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Janice

Janice Sugar Land, TX, United States Member Since 2010

Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.

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  • "Did Hiaasen move to Sweeden?"

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    This jolly little caper was recommended to me based on my favorable review of “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry”. While I did enjoy that lovely book very much, this selection resembles it only in the premise of an impromptu journey by a geriatric gentleman. This story could be the result of Carl Hiaasen blending Harold Fry with Forrest Gump and adding his own patented lunacy to the mix. There are two storylines at work: the current day journey of Allan Karlssen and the entourage he accumulates while trying to evade a biker gang and the police, and the historical journey of his very eventful Gump-like life that collides with every major global event from 1920 to the fall of the Soviet Union.

    I found the current day story line the more entertaining of the two. Readers of Hiaasen’s books will enjoy the very dry, dark humor and root for the inevitable come-uppance dealt by karma as our merry band of fugitives dodge every peril, encouraged by Allan’s optimistic belief that “it is what it is, and what will be will be.” The historical sections were very Gumpish (as noted by many other reviewers), but better because through Allan’s stubbornly apolitical viewpoint, no country or political party escapes a dark satirical skewering. My only complaint was how revisiting history slowed down the more entertaining escape story. Still, it is only a small complaint, because there comes a scene near the end when all those previous historical encounters are bundled together to great hilarity at one person’s expense.

    For those who enjoyed Harold Fry for the sweet, gentle tone and ultimately life redeeming message, you may not respond well to the darkness in this story if you are hoping for a repeat. Hiaasen’s fans will have to adjust to a very British reader and a more dry delivery than that author employs. But if those adjustments can be made, if you can just hop on board and take the journey with Allan, then you may be very pleased with “what it is, and what will be.”

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    The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

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    • By Jonas Jonasson
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    After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

    Sylvia says: "Full of Surprises and Unexpected Events"
  • "I'll be thinking about this one for..."

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    While this book doesn’t really line up with my own spiritual beliefs, it does present a very interesting version of hell beyond the stereotyped Dante’s Inferno that much of the western Christian cultures have bought into. The first impression of a strange but not especially menacing existence (that is supposed to be only temporary anyway) initially inspires a sense of tentative relief. Then as the magnitude of the assigned task (finding a specific book among billions of books in a library of infinite dimensions) becomes increasingly evident, the reality of hell begins to assert itself. What temporary can mean in relation to eternity is suddenly daunting. Hopelessness, lack of a true faith to believe in, the absence of behavioral boundaries or consequences, and the lack of diversity among the residents may be a reflection of the type of lives many have lived on earth when our naïve thoughts of our own immortality fool us into careless lives. Do we create our own hells, underestimating the effect on our souls of living for the comfortable and the familiar instead of embracing more diverse possibilities of experience and acquaintance?

    Beginning with a fairly light tone with humorous episodes, the mood subtly darkens as the story-teller relates his own increasing need to find an escape. Eventually he, and we with him, realize the full impact of his situation. Regardless of your belief or lack of belief in a hellish after-life, this book will challenge your viewpoints, and hopefully challenge your earthly behavior in the reflected image of what this literary hell looks like. Now I wonder what Peck's image of heaven looks like. I'll bet that's a mind bender too.

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    A Short Stay in Hell

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    • By Steven L. Peck
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    An ordinary family man, geologist, and Mormon, Soren Johansson has always believed he'll be reunited with his loved ones after death in an eternal hereafter. Then, he dies. Soren wakes to find himself cast by a God he has never heard of into a Hell whose dimensions he can barely grasp: a vast library he can only escape from by finding the book that contains the story of his life. In this haunting existential novella, author, philosopher, and ecologist Steven L. Peck explores a subversive vision of eternity.

    Janice says: "I'll be thinking about this one for a while."
  • "What a tangle web we weave..."

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    At one point of this story, the protagonist is advised “nothing is as it seems”. That is a vast understatement in this tangled web of deceit, double-dealing and revenge. As with my prior outing with Goddard, I must work at not giving away any of the plot as spoilers would be difficult to avoid. Suffice it to say that there are few truly good people involved, and they are put upon badly by the self-serving villains whose bad deeds flow into and escalate over six decades, erupting when a young history researcher is given a commission to look into a memoir found in an old villa. The narrative is liberally dotted with familiar names from Edwardian parliamentary politics, and I did have to pay attention to keep up with political issues that I had only a passing familiarity with.

    I liked this story. It’s not a thriller but it is a mystery, very complex. It’s constructed like a puzzle, and Goddard gives us the pieces in a manner that we can work it out along with and sometimes ahead of the other players. The characters are well thought out and feel real to me. The history researcher at the center of the story was flawed, and proved himself slightly unscrupulous or at least pretty gullible at one point, but pulls himself together before it’s all over. The resolution was handled just right, leaving a question mark with one character in the final moments. I hope that the title of the book hints at how he will answer that question.

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    Past Caring

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    • By Robert Goddard
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    Why should distinguished Edwardian Cabinet minister Edwin Straford resign at the height of his career? Why does the woman he loves so suddenly reject him? Why, 70 years later, should people go to such lengths to prevent the truth coming out?

    Janice says: "What a tangle web we weave..."
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    "4 Beautifully Intense Dark Broken Stars!!"

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    WARNING! This is one of those books that won’t be for everyone. There were some seriously gritty parts. Death. Teen Suicide. Depression. Mindless sex. A lot of drug use. People who are doing any thing they can to erase the pain, numb themselves. If all that makes you uncomfortable or you are looking for a stand alone with a hea, this won’t be the book for you. However, If you are looking for an emotional, raw, powerful and beautiful book, you will want to give this one a go!!! I went back and forth on my rating... the book wasn't perfect, but any book that can evoke that much feeling from me gets a least 4 solid stars. I love Jessica Sorensen’s writing. It’s so fluid and beautiful. Most of her books aren't light. She creates beautifully damaged characters who have some serious issues. Nova and Quinton are not perfect characters. They are both broken, flawed, damaged. Nova Reed & Quinton Carter have both suffered major losses. Their lives have been shattered by these deaths and find it hard to live a normal life in the aftermath. Nova used to have a carefree and strong spirit, who looked at life optimistically, until her boyfriend Landon committed suicide. Now she is sad all the time and has formed OCD. She counts rocks, cracks, tiles, and so on – just to keep the memories buried. Quinton was a really good guy with a bright future ahead of him, until one tragic night when he lost control of his car and killed his girlfriend and another friend of his. He nearly died that night but got a second chance at a life. Unfortunately, he does not feel lucky to be alive. The person he used to be died on the side of the road that night. In place of the old Quinton is an emotionless broken man, who numbs his pain with drugs. These two broken souls are drowning in their grief and never thought they could feel something other than sadness and pain until they meet each other. I am going to be very honest. This is a painful book to listen to. This story is heartbreaking. Suicide, death, guilt, drug abuse all play a strong role in this story. BUT it is real. I truly felt the pain these characters endure. Maybe I have issues but I appreciated the emotional pain and deep despair that Breaking Nova inflicted upon me. I’m not giving it 5 stars because there was a point when I felt it just had too much angst and I also really HATE cliffhangers! It wasn't a horrible cliffhanger but it stinks I have to wait for the next book to be released.

  • Pulled

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    This book was a good. I would recommend it. True love pulled apart by a horrible accident. Almost a decade later their undeniable love finally draws them back together unexpectedly. Sadly, they realize all those years separated could have been avoided. An abusive controlling husband is the biggest barrier for them to find that happily ever after.

  • Ten Tiny Breaths: A Novel

    "One of my Favorite Books this year!"

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    This book was beautifully written. I was enthralled from the start and never expecting to be a blubbering idiot by the end. I don't like to give spoilers with my reviews so all I need to say is that I don't highly recommend a book often.....until now!!

  • The Forever of Ella and Micha: The Secret, Book 2

    "You and I, good or bad, belong together....."

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    This book continues right were The Secret of Ella and Micha leaves off. Micha goes on tour with his band and Ella back at school in Las Vegas with Lila. They are struggling with being apart from each other. The separation begins to create insecurities, fear, and anxiety for their future happiness. These two have come a long way since the events in the first book, but unfortunately for Ella, she still has deep issues and isn’t sure she worthy enough for Micha. Ella starts seeing a therapist and wants to work out her problems. She's dealing with issues that stem from her mother’s suicide, her alcoholic father and distant older brother who happens to be getting married. Micha is always there for Ella, through it all, he's always been her steady rock. Unfortunately, in this story there's a whole lot of Ella pushing Micha away which is so frustrating! I do understand why Ella felt the way she did but I also firmly believe when you got something good don't ruin it. I get that both Ella and Micha have a lot of baggage, but some of their arguments were tedious and began to really irritate me. I realize sometimes people tend to hurt the ones they love the most. So, Ella tries her best to Micha at arm's length, but Micha refused while trying to prove that he can help her heal. Meanwhile, some situations & outside influences cause unneeded tension within Ella and Micha’s relationship such as jealously, mostly from Alpha Caveman Micha due to some male attention Ella receives at college. On top of the fact that they both have different lifestyles that could develop more walls between them. However Micha doesn't plan to ever give up on Ella, because Ella is Micha's forever. Ella and Micha have been best friends since they were kids, they know each other inside and out, and they make each other whole. Micha was determined to prove to Ella that it’s better for them to be together than apart. Overall, I was envious of the strong connection between this couple. There was many ups & downs but they pulled through it. I found Micha to be respectful and show a lot of patience. He was swoon worthy pure perfection. OTW....the SMEXY scenes in this book are much HOTTER than the first!!! I'm looking forward to the next installment!

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  • "What a Writer! A true storyteller"

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    A true storyteller draws you into the story and you are able to visualize, be in that story. Kate Morton is profound in that capability. I have loved everyone of her books. That is odd for me because I do not care for English accent in my ear. Caroline Lee is the one exception. She is a fantastic narrator. I just so appreciate a story that once you begin you just cannot put it down until you know what happens. An author that keeps you right there in that story with those characters, it's a gift. This story will wrap right around you. It is believeable, and yet woven with fantasy of a lovely imagination. I loved it!

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    The Secret Keeper

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    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"

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    The prophecy brought them together. But the Wolf has risen, and now their greatest battle begins. The four members of Warriors Riding have learned to wage war in the supernatural, to send their spirits inside people’s souls, to battle demonic forces, and to bring deep healing to those around them. But their leader Reece is struggling with the loss of his sight.

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    Amanda Scott concludes her thrilling Border trilogy with the incandescent story of a woman and a man who are mortal foes…until they're undone by love. The rebellious daughter of a Scottish march warden, Lady Laurie Halliot is as fearless as she is beautiful. Now, to protect her runaway sister who stands accused of murder, Laurie offers herself as hostage - and reluctant bride - to the man who is her country's enemy. She prays that her sister will return before the next wardens' meeting, or Laurie herself will have to bear the punishment.

    sandy says: "Sorry the series is over"
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    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Ford K. Thigpen says: "LOVED this book!"
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    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Susan says: "Fascinating Journey for Two"
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    The Husband's Secret

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    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

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    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

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    What would happen if you were visited by your younger self, and got a chance for a do-over?Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym (a gym! she HATES the gym!) and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce.

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    The new novel - a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan - from the internationally acclaimed author, his first since IQ84. Here he gives us the remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present. It is a story of love, friendship, and heartbreak for the ages.

    Darwin8u says: "Just below the Surface"
  • The Last Anniversary (






UNABRIDGED) by Liane Moriarty Narrated by Heather Wilds

    The Last Anniversary

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    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Heather Wilds
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    Sophie moves onto the island and begins a new life as part of an unconventional family, where it seems everyone has a secret. Grace, a beautiful young mother, is feverishly planning a shocking escape from her perfect life. Margie, a frumpy housewife, has made a pact with a stranger. And dreamy Aunt Rose wonders if maybe it's about time she started making her own decisions.

    cristina says: "Excellent Moriarty"
  • Laust [Removable] (






UNABRIDGED) by Lotte Garbers Narrated by Tobias Hertz

    Laust [Removable]

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lotte Garbers
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    LAUST er en fortælling om relationer. Hvor svært det er, især dem der betyder noget. Det er en fortælling om, hvordan voksne menneskers valg eller manglende valg får følger livet igennem. Det er også en fortælling om kærlighed eller mangel på samme. Laust er 63 år gammel og sidder i en topstilling som advokat hos Sony i Berlin. Han forelsker sig pludseligt i den yngre italienske violinist Silvia, som han får øje på under en opera i Napoli.

  • Edge of Civilization (






UNABRIDGED) by Jennifer Ott Narrated by Don McDonald

    Edge of Civilization

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ott
    • Narrated By Don McDonald
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    Earl Hollsopple lived on the edge of civilization in a deserted shack for nearly 40 years. His life was one beautiful night of stargazing after another, until a helicopter flies overhead, and exposes his meager world. It is a sign; it is time for him to return to civilization.

  • The Great Divorce: C. S. Lewis Signature Classic (






UNABRIDGED) by C. S. Lewis Narrated by Julian Rhind-Tutt

    The Great Divorce: C. S. Lewis Signature Classic

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Julian Rhind-Tutt
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    C.S. Lewis's dazzling allegory about heaven and hell - and the chasm fixed between them - is one of his most brilliantly imaginative tales, as he takes issue with the ideas in William Blake's ‘The Marriage of Heaven and Hell'. In a dream, the narrator boards a bus on a drizzly afternoon and embarks on an incredible voyage through Heaven and Hell. He meets a host of supernatural beings far removed from his expectations.

  • My Lynch's Holiday (






UNABRIDGED) by Catherine O'Flynn Narrated by Joe Simpson

    My Lynch's Holiday

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Catherine O'Flynn
    • Narrated By Joe Simpson
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    Eamonn Lynch stares at the letter announcing the imminent arrival of his father, Dermot. His first thought is: I’ll make an excuse, I’ll put him off. But it is too late. Dermot is already here, in southern Spain, and soon he’ll discover that Eamonn lives in an unfinished building site; that Laura’s left him; and that it’ll be just the pair of them for two long, hot weeks. Eamonn doesn’t seem to know what to make of his father’s arrival.

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  • Renselse [Purification] (






UNABRIDGED) by Sofi Oksanen Narrated by Karin Rørbech

    Renselse [Purification]

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Sofi Oksanen
    • Narrated By Karin Rørbech
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    Den unge finske forfatter Sofi Oksanen debuterer på dansk med romanen RENSELSE, som vandt Nordisk Råds Litteraturpris 2010. Fra hjertet af Europa, og et lille, renskuret estisk køkken, fortæller Sofi Oksanen en stor og uafrystelig historie om, hvor langt mennesker vil gå for at overleve - og for kærligheden, selv hvis den ikke er gengældt. RENSELSE er en slægtsfortælling om to kvinder, en ung og en gammel, som begge bærer på frygtelige hemmeligheder.

  • Mit år med Freya [My Year with Freya] (






UNABRIDGED) by Saira Shah Narrated by Liselotte Krogager

    Mit år med Freya [My Year with Freya]

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Saira Shah
    • Narrated By Liselotte Krogager
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    Varm og vedkommende bog om at leve sine drømme ud og om at lære at leve med de kort, skæbnen har tildelt en. Men også om den rigdom, det uperfekte liv byder en, hvis man tør gribe det.Anna drømmer om at flytte til Provence med sin mand Tobias og det barn, de venter sig. Den lyserøde drøm brister imidlertid brat, da datteren Freya viser sig at være født alvorligt handicappet.

  • The Boots My Mother Gave Me (






UNABRIDGED) by Brooklyn James Narrated by Brooklyn James

    The Boots My Mother Gave Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Brooklyn James
    • Narrated By Brooklyn James
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    The Boots My Mother Gave Me explores the dynamics of abuse and dysfunction, the courage to overcome, the strength in sisterhood, and the ongoing conflict and unconditional love between mothers and daughters. Climb into Charlene the Chevelle for a fast-paced story about a girl who is tough enough to survive and tender enough to learn to trust in love.

  • Unchosen: The Chosen Series, Book 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by Alisa Mullen Narrated by Claire White

    Unchosen: The Chosen Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Alisa Mullen
    • Narrated By Claire White
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    Lizzie O'Malley is back with a purpose in life. Still flighty and unpredictable, she knows that loving and losing Teagan Gallagher has changed her life forever. As she navigates her new life in Boston as a full time working mother, she promises herself she will never fall in love again. But can she keep that promise after meeting Nick Sawyer, the gorgeous Texan who has fallen for her?