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Crystal

oakland, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Skyjack: The Hunt for D. B. Cooper

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Geoffrey Gray
    • Narrated By Geoffrey Gray
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    That was the note handed to a stewardess by a mild-mannered passenger on a Northwest Orient flight in 1971. It was the start of one of the most astonishing whodunits in the history of American true crime: how one man extorted $200,000 from an airline, then parachuted into the wilds of the Pacific Northwest and into oblivion. D. B. Cooper's case has become the stuff of legend and obsessed and cursed his pursuers with everything from bankruptcy to suicidal despair.

    Joel D Offenberg says: "Unsolved mystery with many layers..."
    "Disappointing."
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    Okay - if I am going to read about the most notorious skyjacking in history- I expect to learn something. This book lead me to believe the mystery had been solved. it merely repeated rumors and guesses/speculative stories.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1050)
    Performance
    (932)
    Story
    (936)

    Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

    Melinda says: "Absolutely Stellar!"
    "Disappointing."
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    I don't know why I keep downloading apocalyptic fiction. None of them, including this one, gives me any reason to mourn the annihilation of mankind - particularly if he learns nothing from the near-erasure of the species.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The White Woman on the Green Bicycle

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Monique Roffey
    • Narrated By Adjoa Andoh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (24)

    A beautifully written, unforgettable novel of a troubled marriage, set against the lush landscape and political turmoil of Trinidad. Monique Roffey's Orange Prize-shortlisted novel is a gripping portrait of post-colonialism that stands among great works by Caribbean writers like Jamaica Kincaid and Andrea Levy. When George and Sabine Harwood arrive in Trinidad from England, George is immediately seduced by the beguiling island, while Sabine feels isolated, heat-fatigued, and ill-at-ease.

    Tee Bellflower says: "Hot, Tropical Escape (and sad it is over)"
    "Disappointing."
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    There were aspects of this book that were very good. Ultimately, it is a book about regret. It was neither uplifting, nor particularly thought-provoking. Rather, the main character appeared to devolve, rather than evolve. She spent her entire youth complaining - which made it difficult to like her. The husband was perpetually deaf to the vast unhappiness of his beloved wife, which made it difficult to like him as well. Both children were tedious. This could have been a great book - but missed the mark.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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