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Deborah

Oak Park, IL, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Anatomy of Injustice: A Murder Case Gone Wrong

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Raymond Bonner
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    In January 1982, an elderly white widow was found brutally murdered in the small town of Greenwood, South Carolina. Police immediately arrested Edward Lee Elmore, a semiliterate, mentally retarded black man with no previous felony record. His only connection to the victim was having cleaned her gutters and windows, but barely ninety days after the victim’s body was found, he was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. Elmore had been on death row for eleven years when a young attorney named Diana Holt first learned of his case.

    Thomas says: "you'll never believe in justice again"
    "Incredible story"
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    This is an incredible true story and it was amazing to follow the history of the case. Unfortunately, none of it was too surprising. States have been over turning the death penalty for the past few years and many cases of persons on death row being exonerated have been in the news.

    I don't read a lot of non-fiction so I did find it hard to read without breaks. The first half the book contains a lot of interesting background that came off just a bit too dry. Listening to it on audio meant I couldn't skim. Sometimes it felt like I was in a college classroom with a very long winded lecturer. This is more tedious than entertaining.

    The second half of the book picks up and is a bit easier to take. Be sure to research Edward Lee Elmore when you are done to see where he is now.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Side Effects May Vary

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Julie Murphy
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    When 16-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs - however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, who she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that's as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her archnemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger).

    The Reading Date says: "Listening Experiences May Vary"
    "Mean Girls with Cancer"
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    This is probably the most unlikeable heroine I've had to listen to in a long time. (At least we expected Kathy and Heathcliffe to be awful.) It was painful to listen to and in the long run, not worth my time.

    I don't know why anyone would attempt a YA novel about cancer patients after John Green's "Fault in Our Stars". Just give up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bewitching

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jill Barnett
    • Narrated By Anne Johnstonbrown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (84)

    What's a duke to do when a carefully selected bride rejects him rather than marry without love? He salvages his pride by marrying the next woman who falls into his arms. Joyous Fiona MacQuarrie bewitched the Duke of Belmore the moment she appeared from nowhere and knocked him over...literally. Joyous MacQuarrie is a Scottish witch whose powers of white magic are not always easy for her to control. When Alec's pride makes him choose to marry her, Joy turns the life of the most serious and snobbish duke in England upside down.

    Marian says: "One Of My Old Favorites Now in Audiobook Form"
    "Fairy Tale?"
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    I was confused by this book. Maybe it was the narrator. Her lilting voice made me feel like I was being read a child's fairy tale. The story, some times magical, some times funny, some times cruel never left me at peace. There was a bit of meandering with the story which seemed to go on forever without a direction at times.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shift: Shifters, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Rachel Vincent
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (563)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (296)

    "Being the first female werecat enforcer isn’t easy. Scars accumulate, but I’m stronger in so many ways. As for my personal life? It’s complicated. Choices worth making always are. Ever since my brother’s death and my father’s impeachment, it’s all I can do to prevent more blood from spilling. Now our Pride is under attack by a flight of vicious thunderbirds. And making peace with our new enemies may be the only way to get the best of our old foe."

    Jeanette says: "Fantastic"
    "Too brutally violent for my tastes"
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    I was looking forward to this book but almost didn't finish it. There were parts near the end that just made me sick. Each installment gets a big more brutal but now I think I've reached my limit.

    The love triangle is difficult as well. Faythe should be preparing to take on leadership of the pride but she can't figure out her own love life. This is an unnecessary diversion to the book and series. There were also some loose ends left loose. Maybe next book?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Night

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jayne Castle
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (206)

    With the ability to detect the auras of dangerous psychic criminals, Rachel Bonner has found peace and quiet on Rainshadow Island with her dust bunny companion. Then Harry Sebastian, the descendant of a notorious pirate, arrives to investigate strange developments in the privately owned woods known as the Preserve. Rachel can sense the heart of darkness within him – and the stirrings of desire within her own soul....

    margarita says: "Nice edition to the Harmony series"
    "Mysteries for Dummies"
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    It wasn't a bad listen, just predictable and dumbed down. The author repeats background information that will be important later in case we don't catch on the first time. The villains explain in great detail what they are doing and why.

    This takes place in a distant world that seems amazingly like New England. People talk on telephones and drive cars. Even though humans have found another planet, they seem to be no more sophisticated that they were on earth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prey: Shifters, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Rachel Vincent
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (612)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (321)

    "I haven't laid eyes on Marc's gorgeous face in months. And with a new mother and an I-know-everything teenager under my protection, I don't exactly have time to fantasize about ever seeing him again. Then our long-awaited reunion is ruined by a vicious ambush by strays. Now our group is under attack, Marc is missing and I will need every bit of skill and smarts to keep my family from being torn apart. Forever."

    Sharon says: "Prey"
    "Best one yet!"
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    I almost gave up on this series because Faythe was such a whiner and never seemed to learn from her mistakes/blunders/stupidity. But now we see some growth. This book was riveting from beginning to end. Looking forward to the next one which is downloading right now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heroes Are My Weakness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (279)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (245)

    He's a reclusive writer whose imagination creates chilling horror novels. She's a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids' puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill his characters with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill an audience with laughs. But she's not laughing now.

    Carla says: "Not SEP's best work"
    "Nice nod to Gothic romance"
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    I always enjoy Susan Elizabeth Phillips. She has a way of developing interesting quirky characters. This wasn't her best but still very enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Beautiful Ashes: Broken Destiny, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (249)

    Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse - her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who's bound by an ancient legacy to betray her. Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn't mean he can change his fate, no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy.

    Stacey says: "This is NOT a Cat & Bones Novel!!!"
    "A big disappointment"
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    Why is it that authors think it will be easy to write for young/new adults? Evidently the formula is to create a simpering, melodramatic, stupid heroine. The narration didn't help since Ivy sounded like a 15 year old and Adrian a 40 year old. This book was especially disappointing coming from the author of the Cat & Bones series which I enjoyed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Clean Sweep

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (808)
    Performance
    (739)
    Story
    (739)

    On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shih Tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast.

    Donna says: "A MUST LISTEN. Promising start for a new series."
    "Wonderful new series"
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    Ilona Andrews has shown us a new world with some captivating new characters. Looking forward to more in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Desiree: The Bestselling Story of Napoleon's First Love

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Annemarie Selinko
    • Narrated By Nicole Quinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (50)

    Fourteen year old Desiree can't believe her good fortune. Her fiance, a dashing and ambitious Napoleon Bonaparte, is poised for battlefield success, and no longer will she be just a French merchant's daughter. She could not have known the twisting path her role in history would take, nearly breaking her vibrant heart but sweeping her to a life rich in passion and desire. A love story, but so much more, Desiree explores the landscape of a young heart torn in two.

    sophia says: "Stunning telling of a riveting story."
    "Nice history lesson"
    Overall
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    I enjoyed hearing about this period of European history even if it was through the eyes of a woman who didn't seem to give a care about it. The four stars is because there was quite a few flaws in the actual facts. It kind of bugs me that people who read this will take is as truth.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Half-Blood: Covenant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jennifer L. Armentrout
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (217)

    The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: Become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway.

    Deborah says: "Problem with Narrator!"
    "Problem with Narrator!"
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    I had a huge problem with the narrator. She has a gravelly irritating tone that was like listening to nails on a chalk board. Even getting past that, she didn't differentiate the voices of the characters much.

    The story might have been interesting if I hadn't already read Vampire Academy. There was so many similarities that it really distracted me. It was an OK story but not engaging and I'm not very interested in what will happen in the rest of the series.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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