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Blenda

Crestwood, KY, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 15 reviews
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  • 635 titles in library
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  • And the Mountains Echoed

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2526)
    Performance
    (2230)
    Story
    (2223)

    Khaled Hosseini, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations.

    FanB14 says: "Does the End Justify the Means"
    "Do I dare not like this book?"
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    I’m probably the only person in the world that is not a Hosseini fan. I have read all three of his books. Same theme. Life is so difficult and not fair. Yeah, it is and life in the Middle East is so much worse than I can imagine. I just don't care for Hosseini's style. When I read or listen to a Hosseini book I feel like I’m following an ADHD child who can’t figure out where he’s really going or which story he’s going to tell next. I would just like to know if Hosseini has a different story in him.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Pines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2607)
    Performance
    (2358)
    Story
    (2364)

    Wayward Pines, Idaho, is quintessential small-town America — or so it seems. Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrives in search of two missing federal agents, yet soon is facing much more than he bargained for. After a violent accident lands him in the hospital, Ethan comes to with no ID and no cell phone. The medical staff seems friendly enough, but something feels…off. As the days pass, Ethan’s investigation into his colleagues’ disappearance turns up more questions than answers. Why can’t he make contact with his family in the outside world? Why doesn’t anyone believe he is who he says he is? And what’s the purpose of the electrified fences encircling the town? Are they keeping the residents in? Or something else out? Each step toward the truth takes Ethan further from the world he knows, until he must face the horrifying possibility that he may never leave Wayward Pines alive…

    Linda B says: "Well done story"
    "Compelling"
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    This was not my typical book. Could not stop listening. Finished the entire series in 3 days.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heart in the Right Place: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Carolyn Jourdan
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Carolyn Jourdan spent many years as a congressional lawyer in Washington, D.C. Then she was called home to fill in for her mother as receptionist at her father's rural Tennessee doctor's office - assured it would only be for a few days.

    glamazon says: "More of a short story collection..."
    "Offensive"
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    I found “Heart In The Right Place” offensive. Even though Carolyn Jourdan does learn that the people from her hometown are good people with fulfilling lives, she does so in a condescending way. The book takes place over the course of a year. I doubt very seriously if so many “stranger than fiction” situations would have been seen by one doctor in the course of a single year. What father/doctor, in his right mind, would take his preteen daughter to witness him end life support for a patient? What high powered Washington lawyer could have so poorly misread the situation in which her mother had a heart attack and expect her to be back at work in 2 days? Truly would not want Ms. Jourdan to represent me in any legal situation. I know many people who live in very rural settings that have lived wonderful lives without having any semblance of these situations happen to them. Memoirs are supposed to factual. Sorry Ms. Jourdan, I just don’t think your father saw all these cases in just one year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heist: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1267)
    Performance
    (1126)
    Story
    (1130)

    FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox - an international crook she wants in more ways than one.

    Janels says: "Evanovich, no longer trite--entertaining romp"
    "A different Evanovich"
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    Love Stephanie Plum but really like the new characters too. Kate and Nicholas are an unlikely pair but no more unusual than Stephanie and Ranger. Great escapism fiction!
    Love Scott Brick. He does a wonderful job with any narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bluegrass State of Mind: Bluegrass, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Kathleen Brooks
    • Narrated By Eric Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (418)

    McKenna Mason, a New York City attorney with a love of all things Prada, is on the run from a group of powerful, dangerous men. McKenna turns to a teenage crush, Will Ashton, for help in starting a new life in beautiful horse country. She finds that Will is now a handsome, successful race horse farm owner. As the old flame is ignited, complications are aplenty in the form of a nasty ex-wife, an ex-boyfriend intent on killing her, and a feisty race horse who refuses to race without a kiss. Can Will and McKenna cross the finish line together, and more importantly, alive?

    Ginny LaMere says: "OMG FANTASTIC book"
    "Annoying"
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    I purchased this book because of the reviews. Wish I had not. All the characters are either stereotypical or stupid, some are both. McKenna is hiding from powerful people in New York but agrees to go to the Kentucky Derby with Will, whose horse picked to win. Not exactly in hiding.

    Brooks portrays Kentuckians as idiots who have no class except for Will who is a retired from a NFL career and running a multimillion dollar horse farm that breeds Kentucky Derby winners. And there’s the man who thinks he couldn’t possibly father a child because he has been circumcised. Really? Then there’s Paige, an insta-best-friend who loves all of Kenna’s designer clothes that are described in painful detail.

    I did kind of like Mo, a middle-eastern Sheik who just so happens to become instantaneous friends with Kenna.

    The dialog includes every artificial idiom ever attributed to southerners.

    Save your credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cell

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Robin Cook
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (349)

    George Wilson, M.D., a radiology resident in Los Angeles, is about to enter a profession on the brink of an enormous paradigm shift, foreshadowing a vastly different role for doctors everywhere. The smartphone is poised to take on a new role in medicine, no longer as a mere medical app but rather as a fully customizable personal physician capable of diagnosing and treating even better than the real thing. It is called iDoc. George's initial collision with this incredible innovation is devastating.

    DebaDeb says: "There's an app for that!"
    "Need a Sequel"
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    Good story. I have heard that an implant similar to this is already in the works for diabetics. Kinda scary. Interesting references to Obamacare. Love the way Robin Cook takes a current topic and writes a novel about it. I really do need to know what happens to George. When will "Cell 2" be released? Also, love George Guidall's narration.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8994)
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    (8215)
    Story
    (8308)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Judy says: "What a let down!"
    "So Disappointing"
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    Like so many others, I am very disappointed in the conclusion to this series. Roth surely did not have this ending planned from the beginning. “Divergent” is one of my favorite YA books. “Insurgent” was typical for the middle book in a trilogy. “Allegiant” left me cold from beginning to end.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Wilton Barnhardt
    • Narrated By Scott Shepherd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (101)

    Jerene Jarvis Johnston and her husband, Duke, are exemplars of Charlotte, North Carolina’s high society, a world where old Southern money and the secrets behind it meet the new wealth of bankers, real estate speculators, and carpetbagging social climbers. Steely and implacable, Jerene presides over her family’s legacy of paintings at the Mint Museum; Duke, the one-time college golden boy and descendant of a Confederate general, whose promising political career was mysteriously short-circuited, has settled into a comfortable semi-senescence as a Civil War reenactor.

    Carol says: "Great book, best narrator ever"
    "Not the South I know"
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    Evidently I am familiar with a different South. While Kentucky is not technically south in the minds of some, we do have many southern traditions. I am so glad that the characters in this book don’t resemble any of the southerners I know. I can find little redeeming value in any of these characters. I had to finish this book because it is a book club selection. Otherwise, I would not have gotten past the UNC segment. The publisher’s review said, “hilarious narrative of a family coming apart.” I find nothing remotely funny about this totally dysfunctional family. The narrator was very good.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Looking for Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Beth Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (718)
    Performance
    (637)
    Story
    (637)

    Beth Hoffman’s bestselling debut, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt, won admirers and acclaim with its heartwarming story and cast of unforgettable characters. Now her unique flair for evocative settings and richly drawn Southern personalities shines in her compelling new novel, Looking for Me.

    Debra says: "Another fascinating story from Beth Hoffman!"
    "Great Second Novel"
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    Love southern literature. I especially like that this novel is partially based in Kentucky (my home state). Loved Beth Hoffman’s “Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt.” This is a great second novel. Sometimes an author’s sophomore novel does not measure up the first. This one does. The characters are likable, especially Teddi. Teddi’s relationships are believable and real. She is a woman who has a dream and is passionate about that dream. Depicts Red River Gorge realistically. My favorite listen this summer.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Poppet: A Jack Caffery Thriller, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Mo Hayder
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Everything goes according to procedure when a patient, Isaac, is released into the community from a high-security mental health ward. But when the staff realizes that he was connected to a series of unexplained episodes of self-harm among the ward's patients, and furthermore that he was released in error, they call on Detective Jack Caffery to investigate and to track Isaac down before he can kill again.

    Blenda says: "Not for me"
    "Not for me"
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    Other reviews were good but I just couldn't get into it. I have tried for 2 days to find something interesting about this book but just can't. I know and respect people who love this book. Just goes to show that not all books are for all people. I am an avid listener and am always looking for a new author but I couldn't find anything to like about this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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