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Gitanilla

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  • Dirty Rocker Boys

  • By: Bobbie Brown
  • Narrated by: Bobbie Brown
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 766
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680

Who could forget the sexy "Cherry Pie" girl from hair metal band Warrant's infamous music video? Bobbie Brown became a bona fide vixen for her playful role as the object of lead singer Jani Lane's desires. With her windblown peroxide mane, seductive scarlet lips, and flirtatious curves, she epitomized every man's fantasy. But the wide-eyed Louisiana beauty queen's own dreams of making it big in Los Angeles were about to be derailed by her rock-and-roll lifestyle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A pleasant surprise

  • By Gitanilla on 03-03-15

A pleasant surprise

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

Reviewed: 03-03-15

Any additional comments?

I've read a lot of autobiographies and I have to admit this one surprised me. When I heard her mention revenge in the first chapter, I thought she was going to tactlessly air out other people's dirty laundry but she is equally hard on herself. The other autobiographies I've read are all peppered with wishy washy "love yourself" self-help reminders that don't seem to be coming from the heart and just seem like a way to fill up space and gloss over the tougher details of their life that they do not want to share with others. Of course it is one hundred percent understandable that they wouldn't want to share private details but as a result the books seem more like a money grabber. We can get a brief summary of anyone's life from a magazine interiew. Bobbie fearlessly bares herself and teaches everyone else the lessons she learned in the process.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Escape from Camp 14

  • One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West
  • By: Blaine Harden
  • Narrated by: Blaine Harden
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,462
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,311

North Korea is isolated and hungry, bankrupt and belligerent. It is also armed with nuclear weapons. Between 150,000 and 200,000 people are being held in its political prison camps, which have existed twice as long as Stalin’s Soviet gulags and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. Very few born and raised in these camps have escaped - but Shin Dong-hyuk did.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worthwhile, but difficult on many levels.

  • By Amanda on 05-17-12

Thrilling and informative

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

Reviewed: 02-17-15

What made the experience of listening to Escape from Camp 14 the most enjoyable?

The story is enjoyable. There were sound issues in a few sections but it was nothing big and the story was compelling enough that it didn't matter.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I loved the part of the book where he says that people in concentration camps have been more likely to survive when they were in pairs and then he references people who knew Anne Frank. Those people say that Anne Frank never lost her will to live because of sickness, starvation or the abuse but rather after her sister died. Shin on the other hand never knew the kind of bond Anne Frank had with her sister until he met Park who was improsined when he returned to North Korea. When he formed that bond, this was when he got the will to move forward and try to escape the camp. Even in the most horrifying circumstances, it isn't ruthlessnes that will get you out alive but a simple bond. Some love and friendship that many of us take for granted.

Any additional comments?

This book is so informative and moving. Please read it!

  • Finding Me

  • A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed
  • By: Michelle Knight, Michelle Burford
  • Narrated by: Maria Cabezas
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,111

Michelle was a young single mother when she was kidnapped by a local school bus driver named Ariel Castro. For more than a decade afterward, she endured unimaginable torture at the hand of her abductor. In 2003 Amanda Berry joined her in captivity, followed by Gina DeJesus in 2004. Their escape on May 6, 2013, made headlines around the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartbreaking..

  • By Karen on 12-11-14

A powerful narrative

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

Reviewed: 02-06-15

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

Finding Me was heartbreaking, moving, and terrifying

What was one of the most memorable moments of Finding Me?

The most memorable moment is definitely when Michelle and the other girls are found. I just felt like crying with relief along with them.

What about Maria Cabezas’s performance did you like?

I liked the Maria Cabezas' tone and inflection.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did not listen to the book all in one sitting because I felt like I needed breaks from it occassionaly. It is a great book but it is very hard to listen to the horrifying events and the length of time the girls were trapped.

Any additional comments?

I loved Michelle's conclusion. I am glad that she is able to see that we have in us the power to help others and that is why God has us on this earth. Her words are very beautiful and I share a lot of her sentiments on giving children the love they deserve.