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  • Understanding the Borderline Mother

  • Helping Her Children Transcend the Intense, Unpredictable, and Volatile Relationship
  • By: Christine Ann Lawson
  • Narrated by: Heather Auden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168

The first love in our lives is our mother. Recognizing her face, her voice, the meaning of her moods, and her facial expressions is crucial to survival. In this book, Dr. Christine Ann Lawson vividly describes how mothers who suffer from borderline personality disorder produce children who may flounder in life even as adults, futilely struggling to reach the safety of a parental harbor, unable to recognize that their borderline parent lacks a pier, or even a discernible shore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It took me 45 years to finally know why my Mother is as she is.

  • By Angela on 06-07-17

Eye opening. I wish I read this years ago

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

This was a fantastic book on BPD mothers and how to cope with them. It really made a lot of my life make sense and I highly recommend it to anyone who may be suffering. Even if you aren't suffering though, it provides great insight to the lives of those who live with and love those who have this disorder. I can't reccomend it enough.

  • The Paying Guests

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,621
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,375
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,383

It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Tedious

  • By Loretta R. Cooper on 10-14-14

Great performance, but story stagnates

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

This came reccomended by an acquaintance of mine who is a writer. I never liked her much, but thought it was on me and tried to give her a second chance. She recommended this book as a great book. It was horrible. It infuriated me. It felt like being stuck outside on a 95 degree summer night with no breeze. The story just stagnated, and the book just stopped in the stagnation, leading to a very awkward, unfulfilling ending.

I hate the main character. She is a whiny sad sack with no spine. What makes it worse is that her antagonist is even WHINIER.

It makes sense, because the person who suggested it to me is a whiney-type.

So if you are the weak-willed whiney type, you may like this book, and enjoy swimming in the weak willed cess pool of despair this book becomes.

Really though, I think my friend only liked it for the lesbian love scenes which are the most interesting parts of the book. The rest of it is so without action or point that it just makes me sad I wasted that many hours of my life on it. Honestly part of me thinks people only "like" this book because they think it's "progressive" because of the sexual orientation of the main character.

It's just an incredibly boring book, with weak characters I grew to hate, in a thin plot that is about as weak willed as the characters inhabiting it.

The narrator was bomb though, so there is that.

  • The Outsider

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 18 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,834
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,624
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,474

An 11-year-old boy's violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City's most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • BORING

  • By Jeffrey M Downing on 12-28-18

OK, but not great

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

Interesting book, but it didn't hold my attention the whole time, and I almost gave up when the narrator went all William Shatner with one of the character's voices. I couldn't handle it.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 210,408
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 196,447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196,036

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Love Wheaton, hate the story

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

The characters are flimsy and 2D and about as far from complex as it gets.

The women are few and far between and generally follow set archetypes - but then again everyone does.

It's basically a nerd listing 80s nerd-lore and loving himself for how smart he is. It's mildly interesting in that I felt like I had to finish it, but there were parts where I just had to fast forward through lists of data I don't want.

  • Swamplandia!

  • By: Karen Russell
  • Narrated by: Arielle Sitrick, David Ackroyd
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 678
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 525
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 524

The Bigtree alligator-wrestling dynasty is in decline, and Swamplandia!, their island home and gator-wrestling theme park, formerly number-one in the region, is swiftly being encroached upon by a fearsome and sophisticated competitor called the World of Darkness. Ava’s mother, the park’s indomitable headliner, has just died; her sister, Ossie, has fallen in love with a spooky character known as the Dredgeman, who may or may not be an actual ghost.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes Brilliant, Sometimes Disappointing

  • By Suzn F on 02-05-11

Good book but not the best

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

I loved the female narrator but not so much the male. his voice just didn't match.

This book came recommended from a friend and while I did enjoy it and would reccomend it, it wasn't all that I'd hoped it'd be. I feel like the author could have done more with the story.

That said, it's a good book and had me captivated the whole read.

  • The Good House

  • By: Tananarive Due
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 21 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,589
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,583

Tananarive Due, author of The Living Blood won the American Book Award and is praised as Stephen King's equal by Publishers Weekly. In The Good House, Due sets a story of ancient powers and modern retribution in a small Pacific Northwest town. When a young woman returns to her grandmother's empty mansion, she is pitted against demonic forces that have poisoned her family for generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Deeply Satisfying

  • By Lee on 05-08-08

Great narrator, but had issues with the plot

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

So this was fun for a Halloween read, except it just went way beyond believable. I don't want to spoil the ending, so I'll try not to. My main issue was that the antagonist was just too powerful. And while there are cool snippets of actual voodoo history in the book, the fact that so many people so easily died was just annoying, honestly. Then there was the ending. The ending was just so easy. It made no sense. I get my spooks from the remote possibility that it could happen I guess, and I was too distracted by the way the plot didn't make sense to feel much if any suspense. I guess that's what this novel missed out on - there's no suspense. Everybody dies quickly and in great numbers. it's a blood bath. I think it could have been rearranged and drug out in places to make a cool story. More near misses and less all out carnage, and it could have been better.

  • Democracy in Black

  • How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul
  • By: Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
  • Narrated by: Kevin Free
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290

America's great promise of equality has always rung hollow in the ears of African Americans. But today the situation has grown even more dire. From the murders of black youth by the police to the dismantling of the Voting Rights Act to the disaster visited upon poor and middle-class black families by the Great Recession, it is clear that black America faces an emergency - at the very moment the election of the first black president has prompted many to believe we've solved America's race problem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Dysfunctional Mindset of American

  • By Paul T. on 07-09-16

Great and needed listen

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

Reviewed: 07-25-16

This is a dense and powerful book, that is laid out in a clear and concise manner so that it is easy to understand. It gives the reader a lot to think about and reflect on The narrator does a great job of conveying the complex ideals. Would definitely reccomend to all.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Ceremonial Violence

  • Understanding Columbine and Other School Rampage Shootings
  • By: Jonathan Fast
  • Narrated by: Joe Caron
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

Analyzes 13 school “rampage” shootings—including the Columbine High School massacre—and explains, for the first time, why teenagers commit these tragic atrocities. With his grasp of the elements of abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, sociology, and neurology that contribute to the homicidal mindset, Fast offers us a means of understanding and coming to terms with these shootings, and provides examples of what we should look for as early signs to prevent further tragedies.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting, but not as in depth as I wanted

  • By Marjie on 07-21-16

Interesting, but not as in depth as I wanted

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

Reviewed: 07-21-16

When I purchased this book, I was looking for an in depth psychological analysis of school shootings, but what I got was fairly superficial.
The first 8 chapters just recounted various school shootings, while the last chapter is the only one that even tried to address the why and how to prevent them. I felt like I spent 8 chapters waiting to get to the meat of it and then they only gave me a bacon bit. There were some really good assertions in those chapters but they were never really explored for example, suppressed homosexuality, which was mentioned a few times and is an interesting concept given the role it played in the recent Orlando shootings.

If you know nothing about school shootings, this will update you on all the famous American ones. If you are already a crime buff and are looking for a piece on criminal psychology, keep looking.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 49,208
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 44,590
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 44,521

Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction

  • By Sara on 08-21-15

Fun chick lit, if you can get over the details

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

Reviewed: 07-05-16

I enjoyed the person who read it. The book itself was entertaining typical chick lit with a historical slant. It had some historical innacuracies it seemed, and there were internal inaccuracies as well - numbers that just didnt add up. Also, the old woman character was obnoxious and childish. She sounded what a young, jaded, angsty teen would write an old woman to be - like wisdom equated cynicism. It was so obnoxious I ended up skipping many of those chapters... and the overall narrative didnt suffer... which to me speaks to a fatal flaw in the novel itself but o well. I thought it was going to be more like solid historical fiction, but all in all it was entertaining, made me cry, and gave me feels. 3 stars for solid chick lit.

  • The Psychopath Whisperer

  • The Science of Those Without Conscience
  • By: Kent A. Kiehl
  • Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 665
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592

We know of psychopaths from chilling headlines and stories in the news and movies - from Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy to Hannibal Lecter and Dexter Morgan. As Dr. Kent Kiehl shows, psychopaths can be identified by a checklist of symptoms that includes pathological lying; lack of empathy, guilt, and remorse; grandiose sense of self-worth; manipulation; and failure to accept one’s actions. But why do psychopaths behave the way they do? Is it the result of their environment - how they were raised - or is there a genetic component to their lack of conscience?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An autobiography with splatter of neuropsychology.

  • By DORIS H. on 08-16-14

Fascinating research, but narcissistic author

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

Reviewed: 01-08-16

I really enjoyed the way this book took cutting edge research on psychopathy and broke it down so that the average person could read and understand it. I also found it very hopeful, touching on various treatments and success rates.

There were some things I didn't appreciate, though. The descriptions of some of the crimes were a bit graphic, and I understand the need to illustrate the depravity of some of these individuals, but there was one scene in particular that I'm like... "woah. can't un-listen to that." I guess it seemed like at a point he was including things for shear riveting entertainment value, which unnerved me a bit.

Also, the author's tone (the author not the person reading) was quite obnoxious in parts. It's like he would pause the narrative to interject a paragraph that's sole purpose was to pat himself on the back, like "yes I walked up to the manager and told him I thought this technician should get a promotion." It was pretty obnoxiously self-aggrandizing in parts. I really wanted to be like "Shut up Kent. I don't care about what a special snowflake you are, I just care your research."

I was beginning to wonder if there wasn't some great twist where he scans his own brain and finds he has the same deficiencies.

So yes, fascinating, a great read. I definitely recomend it, but I wish he would have gotten a more ruthless editor.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful