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Mary A

Godfrey, IL, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1640)
    Performance
    (629)
    Story
    (635)

    At the core of this book is an appalling double murder committed by two Mormon fundamentalist brothers, Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a revelation from God commanding them to kill their blameless victims. Weaving the story of the Lafferty brothers and their fanatical brethren with a clear-eyed look at Mormonism's violent past, Krakauer examines the underbelly of the most successful homegrown faith in the United States, and finds a distinctly American brand of religious extremism.

    pixychild says: "Interesting @ arm's length"
    "Books like this are why I prefer non-fiction!"
    Overall

    I like a really good novel or literature for relaxation and escape. But real life stories like this are far more interesting. Everyone looking for truth in religion should read this book. The details about the short history of such a popular and fast-growing sect are fascinating, and you find yourself wondering how anyone can buy into the beliefs of the LDS faith, and questioning the basis of any religion, for that matter. The blood-curdling description of the murders done in the name of God are gripping. The long history of child-rape, incest, and brutality is incredible. The description in the killer's own words of the murder of a helpless child were almost more than I could take. I chose this book because Scott Brick is my favorite narrarator. It will be on my list of favorites for a very long time.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • I Heard You Paint Houses: Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran and Closing the Case on Jimmy Hoffa

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Charles Brandt
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (102)

    "I heard you paint houses" are the first words Jimmy Hoffa ever spoke to Frank "the Irishman" Sheeran. To paint a house is to kill a man. The paint is the blood that splatters on the walls and floors. In the course of nearly five years of recorded interviews Frank Sheeran confessed to Charles Brandt that he handled more than 25 hits for the mob, and for his friend Hoffa.

    Grace Azul says: "Don't give up!"
    "If you like The Godfather, you'll love this book."
    Overall

    I love a mob story, and this is the real thing. Every bit as suspenseful and well-written as a best-selling novel, this true confession weaves a web of corruption and violence throughout the most powerful union in the country. The ties to top government officials, legislators, FBI, and even the President is so well researched and documented, it will leave you questioning everything you ever believed about our government. The human portrait of this very real hit-man as a husband, father, and friend made me see him as likeable, and in the end, tragic. Scott Brick's narration is perfect for this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Japanese I, Third Edition: Lessons 11 to 15: Learn to Speak and Understand Japanese

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Pimsleur
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Includes two-and-a-half hours of spoken-language practice in five 30-minute lessons. Contains lessons 11-15 from the Pimsleur Comprehensive Level I program. Also includes a User's Guide to introduce you to the Pimsleur Method.

    Mary A says: "Pimsleur Japanese I Series"
    "Pimsleur Japanese I Series"
    Overall

    I am so hooked on this series that I can barely wait for my credits to come due to order the next one! I tried the first one out of curiosity, and it is so easy that I can't stop. I don't need to speak Japanese, but who knows--someday it may come in handy and I'll surprise everyone! For now, I am happy conversing in my car with the lady and gentleman on the audiobook. I throw in a phrase here and there at home, and my family is getting annoyed. (But I can tell they are impressed.)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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