Wendy R. - Reviews

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After Long Silence
After Long Silence
Author: Helen Fremont
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/26/2010


Powerful, interesting, historical, awesome.


Barbara Stanwyck: A Biography
Barbara Stanwyck: A Biography
Author: Al Diorio
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 10/21/2009


Interesting look at one of Hollywoods grand dames. Her private life was surprising as they usually are behind closed doors.


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, Bk 1)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, Bk 1)
Author: Stieg Larsson
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/19/2012
Helpful Score: 3


For me this was a very slow start. If I didn't know in advance that a compelling story DID lie within, I probably would have lost interest and given up. The first several chapters were a long, drawn out detail filled background. I felt this was unnecessarily long and could discourage the reader to continue, which would be a shame since it DOES eventually become very interesting. I love the characters of Lisbeth, Blomkivst, and Heinrik Vanger. Suspenseful, great story that kept my interest. Lisbeth is a great unusual character. If you can stick it out in the beginning, you will be rewarded.


Her Last Death (Audio CD) (Unabridged)
Her Last Death (Audio CD) (Unabridged)
Author: Susanna Sonnenberg
Book Type: Audio CD
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/2/2011
Helpful Score: 3


This turned out to be not at all what I expected. I found the graphic nature and the language unnecessary and offensive. The story could have been told without it but it seems the author likes the shock value. The title refers to the authors mother, but this is not about her, it's about the author, painfully, explicitly described in minute detail. As a parent herself now, one would expect her to want to keep these salacious details to herself rather than have her children have knowledge of them. I didn't like her sexual escapades described to me in all their detail, surely her sons will not like knowing of their mother's sex life let alone have it published for ALL to see.


Ines of My Soul (Audio CD) (Unabridged)
Ines of My Soul (Audio CD) (Unabridged)
Author: Isabel Allende, Blair Brown (Narrator)
Book Type: Audio CD
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/28/2012
Helpful Score: 1


Extremely long, painfully detailed. My favorite parts are those that describe the personal relationships of the charactors. For me there was far too much of the book that had nothing to do with that but instead describes war, travel, violence, starvation, death, cruelty. etc. in extreme detail.

Narration by Blair Brown is outstanding.


The Silver Star
The Silver Star
Author: Jeannette Walls
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/10/2014


Quick, pleasant read. Does NOT live up to her previous two books. Glass Castles was a riveting, consuming story. This one is good, but is lightweight in comparison.


The Wettest County in the World
The Wettest County in the World
Author: Matt Bondurant
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/15/2009


Interesting read especially since it is based an actual facts. I love period pieces and this one is full of description and images of the south in the 1930's. This is not light reading as the subject matter deals with poverty, violence, hardship and death. If it weren't factual, it would be hard to believe so much "bad luck" could befall one family.
Sadly, it is true and a sign on the times in the post-prohibition south.


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