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Julie G. Degroat

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  • The Body

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (233)
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    (232)

    Made into the acclaimed film Stand By Me, The Body is a mesmerizing tale of four young boys and their quest to find a dead body, never realizing how much death will affect their lives and their friendship.

    richard says: "An immensely talented author"
    "So Good!!!"
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    What did you love best about The Body?

    The way it ended--I did not see that 'solution' coming. It left me with more questions!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Body?

    when the lightening flashed and they saw the hand.


    Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favorite?

    Probably the dump guy. He was too much!


    Any additional comments?

    ANY Stephen King book is good! This one, though short, is great!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow White Must Die

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nele Neuhaus
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    Overall
    (1003)
    Performance
    (873)
    Story
    (866)

    On a rainy November day, police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: a woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. According to a witness, the woman may have been pushed. The investigation leads Pia and Oliver to a small village, and the home of the victim, Rita Cramer. On a September evening eleven years earlier, two seventeen-year-old girls vanished from the village without a trace.

    C. Vincent says: "Great narrator, unbelievable, never-ending story"
    "Entertaining, but too long"
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    Any additional comments?

    this book was way too long. every time I thought the story was wrapped up and over--it just jumped on to more. It could have been way shorter and more entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Adrian Raine
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cowley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    A leading criminologist who specializes in the neuroscience behind criminal behavior, Adrian Raine introduces a wide range of new scientific research into the origins and nature of violence and criminal behavior. He explains how impairments to areas of the brain that control our ability to experience fear, make decisions, and feel empathy can make us more likely to engage in criminal behavior. He applies this new understanding of the criminal mind to some of the most well-known criminals in history. And he clearly delineates the pressing considerations this research demands.

    Sires says: "Interesting Book the Roots of Abnormal Behavior"
    "Wow! Incredibly Interesting!"
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    Where does The Anatomy of Violence rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is non-fiction, and in my many non-fiction purchases, it ranks in the top 10.


    Any additional comments?

    I hadn't heard much of these brain studies, and I was surprised and amazed at the depth of the program. Much insight into the how/why of violence, what might be causing it, how to predict it, who is responsible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David McRaney
    • Narrated By Don Hagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (676)
    Performance
    (594)
    Story
    (591)

    An entertaining illumination of the stupid beliefs that make us feel wise. You believe you are a rational, logical being who sees the world as it really is, but journalist David McRaney is here to tell you that you're as deluded as the rest of us. But that's OK - delusions keep us sane. You Are Not So Smart is a celebration of self-delusion. It's like a psychology class, with all the boring parts taken out, and with no homework. Based on the popular blog of the same name, You Are Not So Smart collects more than 46 of the lies we tell ourselves everyday.

    Sarah Dumoulin says: "Covers a lot of old territory"
    "not too bad!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    good and interesting information.


    What about Don Hagen’s performance did you like?

    he has the loveliest reading voice!


    Any additional comments?

    this does repeat a lot of info I have read before--studies, experiments, etc. but still enough fresh to keep me listening to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Sheep's Clothing: Understanding and Dealing with Manipulative People

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By George K. Simon
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (150)

    Dr. George K. Simon knows how people push your buttons: your children---especially teens---are experts at it, as is your mate. A coworker may quietly undermine your efforts while professing to be helpful, or your boss may prey on your weaknesses. Manipulative people have two goals: to win and to look good doing it.

    Nathan says: "A Must Read Primer on Manipulation"
    "Not just interesting--you get something to use!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of In Sheep's Clothing to be better than the print version?

    I've never read the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of In Sheep's Clothing?

    helping me identify a manipulator in my life!


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

    yes, and I did! I listened to it all day long while I worked about the house.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The World's Most Bizarre Murders: True Stories That Will Shock and Amaze You

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Marrison
    • Narrated By Drew Campbell
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    This is no ordinary true crime book. If you think you've got the stomach for the most blood-curdling, sickening and downright strangest murders you will ever come across, then look no further than these pages. You have been warned...

    Stephen says: "Interesting Book, TERRIBLE Narrator/Production"
    "did no one edit this reader???"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one. No one ever. I have no idea if the story is any good because the reader was so bad.


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Marrison again?

    as long as it wasn't read by Drew Campbell, I might consider it.


    What didn’t you like about Drew Campbell’s performance?

    He Can't Read Out Loud. Or maybe he just didn't get the performance cleaned up by an editor. Either way, totally wrecked the book for me.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The World's Most Bizarre Murders?

    who knows? I missed out on most of it because I was so distracted by the reader.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader continually reads a sentence, starts it again, breaks off in the middle and gives the sentence a different reading, mispronounces names and just words in general and corrects himself constantly.Did NO ONE ever edit this book before unsuspecting people bought it??? Every time I got settled into his reading, he'd pull another mistake and I just ended up stopping listening to it all together. I wish I could return this one! What a loss!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4665)
    Performance
    (4322)
    Story
    (4332)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Excellent Entertainment!"
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    Where does Doctor Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top ten of my collection. Actually, I think all of the books in my top ten are by Stephen King.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Danny. It was really interesting to see what happened to him after he escaped the Overlook in The Shining.


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    oh-for sure the voice he gave to "uncle Billy". It made me laugh--I know I've heard someone just like that before!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I just overall enjoyed it a LOT. Patton's reading definitely contributed to my enjoyment with his different voices. and he even did the women really well, which can sometimes be tricky for male readers.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this to anyone, but remember to read The Shining first, so it makes more sense to you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Apocalypse: An Odd Thomas Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1973)
    Performance
    (1734)
    Story
    (1734)

    Once presided over by a flamboyant Hollywood mogul during the Roaring ’20s, the magnificent West Coast property known as Roseland is now home to a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants. And, for the moment, it’s also a port in the storm for Odd Thomas and his traveling companion, the inscrutably charming Annamaria. In the wake of Odd’s most recent clash with lethal adversaries, the opulent manor’s comforts should be welcome. But there’s far more to Roseland than meets even the extraordinary eye of Odd, who soon suspects it may be more hell than haven.

    D says: "Odd Apocalypse; Oddly Great"
    "Five books might be too much for poor Oddy!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes--it is the fifth in a series, and worth listening to.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dean Koontz? Why or why not?

    I have lots already, and many on my wish list! I sure would!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Unfortunately, none spring to mind. That was the problem with this book!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No--just disappointment. I think it might be time to retire poor Odd.


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointed in the story--draggy and strangely bland. Not what I expected from either Dean Koontz or the Odd Thomas series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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