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samiam2029

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  • We All Fall Down: Living with Addiction

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Nic Sheff
    • Narrated By Charles Carroll
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    In this powerful and immensely engaging follow-up to his first memoir, Sheff picks up where he left off and reveals his first-person account of stints at in-patient rehabilitation facilities, devastating relapses with alcohol and marijuana, and hard-won realizations about what it means to be a young adult living with addiction.

    samiam2029 says: "Good, intriguing read"
    "Good, intriguing read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I really liked this book, which sounds odd to say given that it's a tough, true story about a life of drug addiction. But years ago I stumbled across Nic's dad's book called Beautiful Boy which had me transfixed. Nic's first book Tweaked was my next pursuit and that was it... I was completely invested in The Sheff Family.

    We All Fall Down is a sort-of predictable accounting of where Nic's life picks up after his last book. Despite the predictability of it though, I finished it still wanting (to know) more about the family and how things are going. I would recommend it and would definitely read another book by either Nic or his dad should one come available.


    What other book might you compare We All Fall Down to and why?

    In the same vein as Go Ask Alice but not as gritty.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In My Skin: A Memoir of Addiction

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kate Holden
    • Narrated By Christy Lynn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    A shy, bookish college graduate from a solid middle-class home, Kate Holden was uncertain of her way in life. When she decided to try her first hit of heroin, she did not anticipate that the drug would take over. Desperation drove her first to offer her body on the streets and then in high-class brothels, where she discovered hidden strengths as well as parts of herself that frightened her. With the acceptance and unyielding love of a family that never abandoned her, Kate Holden ultimately defeated the drug and left her netherworld behind.

    Margaret says: "NOT WHAT I WAS EXPECTING..."
    "Distracting narrator"
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    Any additional comments?

    really tried to get into this book, but the inflection and accent of the narrator just made it too difficult. This one will definitely be getting returned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Friend Leonard

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By James Frey
    • Narrated By Andy Paris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Perhaps the most unconventional and literally breathtaking father-son story you'll ever read, My Friend Leonard pulls you immediately and deeply into a relationship as unusual as it is inspiring. The father figure is Leonard, the high-living, recovering coke addict, "West Coast Director of a large Italian-American finance firm" (read: mobster) who helped to keep James Frey clean in A Million Little Pieces.

    Kathleen says: "Great book"
    "If you don't listen to it as a memoir, it's fine"
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    Was My Friend Leonard worth the listening time?

    After all the hubbub about if this is true or not, I finally decided out of need for another book that I'd just listen to this. It was a fine, sort of interesting story. Seems kind of implausible, but who knows? It doesn't really matter... if you take it as "just a story" or something that is "inspired by true events" then it's an okay book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • China Dolls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Jodi Long
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (158)

    It's 1938 in San Francisco: A world's fair is preparing to open on Treasure Island, a war is brewing overseas, and the city is alive with possibilities. Grace, Helen, and Ruby, three young women from very different backgrounds, meet by chance at the exclusive and glamorous Forbidden City nightclub. Grace Lee, an American-born Chinese girl, has fled the Midwest with nothing but heartache, talent, and a pair of dancing shoes. Helen Fong lives with her extended family in Chinatown, where her traditional parents insist that she guard her reputation like a piece of jade.

    Mary says: "Need a different reader!! Where is Janet Song??"
    "I love Lisa See - but I didn't love this"
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    Would you try another book from Lisa See and/or Jodi Long?

    Definitely.


    If you’ve listened to books by Lisa See before, how does this one compare?

    Not nearly as engaging.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Sure, it was fine.


    Was China Dolls worth the listening time?

    Yes and no. There were bits that were really good, but for the most part, it felt drawn out, repetitive and almost boring.


    Any additional comments?

    I truly have adored all of Lisa See's other books (not including the mysteries, which are a whole different thing). But this book just didn't have the same emotional and factual depth.

    However, the last hour of the book was really good, much more interesting than the rest. Kind of made it end on a good note, at least.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Attachments: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rainbow Rowell
    • Narrated By Laura Hamilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (766)
    Performance
    (680)
    Story
    (682)

    Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder, coworkers at The Courier, know the newspaper monitors their office e-mail. But they still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers, and baring their personal lives like an open book. Jennifer tells Beth everything she can’t seem to tell her husband about her anxieties over starting a family. And Beth tells Jennifer everything, period. Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill still can’t believe that it’s his job to monitor other people’s e-mail.

    Julie says: "Just what I'd hoped for"
    "Cute story - Easy listen!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is a very cute, fun, funny story that is very easy to listen to. Definitely recommend it if that is what you are looking for.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Treatment

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Young
    • Narrated By Joy Osmanski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Can Sloane and James survive the lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end? Find out in this sequel to The Program, which Publishers Weekly called "chilling and suspenseful". Sloane and James are on the run after barely surviving the suicide epidemic and The Program. But they’re not out of danger. Huge pieces of their memories are still missing, and although Sloane and James have found their way back to each other, The Program isn’t ready to let them go.

    samiam2029 says: "VERY Disappointing"
    "VERY Disappointing"
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    What disappointed you about The Treatment?

    I found the story to be kind of boring and redundant.


    Any additional comments?

    I had been really looking forward to this sequel to The Program. Although both stories are geared towards a YA audience, I found The Program to be interesting and suspenseful enough to hold my attention throughout the book. I was expecting The Treatment to be just as captivating while it filled in my questions of what happened to the kids from the first book. Instead it felt like a lazy follow up. An example of that would be that towards the end of the book, I felt like events were just tossed together to bring it to an end already. It did not flow smoothly; it felt choppy and kind of dumb. Very disappointed. :(

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5195)
    Performance
    (2969)
    Story
    (3009)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    avid reader says: "Hours of enjoyable, fun listening"
    "LOVED - but a bit challenging to follow"
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    Any additional comments?

    The only negative, if there are any, is that most of the main characters are female, but despite the fact that they were supposed to have different accents (I couldn't really notice a difference if the narrator was changing her voice), it was sometimes hard to keep track of who was who and where I was at in history. I actually drew out a crude family tree which helped; wish I'd done so earlier on in the story. Other than that, this was a great book. I can't wait to listen to another Kate Morton story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Little Friend

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (239)

    From the author of The Secret History comes a dark, suspenseful novel of lost childhood. Harriet Dusfresnes is a child in Mississippi, haunted by the murder of her brother when she was just a baby. He was found hanging from a tree in their backyard; his killer was never identified, nor did the family ever recover. Only Harriet's teenage sister might have seen what happened that day, and she has blocked it out from her memory.

    Sam says: "Couldn't put it down"
    "Pretty disappointing."
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    Would you try another book from Donna Tartt and/or Karen White?

    Having just finished The Goldfinch, I was really excited for another Donna Tartt book, but this one just never gained the momentum and/or story to pull me in. I eventually gave up as it was sincerely putting me to sleep!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Dies at the End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1884)
    Performance
    (1714)
    Story
    (1731)

    STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

    Amazon Customer says: "Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win."
    "What the heck????"
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    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps it was my own misunderstanding, but when I selected this book, I had extremely different expectations of what the story would be than the absurdity that it actually is. Definitely would not recommend this story to anyone other than an immature "Ghost Busters" fan. Mind you - GB is a brilliant movie... this book just feels like a silly attempt to capture that energy but without any of it's success.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Go Ask Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Anonymous
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (77)

    Life at 15 isn't easy for a girl if she's shy and hates the way she looks. Each day is heaven or hell, depending on who talks to her, or who doesn't. So when she's finally accepted by a group, she doesn't refuse their party games, even if it means taking LSD. Soon she's taking little pills to wake up and others to go to sleep, and the days begin to blur. Based on a 15-year-old's diary, Go Ask Alice is the intimate account of one girl's fatal journey into the world of drug addiction.

    Sharron says: "WE WERE ALL LIED TO. THIS IS FICTION PEOPLE!!!"
    "Intense but important"
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    Any additional comments?

    Short, intense, vivid and TRUE story about a young person's life of drug abuse. Wouldn't say I "enjoyed" it as it's a sad story, but I would recommend it if you are interested in addiction issues.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dreams of Joy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Janet Song
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (883)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (612)

    In her beloved New York Times best sellers Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, and, most recently, Shanghai Girls, Lisa See has brilliantly illuminated the potent bonds of mother love, romantic love, and love of country. Now, in her most powerful novel yet, she returns to these timeless themes, continuing the story of sisters Pearl and May from Shanghai Girls, and Pearl’s strong-willed 19-year-old daughter, Joy.

    Maida says: "Dreams of Joy and all of Lisa See's books"
    "Completely entrancing storyline"
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    Any additional comments?

    Have been completely sucked in by this series of novels from Lisa See. Every one of them paints a vivid picture of a (real) world/time I could never have imagined. While the stories are serious, they are also enjoyable. Definitely would recommend this book, particularly after reading Shanghai Girls.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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