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Becky

Mackinaw, IL, United States
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  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,969
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,952

Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she's gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and sexy beyond his wildest dreams. Joe needs to have her, and he'll stop at nothing to do so. As he begins to insinuate himself into her life - her friendships, her email, her phone - she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom-made for her. So when her boyfriend, Benji, mysteriously disappears, Beck and Joe fall into a tumultuous affair. But there's more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. This. Book.

  • By Em on 07-17-15

A bit tough as an audio

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

Reviewed: 08-07-15

It was sometimes difficult to determine what was internal thought rants and what the narrating character was saying to other characters. That said, a twisted main character made for an interesting perspective on a more common storyline.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Down the Rabbit Hole

  • Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny
  • By: Holly Madison
  • Narrated by: Holly Madison
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,318

The shocking, never-before-told story of the bizarre world inside the legendary Playboy Mansion - and finally the secret truth about the man who holds the key - from one of the few people who truly knows: Hef's former number-one girlfriend and star of The Girls Next Door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Mean girls", magicians, mansions, and more!

  • By Brianna Gallagher on 06-24-15

Wonder how many lies...

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

Reviewed: 08-05-15

She talks of easily lying about how great her life was while in the mansion - makes me wonder if she is overcompensating and only drawing out the bad here. It is nice to hear the other side of the coin, but doesn't feel so balanced.

  • Naked

  • By: David Sedaris
  • Narrated by: David Sedaris, Amy Sedaris
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,565
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,726
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,711

Welcome to the hilarious, strange, elegiac, outrageous world of David Sedaris. In Naked, Sedaris turns the current mania for the memoir on its proverbial ear, mining the exceedingly rich terrain of his life, his family, and his unique worldview, a sensibility at once take-no-prisoners sharp and deeply charitable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Favorite Sedaris

  • By Christine on 02-07-05

Part funny and part terrible

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

Reviewed: 05-20-15

There were parts of this book that had me laughing out loud at the grocery store. Others that had me scratching my head in confusion at the disjointed timeline, story, or point he was trying to make.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Looking for Alaska

  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,646
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,674

Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words - and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decidedly adult content...

  • By RaisinNut on 10-14-12

Good finish

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

Reviewed: 04-14-15

A bit slow and predictable for the beginning, but a great last hour!! 2nd best Green book to date (Fault in Our Stars still takes the cake).

  • Cutting for Stone

  • A Novel
  • By: Abraham Verghese
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 23 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,376
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,540

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration

  • By Mary Lynn Richardson on 03-20-09

Mixed on the descriptiveness, but would recommend.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-19-15

Long and overly descriptive in some areas, but a good book with a lot of points for discussion. I think I cried for about 45 minutes as the author did such a good job of letting me get to know the characters and their emotions. (So maybe long and overly descriptive is a good think for building the characters.)

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  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice

  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,072
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,384

In 1914, a spirited American girl named Mary Russell meets a retired Sherlock Holmes in the English countryside. Instantly realizing that Mary is gifted with astonishing deductive powers, the Great Detective emerges from retirement to join her as she tracks down a fiendish assassin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best of British restraint

  • By Marie-Elizabeth Finamore on 09-15-09

Deductive Reasoning at its Finest

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

Reviewed: 05-11-13

The creation of a female Sherlock Holmes. I was never into the Doyle Sherlock/Watson series, but I am loving this riff on the classic concept. 'Retired' Holmes meets a young female to apprentice into deductive reasoning genius. I love that this book makes reference to the writings of Doyle as it makes me get so engrossed that I think it is a memoir from the apprentice's time with the "real" Holmes. Great start to a series.

  • Seconds Away

  • A Mickey Bolitar Novel, Book 2
  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,106

When tragedy strikes close to home, Mickey Bolitar and his loyal new friends - sharp-witted Ema and the adorkably charming Spoon - find themselves at the center of a murder mystery involving their friend Rachel. Now, not only does Mickey have to continue his quest to uncover the truth about the Abeona Shelter and the Butcher of Lodz, he needs to figure out what happened to Rachel - no matter what it takes. Mickey has always been ready to sacrifice everything to help the people he loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling story for the kid in each of us!

  • By Michele on 09-26-12

"Stop after 1"

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

Reviewed: 05-11-13

The first book in this series was "Shelter," and was a promising start to the series. This 2nd was a let down. The mystery and twists were still there, but the plot just felt far less believable. I'll end up reading the 3rd book to give the series another chance, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it goes better than this.

  • The Orchardist

  • By: Amanda Coplin
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,227
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,224

At the turn of the 20th century, in a rural stretch of the Pacific Northwest, a reclusive orchardist, William Talmadge, tends to apples and apricots as if they were loved ones. A gentle man, he's found solace in the sweetness of the fruit he grows and the quiet, beating heart of the land he cultivates. One day, two teenage girls appear and steal his fruit from the market; they later return to the outskirts of his orchard to see the man who gave them no chase. Feral, scared, and very pregnant, the girls take up on Talmadge's land and indulge in his deep reservoir of compassion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful, rich, sweeping tale, not a fairy tale.

  • By Marcia on 08-26-12

"Tough Love: Save your credit"

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

Reviewed: 05-11-13

I've never wished for an abridged version of a book this much before!" (okay, exaggeration, I have one other time - but this was pretty bad). There seemed to be too many sub-plots that took chapters explain that went nowhere in the big picture of the read. A hero that couldn't save, a survivor that couldn't survive, and an innocent that was actually innocent. Save your credit for something better!

  • When Crickets Cry

  • By: Charles Martin
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 842
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835

A man with a painful past. A child with a doubtful future. And a shared journey toward healing for both their hearts... It begins on the shaded town square in a sleepy Southern town. A spirited seven-year-old has a brisk business at her lemonade stand. But the little girl’s pretty yellow dress can’t quite hide the ugly scar on her chest. The stranger understands more about it than he wants to admit. And the beat-up bread truck careening around the corner with its radio blaring is about to change the trajectory of both their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My all time favorite read!!!

  • By JimG on 10-04-13

"Illogically Great"

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

Reviewed: 05-11-13

As I try to write a review, I realize that there were some aspects of the book that I did not like: A good plot with what were supposed to be twists (I think) and not totally believable. In hindsight there were tons of holes in the logic of some sub-plot, but I can't help but love it! I was Completely invested in the characters by the 3rd chapter. I was about to attack my Iphone to get the characters to cooperate with what I thought should happen next. I love when books get me that invested that early on. Overall, worth the credit and the time of reading it twice.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • An Abundance of Katherines

  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,887
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,897

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton's type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact. On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun - but no Katherines.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • John Green Fans will Enjoy

  • By FanB14 on 05-04-12

"Can't touch "The Fault in Our Stars", but...

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

Reviewed: 05-11-13

Can't touch "The Fault in Our Stars" of his, but a good listen. An exaggerative young man, his comedic relief providing best friend, and (sort of) the Archduke Franz Ferdinand all make this a playful book with some discussable plot points. Fair warning, at some points I was thinking, "this is silly and ridiculous," while at others I was laughing out loud. Use the credit if you have an extra.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful