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Kansas City, MO United States | Member Since 2003

  • 6 reviews
  • 319 ratings
  • 1723 titles in library
  • 173 purchased in 2014

  • Johnny Got His Gun

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dalton Trumbo
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This was no ordinary war. This was a war to make the world safe for democracy. And if democracy was made safe, then nothing else mattered - not the millions of dead bodies, nor the thousands of ruined lives. This is no ordinary novel. This is the story of a young American soldier terribly maimed in World War I - he "survives" armless, legless, and faceless, but with his mind intact.

    Carollynn7 says: "READ THE INTRODUCTION LAST"

    I saw the movie in 1971 when I was a teenager and had wanted to read the book ever since. I finally purchased it from Audible a few days ago. Unfortunately, I didn't know (or didn't pay attention to) the fact that there was to be an introduction by a mother who had lost her son in Iraq that was intended to create a sense of the outrage she felt at losing her son in a war that was unjustified. It also gave away much more of the plot than I remember from the movie and certainly more than I wanted to hear before reading the book myself.

    Don't get me wrong . . . I'm not saying that her outrage is unjustified. It just didn't belong at the beginning of a book that I wanted to discover for myself. It set HER tone, justified though it might be, not mine.

    As soon as I realized what was happening to ME as I was listening to the introduction I turned it off and found the beginning of the book. But, alas, I will have to wait awhile before I take it up again.

    It reminds me of the time in the early to mid 70's when Charles Schultz ran a Sunday cartoon featuring Lucy and Linus watching "Citizen Cane" on TV. The last plate of the cartoon had Lucy telling Linus, "Rosebud is . . . . . . .". It ruined the anticipation for a whole generation of people who had not seen the movie. People who have read a book or have seen a movie or play should NEVER give anything away that might change the experience for others.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • The Wicked Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alex Marwood
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside vacation town when her investigation leads her to interview carnival cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day so many years ago. Now with new, vastly different lives - and unknowing families to protect - will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden?

    Tina says: "Really my rating is 4 1/2 stars."
    "Wonderful Narration, but . . ."
    Any additional comments?

    It is hard not to agree with the previous reviewers who found this book memorable, suspenseful, haunting, sad. The narrator was wonderful.

    However, while I understand why the book was entitled, "Wicked Girls" I didn't find them wicked at all. As a matter of fact, I liked both Belle and Jade from the beginning, even after the accident that labeled them "kidnappers and murders". Being familiar with Jade's personality as a child (from the flashbacks pertaining to the day of the accident), I can't imagine she would not have vehemently protested to the way she and Belle were being portrayed in the town and in the courts while letting the world know how and why she and Belle were with Chloe at the time. Surely there would have been an investigation and a different outcome for these two 11 year old girls.

    This book was worth the read, fast paced and engaging.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Souls: Matthew Corbett, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The year is 1703. The place: The Carolina settlement of Charles Town. Matthew Corbett, professional 'problem solver,' has accepted a lucrative, if unusual, commission: Escorting a beautiful woman to a fancy dress ball. What should be a pleasant assignment takes a darker turn when Matthew becomes involved in a murder investigation.

    J. Kelly says: "Dare I say it - a tad lazy."
    "Where is Robert McCammon?"
    Do you have any additional comments?

    He couldn't have written this book . . .Did his publisher find someone else to recycle his previous four outstanding books in this series to make a deadline? Matthew Corbett has been a bit of a superman in his ability to get himself out of very dangerous situations, but the plots and characters surrounding him were well developed, interesting and exciting. "The River Of Souls" seems a rehash of old plots and characters with no satisfactory direction or conclusion. I hope Mr. McCammon has not tired of Matthew Corbett.

    Edoardo Ballerini was brilliant as always and made listening to this book as pleasurable as could be expected.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "WHEW . . I finally go to the end. . ."
    Any additional comments?

    This book was very hard to get through . . . I kept waiting for something to happen, and it never did. It seemed as though Dan Brown first researched a whole lot of symbols and Italian buildings, chose which ones he liked, then wrote an unimaginative, convoluted, unbelievable story around them. I didn't even care what happened to Robert Langdon!

    There are so many hidden, mysterious Vatican archives, secrets and scandals that Brown could have crafted into a very enlightening story that would excite people into the kind research they did after the Da Vinci Code. This definitely was NOT one of them.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By Karen White

    From the author of The Secret History comes a dark, suspenseful novel of lost childhood. Harriet Dusfresnes is a child in Mississippi, haunted by the murder of her brother when she was just a baby. He was found hanging from a tree in their backyard; his killer was never identified, nor did the family ever recover. Only Harriet's teenage sister might have seen what happened that day, and she has blocked it out from her memory.

    Sam says: "Couldn't put it down"
    "Can't Listen To The Narrator"

    I've owned this audiobook since 2003. Over the past 7 years I've tried listening to it again and again, but have never gotten past the first chapter because I find the narrator's voice so irritating as to be totally distracting. Tenacious as I am, I have finally given up in 2011.

    I am unable to comment on the story, but still find the book description intriguing. Alas, I will have to purchase an hard copy to find out what it is all about.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Very, Very Entertaining!!"

    Even though the title sounded a bit strange, I bought this book after reading the reviews. A history buff who has read many books about Abraham Lincoln and a fan of vampire stories since I immensely enjoyed the Vampire Series by Ann Rice many years ago, I decided to give it a try and I'm so glad I did.

    I was immediately captivated by the narrator, Scott Holst, who did a splendid job narrating a "journal". As the story unfolded, I found myself drawn into the history, often wondering which "facts" and which people were true history and which were a product of the author's imagination.

    This is a fun book with an intriguing mixture of history and fantasy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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