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Emily

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  • 40 reviews
  • 250 ratings
  • 470 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2015
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  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1601)
    Performance
    (1440)
    Story
    (1434)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Mel says: "Soberingly Funny"
    "entertaining"
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    i enjoyed the lead character in this book. She was flawed and interesting. Nice, quality writing paired with a good 'who done it' and some interesting relationships mixed in. It's not your typical factory novel, but it still has some predictable paths, which was just fine for me. A good read to pass the time while cleaning the house or driving to work.

    And the narration was top notch - very well done.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2546)
    Performance
    (2314)
    Story
    (2315)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Amazon Customer says: "Spoiler-free review below - Amazing book!"
    "zombies"
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    This is the first post apocalyptic book I have read - for that reason, it was interesting and very different for me. I thought the pace was good, the writing very good and the performance was excellent, but the story....

    ******SPOILER******

    If I spend time reading fiction, I want a HEA ending. If I want reality, I turn on the news read a paper, read non-fiction, or look out my front door - I do not want to pay money for someone else's fabricated unhappy ending.

    If it had a different ending, then I would have given it 4-5 stars, the rest of it was that good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (3070)
    Performance
    (2695)
    Story
    (2711)

    Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

    Jane says: "Wow! Fantastic! I loved it! Entertaining."
    "The difficult made understandable"
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    I love everything that ML writes, and this one was no exception. He makes these difficult to understand topics understandable and interesting. He weaves in personal narratives that make the technical parts interesting.
    An excellent read about a topic that every American should have a basic understanding of.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (8806)
    Performance
    (7952)
    Story
    (7970)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Liked it"
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    I bought the book without knowing who the real author was - I found out about half way through listening to it, and was surprised.
    It was a very entertaining listen. A solid murder mystery that kept my attention and made me want to listen to more.
    Some surprising twists and turns. I would recommend it to anyone that likes the private investigator/cop/murder type genre.
    (And I always like a physically flawed protagonist who has honor.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • William Shakespeare's Star Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ian Doescher
    • Narrated By Daniel Davis, Jonathan Davis, Ian Doescher, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (644)
    Performance
    (604)
    Story
    (602)

    Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas's epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare's greatest plays. 'Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearsome Stormtroopers, signifying...pretty much everything.

    Amazon Customer says: "To Thine Ears, Brilliance This Doth Be!"
    "Just not for me"
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    I confess that I couldn't make it to the end, or even halfway, so it may have improved.

    If you are a child of the 70s, you will hear this book and see the movie in your mind. That was fun... for about 90 seconds, which is right about the time I figured out this was a LITERAL retelling of the story using a lot of "thee" "thou" and "therefore" and nothing else different. I'd rather spend my time just watching the Empire Strikes Back than listening to a 16th century retelling of the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steven Novella
    Overall
    (1530)
    Performance
    (1366)
    Story
    (1343)

    No skill is more important in today's world than being able to think about, understand, and act on information in an effective and responsible way. What's more, at no point in human history have we had access to so much information, with such relative ease, as we do in the 21st century. But because misinformation out there has increased as well, critical thinking is more important than ever. These 24 rewarding lectures equip you with the knowledge and techniques you need to become a savvier, sharper critical thinker in your professional and personal life.

    Jason says: "Clear thinking is valuable beyond measure!"
    "Great flow"
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    The organization of these lectures was very good. The material was not new for me - if you have read Dan Ariely, Daniel Kahneman or Michael Schermer, etc. then the concepts will not be new - but it was a great reminder and I particularly liked the way the material flowed and was organized. Very logical.

    The narration by the professor was excellent. Great diction and pace.

    These are essential concepts that are good for me to remind myself of at least once a year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rule: A Marked Men Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jay Crownover
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake, Michael Rahhal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (705)
    Performance
    (647)
    Story
    (654)

    Shaw Landon loved Rule Archer from the moment she laid eyes on him. Rule is everything a straight-A pre-med student like Shaw shouldn't want - and the only person she's never tried to please. She isn't afraid of his scary piercings and tattoos or his wild attitude. Though she knows that Rule is wrong for her, her heart just won't listen.

    Jordy says: "An opposites attract love story......"
    "Okay"
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    I picked this book up and another (Lick) when they were on sale. Neither are books I would normally go for. I thought both were okay. This book had a bit more seriousness to it than the other. I'm not a big fan of tattoos and body piercings (especially in very sensitive places) but that's part of what made it different for me and it was okay.

    I didn't love it -- it didn't make me think and it didn't teach me anything new, but it didn't offend and it was mildly entertaining.

    It was just okay.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lick: Stage Dive, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kylie Scott
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1989)
    Performance
    (1819)
    Story
    (1823)

    Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this. Evelyn Thomas' plans for celebrating her 21st birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man in her room, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.One thing is certain, being married to one of the hottest rock stars on the planet is sure to be a wild ride.

    Jordy says: "4.5 Lickable Rock Stars!"
    "Fun diversion"
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    What I liked: it was a little different; well written; no real big gaps in logic (except the whole get married to a stranger while drunk thing, but if you can get past that...) and the characters were likeable.

    Not the best: the whole get married to a stranger...; they were both too young; I find it hard to believe that this rock star who is used to partying as a way of life would just stop, no more women; and it was very short - not a lot of complicated relationships or intrigue going on.

    I read the next 2 books in the series, instead of listening to them, and enjoyed them. The third (Lead) was really good - the best of the three I've read.

    For me, once I'm into a series, the characters take on more meaning and I end up liking previous installments more and more so I like these characters - Dave and Evie - but mostly because I got to know them better in the subsequent installments.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The English Girl: Gabriel Allon, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1249)
    Performance
    (1073)
    Story
    (1075)

    Daniel Silva delivers another spectacular thriller starring Gabriel Allon, The English Girl. When a beautiful young British woman vanishes on the island of Corsica, a prime minister’s career is threatened with destruction. Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, is thrust into a game of shadows where nothing is what it seems...and where the only thing more dangerous than his enemies might be the truth.…

    Janels says: "Gabriel's story takes huge strides"
    "My favorite so far"
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    Well crafted story with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing right to the very end. I loved it. One of the best in the series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3986)
    Performance
    (3671)
    Story
    (3666)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Tango says: "Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!"
    "Different"
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    I enjoyed this book mostly because of the characters -- they were real, with flaws and strengths. The writing was smart and I found myself really caring about what happened to the characters.

    The story was also interesting - for me it was unique, having only read a few stories with Jin and Golems, so the world was still newish for me.

    The pace was decent - a tad slow in parts - and the author's writing style is smart. She uses dialog between characters to build the story, which I think always makes for a better read.

    I'm looking forward to the next installment (I hope there is one...)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • White Fire: Agent Pendergast, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2297)
    Performance
    (2037)
    Story
    (2054)

    Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who - with brutal precision - begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear.

    G. House Sr. says: "A Grand Slam Tale of Terror"
    "great installment in an excellent series"
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    Reminded me a little of Still Life with Crows, maybe because it featured Corrie. Preston & Child do an excellent job of weaving the story, making it fast-paced and exciting. I found the Doyle/Holmes angle different and interesting.

    There were a couple of twists and turns that I did not expect! (As usual.)

    I would have liked to have heard more about Constance and his son(s???) but that's a minor complaint.

    I stayed up most of the night to finish it, it was that good. If you're a fan of the series you won't be disappointed. If you haven't read any in this series, I envy you! Start at the beginning and enjoy...

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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