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J. Kirsch

Bay Area, CA | Member Since 2008

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  • 7 reviews
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  • 46 purchased in 2014
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  • Here I Go Again: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jen Lancaster
    • Narrated By Jen Lancaster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (50)

    Twenty years after ruling the halls of her suburban Chicago high school, Lissy Ryder doesn't understand why her glory days ended. Back then, she was worshipped...beloved...feared. Present day, not so much. She's been pink-slipped from her high-paying job, dumped by her husband and kicked out of her condo. Now, at 37, she's struggling to start a business out of her parents' garage and sleeping under the hair-band posters in her old bedroom. Lissy finally realizes karma is the only bitch bigger than she was.

    K. Yorston says: "Love Jen... but please, please don't narrate"
    "Only for Lancaster Fans"
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    Story
    Would you listen to Here I Go Again again? Why?

    Probably. I love Jen Lancaster's spunk and I always get a kick out of how her snarky commentary comes through her characters.


    Have you listened to any of Jen Lancaster’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Her non-fiction and personal stories are way better. They're much more snappy and often make me laugh aloud when listening to them.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was a silly, lighthearted plot that was fun to listen to when I had an entire floor to tile. It was easy to follow, and I enjoyed myself. I would read this again on a rainy day for sure.


    Any additional comments?

    Think of this book like a made-for-tv movie: don't watch an ABC Family movie if you're looking for an A-List epic. It's got that teenage John Hughes / It's a Wonderful Life thing going on which is great if, like me, you love those random movies on the Disney Channel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4214)
    Performance
    (3047)
    Story
    (3085)

    When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

    Teddy says: "2 Stars because it actually gets worse...."
    "Really weird descriptions"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Cassandra Clare and/or Ari Graynor?

    No


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    My life as a White Trash Zombie.


    What aspect of Ari Graynor’s performance would you have changed?

    Good voice, well-paced. Just a weird story.


    Was City of Bones worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    There were strange phrases littered throughout the narrative that kept puling me out of the story. "the wolf's lips pulled back and his tongue lolled as it bared its teeth and let out a low growl." How can the tongue be lolling in this scenario??? "with one motion, he slipped the blade back into it's sheath, sticky with blood." So it's sticky, but it slides easily? I found it confusing time and time again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6263)
    Performance
    (5833)
    Story
    (5836)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "Wheaton was perfect narrator!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Redshirts in three words, what would they be?

    ironic hilarious re-readable


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Redshirts?

    "eveloutionarilly questionable rotating teeth"


    What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

    His enthusiasm and sarcasm played through the characters perfectly!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh - more than once!


    Any additional comments?

    Could not love this book more. I started it over as soon as I finished and it's even funnier the second time around. Completely brilliant!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pretend Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Bridget Asher
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    For Gwen Merchant, love has always been doled out in little packets - from her father, who buried himself in work after her mother's death, and from her husband, Peter, who's always been respectable and safe. But then an old college boyfriend, the irrepressible Elliot Hull, invites himself back into Gwen's life with a surprising proposition. Elliot, it turns out, is in need of a pretend wife, just for the weekend, in order to fulfill his dying mother's last wish.

    S says: "this book is nonsense. don't bother"
    "Sleepy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Bridget Asher and/or Carrington MacDuffie?

    Carrington MacDuffie's voice droned on so slowly, I actually had to put my iPod on double-time just to get through the rambling internal debates and baggage the main character was struggling with. I would avoid future books with her narrating.


    What aspect of Carrington MacDuffie’s performance would you have changed?

    Be alive! She sounded like Ben Stein at times!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Irritation. I loathe books where you're supposed to sympathize with the protagonist for being an adulterer. I feel like the author "bailed out" the protagonist; for some reason when the protagonist discovers that her husband "cheated first" her indiscretions were all justified and she becomes the victim. Wtf. Seriously.


    Any additional comments?

    Try "The Undomestic Goddess" if you want a fun bait-and-switch story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (19044)
    Performance
    (14815)
    Story
    (14761)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Hilarity ensued!"
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Bossypants the most enjoyable?

    I LOVE when authors read their own books! Tina Fey is a true actor and it comes out in every word of her book. Her words are incredibly full of life and inflection and innuendo and overall I found Bossypants easy to follow, and hard to put down!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Responding to fan mail she found on completely random message boards on the net. Man, i wish I could take criticism with that kind of grace.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10558)
    Performance
    (5444)
    Story
    (5488)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Russell says: "Glad I Listened to 11-22-63 First"
    "Character Study"
    Overall

    This book encompasses all the reasons I love Stephen King. So many books try to make so many things happen at once that it quickly turns to chaos. Stephen King takes a single event and then turns it into a This book encompasses all the reasons I love Stephen King. So many books try to make so many things happen at once that it quickly turns to chaos. Stephen King takes a single event and then turns it into a character study of human psychology. There are vast expanses of time where no "action" is happening, and yet you are gripped by the interactions between the forces of good and evil in people's minds and how their intentions play out. Completely engrossing and (if you have the time) definitely worth more than one read!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Scroogenomics: Why You Shouldn't Buy Presents for the Holidays

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Joel Waldfogel
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (8)

    Christmas is a time of seasonal cheer, family get-togethers, holiday parties, and-gift giving. Lots and lots - and lots - of gift giving. It's hard to imagine any Christmas without this time-honored custom. But let's stop to consider the gifts we receive - the rooster sweater from Grandma or the singing fish from Uncle Mike. How many of us get gifts we like? How many of us give gifts not knowing what recipients want? Did your cousin really look excited about that jumping alarm clock?

    A User says: "a little dry"
    "Bleh-onomics"
    Overall

    Despite the catchy title and interesting premise, I found my mind drifting after the first 20 minutes of this book. It is clearly trying to capitalize on the success of "Freakonomics" but unfortunately does not engage a reader with no economic background. While "Freakonomics" strives to make economics weird and interesting to the common man, this book feels like it was written for people interested in the finer technical points of economics. There were times when it felt distinctly textbook-y. So 2 stars for effort.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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