt like an imposter. I noticed the absence of three things that NO author-not even a bestselling one-should compromise; focus, audio quality and a good editor. I could've lived with the terrible audio and bizarre musical transitions, but the lack of focus (or an editor to catch it) was prevalent in every story. It was like Sedaris was trying to sound introspective and deliver some type of 'make you think about it' moments that came across insincere and disjointed. For example, a story about Loggerhead turtles jumped to gay black men in a bathroom together and David's opining about 'living on the run', then back to turtles, over to the best friend's father's death by heart attack/alcoholism, then a bb gun and back to turtles again. Before, David managed to hit those posts naturally. Not this time. I also noticed a bit more gratuitous blue language. Don't get me wrong; I can cuss a dead man to walk but it didn't sound right coming from David.


    Would you be willing to try another one of David Sedaris’s performances?

    Yes


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal Vision

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Joe McGinniss
    • Narrated By Christopher Reeve
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    The true crime tale of Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald, who murdered his pregnant wife and two young daughters and blamed it on hippies.

    Sauncelery says: "Disappointed"
    "Fabricated but Enjoyable as Fiction"
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    Which character – as performed by Christopher Reeve – was your favorite?

    Reeve was phenomenal. He is missed.


    Any additional comments?

    Joe McGinnis is the worst sort of 'journalist'. Had he presented this book as fiction, I could've given it a wonderful rating, but it isn't. Fatal Vision is responsible for incarcerating a man who may be innocent and, even if guilty, never had a fair trial thanks in part to McGinnis. Read this as fiction as enjoy. As fact, it's disgusting and unconscionable.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • People of the Lie, Volume 2: The Hope for Healing Human Evil

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 23 mins)
    • By M. Scott Peck
    • Narrated By M. Scott Peck
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Dr. M. Scott Peck has inspired millions by combining the deepest insights of psychiatry with those of religion. In this second of a three volume audio series based on his best-selling book People of the Lie, Dr. Peck once again integrates religious teaching with the science of psychology as he offers hope for healing one of society's most persistent failings: human evil.

    Carmen says: "Life Changing"
    "Life Changing"
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    If you could sum up People of the Lie, Volume 2 in three words, what would they be?

    shocking, enlightening, empowering


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Peck's ability to define Malignant Narcissistic Personality Disorder so effectively. I recognized my mother and, after four decades, was able to start down the road of recovery.


    Any additional comments?

    Recommended for those who, like myself, always felt 'crazy' and constantly in turmoil and honestly couldn't figure out why. My mother has MNDP and her abuse will always resonate. But without Peck's book, I would've gone to my grave thinking it was all my fault.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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