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Pamela M.

A book can get you out of your house, your town, even out of the country. I'm an avid reader believing reviews help find the good ones.

Southern California | Member Since 2012

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  • 29 reviews
  • 30 ratings
  • 138 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2014
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  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27196)
    Performance
    (13818)
    Story
    (13864)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Charming!"
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    This story follows three women, one a young white graduate inspiring to be a writer and two black maids working for white families. It takes place in Mississippi in the 1960’s during the civil rights movement.

    I thought the story was charming and I did enjoy this book but it falls short of loving it! The characters were fantastic and well described (I loved Minny). The narrations were wonderful with three different ones speaking in dialect which kept me glued to the story. However, it was slow to get started and in some places it skipped around like a soap opera, this bothered me a bit. Still all in all it’s a great read/listen.

    The movie did not do this book justice. I am so glad I read the book first.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29791)
    Performance
    (22917)
    Story
    (23087)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "The Girl on Fire......."
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    This book is intense and picks up right where Hunger Games left us. You would think Katniss & Peeta would now be living the victors life BUT then the rebellion starts. Katniss becomes the symbol of defiance and President Snow won't have it ......and so it goes...

    I really like this series and there was no way I would not read all three books but in no way is this book equal to the first, with The Hunger Games (book one) being near perfect it's makes it a hard act to follow. Catching Fire isn't as good as The Hunger Games but it's still a great read/listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1349)
    Performance
    (1177)
    Story
    (1164)

    Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

    Bonny says: "Magical, realistic and well worth listening to"
    "Charming!"
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    A beautifully written story of a close to fifty year old childless couple who move to the Alaska wilderness in the 1920s to homestead. It's a fairytale for adults with a wonderful storyline filled with emotions and lively characters. A magical, heartfelt, poetic MUST read.

    I wish I could find more wonderful books like this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Call of the American Wild: A Tenderfoot's Escape to Alaska

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Guy Grieve
    • Narrated By Steve West
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (86)

    Trapped in a job he hated and up to his neck in debt, Guy Grieve’s life was going nowhere. But with a stroke of luck, his dream of escaping it all to live in remote Alaska suddenly came true. Miles from the nearest human being and armed with only the most basic equipment, Guy built a log cabin from scratch and began carving a life for himself through fishing, hunting, and diligently avoiding bears. Packed with adventure, humor, and insight, this is the gripping story of an ordinary man learning the ways of the wild.

    colleen says: "Maybe not really kinda true?"
    "BINGO.... this is a good one!"
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    I enjoyed the Alaskan adventure of this story. I envy people who give it all up to escape the rat race and see if they can survive in the bush. This story had all the makings of a great adventure, weather, animals, struggle and hardship. The story was well written and moved at a great pace. I could hardly put this one down. A credit well spent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • From Kansas Wheat Fields to Alaska Tundra: A Mennonite Family Finds Home

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Naomi Gaede-Penner
    • Narrated By Shawna Windom
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    What is the prescription for finding home in Alaska? Take one young Mennonite girl and transplant her from the flatland prairies of Kansas. Give her village potlatches, school in a Quonset hut, the fragrance of wood smoke, Native friends, a doctor for a father who creates hunting tales and medical adventures with a bush plane, a mother who makes the tastiest moose roasts and has the grit to be a homesteader, and throw in a batch of siblings.

    Pamela M. says: "Not a Fan of this one!"
    "Not a Fan of this one!"
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    I wasn't a fan of this book. It seemed like it was written more for the people of the area with the way they gave street addresses and directions to local locations. If Iived in this small town I might have enjoyed reading about my neighborhood (but it's doubtful). The story felt like it was written by a child, basically it wasn't really a story but a book on events (if that makes sense). Each time I would try and enjoy this book my mind would drift off to work or daily chores I needed to do. I always know when a book isn't any good when it can't hold my attention. I read or listen to books to escape my crappy life and when I start thinking I should be cleaning the house instead of this... you know its a dud! I love adventure story's and more so if they are in Alaska. If your looking for a great Alaskan adventure story go for "One Man's Wilderness" by Guy Girve...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Canoeing with the Cree: A 2,250-mile voyage from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Eric Sevareid
    • Narrated By John Farrell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    In 1930, two novice paddlers - Eric Sevareid and Walter C. Port - launched a secondhand 18-foot canvas canoe from the Minnesota River at Fort Snelling for an ambitious summer-long journey from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay. Without benefit of radio, motor or good maps, the teenagers made their way over 2,250 miles of rivers, lakes, and difficult portages.

    Angela says: "Seems like an abridged version"
    "Not Impressed!"
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    This is an adventure story of two teenage boys in 1930. The story was quite blah with little details. The reader read it like he was reading the newspaper "sunny in the west with winds in the east". I found him very monitoned. I was wanting to know more about the wilderness they were in and more about the people they met along the way. For me it was boring. If your looking for a great adventure story go for "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson, terrific book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Go the F--k to Sleep

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By Adam Mansbach, Ricardo Cortes (cover illustration)
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11768)
    Performance
    (7148)
    Story
    (7039)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction) rocks this mock bedtime story, capturing a hilarious range of emotions as the voice of a father struggling to get his child to sleep. Go the F**k to Sleep is a bedtime book for parents who live in the real world, where a few snoozing kitties and cutesy rhymes don’t always send a toddler sailing blissfully off to dreamland.

    Darwin8u says: "Read the F--king REVIEW!"
    "I can relate!"
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    I think every parent can relate to this book. I loved Samuel Jackson reading he did a great job. Super short and funny. Is it worth a credit? Probably not but I went for it since I had some credits about to expire. It made me laugh and at the time I needed a good one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6613)
    Performance
    (5849)
    Story
    (5902)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Meaghan says: "My First Completed Stephen King Novel"
    "I'm Scareeeeeeed!"
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    Being a person who scares easily I stay away from paranormal, gore, devil, zombies & grotesque topics. I have always associated Stephen King as the Scare King and have never been interested in his books because of this. Over the years I have heard many say “The Stand” set the bar for the PA genre. This being my favorite genre The Stand has always had a special place on my wish list. However, I would quickly pass it up each time because of fear. Then one night a couple book buddies informed me this was one of King’s earlier novels and it really wasn’t that scary and they thought I could “handle it” So, I went for it!

    The story is about a super flu created by the US Army as a weapon of war. Something goes terribly wrong and the flu wipes out most of mankind. The survivors form in two groups becoming the classic tale of good vs. evil.

    I did get scared! I couldn’t read the book after dark and I had to mute the volume when they talked about what happened to some of the bodies after the plague. I thought the character building was spot on and there was such a variety. I found Trashcan man one of the more interesting ones. He was a simple minded arsonist who couldn’t help himself but to always do the wrong thing. Larry was my favorite.

    This is the longest book I was ever listened to at 40+ hours. The first part of the story was about the plague and was a little slow but after this it really picked up and pumped at high speed until the very end. The narrator is one of the best I have ever experienced. He had so many different voices which really kept you tuned in.

    After I finished the book I went on You Tube and watched the 1994 TV miniseries they did which did not do this book justice. Had I not read the book I would have found the miniseries hard to follow because so much of the story was missing from it. I did read an article Ben Affleck is going to be producing a movie on this book in the future. If I hear it is stays close to the book I am going to put on my big girl panties and go see it.

    I think this book is well worth a read/listen - It has a very intriguing storyline. I was fascinated with the way Stephen King’s mind works….. It’s baffling yet entertaining; he keeps you at the edge of your seat and is NEVER predictable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patriots: A Novel of Survival in the Coming Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By James Wesley Rawles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1442)
    Performance
    (1089)
    Story
    (1101)

    America faces a full-scale socioeconomic collapse in the near future. The stock market plummets, hyperinflation cripples commerce and the mounting crisis passes the tipping point. Practically overnight, the fragile chains of supply and high-technology infrastructure fall, and wholesale rioting and looting grip every major city.

    Hugh says: "Accidentally Good"
    "A Real Stinker!"
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    This book was a real stinker! It was supposed to be a novel of survival in the coming collapse but it read like a Preppers catalog of supplies. The book had more data on equipment model numbers and prices then an actual storyline. It went something like this “Todd looked through his binoculars which were Steiner’s Model TA6456, he bought them from Sears four years ago at a price of $64.99. He didn’t go with Steiner’s Model TA6488 because there was a glare to the lens when looking at long distance”. Kid you not this is how this book reads. The storyline (what little there was of it) got all muddled up with all the data on items. It was like having someone read you the Sears catalog. The editing on this book was awful as was the narration.

    I’m embarrassed I wasted 21 hours of my life on this book. I kept thinking its has to get better it can’t be like this all the way through, YES IT CAN! The only reason why I am posting a review is because I don’t want someone else to waste 21 hours.

    If you like hoards of details on items, how much they cost, where to get it and why you should have it then this book is for you. If you want a good storyline to follow go with Alas Babylon it’s a collapse novel with a great storyline and wonderful characters.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Earth Abides: The 60th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By George R. Stewart
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Connie Willis
    Overall
    (1446)
    Performance
    (902)
    Story
    (921)

    A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he'd either dreaded or hoped for.

    J. Rhoderick says: "Brilliant, beautiful, sad, terrifying"
    "Oldie but Goodie"
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    There were several reasons why this book was on my must read list, it won the first International Fantasy Award in 1951, it was one of the founding novels of apocalyptic fiction and this was the book that inspired Stephen King to write “The Stand” .

    The Story follows the eyes of one man “Ish” after a plague wipes out most of mankind. Written in 1949, it’s remarkably contemporary except for a few racial remarks. I did find it compelling and a very realistic post apocalyptic novel. This is not an action packed story. There are no riots or major struggles. It was quite calm for an end of the world tale.

    Most of the characters are not well developed but, I did find myself immersed in their situation. Ish is full of himself which did weigh on my nerves a bit. The audible format is 15+ hours and it takes you through 45 years of his life, but I still found the story slow moving at times. I enjoyed the beginning of the book better then I did the ending. The narration was well done which made for an easy listen.

    All in All I do think it’s worth the read/listen especially for PA junkies. If you’re new to post apocalyptic stories I would start with “Alas Babylon” to see if you like this genre before picking up this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unwind

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Neal Shusterman
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (1011)
    Performance
    (862)
    Story
    (866)

    Conner's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance.

    SoCalBonnie says: "It won me over completely"
    "Suspenseful Thriller!"
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    The story is based on a civil war between pro-life & pro-choice sides known as the Heart-Land War. The war ends on comprise between the two parties with “The Bill of Life”. It states that a human life may not be touched from the moment of conception until the child reaches the age of 13. However, between the ages of 13-18 a parent may actively abort a child on the condition that the Childs life doesn’t technically end. A process in which the child is terminated & kept alive is called unwinding. When a child is unwound their body parts are harvested and reused. The practice is common and accepted in society and is looked upon as donating. The story follows three teens to be unwound for varies reasons.

    I like the way the author had everything moving at a fast pace. The story had a lot of twist and turns and was unpredictable, but it all fell together throughout nicely. It kept me at the edge of my seat making it hard to put the book down. There are a few eerie parts. One chapter has you following one of the unwinding through the operation and it was quite chilling and creepy, it made for a sleepless night.

    Some schools have this as a mandatory read (gez in my time Jonathan Livingston Seagull was it) and I can see why. It leaves a lot open for debate. It even had me question on my own beliefs.

    Neal Shusterman has quite a following with this dystopian tale so I am sure there will be a sequel. The way the book ended it could use one, it left me with questions (which I HATE). Yes, it’s a young adult book, don’t let that stop you I’m 35+ and highly recommend it. It is worth the read/listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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