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love horror, true crime, and biographies

Wilmington, NC, United States | Member Since 2015

  • 5 reviews
  • 71 ratings
  • 363 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2015

  • The Key: A True Encounter

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Whitley Strieber
    • Narrated By Gregory Itzin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From the best-selling author of Communion comes the mysterious true story of how an unknown visitor barged into Streiber's hotel room late one night - and imparted extraordinary lessons in personal development and man's fate that challenge us to rethink every assumption about the meaning of life.

    Trevor says: "Totally in line with Truth"
    "Very good, very interesting"
    Where does The Key rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Was among the best audiobooks I've read so far

    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The possibilities

    Which character – as performed by Gregory Itzin – was your favorite?


    If you could give The Key a new subtitle, what would it be?

    don't know

    Any additional comments?

    very good book, worth the read

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hausfrau: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jill Alexander Essbaum
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Anna Benz, an American in her late thirties, lives with her Swiss husband, Bruno - a banker - and their three young children in a postcard-perfect suburb of Zürich. Though she leads a comfortable, well-appointed life, Anna is falling apart inside. Adrift and increasingly unable to connect with the emotionally unavailable Bruno or even with her own thoughts and feelings, Anna tries to rouse herself with new experiences.

    NMwritergal says: "Wonderful writing; pathetic, passive protagonist &"
    "Was not worth the read"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story draaaaaaged.

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending sucked. Seemed like it was supposed to be something from Grimm's Fairy Tales.

    Could you see Hausfrau being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not unless they show that life goes on beyond her affairs. Felt like if the main character would have been a man, there would have been a more positive ending---definately.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charles Manson Now

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Marlin Marynick
    • Narrated By Al Gravelle

    In November 1970, Charles Manson was sentenced to death for the cold-blooded murders of seven people near Los Angeles. His sentence was later reduced to life imprisonment.... When author Marlin Marynick was eight years old, he discovered a beat up copy of Helter Skelter. The book’s portrayal of Manson haunted Marynick for years, well into his career as a psychiatric nurse. So when a chance conversation facilitated a connection to Manson himself, Marynick went along for the ride....

    Mrs. Punch says: "New insight into Charles Manson"
    "Not a good book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Maybe a better reader

    What could Marlin Marynick have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Felt like he used Manson's name to further his career. Told Manson that the book would be about quotes from different people, felt like this was a dishonest way to make a buck.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Very stilted way of talking--odd accent

    What character would you cut from Charles Manson Now?

    The author seemed like a heel

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The time is 1933, the place, Berlin, when William E. Dodd becomes America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany in a year that proved to be a turning point in history. A mild-mannered professor from Chicago, Dodd brings along his wife, son, and flamboyant daughter, Martha. At first Martha is entranced by the parties and pomp, and the handsome young men of the Third Reich with their infectious enthusiasm for restoring Germany to a position of world prominence. Enamored of the “New Germany,” she has one affair after another....

    Chris says: "Frightening, Powerful, Deeply Thought-provoking."
    "Loved it, one of the best books I've listened to"
    If you could sum up In the Garden of Beasts in three words, what would they be?

    Loved it! Excellent!

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Martha Dodd

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

    Love his voice, excellent job

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

    If I could, I would listen to it all in one sitting

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Rachel Bertsche
    • Narrated By Annie Wood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Rachel Bertsche first moves to Chicago, she’s thrilled to finally share a zip code, let alone an apartment, with her boyfriend. But shortly after getting married, Bertsche realizes that her new life is missing one thing: friends. Sure, she has plenty of BFFs—in New York and San Francisco and Boston and Washington, D.C. Still, in her adopted hometown, there’s no one to call at the last minute for girl talk over brunch or a reality-TV marathon over a bottle of wine. Taking matters into her own hands, Bertsche develops a plan....

    Amr says: "Joyful even if you're not the intended audience"
    "Was ok"
    Would you try another book from Rachel Bertsche and/or Annie Wood?

    I might read another book by the same author

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It was good hearing ideas about how to meet new potential friends, very creative

    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration matched the story

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I might see the movie if it was a movie---I think it would be made into a commedy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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