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Amber

Chula Vista, CA, United States

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  • 16 reviews
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  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur Golden
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3606)
    Performance
    (936)
    Story
    (944)

    In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

    Stephanie says: "Best Book in a while"
    "Amazing"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this audiobook very much. I believe that most people would. I think my review title says it all.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • What the Night Knows

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1511)
    Performance
    (711)
    Story
    (725)

    In the late summer of a long-ago year, a killer arrived in a small city. His name was Alton Turner Blackwood, and in the space of a few months he brutally murdered four families. His savage spree ended only when he himself was killed by the last survivor of the last family, a 14-year-old boy. Half a continent away and two decades later, someone is murdering families again, re-creating in detail Blackwood’s crimes.

    sadee poulsen says: "Koontz is back!"
    "Not impressed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made What the Night Knows better?

    This book would have been much better if it would have had a less predictable plot.


    What could Dean Koontz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The sexual torture and 'spirits' that travel from one body to the next did not impress me. I don't believe Dean Koontz could have improved upon the terrible story line.


    Have you listened to any of Steven Weber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have never listened to Steven Weber's other performances. He did a pretty good job.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was severely disappointed by this book. I am a big fan of Koontz's earlier books. I was really disappointed and felt bitter that I used a credit for this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Have and To Hold

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jane Green
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (39)

    When Alice's wealthy (and much coveted) teenage crush, Joe, asks her to marry him, she is prepared to trade in her dream of a cottage filled with children, animals, and home-cooked meals for what he has in mind for her: stilettos, blond highlights, and a diet. She tells herself that she's happy to sacrifice for love, especially when every woman in London would like to be in her shoes.

    Amy R Lessing says: "Good read!"
    "Loved it."
    Overall

    I love everything Jane Green writes. This book did not disappoint. Her characters have such depth and charisma. Even the deplorable ones. If you like Jane Green, you will love this one as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dirty Blonde

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Lisa Scottoline
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (365)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    Cate Fante is strong and smart, but when she gets appointed a federal judge, even she wonders if she can do the job justice. She's in her 30s, and she feels like she's joining the world's most exclusive retirement village. But Cate keeps her doubts a secret. And, as it happens, much else. For she leads a dark, double life that she hides from everyone.

    Babs says: "Blonde of little brain"
    "Yuck"
    Overall

    I read some of the negative reviews of this book and I decided to give it a try anyway. There are many books that I like, but aren't very popular. I now see why this book is not too popular. It wasn't very entertaining. Even while in traffic. I did not think this book was funny. The characters had no depth. The main character is obnoxious. I love Barbara Rosenblat, but I did not care for her narration of this novel.
    The only reason why I gave this book two stars instead of one is only because there was a plot. I thought the plot was dumb, but at least the author kept the book organized and I didn't get lost. Just bored.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fast Track One-Day Detox Diet

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ann Louise Gittleman, C.N.S.
    • Narrated By Ann Louise Gittleman, C.N.S.
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    You know how it is. That special event just around the corner and you can't fit into your designer jeans. You need a fool-proof, emergency weight-loss method that really works and works fast. So how do you safely and quickly lose those extra pounds?

    Angela says: "Amazing Results!"
    "What was I thinking?"
    Overall

    Okay, this not a good audio book to get. First of all, you need to have the food lists and "drugs" she expects you to get in front of you. I will not scribble down "flax seed oil" and "lineolic acid" during the 2 some odd hours of this audiobook. Second, what is with all the junk she tells you to get? She wants me to eat only organic foods and to stay away from "healthy" non organic foods because of possible pesticides. All right, I can even buy that. But, come on. If you want some direction on healthy eating, I don't think swallowing blue-green algae and eating sardines is the right way (or the sane way) to go. My biggest pet peeve... what is this "miracle fasting juice"? She doesn't even give an recipe for it. You have to have to book in front of you to even begin this "detox" diet.
    I bought this audio book because I am fascinated by diets and what "experts" recommend.
    Although she is a CNS (certified nutritional specialist), she does not have her MD. I am skeptical about taking nutritional advice from her. If you follow all the oils and vitamins and dietary supplements that she suggests that you take, you won't have any more room in your stomach for that unknown "delicious" juice that you have to buy the book anyway to figure out what is in it or how to make it.

    12 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • No Second Chance

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (702)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (324)

    Marc Seidman awakens to find himself in an ICU, hooked up to an IV, his head swathed in bandages. Twelve days earlier, he had had an enviable life as a successful surgeon, living in a peaceful suburban neighborhood with his beautiful wife and a baby he adored. Now he lies in a hospital bed, shot by an unseen assailant. His wife has been killed, and his 6-month-old daughter, Tara, has vanished. But just when his world seems forever shattered, something arrives to give Marc a new hope: a ransom note.

    Ed says: "Really"
    "Another Winner"
    Overall

    This book was really quite good. I am a huge fan of Harlan Coben's now. I liked Just One Look and The Innocent better, but this one didn't disappoint me. I love how the main characters feel real and he explains their internal dialogue without a lot of flowery, lengthy monologues.
    I am going to start Gone for Good soon and I am upset that there are not too many more books written by him. I enjoy his stories so much.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Talisman

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs)
    • By Stephen King, Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3583)
    Performance
    (1634)
    Story
    (1643)

    On a brisk autumn day, a 13-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: His father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America - and into another realm. One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery.

    Swad says: "Still Good"
    "Very Long"
    Overall

    I tried to read this book and couldn't get into it. My parents told me it was so wonderful. I am a huge Stephen King fan, so I figured the audio version would grab me.
    I couldn't really get into it. I felt sorry for the poor kid, but it was a little much. I listened to all 30 hours, zoning in and out of the story, but I never really lost anything because all major points are long-winded and drawn out.
    However, I do not enjoy stories of fantasy. I like horror. A fantasy reader may love this audiobook, but for those looking for classic Stephen King, this is not the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2850)
    Performance
    (1044)
    Story
    (1036)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "Loved the character"
    Overall

    I thought this book was a little strange. The main character seems to have been a doormat since he was in diapers. Everyone is mean to him and he has no real friends. I didn't like him. But, then I kind of fell in love with him. It made me cringe when someone would do something bad to him. I love how the author is his own narrator.
    The journey he decides to take to bring his dead sister home is part Kerouac and part Grapes of Wrath.The journey is uplifting, but at the same time, depressing. The character changes a little during his morbid quest to give his sister a proper burial, but he doesn't change so much. He is taunted and taken-advantage of. But then again, there are some characters who make you realize that human beings are mostly good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skinny Dip

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (2367)
    Performance
    (610)
    Story
    (621)

    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"
    "Interesting book"
    Overall

    I liked this book a lot. I thought the narrator was a little bland and monotone. The plot was very interesting and you can't stand Joey's stupid husband. It was worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Phillip Margolin
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    Phillip Margolin, best selling author of The Undertaker's Widow, introduces the world to the first genuinely monstrous psychopath of the new century. Also available abridged.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Great twists & turns"
    "Loved It"
    Overall

    This is the second book I have read from this author. The first one was "Sleeping Beauty" (which was amazing). This author seems to have a plot pattern he likes to follow, but I don't care! I loved this book. I have never listened or read a book that has plot twists that this author uses, so I am very happy with him. This book kept me on the edge of my seat.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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