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Susan

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  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6231)
    Performance
    (5720)
    Story
    (5721)

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Cynthia says: "Shadows Dissolved in Vinegar"
    "Some Will Like This, I wasn't One of Them"
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    If it hadn't been for the performance of the narrator, I wouldn't have finished this book. I like relationships over time, but not those that deal with spirits and ghosts. It wasn't what I expected.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 8th Amendment

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jonna Ivin
    • Narrated By Rosemary Benson
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Attorney Lauren Atkinson has spent her career defending death-row criminals. When a murder hits close to home and clues tie her to an old forgotten case, Lauren must stop at nothing to find the killer.

    Gayle says: "WOW"
    "A different view on violent crime"
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    This book brought out different emotions in me. It is about the death penalty. Personally, I think the death penalty should be enforced and in a timely manner. But this review doesn’t go into my own feelings.
    The story was very interesting and kept me looking at my own beliefs. I thought the detail was perfect, the narrator was very good, drawing me in enough to keep listening without moving on to another book. The characters, especially the victim, could have been developed more, but the intention of the story was to show the perpetrator as someone that had a relevant story. The victim’s family was a determining factor in the outcome. Many convicted criminals’ sentence is somewhat determined by a “victim’s statement” and, for the most part, that is the way it should be.
    I don’t like to describe books in detail, but I would recommend this to anyone interested in crime and punishment. There is not a lot of time devoted to the courtroom. I liked this different point of view. The characters and the crime and the outcome are the important parts of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big as All Hell and Half of Texas: Memoirs of Marlayna Glynn Brown, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Marlayna Glynn Brown
    • Narrated By Abby Elvidge
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Following the author's wildly beloved award-winning Overlay and City of Angeles memoirs, Big as All Hell and Half of Texas continues the author's story. This final volume candidly explores the pertinent societal question: how does an ill-equipped adult child of alcoholics navigate life after a childhood fraught with abuse, scarcity, and neglect?

    Susan says: "This is the third book, just as wonderful."
    "This is the third book, just as wonderful."
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    The third of the series in the wonderful memoir of Marlayna Glynn Brown, she opens up and, again, shows the vulnerability of her childhood circumstance. She describes her loves from the point of view of a very needy woman although from all appearances, she is a great success. Every time a man comes into her life and she lets them get close, she holds on with every ounce of her heart. She is hurt and angry when the relationship ends, to the point of clinical depression. The descriptions of descending into depression are real and cut deep for anyone that has felt it. Her descriptions of the love relationships and the desperate hold she keeps for each man is also painful to read if you have felt the same way. She leaves out the comings and goings of her children for the most part, as she explained in the epilogue, because they are their own people and should not be considered in her story. I actually felt describing their reactions to her actions and mistakes would have made this story more real. One cannot live in a vacuum and I personally would have liked to hear how the children reacted to the depression, to the divorce, to her successes.

    I will have to say, again, this third part of her life was riveting and kept me listening from start to finish. I never left the books, looking for a break, to another book. I think this trilogy should be available and recommended at every AA meeting, AL anon group, ACoA members, and counselors that see those affected by alcoholics. I know these three books will interest anyone that likes stories that follow life from childhood to adulthood. There isn’t much that would turn anyone off to the realistic struggle and ultimate acceptance of success in this life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • City of Angeles: Memoirs of Marlayna Glynn Brown, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Marlayna Glynn Brown
    • Narrated By Abby Elvidge
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    This searing, often bizarre tale of Glynn Brown's teens and twenties reveals her flight from Las Vegas to the formidable world of self-re-invention among the angels and demons. Glynn Brown unflinchingly begets a self from the unlikeliest beginnings, and now delivers a sequel illustrating heaven and hell on her continuing flight for self-discovery.

    Terri Berg says: "So brave and amazing...."
    "Second In the Series form Marlayna Glynn Brown"
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    This Angeles, second of a three part series about the life of a child of alcoholic and abusive parents is uplifting in the sense that Marlayna Glynn Brown is now a young adult successfully experiencing her life without the doubts and struggle she’d lived as a child. She works with several helpful and supportive employers, lives in apartments she is proud of, and continues finding well-adjusted friends. This is an excellent story of a young adult that has surmounted the tragic home life of her childhood. Marlayna has overcome her earlier experiences as a lonely, abused, neglected and abandoned child.

    If you are looking to read a book that describes “This is What Happy Looks Like” then this is your book. If you are looking for a book describing the struggles of the first steps away from a dysfunctional family, this books misses the mark. Marlayna is strong, she doesn’t hold back, she is responsible, knows how to have fun, accepts change and even initiates major change without hesitation. All of these traits might be unusual for someone raised in an alcoholic home. Several places in the book Marlayna mentions characteristics she had brought from her earlier life. She describes uncertainty, lack of self-esteem, and inadequacy.

    This is a very positive book and describes great success for Marlayna. One would think her family would be proud to see her move into a secure life, but unfortunately the family is so dysfunctional, they don’t acknowledge her success.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Overlay: ATale of One Girl's Life in 1970s Las Vegas

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Marlayna Glynn Brown
    • Narrated By Abby Elvidge
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Set in glamorous 1970s Las Vegas, Overlay is the fighting-to-come-of-age story of a resilient child born into an ongoing cycle of alcoholism and abandonment. Marlayna develops a powerful sense of self-preservation in contrast to the fallen adults entrusted with her care. Her profound story explores the characters and events populating her life as she moves from home to home, parent to parent, family to family, ultimately becoming homeless at the age of fourteen.

    Name: CONCHITA CONGO VoiceVamp says: "A Captivating Story of Strength & Survival"
    "True Story with Life Lessons and Connections"
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    If you want to experience the sadness of a childhood with alcoholic parents, this is the perfect book. I am not saying that to talk you out of reading the book, in fact it is an important story. I am also an Adult Child of Alcoholic Parents. Many of the anecdotes are very similar to my own. In many ways this child is lucky. I was not outgoing. I didn’t have friends. I had no self-confidence. I had no future plans. She was popular, self-confident, and was able to look toward making herself better. We both felt loneliness, kept secrets, and felt no confidence to stand up for ourselves. I was never worried about being homeless, but I had no one to put boundaries on my behavior.
    This memoir was written by someone that experienced this dark childhood. It was real, hard to listen to, heartbreaking, but it held my attention throughout the story. The narrator helped to make the story real. She was easy to listen to and expressed all the emotions perfectly. I would recommend this book to everyone that is ACoA or knows someone that may be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • High Risk

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Rick R. Reed
    • Narrated By Miles Taylor
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Beth Walsh seems like such a demure housewife. But Beth has a secret life. While her husband works, Beth slides into what she calls her "slut clothes" and goes on the prowl. She becomes a completely different woman, wanton and uninhibited, with dozens of handsome strangers...until she meets the one blindingly gorgeous stranger who will make her more than sorry for her secrets and lies.

    LJM VO says: "TOO DARK!!!"
    "This would make a great movie!"
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    I liked this book. It is a murder and thriller, exciting and made me so angry! There is abuse, neglect, rape, adultery and bad life choices. A little boy grows to be a sadistic adult after seeing his mother raped. 11 years later, his mother commits suicide when no one believes her story. A shy young girl is gang raped at a fraternity party. Later, successfully married, she has sex with anyone that looks at her. These two lost souls come together in nightmarish events.
    The only weakness in the story is that it skips around some, but other than that I am glad that I listened to the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Keepers of the House

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Shirley Ann Grau
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (182)

    Abigail was the last keeper of the house, the last to know the Howland family's secrets. Now, in the name of all her brothers and sisters, she must take her bitter revenge on the small-minded Southern town that shamed them, persecuted them, but could never destroy them.

    Chimigi says: "very enjoyable"
    "Generations, Family Secrets, Family Scandals"
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    This book sounded interesting in the short summary. I usually like stories that span several generations. The book is not terribly complicated, just a bit more than many multi generation books. The book starts in the past with a love affair between Margaret,a black woman, and William, a lonely widower. All of the children have typically white characteristics.The children from Providence, the first wife, and the children from Margaret play together as young children. Bit Margaret sends her children to boarding school so they won't have do deal with being born from a black mother and white father. The children grow up, get married, have children of their own but they are unaware of deeply the past, that was hidden from them as children, will come back to haunt them and the choices they make as adults.
    The narrator was easy to listen to although at times the narration was monotonous and the edits were obvious. In my opinion a book about the south should have a narrator with a southern accent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Surviving Us

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Erin Noelle
    • Narrated By Meghan Kelly
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    When Bristol Criswell travels to St. Lucia for an Enduring Life retreat, she hopes to discover encouragement and support from like souls. A vacation fling is the furthest thing from her mind, especially not with a cocky-mouthed, arrogant jerk like Davis McKay.

    Elizabeth L. says: "A New Adult Romancce"
    "Steamy Story about two people needing to connect"
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    This is not your typical love story. Woven throughout the book are the experiences that caused the two vulnerable strangers to come to need each other. Each had a story of being the survivor of a terrible accident and each needed something that would allow them to rise above the survivor's devastation and guilt. The scene is a therapy group on a beautiful island with a survivor's group. Immediately they felt the attraction and spent steamy days and nights in each others room. Nature threw in a crisis with a tropical storm. How the couple gets through the storm was not easy, but later misunderstandings cause even more friction for the couple. The narration was easy to listen to and the writing kept my interest. I would recommend this book for someone looking for a light, easy story with a lot of sexual scenes.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Train Station Bride: Prairie Romance: Crawford Family, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Holly Bush
    • Narrated By Meghan Kelly
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    1887. Debutante Julia Crawford endures a lifetime of subtle ridicule as the plump, silly daughter of a premiere Boston family. Julia strikes out on her own to gain independence, traveling to the Midwest to marry an aging shopkeeper and care for his mother. Julia finds her new home rough and uncivilized after the sophistication of a big city, while closely held secrets threaten to ruin Julia's one chance at love.

    Susan says: "Sweet Story, Surprise Beginning, Nice Ending"
    "Sweet Story, Surprise Beginning, Nice Ending"
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    This was such a fun story. I've heard of mail order brides but this was completely a surprise start. The couple comes to love each other over time. She is accepted by the new family and her self confidence grows. Until her parents get involved and a terrible secret comes out and it feels like a betrayal.
    This isn't a deep read, but it is very enjoyable. Perfect for a day on the beach or during spring showers. I would definitely recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Foot in Heaven, Journey of a Hospice Nurse

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Heidi Telpner
    • Narrated By Lori J. Moran
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    People die everyday. While most people in America die in a hospital, many families choose hospice for end of life care. Death, as experienced by hospice nurses, can be beautiful, peaceful, humorous, touching, tragic, disturbing, and even otherworldly. Hospice nurses act as midwives to dying people every day. Death transforms not just the patient and family, but the hospice nurse as well. The stories in this book are presented with the hope that their transformation extends to you, too. Heidi Telpner, R.N.

    Julia Kane says: "Complete tour of emotions dealing with the subject that we all try to avoid"
    "A celebration of life from a real angel"
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    I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed this book. There is so much misinformation about hospice, including from myself. My mother passed with hospice care. I loved the care the women gave to my mother, but was not totally aware of their purpose in this event. After she passed, my sister-in-law decided to join the hospice group as an RN. She told me so many stories, both sad and inspiring. As soon as I finished this book I called her and told her to read it! And then to record her experiences so she could write a book, also. I loved the stories, both the disgusting and the blessings. Everyone is going to come to the end of life, so this is a book everyone should read, now before you arrive there. I loved this book

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Son

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jack Olsen
    • Narrated By Kevin Pierce
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (97)

    Recounts the tragic events that followed the arrest of Fred Coe, a conservative, clean-cut young man, for a series of rapes committed in the city of Spokane and led to revenge and murder.

    Douglas says: "A Powerful Psychological Analysis.."
    "A long story that you will want to finish in 1 set"
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    The story pulled me in from the very first! I never had any doubt about who the bad guy was, but I almost wanted him to be okay. Maybe change. I was absolutely amazed at how many rapes he got away with, but the times were just before it became known that the girl is not to blame. This man was cruel, angry, unforgiving, but never killed anyone. That doesn't make it any better, but his abuse was so horrific he might as well have murdered the women. I found I wanted to blame someone for his actions and his mother could have been guilty, but even she could not have made her son this bad! He is from a good, well to do home. with a well respected father and a bit of an eccentric mother and a sister. The two relationships in the story had similar names and that tripped me up just a bit, but it really wasn't significant. I loved the story, loved the narration, and hated for it to end. I am very glad I read the book. I could even read it again and not be bored!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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