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JanBreesmom

Breesmom

MIRA LOMA, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5952)
    Performance
    (5162)
    Story
    (5152)

    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"
    "Interwoven Stories of Life"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This book is completely engrossing, interweaving the lives of several completely different kinds of people who intersect over a fifty year time period. It's written like a jigsaw puzzle, all the pieces fit together at the end. At times fun and enjoyable, at other times sad, heartbreaking. The images of Italy, both in 1962 and at present were breathtakingly described.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ability of the author to tell an engrossing, detailed story bringing in so many different people. The story travels from Italy to Hollywood and then to Seattle and Idaho; back and forth from 1962 to present (with look-backs in between).


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

    I have not heard his narration before but was impressed with his performance with this book.


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

    I wanted to, it was engrossing but it actually took several sittings to complete.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    30 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • Inherent Vice

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Thomas Pynchon
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (137)

    It's been awhile since Doc Sportello has seen his ex-girlfriend. Suddenly out of nowhere she shows up with a story about a plot to kidnap a billionaire land developer whom she just happens to be in love with. Easy for her to say. It's the tail end of the psychedelic sixties in L.A., and Doc knows that "love" is another of those words going around at the moment, like "trip" or "groovy", except that this one usually leads to trouble.

    Philipp Marian Selman says: "If you enjoyed The Crying of Lot 49..."
    "Remembering the Late Sixties"
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    Actually, I would give it three and a half stars if I could here. Good interesting well-defined characters in this story, somewhat interesting story. However, there is lots of druggies, drug use here which ramble too much, ruminating on their thoughts, feelings, and that gets old half-way through, for me. The theme is the late 1960's, a private eye, his friends, the cops who hound them, a mystery about the whereabouts of an ex-girlfriend of the private eye. It was an interesting change of pace for me but not sure I could recommend it to others. I think it will probably make a better movie than book as the music, visuals and sixties sets will most-likely help.

    The narrator was okay, really didn't add or detract from the story. His performance was not notable. I felt there was no advantage in listening to the audiobook over reading the book in print myself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs)
    • By Bruce Wagner
    • Narrated By Bruce Wagner
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    New York Times best-selling author Bruce Wagner is also a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist and a notable contributor to the New Yorker and Vanity Fair. With Dead Stars, Wagner delivers uproarious and sharply critical views on the sex- and money-obsessed world of Hollywood through the story of Telma, a 13-year-old girl who’s also the world’s youngest breast cancer survivor. A regular at pink-tie charity events and private lunches, Telma has come to enjoy her fame—so she’s not pleased to learn another young girl is about to break her record.

    JanBreesmom says: "Controversial, Heartbreaking, & Thought Provoking"
    "Controversial, Heartbreaking, & Thought Provoking"
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    First, this book is not for everybody...maybe not even for me although I did appreciate it for what it was. It is a raw, realistic look about people who live for celebrity. The story is set in Hollywood, as it should be, yet the characters easily relate as human beings striving for recognition everywhere, I think. Lots of characters here and everyone has a story...sometimes their stories intersect.

    This novel has so many elements to it: it's shocking, crude, violent...definitely for adults only...nothing is taboo in it...but it is also heart wrenching and thought provoking.

    Narration is done by the author, Bruce Wagner, which I was wary of at first but I think he did a fine job overall.

    Word is that this book has been adapted [by the author] into a movie called 'Maps to the Stars' which will be made later this year. I would think that many things would be changed for the movie--characters and stories will be thinned out or combined, for example. This will make a very interesting movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Dies at the End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1806)
    Performance
    (1647)
    Story
    (1661)

    STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

    Amazon Customer says: "Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win."
    "Told as a Nightmare, in Bits & Pieces"
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    This one is kind of hard to rate. I would give it four stars for ingenuity and inventiveness of the basic story but overall I give it three stars because the story needs to be tighter...I get that it's suppose to be like a nightmare but it meanders all over the place in too many places. A shorter book would have been appreciated, I think.

    The narrator did a fine job with the material. I recommend this book to those who liked books such as a 'Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy'...liked, not loved--people who loved that book are absolutely in love with it, I think and might take offense in this one being compared to it...that said, if you liked that book you should at least find this book to be similarly entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Slay Me: Aisling Grey, Guardian, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (593)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (333)

    You Slay Me is a lusty romance novel with amusing supernatural undercurrents. When courier Aisling Grey is dispatched to Paris to deliver a priceless dragon statue to a rich and eccentric female collector, she finds the intended recipient the apparent victim of a demonic ritual. And that's just the beginning of Aisling's discoveries.

    E. Moore says: "You Slay Me, With Dry Mouth"
    "A Funny Paranormal Mystery"
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    This is a funny paranormal mystery about a hapless woman who working as a courier who, while in Paris, becomes a murder suspect, meets a man who tells her she is to be his life mate, and ends up a very different kind of personal assistant.

    The narrator did an adequate job. Her voice sounded a bit more mature than the age I had imagined the character.

    Told in such a humorous way it is a a fun light read; I enjoyed it very much. This is the first book in a series. I recommend this book to all who enjoy reading light paranormal with adult romance, humor, and a bit of mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Live Forever: Jane Jameson, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3518)
    Performance
    (2689)
    Story
    (2695)

    Nothing sucks the romance out of world travel like a boyfriend who may or may not have broken up with you in a hotel room in Brussels. Jane Jameson's sexy sire Gabriel has always been unpredictable, but the seductive, anonymous notes that await him at each stop of their international vacation, coupled with his evasive behavior over the past few months, finally push Jane onto the next flight home to Half Moon Hollow -- alone, upset, and unsure whether Gabriel just ended their relationship without actually telling her.

    Yuriko says: "Great rap-up!"
    "Continuing Adventures of Jane Jameson"
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    I really enjoyed this book. It continues and expands the hysterically funny story of Jane Jameson and her eccentric friends and family. The story concerns the birth of her best friend's babies and the mystery of Jane's undead boyfriend Gabriel's frequent trips abroad is revealed.

    I'm glad I experienced this book as an audiobook; in my opinion the narrator's voice is is a perfect fit . I recommend this book to all who enjoy humorous, light-hearted fiction and paranormal romance.


















    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shatter Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Tahereh Mafi
    • Narrated By Kate Simses
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (829)
    Performance
    (751)
    Story
    (757)

    "You can't touch me," I whisper. I'm lying, is what I don't tell him. He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him. But things happen when people touch me. Strange things. Bad things. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own.

    Jess Russell says: "Good story, but SO OVER DRAMATIC."
    "Dystopian Teenage Drama"
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    'Shatter Me,' is a dystopian teenage drama by Tahereh Mafi. It takes places in an apocalyptic world with members of a resistance movement front and center. The main character is a seventeen year old girl who has the special ability of being able to kill a person with her touch. There is a bit of teen coming-of-age drams and romance.

    I found this world to be interesting, the writing and characters adequate. It held my interest while I was reading it although I don't think I will be doing a re-read any time soon. As it is the first book in a series I am curious to see where the author will take this story and characters...I've heard from friends that the author does build on this story and it grows in interest and intensity and the characters become more multidimensional. I plan to continue the series as my curiosity has been sufficiently aroused.

    I think the narrator did a fine job with most of the characters although occasionally I took a well need break from listening to the whiny voice used for the ten year old younger brother of one of the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kingdom

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Amanda Stevens
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (165)

    My name is Amelia Gray. They call me The Graveyard Queen. I've been commissioned to restore an old cemetery in Asher Falls, South Carolina, but I'm coming to think I have another purpose here. Why is there a cemetery at the bottom of Bell Lake? Why am I drawn time and again to a hidden grave I've discovered in the woods? Something is eating away at the soul of this town - this withering kingdom - and it will only be restored if I can uncover the truth.

    Amazon Customer says: "Creepy in a good way."
    "Second Book in Series Delivers Chills"
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    'The Kingdom' is the second book of Amanda Steven's 'Graveyard Queen' series. This gothic novel continues the story of Amelia Grey who restores old southern graveyards. She also has the ability to see ghosts. In this book, Amelia finds out the truth about this ability as she works to restore the old cemetery in Asher Falls, South Carolina which is in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

    This story brought chills to my spine. The secrets of the spooky small town, the frightened townspeople that inhabit this town, the back story of the previous book in this series work together well to create the eerie feelings necessary to bring my mind to such a place.

    For the most part the continuity, the ability of this author to get me to suspend disbelief is done very well but occasionally it just barely missed causing me to have questions; overall, though, I thought this story engrossing and believable.

    i recommend this book for those who enjoy reading horror and suspense.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Where She Went

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Gayle Forman
    • Narrated By Dan Bittner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (317)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (258)

    It's been three years since the devastating accident... three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever. Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock-star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future - and each other.

    Arwen says: "Groovy and the Geek"
    "A Sweet, Touching Ending to a Heartbreaking Story"
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    I loved this book. As the sequel to a heartbreaking tearjerker, author Gayle Norman's 'If I Stay', this book is a fulfilling sequel to that story. A coming-of-age story of two teenage musicians who are separated by tragedy, misunderstanding, and college they suffer the pains of each growing into adults alone in almost foreign worlds--he, as a rock star, she-as a celebrated cellist. I was engrossed in the story from the beginning to the end. The narrator, Dan Bittner, did a good job in his performance of the narration. I highly recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men: Jane Jameson, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3816)
    Performance
    (2932)
    Story
    (2924)

    Once a devoted children's librarian, Jane Jameson now works at a rundown occult bookstore. Once a regular gal, she's now a vampire. And instead of a bride, she's an eternal bridesmaid -- which leads her to question where exactly her relationship with her irresistibly sexy sire, Gabriel, is headed. Mercurial, enigmatic, apparently commitment-phobic vampires are nothing if not hard to read.

    Kickez says: "A great continuation from the 1st book!"
    "Enjoyable, Humorous Vampire Fun"
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    'Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men' by Molly Harper is the second book in a humorous, fun series about a young vampire woman learning about functioning as a young adult vampire in a human world. Jane has a boyfriend who is vampire who is hundreds of years old, her best friend is engaged to a werewolf girl, a job in an old occult bookstore, and an undead aunt who lives with her in an old historic home in an old Southern town. This second book in the series which is told in first person voice mainly concerns itself with the engagement and the families of Jane's friends, a werewolf and a human. I enjoyed this book. I recommend it to all who enjoy reading humorous books with vampires and werewolves. The narrator, Amanda Ronconi, did a very good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Private

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1775)
    Performance
    (1098)
    Story
    (1095)

    Former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily - and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

    Meaghan says: "private"
    "Interesting Detective Story"
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    'Private' is an interesting story, the first book in a series, concerning an exclusive detective agency. The characters introduced here are well fleshed out and believable. Several stories are interspersed throughout the book and all loose ends are neatly tied up by the end of the book. The narrator, Peter Hermann, does a good job. I recommend this book to all who like detective stories and those who enjoy reading James Patterson novels. There is graphic violence and some adult situations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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