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Tanisha

a lover of books and finer things

Meriden, CT, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Goddess of Vengeance: A Lucky Santangelo Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jackie Collins
    • Narrated By Jackie Collins, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, Christian Baskous, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (44)

    Jackie Collins’ fierce and wildly beautiful heroine Lucky Santangelo is back with a vengeance—in a novel full of power, passion, revenge, and the raging family dynamics of the Santangelo clan. And as always, Lucky comes out on top. Lucky runs a high profile casino and hotel complex, The Keys in Vegas. Lucky has everything. Family. Love. Life. And everything is exactly what billionaire businessman Armand Jordan is determined to take from her, on way or another.

    Tanisha says: "Fun listen but the male narrator is awful."
    "Fun listen but the male narrator is awful."
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    If you could sum up Goddess of Vengeance in three words, what would they be?

    Classic Jackie.


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The male narrator who begins the book needs to remember that this is not a dime store dectective novel. I hate how he delivers the lines! Say the words normally, not like your Sam Spade waiting for the mysterious blond to walk through your dimly lit office in a haze of smoke and mist. I mean come on. The rest of the narrators did a good job and kept the focus on telling the story not trying to make themselves into the star of the book. Not sure if it was Christian Baskous or David C. Wells but one of them needs to check his ego at the door and just read the darn book. Thank goodness he wasn't the only narrator or I'd have to delete the book and not listen to the rest of it.


    Any additional comments?

    As always Jackie's books keep me engaged and entertained. After listening to an extremely lengthy and some what emotionally difficult book, listening to a Jackie Collins novel is just what I needed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Enchanted: Donovan Legacy, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (132)

    Lovely, guileless Rowan Murray was drawn to darkly enigmatic Liam Donovan with a force she'd never imagined could exist. But before Liam could give Rowan his love, he first had to trust her with the incredible truth about himself…and his family.

    Kathy says: "Worst book I've listened to of Nora Roberts"
    "Disappointing"
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    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Alexander Cendese?

    I'm a fan of Nora Roberts latest works since Witness and I love her TV movies but this book was way off. As for the narrator, I will never get a book narrated by him again. Just awful.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A Robert B. Parker Spenser for Hire novel.


    What didn’t you like about Alexander Cendese’s performance?

    He was trying to sound like a fragile woman and sounded more like a flighty 15-year old girl. A grown woman does not sound like that not even an insecure one. Even his male character voice was just harsh and univiting. This was more a romance novel than mystery mixed with romance and the male lead has to have at the very least a voice and tone that draws you in and his didn't.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Only at the end when the main character realized she wasn't some high school student and actually exhibited the strength and inner character that I've come to know in Nora Roberts books.


    Any additional comments?

    This book seemed unnecessary to the trilogy. The way he used his powers is completely against the families honor of their gifts. The idea that him entering her dreams and raping her was somehow romantic was just disturbing to say the least, sick to say the most. This is one novel that should've stayed on Nora's laptop.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 29 mins)
    • By Michael J. Fox
    • Narrated By Michael J. Fox
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    Michael J. Fox abandoned high school to pursue an acting career, but went on to receive honorary degrees from several universities and garner the highest accolades for his acting, as well as for his writing. In his new book, he inspires and motivates graduates to recognize opportunities, maximize their abilities, and roll with the punches -- all with his trademark optimism, warmth, and humor.

    Talia says: "Good stuff!"
    "Wasted credit"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone looking for a short inspirational speech


    Has A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He spoke quickly and sometimes his speech was disjointed. I know why but I wish it was better.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was a funny short story but a book it was not.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • H.R.H.

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Danielle Steel
    • Narrated By Jay O. Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (18)

    In a novel in which ancient traditions conflict with reality and the pressures of modern life, a young European princess proves that simplicity, courage, and dignity can win the day, and forever alters her world. Determined to make a difference in the world, she persuades her father to let her volunteer for the Red Cross in East Africa.

    Kathy says: "A Story of True Love"
    "Boring!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who likes the fairy princess waiting for someone to rescue her instead of her rescuing herself and making decisions about her life.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer


    Which character – as performed by Jay O. Sanders – was your favorite?

    Didn't have one.


    What character would you cut from H.R.H.?

    The main character.


    Any additional comments?

    I like Danielle Steel books especially Southern Lights but this one was just bad. The main character just whined about her life instead of taking it by the horns and living it. She had the means and opportunity but didn't look at the chances in front of her. She let life fall upon her instead of living it. The book doesn't start to have any action in it until the end and by that time you don't want to listen to anymore. I understand the HRH was young but this was more of a teenage romance novel than a adult romance novel. I can't even call it a light read because there was so much repetitiveness that it consumed most of the book. Danielle Steel's other books are much better. I would suggest you save your money or credit and use it for another selection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18186)
    Performance
    (16182)
    Story
    (16141)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "A New Steven King Fan"
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    What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

    The narrator was perfect although sometimes he accidentally fell into other characters voices but he quickly corrected himself. I love storytelling and amazing storytellers are rare. This story mixed with historical facts was a history lesson but almost as good as living it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it weaved in and out of science fiction, history, a love story and a riveting story. It was a long book but I listened to every word. Sadie, George/Jake, Deek, everyone seemed so real. The butterfly-effect. Everything is connected. You can't change one thing because you change an untold number of other things.


    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    He brought the characters to life. I forgot about the fact he was one man and through him I could envision all of the characters, Sadie, the jump rope girls, Mrs. Kennedy, even Oswald and Marina.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Mrs. Kennedy thanking him for what he did. I can imagine that happening and sad that it never took place.


    Any additional comments?

    I've never read or listened to a Steven King novel before. I'm a fan of his because of the movies based on his books. Now I'm just a Steven King fan. 1963 subject interested me and I decided to give it a listen and now I'm very happy that I did. Steven King's storytelling is brilliant. I can't wait for the next book. But I would love an epilogue to Sadie and Jake. The ending was moving and I loved it,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11661)
    Performance
    (10097)
    Story
    (10073)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Hate him or Love him, he was a force."
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    Would you listen to Steve Jobs again? Why?

    Yes. The narration was wonderful and the story was so compelling that you wanted to hear the end of it. I love biographies and this was the only one I've heard so far that I would consider listening to again.


    What other book might you compare Steve Jobs to and why?

    Christopher Lawford's Symptoms of Withdrawal: A Memoir of Snapshots and Redemption. I would compare the too because of the brutal honesty and the storytelling. You can have a good story but if you haven't found a way to convey that story in words then it is worthless.


    What does Dylan Baker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Sometimes words on the page just don't keep you going and it might take months for you to read a good book. Some narrators just don't know what tone to use when reading for an audience and you know it right away. Dylan Baker had me hooked and kept me intrigued and entertained all the way to the end.


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

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Isabel Wilkerson
    • Narrated By Robin Miles, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (932)
    Performance
    (748)
    Story
    (749)

    In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to previously untapped data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.

    Lila says: "Superior non-fiction"
    "Tough and Touching"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Hearing the lives of the main people woven together and seeing how they all strived for a better life and what they found was often not better just different.


    What does Robin Miles bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Stamina. If I had been reading this book it would have taken me weeks possibly months to get through. This is a long book. Whether you are reading it or listening to it.


    Any additional comments?

    There are some parts of this book that will make you weep about all the lives that were lost for saying hello to a person or how one race actually believed they were better than someone else when they weren't even born in the United States. This is a book that should be read and discussed. The history books in schools are still lopped-sided. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X weren't the only freedom fighters and leaders. There were millions of everyday people who made changes simply by leaving one part of the country for another and it has shaped the world that we live in today and they should be known for their courage and sacrifice along with MLK Jr. and Malcolm X. I love the Shoah Foundation that has been preserving the memories of the Holocaust survivors as much as possible before they have all passed. There should be a central place that is capturing the memories and stories of blacks and African-Americans before all of the internal immigrants have passed away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Caroline Kennedy (foreword), Michael Beschloss (introduction)
    • Narrated By Jacqueline Kennedy, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., Caroline Kennedy, and others
    Overall
    (465)
    Performance
    (375)
    Story
    (372)

    In 1964, Jacqueline Kennedy recorded seven historic interviews about her life with John F. Kennedy. Now, decades later, these conversations can be heard in this digitally remastered eight-and-a-half-hour audio program. This audiobook includes the foreword written and read by Caroline Kennedy; introduction written and read by historian Michael Beschloss and the photos from the hardcover book, as well as complete annotations from Michael Beschloss, both in downloadable PDF format.

    Tim says: "Fascinating Listen"
    "Boring, boring and extremely boring"
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    Unless you are intimately aware of the players inside and outside of the Kennedy's circle when the President was killed your going to be asking "Who?". Jackie didn't seem to know too much about the political goings on at the time and couldn't answer many of the questions posed to her. Other than to say that she wasn't apart of the situation, she was busy being pregnant or with the kids. So what is the point of asking her about the President if she didn't know anything. Truthfully, there doesn't seem to be much reason to keep these tapes underwraps for 50 years because she didn't say much of anything. I deleted the book before it finished.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful

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