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Marsha L. Woerner

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  • Two Kinds of Truth

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Titus Welliver
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,902
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,156

Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department and is called out to a local drugstore where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Bosch and the town's three-person detective squad sift through the clues, which lead into the dangerous, big business world of pill mills and prescription drug abuse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bosch Survives Two Career Ending Threats

  • By Russell on 11-20-17

2 stories in 1

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

Reviewed: 10-17-18

Only okay –
There were 2 completely unrelated cases, probably closer to what detectives actually have to deal with, but it's not totally satisfying for the reader. Jumping back and forth between scenarios and situations was more than a little unsettling! And it was totally unclear when the 1st one ended and whether there was ever any cleaning up of details (perhaps I missed it?) Michael Connelly has been a favorite author of mine, but my experience with the last couple books of his that I have read has totally turned me off :-(.
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  • In Such Good Company

  • Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox
  • By: Carol Burnett
  • Narrated by: Carol Burnett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572

Who but Carol Burnett herself has the timing, talent, and wit to pull back the curtain on the Emmy Award-winning show that made television history for 11 glorious seasons? In Such Good Company delves into little-known stories of the guests, sketches, and antics that made the show legendary as well as some favorite tales too good not to relive again. Carol lays it all out for us, from the show's original conception to its evolution into one of the most beloved primetime programs of its generation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Memories of a Great Show!

  • By Jami on 10-01-16

I'm so glad we had these memories together…

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

(As posted in GoodReads)
Carol Burnett has long been one of my favorite performers! In this book, she points out the humorous and serendipitous locations and people who helped her make her comedy show as good as it was. She describes some of the famous hysterical things for which she has gone down in history, and listening to it has brought back a whole flood of memories, and this has demonstrated the amount of pressure that she and the characters of the show approached with humor and grace! Now it makes me want to go back and watch all of her old shows!!

  • No Apparent Distress

  • A Doctor’s Coming-of-Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine
  • By: Rachel Pearson MD
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

In medical charts, the term "N.A.D." (No Apparent Distress) is used for patients who appear stable. The phrase also aptly describes America's medical system when it comes to treating the underprivileged. Medical students learn on the bodies of the poor - and the poor suffer from their mistakes. Rachel Pearson confronted these harsh realities when she started medical school in Galveston, Texas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved the candor of this book.

  • By Anna on 05-24-18

There are many phases to becoming a doctor

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

Reviewed: 10-03-18

(As posted in GoodReads)
It's an encompassing look at the development, and the various stages thereof, of a physician in Texas. It's extremely interesting to experience with her the pain of the loss of a friend and the loss of patients. It's enlightening to view with her the realities of life and death and the mistakes that everyone has to make, even doctors. I only wish that we could have gone further with her. Perhaps that will be a sequel, but the purpose of that would only be to fulfill curiosities.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Fear

  • Trump in the White House
  • By: Bob Woodward
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 12 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,763

With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, author Bob Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files, and documents. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extremely Depressing...

  • By Sena on 09-11-18

Doesn't address personal finance irregularities

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

Yes, I jumped on the bandwagon of those reading Woodward's latest book. It was, in fact a bit disappointing. It didn't address any of the actionable illegalities in which Trump appears to be involved – you know, nepotism, increasing his fortune through his presidency, emoluments… The whole 9 yards other than the fact he's unfit for the presidency and he's a bleeding idiot (which ARE addressed). It was nice to have some of his actions actually clarified and the total chaos in the White House and with the presidency pointed out and emphasized, but there's so much more…
(As posted on GoodReads)

1 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • My Sister's Grave

  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,168
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,153

Tracy Crosswhite has spent 20 years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that Edmund House - a convicted rapist and the man condemned for Sarah’s murder - is the guilty party. Motivated by the opportunity to obtain real justice, Tracy became a homicide detective with the Seattle PD and dedicated her life to tracking down killers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quite good...

  • By Rebecca on 10-18-15

There is nothing "out of character", but few characters are what they start out as they seem…

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

Wow, what a book!
The reader is kept guessing until the very end, as is the main character! You make all of your current level assumptions about the people, but then you actually get to know the characters. There is nothing out of character, but the characters aren't what they seem at the start!
Excellent book – and I don't use that representation likely, and it's rare for a fiction book!
(Review almost as posted in GoodReads)

  • Heart-Shaped Box

  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,549
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,111

Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yikes! Five stars for fright

  • By Lesley on 02-23-07

No horror tingles

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

This book definitely did not give me the creeps the way I expect a "horror" book to do. I suppose that it had its moments, but overall, it really wasn't that horrifying. And the solutions in the end were less than satisfying. I tried to give it just 2 stars, but somehow my hand would not let me do that; I guess the book must of had its pluses…

  • The Runaway Children

  • By: Sandy Taylor
  • Narrated by: Alison Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

London, 1942: Thirteen-year-old Nell and five-year-old Olive are being sent away from home to escape the devastation of the East End during the Blitz. Leaving behind their beloved mother and brothers, they don’t know if they will ever see them again. As the sisters adjust to their new life in a close-knit Welsh village, they gradually find hope in the friendships they make. And Nell kindles a special bond with fellow evacuee Jimmy, who makes her smile even at the hardest of times. But when little Olive’s safety is threatened, Nell makes a decision that will change their lives forever. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Wonderful

  • By Rosemarie on 07-20-18

World War II story, but with a different emphasis

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

It was another World War II story, but it was neither based in Eastern Europe nor wasn't based in Israel or the US – or even in Germany. And it really wasn't a story about the war per se. The ending was a little bit too pat, and although happy ending was expected, there was a little bit too many unconventional meetings and reunions, but overall it was an enjoyable story and none of the characters were inked consistent or disappointing in their presentations. It did end in a pleasantly happy plane.
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  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,915
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,688

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

Weather and science and data, "Oh My"

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

Well, the subject matter seemed to jump around a bit, but overall it was a good and interesting compendium on the science and data necessary to be gathered and examined for various kinds of predictions, particularly weather. And the slap in the face of the Trump administration was appropriate…

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Catch Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,723
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,731

Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant believes that she will be murdered in four days. And she wants Boston’s top detective to handle her death investigation. It will be up close and personal. No evidence of forced entry, no sign of struggle. Charlie tells a chilling story: Each year at 8:00 p.m. on January 21, a woman has died. The victims have been childhood best friends from a small town in New Hampshire; the motive remains unknown. Now only one friend, Charlie, remains to count down her final hours.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Catch this great thriller

  • By Jennifer on 04-17-12

Never dull, but always surprising

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

What an engaging and surprising book! It had me guessing from start to finish. I noticed that it's the 6th in a series, and maybe if I'd read the other ones 1st, I wouldn't have been so positively surprised and impressed, but I have every intention of going back and reading the 1st 5!
I had heard of Lisa Gardner (the author), and I had heard good things. My one book experience tends to confirm the overall positive impression! Good character development, and no unreasonable surprises; the characters don't change their overall spots, but that doesn't mean that it's overall boring and unsurprising! Excellent book!
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  • Attack of the Theocrats!

  • How the Religious Right Harms Us All - and What We Can Do About It
  • By: Sean Faircloth
  • Narrated by: Sean Faircloth, Richard Dawkins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 203

At no time in history has the United States had such a high percentage of theocratic members of Congress - those who expressly endorse religious bias in law. Just as ominously, especially for those who share the values and views of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, at no other time have religious fundamentalists effectively had veto power over one of the country's two major political parties. As Sean Faircloth argues in this deeply sobering yet highly engaging book, this has led to the crumbling of the country's most cherished founding principle - the wall of separation between church and state.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Was expecting more but well worth it

  • By AWeirdly on 04-13-12

We've let religion takeover our country!

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

I did have a slight conundrum at the beginning of this: would I give it 4 stars or 5? It was a great book, but there was about a half hour near the end about the Richard Dawkins Foundation and the authors Association with it. But really, I appreciate the things that are pointed out and brought to light about religion on the whole and the nominal foundation of our country! To see how our politicians and government have corrupted the basic ideas represented by our Constitution as well as the way they've corrupted primary religions nominally exercised by the majority of United States citizenry is appalling! I demure from saying that I am an atheist, although I do admit to being a Jewish atheist! And the majority of people I know and know of truly have difficulty believing every "God-given law and rule" without doing a little "pick and choosing" at best!
Whether the reader personally chooses the Richard Dawkins Foundation as his/her "go-to" organization for non-theocratic rights and policies, the book is really good!