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Parisi

San Jose, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2081)
    Performance
    (1382)
    Story
    (1384)

    After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

    Blythe says: "Best dog book ever!"
    "Too Juvenile"
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    Would you try another book from W. Bruce Cameron and/or George K. Wilson?

    I was excited to use my monthly credit for a new book, especially one that had a 4 star rating and seemed to have an excellent premise. I was immediately disappointed when I started listening to this audio book. Maybe it was the narrator, but it sounded so juvenile, I almost gave up on it. It turned out to be an okay story, although very predictable, but I think it would've been much more enjoyable if it was narrated differently. Maybe it was the actual writing in the "first dog" format. Regardless, I was disappointed I used my monthly credit for this book.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Very predictable.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of George K. Wilson?

    Unsure


    Was A Dog's Purpose worth the listening time?

    Marginally.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Naomi Chase
    • Narrated By Diana Luke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (144)

    A journalist turned best-selling author, Naomi Chase quickly became a favorite among fans of erotic urban dramas. Deception stars Tamia and Fiona Lake, two sisters harboring a scandalous secret but looking for fresh starts. Acquitted of murder, Tamia is willing to risk everything to reclaim what she’s lost - including her ex. Meanwhile, Fiona must hide her past if she wants to keep her newfound happiness.

    ann coleman says: "Loved it!!"
    "So Disappointed"
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    I've never listened to a book that just stopped in the middle of the story. I can't believe the reviews didn't warn me of this. If I'd known I'd get wrapped up in a book that was going to end before the storyline was wrapped up, I would've never wasted a credit on this book. The reviews also didn't advise me that this is a "erotic fiction", although I soon figured that out. Not that I'm a prude, I've listened to the 50 Shades trilogy, but I like to know what kind of genre I'm getting myself into.

    At first the book was a little difficult to get into. It's obviously written for a certain ethnicity and the language used was a little off putting at first, but when I got into the characters, the language and different voices of the characters made a lot of sense. I have to give the narrator credit for all the different voices, including amazingly realistic voices for the men characters.

    The characters were nicely evolved, interesting and fairly realistic. The story line was intriguing and I was really caught up in it, right up until the time it ended, with no warning, before the story was wrapped up. I looked online for a sequel but nothing! I was so irritated I had to wait a couple weeks before writing this.

    I guess I'll keep looking for the sequel from Naomi. Hopefully she doesn't let me down.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Society's Child: My Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Janis Ian
    • Narrated By Janis Ian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (411)
    Story
    (411)

    Janis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at the age of 15, when her soul-wrenching song "Society's Child" became a hit. But this was only the beginning of a long and illustrious career. In Society's Child, Janis Ian provides a relentlessly honest account of the successes and failures - and the hopes and dreams - of an extraordinary life.

    Pamela says: "I know why this won the grammy"
    "Took Me Back In Time"
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    Having grown up in Janis' generation, being almost the same age, I was a huge fan. Her lyrics always resonated with me; but other than 17, I had forgotten about her music and about her as an artist. This book brought it all back to me vividly and, along with it, memories of myself at 17. Her narration was key to the enjoyment of the book. Beginning each chapter with a song was brilliant and sharing the story of her life was not only brave but made for an excellent read (listen). I always knew from her music that she was a complex individual but to hear first-hand how and what made her who she is helped to truly understand her music and life. This is an extremely a good book, even if you don't know Janis and he music, but being audible made it just that much better. After listening, I immediately went out and bought some of her music.

    1 of 1 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
    (5767)
    Performance
    (4992)
    Story
    (4986)

    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"
    "Beautifully Written"
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    This is a delightful tale that is beautifully written. I would recommend this book (and have) to anyone looking for an escape into a delightful world of well defined characters that have both poignant and amusing stories.

    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
    (14630)
    Performance
    (12017)
    Story
    (12646)

    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"
    "Ridiculous Trash"
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    What disappointed you about Fifty Shades of Grey?

    I had heard all the hype about this book, so I was interested to see what it was all about. I can't believe this series is a best seller. All I can say is that there must be a lot of young, bored, lonely and sex starved house wives out there that must be buying this trash. First of all the book is entirely predictable. It was obvious where the plot was leading long before the writer got you there. Secondly, the detailed reading of the numerous emails between Christian and Anna, including the date, time and signature line, every time an email was read was so tedious, I almost threw my mp3 player across the room several times, it was so frustrating. Thirdly, I'm definitely no prude and have read my share of erotic literature, but the number of sex scenes so overshadowed the characterizations and plot that the book was almost just a series of sex scenes one right after the other. It got so boring. Anna describes rolling her eyes all the time (only about a billion times) in the book and that's what I found myself doing every time you knew there was yet another sex scene coming. I would definitely NOT recommend this book.


    What was most disappointing about E. L. James’s story?

    The amount of sex scenes that really served no literary or entertainment purpose whatsoever. Also the predictable plot, as miniscule as it was.


    What didn’t you like about Becca Battoe’s performance?

    Everything. Anna's character is supposed to be a literary bookworm whose favorite classics are British literature. Ms. Battoe's performance (and EL James writing) makes her sound like a California valley girl.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    About 80% of the sex scenes, they are so unnecessary. We get it! Christian's into kinky sex! Big deal. Why not focus more of the story on his childhood and why he's 50 shades? Or how about describing what in Anna's past made her so vulnerable and so lacking self esteem that she would succumb to such a control freak of a boyfriend. As a woman, I got so frustrated when Anna allows Christian to control her again and again. I wanted to scream "get some b-lls Anna!


    Any additional comments?

    Don't buy this book. You'll be wishing you'd never wasted your money (credit) or your time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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