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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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  • 39 reviews
  • 40 ratings
  • 138 titles in library
  • 18 purchased in 2014
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  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (11889)
    Performance
    (10768)
    Story
    (10861)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    Lore says: "Decent but not as interesting as Divergent"
    "Geared for Teenagers!"
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    The story flowed better in the first book compared to this one. There were a lot of weird twists & turns in this sequel which I found hard to keep up with. I found myself having to go back and remember parts from the first book to put the story together with this book which I found a pain. Halfway through the characters really started to get on my nerves. It seemed like the writer was really pouring it on thick with them, trying too hard! If I was 15 years old I bet I would have liked this book better. However, I have had many birthdays & have read hundreds of books since then. I will not be looking forward to the third installment of this series.

    I noticed in the reviews for this book many have put this series in the same league with the Hunger Games series. Pleeeeeease!..... in NO WAY can you even compare the two. Hunger Games was an EXCELLENT read!



    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • City of Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Benioff
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1496)
    Performance
    (760)
    Story
    (758)

    A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won't talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building.

    Paul says: "Stunning Tale. Great Narration."
    "Compelling!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a coming of age story, set in the cold winter of 1942 during the Nazis brutal siege of Leningrad. The story is about an unlikely frienship between two young men.

    I was afraid this book would be bleak considering the subject, but there was a wonderful balance with the story of war and humor. I loved the way Lev and Koyla interacted with each other and how their friendship unfolded. Koyla was my favorite with the way he could find humor in the most dismal of times.

    Benioff brings this story to life as if I was standing right there. I literally could not stop listening. This book would be a great movie!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sam Keith, Richard Proenneke
    • Narrated By Norman Dietz
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (168)

    To live in a pristine land unchanged by man... to roam a wilderness through which few other humans have passed... to choose an idyllic site, cut trees and build a log cabin... to be a self-sufficient craftsman, making what is needed from materials available... to be not at odds with the world but content with one's own thoughts and company. Thousands have had such dreams, but Richard Proenneke lived them.

    Reuben says: "Fantastic"
    "Wonderful Alaskan Read!"
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    A couple years ago I watched a PBS documentary on Richard Proenneke and was blown away by his story. He followed his dream by giving it all up to live in the Alaskan Bush.

    The book is written as a journal, yet very captivating. I enjoyed his outlook on nature and found it interesting how he built his cabin with hand tools. He was a true adventurer.

    I fell in love with this man as well as his book, story and lifestyle. I know I will revisited this book many times in years to come. A true classic, must read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bear: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Claire Cameron
    • Narrated By Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    While camping with her family on a remote island, five-year-old Anna awakes in the night to the sound of her mother screaming. A rogue black bear, three hundred pounds of fury, is attacking the family's campsite -- and pouncing on her parents as prey. At her dying mother's faint urging, Anna manages to get her brother into the family's canoe and paddle away. But when the canoe runs aground on the edge of the woods, the sister and brother must battle hunger, the elements, and a wilderness alive with danger.

    Kelly Miller says: "Amazing perspective...."
    "A Child's Survival Story."
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    The story is a childs tale of survival after her parents are killed by a bear on a camping trip. The story puts you in the mind of a child for its written from a child's perspective. The book is also read by a child which I did find hard to follow at times. As with five year olds their train of thought jumps all over the place, so does the story. I really had to hang on to each sentence which was a bit donting.

    There were several parts of the story which threw me for a loop, like how throughout the entire book the child called the bear "a big black dog". What 5 year old who carries her favorite stuffed teddy bear everywhere doesn't know what a bear looks like? Yet she knew of Jesus and that he was a carpenter, what plants were ediable and how to canoe.

    It was a gripping tale and I am glad I bought it. People magazine had recommended it and it had been on my list of reads for a year or more. It was somewhat enjoyable, but not a favorite and I would never reread it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Between Shades of Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Ruta Sepetys
    • Narrated By Emily Klein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (130)

    Lina is just like any other 15-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys - until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia.

    FanB14 says: "Sunlight Through the Cracks"
    "Very Powerful!"
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    Performance
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    I hesitated to read this book because of the subject matter, but this is not the typical Holocaust story. Its the story of a Lithuanian family exile to Sibera by Stalin. The story is told by Lina a fifteen year old girl.

    I connected to this emotionally it reminded me a bit of The Diary of Anne Frank. Although the story was heartbreaking it was exceptionally written. There was a nice balance between sorrow, survival and bravery. Its a very gritty story of a time in history I wasn't even aware of.

    Great reader/voice very easy to understand and pleasant to listen to. Once I started I couldnt put it down. So glad I found this book, its going on my favorite list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Surviving Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1011)
    Performance
    (940)
    Story
    (942)

    No electricity. No running water. No food. No end in sight. If life as you knew it changed in an instant, would you be prepared? In A. American's first novel, Going Home, listeners were introduced to Morgan Carter, the resourceful, tough-as-nails survivalist who embarks on a treacherous 250-mile journey across Florida following the collapse of the nation's power grid. Now reunited with his loving wife and daughters in this follow-up to Going Home, Morgan knows that their happiness is fleeting, as the worst is yet to come.

    Jan says: "He made it home... now what?"
    "Written by a Man for a Man!"
    Overall
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    Story

    I skipped the first book and read this one since it had the best reviews. The main character is Morgan who lives in a small Florida town dealing with the collapse of the nations power grid.

    This is your typical Preppers story. The storyline is there but it tends to bounce around and with a lot going on it made it hard to keep up. It was suspenseful but some parts dragged on a bit then ended quickly. I now understand abridge books.

    Had they had a different narrator I think I would of enjoyed it more. There were no pauses between changes in the story and since it bounced around so much it was easy to get lost (a lot of hitting the rewind button).

    I might read book 3 to see what's next but only if I can't find anything better. Try - Alas Babylon or The Road, two great books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stories from the Storm: Hurricane Katrina Survivors, In Their Own Words

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 29 mins)
    • Narrated By Carter Hooper, Celia Collins, Tom Fitzmorris, and others
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    In the weeks after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast on August 29th, Audible reached out to customers in the affected area to offer help. Many customers responded and several agreed to be interviewed about their experience. Stories from the Storm was recorded in mid-November, in the days when many people were still clearing debris and figuring out how to restart their lives. These riveting stories will remind listeners of the heartbreak, confusion, and perseverance of the Katrina survivors.

    Gillian says: "Could've Been Powerful. Alas, Was Not..."
    "Interesting!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I found these stories interesting. I followed Katrina when it went down and I cannot believe what some had to go through. Each story is really good. It puts you in several different parts of the hardest hit areas. These people were so brave to go through this terrible time. Once I started listening I couldn't stop.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Walk

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (102)

    It's one minute after the Big One. Marty Slack, a TV executive, crawls out from under his Mercedes, parked outside what once was a downtown Los Angeles warehouse. Downtown LA is in ruins. The sky is thick with smoke. His cell phone is dead. The freeways are rubble. It will be days before help can arrive. Marty has been expecting this day all his life. He's prepared. He knows there is only one thing he can do... that he must do: get home to his wife, Beth.

    MJ says: "Keep Listening"
    "Surprise Ending!"
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    Marty is a TV network executive trying to get home to his actress wife after the BIG ONE hits. He has to walk some 40 miles through a destroyed Los Angeles county to get there. Not a very good PA story with to many unbelievable events. There is a lot of name dropping and comparisons to tv shows like MASH and Bay Watch which was a little corny. The book reminded me of a TV mini series. I liked the Buck character he was a HOOT! The story did have a twist ending that totally caught me off guard. It was a so so story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Push

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sapphire
    • Narrated By Sapphire
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (52)

    An electrifying first novel that shocks by its language, its circumstances, and its brutal honesty, Push recounts a young black street-girl's horrendous and redemptive journey through a Harlem inferno. For Precious Jones, 16 and pregnant with her father's child, miraculous hope appears, and the world begins to open up for her when a courageous, determined teacher bullies, cajoles, and inspires her to learn to read, to define her own feelings, and set them down in a diary.

    Sarah Dumoulin says: "Too bad it's abridged"
    "Inspiring!"
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    The story is about a teenage girl named Precious who has awful parents and is living in the worst conditions. I found Precious ability to keep fighting against all odds very inspiring. There is a lot of vulgar language, sexual, physical and emotional abuse in this story so listener BEWARE! I personally found the story hard to relate to. When I finished the book I called my parents and thanked them for my childhood.

    0 of 0 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
    (30089)
    Performance
    (23194)
    Story
    (23369)

    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
    (1382)
    Performance
    (1208)
    Story
    (1196)

    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

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