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Alison Cooper

Chicago, IL United States
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  • Liar, Liar

  • By: Lisa Jackson
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 803
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 727
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724

In death, Didi Storm is finally getting the kind of publicity that eluded her in life. Twenty years ago, the ex-beauty queen worked the Vegas strip as a celebrity impersonator, too busy trying to make it big to spare much time for her daughter, Remmi. Shortly before she leaped from a San Francisco building, Didi's profile was rising again, thanks to a tell-all book. To Detective Dani Settler, it looks like a straightforward suicide, or perhaps a promotional stunt gone wrong. But Remmi knows the truth isn't so simple. Because though the broken body on the sidewalk is dressed in Didi's clothes and wig, it isn't Didi.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tons of Lead-Up; Crammed up ending

  • By celeste curley on 07-30-18

Ridiculous from Start to Finish

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

I rarely feel the need to write a negative review. But this book is just ridiculous from start to finish. The premise is unbelievable and the way it unfolds is laughable. I don't know what got into Lisa Jackson, but an editor should have stopped this book from being published. Spend your money elsewhere.

27 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • The Identicals

  • A Novel
  • By: Elin Hilderbrand
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,861
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,855

Harper Frost is laid back, easygoing. She doesn't care what anyone thinks of her. She likes a beer and a shot and wouldn't be caught dead wearing anything fashionable. She's inherited her father's run-down house on Martha's Vineyard, but she can't hold down a job, and her latest romantic disaster has the entire island talking. Tabitha Frost is dignified, refined. She prefers a fine wine and has inherited the impeccable taste of her mother, the iconic fashion designer Eleanor Roxie-Frost.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • No longer a fan... and Huskies definitely do shed!

  • By ROBIN on 06-19-17

Silly Plot, Ridiculous Characters

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

Reviewed: 07-01-17

I love a good beach read and usually Elgin delivers. But this is a dud - only amusing bits are the Nantucket/Martha's Vineyard rivalry.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Rough Justice

  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331

Criminal lawyer Marta Richter is hours away from winning an acquittal for her client, millionaire businessman Elliot Steere, on trial for the murder of a homeless man who tried to carjack him. But as the jury begins deliberations, Marta discovers the chilling truth about her client's innocence. Taking justice into her own hands, she furiously sets out to prove the truth, with the help of two young associates.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Less Profanity and Add Ricola

  • By Lynn on 10-04-16

Absolutely ridiculous..

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

Reviewed: 08-20-16

It requires more than a suspension of disbelief to make it through this one. Legal premises are absurd; physical capacity of lawyers is superhero level.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Most Wanted

  • By: Lisa Scottoline
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,981
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,783
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,768

Christine Nilsson and her husband, Marcus, are desperate for a baby. Unable to conceive, they find themselves facing a difficult choice they had never anticipated. After many appointments with specialists, endless research, and countless conversations, they make the decision to use a donor.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great start, but...

  • By Moses on 04-15-16

Ludicrous. Don't waste your time.

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

Reviewed: 04-19-16

The story is absurd and the characters are card board cutouts. I couldn't be bothered to finish it and you shouldn't give any of your time starting it.

  • Maybe in Another Life

  • By: Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,681
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,539
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,530

At the age of 29, Hannah Martin has lived in six different cities and held countless meaningless jobs. On the heels of leaving yet another city, Hannah moves back to Los Angeles and takes up residence in her best friend Gabby's guestroom. Hannah goes out to a bar one night with Gabby and meets up with her high school boyfriend, Ethan. Just after midnight, Gabby asks Hannah if she's ready to go. A moment later, Ethan offers to give her a ride later if she wants to stay. Hannah hesitates....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Kept waiting for it to get good... but gave up

  • By KWM on 10-23-15

If you've seen Sliding Doors, you've read this novel

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

Reviewed: 10-02-15

The story is entertaining, but far from original. I was disappointed by that.
The reader was great. The friendship between two main characters convincing.

18 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Leaving Time

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,928
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,691
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,671

Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars

  • By Jan on 10-18-14

This Novel Enchanted.Me

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

Reviewed: 07-22-15

I'm not a huge Picoult fan, but this was a magnificent story. It grabs from the beginning and never lets go, the characters are well drawn (and having different readers narrate each really works), the plot has momentum and the information about elephants fascinating. Read/listen to this - it is well worth the time.

  • Gun Street Girl

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 4
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,930
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,761
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,744

Belfast, 1985. Amid the Troubles, Detective Sean Duffy, a Catholic cop in the Protestant Royal Ulster Constabulary, struggles with burnout as he investigates a brutal double murder and suicide. Did Michael Kelly really shoot his parents at point-blank range and then jump off a nearby cliff? A suicide note points to this conclusion, but Duffy suspects even more sinister circumstances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another McKinty Gem

  • By Top of Mind on 03-07-15

McKinty never disappoints

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

Reviewed: 03-29-15

The narrator is terrific; the story engaging; the prose elegant; and, the history magnificent. I can't get enough of McKinty.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Euphoria

  • A Novel
  • By: Lily King
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance, Xe Sands
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,069
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,823
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,818

English anthropologist Andrew Bankson has been alone in the field for several years, studying the Kiona river tribe in the territory of New Guinea. Haunted by the memory of his brothers' deaths and increasingly frustrated and isolated by his research, Bankson is on the verge of suicide when a chance encounter with colleagues, the controversial Nell Stone and her wry and mercurial Australian husband, Fen, pulls him back from the brink. Nell and Fen have just fled the bloodthirsty Mumbanyo and, in spite of Nell's poor health, are hungry for a new discovery.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Anthropologists in Love

  • By David on 08-21-14

Enjoyed more than ever expected

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

Reviewed: 02-03-15

I read this for a book club. I thought I would kind of like it but turned out I loved it. Very provocative without being heavy handed and a fascinating study of human behavior through the prism of the "professionals" at studying human behavior -- anthropologists.

  • The Invention of Wings

  • A Novel
  • By: Sue Monk Kidd
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Adepero Oduye, Sue Monk Kidd
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,138
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,628
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,633

From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a magnificent novel about two unforgettable American women. Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world - and it is now the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Historical Fiction - beautifully quilted!

  • By Jan on 01-09-14

Historical Fiction at its best.

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

Reviewed: 07-28-14

What did you love best about The Invention of Wings?

Everything.

What other book might you compare The Invention of Wings to and why?

In audio format, it would be The Help -- both books really benefit from having different voices in the narration.
In written format, I'm not sure -- it is a fairly singular book.

Any additional comments?

I was happily surprised by the complexity of the characters developed in this book. It is a difficult story to tell without somehow shortchanging the complexities of white-black relationships during the era in which the book is set and acknowledging the legacies of racism in our 21st century view of history. Kidd does it well.

  • The Heist

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,784
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,498
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,492

Master novelist Daniel Silva has thrilled listeners with 16 thoughtful and gripping spy novels featuring a diverse cast of compelling characters and ingenious plots that have taken them around the globe and back - from the United States to Europe, Russia to the Middle East. His brilliant creation, Gabriel Allon - art restorer, assassin, spy - has joined the pantheon of great fictional secret agents, including George Smiley, Jack Ryan, Jason Bourne, and Simon Templar.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • If new to Daniel Silva, great book. Otherwise...

  • By Brian Corbin on 07-20-14

Best Silva book in last several.

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

Reviewed: 07-28-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Great story line, great narrator.

Any additional comments?

For those that like the "art restorer"/art world aspects of the Silva Gabriel Allon series, this one is chock full of good references. And it integrates it well with current events in the Mideast.