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Nicole

Nic

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  • 12 reviews
  • 187 ratings
  • 399 titles in library
  • 57 purchased in 2014
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  • Big Brother: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Alice Rosengard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (132)

    When Pandora picks up her older brother Edison at the airport, she doesn't recognize him. In the four years since the siblings last saw each other, he has gained hundreds of pounds. What happened? Imposing himself on Pandora's world, Edison breaks her husband Fletcher's handcrafted furniture, and entices her stepson to drop out of high school. After the brother-in-law has more than overstayed his welcome, Fletcher delivers his wife an ultimatum: It's him or me.

    Jacqueline says: "Well worth the credit--"
    "Such a relevant issue"
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    To have a close family member interject themselves intimately into your life for an extended period of time while being morbidly obese to the point of causing damage to your home, changing how meals are eaten (the focal point of family communication) and even altering your marriage is topic of Big Brother. Lionel Shriver does an excellent job of developing "Obesity" as a character of its own while showing the damaging impact it can have not only on the obese but on those around.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • American Savage: Insights, Slights, and Fights on Faith, Sex, Love, and Politics

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dan Savage
    • Narrated By Dan Savage
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (524)

    Dan Savage has always had a loyal audience, thanks to his syndicated sex-advice column Savage Love but since the incredible global success of his It Gets Better project, his profile has skyrocketed. Savage is recognized as someone whose opinions about our culture, politics, and society should not only be listened to but taken seriously. Now, in American Savage, he writes on topics ranging from marriage, parenting, and the gay agenda to the Catholic Church, sex education, and the obesity epidemic.

    Tim says: "You will laugh, you may cry and will probably fume"
    "If you love Dan Savage, you will love this book."
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    If you love Dan Savage, you will love this book, if you don't, then use your money for something else. This book won't change your mind. This is Dan at his purest. This is a book of random topics and for followers of Dan, we all knew what would be in this book but it was a good read to hear it pulled together. My favorite parts were his memories of his mother and the chapter on the church. Each listener will make their own conclusion as to where they stand with faith. There were parts of this book that caused me to laugh out loud. Other parts made me smile to myself. If you read, you should take time to watch the YouTube video he references in the book. In the end, it was a good laugh and reminder that I can like people I don't agree 100% with.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Still Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Chevy Stevens
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1535)
    Performance
    (894)
    Story
    (901)

    On the day she was abducted, Annie O’Sullivan, a 32-year-old Realtor, had three goals: sell a house, forget about a recent argument with her mother, and be on time for dinner with her ever-patient boyfriend. The open house is slow, but when her last visitor pulls up in a van as she’s about to leave, Annie thinks it just might be her lucky day after all.

    Richard Delman says: "A singular voice; a horrendous story."
    "Brutal and Course, not fully developed"
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    *The book does have profanity and a rape description but I have read many books I found much more offensive*
    The story begins with a nightmare: working alone, only to be taken. What happened during the period of captivity is told during a series of therapy sessions. At the end of the book, I felt that the author spent so much time developing the story of captivity that end was rushed. Overall, I was disappointed. The idea or premise of the book is excellent but I was left with a feeling that it needed further development. Maybe the book needed a few extra chapters or pages. The ending needed further development.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • He's Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Deb Caletti
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (110)

    The Sunday morning starts like any other. But on this particular Sunday morning, she's surprised to see that her husband, Ian, is not home. As the hours pass, Dani fills her day with small things. But still, Ian does not return. And then, like a relentless blackness, the terrible realization hits Dani: He's gone. As the days pass, Dani will plumb the depths of her conscience, turning over and revealing the darkest of her secrets in order to discover the hard truth - about herself, her husband, and their lives together.

    Nicole says: "Every Partner's Worst Nightmare"
    "Every Partner's Worst Nightmare"
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    Dani Keller wakes up to find her husband missing... Gone. As the story unravels, Dani goes through the history of their relationship from how it began with an affair to how it is no longer a story book romance. Her telling of their past corresponds to her emotions. She is frustrated and she tells of the small frustrations, she misses him and she tells about the good parts, she becomes afraid and she tells about the larger missing pieces of their relationship and eventually she comes to accept the reality. No matter how perfect their beginning, in the end, the Keller's became just like everyone else with the same fears and fights. All relationships are basically the same when you look at them closely.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1523)
    Performance
    (1373)
    Story
    (1368)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "Old town gossip & personal failability"
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    Initially I wasn't excited about this book because the reviews had not been great but it was wonderful. The author, Ann Leary, must have lived in an alcoholic hom to u dear stand how it can be truly perfect and a nightmare all in one day. The narrarotor Mary Beth Hurt bring the characters to life and can move with shameless ease from a male to female.
    This story is told over Hilda Good's lifetime, through her eyes with opinions given by those closest to her. Hilda, also tells the town history. By the end of the story, Hilda has learned a few things about herself and if you didn't like her at the beginning, you will by the end. You may even find you want to spend a few more nights at the Good House.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The End of the Dream: The Golden Boy Who Never Grew Up and Other True Cases: Ann Rule's Crime Files, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (59)

    They were best friends, four talented and charismatic young men who lived charmed lives among the evergreens of Washington state: Kevin, the artist; Steve, the sculptor; Scott, the nature lover and unabashed ladies' man; and Mark, the musician and poet. With their stunning good looks, whip-sharp minds, athletic bodies - and no lack of women who adored them - none of them seemed slated for disaster. But few knew the reality behind the leafy screen that surrounded Seven Cedars, Scott's woodland dream home....

    S. Johnson says: "BORING for Ann Rule"
    "Not all murder"
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    This was a little different for Ann Rule. This story was split into one large section and several small stories. The first story goes into great detail of studying the lives, history and past of a group of young men who eventually become notorious bank robbers. For many of us, the are still the most memorable no matter what side of the country you live on. She delves into how these boys turned me lived seemingly normal lives but failed to connect to the lives around them. She looks for the "why"
    There are several short stories that are honestly not as impressive and run together. One is about a peeping Tom who rapes and murders. There is limited history given as to motivation. What is given feels rushed. There are a few other short stories but they all ran together and 12 hours after reading, I cannot remember them distinctly enough to write a summary.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Nineteen Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2310)
    Performance
    (921)
    Story
    (940)

    Jodi Picoult delivers the riveting tale of one small town's entanglement with high-school violence.

    New York Superior Court Judge Alex Cormier is assigned to preside over the case of the alleged Sterling High School shooter. Lawyer Jordan McAffee represents Peter, the boy who, on the day of the shooting, was found in the corner of the gymnasium holding a gun to his head with a shaky hand. Detective Patrick DuCharme has one star witness, but her story keeps changing. And then there's the biggest problem of all: the star witness happens to be Judge Cormier's daughter.

    Suze says: "Mesmerizing"
    "Not the best of Jodi Picoult"
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    I downloaded this book looking for an easy, chic flick but this was was too "easy" for me. About half way through, the plot became evident and there was no mystery left at all. I couldn't even finish it. I instead starting skipping the last chapters. I love reading these books because they are a great escape but I found this to be the worst of the Picoult book factory series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Do Yourself a Favor...Forgive: Learn How to Take Control of Your Life Through Forgiveness

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Joyce Meyer
    • Narrated By Sandra McCollom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (34)

    Building on her signature message of using the mind to master difficult emotions, Joyce Meyer focuses on the most destructive, insidious one of all: anger. It is responsible for broken relationships, sleepless nights, high blood pressure and ulcers. It destroys friendships, marriages and families, not to mention peace of mind. Anger is especially hard to handle for many Christians who have learned from childhood that "good Christians don't get angry." Meyer argues that properly handled, anger is an alert system that something is wrong and needs to be resolved.

    ShariJoy says: "Couldn't finish it. Love Joyce but the narrator.."
    "Excellent guidance on forgiveness"
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    If you are a Joyce Meyer follower, you will not be disappointed with this book. It holds true to form as she delves into the very difficult topic of forgiveness. She does have a few opinions that others may struggle with such as forgiving and re-establishing a relationship. For some of us, that may be more than we can handle. She gives scripture to support her advice as well as references to events in her life. Overall, this is like all Joyce Meyer book's- a good read and opens the reader up to further discussion and study.
    Some have complained about the narrators voice but since I, personally, don't like Joyce Meyer's voice, I found the narrators voice pleasant.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Rose for Her Grave - and Other True Cases: Ann Rule's Crime Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (114)

    "A Rose for Her Grave" - the principal story of this collection - vividly recreates the cautionary tale of Randy Roth, a misogynistic sociopath from the Pacific Northwest whose rage was directed primarily at women and children. Addicted to his own greed, Roth exercised a powerful aura of control over his victims, using his ability to charm and boyish good looks to lower their defenses. By the time they saw the reality of the madness in his eyes, it was usually too late.

    Laura says: "Interesting nonfiction cases"
    "This is an Old Book -From 1993"
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    The story is great, well researched, very detailed. It goes into a crime that I (being 40) vaguely remember. The reason for that is because it was originally published in 1993. There are many other more current true crime books. Buy one of those- the forensics will interest you more. Also, the actual paper version of this book is out of print on some sites.
    Randy Roth was a horrible monster but his conviction was from 1991... Not sure why this is just now being released on Audible.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Presumed Guilty: Casey Anthony: The Inside Story

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Peter Golenbock, Jose Baez
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (53)

    When Caylee Anthony was reported missing in Orlando, Florida, in July 2008, the public spent the next three years following the investigation and the eventual trial of her mother, Casey Anthony. On July 5, 2011, the case that captured headlines worldwide exploded when, against all odds, defense attorney Jose Baez delivered one of the biggest legal upsets in American history: a not-guilty verdict.

    Tracy says: "Blah, blah, blah"
    "If you Don't Have an Open Mind, Don't Bother"
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    I followed this this story and trial so the book was only a natural step for me. I was pleasantly surprised at the new information presented. I found things about Jose Baez I did not know. I think everyone deserves a chance to be heard and defended, even zealously defended if their attorney is so inclined. After reading this book, you will understand the need for such a defense maybe a little better. If your mind is totally closed on this case, maybe you will at least have respect for an attorney who believed in the responsibility of his job and the commitment to his client.
    The book is an easy listen.
    The only complaint is the narrator's voice is a little odd sounding since most of us have Jose Baez's voice in our head from the trial. I think there could have been a better choice made.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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