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Betsy

Bradenton, FL, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 12 reviews
  • 18 ratings
  • 0 titles in library
  • 29 purchased in 2015
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  • Guilty Wives

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By James Patterson, David Ellis
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (829)
    Performance
    (661)
    Story
    (670)

    Only minutes after Abbie Elliot and her three best friends step off of a private helicopter, they enter the most luxurious, sumptuous, sensually pampering hotel they have ever been to. Their lavish presidential suite overlooks Monte Carlo, and they surrender: to the sun and pool, to the sashimi and sake, to the Bruno Paillard champagne. In the morning's harsh light, Abbie awakens on a yacht, surrounded by police. Something awful has happened - something impossible, unthinkable. Abbie, Winnie, Serena, and Bryah are arrested and accused of the foulest crime imaginable.

    Maria S Kehr says: "Powerful book for Women!!!!"
    "Ditto - Don't waste your credit."
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    What is James Patterson thinking?...Is he even reading what this co-author wrote.....Drivel, is a word that comes to mind! I have always been a big fan of Patterson's entertaining, fast paced novels, now I will be more careful. Why do some top authors seem to sell out and release inferior work after the first three or four hits?

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jane Green
    • Narrated By Jane Green
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    Grace and Ted Chapman. Literary power couple. On the surface, they seem to have it all. Beneath, what no one sees, is Ted's rages. His mood swings. And the precarious house of cards that their lifestyle is built upon. When Ted's longtime assistant and mainstay leaves, the house of cards begins to crumble and Grace, with dark secrets in her past, is most vulnerable. To the rescue comes Beth, a new assistant. Someone who will help handle Ted. Soon, though, it's clear to Grace that Beth might be too good to be true.

    Deena says: "Not the best for Jane Green"
    "Fabulous"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I listen to many books and I am hard to satisfy, so when I find something that I can't stop listening to I have to share. I always read others reviews and I want to write one on this book. Basically, it kept me hooked wanting to find out what going to happen. Great character development and tension build up. I couldn't stop for 6 hours! If you liked Gone Girl you will like this. It was better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The World's Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Josh Hanagarne
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (262)

    At first glance, Josh Hanagarne seems an improbable librarian. He stands 6'7", competes in strongman contests, and was diagnosed in high school with Tourette's syndrome. But books are his first love - Josh's earliest memories involve fantastic adventures between the pages of Gulliver’s Travels and a passionate infatuation with Fern from Charlotte’s Web. Everything in Josh’s life - from his Mormon upbringing, to finally finding love, to learning to control his tics through lifting - circles back to a close connection with books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Something Different, Something Wonderful"
    "A Feel Good Story"
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    Performance
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    Josh Hanagame is a wonderful writer. His humor reminded me of the Wonder Years and gives insight into Tourettes Syndrome. I hope he keeps writing and writes some fiction where he can bring his humor and power of observation of people into a story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Atlantis Gene: The Origin Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By A. G. Riddle
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2022)
    Performance
    (1831)
    Story
    (1838)

    Seventy thousand years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how.

    Until now. The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time. The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they've hidden the truth about human evolution. They've also searched for an ancient enemy - a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

    january says: "Pretty bad, but not the worst I've ever read"
    "Written just to make money"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Author took all the good ideas about adventure and threw into a "story stew". Problem is, it didn't work

    7 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3011)
    Performance
    (2709)
    Story
    (2694)

    The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

    Susan says: "Fun, thought-provoking, mysterious.... and FUN !"
    "I liked it"
    Overall
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    Original. I listened waiting to find out what the mystery was. I usually only write a review if a book is a 5 to encourage a listener to order, or a disaster to give a warning. This is interesting a low 4

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shatter Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Tahereh Mafi
    • Narrated By Kate Simses
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (980)
    Performance
    (888)
    Story
    (893)

    "You can't touch me," I whisper. I'm lying, is what I don't tell him. He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him. But things happen when people touch me. Strange things. Bad things. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own.

    Amanda says: "Don't let the sample fool you - So Good!"
    "The worst, only for teens, but even then ...."
    Overall
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    I hated this book. I tried to stay with it hoping as it went along it would get better. But, alas it didn't. I read the reviews and some gave a 5 star so I thought there might be something there, but no, just drivel. I like a great variety of books depending on my mood; science fiction, thrillers, funny, some bios.....For example I loved The Help, the early James Patterson books, Grisham, Baldacci, but I have no mood in me to like this stuff. I have never written a bad review but this. Sorry, to all who loved it I know everyone is different and my opinion doesn't out weigh yours.
    Next, I have the last Corbin book to give a negative on

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Nomination: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By William G. Tapply
    • Narrated By David Bryson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Vietnam War hero and Massachusetts Judge Thomas Larrigan is hand-picked by his friend the president to fill the upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court. Larrigan seems like the perfect candidate: a family man with an un-controversial judicial record. The president's credibility needs a sure bet. Larrigan will do anything to win the nomination, but he has some old skeletons rattling around in his closet. He calls his old Marine buddy, now a hit man, to sweep the closet clean.

    Barbara says: "I liked this one!"
    "fabulous"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have found a new favorite author. Unfortunately, I have to wait more. A great beach book. As good as Patterson used to be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblatt
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    Two years ago, Eva Khatchadourian's son, Kevin, murdered seven high-school students, a cafeteria worker, and an algebra teacher. Because he was only 15 at the time, he received a lenient sentence and is now in a prison for young offenders. Telling the story of Kevin's upbringing, Eva addresses herself to her estranged husband through a series of letters. Fearing that her own shortcomings may have shaped what her son has become, she confesses to a long-standing ambivalence. How much is her fault?

    Sherry L. Wright says: "Fantastic!"
    "Unbelievable."
    Overall

    I started listening and was expecting something totally different. Once I adjusted I became totally enthralled. Lionel is a fabulous writer with so much insight and has the gift to portray deep feelings and subjects. This book has a shattering ending, so isn't for everyone. If anyone has a "different" child that can't seem to love and attach deeply, I don't know if this will be a good listen for you or too painful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Checker and The Derailleurs

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Checker Secretti is the most gifted and original drummer that the club-goers of Astoria, Queens, have ever heard. When he plays, conundrums seem to solve themselves, brilliant thoughts spring to mind, and couples fall in love. The members of his band, The Derailleurs, are passionately devoted to their guiding spirit, as are all who fall under Checker's spell. But when another drummer, Eaton Striker, hears the prodigy play, he is pulled inexorably into Checker's orbit by a powerful combination of envy and admiration.

    Betsy says: "Still haven't finish"
    "Still haven't finish"
    Overall

    I loved Lionel's book "We have to talk about Kevin" it was amazing. This book wasn't even in same league. What Happened?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7536)
    Performance
    (5405)
    Story
    (5387)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "Good, if you're in the mood for this genre"
    Overall

    Good. I liked the characters, maybe a bit too long at end, but you will still want to finish

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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