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Tuscaloosa, AL, United States | Member Since 2008

  • 4 reviews
  • 18 ratings
  • 979 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2015

  • Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Janet Reitman
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Scientology, created in 1954 by a prolific sci-fi writer named L. Ron Hubbard, claims to be the world's fastest-growing religion, with millions of members around the world and huge financial holdings. Its celebrity believers keep its profile high, and its teams of "volunteer ministers" offer aid at disaster sites such as Haiti and the World Trade Center. But Scientology is also a notably closed faith, harassing journalists and others through litigation and intimidation, even infiltrating the highest levels of government to further its goals.

    Matt says: "My cup of tea."
    "The Bernie Madoff meets Michael Corleon Religion"

    Tom Cruise, Ron L Hubbard and aliens where the only three things I knew about Scientology when I started this book.

    However, if Janet Reitman's book is anywhere close to the truth, Scientology is a business that Michael Corleone would be proud "run". As I listened to this book, I continually thought of the scams of Bernie Madoff. Talk about selling absolutely nothing to somebody.... As with the other religions available, there is nothing tangible to show after you donate, tithe or volunteer your time, however, most religions will expect something around 10 percent. This religion is never satisfied until it's followers are broke.

    The recruiting methods used to pull big names such as Cruise and Travolta were astounding. The fact that these actors are not aware they were manipulated by people who were strategically placed into their day to day lives is unreal.

    This book allows you access to information that 99.99999 % of the Scientology followers can not access.

    This book was written and spoken superbly. I have several biopic and historical books in my audio collection. This is the first of that genre that kept me sitting in my vehicle waiting to see what was happening next.

    I'm serious, this book reveals a side of this cult that I found quite disturbing.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Betty Smith
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A moving coming-of-age story set in the 1900s, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn follows the lives of 11-year-old Francie Nolan, her younger brother Neely, and their parents, Irish immigrants who have settled in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Johnny Nolan is as loving and fanciful as they come, but he is also often drunk and out of work, unable to find his place in the land of opportunity.

    Nancy says: "Leaves you wondering what happened next -"
    "Great Book, Kate Burton did fantastic narrating!"

    This book is not my normal read, however, it may be one of my favorite books after reading. Glad I did not pass this one up.

    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

    "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"
    "Heartbreaking, infuriating and uplifting"

    Ms. Dugard's writing style is a bit undeveloped, however, that just added to this story in my opinion.

    My heart broke several times during the reading of this book. Having a daughter of mine own, I can not express how much I appreciate Ms Dugard sharing this experience with others. Hoping she will be made more aware of easy it is for someone to be taken, I've ask my daughter to listen to this book.

    These people were monsters.

    Well worth the listen. If you have children, this book is a must.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "I did not want it to end!"

    Finally a book to rival Pillars of the Earth! This book pulled me into all the intertwined stories to a point that I hated it each time we shifted focus. Just as Pillars focused on many characters, World W/O End does the same, only better. Follet managed to develop so many characters who seem so real. When this book ended, I missed many of the characters. I listen to books when I travel and actually looked foward to getting into my vehicle to listen to this book. There were a couple of times that I sat in parking lots waiting to see how the "current" crisis would be handled. Pillars of the Earth and World Without End are two of the best works of fiction written during past 20 years.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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