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Erica

United States | Member Since 2015

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  • 22 reviews
  • 23 ratings
  • 146 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2015
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  • If Not for the Dawn

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dane St. John
    • Narrated By David DeBoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (93)

    AltaMira Pharmaceuticals releases Vigorex, a drug that allows people to sleep and experience R.E.M. while they're awake. A colorful cast of characters begin to take the drug, which if not taken properly will have hazardous consequences. But each of these people has undergone a deeply traumatic episode in their formative years, which will affect them in differing ways; murder, arson, kidnapping, vigilantism, among other crimes, will characterize their nightly personalities and send them crashing into one another.

    Maika says: "Captivating... you'll stay up late listening!"
    "Wow, there was a lot going on!"
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    I had mixed emotions about this one. There was just so much going on. For an audiobook it almost seemed like there were too many characters to keep up with. In a paperback it would have been easier to keep up with them all, however, the characters really didn't have any depth and layers so other than keeping them straight it wouldn't have made too much of a difference. I had no emotional attachment to any of the characters and truly believed I didn't really care what happened to any of them. I believed that until the end when I realized YOU DON'T FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED TO THE ALL THE CHARACTERS!!! The concept was really well thought out and very interesting and had there been one main character I think it would have come out a lot better. It is apparent what the author was trying to do and the idea was great but I just couldn't get that into it. I think others could though. It wasn't a bad book, it was well written, the topic was interesting, it just simply had too much going on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Necessary Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Diane Chamberlain
    • Narrated By Alison Elliott
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (389)

    Best-selling author Diane Chamberlain delivers a breakout book about a small southern town 50 years ago, and the darkest - and most hopeful - places in the human heart. After losing her parents, 15-year-old Ivy Hart is left to care for her grandmother, older sister, and nephew as tenants on a small tobacco farm. As she struggles with her grandmother’s aging, her sister’s mental illness, and her own epilepsy, she realizes they might need more than she can give. When Jane Forrester takes a position as Grace County’s newest social worker, she doesn’t realize just how much her help is needed.

    Bette says: "Pulls you into the story from the First Page!"
    "I love a book that makes me think and feel!"
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    This book was just amazing. It was so well done and such a wonderful listen. This was a book that I just couldn't quit telling my circle of girlfriends about. I love how history and fiction intertwined to truly tell a story. I was so happy at the end. I just cried. I love a thought provoking book that gives you chills and makes you feel so many emotions. This is an excellent novel for the right listener. I could see how someone who doesn't enjoy books like The Help and Orphan Train could not enjoy this book, but if those are some of your favorites, then come a long on this journey. Your only regret will be that it comes to a close before you are ready to let go of the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11206)
    Performance
    (6025)
    Story
    (6070)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Russell says: "Glad I Listened to 11-22-63 First"
    "It just doesn't get better than this one!"
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    I loved this book! I hated the last hour only because it came too quickly!!! This was so well done and seemed so real. Stephen King and Raul Esparza take you into this story and you just won't want to come out. It is horrific how well King can predict the ugly side of man in certain situations. You have no trouble believing that this is what happened and exactly how it happened. My only disappointment was when Big Jim finally gets his. It happened so quickly that I had to listen to it again to make sure that it really happened and he was really done. Usually, I don't care for books or movies that go in the direction of this conclusion, but I loved this one. It was so well done!

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

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By David Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3429)
    Performance
    (3105)
    Story
    (3125)

    In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

    Thug4life says: "Not fit for a King"
    "Not one of my favorites but good"
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    This was not a bad book, but it was not amazing either. I had sadly finished "The Dome" and really wanted more. That may have been a bad time to listen to this one. This is a good story, and an original concept, but I just didn't love it the way that I usually love a Stephen King novel. Usually, I start greedily checking to see how many minutes are left when I am getting close to the end of a book. King's novels tend to be so long that you get very engrossed in the world of the characters. I was not sad when this one came to an end. I was ready to leave this one behind me and move on to the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3708)
    Performance
    (3417)
    Story
    (3416)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "This was just scary enough to be a very fun listen"
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    I enjoyed this book very much, although, it didn't have the same Stephen King feel as some of his other books. It almost didn't seem like a Stephen King novel at all except for the way that all of his books have tie-ins to one another. This was an easy and fun listen, and I recommend it very much, but it is not going to stay with you for a lifetime like some of King's other works. I can remember sitting down in seventh grade and reading Pet Cemetery and then writing a review for the school paper and believing I was brilliantly cool. I don't see anyone having that similar experience decades later with this one, but that is not to say it is not worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Descent

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Jay Bonansinga, Robert Kirkman
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (169)

    In The Fall of the Governor, Part One, classic characters from both the comic and television series, including Rick, Michonne and Glenn, finally made their appearance in the Walking Dead novel series, only to discover that the Governor is a very dangerous enemy. Now, the Walking Dead series of novels continues with more fan favorite characters from the comic book and TV show.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "a subtly tense flight from the zombie horde"
    "Another amazing installment in the series"
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    These books are coming out so quickly that you would think it would be impossible to keep them this well written but it isn't. I am a big fan of the show but the seasons have such few episodes and the wait between seasons is so long. I think I have come to appreciate the books even more than the show.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Lily: In the Garden, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Susie Breck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (817)
    Performance
    (591)
    Story
    (592)

    Hayley Phillips came to Memphis hoping for a new start, for herself and her unborn child. What she found was a home, said to be haunted but surrounded by beauty and friends - including Roz's son Harper. But to Hayley's chagrin, she has begun to dream about Harper - as much more than a friend. If Hayley gives in to her desire, she's afraid the foundation she's built with Harper will come tumbling down. Especially since she's begun to suspect that her feelings are no longer completely her own.

    Diane says: "Great Series"
    "Great finale"
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    I enjoyed the first book and was thrilled when I found out there were two more. By the third book a lot of series start to run out of steam, but not this one. Nora Roberts did a great job of telling a good ghost story without the book getting cheesy or over the top. It wasn't just a ghost story though. It was the story about three women finding their way in this world. It flowed very well and was fun to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Growing Up Duggar: It's All About Relationships

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jana Duggar, Jill Duggar, Jessa Duggar, and others
    • Narrated By Jana Duggar, Jill Duggar, Jessa Duggar, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (123)

    In a rare look inside America’s favorite mega-sized family, the four eldest girls talk about their faith, their dreams for the future, and what it’s like growing up a Duggar. Airing weekly throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand, 19 Kids and Counting has made the huge Duggar family into a media phenomenon. Now, the four eldest Duggar girls—Jana, Jill, Jessa, and Jinger—open up about the blessings and advantages of living the Duggar lifestyle.

    Nathan North says: "Building Blocks of a Family!"
    "I just love those Duggar gals"
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    This is a great little book. It is rather short and sweet. One of my closest friends is getting ready to foster three precious sisters and already has three boys of her own, and I couldn't wait to share this with her because there are so many great ideas for families and child raising. My other closest friend has five children and she learned a lot too. I think these gals have a great message and a great delivery. This will not be a book for everyone.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13368)
    Performance
    (12141)
    Story
    (12172)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Charles says: "Completely Engaging"
    "A fun and little frightening listen"
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    I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. My expectations weren't too high going into it. For me, with sci-fi there is always a fine line between awesome and awful. This book stayed on the awesome side. The characters were a lot of fun. One character in particular had me laughing out loud rather often. This is defiantly not a book to let pass you by if you are look for some frightening fun in your listening. I really hope this one becomes a movie!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4216)
    Performance
    (3781)
    Story
    (3806)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Is prison as fun as it sounds?"
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    I had just finished watching the Netflix series that is based on this book when I started the book. I found the book to be much more mundane than the show, but I wasn't disappointed, actually quite the contrary. I am glad that Piper didn't ruin her relationship with Larry. I am glad she constantly focused on that light at the end of the tunnel. However, I am disappointed with the ending. What happened to her after her release? Has she done anything to improve the prison system? How are the other ladies doing? Has she done anything to help the less fortunate women in their after prison journeys?The book just ended so suddenly. Obviously, it left me wanting more. Thank goodness the show has been picked up for season 2, but I also want more of the real story. I would highly recommend this book and the show. I thought this book would be dark, ugly, and scary but it truly wasn't. This book showed that women embrace one another, love one another, and carry one other no matter where life brings you. If HBOs Oz and a Delta Zeta Chapter had a baby it would be Orange Is The New Black. This is something you don't want to miss. This rarely happens to people like us so this is a great opportunity to pull on the sneakers of the one who drew the short straw and see life through her eyes. Every single one of us that ever drove drunk in college has had at least one thought of what prison would be like. Well, now you will know. Happy Listening!

    33 of 45 people found this review helpful

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