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Jennifer

You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. ~Paul Sweeney

Michigan, USA | Member Since 2011

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  • 22 reviews
  • 49 ratings
  • 286 titles in library
  • 63 purchased in 2014
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  • An Unquiet Mind

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kay Redfield Jamison
    • Narrated By Kay Redfield Jamison
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (120)

    The personal memoir of a manic depressive and an authority on the subject describes the onset of the illness during her teenage years and her determined journey through the realm of available treatments.

    A User says: "Loved this book"
    "Not bad, just not for me"
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    What disappointed you about An Unquiet Mind?

    I would not say that I was disappointed by the book, but only that I was left unsatisfied.


    What could Kay Redfield Jamison have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The words were filled with joy, sadness and excitement at times, but the narration was not. I would have liked to hear more feeling.


    What three words best describe Kay Redfield Jamison’s performance?

    She read the words. (okay that was four, but you get the point)


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes! It was very informative. It was delivered in a very smart, but clinical way. It was opening to something that some of us have only seen protrayed in television shows. I think that there was a lot of good, if you had an interest. I just did not enjoy the delivery.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Attachments: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rainbow Rowell
    • Narrated By Laura Hamilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (613)
    Story
    (615)

    Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder, coworkers at The Courier, know the newspaper monitors their office e-mail. But they still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers, and baring their personal lives like an open book. Jennifer tells Beth everything she can’t seem to tell her husband about her anxieties over starting a family. And Beth tells Jennifer everything, period. Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill still can’t believe that it’s his job to monitor other people’s e-mail.

    Julie says: "Just what I'd hoped for"
    "Overcoming Redundancy"
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    What did you like best about Attachments? What did you like least?

    Best - It was a cute fun read. The characters were interesting.

    Least - There is a lot of "Jennifer to Beth"... "Beth to Jennifer", in a traditional book this would not have bothered me but in audio it gets a bit annoying. Additionally, there just is not a lot of substance.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Reading it in traditional paper form?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Potato Factory: The Australian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3390)
    Performance
    (2403)
    Story
    (2409)

    Always leave a little salt on the bread. Ikey Solomon's favorite saying is also his way of doing business, and in the business of thieving he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land.

    karen says: "Best audiobook of the year!"
    "Why do I care how you take your tea?"
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    Many reviewers have compared this book to Dickens. I wasn't looking for Dickens. I was looking for a very compelling story, which this had potential to be. Unfortunately, the book headed south for me after the first half.

    There are many authors who get very descriptive in the details. One of my favorites is Diana Gabaldon. She really puts you in the moment. I some how find myself imagining the sprawling meadow sprinkled with a very detailed account of some yellow flower. It adds to the experience of the book. And in this novel, buried under far too many descriptions about how each character takes their tea (and pretty much everything else), there is a really good story. I just didn't want to work that hard to find it.

    I was not bothered by topics of race, religion, sex or overall very disturbing, graphic violence, but it is worth noting for those with a stronger moral reading compass than I. These things for me invoked emotion that made me vested in the characters outcome, and eventually made it possible for me to get to the end of the book.

    The book did start out great. The story does pull you in rather quickly, but I can't help the feeling that the last 3 hours or so, was just fluff combined with a meandering need to complete the book. I wish the book had ended as strongly as it started.

    A couple of audio specific things to consider: 1. The narrator does speak a little quicker than I was accustomed to, but I was able to adjust to the faster cadence after a few minutes. 2. The prologue goes on for a while and comes close to spoiling some of the suspense of the story. I recommend skipping it and if you haven't gotten tired of tea descriptions by the end, go back and have a listen. 3. They split the sections in really inconvenient places. It's like someone took a calculator and said, "Yep, that's a third... ." 4. It's harder to skim with audio, and this is definitely a book I would have wanted to skim over some details. 5. On the plus side, there was a bit of singing. Who doesn't like singing? 6. Was it me? Or did Ikey sometimes sound like Jack Sparrow?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slumdog Millionaire (a.k.a. Q&A)

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Vikas Swarup
    • Narrated By Kerry Shale
    Overall
    (604)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (131)

    A small prison cell in India holds an 18-year-old penniless waiter from a Mumbai slum. But Ram Mohammad Thomas isn't a criminal. He is under arrest for correctly answering 12 tricky trivia questions on the show Who Will Win a Billion? Reluctant to part with the jackpot of one billion rupees, the show directors bribe the police to arrest Ram, accusing him of cheating.

    Ella says: "Highly Recommended"
    "Wish I hadn't seen the movie first..."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. The length of the book was excellent. It was a really good story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Slumdog Millionaire (a.k.a. Q&A)?

    That sounds like a SPOILER to me and I don't do spoilers.


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

    This book is a movie and the movie was excellent. I think that I would have liked the book A LOT more but I had seen the movie and already knew what was going to happen. This took some of the suspense out that would have made it so much better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7648)
    Performance
    (7279)
    Story
    (7290)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Duct Tape & A Hammer"
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    My dad always says you can fix anything with duct tape and a hammer. The Martian emphasizes this point well. A man unexpectedly trapped on Mars. I have seen other reviews that describe this as Apollo 13 meets Castaway, this is the best description I have read. It is survival with spacesuits, red dirt and a lot of ingenuity.


    The best part about this book is the main character. A lot of laugh out loud moments and a good dose of sarcasm. The sarcastic humor reminded me a lot of the Jim Butcher character Harry Dresden.

    There were a few times during this book that I thought it was almost too much technical information, but all of it folded back into the story. It was a great adventure. Before I even finished the book, I started recommending it to friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (8455)
    Performance
    (6591)
    Story
    (6621)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "I need to stop reading YA for awhile"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Lower expectations. After all of the hype surrounding this book, I was expecting to be blow away. I was not. It was a good story, but not excellent. I think that some of the horror of the time period and setting was glossed over a little too much for my taste. I would attribute this to it being a YA selection.


    What does Allan Corduner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    What a great narrator. Because this story is told through the eyes of the narrator and not the main character, it was good to have such a strong voice.


    Was The Book Thief worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    0 of 0 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
    (17042)
    Performance
    (15164)
    Story
    (15205)

    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!"
    "Twistedly Splendid"
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    The first hour or so I am thinking "Meh... I just don't see what all the fuss is about, just another murder, mystery, who-done-it". And then... (nope, no spoilers here). The most difficult part about writing this review, is that it hard to describe how amazing this book is without ruining it for anyone who has not read it yet.

    The premise is that a woman (a wife) goes missing on her 5th wedding anniversary. The story is told dueling piano style. It alternates views from the husband and wife. It starts off just a little slow... but you have to wait for it... and then BAM it turns into something you can't put down or stop thinking about when you have to put it down.

    Every time I thought I had it figured out I was wrong and I wanted to know what was right. I wanted to know all the pieces that held it together and all the pieces that would make it fall apart. It is a puzzle that you take out of the box and swear none of the pieces will ever fit together, but somehow they do. Absolutely brilliant!

    This is the best book I have read/listened to this year, so far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (1336)
    Performance
    (1065)
    Story
    (1056)

    Richard Coulter is a man who has everything. His beautiful new wife is pregnant, his upstart airline is undercutting the competition and moving from strength to strength, his diversification into the casino business in Macau has been successful, and his fabulous Art Deco house on an Irish cliff top has just been featured in Architectural Digest. But then, for some reason, his ex-wife Rachel doesn’t keep her side of the custody agreement and vanishes off the face of the earth with Richard’s two daughters. Richard hires Killian, a formidable ex-enforcer for the IRA, to track her down before Rachel, a recovering drug addict, harms herself or the girls.

    Cheryl says: "Hold on to your seat!!!"
    "More like 4.5 stars"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. It was excellently paced. It was a fun, interesting listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The suspense. It kept me interested from beginning to end.


    What does Gerard Doyle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The accent... oh my goodness... the accent... gotta love it! I LOVED the narrator, he can come over and read to me anytime he wants.


    Any additional comments?

    I reserve a full 5 stars for "the best book ever" kinda reads, so don't let the four stars dissuade you. This book is without flaw. It isn't one of those makes you think and contemplate life kinda journeys, but it will keep you interested and is very entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Uglies: Uglies, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Carine Montbertrand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (840)
    Performance
    (583)
    Story
    (591)

    Tally Youngblood is quickly approaching her 16th birthday and the mandatory pretty-making surgery that accompanies it. But Tally isn't sure if she wants to be a placidly happy Pretty. When a top secret organization threatens her with remaining Ugly forever, she reluctantly spies on the rebels who have refused the surgery. They think it changes more than just looks and are working on a cure. But they need someone to become Pretty to test it out.

    Cather says: "Unexpectedly enjoyable"
    "Good Book for Some. Just not for me."
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    I occasionally read/listen to Young Adult Fiction. Although, I am no longer young and rarely feel adult. I have a 12 year old daughter and I like exchanging book suggestions with her. Finding good books that are age appropriate for her can be a challenge as she is a very accelerated reader. I found found several great books within this genre. We both had great fun with Harry Potter. And I was one of the masses who loved (all but the last) Hunger Games novels.

    The premise for the book was awesome and I was very excited to listen to it. Mandatory pretty surgery on your 16th Birthday... sounds super interesting. The story had action, intrigue and decent character development.

    So what could go wrong?

    I hated the main character and it grated on me throughout the book. She was whiny, superficial and (for me) completely unrelateable (<--- why does spell check say that is not a word, whatever moving on...).

    Does this make it a bad book?

    Not really, it just makes it a book that is not for me. I got to the end which ***VERY MILD SPOILER ALERT*** was a bit of cliff hanger and I found myself just not caring enough to want to read the next in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Assistant: A Tale from the Bottom of the Hollywood Ladder

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mimi Hare, Clare Naylor
    • Narrated By Ali Marsh Weller
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    No political science degree could ever prepare Elizabeth Miller for her new job as a second assistant at The Agency, whose clients include everyone you've never met, but you know who they're sleeping with. A former congressional intern in Washington, Lizzie made a bid for a life change that landed her a job a world away, where ethics and First Amendment debates take a backseat to pleading the Fifth for Ritalin-snorting boss Scott Wagner.

    Kitti says: "LOVE LOVE LOVE"
    "Cute and Fun"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Second Assistant to be better than the print version?

    I would not know. I have not read the print version. I could have done without the sound effects and musical transitions... sometimes they were louder than the narrator that had not finished speaking. It reminded me of the Emmy's when they are trying to get someone off the stage.


    What other book might you compare The Second Assistant to and why?

    The Devil Wears Prada comes to mind. Not quite as good, but definitely in the same wheel house.


    Any additional comments?

    Cute, fun story. Nothing ground breaking, but still entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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