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Pamela T. Goodman

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  • American Fire

  • Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land
  • By: Monica Hesse
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 307

Shocked by a five-month arson spree that left rural Virginia reeling, Washington Post reporter Monica Hesse drove down to Accomack County to cover the trial of Charlie Smith, who pled guilty to 67 counts of arson. But Charlie wasn't lighting fires alone: he had an accomplice - his girlfriend, Tonya Bundick. Through her depiction of the dangerous shift that happened in their passionate relationship, Hesse brilliantly brings to life the once-thriving coastal community and its distressed inhabitants.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting read

  • By Melissa M. on 05-16-18

Vanilla telling of what most people know already

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

This book was simplistic. Maybe that is it's meaning. It was predictable and bland. The reading was close to awful. Not worth your time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • His Favorites

  • A Novel
  • By: Kate Walbert
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25

They were on a lark, three teenage girls speeding across the greens on a “borrowed” golf cart, at night, drunk. The cart crashes and one of the girls is killed instantly. The driver, Jo, flees the hometown that has turned against her and enrolls at a prestigious boarding school. Her past weighs on her. She is responsible for the death of her best friend. She has tipped her parents’ rocky marriage into demise. His Favorites reveals the interior life of a young woman determined to navigate the treachery in a new world. The story cooly describes a series of shattering events and the system that failed to protect her.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Nothing to like here

  • By Pamela T. Goodman on 09-27-18

Nothing to like here

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

This book is not well written and badly read. It sounds like the reader pauses to turn the page. The story has a ring of truth with pages and pages of going over everything. The repeating of "she said" and "he said" drove me to distraction. I think this book was written and chosen because of current events without coming clean about it. Who doesn't know someone who was taken advantage of a teacher or professor even if they thought it was what they craved?

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • American Kingpin

  • The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
  • By: Nick Bilton
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,782
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,766
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11,735

In 2011, a 26-year-old libertarian programmer named Ross Ulbricht launched the ultimate free market: the Silk Road, a clandestine website hosted on the Dark Web where anyone could trade anything - drugs, hacking software, forged passports, counterfeit cash, poisons - free of the government's watchful eye. It wasn't long before the media got wind of the new website where anyone - not just teenagers and weed dealers but terrorists and black hat hackers - could buy and sell contraband detection-free.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An honest portrait of DPR

  • By Victor on 05-18-17

All New To Me!

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

What an amazing ride of a book. Factual without being boring. The last few words will chill you,but by then you will believe anything.

  • The Perfect Mother

  • A Novel
  • By: Aimee Molloy
  • Narrated by: Cristin Milioti
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,839
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,692
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,689

They call themselves the May Mothers - a collection of new moms who gave birth in the same month. Twice a week, with strollers in tow, they get together in Prospect Park, seeking refuge from the isolation of new motherhood. When the group’s members agree to meet for drinks at a hip local bar, they have in mind a casual evening of fun, a brief break from their daily routine. But on this sultry Fourth of July night during the hottest summer in Brooklyn’s history, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is taken from his crib.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By J.C. on 05-15-18

Great in Every Way

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

Really good twist. I never saw it coming. Mother's will laugh their heads off, cringe and tear up as they remember their baby stories.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • If I Can't Have You:

  • Susan Powell, Her Mysterious Disappearance, and the Murder of Her Children
  • By: Gregg Olsen, Rebecca Morris
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington, Kevin Pierce
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,756
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,623
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,612

The tragic story of Susan Powell and her murdered boys, Charlie and Braden, is the only case that rivals the Jon Benet Ramsey saga in the annals of true crime. When the pretty, blonde Utah mother went missing in December of 2009 the media was swept up in the story - with lenses and microphones trained on Susan's husband, Josh. He said he had no idea what happened to his young wife, and that he and the boys had been camping in the middle of a snowstorm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Coward and the Angels

  • By Pulplife on 05-20-14

What A Ride!

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

Knowing nothing about this incident I think it is a good book that takes the reader on a good ride. The actions of her husband were truly evil and evil can not get in unless you let it, either covertly or overtly. The male reader was very good, the female reader not so good. I knew what was going to happen to the little boys by the title but was shocked by what happened. The things that happened are real, not a Stephen King novel. I doubt he could add anything more twisted. You just never know what is going on right next door.

  • Only Child

  • A Novel
  • By: Rhiannon Navin
  • Narrated by: Kivlighan de Montebello
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 539

Squeezed into a coat closet with his classmates and teacher, first grader Zach Taylor can hear gunshots ringing through the halls of his school. A gunman has entered the building, taking nineteen lives and irrevocably changing the very fabric of this close-knit community. While Zach's mother pursues a quest for justice against the shooter's parents, holding them responsible for their son's actions, Zach retreats into his super-secret hideout and loses himself in a world of books and art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh. My. Goodness!

  • By Laury Hubrich on 02-23-18

Perfect for Today's World or Any World

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

Reviewed: 03-07-18

What made the experience of listening to Only Child the most enjoyable?

The reader's voice.

What about Kivlighan de Montebello’s performance did you like?

He read in a perfect pace.

If you could rename Only Child, what would you call it?

The Choice to Live

Any additional comments?

Seven year old boys don't talk much about feelings, but if you don't get hung up on that the book is really worth listening to.