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Vicki

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX, United States | Member Since 2007

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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
    (5217)
    Performance
    (4809)
    Story
    (4814)

    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"
    "Enchanting and eerie"
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    This is not my usual genre but I loved this book. The story is enchanting in a creepy kind of way. I could not wait to see what happened next.

    The book is read by the author. I must admit, the writer is always my favorite reader. It didn't feel like Neil Gaiman was reading a book, it felt like he was telling me a story. Sometimes I wanted to say "and then what?" It kept me on the edge of my seat.

    Highly recommended.

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Good Talk, Dad: The Birds and the Bees...and Other Conversations We Forgot to Have

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Bill Geist, Willie Geist
    • Narrated By Bill Geist, Willie Geist
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    In Good Talk, Dad, this talented father-son team shares stories of their funny and heartwarming relationship. Told in a unique back-and-forth banter style, this extended conversation riffs on everything from music and sports to summer camp, driving lessons, and family life. Imagine Big Russ & Me meets Sh*t My Dad Says. After Bill went public with his struggle with Parkinsons disease, the Geists decided to collaborate on this book so their children and grandchildren would have a record of their unique bond.

    Vicki says: "A look at the Geist family"
    "A look at the Geist family"
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    As a fan of both Bill and Willie Geist, I enjoyed this look at their family. Their humor is somewhat bawdy at times but the stories seemed real and were definitely entertaining. It is a very quick and lighthearted glimpse into the relationship between father and son.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8642)
    Performance
    (5304)
    Story
    (5294)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "I loved this book!"
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    I loved this book! I learned so much about the world in the WWI time period. It's very interesting to see how the different factions all around the world drew each other into the first world war.

    I found the characters and their stories easy to follow even though this is definitely a book of epic proportions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4004)
    Performance
    (3563)
    Story
    (3585)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "You know how the story ends"
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    What did you love best about Killing Lincoln?

    Killing Lincoln tells not just the story of John Wilkes Booth and his plan to kill Lincoln. It paints a broad picture of America in the last days of the Civil War. Mr. O'Reilly does a brilliant job of tying together the main characters on both sides of the war and those who plotted to, not only assassinate Lincoln, but cause anarchy in post-Civil War America.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Killing Lincoln?

    The story of the attempted assassination of Secretary of State William Seward was especially well told. Prior to this I only knew of his role in the acquisition of Alaska. I did not know of the attack on him and his family that occurred at the same time that Lincoln was shot.


    What aspect of Bill O'Reilly’s performance would you have changed?

    Overall, I liked Mr. O'Reilly's performance. He did a good job of dramatizing what could have been a very dry history lesson. But, I did have a hard time separating his reading of this book from his television persona.


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

    The multiple tragedies of Mary Lincoln's life was a thread that ran throughout the background of this story. The reader is reminded over and over of how many sad and tragic events she survived.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in American History and the Civil War era. I was particularly interested to learn that John Wilkes Booth's action to assassinate President Lincoln actually made post-war restoration much more difficult on the South than it would have been had Lincoln remained in the Presidency.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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