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Solitude1984

Dreamer

Canada | Member Since 2008

ratings
230
REVIEWS
10
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
11

  • Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jacob Tomsky
    • Narrated By Jacob Tomsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (349)

    Jacob Tomsky has worked in hotels for more than a decade, doing everything from valet parking to manning the front desk. He's checked you in, checked you out, separated your white panties from the white bed sheets, parked your car, tasted your room service, cleaned your toilet, denied you a late check out, given you a wake-up call, eaten M&Ms out of your mini-bar, laughed at your jokes, and taken your money. And in Heads in Beds, he pulls back the curtain on the hospitality business.

    colleen says: "credit worthy"
    "I had a feeling this one was going to be great!!"
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    Highly recommend this book!! Well written, funny, and interesting! It will definitely change the way I behave in hotels! I love inside perspectives such as this, it really puts a human face on an industry and makes you appreciate the people working there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jenna Miscavige Hill
    • Narrated By Sandy Rustin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (717)
    Performance
    (655)
    Story
    (655)

    Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member Sea Org - the church's highest ministry - speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape.

    Tim says: "The Despicable Truth Behind Scientology"
    "Excellent!!"
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    An eye-opening and amazing book. Jenna is obviously a very intelligent woman, and a great writer. I'm glad she was able to escape Scientology with enough time to live and appreciate the one life we all have.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (10468)
    Performance
    (9506)
    Story
    (9524)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Would give it 2.5 stars"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes because I enjoyed 2/3 of it.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The last 1/3 of the book was ridiculous. I wanted to scream at the characters to stop with their stupid chattering and get to work! Also, I wasn't a fan of the big secret - it felt too .... weird.


    Could you see 14 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, I can see 14 being made into a movie. It's a very visual book.


    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Child in Time

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Ian McEwan
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    The Child in Time opens with a harrowing event. Stephen Lewis, a successful author of children's books, takes his three-year-old daughter on a routine Saturday morning trip to the supermarket. While waiting in line, his attention is distracted and his daughter is kidnapped. Just like that. From there, Lewis spirals into bereavement that has effects on his relationship with his wife, his psyche and time itself.

    Catherina says: "five out of five both for story and narration"
    "Horrible book"
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    What would have made The Child in Time better?

    A story about the child and the parents, not endless blathering about unrelated or uninteresting topics. The main characters were VERY one-dimensional - I didn't care for any of them. There were also characters in the book who should not have been - they were so boring!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ian McEwan again?

    No.


    What aspect of Nathaniel Parker’s performance would you have changed?

    His performance was good.


    What character would you cut from The Child in Time?

    Quite frankly, everyone. A new set of characters with actual personalities is needed!


    Any additional comments?

    Not recommended!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3890)
    Performance
    (3398)
    Story
    (3366)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Bad, bad, bad!"
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    This book sounded interesting, and maybe it would have been had it not been so drawn out. I actually had to take breaks from listening to this book because it just dragged on and on and on. The narration, on the other hand, was excellent - up until the end when two characters were speaking interchangeably. That just sounded cheesy. Furthermore, I somehow didn't feel any chemistry between Tengo and Aomame. Their relationship felt very forced. They loved the thought of one another but didn't really know each other. There was also a point where the story just became more and more absurd. Not wanting to spoil anything for anyone, I won't get into the details. Over all, I would not recommend this book unless you're very bored and have absolutely nothing better to do/listen to/read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sociopath Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Stout
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (2615)
    Performance
    (1615)
    Story
    (1614)

    We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

    Taryn says: "Reinforces what you have already known"
    "Very interesting!"
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    This was a great book, though I was turned off by the religious portion (the last chapter), as I feel that many sociopaths use religion as a means to control other people. Other than that, I thought this book was quite fascinating, though a little scary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Stolen Life: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jaycee Dugard
    • Narrated By Jaycee Dugard
    Overall
    (1342)
    Performance
    (996)
    Story
    (996)

    "In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation. On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I dont think of myself as a victim. I survived...."

    Daniel says: "Terrific"
    "Hmmm ..."
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    I really think that Jaycee was brave to write about her experience, and I applaud her for doing it. Unfortunately I found this book to be quite bad. It was all over the place, first of all. On top of that, I really don't feel that she should have been reading the book herself. Perhaps her lack of emotion was a way to cope with telling the story, but it's an audiobook - I'm sorry but I don't want to hear a woman reading such a difficult story in a monotone voice ... sometimes it felt like she was listing random things. I got through the whole book, but it was not easy. My husband usually likes listening to audiobooks with me, but after hearing 15 minutes of the book he asked me to switch to another one, and I couldn't blame him. I think I would have preferred to read this book than to listen to it, and feel like I wasted a credit on it. Oh well, it happens ....

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Succubus on Top: Georgina Kincaid, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1108)
    Performance
    (683)
    Story
    (692)

    Love hurts, and no one knows it better than Georgina Kincaid. If she so much as kisses Seth Mortensen, the shy, sexy, incredibly gifted Seattle writer she's been dating, she'll drain his life force. Georgina is a succubus - a demon who draws her power from other men's pleasure. Admittedly, the shapeshifting and immortality perks are terrific, and yes, Georgina did choose to join the ranks of hell centuries ago.

    Shelley says: "Loved this book!"
    "Great!"
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    Definitely a great book - much better than I had expected. I had to buy the second book to see what would happen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Before I Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (764)
    Performance
    (594)
    Story
    (596)

    Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact.

    Bluemoon says: "Great story... but not for kids!"
    "Overrated"
    Overall

    The storyline was in no way unique, and the book as a whole was ultimately disappointing. In general, I love YA books, but this one was kind of ... boring. I couldn't wait until her seven days were over, and although there were a some touching parts, they were few and far between. Also, I didn't find the narrator to be that great, particularly when it came to Kent. He seemed very flat and emotionless to me. I really wanted to love this book just as many of the reviewers did, but I just couldn't. At the end, I felt that there was still something important missing.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • House Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3039)
    Performance
    (1253)
    Story
    (1261)

    One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

    Charlotte says: "Great book until the ending"
    "Sadly, not great"
    Overall

    After reading 'My Sister's Keeper' I was hooked on Jodi's books and have read most of them at this point. Unfortunately it became quite obvious that she was using the same "formula" for many of her books. They were often predictable and became rather boring.

    After reading "Handle With Care" (which I absolutely LOVED), I hoped that she would start writing books that were less predictable. Sadly, she went back to her "formula" in 'House Rules'. Firstly, the crime was no mystery. I knew from the moment it occurred what had happened. The fact that no one allowed Jacob to explain what really happened frustrated me to no end ... it just seemed to drag on and on and on. Then there was the usual love story ... booooorrrrring.

    I was also disappointed with how Jacob was portrayed. I know someone with Aspergers, and although I know that people with the disorder experience different symptoms, Jacob just didn't seem ... real. Sure, it's a fictional portrayal of a person with Autism, but perhaps Jodi should have met a couple of "Aspies" before writing about one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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