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Indianapolis, IN, United States | Member Since 2008

  • 3 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 289 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • Family Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Barbara Delinsky
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For Dana, what should be the happiest day of her life becomes the day her world falls apart. Her daughter is born beautiful and healthy, but no one can help noticing the African-American traits in her appearance. Dana's husband, to her great shock and dismay, begins to worry that people will think she has had an affair. Now Dana has to track down the father she never knew and explore the possibility of African-American lineage in his family history.

    Elizabeth B. Brandt says: "OK but not great"
    What could Barbara Delinsky have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The story just isn't believable. I'm black from a family that has mixed races generations back but African American within the on both sides for the last four. All four of my children were born with straight hair and skin that appeared Caucasian; black babies darken up over a period of weeks and their hair curls likewise. It's extremely rare for mixed race children to come out with color and curly hair, so from the beginning this story was just ridiculous. I was just so disappointed. Not only in the author, but kept wondering, is this how the average white person really thinks about race? Oh my God.

    Would you listen to another book narrated by Karen White?

    The narrator was fine -- it was the story.

    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time on this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Alex Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Andre Braugher, Zach Grenier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The president's son and daughter are abducted, and Detective Alex Cross is one of the first on the scene. But someone very high-up is using the FBI, Secret Service, and CIA to keep him off the case and in the dark. A deadly contagion in the water supply cripples half of the capital, and Alex discovers that someone may be about to unleash the most devastating attack the United States has ever experienced. As his window for solving both crimes narrows, Alex makes a desperate decision that goes against everything he believes....

    Lannette says: "Wait for "almost free" before buying"
    "Definitely not the best"
    Would you try another book from James Patterson and/or Andre Braugher and Zach Grenier ?

    I'm not so sure after listening to this one

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not James Patterson

    What didn’t you like about Andre Braugher and Zach Grenier ’s performance?

    I enjoyed Andre Braugher, but Zach Grenier was just awful; his supposed Arab accents were actually German. He mispronounced everything -- but then the material was so bad, it was just as well.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger at the cardboard cutout caricature stereotype terrorists, and extreme disappointment in the lack of plot development. I have been a James Patterson/Alex Cross fan from way back, but now I'm not so sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Polished Hoe

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Austin Clarke
    • Narrated By Robin Miles

    Winner of both the Giller Prize and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, The Polished Hoe is acclaimed author Austin Clarke's masterpiece. On a Caribbean island in the 1950s, elderly Mary Gertrude Mathilda commits murder. As she explains herself to police, her story exposes the ugly underbelly of life on Caribbean plantations, with its slavery and brutality.

    connie says: "the murder mystery is not the point"
    "Neverending ditto"

    I must heartily agree with the previous reviewer; this book just keeps going on and on and on with no apparent point. I hung in there through the first part and a bit into the second, desperately waiting for something to happen. If it did, I'll never know because I gave up. Very disappointing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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