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Jodie

I have a rather eclectic love of books. I know what I like and I tend not to be a severe critic. If I enjoyed it, it gets 4 or 5 stars.

Middletown, NY, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 92 reviews
  • 93 ratings
  • 171 titles in library
  • 57 purchased in 2014
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  • Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records Audio Book

    • ORIGINAL (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Todeschi
    • Narrated By David Hartley Margolin
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (162)

    The best-selling Edgar Cayce on the Akashic Records is read in its entirety by voice-talent David Hartley Margolin. The Akashic Records, also known as the Book of Life, are the storehouse of all information for every individual who has ever lived upon the earth, containing every word, deed, feeling, thought, and intent that ever occurred. Learn how you can tap into your records - your past lives, your present experiences, and your future - to create the life you desire now.

    Suzanna Davis says: "Just what I needed"
    "I love everything about Edgar Cayce..."
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    I love reading about this man and this was a very interesting book. It was not my favorite of those written, but it was definately worthwhile. I found it to drag in some parts, but then it would pick up again and move quickly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3576)
    Performance
    (3226)
    Story
    (3248)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Melinda says: "Not So Far-Fetched -- Still Chilling"
    "I still don't know what I think..."
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    When I first started reading this story, I wasn't sure I wanted to continue. Maybe because it forces you to think. It is difficult to imagine a scenario like this in a country where we are used to so much freedom. That being said, it did make me stop and think about the liberties our government seems to be taking for granted these days in the name of terrorism. I never really cared before, but after reading this book, I can see how it could be a slippery slope. Sometimes even fictional books can paint a picture which can help us see what could be if we continue on a certain path. Atlas Shrugged is one of those books, and The Handmaid's Tale is another. I only gave it 4 stars because I really hated the way the book ended. I felt like the author just got tired of writing and stopped.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (3870)
    Performance
    (3449)
    Story
    (3446)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Susan says: "Fascinating Journey for Two"
    "Beautiful story!"
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    I really enjoyed this book - it gives you a historical perspective of a child who rode the orphan train along with a current perspective of a young adult who has been abandoned by the people who were supposed to love her forever. It really is a lovely story and well worth reading.

    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
    (8376)
    Performance
    (6522)
    Story
    (6551)

    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"
    "LOVED THIS BOOK!!!"
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    This is such a good book. It is engaging and thoroughly enjoyable. It is heart wrenching at times but, also full of hope. At first I was wary - I wasn't sure I liked the narrator, but give him a chance. He brings it together very nicely. When I finished the book, I watched the movie. The movie leaves so much out that is crucial to really connecting with the characters. It is definitely one of those books that leave you feeling like you lost your best friends when it ends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Afterlife of Billy Fingers: How My Bad-Boy Brother Proved to Me There's Life After Death

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Annie Kagan
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen, David Colacci
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (49)

    One of the most detailed and profound ADC's ever recorded, Kagan's audiobook takes the listener beyond the near-death experience. Billy's vivid, real-time account of his ongoing journey through the mysteries of death will change the way you think about life, death, and your place in the Universe.

    Diana says: "Spiritual & Hip - goes past usual Astral & Cycles"
    "I didn't care for this book"
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    I am a huge fan of spiritual books, especially ones that deal with subjects such as this one, however, I just didn't buy a lot of what this author was saying. The messages in the book are good ones, but with all the amazing psychically sensitive people in the world, never have I heard one say, nor have a read a book, that claims a relative who crossed over actually spoke to them so clearly that they gave day to day experiences on the Otherside for such a long period of time. Sure, people write about communicating with those who have crossed over, but not as easily as listening to someone standing next to you speak. It made me wonder why she was so special that she was able to continue her relationship with her brother in a way that no one else can. I realize that some people are more sensitive than others, but I just don't believe her story. However, the book was not a total waste, as I said, there are very positive messages and metaphors - which you have probably seen all over Facebook by now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kite Runner

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Khaled Hosseini
    Overall
    (6624)
    Performance
    (1937)
    Story
    (1959)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Never before has an author’s narration of his fiction been so important to fully grasping the book’s impact and global implications. Taking us from Afghanistan in the final days of its monarchy to the present, The Kite Runner is the unforgettable story of the friendship between two boys growing up in Kabul. Their intertwined lives, and their fates, reflect the eventual tragedy of the world around them.

    Joseph says: "A storyteller's story"
    "I enjoyed this, but not my favorite"
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    I had a very hard time getting into this book. I think at first, it was because the Narrator was not as simple to listen to as others. He has an accent and he is not a trained narrator like the ones most other books use. After a while though, I got used to his voice and the accent and it became easier to listen to. For instance, it took me a long time to realize that when he was saying what sounds like "aphons" that he was saying Afghans. Once I got into it, there were a couple of times that his story was so disturbing, I really wasn't sure I wanted to hear it. It is real and these horrors happen in this world, so I suppose I just wanted to continue burying my head in the sand. Ultimately, I am glad I read the book. I certainly have much more understanding of Afghanistan, which in my small mind, didn't even exist before 9/11. I think the book also showed me a different side to the Afghan people, who, although they have a very different culture than people in the West, they were just people living and surviving before the Taliban took over their country.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur Golden
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3627)
    Performance
    (955)
    Story
    (964)

    In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

    Stephanie says: "Best Book in a while"
    "All I can say is Wow!"
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    I purchased this book because I remember people talking about it, but I really didn't know exactly what it was about. I was very surprised that it turned out to be such a wonderful story...I think I expected more of a diary-type story, but it was so much more. Also, knowing so little about pre-WWII Japan, I learned a lot about Japanese culture. It was facsinating to me. I always thought that Geisha's were prostitutes, and although some may still define them as so, they really were artists. After reading the book, I rented the movie to see how they visualized it. It was a little different, but it did help paint pictures for me in the areas that I could not imagine. It is a lovely book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8641)
    Performance
    (7925)
    Story
    (7931)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    Cynthia says: "What a slog"
    "Great Novel! Unbelievable Narrator!"
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    I think this could very well be the Great American Novel! A fantastic story that you become absorbed in, become part of, have a stake in...you feel the pain and the joy of Theo and Boris and those who are part of their lives. It is somehow easy to accept their choices even though you know they are wrong because you so deeply understand who they are. All I can say is "Wow!"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Thread So Thin: The Cobbled Court Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Marie Bostwick
    • Narrated By Pam Ward, Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (117)

    While New Bern, Connecticut, lies under a blanket of snow, Cobbled Court Quilts remains a cozy haven for its owner, Evelyn Dixon, and her friends. Evelyn relishes winter’s slower pace—besides, Internet sales are hopping, thanks to her son Garrett’s efforts. In addition to helping out at the shop, Garrett has also been patiently waiting for his girlfriend, Liza, to finish art school in New York City.

    Penelope says: "Frustrating storyline"
    "I enjoyed this book"
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    The book was fun and if you love the Cobbled Court Series, you will love this book as well. It is always fun to visit New Bern with my old friends!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Velva Jean Learns to Drive

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jennifer Niven
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (185)

    Set in Appalachia in the years before World War II, Velva Jean Learns to Drive is a poignant story of a spirited young girl growing up in the gold-mining and moonshining South. Before she dies, Velva Jean's mother urges her to "live out there in the great wide world." Velva Jean dreams of becoming a big-time singer in Nashville until she falls in love with Harley Bright, a handsome juvenile delinquent turned revival preacher.

    Susan says: "If Jenna Lamia reads it, I'll listen to it!"
    "Wonderful Story - really enjoyed!"
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    This is a lovely story and I really enjoyed listening to it. Jenna Lamia is one of my favorite narrators and, of course, she did a fantastic job with this book. It is the story of a woman coming of age during times of change. The story is pleasant - very little in the way of violence - which is a refreshing break. Walking through Velva Jean's life with her, in a tiny town off the Blue Ridge Parkway during the Depression was fascinating!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1342)
    Performance
    (873)
    Story
    (863)

    Sue Monk Kidd's ravishing debut novel has stolen the hearts of reviewers and readers alike with its strong, assured voice. Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed.

    Laura says: "It's hard to stop listening..."
    "Absolutely Loved It!"
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    I don't know why I avoided reading this book for so long - it was such a wonderful story! Jenna Lamia is a great narrator and made this read near perfect. It is a heartwarming book that focuses on the relationships between women, with a few men sprinkled in here and there. It is set in South Carolina in the 1960s, and portrays how we all belong to one race - the human race.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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