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L. R. Lindsay

I write a Film and Food blog called Tinsel & Tine (Reel & Dine). However, that doesn't yet pay the bills, what does, is boring, monotonous and tedious. But by the Grace of God, I'm able to entertain myself listening to audiobooks while working.

  • 7 reviews
  • 14 ratings
  • 41 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • The Delilah Complex

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By M. J. Rose
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross

    The Scarlet Society is a secret club of 12 powerful and sexually adventurous women. But when a photograph of the body of one of the men they're recruited to dominate - strapped to a gurney, the number 1 inked on the sole of his foot - is sent to the New York Times, they are shocked and frightened. Unable to cope with the tragedy, the women turn to Dr. Morgan Snow.

    Greg says: "Good Soft Porn"
    "Quick, Entertaining Read"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Could use more sex.

    Would you be willing to try another book from M. J. Rose? Why or why not?

    Yes. I know M.J Rose has written a series of books taking place at the Butterfield Institute featuring Dr. Morgan Snow, I'd be interested in following this character through a few more cases.

    Did Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Very much so. Both readers were thoughtful in their character portrayals.

    Do you think The Delilah Complex needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes. The blooming romance between Dr. Morgan Snow and Detective Noah Jordan is just heating up at the end of the novel.

    Any additional comments?

    I agree with the other reviewers that said you can easily figure out who is behind the abductions, but it's still an interesting plot. And Det. Jordan is super sexy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Gospel of Inclusion

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Bishop Carlton Pearson
    • Narrated By Bishop Carlton Pearson

    Fourth-generation fundamentalist Carlton Pearson, a Christian megastar and host, takes a courageous and controversial stand on religion: he proposes a hell-less Christianity and a gospel of inclusion that calls for an end to local and worldwide conflicts and divisions along religious lines.

    L. R. Lindsay says: "Needs More Content"
    "Needs More Content"
    Would you try another book from Bishop Carlton Pearson and/or Bishop Carlton Pearson?

    Depends on the topic

    What about Bishop Carlton Pearson’s performance did you like?

    He's an Evangelical Preacher, so he knows how to project, resonate, and modulate his voice for effect. I'm glad he narrated his own book.

    Was The Gospel of Inclusion worth the listening time?


    Any additional comments?

    I'm horrible about giving up something for Lent and sticking with it. So in recent years, I decided during Lent to read a book with a religious theme, someone's experience of God or something spiritual and mystical. This seemed a more positive way of participating without torturing myself with giving up bread, alcohol or cake.

    This year I choose "The Gospel of Inclusion" because I heard tell of Bishop Pearson's fascinating journey on the NPR radio program "This American Life". Bishop Pearson's transformation, loss, struggle and ultimate gain is a compelling story.

    The problem with this book is it preaches to the already converted. As Bishop Pearson found out first hand when he lost practically his whole congregation, you cannot persuade "Christians" away from a dogmatic, rules & regulation, judgmental, bigoted, fire and brimstone mentality. This type of church-goer needs this way of thinking, otherwise they feel lost in the vastness of this world.

    So everything he imparts in the book is to those who already have a more open, inclusive, spiritual way of looking at God, religion and faith. I didn't really come away with any new revelations.The book does touch on what was lost of the real message of Jesus and his teachings, due to the formation of "religion". So much of what we are taught has been influenced by the politics and power struggles which took place starting year 1.

    I believe Jesus came to remind us of our own power and divinity, but this message was deliberately obliterated, and manically stamped out to keep control on societies. It was good to hear Bishop Pearson speak on this in similar terms.

    I recommend the book, but be prepared for some redundancy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gabriel's Inferno

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sylvain Reynard
    • Narrated By John Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well-respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption. When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide.

    Lulu says: "Souls Too Tortured for My Taste"
    "How to Stretch a Short Story Into Two Novels"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It's obvious Reynard tried way too hard to recapture the lightening in a bottle that is "50 Shades of Grey":

    Like Christian, Gabriel is extraordinarily rich and a troubled soul. Orphaned as a child and raised by the perfect adoptive parents. Including a sister who is the only one not intimidated by him. He even has an unstable ex-girlfriend wanting him back.

    Like Anna, Julia is a 23 year-old, innocent student, studying literature. And just as stupidly clueless. She even has a very similar relationship with her father.

    It's a drawn out romance with minimal plot, centered around dialog & sex between the two protagonists; but believe it or not, the dialog is not as good as 50 Shades, which was not exactly pros. And the sex doesn't even come close!

    What was most disappointing about Sylvain Reynard’s story?

    The one thing the story had going for it was the many references to the middle ages poet Dante Alighieri and his muse Beatrice. The climax of the book would be the perfect opportunity to bring their "alter egos" full circle. Instead Gabriel leaves clues for Julia to let her know why he's disappeared, by quoting another middle ages couple. This wouldn't be so bad except Julia doesn't pick up on any of the literary references, even though she's supposed to be getting a Harvard Doctorate on this stuff!

    Then once all is revealed she doesn't even feel stupid or apologize for being so obtuse.

    What didn’t you like about John Morgan’s performance?

    Narrator John Morgan had the perfect voice for Gabriel, but because there is so much dialog, it would have been better if Julia had been read by a woman. Morgan sounded like a strange drag queen and never seemed to have the right inflection for Julia's emotions.

    Any additional comments?

    These characters were not delightful or interesting enough for two books. If she had combined "Gabriel's Inferno" and" Gabrriel's Rapture" into one book, it would have been passable in terms of plot and romance.

    But trying to stretch such a simple story into two books, made each novel feel weighted, full of exposition and never ending.

    I know you're probably wondering why I read the second book if I was so dissatisfied with the first one. I was curious to see if things would pick up. More importantly, Gabriel and Julia's physical relationship, was supposed to heat up in "Gabriel's Rature", which it did, but again, not worth a second book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Grant says: "Something about this book bothered me."
    "Wonderfully Weird"
    Would you listen to The Night Circus again? Why?

    I don't normally listen to books twice. However, I did so love the odd rhythm of this novel, that if I were to revisit books I would put Night Circus on my re-listen list.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Night Circus?

    All the scenes involving Celia and Prospero (her father) are engrossing. Their love/hate relationship holds many facets. The reader is always aware the stakes of the "game" are much higher than either Celia or Marco are aware and it's made doubly wicked by the fact that Perspero is so willing to possibly sacrifice his only daughter.

    What does Jim Dale bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?


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

    No. It's engrossing, but does not have a traditional narrative, you tend to wantt to enjoy it in smaller sessions.

    Any additional comments?

    This book may as well have been written as a screenplay first. It's so easy to imagine it as a film. The colorful characters and the black and white set. I can't wait to see all the clever CGI they'll use to create the magical illusions of Le Cirque des Reves. And also the spectacle of red scarfs and roses against a backdrop of en noir et blanc.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: Discovering the Philosopher in You: The Big Questons in Philosophy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Colin McGinn
    • Narrated By Colin McGinn

    Everyone has their own inner philosopher - a voice within that asks, oh so insistently, philosophical questions. Everyone wants to know what the ultimate nature of the world is, what the self is, whether we have free will, how our minds relate to our bodies, whether we can really know anything, where ethical truth comes from, what the meaning of life is, and whether or not there is a God.

    Sergio says: "Recommended"
    "Droning On and On"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It's not for those who know Philosophy or those looking to be introduced.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Colin McGinn again?


    Would you be willing to try another one of Colin McGinn’s performances?


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Modern Scholar?

    His hesitant voice and one level, rattling speech pattern.

    Any additional comments?

    The book asks the most interesting questions we possess in the Universe; yet answers them with nothing but banality. I couldn't even finish.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • 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.

    Susan says: "Fifty Shades of Bad Writing"
    "Couldn't Help But Jump on the Bandwagon"
    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    Most Likely

    Would you be willing to try another book from E. L. James? Why or why not?

    Yes. E L James gets to the sentimental heart of romance and character. Of course the draw for this book and I would imagine any future novels is her ability to be wonderfully explicit when writing erotic passages.

    Would you listen to another book narrated by Becca Battoe?

    Would depend on the character she was portraying

    Did Fifty Shades of Grey inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, read the next two books!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Abides: The 60th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By George R. Stewart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Connie Willis

    A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he'd either dreaded or hoped for.

    J. Rhoderick says: "Brilliant, beautiful, sad, terrifying"
    "No Daygig in a Post-Apocalyptic World"
    If you could sum up Earth Abides in three words, what would they be?

    Fascinating, Realistic, Thought-Provoking.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Earth Abides?

    I wish they had gone into more detail when they vote to kill the newest member of "The Tribe".

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

    No. Too complicated and spans too many years. As interesting as it is, it's not a page turner to want to read it in one sitting.

    Any additional comments?

    For my full discussion of the book visit my site

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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