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Glen Alen, VA, USA

  • 5 reviews
  • 56 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014

  • True Believer

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jeremy Marsh is the ultimate young New Yorker. He's also an expert on debunking the supernatural. When he receives a letter from Boone Creek, North Carolina, about ghostly lights appearing in a cemetery, he can't resist driving down to investigate. Here, in this tightly knit community, Lexie Darnell runs the town's library. Disappointed by past relationships, she is sure of one thing: her future is in Boone Creek, close to all the people she loves.

    Jennifer says: "A Great Read"

    Nicholas Sparks is red-lining on the "Lifetime: Television for Women" one-dimensional scale. The characters are unlikeable and unremarkable. The interaction between Jeremy and Lexie is banal:

    "I think about you a lot," said Jeremy.
    "No, I think about YOU a lot said Lexie."
    "You're a schmoopie." said Jeremy
    "No YOU'RE a schmoopie." said Lexie.

    Take your $20.99 and spend it on corn starch -- trust me, it will much more satisfying.

    17 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Holidays on Ice

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris

    Holidays on Ice collects six of David Sedaris' most profound Christmas stories into one slender volume perfect for use as a last minute coaster or ice scraper. This drinking man's companion can be enjoyed by the warmth of a raging fire, the glow of a brilliantly decorated tree, or even in the back seat of a van or police car.

    Peter says: "dark and scary"
    "Not his best"

    I love David Sedaris but this was weaker than I expected. His career as a Christmas elf was great. Went downhill from there (until his rendition of Silent Night). If you're looking to try something, go with 'Corduroy and Denim' or 'Me Talk Pretty' first.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ordinary Heroes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Scott Turow
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Stewart Dubinsky knew his father had served in World War II. And he'd been told how David Dubin (as his father had Americanized the name that Stewart later reclaimed) had rescued Stewart's mother from the horror of the Balingen concentration camp. But when he discovers, after his father's death, a packet of wartime letters to a former fiancee, and learns of his father's court-martial and imprisonment, he is plunged into the mystery of his family's secret history.

    Janet C. Walker says: "Excellent"
    "Very Entertaining"

    A fantastic book. Believably and intelligently conveys the desperation of 1944-45. The romantic story is good and the story of Dubin's personal evaluation and eventual awareness is great. The supporting characters are familiar without feeling clich?. Edward Herman's narration is superb. Definitely well done.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Until I Find You: Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey

    When he is four-years-old, Jack travels with his mother Alice, a tattoo artist, to several North Sea ports; they are trying to find Jack's missing father, William, a church organist who is addicted to being tattooed. But Alice is a mystery, and William can't be found. Even Jack's memories are subject to doubt.

    Glen says: "Still John Irving"
    "Still John Irving"

    Not John Irving's best, but still an excellent, engaging book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skinny Dip

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye

    When Chaz Perron's wife discovers that he is running a scam (posing as a marine biologist to doctor water samples so that an agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the Everglades), he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner. Unlucky for Chaz, Joey survives clutching a bale of Jamaican pot. Rescued from the Atlantic by a former police officer, Mick Stranahan, she decides not to report him but instead haunt and taunt him, with Mick's help, by playing dead.

    Phillip says: "Summer's Best Read"
    "Bore the Reader, Rinse, Repeat"

    "Skinny Dip" is insipid, shallow and ridiculously unbelievable. The characters are walking cliches and the story is unimaginative and repetitive. Here's an example:

    (insert ODD chapter here -- seriously any number, it won't matter)
    -> Victim sits alone in her husband's bedroom with some obvious, lingering reminiscence of their life together, e.g. smell of his shampoo on the pillow, backpack on the chair, etc.
    -> Wonders aloud what she ever saw in him.
    -> Throws up (optional)
    -> Boldly exclaims "get hold of yourself girl, he's a jerk. Hmpf!"
    -> Goes on shopping spree and buys Italian shoes and a Burberry bikini.
    -> Rinse
    -> Repeat

    (insert EVEN chapter here)
    -> Murdering husband pops Viagra, wanders the Everglades and ponders his inability to "perform."
    -> Rinse
    -> Repeat

    Puh-lease. You'll find the acceptance speeches at the 2005 Male Model Awards more invigorating. Save yourself the credit.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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