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Lorie Christian

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Learn How Stores Market To The General Public

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

Reviewed: 06-17-19

My husband and I were recommended this book for a long trip. Neither one of us are into marketing or retail or anything like that. In fact, I am a legal assistant and he is a network administrator. So we were curious why a friend was so enthusiastic about this listen. WOW! We learned a lot and, have since then, listened again several times and turned others on to it.

If you ever wondered why grocery stores are basically laid out in the same way, or grouping of items occur the same in stores, this book will answer that and many more questions.

I wish this book would get updated every ten years. I would surely buy each revised edition!

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Not the Same as the TV Show -- But Worthwhile!

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

Reviewed: 03-09-19

I thought I would read the gook after watching Season 1 on Hulu. I am glad to say that it is not a duplicate of the show's storyline and, if you like the characters on the show, you should enjoy the book. My problem is that Villanelle is "beautiful" but has a visible scar. When in fact to be unnoticeable, it is best to not stand out in any way. Take a look at most models without make-up -- very plain. But it is their ability to be "transformed" that makes them stars. If Villanelle is trying to become an assassin who is internationally known but elusive -- like the Jackal -- this story-line makes sense. And I enjoy Eve's home life. She is accessible and understandable. However, both women need a little more fleshing out in the books and need more twists in the book like the TV show has. I don't like to know where a story is going before the writer gets there, and some of the scenes in the book I can predict too easily.

The narrator has a bit of a hard time keeping accents straight, which becomes a bit irritating. Other than that it is a good performance.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Didn't See the Movie ... And Won't ... Here's Why

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

The characters are people I know in my own life. Not the same names, place or football team, but I know them. Bradley Cooper (you need someone with a Patrick Swayze dancer body for this role) and Jennifer Lawrence (you feel she is too nice and not vulnerable at all) are NOT those people. The first person narrative may have been annoying IF I didn't know someone who had been in a "bad place" for years and if I wasn't used to hearing how he speaks. But, he does speak in a manner similar to this. It isn't a spouse he betters himself for, but he is trying to better himself. The only thing is Matthew Quick sometimes doesn't put the time in correctly to allow for the character to "journalize" his day.

The only thing I have a true problem with is that Pat does not seem all that smart or concerned about coming off as a "dumb jock" when he was a history teacher as well as a coach. I'm sure his prior education would have still been part of his personality or memories. He comes off as being only a jock all his life and not really caring that he was an educator as well. You sort of get the feeling that he was never a responsible person to begin with or that he interacted with kids that much.

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Hogwarts for Spies

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

So, you have a genius non-legacy (muggle?) girl who doesn't quite fit in; a legacy who isn't sure of herself; and a super-spy to be in a school with hidden passages and the group needing to support each other to make it through. Felt like I was listening to a Harry Potter rip-off from the second chapter on. And, definitely, not as well written.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Editing Problems?

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

There are quite a few places where the narrator repeats the same line. I do not know if this was an editing problem or the narrator would just read the same line twice and no one caught it.

This was more of a telling of Richileau's influence on Louis XIV in religion, war and/or diplomacy instead of a look at the monarchy and the court practices inside Versailles and the effects on the rest of France at the time -- how it influenced French culture and, in particular, literature (i.e. Moliere's plays).

It is told in a more narrative fashion, which makes the repetition more noticeable, and the timeline isn't as easy to follow in audio format as maybe it would be in paper.

I was looking for more of why this particular time in the Fench monarchy IS considered the zenith and how it shaped France and other governments going forward.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Empty

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

I've been a fan of Ratt for years. I enjoyed hearing about the drive of perseverance it took to make it like they did. And the way all these bands I loved would be hanging out together in LA and how they admired each other.

However, I am disturbed by the way people humiliated themselves. Both women and men in seem to not respect themselves or each other. I was a teenager in the 80's and I know how "powerful" sex could be and how I used it, but also I respected myself enough that I wouldn't screw just anybody anytime.

The drugs. I never got into them, but I remember how my boyfriend's roommate -- really good looking guy that all the chicks at the bar would drool over -- lost all my respect one night when he dropped his packet of coke in the bar and was crawling around on the floor of the bar trying to find it. This wasn't a classy place either -- it was one of those places where I think they washed the floors once a year. It was sad and I just couldn't look at him the same way again.

This book was enjoyable in some ways. In other ways it was empty. I am not sure exactly what it is missing, but it is missing something big that makes it memorable. Maybe like one of the power ballads that now sound so sappy.

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Weakest Book in the Series So Far

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I enjoy the story of Temeraire and Lawrence so much. The idea of dragons having such an important place during the Napoleonic wars is fun. However, this book is missing something, and I'm not sure what. But I find I'm not sorry when a character dies, and that the exchanges between characters seems flat. Looking forward to finishing this and getting on to the next book. Seems the last 2 hours are dragging on f-o-r-e-v-e-r.

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Simon Vance Brings More Life to the Book

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

Reviewed: 07-31-18

These remind me of the Aubrey/Maturin books by Patrick O'Neal, but with dragons. I read the first two books and enjoyed them well enough, so I thought the series would be good for road trips. Let me say that Simon Vance narration brings more life to the books so it doesn't feel as flat as the dragons voices "read". I highly recommend this for the family.

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Good Story but Narrator Distracts from Story

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

This is a great story using a point-of-view (a Black Texas Ranger) not heard from in detective stories. I hope there are more books with him as the main character. However, JD Jackson, the performer, needs to learn a Texas accent versus a Southern accent. There is a BIG difference and I kept having to remind myself this is Texas not a Georgia story.

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Not My Style of Historical Crime

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18

I had never read any Margaret Atwood. A friend who knows how much I enjoy historical crime stories recommended that this would be a good introduction to Ms. Atwood's writing. Well, I found nothing compelling about this crime nor did I enjoy the style of writing. I thought the writing was quite flat. I have enjoyed other books in the format of letters and narrative, but this left me cold. I could never feel connected to any of the characters nor the situation any of these people are in.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful