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Tami L. Mendonca

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The Secrets She Keeps audiobook cover art

Could not stop listening

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-28-19

Rarely does a book capture my attention the way this one has done. I was captivated by the the story, characters and narration.

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Underwhelmed

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2 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-13-19

Characters are bland, depressing, and martyrs. Slow and dull without any real message. Boring and uneventful even to the end

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Should be required reading for all humans

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-19

This book was fascinating almost like a good page-turning novel. If you like Bad Blood you will love this book! I thought it was a more interesting book than Bad Blood. Everything was spectacular, the story, the narration and the importance of understanding the failure of the whole generic and Rx industry. I believe Americans share in the blame with our demand for easy, fast and cheap solutions to life's problems. That and the FDA's almost complete incompetence of overseeing this predominately overseas industry. The FDA is pushed into a difficult position--either choose bringing in questionable drugs from India and china, countries that do not share the same safety culture of America, or allow a drug shortage in America. So when your chemo doesn't work or is filled with cancer causing impurities, then this creates more illness and the need for more drugs, so the cycle perpetuates. This book really got me thinking about the health care system as a whole and this book very clearly illustrates the part generic drug companies play.

Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay audiobook cover art

Still trying to decide 6 years after listening to

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-08-19

I bought this 6 years ago and at the time left my boyfriend based on what I heard in this book. Well fast forward 6 years and I am now married to that boyfriend and decided to listen again and am coming up with the same analyses. I guess my relationship issues aren’t addressed in this book. Actually listening this time around I was struck by the common sense advice being given. If you are being repeatedly beaten by your spouse then get out. If you are only beaten once, there is hope. Isn’t really all that enlightening. I guess some of us are blind by a lack of objectivity that happens when we are so deep in a situation. If that is you then this book could help you see from an objective vantage point

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Not my favorite from this author

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-19

I couldn't love anyone in this book. At times I hated the main character for his selfishness and total lack of concern for his family. Then he came back, welcomed like he had never left them for another woman who was actually a child. Kind of twisted and disgusting. I almost quit listening at the point when he went off to find his child-love. There were parts in the book when it sounded too much like a history lesson with dry facts and less like a story. Hester was probably my favorite character, but she was also limited in dimension. Just kind of thrown together and doesn't flow like most of the books I have read written by this author. I did like many other parts of the book such as learning more about the movement of the English to America (when it was part of the story and not just facts about what happened.

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Bad Blood audiobook cover art

Eye popping

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-20-19

Fascinating! Could not put it down. It was a story that would have been very upsetting had it not been for its satisfying ending of justice prevailing. A must read for everyone!!

Becoming audiobook cover art

I enjoyed most of the book

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-18

Smart, hardworking girl, raised by a great family with much adult support does good. She ends up with a life most of us can only dream of, despite her humble beginnings. Great writer and great narrator. The book felt very personable. I did get a bit bored through some of it as it did become a bit tedious talking about day to day life, but an important part of her story, I suppose. There was a bit of humor, but pretty serious and while interesting, not terribly exciting. I do believe she put herself and her family in the best light possible for readers. I don't think it was as authentic as it could have been, mostly painting a rosy picture of her life and that of her family. Almost as if she was trying to show the world how wonderful her husband and her family is, so that was a bit difficult to swallow. Overall, I feel like I am a better person for having listened to the book.

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Something in the Water audiobook cover art

A suspense teaser without the unpredictable ending

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-16-18

A let down but nonetheless a good story. It left me with a, “so what” feeling

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Love this combination of author and narrator

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-17-17

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

Yes, the combination of the author and narrator are magical

Would you be willing to try another book from Philippa Gregory? Why or why not?

Of course. I have listened to all of her books

Which scene was your favorite?

I like the part about the youngest Tudor. She seemed like the strongest and the smartest.

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Boring

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-04-17

What would have made Elon Musk better?

Make it more interesting instead of a painful, slow progression of all the stuff he has done that isn't really all that spectacular as compared to other rich, smart, and famous people, like Warren Buffet. Content was based mostly upon hear-say and the book was a bit of an Elon Musk ass-kissing tortuous experience.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ashlee Vance again?

Yes, he was good.

What about Fred Sanders’s performance did you like?

Good.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Elon Musk?

I would completely change the book, or not publish it.

Any additional comments?

Still looking for a more interesting Elon Musk book, but perhaps it doesn't exist. I get that his ego is so big and since he is so rich and powerful people are afraid to offend him. Have no use for a sugar-coated version of the truth.