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Jessica

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  • 18 reviews
  • 25 ratings
  • 104 titles in library
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  • One Last Thing Before I Go

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jonathan Tropper
    • Narrated By John Shea
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (158)

    You don't have to look very hard at Drew Silver to see that mistakes have been made. His fleeting fame as the drummer for is nearly a decade behind him. He lives in an apartment building filled almost exclusively with divorced men like him, and makes a living playing in wedding bands. And his Princeton-bound teenage daughter, Casey, has just confided in him that she's pregnant - because Silver is the one she cares least about letting down. So when he learns that his heart requires emergency surgery, Silver makes the radical decision to refuse the operation, choosing instead to use what time he has left to repair his relationship with Casey.

    Annette says: "sentimental but strong..."
    "Tropper Always Makes Me Laugh"
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    This was not my favorite by Jonathan Tropper, but still worth the listen. The narration was great and kept me listening. The story was a great blend of sad and funny. The only thing I didn't like is that I couldn't really connect with any of the characters. I've read almost everything by Tropper and usually find myself sympathizing with his characters. This time i just hated all of them. That being said, the book was still touching in parts and made me laugh. I'd definitely recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3199)
    Performance
    (2791)
    Story
    (2802)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Sue says: "Interesting...different than I thought it would be"
    "Amazing Story!"
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    I cannot say enough about this book. It is several stories within a story. Each narrator plays their part perfectly, especially Toran as Minka. This book begins in present day with Sage. As we begin to learn her story, she meets an old man with a disturbing secret. As his tale is revealed, Sage seeks guidance from her Grandmother Minka. At this point, Minka takes over, and we hear her amazing story of living as a Jew in Nazi occupied Poland. Minka is able to survive because of her talent as a writer. Throughout the entire book we hear bits and pieces of Minka's own unpublished novel. I absolutely fell in love with these characters. Honestly, Minka's story alone makes this one worth the listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10076)
    Performance
    (9128)
    Story
    (9206)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "It Feels Like Someone Forced Him to Write This"
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    This book is so filled with repetition that there were several parts that I could repeat from memory by the end. For instance, the same video was described using the same words 5 or 6 times from different characters points of view. It was almost as if Brown had to reach a word limit. I also felt as though the descriptions of art and architecture were much more involved (and boring) than in his previous books. I just had a very hard time getting through this one. It was not the action packed thriller I was hoping for.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3643)
    Performance
    (2030)
    Story
    (2033)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Buffalogal says: "Incredible"
    "Good Book if Somewhat Predictable"
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    I tried to read this on my kindle but couldn't get past the accents. It was much easier to listen to with this narrator. I really enjoyed the book and the characters. I thought the author gave away the ending very early on in one line. If you're looking for a great mystery with lots of twists, I'd keep looking. This one is better if you think of it more as a look at a very dysfunctional family as opposed to a crime thriller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keeping Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (722)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (223)

    Mariah has just discovered her husband Colin is having his second affair. During the divorce process, their seven-year-old daughter, Faith, meets an imaginary friend who may be God. Amidst much controversy, Colin sues for custody of Faith, compelling Mariah to find her inner strength.

    DMHVetSurveyor says: "Keeping Faith"
    "Disappointing Ending"
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    I really got into this book and couldn't stop listening. So I was very disappointed with how abruptly it ended. It's not that there were really many loose ends. For the most part, the story had concluded and wrapped up the major plot lines. However, I felt that the author kind of copped out in the end. Without spoiling anything, it seems that while the entire plot revolves around whether or not Faith is actually encountering God, the end doesn't satisfactorily answer the question. I realize that it wasn't really the point of the novel, but after hours of build-up, I just didn't feel that there was any kind of message. Still, it was an enjoyable listen and the narrator was great. There were some extraneous lip-smacking and swallowing sounds, but I was able to look past that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warm Bodies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Isaac Marion
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (984)
    Performance
    (920)
    Story
    (917)

    R is a young man with an existential crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. His ability to connect with the outside world is limited to a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend, Julie.

    Charles says: "Surprising"
    "A Unique Zombie Love Story"
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    There's not really much I can say about this one. You pretty much get what you're expecting. There are not any twists or turns, and the ending is pretty predictable. For fans of zombie flicks, books and tv shows this is a nice addition. It's a fun take on the inner workings of the walking dead. It's a quick listen, entertaining, and the narrator does a great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Matthew Quick
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1834)
    Performance
    (1658)
    Story
    (1661)

    During his years in a neural-health facility, Pat Peoples has formulated a theory about silver linings. He believes that his life is a movie produced by God, that his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and that if he succeeds, his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

    FanB14 says: "Eagles Victory"
    "Nothing Like the Movie"
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    This is one of those few times where the book is not necessarily better than the movie. From everyone I've talked to who have experienced both, you'll will probably like whichever one you saw or read first. I absolutely loved the movie, so I was disappointed to see how different the book is. Major plot lines are completely different. With that being said, the book was still a great listen. It was significantly darker and sadder than the movie, but still had moments that had me laughing. The narrator was fantastic in his portrayal of Pat Peeples, but did seem to have trouble with female voices. Overall, I would recommend this Audible book and really enjoyed it once I stopped comparing it to the movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Middlesteins: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jami Attenberg
    • Narrated By Molly Ringwald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (157)

    For more than 30 years, Edie and Richard Middlestein shared a solid family life together in the suburbs of Chicago. But now things are splintering apart, for one reason, it seems: Edie's enormous girth. She's obsessed with food - thinking about it, eating it - and if she doesn't stop, she won't have much longer to live. When Richard abandons his wife, it is up to the next generation to take control. With pitch-perfect prose, huge compassion, and sly humor, Jami Attenberg has given us an epic story of marriage, family, and obsession.

    Lisa says: "Great story - Narration leaves A LOT to be desired"
    "Quick and Enjoyable"
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    I don't really have a lot to say about this one. The narration was great. The story was a little sad and very touching. I'm glad I listened to it, but I don't think it will stick with me for a long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharp Objects

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3219)
    Performance
    (2519)
    Story
    (2538)

    Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

    Kelley says: "I agree with Stephen King"
    "Love Gillian Flynn"
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    I've listened to all 3 of Flynn's novels and have loved them all. I don't want to give away any of the story, but I'll say that the story, characters, and narration are great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Dennis Boutsikaris, Rosalyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2798)
    Performance
    (1147)
    Story
    (1160)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "Slow Start but Worth It"
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    I had to start and restart this book half a dozen times. It begins so slow and drags for several chapters. But, I am so glad that I stuck it out. The story really picks up and by the half way point, I couldn't stop listening. The biggest problem is that there are long sections with way too much detail. But the history, action, and narration really come together to make a great experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11019)
    Performance
    (9996)
    Story
    (10018)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Fun Horror Thriller"
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    This book is really just for fun. Ray Porter is a great narrator and is able to make you care about the characters even in the more ridiculous parts of the story. If you can completely suspend your disbelief, you'll probably really enjoy this story. It begins like a typical haunted house story but takes such an extreme turn to the strange side that it almost loses you. But by the time you get to this point, you're already hooked!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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