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Columbia, MO | Member Since 2008

  • 2 reviews
  • 10 ratings
  • 436 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015

  • 12th of Never

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Lindsay Boxer's beautiful baby is born! But after only a week at home with her new daughter, Lindsay is forced to return to work to face two of the biggest cases of her career. A rising star football player for the San Francisco 49ers is the prime suspect in a grisly murder. At the same time, Lindsay is confronted with the strangest story she's ever heard: An eccentric English professor has been having vivid nightmares about a violent murder and he's convinced is real.

    Hilary says: "Wow - this is bad! Even for the WMC Series!!!"
    "Waste of Time"

    I have followed this series from the beginning; this one gives me permission to let it go. The Women's Murder Club used to consist of one or two cases that Lindsey Boxer and her unofficial team would solve. The books have been going downhill for a while, however, I stuck with it out of some sense of misguided loyalty; I'm sure many readers have as well -- hopeful that the creativity that captured us in the beginning might return. It isn't and this will be the last James Patterson purchase I make. The cases are unrelated and there is absolutely nothing engaging about them or the characters involved in solving them.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Calling Me Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Julie Kibler
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin, Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a big favor to ask her hairdresser, Dorrie. She wants the black single mother to drop everything and drive her from Texas to a funeral in Ohio - tomorrow. Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious about Isabelle’s past, agrees, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives. Isabelle confesses that, as a teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family’s housekeeper - in a town where blacks weren’t allowed after dark. The tale of their forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences just might help Dorrie find her own way.

    Alexandria says: "I really wanted to like it"
    "Great Readers, Disappointing Story"

    I have long enjoyed Bahni Turpin as a narrator, which is what led me to this book, and along with Lorna Raver, they tell this story well. Unfortunately, the story does not do their fine narration justice. Didn't the author read any real history before crafting this? In her attempt to develop a story of star-crossed lovers, she really only reinforces images of a selfish, privileged white girl then woman who cannot understand why she cannot get her way. As a young woman she ruins the lives of a black family who has worked in service to hers since before her birth. Then as an old lady, she enlists her black hairdresser into service as a companion and driver during a period when the black woman clearly needs to be at home tending to her own family. Of course, in typical white savior fashion, in relating her story over the course of the journey, she helps the poor black woman, who has been incapable of forming a decent relationship with men. Sadly, I suspect Ms. Kibler thought she was just telling a story, but with the psychotic history the United States has with regard to race, one must take greater care in developing a story as complex as she wanted this one to be. In reality, Robert would have been lynched in 1939 Kentucky and there's no way his mother would have still had a job as the family housekeeper. More likely, the family would have had to flee in the night, and there would have been reprisals against the entire black community.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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