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Tanya

Chantilly, Va, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 11 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 96 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2014
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  • Flowers in the Attic

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By V.C. Andrews®
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (450)

    This best-selling thriller has captivated over 4.5 million readers of all ages; V.C. Andrews’ fans know her mixture of vivid characters and ominous moods is highly addictive. Flowers in the Attic is the first book in a gripping series featuring the Dollangagers - a family haunted by a remorseless, demonic history. This tale of obsession, also made into a haunting movie, has made V.C. Andrews’ name synonymous with the best in dark suspense.

    Marthe says: "Awesome!"
    "Weird book..."
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    I had heard about this book when I was younger and finally decided to "read" it. I wouldn't read it again and I don't recommend it. The story was told well and I was glued to listening to this book to find out what happened but it was a pretty warped story.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4709)
    Performance
    (2765)
    Story
    (2765)

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Barbara says: "A near-flawless audiobook (but for one thing...)"
    "Enjoyable listening BUT..."
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    I really enjoyed listening to the accent and the back and forth between the characters and the suspense of the book. But about half way through the book, I feel like the author added senseless drama for no good reason. The ending was also a bit aggrivating. The biggest suspense/question of the book was never answered which just kinda left the reader hanging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    Overall
    (16933)
    Performance
    (15064)
    Story
    (15107)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "I really enjoyed it!"
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    I had heard good things about this book so I downloaded it. The first third of the book is very unrewarding but then it gets good!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Child Called 'It': One Child's Courage to Survive

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Pelzer
    • Narrated By Brian Keeler
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (235)

    Dave was in first grade when his unstable alcoholic mother began attacking him. Until he was in fifth grade, she starved, beat, and psychologically ravaged her son. Eventually denying even his identity, Dave's mother called him an "it" instead of using his name. Relentlessly, she drove him to the brink of death before authorities finally stepped in. With faith and hope, Dave grew determined to survive. He also knew that he needed to share his story.

    Mark Acker says: "Heartbreaking"
    "Very descriptive and not uplifting"
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    This gives detailed information on all of the awful things this child had to endure. The next book in the series, The Lost Boy, gives the same impression of child abuse without all of the nitty gritty details.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Pelzer
    • Narrated By Brian Keeler
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (81)

    Following the tremendous success of Pulitzer Prize nominee A Child Called "It", this book continues the extraordinary tale of author Dave Pelzer's childhood. On the verge of adolescence, Dave is rescued from his terrifyingly abusive, alcoholic mother and made a permanent ward of the court. Then the real journey begins. He is moved from one foster home to another, searching for identity and family.

    Jenny says: "Great story"
    "An ok book"
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    I first listened to the very descriptive first book of his, "A Child Called It." This book, "The Lost Boy" was more constructive and uplifting and I'd recommend this one over the other. They're both as one would think; stories of this child's awful situation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Bee: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Chris Cleave
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1520)
    Performance
    (800)
    Story
    (801)

    British couple Andrew and Sarah O'Rourke, vacationing on a Nigerian beach in a last-ditch effort to save their faltering marriage, come across Little Bee and her sister, Nigerian refugees fleeing from machete-wielding soldiers intent on clearing the beach. The horrific confrontation that follows changes the lives of everyone involved in unimaginable ways.

    Katerina says: "Good book, well told"
    "Not my favorite"
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    There were certain things I didn't like about how the book was written. One is that they would tell you half of an event and then come back to the same event at a later time and add more to it. I didn't like some of the contant repeating of certain ideas. The idea of the story was good but it got a little cheesy at the end. I much prefered the non-fiction work on the same topic (violence in Africa) called A Long Way Gone. Little Bee had a little too much drama mixed in and I feel it diluted Little Bee's story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1488)
    Performance
    (1301)
    Story
    (1304)

    Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

    Larry says: "What a great book."
    "Crazy, fascinating!"
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    While sometimes this book was a little slow, I found it very educational suspenseful in its own way; a great "documentary" about the Manson family. This book not only tells the story of Charles Manson and his family but also of the murders and of the legal system's handling of them. I found myself pausing the book to Google image-search photos of the actual people involved. I've already recommended the book to several others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silence of the Lambs

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Thomas Harris
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (705)
    Performance
    (629)
    Story
    (634)

    A serial murderer known only by a grotesquely apt nickname - Buffalo Bill - is stalking women. He has a purpose, but no one can fathom it, for the bodies are discovered in different states. Clarice Starling, a young trainee at the FBI Academy, is surprised to be summoned by Jack Crawford, chief of the Bureau's Behavioral Science section. Her assignment: to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter - Hannibal the Cannibal - who is kept under close watch in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.

    Parusski says: "Much more than the movie"
    "Good listen!"
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    I have still not seen this movie! But the story was great. It was suspenseful, fast-paced, and I think the narrator did a great job with the voices. I recommed it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Maze Runner: Maze Runner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2589)
    Performance
    (2160)
    Story
    (2193)

    When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade - a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

    Jake says: "Good book, but a bit violent"
    "Meh. C plus."
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    I was warned that this was a "tween" novel (or a novel written for teenagers) but I expected it to be a little more mature than it was. It was more immature than the Hunger Games series. I liked the idea of the story about the seemingly inexplainable maze but it was a little flaky for me. The timing was a little off in that the author would all of a sudden say it had been a week when nothing had really happened or sometimes after a conversation, suddenly an entire day was supposed to have passed. I would have enjoyed it more if I were at the age group for which the book was written (I'm in my early 30s).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6902)
    Performance
    (4869)
    Story
    (4858)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "A tragedy rather than a novel"
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    I'm a little torn on how I feel about this book. The story itself had me hooked because I couldn't wait to see what happened but at the same time, the story was very depressing! The epilogue explained how much research the author did to get the story right but even with historical accuracy, this story was a series of bad happenings to the lead characters. The performance of the narrators was good but I think I would have interpreted the way things were said a bit differently. The story was good enough to keep me listening but not good enough that I'll recommend a douse of negative/depressing thoughts to my friends.
    I prefer stories that make me think positively about the world and that have at least semi-happy endings (and give me good dreams).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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