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Deborah

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  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jonas Jonasson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2459)
    Performance
    (2205)
    Story
    (2221)

    After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

    Sylvia says: "Full of Surprises and Unexpected Events"
    "Great Title; Bad Book"
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    What would have made The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared better?

    It never capture my attention or curiosity. I persevered several times but jus never found it interested me. Boring.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Before I Go

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Colleen Oakley
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (88)

    On the eve of what was supposed to be a triumphant "Cancerversary" with her husband Jack to celebrate three years of being cancer-free, Daisy suffers a devastating blow: Her doctor tells her that the cancer is back, but this time it's an aggressive stage four diagnosis. She may have as few as four months left to live. Death is a frightening prospect - but not because she's afraid for herself.

    Wendi says: "Blown Away By The Human Heart"
    "SUCH UNFULFILLED POTENTIAL"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I struggled through the end of this book only because I had to know how it turned out. But it was extremely slow and frustrating. The characters, even Daisy herself, were shallow. I just could not relate to almost any of her reactions to be told she was dying of cancer. Now I know people react differently, but this was just too bizarre. I wanted to identify with her, but simply couldn't. Her decisions and reactions were just not believable, and I felt anxiety rising every time I started to listen again. I wanted to be Kaley, her BFF, and tell her to WAKE UP and start acting like a real person with a deadly disease. Not spend all her time on some childish endeavor she didn't even really want. And the ending was as odd as the rest of the book. The whole thing was immature, shallow and SLOW.


    Has Before I Go turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I've read a lot of books about dying or death. They are much deeper and realistic.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She didn't. It was just weird to have a male narrator come in for the first time at the end.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Before I Go?

    I don't even know where to start. So many superfluous ones. So many that could've been tightened up. So many characters who could have been more developed.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Stolen Life: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jaycee Dugard
    • Narrated By Jaycee Dugard
    Overall
    (1469)
    Performance
    (1108)
    Story
    (1109)

    "In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation. On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I dont think of myself as a victim. I survived...."

    Daniel says: "Terrific"
    "Horrific"
    Overall

    Too horrible and disturbing to even finish. Even though she must be near 30 now, she sounds 11 -- the age she was when she was abducted. I just can't listen to all that cruelty and sadism for hours on end. However, I admire her courage and resilience for writing this and even functioning in life. She must be immensely strong and have a lot of faith and hope.

    3 of 17 people found this review helpful

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