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Anita

RICHMOND, TEXAS, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 12 reviews
  • 12 ratings
  • 266 titles in library
  • 21 purchased in 2014
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  • Patricia Highsmith: Selected Novels and Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Patricia Highsmith
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot, Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    The remarkable renaissance of Patricia Highsmith continues with the publication of Patricia Highsmith: Selected Novels and Short Stories, featuring two groundbreaking novels as well as a trove of penetrating short stories. With a critical introduction by Joan Schenkar, situating Highsmith’s classic works within her own tumultuous life, this book provides a useful guide to some of her most dazzlingly seductive writing.

    Linda J. Westerschulte says: "Strangers on a Train"
    "Mixed review"
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    I have mixed feelings about this book. After seeing the movie years ago, I wanted to listen to Strangers on a Train. It was my favorite story in the book. Several of the short stores were interesting. The Price of Salt was my least favorite. A brave subject to write about because of the decade it was written. I found the story drawn out and boring with too much dialogue. The two narrators did a good job. The only reason I gave the book 4 stars was because of Strangers on a Train.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12097)
    Performance
    (10988)
    Story
    (11014)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Wouldn't recommend"
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    I actually started listening to this book a few months ago. I thought it was getting too stupid so stopped but then I noticed all the 5 star reviews and decided to give it another chance. I did get through the entire book but I didn't like it any better. The character development and story started out good but then it got weird and unbelievable. this is the last book I'll buy from this author.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2376)
    Performance
    (2171)
    Story
    (2155)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "A must read for a Dark Tower fan!"
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    Stephen King has written the ultimate Dark Tower companion! SK gives us an insight into Roland's early life as a gunslinger. I've heard several of King's book read by him. I've always found him the perfect storyteller. If you're a Dark Tower fan you, this book is for you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Red Herring Without Mustard: A Flavia de Luce Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (608)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (442)

    Award-winning author Alan Bradley returns with another beguiling novel starring the insidiously clever and unflappable 11-year-old sleuth Flavia de Luce. The precocious chemist with a passion for poisons uncovers a fresh slew of misdeeds in the hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey—mysteries involving a missing tot, a fortune-teller, and a corpse in Flavia’s own backyard.

    Kelli says: "An excellent addition to the series!"
    "Another Flavia Hit!"
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    Love the Flavia series! This is the 3rd one I've listened to and it's just as good as the first. The narrator, Jayne Entwistle, IS Flavia. She's perfect! Thank you Mr. Bradley for bringing us Flavia de Luce!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War and Remembrance

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    Overall
    (1988)
    Performance
    (1689)
    Story
    (1676)

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II, which begins with The Winds of War and continues here in War and Remembrance, stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    aaron says: "What can I say that hasn't already been said??"
    "Some parts are irritating"
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    I thought I would really like this book especially since I read some of the reviews before I bought it. Yes, it is an accurate account of WWII but what I found irritating was some of the character's behavior. Too much of a soap opera. Everyone is cheating on their spouses. A mother loses her son in Mid-Way, and then in the next chapter she's gushing about meeting movie stars and shopping in Hollywood! I almost stopped listening a few times but decided to tough it out. Except for the historical events, I wouldn't recommend this book unless you like cheesy romance novels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3398)
    Performance
    (2966)
    Story
    (2981)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Suzn F says: "The Baker, The Nun, The Virgin and The Monster"
    "A wonderful story!"
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    What a listen! Jodi Picoult writes a wonderful story with a blend of love, family, mystery, heartbreak and history. The 5 narrators were perfect for each character. This is the first book that I've listened to from Picoult but it won't be the last!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Overton Window

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Glenn Beck
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1193)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (440)

    A plan to destroy America, a hundred years in the making, is about to be unleashed. There is a powerful technique called the Overton Window that can shape our lives, our laws, and our future. It works by manipulating public perception so that ideas previously thought of as radical begin to seem acceptable over time. Move the Window and you change the debate. Change the debate and you change the country.

    Cobra0435 says: "It Could Happen Soon"
    "OK book"
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    I'm a fan of Glenn Beck. I enjoy his non-fiction books and I listen to him sometimes on the radio. This book was so-so. The story was interesting and made you think. I just thought that the characters weren't very interesting. I read another review where the reviewer likes Stephen King books because he gets in-depth with his characters. I'm a big fan of King, that's one of the reasons why I like him. Beck should take some lessons from him when it comes to character development.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phantoms

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1034)
    Performance
    (646)
    Story
    (649)

    They found the town silent, apparently abandoned. Then they found the first body strangely swollen and still warm. One hundred fifty were dead, 350 missing. But the terror had only begun in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, California.

    Ann M. Chavie says: "Terrifying"
    "Didn't like"
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    I'm a fan of Koontz so I'm surprised I don't like this book. I actually stopped listening about halfway through. I think the characters are boring and the plot was slow. I think part of my dislike is the narrator. He drags out the words which was so annoying. I read reviews before I buy a book, almost everyone liked this book so it could be me. It's still on my ipod so I might give it another try later on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1628)
    Performance
    (1087)
    Story
    (1089)

    It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

    Midi says: "Terrific story...spot-on narration"
    "Fun Book!"
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    This was such a fun book to listen to! The main character was a delight and the narrator made her come to life! Look forward to listening to Bradley's other books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Elissa Wall, Lisa Pulitzer
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (224)

    In September 2007, Elissa Wall, the star witness against polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs, gave captivating testimony of how Jeffs forced her to marry her first cousin at age 14. This harrowing account proved to be the most compelling evidence against Jeffs, showing the harsh realities of this closed community and the lengths to which Jeffs went in order to control the sect's women. Now, in this courageous memoir, Wall tells the incredible story of how she emerged from the confines of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints and helped bring one of America's most notorious criminals to justice.

    Christine says: "Chris from Cedar City, UT USA"
    "Interesting story"
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    I thought the story is interesting and a great insight into the religious cult. I wasn't really surprised that the women were treated so badly because of some of the recent stories about Warren Jeffs and his group. What I was surprised about was how much Ellisa got away with; sneaking off to Vegas, smoking, etc. I agree with the other reviews that the narration was very annoying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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