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Book and Movie Lover

Austin | Member Since 2003

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  • 97 reviews
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  • 7 purchased in 2014
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  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3110)
    Performance
    (2764)
    Story
    (2764)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Susan says: "Fascinating Journey for Two"
    "Parallel lives, one this century, one last"
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    This was a very good story. The two main characters were a teenager who ended up in foster care and an older woman who, when younger, was sent on an "orphan train" to the midwest for adoption. The two meet and realize their stories are similar. Enjoyable listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9278)
    Performance
    (8503)
    Story
    (8555)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Read the book instead of going to the movie - good"
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    I saw this on Audible after considering going to the movie version. Since it didn't appeal to my husband I decided to just listen to the book. It wasn't as much of a tear jerker as I thought it would be. Instead, it was just an enjoyable listen. I grew to like both of the main characters and enjoyed the plot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (9929)
    Performance
    (8999)
    Story
    (9068)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    George says: "Struggled to finish"
    "A kid's series all can enjoy"
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    I wouldn't have picked up this series had it not been for our 12 year old who highly recommended it. While definitely written for the 12 to 17 year old age group, it's a series which even adults will enjoy. The plot is easy to follow and engaging and held my interest. If I were to categorize it I would call it a Science Fiction Action book. Good listen for older kids and adults.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Eye for an Eye: A Dewey Andreas Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (510)
    Story
    (511)

    In Ben Coes' latest, Eye for an Eye, Dewey Andreas faces the toughest odds of his life as one of China's most powerful men has decided to do whatever he must to take down Dewey - and inflicts a horrifying loss. Andreas - former Army Ranger and Delta - is a man of great skills and cunning. His opponent, Fao Bhang, is ruthless, determined, and with no limit to the assets at his disposal. In this conflict, there are only two possible outcomes. And only one Dewey Andreas.

    Anthony says: "Another Impossible Hero"
    "Tops of the Dewey Andreas series so far!"
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    I love thrillers and this one is about as good as it gets. A kill order on Dewey sets in motion a series of events which cause Dewey to go rogue looking for those responsible. This is one of those listens you won't easily be able to put down. Highly recommend.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • One Dog Night

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (504)
    Story
    (501)

    For six years Noah Galloway has lived with a horrible secret and the fear that his rebuilt life could be shattered at any moment. Now his dread has become a certainty, and he has been arrested for the arson murder of 26 people. David Rosenfelt, a native of Paterson, New Jersey, is a graduate of NYU. He was the former marketing president for Tri-Star Pictures before becoming a writer of novels and screenplays.

    A User says: "The wait is over!"
    "Andy Carpenter, excellent lawyer and sleuth"
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    Andy Carpenter books are just plain fun. Andy is funny, and has so much interesting self-talk going on in his head (which you get to hear in the book). You also hear quite a bit about Tara, Andy's golden retriever, a plus for dog lovers.

    In this installment of the Andy Carpenter series, Andy and his team take on a client who has been accused of locking 27 people in an apartment building and then setting fire to the apartment building. Seems like a lost cause, but somehow Andy and his team figure things out and get a good resolution as always. Great book, can't wait for the next one!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sleight of Hand: A Novel of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Phillip Margolin
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Ten years ago, Horace Blair fell in love with Carrie, the prosecutor during his DUI trial. After a torrid courtship, he persuaded her to marry him and to sign a prenuptial agreement guaranteeing her twenty million dollars if she remained faithful during the first 10 years of their marriage. The week before their 10th anniversary, Carrie disappears, and Horace is charged with her murder. Desperate to clear his name, the millionaire hires one of D.C.'s most brilliant and ruthless defense attorneys - Charles Benedict.

    Mary says: "It should've been a better book"
    "Grabbed me about 1/4 of the way in"
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    For the first couple hours of Sleight of Hand, I found myself debating about whether to finish this listen. I am so glad I made it past and finished it as once it grabbed me I found I could not put it down. I love mysteries/thrillers and this one was a lot of fun.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dog Tags

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By David Rosenfelt
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (696)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (378)

    A German Shepherd police dog witnesses a murder and if his owner - an Iraq war vet and former cop-turned-thief - is convicted of the crime, the dog could be put down. Few rival Andy Carpenter's affection for dogs, and he decides to represent the poor canine. As Andy struggles to convince a judge that this dog should be set free, he discovers that the dog and his owner have become involved unwittingly in a case of much greater proportions than the one they've been charged with.

    Tim says: "Wanna have some fun?"
    "Another Great Listen in the Andy Carpenter Series"
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    David Rosenfelt's series of books about lawyer Andy Carpenter are wonderful, and each new book is just a delight to listen to. This one was engaging, fun, suspenseful and immensely entertaining, full of colorful characters. Pick up this series at the beginning (Open and Shut) and if you enjoy that one as much as I did, you will want to read the books in order and will eagerly anticipate the next one as I do.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alex Cross, Run

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman, Steven Boyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (857)
    Performance
    (704)
    Story
    (713)

    Top plastic surgeon Elijah Creem is renowned for his skills in the operating room, and for his wild, no-expense-spared "industry parties", bringing in underage exotic dancers and models for nights of drugs, champagne, and uninhibited sex. That is, until Detective Alex Cross busts one of Creem's lavish soirees and ruins his fun. Now Creem is willing to do anything to avoid going to jail. But Alex doesn't have time to dwell on that case. A beautiful woman has been found murdered in her car, a lock of her hair viciously ripped off. Then a second woman is found hanging from a sixth-floor window with a brutal scar slashed across her stomach....

    Cris says: "Ugh!"
    "Another solid Alex Cross story"
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    I think I've read all of the books in the Alex Cross series and this 20th book in the series didn't disappoint. Fast moving, held my interest and enhanced my daily commute. Not a blockbuster, and not as good as some of the previous books in the series but still a good solid listen. If you haven't read anything else in the series, I recommend you start at the beginning with Along Came a Spider.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jenna Miscavige Hill
    • Narrated By Sandy Rustin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (726)
    Performance
    (663)
    Story
    (663)

    Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member Sea Org - the church's highest ministry - speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape.

    Tim says: "The Despicable Truth Behind Scientology"
    "Beyond Belief that I actually finished this book"
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    Based on some of the other reviews I decided to take a chance on this book. Unfortunately, I am not on the same wavelength as many who raved about this book and found it very bland and uninteresting. Don't recommend.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jennifer Chiaverini
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (311)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (276)

    In Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, novelist Jennifer Chiaverini presents a stunning account of the friendship that blossomed between Mary Todd Lincoln and her seamstress, Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Keckley, a former slave who gained her professional reputation in Washington, D.C. by outfitting the city’s elite. Keckley made history by sewing for First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln within the White House, a trusted witness to many private moments between the President and his wife, two of the most compelling figures in American history.

    Ronna says: "A different , authentic view of history!!"
    "Good mix of fiction and history"
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    Who knew that at the time of great contention over slavery that Mary Lincoln's best friend was an African American seamstress? This book was obviously well researched and included a good bit of the author's imagination, a combination which made for an outstanding novel. While most of this author's books have been designed for quilters, this novel will appeal to a broader audience. Really enjoyed this one and may listen to it again.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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