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Deborah

Ham Lake, MN, United States

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  • The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks Built a Dynasty

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Willie Robertson, Korie Robertson, Mark Schlabach (contributor)
    • Narrated By Willie Robertson, Korie Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (282)

    It’s all about the food…. For the Robertsons, family is typified by the dinner table, where both food and fables are dished up with equal care. Anyone with a good story - whether it be a hunting escapade or one of the children’s antics - is welcome to share. And that’s what this family is all about - sharing, caring for one another, and the love of good food. Chapters are built around recipes that represent each stage of the Robertson life. What do faith, family, ducks, and money have in common? Korie and Willie Robertson!

    M. Kamakeeaina says: "DUCKAHOLIC"
    "Liked the business parts"
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    I mainly listened to this book because I was interested in how this family built their company, from a business aspect. The book really consists of the business stuff, the family stuff, hunting stuff, and recipes. The family stuff was good, but I have read lots of "advice about kids and marriage" family books so this was stuff I'd already heard and I fast forwarded through a lot of it. The hunting/fishing stuff I'm not really interested in so I fast forwarded through that. The recipes - well I don't cook and even if I did, not sure if I'd want to hear recipes read, so I fast forwarded through that. But the business stuff, which is the main reason I listened, was interesting! I'm not saying the book was bad, just for me it wasn't all information I was interested in. Seemed a little repetitive with the concepts at times too. Like "We all have different gifts and we all appreciate each others' differences." Seemed like that was said a lot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poet

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    Overall
    (3522)
    Performance
    (2159)
    Story
    (2149)

    Our hero is Jack McEvoy, a Rocky Mountain News crime-beat reporter. As the story opens, Jack's twin brother, a Denver homicide detective, has just killed himself. Or so it seems. But when Jack begins to investigate the phenomenon of police suicides, a disturbing pattern emerges, and soon suspects that a serial murderer is at work.

    Tom says: "Is Connelly the Best Crime Writer Or What?"
    "Story just okay"
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    The story was just okay...I may have liked it more with a different reader. This narrator read VERY slowly with long pauses. I listened to it sped up 2x which made it seem kind of choppy but at least it wasn't so slow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fallen

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Shannon Cochran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1609)
    Performance
    (1266)
    Story
    (1268)

    There's no police training stronger than a cop's instinct. Faith Mitchell's mother isn't answering her phone. Her front door is open. There's a bloodstain above the knob. Her infant daughter is hidden in a shed behind the house. All that the Georgia Bureau of Investigations taught Faith Mitchell goes out the window when she charges into her mother's house, gun drawn. She sees a man dead in the laundry room. She sees a hostage situation in the bedroom. What she doesn't see is her mother.

    Nancy J says: "Gripping Story, Revelations of the Past"
    "Pretty boring"
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    I really tried to get into this book but it was just kind of boring and took forever to get to the point, I couldn't summon up a liking for any of the characters. I finally gave up after 5 of 22 chapters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unwind

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Neal Shusterman
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (966)
    Performance
    (820)
    Story
    (822)

    Conner's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance.

    SoCalBonnie says: "It won me over completely"
    "One of my all time favorites"
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    I really loved this book. If you like "Hunger Games" or what-if type books on what crazy things could happen in the future, this was a very well-written, great story. I liked it so much I'm going to buy the Kindle edition as well. The narrator did a great job with the voices too.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Shaken: Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By J. A. Konrath
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe, Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (194)

    Chicago cop Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels has chased and caught dozens of dangerous criminals over the course of her career. But she’s about to meet her match. When Jack wakes up in a storage locker, bound and gagged, she knows with chilling certainty who her abductor is. He’s called “Mr. K,” and more than two hundred homicides have been attributed to him. His victims have died in the most horrible ways imaginable; he is the essence of evil....

    Karen says: "Jumps Around"
    "The guy narrator drove me nuts"
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    I started listening to this and couldn't get very far into the book so it's not fair for me to rate the story...although it did seem very gory....but what I couldn't stand was the male narrator. He slurred his words and sounded like he was drunk and it was so distracting I couldn't get past it. The female narrator was fine but I just couldn't stick with the story because of the male.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paranoia: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1563)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (404)

    Adam Cassidy is twenty-six and a low level employee at a high-tech corporation who hates his job. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime. Corporate Security gives him a choice: prison or become a spy in the headquarters of their chief competitor, Trion Systems.

    Karen says: "Clever and interesting."
    "Amazing story - nothing like the movie!"
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    I honestly don't understand how the movie of this title can be considered to be based off of this book - even loosely! The only things similar in the story were the character's names (and even some of those were changed) and the fact that it was about a guy forced to perform corporate espionage. Most everything else, major plotlines, what the characters were like, etc. was completely different - not just a little different. Here's what really stumps me. This was a GREAT book with awesome characters, plot twists, and a real twist at the end - they could have followed it exactly and had an amazing movie. Why on earth did they change it so much? If you read this book and see the movie, you'll see what I mean, how different they are! Loved the book, the movie was simply meh. So if you saw the movie and didn't think it was that great, don't let that stop you from listening to this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By James Naughton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    Having completed the two cycles of legend to which she has devoted her career so far, Anne Rice gives us now her most ambitious and courageous book, a novel about the early years of Christ the Lord, based on the Gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship.

    The book's power derives from the passion its author brings to the writing and the way in which she summons up the voice, the presence, the words of Jesus who tells the story.

    greg says: "Wrong voice"
    "Liked the first one, this one was disappointing"
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    I really liked the first book in this series, Out of Egypt. It really made me think about what the experience of Jesus was growing up. This book did have some of that, but the disappointing part was that so much of the book was taken up by this odd plotline about the perils of a female character and how Jesus felt about her. Once that part of the book was over and it started getting into Jesus starting his ministry I liked it a lot more, but that was only toward the end, and having this large part of the book about a completely fictional character and relationship with Jesus was just not what I was looking for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Salem Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (841)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (313)

    Jack St. Bride was a popular teacher and soccer coach at a girls' prep school when he was falsely accused of statutory rape. Released after eight months behind bars, he arrives in Salem Falls hoping to start fresh. He lands a job washing dishes at the local diner and even falls in love with the owner, Addie. But then a spoiled local girl accuses Jack of assault, forcing his past into the open and turning the town against him.

    Carolyn says: "Not My Favorite Picoult"
    "Picoult's books could be much shorter...."
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    I don't think I'm going to listen to any more of Picoult's books. They usually have plots that should be very interesting and unique, but in all but one of her books that I've listened to, she puts so many little mini side stories in the book that really don't seem to add anything much more than length. For example, in this book there are these little side stories of how much the DA loves his baby daughter, or how the hero of the story was born, just lots of details and pieces in the book that don't really add to the story. I don't have a problem with an 18 hour long book, if the whole 18 hours seems to contribute value to the plot! And one odd thing about this one is, it spent so much time leading up to the end, and then at the end, the verdict is given and the book ends pretty quick after that. It's like after going on about lots of more trivial things, she just suddenly wanted to end the book when it got to a more important part of the plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Perfect Match

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Carol Monda, Susan Bennett, Michele O. Medlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (178)

    In the course of her everyday work, career-driven assistant district attorney Nina Frost prosecutes child molesters and works determinedly to ensure that a legal system with too many loopholes keeps these criminals behind bars. But when her own five-year-old son, Nathaniel, is traumatized by a sexual assault, Nina and her husband, Caleb, a quiet and methodical stone mason, are shattered, ripped apart by an enraging sense of helplessness in the face of a futile justice system that Nina knows all too well.

    Lisa says: "Perfect Match was worth the credit"
    "Not her best"
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    I do not think this is Picoult's best book. I ALMOST stopped listening to it after the first couple of hours. What didn't I like? It spent way too much time at the beginning talking about what the mother was thinking about the terrible situation. But most of all, the main character, the mother, just wasn't very likeable to me. I really didn't like her, I didn't like how she reacted to things, she seemed selfish and at times her decisions didn't even make sense. Quite a few times I would think, "I can't believe you are acting like that." I also thought some of the situations were a bit too extreme and unbelievable. I did listen to the end just to find out what happened.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3610)
    Performance
    (3260)
    Story
    (3280)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Melinda says: "Not So Far-Fetched -- Still Chilling"
    "Watch the movie"
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    Yes, I'm a book lover, but for this one I'd say Watch the Movie. Yes, the book is well-written, has a poetic turn of phrase and lots of description, if you like that kind of thing - but I don't. I guess I just like books that move a little faster with the plot. This one had way too much description for me. I saw the movie, and that was pretty much all plot. Also the author talked pretty slow so I listened to it at double speed. Fast forwarded through a lot and finally stopped listening. The plot itself is interesting if you can get to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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