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LillyO

LillyO

Idaho Falls, ID USA | Member Since 2003

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  • The Autobiography of an Execution

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David R. Dow
    • Narrated By David R. Dow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    Near the beginning of The Autobiography of an Execution, David Dow lays his cards on the table. "People think that because I am against the death penalty and don't think people should be executed, that I forgive those people for what they did. Well, it isn't my place to forgive people, and if it were, I probably wouldn't. I'm a judgmental and not very forgiving guy. Just ask my wife."

    Rich in BCS says: "Great story. Tragic reality"
    "Deliciously Unsettling!"
    Overall

    This book unsettled me and forced me, in a healthy way, from my nice and happy bubble. The justice system scares me and I don't know where people who are are falsely-accused of a crime get the strength to carry on! I don't know how death-penalty lawyers and cops can ever see life as "normal" since the meter for normal must get set waaaay askew! The systems seems WAY off-balance and I don't see any hope for fixing it. If I got falsely-accused of a crime, I honestly don't know if I would even be able to face my trial!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3022)
    Performance
    (2768)
    Story
    (2768)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Joanne M. McGowan says: "I didn't want to press the stop button!"
    "Reality and Humour Mixed..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Big Little Lies rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is up there! I didn't want to stop listening to the story and was surprised by the ending.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How all the plot lines converged. I like to think I am a smart person, but I didn't see it coming! Also? The story moved along well enough I didn't have time to ponder who did what.


    Have you listened to any of Caroline Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. But I like her! I love that Moriarty uses Australians to narrate!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Surprise, laughter, empathy...


    Any additional comments?

    I have loved Moriarty's other books, so far, and didn't think she could top "What Alice Forgot." I think she did, here. Keep writing, Liane! LOVE it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Marti Olsen Laney, PsyD
    • Narrated By Tamara Marston
    Overall
    (563)
    Performance
    (495)
    Story
    (489)

    The Introvert Advantage dispels common myths about introverts - they’re not necessarily shy, aloof, or antisocial - and explains how they are hardwired from birth to focus inward, so outside stimulation such as chitchat, phone calls, parties, or office meetings can easily become "too much". Most importantly, it thoroughly refutes many introverts’ belief that something is wrong with them. Instead, it helps them recognize their inner strengths - their analytical skills, ability to think outside the box, and strong powers of concentration.

    Robert says: "Read the book Quiet instead"
    "What a Gift!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does The Introvert Advantage rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    WAY up there. REALLY helped me understand myself and my hubby more.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When I understood why we get "overwhelmed" and how easy it is to pause to recharge the old batteries.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    This book did such a great job of letting me "off the hook." Hubby is an extreme introvert and I am mostly an introvert with a couple extroverted veins. It helped me understand why we work so well together as well as why we don't enjoy socializing. We already knew we didn't enjoy it, but now we know why...and that although we are different, we are not "wrong." Hubby has thanked me several times for downloading it and we are each on our second listen.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't see that the "tests" were available in a supplemental pdf. I might be wrong about that, but consider adding them! ;oP

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Carrion Comfort

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Mel Foster, Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (490)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (445)

    The Past...Caught behind the lines of Hitler’s Final Solution, Saul Laski is one of the multitudes destined to die in the notorious Chelmno extermination camp. Until he rises to meet his fate and finds himself face-to-face with an evil far older, and far greater, than the Nazis themselves...

    Robert says: "Simmons at his best"
    "Long, sure...but GREAT story!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I see other reviewers a bit put off by the length of this story. I had the thought "wow, a compelling story that the author took his time with!" What a bonus! I didn't find a single part boring. I liked how he took his time with a complicated tale. I liked the story development in between bouts of action. In typing this, I would compare it to the Steigg Larsen series...I like some story and character development with my "action sequences." I have not read Simmons' other books (for which he is apparently more famous) but this one piqued my interest in perusing more! The narrators were both excellent, too!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Pontoon: A Novel of Lake Wobegon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Garrison Keillor
    • Narrated By Garrison Keillor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (814)
    Performance
    (539)
    Story
    (542)

    Garrison Keillor's latest book is about the wedding of a girl named Dede Ingebretson, who comes home from California with a guy named Brent. Dede has made a fortune in veterinary aromatherapy; Brent bears a strong resemblance to a man wanted for extortion who's pictured on a poster in the town's post office. Then there's the memorial service for Dede's aunt Evelyn, who led a footloose and adventurous life after the death of her husband 17 years previously.

    A User says: "Brillliant but not lighthearted"
    "Genius! PURE Genius!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As an avid fan of PHC, I was pleasantly surprised by the authenticity of the characters and story, here. Because PHC is a radio show, it is MUCH more "vanilla" than this book, and I found this surprise quite delicious. I LOVE how Keillor's mind works and keeps the web of characters and relationships so real. I LOVE his "deadpan" delivery (that's vintage Keillor--love it or hate it) and think NO ONE could have read it better than the author, himself. Just AWESOME!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Joe

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jonathan Tropper
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (417)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (263)

    Joe Goffman was fifteen years out from his sleepy hometown when he wrote Bush Falls, a searing critique of its people and institutions. The book was a runaway best seller, and led to an even more successful movie. Now, however, Joe's got a problem. His father has suffered a stroke, and that means that Joe has to go back to his birthplace after having successfully antagonized every person living there. Can Joe survive the reservoirs of hatred that have been waiting to pour down upon him? Just maybe.

    Jannice says: "Glad I took a chance"
    "Highly Entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Perhaps it's the time of life I am in (just faced my 20th high school reunion), but this book made me laugh and kept me highly entertained. There was no unnecessary tearful reunions or sudden epiphanies...just a slow unfolding of the story. I also like the way Tropper told a "story within a story" in the same, unhurried way. HIGHLY entertained...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Life as an Experiment

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By A. J. Jacobs
    • Narrated By A. J. Jacobs
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    Best-selling author and human guinea pig A. J. Jacobs puts his life to the test and reports on the surprising and entertaining results. He goes undercover as a woman, lives by George Washington’s moral code, and impersonates a movie star. He practices "radical honesty", brushes his teeth with the world’s most rational toothpaste, and outsources every part of his life to India—including reading bedtime stories to his kids.

    Jean says: "Incredibly entertaining anecdotes"
    "LOL!"
    Overall

    Self-effacing humor combined with new ways to look at the world made this a compelling story. My favorite part was the wrap-up after each experiment, showing what he learned, as well as what he "kept" (or didn't) and why. I don't want to spoil it, but the guest writer at the end had me laughing out loud! I look forward to more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (19007)
    Performance
    (14777)
    Story
    (14722)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Does Not Disappoint"
    Overall

    Oh, Tina Fey, you live up to your reputation as a smart, strong, witty HAM (of the metaphorical variety, not the swine variety). ;oD This book had me laughing out loud as I completed my morning jogs...I am sure people thought I was insane. The biggest asset, to me, is how she can make a point without making a point. By deflecting what you might be "expecting to hear next" with humor, it makes the point even funnier. Okay...one last thing...Piss Jugs! REALLY???? Ew!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3555)
    Performance
    (2841)
    Story
    (2832)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "In a Different Light"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this book! I must confess, I bought it hoping for nothing more than a lighthearted yarn. I liked how Rob was able to dish a little information, without diving into gossip. Shallowly, I had not gone much beyond the "pretty boy" image he had. He can write! He's funny! He's loyal! The most interesting part, for me, was how in-depth and honestly he describes the "behind the scenes" politics and operations of movies. I also liked how he contrasted movie-making to TV shows. Keep it up, Mr. Lowe! You are SMART!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moonlight Mile

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (150)

    Amanda McCready was four years old when she vanished from a Boston neighborhood 12 years ago. Kenzie and Gennaro risked everything to find the young girl - only to orchestrate her return to a neglectful mother and a broken home. Now Amanda is sixteen - and gone again. Haunted by their consciences, Kenzie and Gennaro revisit the case that troubled them the most. Their search leads them into a world of identity thieves, methamphetamine dealers, and more....

    Ian says: "Smart, asks and answers some tough questions."
    "Great Summer "Read""
    Overall

    I thought this was a great book for entertainment. The story was intriguing. The detective's insights amused me. I am not sure if this book is part of a series (which I've obviously missed), but the characters were not "fleshed out" super well...as if I would "know" them more had I read another installment. Other than that, it was quite enjoyable.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Case Histories: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Susan Jameson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (559)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (383)

    Case One: A little girl goes missing in the night. Case Two: A beautiful young office worker falls victim to a maniac's apparently random attack. Case Three: A new mother finds herself trapped in a hell of her own making - with a very needy baby and a very demanding husband - until a fit of rage creates a grisly, bloody escape.

    Carrie says: "Deftly written, completely original mystery"
    "Enjoyed the Complexities"
    Overall

    I thought the characters, plot, etc. were realistic and very well "painted" by Atkinson. I liked how no one was "all good" or "all bad." Like real-life, I found the people portrayed to be interesting, but also full of surprises (some good, some bad). My only "quibble" with the book was the end felt quite rushed. Having been quite eloquent and verbose, the final chapters seemed to somewhat "fall off, abruptly." But still didn't undermine the book! Woo hoo! Well-done, Kate!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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