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Marissa

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  • 16 purchased in 2015
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  • City of Glass: The Mortal Instruments, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Natalie Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3024)
    Performance
    (2236)
    Story
    (2275)

    To save her mother's life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters - never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.

    Jennifer A. Peurifoy says: "AWESOME!!!"
    "Captured me from the start"
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    This book was so intriguing from the get go. I couldn't put it down! Listened to all 4 books of the series in a week- I couldn't stop listening!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17319)
    Performance
    (14430)
    Story
    (14426)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Great mystery!"
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    The readers were great in this story. I enjoyed the peeling back of each little layer as listeners were taken through the turmoil of a murder investigation from the vantage point of an onlooker (mostly). The basic story is that a woman mysteriously disappears and an alcoholic woman gets involved in the situation because she has seen the woman so many times from her seat on the train. Her life is unraveling and she inserts herself into the investigation. Then listeners also get the story of the murder victim as the events in her life lead up to the murder. It was great to have Rachel (alcoholic woman) tell the story AFTER the woman is found missing. Then we get the victims story from about a year before the incident right up to the actual event. I liked seeing both sides. The writing was great in unraveling each layer one piece at a time. I wish, however, that I could have had a better picture in my mind of how these characters looked and better description of the places. It was a very good book - I am very stingy with my 5 star ratings, so I would say this probably deserves more like 4.7 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2208)
    Performance
    (1929)
    Story
    (1931)

    James A. Garfield may have been the most extraordinary man ever elected president. Born into abject poverty, he rose to become a wunderkind scholar, a Civil War hero, and a renowned and admired reformist congressman. Nominated for president against his will, he engaged in a fierce battle with the corrupt political establishment. But four months after his inauguration, a deranged office seeker tracked Garfield down and shot him in the back. But the shot didn’t kill Garfield. The drama of what hap­pened subsequently is a powerful story of a nation in tur­moil.

    Mel says: "Marvelous, Magnificent, Millard"
    "Inspiring"
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    Excellent book - I'm amazed by President Garfield and absolutely sickened by his unnecessary death. This book was such a great insight to his life and his views. I didn't know much about him, but am happy to have read this account.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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