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Paradace

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Pete Earley
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (63)

    Pete Earley had no idea. He'd been a journalist for over 30 years, and the author of several award-winning, even best-selling, nonfiction books about crime and punishment and society. Yet he'd always been on the outside looking in. He had no idea what it was like to be on the inside looking out until his son, Mike, was declared mentally ill, and Earley was thrown headlong into the maze of contradictions, disparities, and catch-22s that is America's mental health system.

    C. Anne says: "Harrowing, Heart-Breaking"
    "Crazy"
    Overall

    I started this book with fear and trepidation - I was not disappointed. Throughout his very personal and painful journey, Pete Earley doesn't "white wash" any of the terrible attributes associated with mental illness. His straight forward stories and anecdotes, plus disturbing truths about how hard it is for both patients and family members, have stayed with me long past the end of the book. He's correct when he says, only when personally affected are people willing to get involved. The author gives a compelling argument for revamping our mental illness protocol and a disheartening enlightment on why it hasn't happened. The book shook me down to my boots yet I found I could not pull away.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24550)
    Performance
    (11038)
    Story
    (11117)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Multi-layered mystery"
    Overall

    I had some trouble getting into the book as the swedish names are difficult to work with and there is a lot of background given. It wasn't until Bloomquist was offered an unusual and intriguing job that I really started to look forward to what happened next. I checked the time elapsed - over 2 hours. I stuck with the story and was richly rewarded as the many layers all came together. The story is quite dark at times, still I couldn't walk away. Overall the book was highly entertaining and engrossing. I'm looking forward to the third book of the trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9518)
    Performance
    (3890)
    Story
    (3930)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "A Bit Dark for My Taste"
    Overall

    While I enjoyed the book very much, some things were very hard to listen too - especially when it concerned Rolf. He's a despicable character. Guess that's life in the 13th century. I preferred Ken Follet's first book on the church builders, Pillars of the Earth. Maybe as it was written so many years earlier, it didn't have to compete with today's edgier world.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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