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Donna M

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Brilliant!

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-17

Any additional comments?

Brilliant! Starting on my second read now.
There's not much more I can say, other than I think it's one of the most important books of this time.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

Whiney and Annoying

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-27-17

First, I really liked the first book in this series and was looking forward to more. I rarely write less than positive reviews.

Writing: I found April's clumsiness overly indulgent, boring, and ultimately annoying.

There was an aire of preachiness, or over explanation throughout, but especially at the end.

Narration: Although I like the voice of the narrator very much, the overly whiney and weak voice became annoying to the point I had to turn off the story several times. It was only my respect of the author that had me finish the story.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Well Written and Narrated

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-15

If you could sum up The Girl on the Train in three words, what would they be?

Couldn't stop listening

Any additional comments?

I couldn't stop listening due to the facts that the book is so well written and narrated.

I say this even though I'm not a fan of this kind of story -- who done it, "real" people hurting people emotionally and/or physically, etc.

In the future, I think I'll stick to fantasy and non-fiction.

But if you're into this kind of story, it's exceptional.

My favorite Reacher story yet

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-15-13

I'm not a big review writer, but I'll say that this story is solid and captivating, like most of the Reacher series.

This my favorite in the series because the story itself was fascinating, one of the protagonists is a strong and intelligent woman (she's in it throughout the entire story), and there's not as much violence as there is in many of the books. The main female character held Reacher back a bit, like a woman would, which I personally liked. It gave the story more depth, in addition to the usual intrigue.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

Not all it's cracked up to be

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-13

Honestly. I have no idea what people see in this book. The main character isn't even likeable. In fact, she's down right irritating.

I only finished it hoping I would find some redeeming value.

No such luck.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

I Couldn't Finish It

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1 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-30-13

It's rare that I put a fictional book down. Even if the story or character development aren't great, I usually still want to see how the story ends.

The author is repetitive, the story is not flushed out, you jump from scene to scene without enough context. It's just poorly written.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

Brave Woman, Brave Story!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-11-13

I was hesitant to read this book because Scientology really messed up someone close to me. I didn't want to ready anything about this dangerous organization, but my instincts said to do it, and I'm glad I did!

I wanted to put this book down a few times because what happened to Ms. Hill, and others in the story, was beyond absurd and disturbing. It pissed me off because I knew I couldn't do anything about it. But then I couldn't put the book down because I wanted to witness her evolution and what it would take for her to break free.

The intelligence, courage and strength Ms. Hill showed in the end was incredibly inspiring. I am certain this book will help many who have experienced pain, suffering and damage from Scientology. Hopefully it will educate others so that they don't find themselves prey to this organizations and others like it.

63 of 66 people found this review helpful

Wish I Loved It

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3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-12

First of all, Phoebe Strole should make a career out of reading audio books. She is pitch perfect.

I am a HUGE space time continuum fan, and I really wanted to love this story...but I didn't.

My main issues are these: 1) I understand that Henry had no control over where and when he went, but I found all the jumping around tiresome after a while. 2) I wish the author would have chosen EITHER bi-locating or time traveling for Henry. There was no sense to what was happening. 3) *Spoiler alert* Having Henry come back at after he had been killed just didn't make any sense at all.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Brilliant People Operate Different The Rest

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-26-12

What was one of the most memorable moments of Steve Jobs?

It was fascinating to hear how Steve Jobs and team(s) transformed the industries he did.

Jobs was obviously a brilliant and turbulent man. Personally, I could have done without so much drama about Job's difficult personality.

Anyone who has known brilliant creative people know that they are often difficult, moody, reclusive, etc. It's not easy being around them, but it is those difficulties that often fuel the creativity, or at least are part of the equation. The prolific musician or poet may often have bouts with melancholy and even depression.

It's not to say that being mean to people is excusable, but why Isaacson felt the need to write so much about it is an example of what's wrong with media today.

I know Isaacson said he was trying to give a complete picture of Jobs, but it was apparent that he didn't like jobs and therefore made it hard for the reader to have empathy for Jobs.

It would have been a more powerful story, I think, if Isaacson would have come at Job's personality with more curiosity and empathy that criticism.

Fundamental Truths are Spoken

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-28-09

I enjoyed this book and feel that Bishop Jordan's teachings are truthful and profound. However, I found the book fairly difficult to listen to. He is by no means a natural narrator. Still, if you can get past his missed inflections and lack of dramatic intonation, you'll find yourself thinking about these laws. Also, don't let his quotes from the bible and talk of God and The Son detour you, this book has many brilliant jewels even if you don't speak the traditional Christian language.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful