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Paulette

United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 178 titles in library
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  • The House Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Tara Conklin
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (192)

    The year is 2004: Lina Sparrow is an ambitious young lawyer working on a historic class-action lawsuit seeking reparations for the descendants of American slaves. The year is 1852: Josephine is a 17-year-old house slave who tends to the mistress of a Virginia tobacco farm - an aspiring artist named Lu Anne Bell. It is through her father, renowned artist Oscar Sparrow, that Lina discovers a controversy rocking the art world: Art historians now suspect that the revered paintings of Lu Anne Bell, an antebellum artist known for her humanizing portraits of the slaves who worked her Virginia tobacco farm, were actually the work of her house slave, Josephine.

    Jeanette Finan says: "Disappointing"
    "Bitter Sweet"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love Bahni Turpin's voice and ability to capture the essence of her characters. The story didn't have the drama I was looking for, but it was interesting to see the connections.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3482)
    Performance
    (3033)
    Story
    (3015)

    The four dead guards didn’t concern Mitch Rapp as much as the absence of the man they’d been paid to protect. Joe Rickman wasn’t just another foot soldier. For the last eight years Rickman had ran the CIA’s clandestine operations in Afghanistan. It was a murky job that involved working with virtually every disreputable figure in the Islamic Republic. More than a quarter billion dollars in cash had passed through Rickman’s hands during his tenure as the master of black ops and no one with a shred of sense wanted to know the details of how that money had been spent.

    K says: "Couldn't be better...except"
    "Confused"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I wasn't totally turned off by this story. It seemed to have good bones. I just thought it took to long to get going and when it did it dropped.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Doris Kearns Goodwin, Richard Thomas
    Overall
    (1883)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (510)

    We view the long, horrifying struggle from the vantage of the White House as Lincoln copes with incompetent generals, hostile congressmen, and his raucous cabinet. He overcomes these obstacles by winning the respect of his former competitors, and in the case of Seward, finds a loyal and crucial friend to see him through. This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.

    Anders says: "wait for the unabridged version"
    "WakeMePlease"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Doris Kearns Goodwin and/or Richard Thomas?

    No. I don't like narration from authors. I'd rather an actor play the characters; even if it's just one actor playing all of them.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Doris Kearns Goodwin? Why or why not?

    Not sure at this point.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Richard Thomas?

    Victor Slezak


    Did Team of Rivals inspire you to do anything?

    Not yet.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15360)
    Performance
    (12680)
    Story
    (13321)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Grey Captivated!"
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    What did you love best about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    FSOG is the first love story that incorporated the BDSM with class and kept me wanting more!


    What other book might you compare Fifty Shades of Grey to and why?

    There is no other book I've read/listened to that comes close. There are reviews of Bare To You...in which people have compared to FSOG. But in my opinion, NOT!!!


    Which character – as performed by Becca Battoe – was your favorite?

    Ana Steele. I would have liked to hear a more commanding Christian.


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

    This book made me buy the next in the series before I finished it. No crying, but I did shout out loud a few times with laughter as I agreed with Ana's subconscious.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for the movie!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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