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Julie

Milan, OH, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 142 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2015
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  • Along for the Ride

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Sarah Dessen
    • Narrated By Rachel Botchan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (92)

    It's been so long since Auden slept at night. Ever since her parents' divorce - or since the fighting started. Now she has the chance to spend a carefree summer with her dad and his new family in the charming beach town where they live.A job in a clothes boutique introduces Auden to the world of girls: their talk, their friendship, their crushes. She missed out on all that, too busy being the perfect daughter to her demanding mother. Then she meets Eli, an intriguing loner and a fellow insomniac.

    Julie says: "Not a romance story"
    "Not a romance story"
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    The description of this book led me to believe it was a romance. Not even close. It's about a girl coming to grips with her parent's divorce and their new relationships. Just when I thought the romance might build- I was let down. There is little to no description of characters so it was impossible for me to visualize them.
    The narrator has a squeaky voice. And, like another reviewer mentioned, takes awkward pauses. Not just in dialogue, but at random times. I thought it was the end of a chapter a couple times.

    I wish I hadn't wasted my credit on this pick.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I Know This Much Is True

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Wally Lamb
    • Narrated By Ken Howard
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (162)

    In the long awaited follow-up to the highly praised novel She's Come Undone, Dominick Birdsey must come to terms with himself, as well as with the schizophrenic twin brother he has spent his life both protecting and resenting.

    Douglas says: "Disappointing"
    "Good- but didn't live up to the hype"
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    My sister raved about this book. Having a mentally ill family member, I thought I'd be able to relate to it. It was a good book. But it wasn't great. She's Come Undone is 100x better (Which I've only read, not listened to).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Juliet, Naked

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Nick Hornby
    • Narrated By Bill Irwin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (764)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (328)

    Annie loves Duncan - or thinks she does. Duncan loves Annie, but then, all of a sudden, he doesn't. Duncan really loves Tucker Crowe, a reclusive Dylanish singer-songwriter who stopped making music 10 years ago. Annie stops loving Duncan, and starts getting her own life. In doing so, she initiates an e-mail correspondence with Tucker, and a connection is forged between two lonely people who are looking for more out of what they've got.

    Northern Latitude Lagniappe says: "So this is how good an audiobook can be"
    "Worth the credit. A little quirky"
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    I love Nick Hornby so had to give it a chance. This was an interesting story. I really enjoyed the story and loved the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Middlesex

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Eugenides
    • Narrated By Kristoffer Tabori
    Overall
    (6529)
    Performance
    (2646)
    Story
    (2674)

    In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

    Christopher Allen walker says: "Great Pulitzer Winning novel!"
    "I didn't finish..."
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    I couldn't get into this story. I never got past the incest and backstory of the grandparents. It was dreadfully boring. Maybe I'll give it another shot- when I'm out of credits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Barbara Caruso, Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (2565)
    Performance
    (1681)
    Story
    (1695)

    Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, wowed critics on its way to winning several literary prizes, including Book of the Year honors from the Los Angeles Times. It has been published in 24 countries and will soon be a major motion picture. Foer's talent continues to shine in this sometimes hilarious and always heartfelt follow-up.

    Peter J. Maerz says: "Suffused my being..."
    "One of my favorite listens!"
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    I laughed. I cried- a lot. Great narrators. Amazing story. I wanted to listen to it before I saw the movie- which I still haven't seen. I love the relationship between the grandparents. This is a must listen for anyone who likes emotional stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lucky One

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1283)
    Performance
    (825)
    Story
    (830)

    Is there really such thing as a lucky charm? The hero of Nicholas Sparks's new novel believes he's found one in the form of a photograph of a smiling woman he's never met, but who he comes to believe holds the key to his destiny. The chain of events that leads to him possessing the photograph and finding the woman pictured in it is the stuff of love stories only a master such as Sparks can write.

    Amber says: "Very enjoyable!!!!"
    "Predictable"
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    I don't know why I did it to myself. ALL of Nicholas Sparks's stories are the same. Damsel in distress, jerk ex, loner hero to the rescue. A dog. This book was disappointing. The story was boring and ENTIRELY predictable- page to page. And the narrator creeped me out a bit when he did the female voices.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2931)
    Performance
    (1116)
    Story
    (1108)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "Smithy Ide is my new favorite character!"
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    I can't say enough about this book. I cried, I laughed- I didn't want it to end! The storyline was strange enough to draw me in and I'm so glad I bought this one. Smithy Ide is- unlike any character or person I've ever known. I wanted to kick him in the shins and give him a big hug- both at the same time! This is a MUST read. And I think I read that it is being made into a movie. So listen now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tom Franklin
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    Overall
    (1856)
    Performance
    (1210)
    Story
    (1217)

    Larry Ott and Silas “32” Jones were unlikely boyhood friends. Larry was the child of lower middle-class white parents, Silas the son of a poor, single, black mother - their worlds as different as night and day. Yet a special bond developed between them in Chabot, Mississippi. But within a few years, tragedy struck. In high school, a girl who lived up the road from Larry had gone to the drive-in movie with him and nobody had seen her again.

    Jami E. Nettles says: "Fantastic story in the south I know"
    "Zzzzzzz"
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    This was the most boring book I've ever encountered. Do NOT waste your time. There is no mystery, suspense, drama- it's all over the place with useless stories intertwined. The only reason I finished it is because I was SURE there'd be a big shocker ending to make up for how horrible the rest of the story was. I was wrong.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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