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JAB

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OC, California | Member Since 2011

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  • 7 reviews
  • 115 ratings
  • 749 titles in library
  • 73 purchased in 2014
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  • Arcadia Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Carol Goodman
    • Narrated By Jen Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (256)

    In debt after her husband's unexpected death, Meg Rosenthal secures a job as a teacher at an upstate New York boarding school. Leaving suburban Long Island, Meg and her teenage daughter, Sally, embark on a new life in Arcadia Falls, a beautiful but isolated small town and the inspiration for a number of magically eerie fairy tales.

    Lenne says: "Decent book...horrible reader"
    "Just ok"
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    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Just could not get into the story


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

    Interesting using an old fairytale but I did not feel connected to the story.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Jen Taylor?

    no


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Leaving Time

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Abigail Revasch, Kathe Mazur, and others
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (254)

    Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest.

    Jan says: "Pickiest Reader Would Be Willing to Give 6 Stars"
    "where is Jodi"
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    Performance
    Story

    I only finished the book because I could not believe that the story would not get better but it did not.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3395)
    Performance
    (3048)
    Story
    (3060)

    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....

    Margaret says: "Escape to the land down under..."
    "The title should be Lies"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A book that lingers long after you finish it, deserves 5 stars. It is a book about a secret but it actually started with a first lie. Lies have consequences and they can lead to unforeseen consequences. People compared it to Gone Girl but that book was about sheer evil, this book is about human frailties. This book is not about black or white but many shades in between. Secrets are still present at the end of the book. Time for a sequel to see what becomes of them.A very moving read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15774)
    Performance
    (13065)
    Story
    (13702)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Who?What?Why?When?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    So many people were talking about the book, so I decided to judge for myself. I should have listened to the reviewers. Who would like this? What would they like about it?Why would they like it? When they started, why would they continue reading. She writes about unlikeable characters, make young women look stupid, and needs to get a better vocabulary. It upsets me that this is a best seller, there are so many better books out there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6106)
    Performance
    (5293)
    Story
    (5284)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Should You Believe all the great Reviews - Praise?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The answer is yes. Beautiful Ruins and Gone Girl are my two favorites of the year. Both writers are wonderful story tellers. It gives me hope that there are truly great writers writing good literature. After enduring but not finishing The Grey books, it was refreshing to experience writers who could not only tell a good story but also write. Beautiful ruins took "life " and made it into a story.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13014)
    Performance
    (5364)
    Story
    (5409)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    CynNC says: "Captivating"
    "What a Story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    We think we are advanced in the 21st century but Ken Follett shows us that all the themes of today's book are found in The Pillars of the Earth/

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18806)
    Performance
    (16807)
    Story
    (16861)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Story,Style,Stunning"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed hearing the story from both characters as the readers makes one asumption and then changes their mind again and again.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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