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Michelle

I am a writer and the author of six non-fiction books. I enjoy anything by John Grisham, Ann Rule and Jodi Piccoult. I also love animals.

Jupiter, FL, United States

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  • If You Ask Me

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Betty White
    • Narrated By Betty White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (344)

    It-girl Betty White delivers a hilarious, slyly profound take on love, life, celebrity, and everything in between. Drawing from a lifetime of lessons learned, seven-time Emmy winner Betty White's wit and wisdom take center stage as she tackles topics like friendship, romantic love, aging, television, fans, love for animals, and the brave new world of celebrity. If You Ask Me mixes her thoughtful observations with humorous stories from a seven- decade career in Hollywood. Longtime fans and new fans alike will relish Betty's candid take on everything....

    Lizz says: "I'd ask Betty!"
    "Sweet story from a sweet lady."
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    I love Betty White and the fact that she read this book herself was a big selling point for me. She's a great lady and a great advocate for the animals, not to mention a pretty good actress as well. I enjoyed her stories of being an celebrity and being an actress, though I was a little disappointed not to hear some "war stories" about what it is really like to be a celebrity in Hollywood. I didn't expect any name-dropping, of course, just a little more insight into the life of a Hollywood star.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kennedy Detail: JFK's Secret Service Agents Break Their Silence

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gerald Blaine, Lisa McCubbin
    • Narrated By Alan Sklar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (279)

    Even today, almost five decades after John F. Kennedy was slain, the public continues to be captivated by the "Kennedy Curse" and new theories about what really happened on that fateful day in 1963. For nearly 50 years former Secret Service agent Clint Hill has lived with the unimaginable guilt of losing a president on his watch and has obeyed an honor code of silence, refusing to contribute to any books about the assassination. Until now.

    Vidoloff says: "A must "read" in my opinion"
    "Very interesting, if not self serving."
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    This book was written by a member of the secret service who was with the service at the time of Kennedy's death but was not there in Dallas. It is self-serving in some ways in that he becomes defensive. For example, discussing how the Ford Motor company designed the limo without input from the Secret Service, as if that may have changed outcomes. Also, when he discusses how the president himself didn't take his own security seriously, which may have caused a few problems. I came away with the feeling the Secret Service did not have as much power as I thought they did. Maybe that was all then and this is now. I will say that this book did pique my interest in other Kennedy books and I am now reading Case Closed by Gerald Posner and find it very interesting indeed. I also read Stephen King's 11.23.63 and loved it. I know it's fiction, but much of the historical details are exactly as described in Posner's book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2969)
    Performance
    (2608)
    Story
    (2634)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Loved this story, loved the reader"
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    Would you listen to The Casual Vacancy again? Why?

    Yes, I really enjoyed meeting all the people in this small town. There are a lot of dynamics here and I felt I was really a part of it.


    What other book might you compare The Casual Vacancy to and why?

    I can compare it to Peter Behren's The O'Briens in that the characters are all involved with one another and there are complex relationships among them. Also, the way the story unfolds is similar.


    What does Tom Hollander bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I like the English accent very much. If I were reading it in my own head, with my own voice, I don't think I would "know" the characters as they were written.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would if I could!


    Any additional comments?

    I hope JK Rowling continues to write for adult audiences.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The O'Briens

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Peter Behrens
    • Narrated By Paul Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (12)

    Peter Behrens' eagerly awaited second novel is The O’Briens. In the character of Joe O’Brien - ambitious railroad magnate and industrialist, fiercely loyal family man, brooding troubled soul - he gives us one of the most compelling and complex characters to come along in years. A brilliant follow-up to The Law of Dreams, and yet standing masterfully on its own, The O’Briens is a tragic, romantic, and ultimately hopeful epic of great heart, imagination and narrative force.

    Michelle says: "Great story, bad reader"
    "Great story, bad reader"
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    I am still reading this book but I am so sorry I got it as an audio book as I don't like the reader. He does not enunciate "she," it sounds like "he" and it's very confusing when you think one character is being discussed only to hear "he" instead of "she" and you can't turn back the pages to see if you missed something. I will be sure to remember this reader, Paul Hecht, to make sure I don't get another book he has read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10916)
    Performance
    (6112)
    Story
    (6161)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Dark and disturbing, but somehow good for the soul"
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    It's very difficult to describe this book. I fell in love with it immediately, but the animal-lover in me became very uncomfortable with the very graphic nature of descriptions of animal killing the protagonist had to do to survive. The suffering of the young boy and the tiger was very real and the narrator did his best to succinctly capture what was going on in the moments that Pi was truly fearing for his life.
    I was sorry that summaries of the book included a spoiler. It would have enhanced the experience for me if I had not known that Richard Parker survived.
    I highly recommend this book but beware of the graphic violence that is described in great detail that seems to go on and on for far too many pages.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Picture Perfect

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr, Bruce Reizen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (132)

    Cassie Barrett, a world-renowned anthropologist, wakes up in a graveyard and doesn't know who she is. Taken in for a few days by William Flying Horse, a Native American police officer, she waits for her life to re-appear. When Hollywood heartthrob Alex Rivers shows up to claim her as his wife, she is stunned but still doesn't remember anything.

    Geri-Ann says: "So Disappointed!"
    "Surprisingly disappointing"
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    I am a big fan of Jodi Picoult's work and have loved every one of her novels so far. But I was seriously disappointed in this book and I am so sorry to say that. The book reads more like a Danielle Steele novel, which I avoid. I am not sure if she wrote it in that style because the protagonist was into cheap, dime-store romance novels so Picoult wrote in that style as well, or if she was unaware of the comparison. No matter, the writing was not so great, the story was even worse. The heroine is an accomplished anthropologist yet she falls for an abusive celebrity. Her character has no dimensions, we can't figure out what makes her so special that a Brad Pitt character would fall for her. She gets angry at really stupid things, which makes her appear simple and immature, but does not get angry at abuse. The cop character is also a little less thought out, and the only character that is really developed is the antagonist. So the story is more about him than her. I am not saying intelligent, professional women cannot be abused. We all know the story of Tina Turner. I get it. But there's no reasoning as to why this character is allowing herself to be abused. When she introduces Ophelia as her room mate instead of her best friend, we got a glimpse of just how much this character didn't care about her friendships. Very odd book for Picoult. I hope she got it out of her system and doesn't write like this again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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