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  • Trump Revealed

  • An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power
  • By: Michael Kranish, Marc Fisher
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530

Trump Revealed offers the most thorough and wide-ranging examination of Donald Trump's public and private lives to date, from his upbringing in Queens and formative years at the New York Military Academy to his turbulent careers in real estate and entertainment to his astonishing rise as the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination. The book is based on the investigative reporting of more than two dozen Washington Post reporters and researchers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Trump Truth

  • By Mark on 09-03-16

Please listen to this book before you vote

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

Reviewed: 10-01-16

I wish there were free copies of this book available for anyone who's considering NOT voting for Mrs. Clinton in November, because a vote for ANYONE else could result in a Trump presidency, and that would be a nightmare.

This book, which is extremely well documented, is based on interviews with Mr. Trump and others who know him, as well as exhaustive research and past articles by the Washington Post and others. As far as I know, Mr. Trump has not challenged the facts in this book. Apparently his comment when it was released a few weeks ago was only: "Don't buy it: boring." Even though it is clearly not a supportive book, it's not all negative either. He's not the devil incarnate, just a businessman who inflates his abilities (and probably his wealth) who should never hold the reins of our country.

Trump is so clearly self-centered, greedy and narcissistic, he certainly isn't qualified for any public office. The man is NOT a servant; he's entirely self-serving.

At the end, I felt some compassion for him, because I think he really WANTS to be a man of the people - but he never will be. He's NOT like us! His supporters are behind him because they think he can DO something for them. He's like the rich kid in high school that no one really likes, but pretend to because he's got stuff they want. What happens when they find out he CAN'T make them rich? He said himself to the authors that he really doesn't HAVE any friends, just his family. I find that very sad - and very dangerous. Our president needs to be respected and LIKED to succeed at domestic and foreign affairs. The oval office is a dangerous place for a thin-skinned twitter-head who always NEEDS to prove that he's right.

Remember Mitt Romney telling his supporters they were not the "haves and the have-nots" but the "haves and the soon-to-haves"? I am afraid that's what Trump's followers also believe. And maybe he's not as rich as he says, but that's the attribute he values and guards most jealously. The authors clearly understood his net worth is the ONE thing that he never allows anyone to challenge. Because he knows that aside from his name and money, he's just an empty suit. That is if an empty suit can vilify people as he does. His supporters think/hope/believe he can transfer his wealth-producing abilities to the nation, but they forget that what wealth he does have was produced to the detriment of many, through lies, cheating, lawsuits, and bankruptcies (and yes, there were SIX, not FOUR, as he claims - as if that makes it less egregious. That's made clear by this book).

Think about the values we try to instill in our children. Does he demonstrate any of them? He's a liar, a racist, a misogynist, a loose cannon, a whiner, and probably not as good at creating wealth as he claims.

Please know the man before he ends up in the white house. Who knows how long - if ever - it would take us to recover.

We ARE a great nation: crime is down and prosperity is starting to rise. We have always BEEN a great nation, though we've done plenty of not-so-great things. Hopefully we will become a greater nation over time, as we could if we all became more generous, considerate and ethical. To admire and potentially elect Donald Trump can only make us less great.

6 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,093
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,588
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,506

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

Hard to turn off!

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

Reviewed: 09-01-16

Love those sales, Audible! Otherwise I may never have selected this book. The story was riveting, suspenseful and twisty. All the ends tied up neatly; nothing too far fetched to be plausible. The narrator sounded just like the college boy telling the story. What more could you want?

If graphic descriptions of violence bother you, you may want to fast forward through a couple of scenes, but you won't miss anything essential to the storyline.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Handle with Care

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Celeste Ciulla, Jessica Almasy, Jim Colby, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 747
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 748

From mega-selling author Jodi Picoult comes an engrossing tale of medical morality and parental responsibility. Charlotte O'Keefe's daughter is born with osteogenesis imperfecta and will endure endless broken bones. Facing unthinkable medical costs, Charlotte considers a troubling solution. If she goes to court and says she would have terminated the pregnancy had she known of her daughter's condition, she might get enough money for a lifetime of medical expenses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Be still my heart

  • By Puppyluver on 01-16-10

Why did I buy another Jodi Picoult book?

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

Reviewed: 05-12-16

What disappointed you about Handle with Care?

As usual, this book was so full of implausible nonsense it made me ANGRY!

It starts with the family going to Disneyworld. The six year old daughter, who suffered from a genetic disorder called Osteogenesis imperfecta, "brittle bone disease", fell and broke both legs. At the hospital, they arrested the parents for child abuse and put them in jail, and placed the older daughter in foster care.

Really? They couldn't find anyone in the hospital who'd heard of a disease that occurs in 1 out of 20,000 live births? Rare, but still... They couldn't reach one of the child's doctors to confirm it? They didn't think it likely a child who was half the size of a typical six year old and had suffered dozens of fractures already might have an actual medical condition? Please!

This book, like every other I've read by this author, was rife with such ludicrous nonsense. The end was laughable. All in all an insult to my intelligence.

What could Jodi Picoult have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

A little research, a little more thought about plausibility.

Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Irritation

Any additional comments?

I bought this book because it was cheap and 18 hours long. I learned my lesson, finally: no more Jodi Picoult!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Husband's Secret

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,122

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but a little too much hand-wringing

  • By Regina on 08-18-13

Am I the only one who didn't love this book?

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

Reviewed: 11-17-15

What would have made The Husband's Secret better?

In my humble opinion, the book had several fundamental flaws. I can't tell you what would have made it better, because the whole premise, to me, was ridiculous. First, I (personally) WOULDN'T HAVE OPENED THE LETTER! So, on that basis alone, I found the whole thing implausible. Second, there were too many coincidences that I couldn't accept, and third, I found NONE of the characters believable or likable. Sorry...

Has The Husband's Secret turned you off from other books in this genre?

I'm not sure what the genre is...

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Well, it gave me a good question to pose to my friends: "If you found a letter written by your husband, addressed to you, but specifically to be read only after his death, what would you do with it?" It turns out that I'm an aberration when it comes to respecting a spouse's privacy (I would have given it to him unopened so he could put it away in a better place), and/or I just really like to delay gratification (because I would assume such a letter could only contain a good surprise worth waiting for!)

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Too Late to Say Goodbye

  • By: Ann Rule
  • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

Jenn Corbin appeared to have it all: two dear little boys, a posh home in one of the upscale suburbs of Atlanta, expensive cars, a plush houseboat, and a husband - Dr. Bart Corbin, a successful dentist - who was tall, handsome, and brilliant. But gradually, their seemingly idyllic life together began to crumble. Bart was distraught and Jenn seemed disenchanted. Then, just a few weeks before Christmas 2004, Jenn was found dead with a bullet in her head, an apparent suicide....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love this book

  • By jennifer on 09-16-11

Ann Rule does it again

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

Reviewed: 11-17-15

If you could sum up Too Late to Say Goodbye in three words, what would they be?

Well, I can't, but I CAN sum it up in 125 words: I've read many of Ann Rule's books, and the "book-length" ones never fail to hold me in their grip. This true story took place in a Georgia county that I know fairly well, and Rule did a good job of describing it accurately. As always, the book is dense with description of characters and events, including in depth back stories. Rule must be adept at winning the confidence of the people who tell the stories she writes; the level of detail is often astonishing. I haven't enjoyed her "short-story" books nearly as much because the length is just not sufficient to "know" the people involved as I feel I know them at the conclusion of her major works. Ann Rule works hard, and it shows!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes, I definitely learned a little more about how to commit the perfect murder - what pitfalls to avoid, and such ; )

What three words best describe Barbara Caruso’s voice?

Not. My. Favorite.

Any additional comments?

As an aspiring writer myself - of fictional crime - I've learned a lot from Ann Rule about pacing, story development and getting deep into the lives and psyches of the players. Mine are all made up, of course, but I think reading Ann Rule has helped me make them more "real".

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,697
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,701

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours in, restarted so husband could listen too!

  • By Pikay on 12-13-14

Creepy, creepy, creepy! In a good way...I guess?

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

Reviewed: 11-17-15

Who was your favorite character and why?

I felt a lot of sympathy for Melanie and Miss Justineau - and that's about it! Both seemed like courageous, caring, ethical, genuine people doing their best in a horrendous situation.

What about Finty Williams’s performance did you like?

I'm a sucker for a British accent, and this reader's voice is especially warm and mellifluous.

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

There were many moving moments - heartbreaking, frightening, angry, tense - I went through the whole gamut of emotions.

Any additional comments?

The summary of the book didn't indicate to me that this was a "zombie-apocalypse" type story, or I wouldn't have bought it. I'm definitely NOT a fan of that genre. Nonetheless, it kept me engaged throughout and rooting for Melanie and Miss Justineau. I knew early on that I shouldn't hope for a happy ending...

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Partner

  • A Novel
  • By: John Grisham
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,527
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,529

From a short distance away, Patrick watched his own burial. Then he fled. Six weeks later, a fortune was stolen from his ex-law firm's offshore account.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A minor peeve...

  • By N. Ekim on 01-29-14

Another interesting ride...

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

Reviewed: 11-17-15

What did you love best about The Partner?

As usual, a good plot, lovable and despicable characters, and a good pace.

What did you like best about this story?

I like John Grisham's attention to detail, which makes his stories more plausible than maybe they SHOULD be! I get annoyed when, as I'm reading or listening to a book I find myself saying "but that doesn't make sense! He/she could've just....", or "that's so far-fetched - no one would ever do that!", or "come on - that's just WAY too much of a coincidence..." Grisham never makes me question plot points.

Which character – as performed by Frank Muller – was your favorite?

The main character, Patrick/Danilo was my favorite. Grisham always does a great job of developing his main character and makes you root for him - even if you suspect he might be a "bad guy".

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

There was a moment that moved me to profanity, but I can't reveal that moment hear, as it would spoil the book for future listeners.

Any additional comments?

I almost hate to admit my love for John Grisham's books, because they are USUALLY - ultimately - predictable. But by the time the prediction comes true, I am so fully invested in the story, I'm relieved that the story resolves as I'd hoped. Note the emphasis on usually...

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • A Little Night Magic

  • By: Lucy March
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,650
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,644

Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he's never made a move. Intent on shaking things up, Olivia puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends - but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I really hope this turns into a series...

  • By Shelly on 01-07-13

I only made it through four chapters...

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

Reviewed: 04-21-13

What disappointed you about A Little Night Magic?

Everything!

What was most disappointing about Lucy March’s story?

Granted, I didn't get very far into it. What I listened to was far-fetched and silly.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Amanda Ronconi?

I didn't think the narration was particularly bad. I think the narrator did the best she could with the material she was reading.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

All of the above, plus irritation.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Inside Scientology

  • The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion
  • By: Janet Reitman
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hoye
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,978
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,698
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,713

Scientology, created in 1954 by a prolific sci-fi writer named L. Ron Hubbard, claims to be the world's fastest-growing religion, with millions of members around the world and huge financial holdings. Its celebrity believers keep its profile high, and its teams of "volunteer ministers" offer aid at disaster sites such as Haiti and the World Trade Center. But Scientology is also a notably closed faith, harassing journalists and others through litigation and intimidation, even infiltrating the highest levels of government to further its goals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My cup of tea.

  • By Matt on 08-09-11

Long live the King (I DON'T mean L. Ron Hubbard!)

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

Reviewed: 03-15-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Inside Scientology to be better than the print version?

One drawback to listening to (instead of reading) this book is that every time David Miscavige (the current head of Scientology) is mentioned by his last name only (hundreds of times!), my split-second reaction was "now WHO is Miss Caviage?" before snapping back with an "oh yeah, that guy". I spent too much time dwelling on other ways the name could have been pronounced (or misprounounced) to prevent that. I wish the author had just referred to him as "David"! But that's just me!

Any additional comments?

What a fascinating book!

My son, a ceaseless searcher and student of philosophies, told me a few years ago that he had looked into Scientology, but they didn't welcome him into the fold because he didn't have any money. I'm sure glad they turned him down! After reading this book, I had to wonder if they also recognized that he was too intelligent to swallow what they offered and could end up being another whistle-blower.

Some of the stories in the book are so disturbing, I wonder how Scientology is still "in business" today! People have died, others have been imprisoned, and others driven to insanity by this "religion", yet people still join and drain their resources for what is on offer. By the way, the current head of this tax-exempt "church", David Miscavige, has a net worth of $50 million!

If you wonder about Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and other celebrity Scientologists, they're all in here! (And I still love them just as much - especially Tom!) Trivia Challenge: What celebrity visited a Scientolotgy center and loudly scoffed at the philosophy and saw it as a money pit that could make you insane. Hint: He attended with his Scientologist girlfriend, Peggy Lipton (of the Mod Squad). Give up? Elvis Presley! Long live the King!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • House Rules

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Mark Turetsky, Nicole Poole, Andy Paris, and others
  • Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,155
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,172

One of America’s most popular authors, Jodi Picoult has earned a reputation for crafting riveting, topical fiction. In House Rules she examines how being different can have dire consequences. Teenager Jacob Hunt has Asperger’s syndrome. A forensic science wizard, he follows his scanner to show up at crime scenes and give law enforcement officials his advice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book until the ending

  • By Charlotte on 03-12-10

Well, at least it's long...

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

Reviewed: 03-15-13

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

I did enjoy the use of multiple narrators, all of whom did a pretty good job.

Was House Rules worth the listening time?

Only because I got a lot done while I listened!

Any additional comments?

I've listened to several Jodi Picoult books, and liked them all pretty well. They all had flaws that were difficult to overlook, but they were, well, long, and I often choose books by the length. A good book that motivates me to exercise and do mundane chores is a godsend, and if it's long enough to get lost in, all the better!

My main complaint about this book is the ending. Once we reach the denouement, (which is easy to guess long before we get there), the book ends abruptly. It felt like Ms. Picoult just ran out of steam (or perhaps that was the publisher breathing down her neck). She just tied it up in a pretty little package which left me wondering (loudly, since I was walking on the beach, and was drowned out by the crashing waves) WHAT HAPPENED THEN? I don't want to spoil it for anyone, so my questions won't make sense, but here they are: Why was it so easy to believe THAT's what really happened? Why didn't this information come out sooner, considering the "house rules" applied to both brothers? Were there any consequences for the deed, or just - oh well, accidents happen? Frankly, it made me a little angry, since the "deed" at the core of the story was avoidable and inexcusable, and suggests a pattern of behavior that just didn't get addressed.

I find Asperger's syndrome fascinating, and loved "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime" so much that I'm a sucker for a book that include Asperger's or autism as a feature of the story. But I felt like this book did some injustice to those affected by the syndrome. It just didn't feel very believable, and I think could make people LESS understanding toward people with the syndrome and the challenges their families face.
Most problematic was the "life tutor", who was SO good at her job until one particular event changed her from a caring, knowledgeable, understanding "pre-professional" to a heartless, uncaring, typical teenage girl - in a heartbeat. Were I affected by this syndrome, I would be outraged, I think, by this portrayal for many reasons.

The novel comes complete with standard "happy ending" elements that are just too hard to swallow: the struggling, hapless guy who comes through against all odds (and with no pay); the beautiful relationships that develop in spite of everything; the harried divorced mother who manages to balance life with the demands of a very needy child pretty well with only child support and the small income from a little newspaper "help" column, and when necessary, enough money, resources and accommodations to make everything end well. All very unrealistic to me!

So, read it for the length, and because Jodi Picoult is a pretty good writer, but don't expect much realism, justice for the DEAD victim, or a satisfactory conclusion.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful