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  • A Beautiful, Terrible Thing

  • A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal
  • By: Jen Waite
  • Narrated by: Jen Waite
  • Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 971
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 964

Before: Jen Waite has met the partner of her dreams. A handsome, loving man who becomes part of her family, evolving into her husband, her best friend, and the father of her infant daughter. After: A disturbing email sparks suspicion, leading to an investigation of who this man really is and what was really happening in their marriage. In alternating before and after chapters, Waite obsessively analyzes her relationship, trying to find a single moment form the past five years that isn't part of the long con of lies and manipulation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There are people out there waiting for her...

  • By MaryPat on 08-29-17

A privileged Millennial gets her heart broken

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

Reviewed: 07-31-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This is NOT a story about a woman hoodwinked by a psychopath - as the books summary would suggest. This is the memoir of a 30 yr old Millennial who fell in Love with an undocumented South American who was seeking a Green Card and financial backing to pursue his "American Dream".
The writer paints herself like the perfect girlfriend, wife and ultimately the "Victim" to her husband who she has diagnosed soulless Psychopath. - But besides being a philandering jerk, there is nothing to indicate that he suffers from such a disorder.

What could Jen Waite have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

She writes as if she is the only woman in the whole world to have ever experienced betrayal and heartbreak. Moreover, she never does any self exploring as to what her part in her failing marriage. She comes across as a spoiled, privileged Millennial who can not "believe this is happening me...How DARE HIM!".
Nor does she acknowledge the fact that she has a super supportive family, a family home to recover from her failed marriage, the means to seek help from a therapist, and great friends to help her get back on her feet....There are thousands of women who have to deal with such hardships on their own and they do not WHINE even have as much.

What three words best describe Jen Waite’s voice?

Whining, self-absorbed, Millennial

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

  • By: Al Franken
  • Narrated by: Al Franken
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15,063
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,903
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13,762

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was reading this when the allegations against Franken came out

  • By Fruitsalad200 on 12-10-17

Franken has dried the tears Ive cried since 11/7/

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

Reviewed: 07-09-17

What made the experience of listening to Al Franken, Giant of the Senate the most enjoyable?

Senator Franken's delivery of the -sad but true - state of the US Government under the "leadership" of President Tweet (aka Donald Trump), and the equally, provides belly-aching laughter to what is clearly an absurd and therefore terrifying situation.



What other book might you compare Al Franken, Giant of the Senate to and why?

I had never read Franken's book "Lies and the Lying Liars..." until AFTER I read this book. Also extremely funny. I look forward to reading all of Senator Franken's work and look forward to future publications.

Any additional comments?

Good Fun for everyone Democrats, Republicans, and Hindus. It should be required reading for High School Juniors....before they turn 18 and the Conservative Right corrupts their brains with President T tweets and Mt Dew.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Woman Next Door

  • By: Cass Green
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck, Bea Holland
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,173
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,163

Two suburban women. Two dark secrets. The almost perfect murder. Everybody needs good neighbours.... Melissa and Hester have lived next door to each other for years. When Melissa's daughter was younger, Hester was almost like a grandmother to her. But recently they haven't been so close. Hester has plans to change all that. It's obvious to her that despite Melissa's outwardly glamorous and successful life, she needs Hester's help.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Biting, Beguiling, Will make you smile AND shudder

  • By MarisaReads on 01-07-17

The codependent neighbor from HELL ~ Loved IT!

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

Reviewed: 01-17-17

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

YES ~ It was deliciously engrossing from beginning to end.

What other book might you compare The Woman Next Door to and why?

"Gone Girl"

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I loved how Cass Green included all the "nagging" and judgmental thoughts going through the minds of the characters. - Everyone has these thoughts in one way or another, and maybe that is why I found myself laughing out loud despite how mean these women's thoughts could be.

A really fun and entertaining read about murder.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Lizard King

  • The True Crimes and Passions of the World's Greatest Reptile Smugglers
  • By: Bryan Christy
  • Narrated by: Tony Ward
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

When Bryan Christy began to investigate the world of reptile smuggling, he had no idea what he would be in for. In the course of his research, he was bitten between the eyes by a blood python, chased by a mother alligator, and sprayed by a bird-eating tarantula. But perhaps more dangerous was coming face to face with Michael J. Van Nostrand, owner of Strictly Reptiles, a thriving family business in Hollywood, Florida.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Snakes on a plane!!!

  • By Kim on 02-13-14

Boring. Hour after Hour of names of Reptiles

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

Reviewed: 01-06-17

What disappointed you about The Lizard King?

These "adventures" of a Retile Smuggler and the under-sourced, under-manned US Agents who try to apprehend smugglers could have been told in 15 min.
So to give the book some substance, the Author fills the gaps with endless names of reptiles and repeats ad-nauseum that there is a lot of reptile enthusiasts who spend a lot of money for retiles.

Has The Lizard King turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes. This book basically talks about one smuggler and one agent. Totally boring.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Lizard King?

The information in this book could be drastically edited to the point of maybe, making an interesting piece in "Outdoors" or "National Geo". But as a book, it is ridiculously redundant.

Any additional comments?

Unless you enjoy hearing the names of reptiles, move on to a different book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Way We Live Now

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Timothy West
  • Length: 32 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 557

In this world of bribes, vendettas, and swindling, in which heiresses are gambled and won, Trollope's characters embody all the vices: Lady Carbury is 'false from head to foot'; her son Felix has 'the instincts of a horse, not approaching the higher sympathies of a dog'; and Melmotte - the colossal figure who dominates the book - is a 'horrid, big, rich scoundrel...a bloated swindler...a vile city ruffian'. But as vile as he is, he is considered one of Trollope's greatest creations.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Long, but well worth it.

  • By Nardia on 03-03-10

A "Must Read" for fans of the Classics

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

Reviewed: 02-04-16

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I had seen the Masterpiece Theater version of this classic story prior to reading the book and the producers of that BBC productions could not have selected better actors to play the particular characters of this 1875 classic. Both the film and the Mr. West's reading are wonderful.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Nightingale

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Polly Stone
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 48,429
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43,885
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 43,813

Audie Award, Fiction, 2016. From the number-one New York Times bestselling author comes Kristin Hannah’s next novel. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II. She is the author of twenty-one novels. Her previous novels include Home Front, Night Road, Firefly Lane, Fly Away, and Winter Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heroic & Harrowing Work Of Fiction

  • By Sara on 08-21-15

Boring! Could not finish the book.

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

Reviewed: 02-04-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The story was redundant - after several hours of listening to the same "dramatic" and "tense" actions being experienced by the the two main characters I finally gave up and stopped listening.

Would you be willing to try another one of Polly Stone’s performances?

No. - There is something about her pitch & tone that is unpleasing to me. In addition, her attempts at both the French and German accent are terrible.

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

Not really.

Any additional comments?

A bad choice on my behave…I should have taken the advice of the prior reviewers. :(

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Still Alice

  • By: Lisa Genova
  • Narrated by: Lisa Genova
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,756
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,823
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,825

Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At 50 years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world - forever.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Very poor narrator, I returned it

  • By Laura on 01-26-14

Great Movie and even Better Book!

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

Reviewed: 09-27-15

Who was your favorite character and why?

Alice (of course).

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

I rented the movie and watched it twice…it was THAT good. So I was curious about the book.I almost did not buy it because so many listeners did not care for the fact that Lisa Genova narrated her own book (generally I agree - an Author should NEVER narrate his/her own book), but "Still Alice" is such a fantastic book, I think most people will get past the fact that Ms. Genova's voice is younger, and different then Julianne Moore. I certainly did, and I'm glad I spent the credit - It is a exceptionally well written story with an important message.

Any additional comments?

The subject matter, the story, the writing are all simply wonderful. It is a book/movie that has stayed with me since I initially saw the movie upon it's release. And it has really made me appreciate certain aspects of myself that prior to reading, I had taken for granted.BRAVO Ms. Genova!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Beyond Belief

  • My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape
  • By: Jenna Miscavige Hill
  • Narrated by: Sandy Rustin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,761
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,758

Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member Sea Org - the church's highest ministry - speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Despicable Truth Behind Scientology

  • By Tim on 02-07-13

Interesting read.

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

Reviewed: 09-27-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would if I have a friend who was considering joining the Church of Scientology! ~ Otherwise, probably not.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I have read several books / memoir / Bio's etc. on persons who were members of the "church" of Scientology (in addition to other books were Americans were captivated by the surface philosophies of a charismatic Leader - i.e. Jim Jones) and I am always blown away by the courage it takes for individuals to leave that which has become comfortable.

Nevertheless, as incredible as Ms. Miscavige Hill's experiences were as a member of the Sea Org., I felt there was important elements missing from the book.

This is not to put blame on the Author, - after all, she spent her entire life learning how NOT to express herself.

So although her story in interesting, it is missing that something that helps readers identify with what it must have been like.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

No.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Blood of Flowers

  • By: Anita Amirrezvani
  • Narrated by: Shohreh Aghdashloo
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,677
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,670

In 17th-century Persia, a 14-year-old woman believes she will be married within the year. When her beloved father dies, she and her mother find themselves alone and without a dowry. With nowhere else to go, they are forced to sell the brilliant turquoise rug the young woman has woven to pay for their journey to Isfahan, where they will work as servants for her uncle, a rich rug designer in the court of the legendary Shah Abbas the Great.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Top 5 on my lifelong list

  • By Cheryl on 09-14-07

A magical carpet ride to 14th century Persia!

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

Reviewed: 07-16-15

What made the experience of listening to The Blood of Flowers the most enjoyable?

Firstly, the narrator, Shohreh Aghdashloo. Ms. Aghdashloo is not only a spectacular Actress, but she has one of the must sultry and exotic voices I have ever heard. Without question, there could not have been a better choice of narrator.Secondly, the Author is a fantastic writer and provides such vivid and emotional descriptions to the main characters' feelings and experiences, it is easy for any woman who had been challenged by the hardship of life to identify with the main characters' experiences.

Any additional comments?

In my opinion, this is a book who will most likely be enjoyed by women readers who have had some life "experiences" of their own with men. This is not to say that younger women or men will not like the story, but it will not be as easy to identify with the main character and many of the difficult and harsh decisions made by her and/or for her; Not to mentions the consequences of these decisions.I truly enjoyed listening to this story (and the Persian fables within), and was disappointed only when it ended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dreamland

  • The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic
  • By: Sam Quinones
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,067
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,705
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,691

In 1929, in the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the size of a football field; named Dreamland, it became the vital center of the community. Now, addiction has devastated Portsmouth, as it has hundreds of small rural towns and suburbs across America - addiction like no other the country has ever faced. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • American Nightmare that is Necessary Reading

  • By Mel on 05-09-15

WOW! Answered many questions re: Heroin Epidemic!

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

Reviewed: 06-24-15

Where does Dreamland rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

True crime reporter, Sam Quinones has written what I believe to be one of the most important books of our time.

Prior to reading the book, I thought I knew how the heroin epidemic had gotten so widespread, I could not have been more wrong.

 What I learned is that these small pods of drug dealers, made up of illegal Mexican aliens, are very good at their "job". Scarier still, there are thousands of poor, under-privledged Mexicans illegally crossing the American borders, who are willing to take the place of their countrymen who are arrested and subsequently deported back to Mexico. If these "small-time" dealers are caught and arrested, there is zero risk of imprisonment or financial penalty. The most terrifying reality of the book is the fact that there is NO END to the Heroin epidemic!As long as there are people who are willing to sell their souls to the drug, he/she will have no problem finding a person willing to bring it right to their house.

 Buying heroin is easier then ordering a pizza - and a lot less expensive. 

Read the book. It may be the best thing you can do for your loved ones and your community.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dreamland?

Learning that the Heroin Epidemic is truly out of control everywhere within the United States, and that any and all attempts to quash the epidemic or assist those who have become addicted have been an epic Fail.

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

Realizing that as a Mother to an addicted son, I was not alone. That there exists hundreds of thousands who have a child or family member, whose life is circling the drain because of Heroin or other opiates. Moreover, that there presently exists support groups for parents/family who have buried a child.

Any additional comments?

Would you listen to Dreamland again? Why?Yes. This book is page after page of important, relevant and fascinating information (And it is an easy listen because it reads like a novel).Additional Comment: I do not know a single person who doesn't know someone who uses Heroin. Whose lives have not been effected, either directly or indirectly by this epidemic. It is not something people openly talk about, but will share with me their story, when I mention that I have a child who has used Heroin for more then 7+ years. The Book is a must read. If I were a Superintendent of Schools, this book would be mandatory reading for every student grades 8-12.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful