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Colleen

Nurse, mother, wife, Catholic and avid reader!

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  • If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Julia Sweeney
    • Narrated By Julia Sweeney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    Since her time on Saturday Night Live, where she created the infamous androgynous character "Pat", Julia Sweeney has gone on to establish herself as a witty, captivating performer of one-woman shows, like God Said Ha!, In the Family Way, and Letting Go of God. She gave a TED talk sharing how she explained the birds and the bees to her eight-year-old daughter, Mulan, which ignited an incredible response. Now, when it comes to talking about motherhood, people want to hear what Julia has to say.

    Lisa says: "I Love Julia Sweeney"
    "Great introduction to Sweeney the performer!"
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    I am a HUGE fan of Sweeney, her one woman shows and her TED talk. Ironically, the only thing I scarcely know about her is her character Pat from SNL.
    This book is a great first read to get to know Sweeney, then order her other works to get greater depth. Since I listened the other way, some of the stuff covered in this latest book was a little redundant.
    I did think her performance was a little off compared to the live show recordings she has done in the past for "Letting Go of God" for example. Maybe it is the absence of an audience that makes her reading sound a little stilted.
    One of the topics that makes this such a fantastic listen is the growing and morphing relationship with between Sweeney and her mother. They are about as different as humanly possible, yet loving. In this current work you can feel the understanding, connection and even forgiveness between mother, daughter and granddaughter that is truly heartwarming.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Water Room: A Peculiar Crimes Unit Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Christopher Fowler
    • Narrated By Tim Goodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (142)

    Best-selling author Christopher Fowler has won a widespread following for his senior citizen detectives Arthur Bryant and John May. Here a woman is found drowned in her basement - with nary a drop of water to explain the crime.

    Cholmondeley says: "Baby Boomers Rejoice: This is a book for our time."
    "I really wanted to like this book!"
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    Plodding, dull, finished like medicine are all phrases I would use to describe this book. I so wanted to like it! I was waiting for the next in the Ben Aaronovich series to come out I saw that this book had a similar topic so I thought it would be just as interesting. Not so. :( I even went on the author's website and he recommended this book as a good starting point in the series, so I can't even blame the lack of interest on jumping into the series midway. It was ok, but I had a hard time finding any of the thousand characters in this book interesting enough to care about what happened to them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Takedown: Inside the Hunt for Al Qaeda

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Philip Mudd
    • Narrated By John Edmondson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    On September 11, 2001, as Central Intelligence Agency analyst Philip Mudd rushed out of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House, he could not anticipate how far the terror unleashed that day would change the world of intelligence and his life as a CIA officer. Takedown sheds light on the inner workings of the intelligence community during the global counterterror campaign.

    Colleen says: "The technocratic side of the GWOT"
    "The technocratic side of the GWOT"
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    This book will be interesting for you if you like the policy weeds of the democratic process. I found it interesting to see how the daily job of fighting terrorism gets done. I wish it had been narrated by the author as he is a pretty interesting guy and I think he would have done just as good of a job as Edmondson and I like when authors are allowed to tell their own stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (5778)
    Performance
    (5254)
    Story
    (5268)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Download JKR's newest “with renewed optimism”!!"
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    If you tried Casual Vacancy and that makes you reluctant to try JKR’s newest adult offering, this one line from the story should make you change your mind! Unlike the depressing, vacant, jaded pacifism so common throughout CV, The Cuckoo’s Calling is filled with vibrant and engaging characters, exciting story lines and yes, OPTIMISM!
    The central character is Cormoran Strike- Private Investigator, Afghan war veteran, lower leg amputee who had a peripatetic (my new favorite word!) childhood and a love life that screams trouble. He has an appealing new sidekick named Robin: a short term temp who lucks into a gig that fulfills her childhood dream of solving crimes and making a difference. While the plot is intriguing, the best part about the book is the characters. They are rich, detailed and fascinating! You'll want to get to know Cormoran! You would even agree to be in Robin's upcoming wedding- even though being a bridesmaid- especially in one ups-man-land London- would be a nightmare!
    The criminal story line starts out dramatic and quick- engrossing you completely from the first chapter. It quickly evolves into a complicated Gordian knot of twists, lies and secrets.
    This novel feels very British, but not so London-y like Aaronovitch's Rivers of London series. It is nice to read a book that covers aspects of the glam life without being enamored of it.
    In many ways this series feels to me like a British Jack Reacher. Not as violent! As Rowling makes a point of mentioning even the police don't carry guns and that Corm had to give his guns back when he stopped being a soldier. I do hope she writes as many books for Strike as their have been for Reacher. I want to know so much more about his past and future!!

    37 of 42 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1140)
    Performance
    (1031)
    Story
    (1030)

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "Have to review early so you don't miss out!!!!"
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    I have never reviewed a book before I finished before, but I wanted everyone to get a chance to buy this book in the 4.99 begin at the beginning sale- so you have until midnight.
    I ordered it yesterday, downloaded it around 11 pm and am already halfway through the book because I can't stop listening!!
    I am intrigued by the story- even though I am usually anti- supernatural events. To me they make the story less believable, because an author can just write around the obstacles of logic and credibility by inserting some hocus pocus. One thing I love about this book is the authors sense of realism. He makes his main character a beat cop, not the head of a super team with unlimited access, power and his own lab at the ready.
    Nice details of class, rank and British privilege that I find interesting as an American.
    I will update if my opinion changes, but so far I am LOVING this book, the writing style and the narrator.
    I like that the narration has a "normal" British citizen feel to it. So many British narrators sound like they hopped down from Pemberley to record the book. Not everyone in England went to Eton! Holdbrook Smith gives an authentic, but completely understandable normal British accent that is warm, personable and adds to the listening experience!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Jerusalem Syndrome: My Life as a Reluctant Messiah

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Marc Maron
    • Narrated By Marc Maron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    The Jerusalem Syndrome is a genuine psychological phenomenon that often strikes visitors to the Holy Land - the delusion that they are suddenly direct vessels for the voice of God. Marc Maron seems to have a distinctly American version of the Jerusalem Syndrome, which has led him on a lifelong quest for religious significance and revelation in the most unlikely of places.

    Colleen says: "Funny, but very intense!"
    "Funny, but very intense!"
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    I had to listen to this relatively short book in bursts because Maron is so intense he could be overwhelming! I had preordered his newest book, but it was delayed so I downloaded this book to tide me over for the month. Very funny and I look forward to comparing it to his newest. I like that he talks about his marriage- something he hints at on WTF, but never directly addresses (because he is a gentleman). In this book he is still married. Good time capsule for a currently listener. Highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6246)
    Performance
    (4265)
    Story
    (4239)

    All is not well in Margrave, Georgia. The sleepy, forgotten town hasn't seen a crime in decades, but within the span of three days it witnesses events that leave everyone stunned. An unidentified man is found beaten and shot to death on a lonely country road.

    Ed says: "Comic book tough guy"
    "Looking back, how did Jack get so popular?"
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    I am totally addicted to Reacher! I started reading the series about three years ago when my dad brought The Enemy to the beach for vacation. I was hooked. I have mostly been going to the library to catch up on all the previous books that I missed, but for some reason couldn't get access to this one. I will say- Jack and I are lucky we made it to a series from this book. I'm glad the gratuitous, violent torture death scenes didn't become part of legend.

    Spoiler!
    Was heartbroken (and confused) about the brother. Thought he was in later books, so I kept waiting for the mistaken identity trope to resurrect him.

    I think later Reacher would have been on to that sleazy warden from jump. Really, most important person in prison decides to personally walk you to your room? Not suspicious at all. And the FBI agent- so obvious!

    Now after reading so many later series Reacher books I am very happy in the direction Child has decided to take the hero and his decision not to rely so heavily on miraculous levels of coincidence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Rorke Denver
    • Narrated By Rorke Denver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (372)

    Rorke Denver trains the men who become Navy SEALs - the most creative problem solvers on the modern battlefield, ideal warriors for the kinds of wars America is fighting now. With his years of action-packed mission experience and a top training role, Lieutenant Commander Denver understands exactly how tomorrow’s soldiers are recruited, sculpted, motivated, and deployed. Now, Denver takes you inside his personal story and the fascinating, demanding SEAL training program he now oversees.

    AXiD says: "Wonderful autobio,but sort of deadpan delivery"
    "Excellent story, pretty good listen"
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    My husband is a former Navy officer, so we met a few SEALs in our travels. Every one was just as decent, honorable and diligent as you could possibly imagine. Denver's story is typical, in that no SEALs story is the same. Their is not cookie cutter for SEALs. He could be your tattooed, heavy metal loving dive instructor or your kids (often absent) 5.0 Sunday school teacher.
    The description of BUDS was the most comprehensive I have ever heard. In real life you are lucky to get more than a "It was tough" out of one of them. I now get itchy every time I hear the phrase "sugar cookie". I do think one way to expand the program is to open another training school. While Coronado is the one good deal the Navy has to offer, I always thought it odd that while they have East and West coast teams, they only have one training program. If you opened another on the east coast (in VA Beach), you would never have to worry about how hard the program is, the natural competitiveness between the two branches would have them pushing the candidates. Particularly if at the end the big races are between teams from the two programs.
    The book is mostly apolitical, but does address some of the bigger political tensions facing the program. Success does have its drawbacks, and one is the tendency to overuse the successful programs in too many situations. I do think Obama has had such success using the SEALs because he resists the temptation to overuse them. The missions they have been sent on (that we know about) are exactly in the mission intention scope of the SEAL program and that is partly why they have been so successful.
    I saw Act of Valor when it came out and had no idea they were real SEALs! Rats. It was not obvious they were not actors. I had no recollection of the kissing scene he talks about, but the hostage rescue! Yikes! That I remember! I just thought it was true stories, not the true stories by the real people. Cool.
    Now, I like when an author reads his own work. (Still annoyed with you Fahreed!) But his performance is read like a non actor reading his own words. Some mixing issues where you can tell something was added in later, but nothing too bad. I do wish you got to download the quote list and reading suggestions with the audiobook. That is the only thing that would make me recommend getting a physical copy over the audiobook version.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Tough Sh-t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kevin Smith
    • Narrated By Kevin Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1143)
    Performance
    (1068)
    Story
    (1071)

    Take one look at Kevin Smith: He's a balding fatty who wears a size XXL hockey jersey, shorts, and slippers year-round. Not a likely source for life advice. But take a second look at Kevin Smith: He changed filmmaking forever when he was twenty-four with the release of Clerks, and since then has gone on to make nine more profitable movies, runs his own production company, wrote a best-selling graphic novel, and has a beautiful wife and kids. So he must be doing something right.

    Pamela says: "Such a likable slob!"
    "As always, wonderful. First time, inspiring!"
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    If you are looking for something to motivate or inspire yourself into action, this book is it. He is the best of all motivational speakers because he isn't full of himself or one of those inhumane type A robots. Kevin is as real as possible and how he relates his childhood to his future ambitions is just impressive. What do you have to lose?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Holy Rosary

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 16 mins)
    • By Eric Roland Martin
    • Narrated By Eric Roland Martin
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (28)

    All four sacred mysteries of the Rosary. The praying of the Rosary is dedicated to the Joyful (sometimes Joyous) Mysteries; the Sorrowful Mysteries; the Glorious Mysteries, and (as suggested by Pope John Paul II) the Luminous Mysteries.

    Alison says: "Excellent"
    "Very helpfull"
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    As a girl who grew up with a mother who was forced to do the rosary EVERY DAY as a child, I was a novice to the rosary. I needed something to help give me focus and flow during adoration. I use this audio recording to stay on track and mindful. Each set of mysteries is done as its own complete rosary so I used bookmarks to move from one set of mysteries to another as I usually do three rosaries in the hour. I do put the narrator speed on 1.25, which I think helps make it more conversational, not lecture- like in speed. Highly recommend, particularly if you are new to the practice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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