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TERESA

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United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 8 reviews
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  • 365 titles in library
  • 56 purchased in 2014
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  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7164)
    Performance
    (3523)
    Story
    (3528)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "suspend your disbelief"
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    This book has a lot of problems for me. I had expected an imaginative and well constructed post apocalypse science fiction, not a weakly strung together vampire and Dracula tale.

    Scott Brick, usually such a subtle and varied narrator, nearly carries the book. But he is forced to read in nearly the same depressing tone throughout his portions because of the work's content.

    I let The Passage run in my headset through a long rainy bout of remodeling, but its one dimensional characters and repeated demands to suspend disbelief fail to hold my attention to the end of the reading and my project.

    I wish I could return this one for a refund.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6163)
    Performance
    (5337)
    Story
    (5330)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Highest Recommend"
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    I loved everything about this book. I love the way the author weaves the details of the character's lives in so many setting and decades together so meaningfully. I love that this beautifully written book makes a strong point about the nature of being human. I love the author's subtle use of description to evoke the focal setting, coastal Italy.
    In addition to the novel itself, I particularly enjoyed the narrator's voice. He doesn't butcher the lovely language of Italian. He puts just enough expression into the reading. I found myself tearing up repeatedly throughout listening the book, yet it doesn't leave me sad in the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Texas Cooking: Texas Hill Country Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Lisa Wingate
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (89)

    According to USA Today, best-selling author Lisa Wingate “dishes up fun and charm” with her touching romance novels. In Texas Cooking, Wingate tells the story of Colleen Collins, a big city reporter who thinks she’s seen and heard it all until she visits the tiny town of San Saline. Listeners from all walks of life will relish this tale of passion, new beginnings, and the comfortsof good food and good conversation.

    Jen says: "Odd Title for Such a Wonderful Book!"
    "SHADES OF GRAY WITHOUT THE SMUT?"
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    I found myself comparing this sweet little romance with the self-consciously shocking Shades of Gray: similar readability, modern relationship expectations hungering for something more traditional and deeper, mystery man love object. I definitely prefer this book to the soft porn novel. The narrator's voice works well with this simple, sincere little tale grounded in solid moral values.
    I also enjoyed reminiscing about Texas Hill Country through the writer's eyes. There's just enough local color to keep me engaged. However, another Texas based audiobook gets much higher marks for me, Boy Kings of Brownsville by Domingo Martinez. That book evokes the real Texas for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral - Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! - in America's Gilded Capital

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mark Leibovich
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (520)
    Performance
    (449)
    Story
    (441)

    The great thing about Washington is no matter how many elections you lose, how many times you're indicted, how many scandals you've been tainted by, well, the great thing is you can always eat lunch in that town again. What keeps the permanent government spinning on its carousel is the freedom of shamelessness, and that mother's milk of politics, cash. What Julia Phillips did for Hollywood, Timothy Crouse did for journalists, and Michael Lewis did for Wall Street, Mark Leibovich does for our nation's capital.

    John S. says: "They're out of touch ... and how!"
    "Depressing but informative"
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    Why don't things seem to work in America any more? The author, a Washington insider, dishes on his friends and sources to provide this glimpse into the world of the privileged charged with the people's business. He reveals specifics of their concern with image, connection and fortune while ignoring the fate of our nation.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By J. J. Virgin
    • Narrated By J. J. Virgin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (60)

    The key to weight loss isn't calories. It isn't fat. It isn't protein. It isn't even carbs. You can count them, cut them, and swap them all you want, but you won't lose weight if you're eating foods that your body can't tolerate. And the most common diet foods - like egg whites, wheat bread, and fat-free yogurt - are some of the worst offenders. These "healthy" foods are actually making you fat! In this book, celebrity nutritionist and fitness expert J. J. Virgin pinpoints the 10 foods that sabotage weight loss. Just by eliminating these 10 diet saboteurs, listeners will see incredible results.

    Melanie says: "Content made this worth it for me"
    "This diet actually works"
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    I followed this diet and can now wear the clothes in the very back of my closet that were too small for me for many years. And I feel better, just more energetic, more well.
    I did also buy an ebook copy because I wanted to be sure I got everything right, but the author explains and motivates in the audiobook in a way that might not come across as well in print.
    I'm an older woman who has always eaten healthy, but some wholesome foods weren't helping me to maintain an ideal weight. This elimination diet let me figure out what does and doesn't work with my particular body chemistry. After resting my system according to the book's instructions, I gradually added back the eliminated foods. It was readily apparent which ones triggered excessive appetite and which ones were satisfying for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy Kings of Texas: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Domingo Martinez
    • Narrated By Emilio Delgado
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    A lyrical and authentic book that recounts the story of a border-town family in Brownsville, Texas in the 1980s, as each member of the family desperately tries to assimilate and escape life on the border to become "real" Americans, even at the expense of their shared family history. This is really un-mined territory in the memoir genre that gives in-depth insight into a previously unexplored corner of America.

    TERESA says: "Humor, authentic"
    "Humor, authentic"
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    Great characters, wonderful colorful language, ironic humor this book has it all. The narrator does a great job of interpreting the stories with just enough of a border accent to make you feel it's a great story teller sharing his family experiences.
    This book is a real gem - perfect as an audible book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Katherine Boo
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (713)
    Performance
    (611)
    Story
    (621)

    Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption.

    Dr. says: "An Antidote for Shantaram"
    "truth more compelling than fiction"
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    This is a very listenable hybrid of actual events and people with the narrative voice of a novel. I truly couldn't turn it off once I'd started.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Man in the Middle

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Brian Haig
    • Narrated By LJ Ganser
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (82)

    Ripped from today's headlines, Brian Haig's new novel finds Army lawyer Sean Drummond caught between duty to Washington's elite and the soldiers in Iraq. Dispatched to investigate the suicide of one of D.C.'s most influential defense officials, an ardent, early supporter of the war in Iraq, Drummond and his female partner find themselves in the middle of a tug-of-war between Washington's most influential power brokers and his own personal allegiance to the soldiers dying overseas.

    Sherri says: "Where is Scott Brick?"
    "Trite yet Repetitious"
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    What did you like best about Man in the Middle? What did you like least?

    The narrator seemed to pronounce all the words correctly.


    Has Man in the Middle turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Absolutely. How many times can one listen to the same few trite expressions?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


    Could you see Man in the Middle being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It would require a compete rewrite. The dialogue would be perceived as a sarcastic satire of this genre, yet the writer seems to consider himself to be clever.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be much more selective in buying the $4.95 books in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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