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Karen D. Phillips, MD

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  • The Cartel 6

  • The Demise
  • By: Ashley & JaQuavis
  • Narrated by: Cary Hite
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,065
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 895
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 888

Las Vegas: a city built on obscene wealth and corrupt deals, cunning entrepreneurs, and the ruthless mob. The Cartel's plan to open a casino will rake in cash, but it comes with great sacrifice. The stakes have never been this high, and the rules of the game have never been this hard to manipulate. And when one dead girl, one scorned wife, and one hole in the desert launch a chain of catastrophic events, the Cartel is sent on a downward spiral as they battle the Arabian mob and fight traitors within their circle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth the wait!!!

  • By Amazon customer on 07-19-16

I can't listen for even one more minute....

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

Reviewed: 08-08-16

There were a couple aspects of this audiobook that were very annoying. The most annoying to me was the characters referring to each other and themselves as "nigga". I understand that word is used and is acceptable in certain circumstances, but I found it so distracting that I had to turn it off.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Make Me

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,437
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,435

"Why is this town called Mother's Rest?" That's all Reacher wants to know. But no one will tell him. It's a tiny place hidden in 1,000 square miles of wheat fields, with a railroad stop, sullen and watchful people, and a worried woman named Michelle Chang, who mistakes him for someone else: her missing partner in a private investigation she thinks must have started small and then turned lethal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very reminiscent of BAD LUCK & TROUBLE

  • By shelley on 09-10-15

I LOVE JACK

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

Reviewed: 09-16-15

I really enjoyed the story and all the usual Reacherisms. The only difficulty I had was that I couldn't imagine/feel/visualize the chemistry between Reacher and Chang. Maybe I zoned out when that part was revealed.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Gathering Prey

  • Prey, Book 25
  • By: John Sandford
  • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,692
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,291

They call them Travelers. They move from city to city, panhandling, committing no crimes - they just like to stay on the move. And now somebody is killing them. Lucas Davenport's adopted daughter, Letty, is home from college when she gets a phone call from a woman Traveler she'd befriended in San Francisco. The woman thinks somebody's killing her friends, she's afraid she knows who it is, and now her male companion has gone missing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good!

  • By Vida T. Yancy on 04-30-15

Pretty good.

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

Reviewed: 04-30-15

The near endless victims of senseless killing was a bit bothersome, but Lucas Davenport is still a cool guy.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Crazy Rich Asians

  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lynn Chen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,740
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,486

Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just Okay

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-06-18

Horrible people

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

Reviewed: 10-22-14

I was hoping a little humor would be woven into the story to blunt the nauseating excess. No luck. It's ok to be fabulously wealthy, but these people were mean, shallow and conniving. The book gave me a very uncomfortable feeling and I had to turn it off.

13 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • The Perfect Witness

  • By: Iris Johansen
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 968
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 853
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 849

From the blockbuster bestselling author of the Eve Duncan novels comes a new, stand alone thriller about a woman with a photographic memory who has lived her life in the Witness Protection Program. What she once put her entire family in jeopardy and now, years later, her cover is blown. She’s on the run, and the lives of those she holds dear hang in the balance. As only Iris Johansen can do, you won’t see the twists coming.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Worst book I've read this year

  • By Mari on 12-30-14

Please let it be over soon!

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

Reviewed: 10-08-14

She has this great ability to see people's memories and hasn't used it once. This is stupid.

38 of 43 people found this review helpful

  • Still Foolin' 'Em

  • Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys
  • By: Billy Crystal
  • Narrated by: Billy Crystal
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,952
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,601
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,598

Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Disarmingly Honest

  • By David Shear on 09-12-13

Just loved it.

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

Reviewed: 06-11-14

Just plain loved it. I was disappointed when it came to an end. Good use of credit.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Unveiling Grace

  • The Story of How We Found Our Way Out of the Mormon Church
  • By: Lynn K. Wilder
  • Narrated by: Julie Lyles Carr
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

From a rare insider's point of view, Unveiling Grace looks at how Latter-day Saints are 'wooing our country' with their religion, lifestyle, and culture. It is also a gripping story of how an entire family, deeply enmeshed in Mormonism, found their way out and what they can tell others about their lives as faithful Mormons.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • KINDRED SPIRIT

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-03-16

Not convinced

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

Reviewed: 06-11-14

Although I am not LDS (I was raised Catholic), I live in Utah and have many LDS friends. I've been to church a couple times and we love having the missionaries over. Although I have no desire to "become a member" I thought this book would bring up interesting questions to pose to friends and missionaries. Nope. After listening to this book I still can't figure out how she thought the Book of Mormon was untrue after reading the New Testament. I asked my friends about the paranoia she had wearing a cross on a necklace and they all laughed.

9 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Whatever You Do, Don't Run

  • True Tales of a Botswana Safari Guide
  • By: Peter Allison
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 906
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 820
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 813

Whatever You Do, Don't Run is a hilarious collection of true tales from top ­safari guide Peter Allison. In a place where the wrong behavior could get you eaten, Allison has survived face-to-face encounters with big cats, angry ­elephants, and the world's most unpredictable animals: herds of untamed tourists and foolhardy guides whose outrageous antics sometimes make them even more dangerous than a pride of hungry lions!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Drivers May Laugh Too Hard to Drive!

  • By D. in Dallas on 09-21-12

Worth the credit

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

Reviewed: 06-11-14

What a great job to have. I liked how the guides respected the animals. I would love to know more about Mr. Allison's adventures or have him as my guide on an African safari.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Live to See Tomorrow

  • Catherine Ling, Book 3
  • By: Iris Johansen
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 150

Catherine Ling is one of the CIA’s most prized operatives. Raised on the unforgiving streets of Hong Kong, she was pulled into the agency at the age of 14, already having accumulated more insight and secrets than the most seasoned professionals in her world. If life has taught her anything, it is not to get attached, but there are two exceptions to that rule: Her son, Luke, and her mentor, Hu Chang.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't even finish it.

  • By Karen D. Phillips, MD on 05-06-14

Couldn't even finish it.

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

Reviewed: 05-06-14

I usually look forward to Iris Johansen's books and the character of the strong, independent Catherine Ling is great. Everything was going well until the telepathic visits started. That shifted the whole story from really cool to silly woo woo. I haven't even finished it and don't think I will.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Miss Manners Minds Your Business

  • By: Judith Martin, Nicholas Ivor Martin
  • Narrated by: Karen Saltus
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

How do you maintain a family-friendly office without discriminating against singles? What’s the difference between showing romantic interest and sexual harassment? Which colleagues should be invited to family weddings? When should you be unavailable, at or away from work? Don’t convene a focus group or appeal to Human Resources - consult Miss Manners! With wit and wisdom, Miss Manners restores civility, guiding you around your coworker’s messy cubicle, past your overly prying boss, around the bridal shower for the new temp, and through tedious staff meetings.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Did the editor go on vacation?

  • By Karen D. Phillips, MD on 10-01-13

Did the editor go on vacation?

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

Reviewed: 10-01-13

I'll start by saying that I love Judith Martin! Her razor sharp assessment and response to each situation is as pointed and entertaining as ever. Ironically, this audiobook about professionalism isn't done very professionally. I love the narrator as well, but she rereads parts that she obviously expected to be edited out and weren't. At first I thought I was inadvertently pressing the rewind button. Once I figured out what was actually going on it was somewhat amusing, but I am surprised the book slipped past the editors and was published in this form. Not to worry though, it was still worth the credit.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful