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Trista

Houston, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Criminal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Kathleen Early
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1650)
    Performance
    (1391)
    Story
    (1397)

    Will Trent is a brilliant agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Newly in love, he is beginning to put a difficult past behind him. Then a local college student goes missing, and he is inexplicably kept off the case by his supervisor and mentor, deputy director Amanda Wagner. Will cannot fathom Amanda's motivation, until the two of them literally collide in an abandoned orphanage they have both been drawn to for different reasons. Decades before - when Will's father was imprisoned for murder - this was his home....

    Melinda says: "Heart Pounding, Gripping Thriller"
    "first time reader of Karin Slaughter"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! Had me from the first five minutes. I couldn't stop listening.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I can't say I got too attached to any one character, but Will's boss, can't remember the character's name, was one of my favorites.


    What about Kathleen Early’s performance did you like?

    Nice voice. Distinct characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Can't think of anything offhand. I'm already into a second Karin Slaughter book.


    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3345)
    Performance
    (2656)
    Story
    (2643)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "leaves you feeling like you are his friend"
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    Where does Stories I Only Tell My Friends rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorites!


    What other book might you compare Stories I Only Tell My Friends to and why?

    I suppose it's like other memoirs of people from my generation.


    Which character – as performed by Rob Lowe – was your favorite?

    Well, he is the main character.


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

    I didn't want it to end.


    Any additional comments?

    I do hope he writes more. He has a way of making the reader feel like he's written it just for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love Life

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (490)
    Performance
    (457)
    Story
    (453)

    Love Life serves up another delicious selection of intimate stories and observations from Rob Lowe's life, told with humor, warmth, and brutal honesty. After writing his acclaimed debut effort, Lowe felt he had more stories to share and many more friends to introduce. The result is a touching memoir about the business and craft of acting, the pitfalls of success, family, love, and much more.

    LESLIE DOHENY-HANKS says: "Insightful, interesting and uplifting"
    "school girl crush all over again"
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    What made the experience of listening to Love Life the most enjoyable?

    I like the fact Rob Lowe himself reads it. He makes you feel like he's talking directly to you.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Love Life?

    When he talks about his kids, got me teary eyed every time.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When he was talking about taking his oldest to college, really moved me. I don't even have kids, I have no idea why it got me all misty in the eyes, but I found myself crying.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book overall. I hope he writes more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Late, Late at Night

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Rick Springfield
    • Narrated By Rick Springfield
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    In a searingly candid memoir that he authored himself, Grammy Award-winning pop icon Rick Springfield pulls back the curtain on his image as a bright, shiny, happy performer to share the startling story of his rise and fall and rise in music, film, and television, and his lifelong battle with depression.

    Theresa says: "Late night snack"
    "DO NOT MISS!!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Late, Late at Night the most enjoyable?

    The fact that Rick Springfield read it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    He wrote this book with such gut-wrenching honesty and such heartfelt warmth, it leaves you feeling like he's a close friend.


    Which character – as performed by Rick Springfield – was your favorite?

    He is the character, but his idea of Mr. D was pretty darn funny.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!


    Any additional comments?

    Very good book. So much I never knew about the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Wings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5629)
    Performance
    (5124)
    Story
    (5109)

    From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

    Jan says: "Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!"
    "WOW! I did not expect to love this book"
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    Would you listen to The Invention of Wings again? Why?

    I've listened to The Help and The Poison Wood Bible twice. I might listen to this again especially after listening to the author again to find out it's based on real people.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author at the end tells how she came up with the idea to write the story. I had no clue until then it is based on real sisters. Fascinating. Loved it.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I like them both. I've listened to Jenna Lamia in a few other books. I really do enjoy almost anything she reads.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have reservations about listening to this book, throw them to the side. It is an excellent book. I did not want to turn it off.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7527)
    Performance
    (6906)
    Story
    (6976)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Teddy says: "I hate it when this happens"
    "Why? Why even bother?"
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    What would have made Allegiant better?

    If I answer what would have made Allegiant better, I'd spoil it for people that want to read it.

    I warn you, it's just not good.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Veronica Roth again?

    Maybe. I'm not sure. I'm really really displeased with this ending.


    Which character – as performed by Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford – was your favorite?

    Tobias a/k/a Four


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

    Not so much.


    Any additional comments?

    STOP READING IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THE BOOK! SPOILER ALERT.

    I like to listen to these kinds of books for the warm happy fuzzy ending. I want to escape reality. Killing off main characters is not warm and fuzzy!

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Highway

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By C.J. Box
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (241)

    When teenagers Danielle and Gracie Sullivan take a clandestine car trip to visit their friend in Montana, little do they know it's the last time anyone will ever hear from them again. The girls and their car simply vanish. Cody Hoyt, who's just lost his job and has fallen off the wagon after a long stretch of sobriety, is in no condition to investigate. But his son Justin, who the girls were going to visit, and his former partner, Cassie Dewell, convince him to drive south to their last known location. As Cody makes his way to the remote stretch of Montana highway where the girls went missing, Cassie discovers that there have been scores of similar disappearances in the state.

    Lorrie says: "No, No, No!!!!"
    "WARNING - WHY BOTHER"
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    What disappointed you about The Highway?

    If I reveal what disappointed me, I'll ruin the book for others. I just don't even understand what the author's thought process was in writing this book. The killer is glorified and continues on like he's supposed to be a character in a new sequel? WTF? It's like I'm watching the show that's on Fox, The Following, where the good guys are bumbling idiots and the bad guys seem to outsmart the good guys at ever turn.

    Seriously, what was the point in this book?

    I like books where the good guy wins at the end. I understand the main character of the novel having some flaws. I don't mind overlooking a few quirks. I understand how that makes him/her more identifiable with the reader. But what happens after the first four hours of this book -- well, I just don't understand why after one and half books the author did this. Stupid.

    I cannot even find the words to express my disappointment with this book. Terrible.


    What was most disappointing about C.J. Box’s story?

    Well, the middle of the book where good guy should kick some A double S S does not happen. WTF?! I'm so mad.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    With the first two questions, Audible clearly knows I do not like this book so why would you ask me a favorite scene? There wasn't one. It was horrible.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Highway?

    Take a guess!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Yeah. What is the point in this book???

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Language of Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Dianne Dixon
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Justin Fisher has a successful career as the manager of a luxury hotel, a lovely wife, and a charming young son. While all signs point to a bright future, Justin can no longer ignore the hole in his life left by his estranged family. When he finally gathers the courage to reconnect with his troubled past, Justin is devastated to learn that his parents have passed away.

    Trista says: "kept me interested from the start"
    "kept me interested from the start"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Language of Secrets to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version.


    What other book might you compare The Language of Secrets to and why?

    Actually, I can't think of one. This was definitely a different formula than anything I've read before. While it was melancholy, it was interesting and I finished it within 24 hours. I think I might be addicted to Audible.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't really have an answer for that.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I pretty much did.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Only Thing Worth Dying For: How Eleven Green Berets Forged a New Afghanistan

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Eric Blehm
    • Narrated By P.J. Ochlan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (179)

    The Only Thing Worth Dying For chronicles the most important mission in the early days of the Global War on Terror, when the men on the ground knew little about the enemy - and their commanders in Washington knew even less. With unprecedented access to surviving members of ODA 574, key war planners, and Karzai himself, award-winning author Eric Blehm cuts through the noise of politicians and high-level military officials to narrate, for the first time, a story of uncommon bravery and terrible sacrifice.

    Cory says: "Great story about the rise of Karzai."
    "This author is not to miss"
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    If you could sum up The Only Thing Worth Dying For in three words, what would they be?

    Funny that the review question asks if I could sum up in three words, but there is a minimum of 15 words for this box.

    Well, I can't sum it up in three words be/c I'm just not creative.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a true story. I can't really pick one part out. What I can say is that I have read/listened to three of Eric Blehm's books and he's one of my new favorite authors. If you have not read/listened to Fearless, stop reading this now and go get it! You will never forget that book. This one is great too, but I think Fearless let's you connect more whereas this one I can't find one particular person I've related to or connected with.

    That's not to say this isn't just as good. It is a wonderful book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't really have one.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't listened/read Fearless by same author, GET IT! The Last Season is also an engrossing read. I don't think it's in audio format, but if you like to read it's a great book! I anxiously await for more from Eric Blehm.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mindy Kaling
    • Narrated By Mindy Kaling, Michael Schur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2647)
    Performance
    (2448)
    Story
    (2464)

    Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

    Tabitha says: "Love it!"
    "love her!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) the most enjoyable?

    It's funny and honest. I never watched The Office, but I am loving her show The Mindy Project. Very smart and funny actress/author.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)?

    For me, when she talks about her normal weight as opposed to the rest of Hollywood being size zero. To me, she looks great and I love she's not a stick figure and is confident.


    What does Mindy Kaling and Michael Schur bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don't know.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    She had a photo shoot where she had to choose something to wear and all the clothes were insanely small girls with normal figures. She went into the bathroom stall and cried.


    Any additional comments?

    Love this girl and looking forward to her career!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (4028)
    Performance
    (2583)
    Story
    (2610)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "A MUST READ/LISTEN"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks the most enjoyable?

    Cassandra Campbell is one of my favorite narrators. She does an amazing job.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks?

    There are honestly too many to recount. I got goosebumps at several points. This book really makes you think. I did not want to stop listening. I feel like I know the Lacks family now. Great book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Same answer as above.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Take the chance on this book. There was definitely some medical jargon that I'd have to listen to a few times, and probably could go back and listen to again to fully grasp it, but the author does a pretty good job of making it understandable for the person that has very little understanding of science. Just an incredible book and amazing story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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