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Rebeka

Average stay at home housewife with 3 kiddos trying to learn about new somethings in the world. Only non-fiction! No time wasters for me!

Wentzville, MO, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 10 reviews
  • 61 ratings
  • 167 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • Prophet's Prey: My Seven-Year Investigation into Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sam Brower, Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Jonah Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (236)

    Despite considerable press coverage and a lengthy trial, the full story of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints has remained largely untold. Only one man can reveal the whole, astounding truth: Sam Brower, the private investigator who devoted years of his life to breaking open the secret practices of the FLDS and bringing Warren Jeffs and his inner circle to justice.

    Steve says: "Incredible Story of the FLDS"
    "Sam the Man!"
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    What did you love best about Prophet's Prey?

    Seriously, Sam Brower is a fantastically awesome human being. The story is truly captivating! I appreciate the detail to the timeline.

    The narrator is slightly annoying with his mispronunciation of names and places.


    Any additional comments?

    Would love any other books in the future from Sam Brower.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Bruce D. Perry, Maia Szalavitz
    • Narrated By Danny Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (381)

    What happens when a young child is traumatized? How does terror affect a child's mind---and how can that mind recover? Child psychiatrist Bruce Perry has treated children faced with unimaginable horror: genocide survivors, witnesses to their own parents' murders, children raised in closets and cages, the Branch Davidian children, and victims of family violence. In The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, he tells their stories of trauma and transformation.

    Marilyn says: "Changed a Sixth-Grade Teacher's Life"
    "Incredible insight into instincts!"
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    This book should be on the shelf of every parents bookcase. The author has a gifted insight into psychiatry and understanding even the most difficult of children. Now as an adult, I am thankful and relieved to realize, through this book, that my personal fight with anxiety, depression, etc. is most likely due to my traumatic experience as an infant.

    Now I can use this to help understand myself and my family better; as well as help other children who have had a difficult start in life because of various trauma.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1539)
    Performance
    (1344)
    Story
    (1346)

    Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

    Larry says: "What a great book."
    "T M I"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book was like listening to a police report. I love true crime stories, however, this was like listening to a police scanner…from the past. May be interesting for some people, but, I found the details of every tiny thing to be annoying.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chosen One: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Carol Lynch Williams
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (175)

    Thirteen-year-old Kyra has grown up in an isolated polygamous community without questioning her father's three wives and her 20 brothers and sisters. Or at least without questioning them much - if you don't count her secret visits to the Mobile Library on Wheels to read forbidden books, or her meetings with the boy she hopes to choose for herself instead of having a man chosen for her.

    Kim says: "Riveting Story - Amazing Narration"
    "Fantastically fake!"
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    What would have made The Chosen One better?

    I LOVED this story! It was as captivating as some of the other "Plig" books I have read….however, as one who enjoys non-fiction, I was grossly disappointed when I found out this was a fictional story.

    That being said, it's a good "story" with a good narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert K. Wittman, John Shiffman
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (91)

    Rising from humble roots as the son of an antique dealer, Wittman built a 20-year career that was nothing short of extraordinary. He went undercover, usually unarmed, to catch art thieves, scammers, and black market traders in Paris and Philadelphia, Rio and Santa Fe, Miami and Madrid. In this compelling memoir, Wittman fascinates with the stories behind his recoveries of priceless art and antiquities.

    John S. says: "Think carefully before buying"
    "Wait…it's over??"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Just as I hit the climactic peak of this book, it ended. It reminded me of when I was in Jr. High, I would write short stories…just to have my story end abruptly with,


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Highway: A True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Luis Alberto Urrea
    • Narrated By Luis Alberto Urrea
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (86)

    The author of Across the Wire offers brilliant investigative reporting of what went wrong when, in May 2001, a group of 26 men attempted to cross the Mexican border into the desert of southern Arizona. Only 12 men came back out.

    Arthur says: "Not that great"
    "Not bad, but not great."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Many of the books that I really enjoy I will listen to again for a second time and on special occasions…even a third. This book will not be on my list for a repeat. While it was a decent listen, I guess I didn't experience the


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (1648)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (643)

    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"
    "Krakauer is full of KRAK! DON'T WASTE your $$$!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Okay, first of all, I have to say that I ONLY purchased the book because of it's reference in on of my favorite reads


    What was most disappointing about Jon Krakauer’s story?

    Fiction. I only enjoy non-fiction stories that I can learn something from.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Researched the annunciation of words before he verbally abused me with them.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Actually…no redeeming qualities whatsoever. I think this book is actually worse than


    Any additional comments?

    If possible, can I transport back in time and get the wasted 6 hours of my life back? Let me know if that's possible.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Desperate Passage: The Donner Party's Perilous Journey West

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Ethan Rarick
    • Narrated By Christopher Prince
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (298)
    Story
    (298)

    In late October 1846, the last wagon train of that year's westward migration stopped overnight before resuming its arduous climb over the Sierra Nevada Mountains, unaware that a fearsome storm was gathering force. After months of grueling travel, the 81 men, women and children would be trapped for a brutal winter with little food and only primitive shelter. The conclusion is known: by spring of the next year, the Donner Party was synonymous with the most harrowing extremes of human survival.

    Roger says: "I REALLY enjoyed this book"
    "Desperate for sure!"
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    What did you love best about Desperate Passage?

    I cannot say enough about this book. What an incredible story. One of the best things about this book is that there is quite a bit of psychological insight to the mindset of these people.

    I highly recommend this book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Maia Szalavitz, Brent W. Jeffs
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    In the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (FLDS), girls can become valuable property as plural wives, but boys are expendable, even a liability. In this powerful and heartbreaking account, former FLDS member Brent Jeffs reveals both the terror and the love he experienced growing up on his prophet's compound and the harsh exile existence that so many boys face once they have been expelled by the sect.

    Jessica says: "Very well done."
    "Lost, yet Found...a great book!"
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    What did you love best about Lost Boy?

    Fantastic listen! The story completely covers this child's experiences in fascinating details. The personality of Brent is nicely portrayed. Could NOT stop listening!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Stolen Life: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jaycee Dugard
    • Narrated By Jaycee Dugard
    Overall
    (1397)
    Performance
    (1041)
    Story
    (1042)

    "In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation. On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I dont think of myself as a victim. I survived...."

    Daniel says: "Terrific"
    "Can you handle it?"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I thought this book would be incredibly interesting, but the fact is, it is too interesting, and too detailed! If that is possible. Even for a True Crime fanatic, this is just too much! Listeners should be sure they can handle a story like this before they start it. It definitely cuts right to the chase.Jaycee does a fantastic job narrating! I love the 'afterthoughts' she shares throughout the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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