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Karen

Louisville, KY, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral - Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! - in America's Gilded Capital

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mark Leibovich
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (569)
    Performance
    (489)
    Story
    (481)

    The great thing about Washington is no matter how many elections you lose, how many times you're indicted, how many scandals you've been tainted by, well, the great thing is you can always eat lunch in that town again. What keeps the permanent government spinning on its carousel is the freedom of shamelessness, and that mother's milk of politics, cash. What Julia Phillips did for Hollywood, Timothy Crouse did for journalists, and Michael Lewis did for Wall Street, Mark Leibovich does for our nation's capital.

    John S. says: "They're out of touch ... and how!"
    "A Lot of Fun and a Bit Depressing"
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    This is a great book. Very funny, but very depressing. Mark Leibovich is hysterical, but the underside of media coverage of politics...and worse, the revolving door among government, media, lobbying, government, media, private industry, etc made me concerned for the survival of our republic. Who's in charge, and who's paying attention? Apparently, I haven't been. I look at a lot of our media outlets differently now. Whose interest do they serve? More importantly, whose interest do our elected officials serve?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sheryl Sandberg
    • Narrated By Elisa Donovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3508)
    Performance
    (3003)
    Story
    (3018)

    Sheryl Sandberg - Facebook COO, ranked eighth on Fortune's list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business - has become one of America's most galvanizing leaders, and an icon for millions of women juggling work and family. In Lean In, she urges women to take risks and seek new challenges, to find work that they love, and to remain passionately engaged with it at the highest levels throughout their lives.

    Cynthia says: "Lean In, Lead On"
    "What about those of us without children???"
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    I was asked to read this as part of a women's conference being held internally at my organization. It would be impolitic to decline so I will be going. My concern with this conference, which will include senior leadership, is that I'll have access to resources that others (men) within my organization won't. Of course I want networking opportunities, but I work with both women AND men, so I'd like to network with both sexes. But, I've digressed. I was suspicious of the book, and wasn't encouraged when she started out talking about special parking for pregnant women.

    I was pleasantly surprised by most of the book. There is a lot of helpful information in there for both men and women. It made me think, and sometimes I got angry. I don't have children, and, frankly, I'm getting a little tired of being expected to pick up the slack left by those who take extended maternity leave. I have a coworker who had 5 children in 7 years (two pregnancies were twins), when she was on maternity leave and after since she was nursing, her travel responsibilities were handed over to me. I budget for my travel (I have to make pet sitting arrangements), but adding hers on top of mine meant another $150-$250 dollars per month out of my pocket. Not to mention having to take over her client load and all the extra work that entails. I was never even thanked - and certainly not reimbursed for my added expenses.

    I don't think she should lose her job or be penalized. But, there is no recognition that those w/o children pick up the slack. For about 2 years in my office, only two people were even able to travel because the others all had young children and it would've been 'too big a burden for them'. The book made only a slight reference to women without children and how they feel like their free time is less valuable. Even that example was for a woman who wanted the opportunity to go to parties to meet a man with whom to have children. I will never have children. I just think that my personal time is as valuable as the next woman's regardless of whether I want to go watch my kid's soccer game or watch reruns of Seinfeld. People w/o out children are asked to do to things at work that those with children would never be asked to do because our free time is somehow viewed as less important.

    The book makes some great observations and suggestions, many of which I'll employ. But, she does seem out of touch with reality. She takes great pains to say that she realizes she has more resources than many women out there. I just keep thinking how she notes one compromise with her husband meant her husband moving the headquarters of his new company from southern California to northern California. I bet those whose jobs moved didn't feel that was a big win for them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hunted: The Profiler

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Heiter
    • Narrated By Janina Edwards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    FBI rising star and criminal profiler Evelyn Baine knows how to think like a serial killer. But she's never chased anyone like the Bakersville Burier, who hunts young women and displays them, half-buried, deep in the woods. As the body count climbs, Evelyn's relentless pursuit of the killer puts her career-and her life-at risk. And the evil lurking in the Burier's mind may be more than even she can unravel.

    Maryellen says: "Great first in a series"
    "I have a chip on my shoulder"
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    Interesting story line. I found a couple of things bothersome. Evelyn has a gigantic chip on her shoulder, and it's not flattering. Some people use these 'chips' to their advantage as motivators. She's constantly complaining that others don't or won't give her a fair shake because of her sex, race, physical size,etc. At times she feels very sorry for herself because of her mother's bad parenting and boyfriends. I enjoy books with strong female protagonists, but not whiny ones.

    However, when she's not whining, I find her interesting. I will give the second book a try.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • True Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (625)
    Performance
    (423)
    Story
    (427)

    Dr. Chris Shepard is 36 years old, newly married, and well on his way to a perfect life. Or so he believes. But that future is forever cast into doubt the day Special Agent Alexandra Morse walks into his office and drops a bombshell: Dr. Shepard's beautiful new wife is plotting his murder.

    Garry says: "True Evil"
    "There should be a warning for animal lovers"
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    I got almost 7 hours into this book. I was really into the story about murder for hire. Then the animal experimentation began.

    I'm going to ask for a refund.

    Dick Hill was awesome as usual.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Stephen Kinzer
    • Narrated By David Cochran Heath
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (121)

    John Foster Dulles was secretary of state while his brother, Allen Dulles, was director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In this book, Stephen Kinzer places their extraordinary lives against the backdrop ofAmerican culture and history. He uses the framework of biography to ask: Why does the United States behave as it does in the world?

    R. J. Rega says: "digital issues"
    "Transnational Capitalism"
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    Transnational capitalism is a phrase I picked up from the book. It is well-researched and the narrator is just fine. What is upsetting to me is that so much of our foreign policy and history over the last half century or more is because 2 terribly self-righteous men who sought to protect their own and their clients' wealth led us into calamitous events of epic proportion. I understand that there was hysteria about communism that now seems unwarranted with 20/20 hindsight. But, they dabbled in the affairs of other countries for sport. We are paying the price now.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Decoding Your Dog: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Dog Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (92)

    More than ninety percent of dog owners consider their pets to be members of their family. But often, despite our best intentions, we are letting our dogs down by not giving them the guidance and direction they need. Unwanted behavior is the number-one reason dogs are relinquished to shelters and rescue groups.

    Karen says: "I thought there was an agenda"
    "I thought there was an agenda"
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    There was a lot of helpful information about dog behavior. However, I felt they over-stated the potential liabilities of adopting an adult mixed-breed dog, say from a shelter. They seemed to suggest that you'd be better off purchasing a pure bred puppy from a breeder. Puppies come with their own set of liabilities, which I felt they understated.

    16 of 16 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
    (7947)
    Performance
    (5779)
    Story
    (5763)

    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"
    "Right?"
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    Ok. Interesting premise - enough to keep me listening to the end. I love mystery/thrillers, and accept that authors have to imbue their protagonists with sometimes exceptional abilities. Even with that allowance, Reacher's powers of deduction are a little over the over the top. The cops down in Georgia were all either stupid or corrupt - unfair stereotyping. I felt it was a cheap shot. The only smart one was a transplant from the Northeast, but even he was a little slow on the uptake. If it weren't for Reacher, those bumpkins would still be down there twiddling their thumbs wondering what the heck happened. That nearly every sentence uttered was capped off with a rhetorical 'right?' drove me to distraction. Dick Hill was awesome, as usual. I don't think I'll be listening to another Reacher novel even if Dick Hill narrates.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Line of Fire: Dr. Alan Gregory, Book 19

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Stephen White
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (134)

    Dr. Gregory is starting to feel settled, hopeful that a long period of upheaval in his private life is behind him. He refocuses his energy on his clinical psychology practice, where a beguiling new patient captivates him, but the interlude of calm doesn’t last. Devastating fires are threatening Boulder. Alan’s dear friend Diane is showing signs of a long-simmering emotional collapse. And Alan’s most pressing fear - the exposure of a dangerous secret - has become a peril too real to ignore.

    Corinne says: "I Miss the Crazy Patients"
    "Wow! Had me guessing until the end."
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    This was a fantastic Alan Gregory story. The best I've read. It starts with something new (or at least something I don't recall from previous books) about the past involving Sam and Alan. A crime from a few years ago. Just when things seem to be going so well for Alan and Lauren and their two kids. The different threads of the crime, Diane & Raul, Alan's new clients, and Lauren's involvement really came together in a way I simply couldn't predict. Fantastic. I'm interested to see what happens in the future. Has Sam crossed a dangerous line for a police detective? What does the future hold for the Gregory family? What about the two guys in prison? Are they a future threat for Alan and Sam? I can't wait for the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Bed: Scarpetta, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (957)
    Performance
    (794)
    Story
    (800)

    A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over 2,000 miles away, in Boston. She has no idea why. But as events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect that the paleontologist's disappearance is connected to a series of crimes - much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.

    G. House Sr. says: "A tedious disappointment - Don't Bother!"
    "Great story and narration!"
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    Would you listen to The Bone Bed again? Why?

    Sure. There was a good balance of plot and character development. Like Red Mist, this story was closer to the early Scarpetta books. Lucy and Marino are maturing, and Scarpetta has left her paranoid period behind.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes it did keep me on the edge of my seat. When Benton mentioned the killer was targeting women who reminded him of an older, strong woman from his life, I was sure I knew who the killer was. And I was wrong.


    What does Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I'm not sure what other reviewers were unhappy about, but to me Kate Reading is Scarpetta.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Feud: The Man Who Blew the Whistle on One of the Deadliest Prescription Drugs Ever

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Kathleen Sharp
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    Blood-boosting Procrit is Johnson & Johnson's biotech superstar. Behind its various brand names, it ranks as Medicare's most reimbursed drug. But Procrit performs frighteningly well, and can stimulate so many blood cells that thousands of patients die in unexplained and painful ways. Blood Feud is award-winning journalist Kathleen Sharp's nail-biting expose of the Procrit case. Packed with corporate espionage, plot twists, and larger-than-life characters, it's as gripping as it is terrifyingly true.

    Anna says: "Did Procrit kill my late husband?"
    "Big Pharma has no conscience"
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    What did you love best about Blood Feud?

    It won't be shocking to anyone that Big Pharma isn't well behaved. But, just how far they'll go for money was eye-opening to me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blood Feud?

    Noting all the medications Duxberry was on at the end of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Without the drug reps, the story couldn't have been told, but I couldn't feel too sorry for them. They became drug sales reps to make lots of money. Their whistleblower suit wasn't about doing the right thing. They weren't suddenly concerned to learn that peoples' health and lives could be affected by the medication they were pushing. They wanted their money.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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