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Bradley

WICHITA, KS, United States

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  • Mob Daughter: The Mafia, Sammy "The Bull" Gravano, and Me!

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Karen Gravano, Lisa Pulitzer
    • Narrated By Karen Gravano
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (75)

    Karen Gravano is the daughter of Sammy “the Bull” Gravano, once one of the mafia's most feared hit men. With 19 confessed murders, the former Gambino Crime Family underboss - and John Gotti’s right-hand man - is the highest ranking gangster ever to turn State’s evidence and testify against members of his high-profile crime family. But to Karen, Sammy Gravano was a sometimes elusive but always loving father figure. He was ever-present at the head of the dinner table.

    Bradley says: "More of a Sammy "The Bull" biography"
    "More of a Sammy "The Bull" biography"
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    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Mob Daughter?

    I loved the way she wrote about her father/daughter relationship with Sammy. The love and respect they have towards each other is amazing.


    What didn’t you like about Karen Gravano’s performance?

    She had no emotion in her voice throughout the story and she seemed to stumble on her words.


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

    Even though Sammy did a lot of horrible things, I still felt sympathy for him. I know that seems strange but maybe it's because the story is obviously bias. If there was a story from a victim's family perspective, I probably would hate him.


    Any additional comments?

    Do I feel like I wasted a credit? No. The majority of the book is about Sammy. He is a very interesting person to read about, only I wish Karen would have shared more of her own personal experiences. Whenever she did they came off as afterthoughts.

    The middle of the book is almost a repeat of the first half, but the pace picks up towards the end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Scorpio Races

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Maggie Stiefvater
    • Narrated By Steve West, Fiona Hardingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (465)
    Story
    (473)

    With her trademark lyricism, Maggie Stiefvater turns to a new world, where a pair are swept up in a daring, dangerous race across a cliff—with more than just their lives at stake should they lose.

    Staaj says: "Stiefvater at Her Best"
    "Excellent Idea, Okay Story..."
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    Performance
    Story

    I thought the idea of water horses was very interesting but the author doesn't explain any of the mythos behind the race or the horses.

    The pace was slow and borderline boring. The narration though is very well done.

    Puck (Kate) was more developed then Sean so I really didn't care for his POV until towards the end.

    I loved the way the author describes things (i.e. the setting, people, & situations) it really put me in the world that she was trying to create.

    Overall, I felt like I wasted a credit.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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