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LEEDEY, OK, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12698)
    Performance
    (11631)
    Story
    (11696)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Surprisingly fun!"
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    I know it sounds absurd to describe this book as fun, but it was a very enjoyable story. The characters were brilliantly fleshed out, and the plot was mostly realistic. If you are entertained by witty teenage humor, sarcastic but not necessarily negative, then you will probably get a kick out of the dialogue in this book. Granted, the topic of childrens cancer is not a cheery topic, and illness and death are a large part of this story. However, to me, this book is more about living than about dying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 600 Hours of Edward

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1065)
    Performance
    (978)
    Story
    (979)

    A 39-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed routine includes tracking his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refusing to start his therapy sessions even a minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watching one episode of the 1960s cop show Dragnet each night (10:00 p.m.). But when a single mother and her nine-year-old son move in across the street, Edward’s timetable comes undone....

    Lulu says: "A Very Good Book with a Very Difficult Hero"
    "Liked it"
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    Fun read. Good characters. Good plot. Enough drama and enough humor to keep it interesting. Worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Midwife

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jolina Petersheim
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Graduate student Beth Winslow was sure she was ready to navigate the challenges of becoming a surrogate. But when early tests indicate possible abnormalities with the baby, Beth is unprepared for the parents' decision to end the pregnancy - and for the fierce love she feels for this unborn child. Desperate, she flees the city and seeks refuge at Hopen Haus, a home for unwed mothers deep in a Tennessee Mennonite community.

    Debbie says: "DEPRESSING!! Very well read though."
    "Just not for me"
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    This book probably wasn't horrible. It was just horrible for me. The mushy drama got on my nerves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jennifer Chiaverini
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (337)
    Story
    (337)

    In Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, novelist Jennifer Chiaverini presents a stunning account of the friendship that blossomed between Mary Todd Lincoln and her seamstress, Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Keckley, a former slave who gained her professional reputation in Washington, D.C. by outfitting the city’s elite. Keckley made history by sewing for First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln within the White House, a trusted witness to many private moments between the President and his wife, two of the most compelling figures in American history.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Good mix of fiction and history"
    "Misleading Title"
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    In my opinion, this book wasn't actually about Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker as much as it was about Mrs. Lincoln and her emotional distress. I had presumed the story was going to follow the life of the dressmaker, but the dressmaker's story was secondary to Mrs. Lincoln's story.

    Prior to reading this book, I knew that Mrs. Lincoln had struggled with emotional issues throughout her life. This book gave the impression that Mrs. Lincoln was a self-centered basket case. I do not know which is the more accurate picture. As for the dressmaker, the little we learn about her life in this book is fascinating. She would be considered quite an accomplished person in any era.

    This book was interesting, but I thought it dragged on for too long. I'm glad to have listened to it, and I was glad when it was over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • More Than Words Can Say: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Robert Barclay
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (40)

    Chelsea Enright never expected to inherit her grandmother's lakeside cottage deep in the Adirondacks - a serene getaway that had been mysteriously closed up decades ago. This is no simple bequest, however, because when Chelsea finds her grandmother's World War II diaries, she's stunned to discover that they hold secrets she never suspected - and they have the power to turn her own life upside down.

    Patti says: "Oh Lordy"
    "Probably good if you like sappy romance"
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    I got this book on sale, and I didn't really read the summary very well before purchasing it. I was expecting more of a historical fiction novel, and this was a romance novel. Therefore, even though I hated this book, I wouldn't say that it's horrible. If you like romance novels, you might like this one. The overall plot was good, but I didn't like the sappy dialogue at all and thought it took away from the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fat Is the New 30: The Sweet Potato Queens' Guide to Coping with (the Crappy Parts of) Life

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jill Conner Browne
    • Narrated By Jill Conner Browne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (193)

    The Sweet Potato Queens are back and bawdier than ever in Southern belle extraordinaire Jill Conner Browne’s ninth edition of the hysterical series. Having experienced pretty much ALL of the crappy parts of life, Browne feels it is her duty to render whatever assistance she can to her fellow sufferers - and she does so in her own inimitable fashion.

    Her father taught her there are very few situations in life that we really and truly cannot change, and it is up to us to figure out how to either make fun OUT of them - or make fun OF them.

    Kathy says: "A cure for what ails ya"
    "If you love southern humor...."
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    This book was so funny. If you like Jill Conner Browne's books, you will probably like this one too. I laughed out loud many times during this book. It hit pretty close to home. Her narration is a bit flat, but I didn't really mind. Funny woman, funny book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poet

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3764)
    Performance
    (2374)
    Story
    (2361)

    Our hero is Jack McEvoy, a Rocky Mountain News crime-beat reporter. As the story opens, Jack's twin brother, a Denver homicide detective, has just killed himself. Or so it seems. But when Jack begins to investigate the phenomenon of police suicides, a disturbing pattern emerges, and soon suspects that a serial murderer is at work.

    Tom says: "Is Connelly the Best Crime Writer Or What?"
    "Excellent premise, but I didn't get it"
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    I wanted to like this bizarre crime mystery, and I really did like it for awhile. I was even willing to overlook the narration, which was artificially dramatic in my opinion. The storyline had me pulled in for many hours, but somehow I started getting lost. The characters started running together. I got the sense that I should have been tying together plotlines but I wasn't. I think that was part of the reason that I didn't really care to try to figure out the identify of the murderer. If the reader doesn't care who did it, then there's not much point in listening to a mystery. I also didn't think actual people would behave in the ways that these characters did. Some of them didn't seem very bright. My last complaint is that the main character uses the term "my twin" about a gazillion times to describe his brother. I completely understood the two men were twins from the beginning, so this got really old. Most twins do not repeatedly refer to their twin as "my twin" in normal conversation. I think it would have been fine to simply refer to the character as "my brother" or by his name more often. I would not purchase this book again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Beautiful Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rachel Simon
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (214)

    It is 1968. Lynnie, a young white woman with a developmental disability, and Homan, an African American deaf man, are locked away in an institution: the School for the Incurable and Feebleminded, and have been left to languish, forgotten. Deeply in love, they escape, and find refuge in the farmhouse of Martha, a retired schoolteacher and widow. But the couple is not alone - Lynnie has just given birth to a baby girl. When the authorities catch up to them that same night, Homan escapes into the darkness, and Lynnie is caught.

    FanB14 says: "Beautiful Attempt"
    "Just not my thing"
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    This book was really not my cup of tea. After reading the summary, I was excited about hearing this one. However, as the story unfolded, I thought it was unbelievable and boring. Most of the characters were dull, and the plot was ridiculous as well. It is surprising to me that so many people enjoyed this story. I'm truly stumped by this book's popularity.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    Overall
    (4066)
    Performance
    (1694)
    Story
    (1748)

    Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

    Renato says: "much more than I expected"
    "An inventive story but incorrect theology"
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    Surprisingly, I enjoyed the beginning of this book which I had assumed I would hate. However, it didn't take long to see the problems with the way the author portrayed the Christian God. In my opinion, this book skewed, misinterpretted, and in many cases, completely misrepresented the Christian God. I did find that there were also some very good ideas in the story, and there were several ways that the author described aspects of Christianity that really clarified some theological ideas for me. So, I can't say that the entire book is garbage; however, I would say that this book shouldn't be used by a non-Christian or a new Christian to get an accurate picture of God. I would recommend that anyone who reads this book also read reviews and discussions from mature Christians to ensure that the reader doesn't grasp onto false ideas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Gary Chapman
    • Narrated By Gary Chapman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3252)
    Performance
    (2005)
    Story
    (2007)

    Dr. Gary Chapman identifies five basic languages of love and then guides couples towards a better understanding of their unique languages of love. Learn to speak and understand your mate's love language, and in no time you will be able to effectively love and truly feel loved in return. Skillful communication is within your grasp!

    Bill Ciocco says: "Highly Recommended"
    "Pleasantly surprised"
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    The information in this book is very helpful if you are willing to accept the possibility that your behavior could use a little fine-tuning, and if you are willing to follow the advice in the book. The information contained in the book is nothing exceptionally profound, and that's exactly why I was surprised by how well it works when applied to everyday situations. This book is definitely worth a listen for those who think they are being the best marriage partners they can be - you might just find out, as I did, that you're not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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