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  • Troublemaker

  • Surviving Hollywood and Scientology
  • By: Leah Remini
  • Narrated by: Leah Remini
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,287
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,137
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,087

The outspoken actress, talk show host, and reality television star offers up a no-holds-barred memoir, including an eye-opening insider account of her tumultuous and heart-wrenching 30-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is fascinating and funny! Fantastic!

  • By Kim on 11-04-15

Remini did a remarkable job telling her story!

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

Reviewed: 01-20-16

If you could sum up Troublemaker in three words, what would they be?

funny, brave, honest

What does Leah Remini bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her narration adds a great deal to the book. Her self-deprecation, sense of humor, confusion, and her heartfelt appreciation of her friends is evidence in her voice. It makes the story more personal.

Any additional comments?

This book has done more for my understanding of Scientologists than anything else. Leah Remini actually explains why someone would become a Scientologist, how members benefit from their experience in the church, and why they stay in such a controlling and economically vampiric organization. So many people are called 'brave' for leaving Scientology and make no mistake, they are brave for risking their livelihoods and their relationships with friends and family in the church, but Leah Remini is brave because she lays bare everything in this book. She does come across as confrontational, difficult and arrogant but also funny, loyal and intensely principled. After listening to the entire story, I admire her honestly and her humanity and feel that the time spent listening to the book was worth every minute. Leah Remini tells her story with enormous humor and honesty that, combined with her excellent narration, results in one of the best audiobooks I've ever heard.

  • Blood Wager

  • Blood Destiny, #1
  • By: Connie Suttle
  • Narrated by: Traci Odom
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,036
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,046

Lissa's life as a vampire begins on the day her husband is removed from life support. Turned by rogues who wager her life, Lissa is running from her maker who is determined to kill her, hunted by the Council who has branded her a rogue and blackmailed by werewolves, who utilize her newly developed talents for their own gain.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A nice Surprise

  • By Kimberly on 05-13-14

Poorly Written With Amateurish Narration

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

Reviewed: 06-02-14

What disappointed you about Blood Wager?

Almost everything about the book disappointed me, especially given the raving reviews of other Audible members.

Has Blood Wager turned you off from other books in this genre?

While the book hasn't turned me off the genre, it has finalized my distrust of Audible recommendations.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrators accents were truly painfully to read. If she had stayed with the Oklahoman/Texan accent, narration would have been fine.

Any additional comments?

The book isn't awful for a self published and unedited work but it belongs in the realm of the internet and not available for purchase. The story desperately needs copy-editing.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Famous Writers I Have Known

  • A Novel
  • By: James Magnuson
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 65

In this brilliant mix of literary satire and crime caper, Frankie Abandonato, a small-time con man on the run, finds refuge by posing as V. S. Mohle - a famously reclusive writer - and teaching in a prestigious writing program somewhere in Texas. Streetwise and semiliterate, Frankie finds that being treated as a genius agrees with him. The program has been funded by Rex Schoeninger, the world’s richest novelist, who is dying. Buzzards are circling, angling for the remains of Rex’s fortune, and Frankie quickly realizes that he has been presented with the opportunity of a lifetime.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Enervating Account of Eccentric Adventures

  • By W Perry Hall on 02-14-16

This is a "B" movie in novel form

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

Reviewed: 04-02-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I cannot recommend this book given how boring the actual novel ended up being. Great idea but uninspired and plodding story.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Maybe a mystery.

Did Kevin T. Collins do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

He didn't do a poor job narrating but his voice did not seem well suited to the character. Unless the character was supposed to read like a nebbish.

Do you think Famous Writers I Have Known needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. See review above.

Any additional comments?

Audible recommended this book and by doing so has caused me to lose all faith in the accuracy of its recommendations.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Gods of Guilt

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Peter Giles
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,643
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,625

Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game. When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • God of Scribe

  • By Big jim Picotto on 03-12-15

Mickey should be disbarred

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

Reviewed: 12-28-13

What did you like best about The Gods of Guilt? What did you like least?

After Mickey pulled a highly unprofessional stunt in the first courtroom scene, it was impossible to sympathize with his constant complaints throughout the novel. Not only does he orchestrate a mistrial for his client by making the courtroom a theatre but he starts an affair with a former prostitute after becoming her attorney! In the past Mickey has really wrestled with ethical dilemmas but I was never disturbed. This novel has caused me to lose any and all respect for the character.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Was The Gods of Guilt worth the listening time?

No.