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Cindy

LAGUNA BEACH, CA, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • 59 reviews
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  • 1886 titles in library
  • 38 purchased in 2014
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  • Summer Crossing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    In late 2004, a trove of Truman Capote's abandoned papers went up for auction at Sotheby's. Included in the lot was the handwritten manuscript of Summer Crossing, a novel Capote began writing in 1943, and continued to tinker with on and off for a decade. Since the time of his death in 1984, Capote scholars and biographers had long believed this manuscript lost, never to be recovered. They were wrong.

    Marjorie says: "Summer doldrums"
    "Beautifully written"
    Overall

    Just wish it hadn't ended so soon, it felt a bit unfinished

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19835)
    Performance
    (17754)
    Story
    (17815)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Like Watching a Train Wreck"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    This book was horrific. To say the least, it was just an awful story that left me feeling sick. I hate to start a book and not finish it, but I have to say that all through this book I kept asking myself, why are you listening to such a miserable, vicious, hateful story. YUCK!


    Any additional comments?

    At least the author could have had some justice surface at the end of this story, but no, manipulation, selfishness, cruelty, and their like all win in the end... how nice?!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Darkest Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Haynes
    • Narrated By David Thorpe, Karen Cass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1172)
    Performance
    (986)
    Story
    (988)

    Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous – Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape.

    Betty says: "AN OCD IS STALKED BY A PSYCHOPATH"
    "Difficult Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't get through it. Too many aberrant mental processes and behaviors, kind of torturous to read.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ten Points

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bill Strickland
    • Narrated By Chuck Kourouklis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Bill Strickland believed he was cursed. No matter how secure his life outwardly seemed, the happiness he had attained with his wife and daughter hung by a thread, threatened by the monster Bill lived in constant fear of, a demon inside him that had been created by horrific childhood abuse.

    Cindy says: "Very Moving"
    "Very Moving"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Ten Points again? Why?

    I felt a bit sideswiped by this story, in that I wasn't quite prepared for the hateful and yet detached abuse this man endured as a child. It's pretty hard to listen to, and I found myself dreading those parts of the story. On the other hand, it's pretty fabulous to listen to his decisions to become a better man, be a better father, and not become like his abuser.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Persimmon Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1697)
    Performance
    (1253)
    Story
    (1243)

    The Persimmon Tree opens in Indonesia in 1942 on the cusp of Japanese invasion and the evacuation of Batavia (Jakarta) by the Dutch. Seventeen-year-old Nicholas Duncan is on holiday there, in pursuit of an exotic butterfly known as the Magpie Crow. It's an uncertain, dangerous time to be in Indonesia, and Nick's options of getting out are fast dwindling. Amidst the fear and chaos he falls in love with Anna, the beautiful daughter of a Dutch acquaintance, and she nicknames him 'Mr Butterfly'.

    Corinne says: "An excellent sequel"
    "Beautiful Story"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I thought this book was beautifully narrated, and I loved the story. I learned many things about WWII, and it was interesting hearing a perspective from a country other than America. My only complaint is that I think it ended too abruptly. Actually, I could have handled the ending if there had been a sequel written to fill in all the information that was left out at the end; for example, Anna's story is so compelling and yet we never find out what happened to her after she fled into the mountains or what made her decide to establish the business she undertook after the war; nor does the author reveal their journey on the boat as she goes through heroin withdrawl. I think it would have made the story much richer at the end, as Nick's story was not nearly as interesting or dramatic, although I enjoyed hearing about him too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35595)
    Performance
    (26615)
    Story
    (26994)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Interesting Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was an interesting and engaging story. I just wish the author would have made the main characters a little older and wiser - they seemed a bit one dimensional and underdeveloped.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Days of Gold

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jude Deveraux
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (177)

    In 1766 Scotland, the laird of the clan, Angus McTern, has everything he wants in life. That is, until Edilean Talbot shows up. Breathtakingly beautiful and born of privilege, Edilean represents everything Angus despises. Still, she dazzles him, and when Angus can no longer hide his feelings, she rejects him, leaving him deeply wounded and humiliated. Soon, though, Edilean needs his help....

    BookReader says: "Days of Gold"
    "Blah"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The best part about this book was DAVINA PORTER!!!! She can take a mediocre story and make it into something special... she is the best!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kushiel's Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Carey
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (173)

    Imriel de la Courcel's blood parents are history's most reviled traitors, while his adoptive parents, Phedre and Joscelin, are Terre d'Ange's greatest champions. Stolen, tortured, and enslaved as a young boy, Imriel is now a Prince of the Blood, third in line for the throne in a land that revels in beauty, art, and desire.

    Selin says: "Another chapter to Imriel"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narration of this story was wonderful, I love Simon Vance! But, even under his excellent narration, the story line was weak and inconsistent, sounding more like a shallow romance novel and much less like the intricate adventure stories that preceded it. This book was not nearly as interesting as the previous books, and in some parts was painfully predictable, cliche, and sappy. Phedre and Joscelin are barely a part of this story, with Phedre coming off more like Mary Poppins and Joscelin spouting an inane comment here and there in her wake. She has none of her whit or cunning and poor Joscelin has practically been neutered he's so bland and unimposing. And what happened to Hyacinthe! Why bring him into the story at all if you're not going to develop his character somewhat? It's just way more irritating than interesting, and it certainly doesn't help the story. It would have been better to leave out some of the characters, rather than water them down to a shadow of what they'd been in the previous books. What happened?



    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lust, Caution

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 35 mins)
    • By Eileen Chang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    In the midst of the Japanese occupation of China and Hong Kong, two lives become intertwined: Wong Chia Chi, a young student active in the resistance, and Mr. Yee, a powerful political figure who works for the Japanese occupational government. As these two move deftly between Shanghai's tea parties and secret interrogations, they become embroiled in the complicated politics of wartime - and in a mutual attraction that may be more than what they expected.

    Robert says: "Boring"
    "The Movie Was More Interesting Than The Book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    While this book was an interesting read, it left too much unsaid, unexplored and unexplained. This was one of those rare occasions where I found the movie to be much richer and more thought provoking than the book (which really surprised me).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (8975)
    Performance
    (7066)
    Story
    (7103)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "Beauty In The Midst Of Tragedy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I loved this book. It is beautifully written with language that is so rich and descriptive it teases the imagination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2830)
    Performance
    (2381)
    Story
    (2387)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "An Engaging Read"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This was an engaging read, with interesting historical references. I enjoyed the parallel story lines, and the very plausible concept of genetic memory, but I don't think this book can be compared to Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. Other than it's historical foundation, which many books have, I'm not seeing the connection except as an advertising gimmick.

    The narration was pleasant, but sometimes a bit monotone; however, that's probably much better than a narration that sounds like fingernails down a blackboard!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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