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CJ

Member Since 2009

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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • A Reason to Believe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Diana Copland
    • Narrated By Jack LeFleur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (191)

    Detective Matthew Bennett doesn't believe in ghosts. So when the spirit of a murdered child leads him to her body, he's shaken to the core - and taken off the case. Unable to explain his vision, or to let go of the investigation, Matthew turns to renowned medium Kiernan Fitzpatrick. Though he has doubts about Kiernan's claims to communicate with the dead, Matt is nevertheless drawn to the handsome psychic, who awakens feelings he thought were long-buried.

    Christine says: "Skin Crawling"
    "It is a gay romance detective story"
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    If you're like me and pay attention to the ratings, and not the actual details, you may have accidentally skimmed over the part that while it is a romance, it is between a male couple. "Kiernan" being a man.

    Pretty good story line, and I imagine if you were gay, and liked romance books, this would be a great listen.

    If you're not, it isn't.

    2 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteenth Child

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Patricia C. Wrede
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (747)
    Performance
    (680)
    Story
    (685)

    Eff was born a thirteenth child. Her twin brother, Lan, is the seventh son of a seventh son. This means he's supposed to possess amazing talent - and she's supposed to bring only bad things to her family and her town. Undeterred, her family moves to the frontier, where her father will be a professor of magic at a school perilously close to the magical divide that separates settlers from the beasts of the wild. With wit and wonder, Patricia Wrede creates an alternate history of westward expansion that will delight fans of both J. K. Rowling and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

    Erin - Audible says: "History, Magic, Teens, & Not An Inkling of Romance"
    "Great story-total surprise- next one please"
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    Great series start. I was pleasantly wowed by this unknown author, as we follow Eff, the "unlucky" thirteenth child as she grows into her magical own. What I loved: book translated to adults. No formula love triangle. Female heroine. Good adventure. Good storytelling...and great narrator. The bad: Could have had some more complex characters. Overall, a great, light adventure tale that I really enjoyed- hope they release the next two soon!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Elite

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (910)
    Performance
    (818)
    Story
    (821)

    The selection began with 35 girls. Now, with the group narrowed down to the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's love is fiercer than ever. The closer America gets to the crown, the more she struggles to figure out where her heart truly lies. Each moment she spends with Maxon is like a fairy tale, filled with breathless, glittering romance. But whenever she sees her first love, Aspen, standing guard, she's swept up in longing for the life they'd planned to share.

    Katheryne says: "This fan girl enjoyed it...love triangles and all!"
    "Waste of time, waste of money"
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    What a let down.
    I loved the first book. I loved the characters.
    I pre-ordered the book. It fell to pieces.

    The only plot that this followed was one of teen angst: "I like him, no I like him, no I don't know what to do" Major events were happening in the story - additional raids, traitors. No description on these major plot events, nope, all taking a back seat to the love triangle.

    Then, to make what little plot come together, the author would drop plot bombshells on the readers left and right. Traitors, cheating, abuse, by characters that you liked, and it seemed that there was no reason for these twists and turns that tore down the character development that was done in the first book, other than to highlight the love triangle- that did not make sense in the first place.

    What a disappointment.

    The first book was so fun, and this did not live up.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Wretched of Muirwood: Legends of Muirwood, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jeff Wheeler
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (252)

    The Wretched of Muirwood, the opening novel in the Muirwood Trilogy, is the tale of the orphan Lia - who is part of a pariah caste known only as the "wretched", a people unloved, unwanted, and destined to a life of servitude. Forbidden to read or write, and forced to slave away in the Abbey kitchen, Lia is all but resigned to her fate. But when an injured squire named Colvin is abandoned at the Abbey kitchen, opportunity arises, and Lia conspires to hide Colvin and change her life forever.…

    CJ says: "Nice Surprise from Unknown Author"
    "Nice Surprise from Unknown Author"
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    I wasn't sure what to expect when picking out this book, and was pleasantly surprised with an engaging listen - follows the story of an orphan kitchen girl as she helps an unknown knight.

    Nice, strong girl lead, characters a bit cardboard cut-outs- act asone would expect - the shy sidekick, the wise leader, the fiesty girl, the rough on the outside, tender on the inside cook. But the plot and premise is original.

    A good listen, and I bought the following one in the series.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8753)
    Performance
    (7861)
    Story
    (7993)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "Didn't live up to childhood memories ... Sigh"
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    This was a disappointment. I recall loving this story as a nine and ten year old. It was magical!

    Listening as an adult, it had lost its magic. The adventure not that adventurous and the characters too simple and not complex.

    I truly regret buying this, as I feel I lost a bit of magic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Ramon De Ocampo
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (262)

    The author of the Mistborn trilogy and Elantris, Brandon Sanderson is winning abundant praise for this rollicking - and unusual - tale. Alcatraz Smedry can’t exactly be described as someone who doesn’t break things. In fact, he breaks lots of things. The truth is, he’s a major klutz. Breaking things, however, might just be the ace in the hole he needs when he goes up against a cabal of nefarious (gasp!) librarians.

    Ryan says: "Really bad title, really good book."
    "Blech...definitely not for adults"
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    What would have made Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians better?

    It was just bad. Snarky teen, goes off on authors and writers in long asides, and


    What could Brandon Sanderson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This book was such a disappointment after being a fan of Sanderson's other work. There were these long snarky and oh so clever asides about writers and authors...that I, as the listener couldn't really care less about. No suspense...no plot...bad


    What three words best describe Ramon De Ocampo’s performance?

    He did a good job, but the book was bad.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians?

    Most of them


    Any additional comments?

    Don't get it, pass this one by.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Discreet Guide for Executive Women: How to Work Well with Men (and Other Difficulties)

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jennifer K. Crittenden
    • Narrated By Jennifer K. Crittenden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Inspired to extend a helping hand to ambitious women working in corporate America, a veteran executive offers honest, practical, slightly irreverent advice about navigating companies that are run and populated predominately by men: how to interpret their sometimes surprising behavior, avoid common mistakes, flourish with the good guys, deal with the bad guys, and nurture a wonderful, satisfying career in a non-traditional role.

    Sarah says: "Take parts, not all"
    "Surprise, I actually liked it"
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    Would you listen to The Discreet Guide for Executive Women again? Why?

    I never listen self-help book twice, but I would recommend it!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author, of course. I usually do not like listening to self help books (why listen to the whole thing, I can just skim through a print book and be self enlightened!) I honestly did enjoy this book though - part of it is the author. I enjoyed her outlook on life.


    What about Jennifer K. Crittenden’s performance did you like?

    The author is a businesswoman, not a natural narrator, but I liked hearing the sincerity and humor in her voice that may have been lost with another narrator.


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

    Err..I'm skipping this question


    Any additional comments?

    Good for women, especially if you're going through a tough time at work.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Eve Brown Waite
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    In this laugh-out-loud funny memoir, a pampered city girl falls head over little black heels in love with a Peace Corps poster boy and follows him literally to the ends of the earth.

    cristin says: "One of the best memoirs I have ever read!"
    "Wondering if it was worth it..."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not sure. This is the type of book you'd pick up and read on a rainy day or borrow at your sister's house because you're bored. Not one you'd intentionally purchase at full price, but worth a read or listen if the price is right.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Certainly Eve's travels are interesting. I was disappointed in how her story was portrayed though. Her book highlights an averageness. It was a story of a woman whose love for an amazing husband is evident, but not one that highlights an amazing woman. Not to say that she's not, but she didn't convey that to the reader.

    I really enjoyed Conor Greenan's Little Princes,for example,because it highlights an average Joe who seems to stumble into excellence. This seems to be focused on the reverse.


    What three words best describe Eileen Stevens’s performance?

    Good (Sorry, just one).


    What else would you have wanted to know about Eve Brown Waite’s life?

    What happened next.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Eric Greitens
    • Narrated By Eric Greitens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (746)
    Performance
    (558)
    Story
    (561)

    Like many young idealists, Eric Greitens wanted to make a difference. During college and afterward, he traveled to the world's trouble spots, working in refugee camps, serving the sick and the poor on four continents, from Gaza to Croatia to Mother Teresa's home in Calcutta, among others. Yet he could not prevent violence or save anyone from becoming a refugee; he could only step in afterward and try to ease the damage. So Eric joined the Navy SEALs and became an elite warrior....

    Kristopher says: "One of the best books on Audible"
    "Hmmm...seemed rather preachy to me"
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    I did finish this book. The author seems like a nice, well intentioned person. I just disagreed with his connection between the military and humanitarianism. Didn't make sense and the story itself wasn't worth it for itself. But his intentions are good, and a portion of the profits from the sales go to support his NGO.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1884)
    Performance
    (1699)
    Story
    (1706)

    Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

    Staaj says: "Surpised by how much I enjoyed it"
    ""Cinderella" inspired story with edge"
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    This book is going to be a smashing success, and I couldn't think of a better format to listen than on audible.

    The story follows "Cinder" an adopted teen who is a cyborg (really, it isn't as unappealing as it sounds) basically she has had her lower leg and hand replaced by a futuristic artificial parts and is thus rejected from the mainstream society. She has to save the kingdom by retrieving information. Has some suspense, action, and likeable protagonist. The one fault in the book is that I think it follows the story of Cinderella a little too closely. Overall a great listen!

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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