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Natalie

Katy, TX, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Family Business

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Carl Weber, Eric Pete
    • Narrated By Ezra Knight, Patricia R. Floyd, Michael Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (345)

    New York Times best-selling author Carl Weber and award-winning novelist Eric Pete team up to deliver the first in a much-anticipated new trilogy. The Family Business features two times the heat, two times the fun, and two times the drama as the members of an unforgettable family (not to mention their lovers and hangers-on) find their way in and out of trouble. As their many fans will attest, Weber and Pete share a talent for penning juicy fiction that their audience can’t get enough of.

    Dream says: "The story unfolds"
    "The best audiobook, hands down!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Family Business?

    This is my kind of audiobok -- very cleverly written, smart and entertaining. I couldn't put it down! It was kind of funny how almost all the kids' names were cities (Paris, Rio, London etc.).


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love how twisted the story line was, but came to a nice and neat (but intriguing) end. There had better be a Part 2!


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I loved the narrators, except Patricia R. Floyd (voice of London). She has a snarkiness in her voice that irritates me. Ezra Knight could read me the ABCs and I'd swoon!


    Who was the most memorable character of The Family Business and why?

    Paris, because she seems so selfish and immature at first, but you love her once you get to know her.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9577)
    Performance
    (4112)
    Story
    (4123)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Loved this book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I liked how many case studies there were.


    What other book might you compare Outliers to and why?

    I don't know.


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

    Not sure.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    What separates outliers from other people are natural talent, a lot of practice and a little bit of luck.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blessed Trinity

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Vanessa Griggs
    • Narrated By Caroline Clay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    Motivational speaker and best-selling author Vanessa Davis Griggs pens moving tales that mix the stylings of Jan Karon and Terry McMillan. Faith Alexandria Morrell and her two sisters guard a dark secret. Needing direction, they join a local megachurch, where they meet people with problems of their own.

    Catherine says: "Godly characters with real world problems!"
    "A whole lotta crazy!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Some parts of the book were nothing but a big, long sermon. If I wanted to go to Bible Study, I would. I understand the opportunity to witness and minister to readers, but this was too much.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Vanessa Griggs? Why or why not?

    I did. I tried the next book in the series and it was more of the same.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Caroline Clay?

    Yes


    Did Blessed Trinity inspire you to do anything?

    No, but some people may be inspired to seek counseling after reading this book. How could two people from the same church who are dating both be bipolar and/or have multiple personalities?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven Forbid

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lutishia Lovely
    • Narrated By Simi Howe
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Popular author Lutishia Lovely has made a name for herself with novels exploring the relationships, sex lives, and secrets of a lively church congregation. In Heaven Forbid, the Gospel Truth Church has lost its pastor to a scandalous downfall and is in dire need of a new leader. But is Reverend Doctor Pastor Bishop Overseer Mister Stanley Obadiah Meshach Brook Jr. the answer? And what of Passion and Stanley’s marriage, which has taken a major hit thanks to Stanley’s flagging libido?

    Christi says: "NOT BAD AT ALL!"
    "So-so"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Heaven Forbid? What did you like least?

    There were no loose ends.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Lutishia Lovely? Why or why not?

    Sure.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the pastor's wife found his blow-up doll and porn collection.


    Any additional comments?

    It was very easy to confuse the characters Passion and Princess, since they both have such playful names. Passion, as a first lady's name, doesn't seem believable. I really don't understand her motivations at all, after finding out that her husband had been wearing women's underwear and had a secret male lover. It just doesn't make sense how she could go from being so upset about her sexless marriage to being so desperate to help

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Choir Director

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Carl Weber
    • Narrated By Marc Damon Johnson, Adam Alexander, Patricia R. Floyd, and others
    Overall
    (246)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (200)

    Carl Weber is a New York Times best-selling author who’s made a name for himself with wildly entertaining works marked by his trademark wit and storytelling panache. In The Choir Director, Bishop T.K. Wilson is banking on dynamic new choir director Anthony Mackie to reverse the failing congregation’s fortunes. But while Anthony’s got more than enough chops to raise a heavenly chorus, he’s also got a weakness for the ladies that could make the Devil himself stand up and take notice.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good read, but a little far fetched at times"
    "This is what an audiobook is supposed to be!"
    Overall

    This book held my attention from the very first chapter to the last word spoken. I couldn't put it down! If the characters sounds familiar, it picks up the storyline of Bishop T.K. Wilson and the First Jamaica Ministries congregation from "The First Lady."

    Be forewarned: if you can't stand cussing and sinning in a fictional story, then this probably isn't the book for you. But ... if you know that we all fall short and that this is just fiction, be prepared to giggle and gasp at all the treachery these church folks stir up.

    Extremely well written and fantastic production. Bravo!!!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Just Say No!

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Omar Tyree
    • Narrated By Omar Tyree
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Omar Tyree, best selling author and winner of the 2001 NAACP Image Award for Literary Fiction, delivers a powerful story of two childhood friends lured into the sex, drugs, money and madness of R&B stardom.

    Natalie says: "Stop singing!!!!"
    "Stop singing!!!!"
    Overall

    Omg, I cannot believe I suffered through hours of horrible singing just to hear the ending to this story. Sound effects are a nice surprise in audiobook recordings. Hearing the author reading his own wrords is also usually a treat. But this? This was torture! It was worse than American Idol tryouts. Singing homemade songs acapella was totally unecessary to get the full effect of the story. The dialogue was irritating since almost every sentence ended with "man," which the author explained as a "Southern thing," and some chapters/verses were missing. I usually like Omar Tyree's books, but I could have done without this one. If you're looking for a word of a advice about this selection, "Just Say No!"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • True to the Game: The True to the Game Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Teri Woods
    • Narrated By Cary Hite
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (71)

    It’s the late 1980s, and Gena finds herself in true-blue love with Quadir, a millionaire associated with the cartel. Quadir is faced with combating the art of extortion and interception masterminded by the notorious Junior Mafia, which reigns from the inner-city streets of Philadelphia. Both Gena and Quadir find themselves caught up in the vicious yet seductive world of drugs and money, only to find that success in this game is no easy win.

    Natalie says: "Pass on this"
    "Pass on this"
    Overall

    This audiobook had sound effects, which was a pleasant surprise, but a few gunshots and tire squeals can't make a bad book good. There were far too many characters, which made it hard to remember who was who. The story dragged on needlessly with one shooting and expensive gift after another one. Usually, I'm a sucker for a trilogy, but I'll pass on this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Success Is the Best Revenge

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Tracie Howard, Danita Carter
    • Narrated By Ezra Knight
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    In this tale of secrets and style, a wealthy Wall Street investment banker, Lyle Johnson, seems to have found an ideal business partner in Tess Aventura Dubois. She is a wealthy widow who has just moved back to New York City with enough cash to make his bar a swinging night spot. But behind her glamorous facade, lays a disturbing secret that could be Lyle’s downfall.

    Natalie says: "Earlicious!"
    "Earlicious!"
    Overall

    It is so refreshing to finally hear a good book. Everything about this book was superb -- from the character development, plot twists, storyline and suspense. And on top of all that, I got to enjoy Ezra Knight's sexy voice for hours at a time. All good things must come to an end, but I anxiously await another book by the authors. Bravo!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • We Take This Man

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Candice Dow
    • Narrated By Simi Howe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    When Dwight Wilson is offered a big promotion, the wrinkle is he must move from Florida to Maryland. Although Dwight accepts the job, his wife Tracey decides to remain in their new Florida home. Try as they might, their relationship ends in divorce, and Dwight eventually marries co-worker Alicia Dixon. And that’s when Tracey comes back into the picture—with some rather surprising news.

    Natalie says: "Seriously?"
    "Seriously?"
    Overall

    I'm divorced. I have a divorce decree from a court to prove it. I stood in front of a judge, signed my name, had a witness and got a file copy back in the mail. I didn't hear it from someone. I didn't assume it went through. I know I'm divorced. So how (in hell) could someone "think" they're divorced? And when the "wifeys" find out, is there any chance (in hell) of them living together like one big, happy family while they share a man? Seriously, I think not!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Love, Honor, and Betray

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kimberla Lawson Roby
    • Narrated By Paula Jai Parker-Martin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (71)

    The infamous Reverend Curtis Black's sordid past is no secret, as his wife, Charlotte, is well aware. But when Curtis' long-time mistress and mother of his illegitimate two-year-old, dies, he and Charlotte have no choice but to raise Curtina together. While the living, breathing reminder of her husband's infidelity infuriates Charlotte, Curtis couldn't be happier to finally have his whole family together....

    Natalie says: "Treacherous"
    "Treacherous"
    Overall

    I'm glad I don't know anyone who is as conniving and low-down as this. It's hard to feel sorry for Charlotte at all. She's been such a self-centered, childish, manipulative, cut-throat, black-hearted trollop. Maybe the purpose of this book was to let Rev. Curtis Black have a taste of the same bitter medicine he's been dosing out to his wives over the years. They're all too old to be doing the foolish things they do ... especially as leaders of a church. I didn't like this sick, twisted story, but the author and the narrator did a good job of letting it unfold slowly.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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