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Gerald W. Riley

Colorado Springs | Member Since 2008

  • 6 reviews
  • 23 ratings
  • 459 titles in library
  • 31 purchased in 2015

  • Tricks

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ellen Hopkins
    • Narrated By Laura Flanagan, Jeremy Guskin, Cassandra Campbell, and others

    Five teenagers from different parts of the country. Three girls. Two guys. Four straight. One gay. Some rich. Some poor. Some from great families. Some with no one at all. All living their lives as best they can, but all searching . . . for freedom, safety, community, family, love. What they don't expect, though, is all that can happen when those powerful little words "I love you" are said for all the wrong reasons.

    Gerald W. Riley says: "Outstanding and Scary"
    "Outstanding and Scary"

    This book is excellent. It following the path of teenagers who are rejected, feel unwanted, or trapped, and how their choices result in drugs, death, and even prostitution. The key emphasis is that the teenagers and the parents for a variety of reasons are not communicating. That means that they are not talking AND listening to each other. The result is that a schism develops and widens. This is NOT a parenting book. Rather it is a book that lets you, as the observer, watch and become scared as you want to save these kids from their path of destructiveness only to realize that the saving needed to start before they ever left home. I believe that it is a very good book for teenagers and parents. However, there are multiple sexual descriptions that may not be appropriate for the preteen or the sexually naive teenager.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sh-t My Dad Says

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Justin Halpern
    • Narrated By Sean Schemmel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, 28-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his 73-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is “like Socrates, but angrier, and with worse hair,” has never minced words, and when Justin moved back home, he began to record all the ridiculous things his dad said to him.

    Michael says: "Really Funny! Should Be Up for an Audie Award"
    "I laughed So Much My Wife Kicked Me Out of Bed"

    I usually listen to books when going to bed..rarely comedies though. I loaded the book up and proceeded to start laughing almost immediately. This is funny sh*t!!! Really. I tried to stifle my laugh repeatedly to the point that my wife said....LISTEN IN THE LIVING ROOM!! This never happens. I Loved this book because a little bit of it reminded me on my own father! It shorts and just keeps you laughing!!!! It is also great to listen to on a break from work unless you really stimulating co-workers! Well done!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Anne Frank, edited by Otto H. Frank, Mirjam Pressler
    • Narrated By Winona Ryder

    Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl is among the most enduring documents of the 20th century. Since its publication in 1947, Anne Frank's story has become familiar to millions all over the world, and remains a beloved and deeply admired testament to the indestructible nature of the human spirit.

    John says: "Not the Unabridged Definitive Edition"

    I love history and especially enjoy history from a personal viewpoint. This is a classic. It is well written and you feel as though you are transported in time as you watch the Frank family struggle to survive and cope with their fears and dangers of Nazi Germany. Yet, at the same time, while hiding they have to cope with each other. Can you envision living is a small living area, 24 hrs a day, not leaving and waiting for some sign that you will be able to leave. Great book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ellen Hopkins
    • Narrated By Laura Flanagan

    A sequel to Crank, this harrowing and disturbing look at addiction finds protagonist Kristina Snow thinking she can use drugs yet control the consequences. Now with a baby to care for, she's determined to be the one deciding when and how much, the one calling the shots.

    Gerald W. Riley says: "A Wonderful followup to "Crank""
    "A Wonderful followup to "Crank""

    My granddaughter loaned me "Crank" the prequel to this book. The prose writing style is, at times, is difficult to track when reading, but is much easier when listening to. The book is written in such a way that you do not need to read "Crank." The central character and a brief recount of her experiences are reported in the beginning. We have seen those TV commercials where the kids becomes addicted to Meth and someone says "I will only do this once. I won't be be like that guy!" This book is that commercial and it shows what they will do to get their fix of Meth or "The Monster" as Meth is referred to in the book. These books are excellent reads to understand the teenager who does drugs and what they experience. It also re-enforces the needs for parents and teenagers to talk and listen to each other on a frequent basis.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell

    In his landmark best seller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell redefined how we understand the world around us. Now, in Blink, he revolutionizes the way we understand the world within. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant, in the blink of an eye, that actually aren't as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?

    Rebecca says: "A Blinkin' Good Read"
    "Why and How We Make Decisions!"

    This is an excellent book to help you understand why people make decisions the way they do. I was surprised at how marketing is done or misinterpreted by companies and how we, as individuals, say we want one thing when in reality we want something else. This is NOT a textbook or some dry reading material. I found it thought provoking and also gave me new insights into how I market my business and even to the personal choices I make when shopping.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Return of Sherlock Holmes (Unabridged Selections)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Walter Covell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This final collection of Sherlock Holmes stories will have you leaving lights on and checking behind doors. All of these tales were published in the Strand magazine between 1903 and 1905.

    Louise M says: "Perfect"
    "A Review"

    Basically the stories are great but the guy that does Watson does it with a very rough voice making it very difficult to listen to on a sustained basis. If I could have heard this first I would have never bought it.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful

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