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Allegan, MI, United States
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  • Hope's Boy

  • A Memoir
  • By: Andrew Bridge
  • Narrated by: David Drummond
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

When Andrew Bridge was seven years old, he and his mother - a mentally unstable woman who loved her child more than she could care for him - slid deeper and deeper into poverty, until they were reduced to scavenging for food in trash bins. Welfare officials did little more than threaten to take Andrew away, until a social worker arrived with a police escort and did just that while his mother screamed on the sidewalk.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • American spilling his guts

  • By Anthony on 01-12-12

What a Story!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-31-10

This is a sad and true story. It is fantastic that Andrew Bridge learned to live beyond his painful childhood and become an advocate for kids in foster care. The book is well worth the listen (or read)! Inspiring tale!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Million Little Pieces

  • By: James Frey
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,062
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 441
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 447

By the time James Frey enters a drug and alcohol treatment facility, he has so thoroughly ravaged his body that the doctors are shocked he is still alive. Inside the clinic, he is surrounded by patients as troubled as he: a judge, a mobster, a former world-champion boxer, and a fragile former prostitute. To James, their friendship and advice seem stronger and truer than the clinic's droning dogma of How to Recover.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • My fury got to me. My fury got to me...etc.

  • By trish on 12-01-05

Couldn't Stop Listening

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-27-05

An unbelievable story of James, a drug addict who finally seeks treatment. His unconventional writing style, using the word "speaks", as in "James speaks" every time someone says something is a little irritating, but not enough to take away from the story. Yes, there's a lot of cussing, but consider those in the story. It only adds to the realism. I could not stop listening to this book- to find out how it ended. I won't give it away. It's worth every minute.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Split Second

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,348
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,338

Michelle Maxwell has just blown her future with the Secret Service. Against her instincts, she let a presidential candidate out of her sight to comfort a grieving widow. Then, behind closed doors, the politician whose safety was her responsibility vanished into thin air.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • not a bad read

  • By David on 11-14-03

Very good! Baldacci does it again!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-03

Once again, Baldacci gives what feels like an insider's story to politics and governmental agencies. It was a great book, but some was predictable - like the two lead characters getting together. Definitely worth listening to, though!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Under the Banner of Heaven

  • By: Jon Krakauer
  • Narrated by: Jon Krakauer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

At the core of this book is an appalling double murder committed by two Mormon Fundamentalist brothers, Ron and Dan Lafferty, who insist they received a revelation from God commanding them to kill their blameless victims. Weaving the story of the Lafferty brothers and their fanatical brethren with a clear-eyed look at Mormonism's violent past, Krakauer examines the underbelly of the most successful homegrown faith in the United States, and finds a distinctly American brand of religious extremism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best book I've downloaded all year

  • By Theodore Mann on 02-26-06

A history of the Mormon Church

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-03

I read "Into the Wild" and "Into Thin Air" - really liked the first, the latter was ok. "Under the Banner of Heaven" was a disappointment. Instead of discussing the crime, the book is really about Mormon history. It was so dry that I stopped listening after 2 discs. If you're looking for a book on Mormon history, this is a good book. If you like true crime stories (that's what I thought this was), then this isn't the story for you.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Last Man Standing

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Jason Culp
  • Length: 22 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,944

With vividly realized characters and a breathtaking pace, Last Man Standing is another spellbinding title from David Baldacci, best-selling author of Wish You Well. When the FBI Hostage Rescue Team is ambushed, it is up to sole survivor Web London to find the killer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I liked it, but not for everyone

  • By K. Lewis on 03-22-05

Last man standing - WOW!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-03

Great story. It will keep you guessing. There are some surprises at the end you won't believe. Well worth the time!

  • Unspeakable

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: John Henry Cox
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 280

Realistic, sharp-edged, and complex, Unspeakable is Sandra Brown's best yet. A beautiful woman locked in silence, a man stalked by dark secrets he can no longer outrun, and an over-the-hill peace officer seeking redemption must defeat their own demons before a tumultuous confrontation with a diabolical killer.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • C+

  • By Dennis on 11-12-05

Unspeakable - unbelievable!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-03

Excellent book! It kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't wait to listen to it. John Henry Cox is a wonderful storyteller. Great voice! Although, I was able to guess some of what would happen, there were so many twists and turns at the end - it kept me guessing. 14 hours is worth it!

22 of 23 people found this review helpful