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Greenbelt, MD, United States | Member Since 2010

  • 2 reviews
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  • 176 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • Illusion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Frank Peretti
    • Narrated By Frank Peretti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dane and Mandy, a popular magic act for 40 years, are tragically separated by a car wreck that claims Mandy’s life—or so everyone thinks. Even as Dane mourns and tries to rebuild his life without her, Mandy, supposedly dead, awakes in the present as the19-year-old she was in 1970.

    tracy says: "Peretti is one of kind"
    "Always good to see another Peretti novel"
    What did you love best about Illusion?

    Pros:Faith based drama/thriller/mystery. We can't have too many of those!Another book by my favorite author.Cons:The characters, particularly Mandy, seemed too family friendly. They had a naivete and innocence that seemed alien and otherwordly. The edginess/grittiness you see in 99% of fiction novels out there isn't existent. As a Christian, it is refreshing when the strongest language used in an insult is in the same class as "jerk" but yet it was distracting. Thus, many of the characters, especially Mandy, seemed too perfect. Also, I felt the story took too long for Dane to share with Mandy the similarities she shared with his wife. I kept shouting for Dane to "ask her more questions" and "just tell her what's the matter." With that said, if I were in his shoes, the last thing I would suspect is what actually happened in the story.

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I felt it dragged on for too long, wasn't riveting enough, and I quickly lost interest. I fell asleep multiple times during this part and will have to look up the details of what happened. I stopped caring.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The tv show where contestants showed off their magic tricks to stump the 'expert'.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    An interdimensional love story.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Red Storm Rising

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By F. Murray Abraham

    Members of the Politburo and the KGB devise a brilliant plan of diplomatic trickery - a sequence of events designed to pit the NATO allies against each other - a distraction calculated to enable the Soviets to seize all the oil in the Persian Gulf. But as this spellbinding story of international intrigue and global politics nears its climax, the Soviets are faced with another prospect, one they hadn't planned on: a full-scale conflict in which nobody can win.

    Amazon Customer says: "Red Storm Foiled by Abridgement Manuver"
    "Story pared down greatly but soundtrack is great"

    Agree with reviewer complaints regarding the condensed story. A waste of money. I was pleasantly surprised by the soundtrack, if you can call it that. While the sound effects were sometimes distracting the musical backdrop were mostly top notch. The sole reason for the 2nd star. I'd love to know who the composer was, he should be in Hollywood.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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