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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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  • 88 ratings
  • 169 titles in library
  • 56 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
    (208)
    Performance
    (159)
    Story
    (160)

    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
  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur Golden
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3614)
    Performance
    (943)
    Story
    (951)

    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
    (8304)
    Performance
    (7612)
    Story
    (7619)

    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.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "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
    (144)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (115)

    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
    (281)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (182)

    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
    (1318)
    Performance
    (853)
    Story
    (843)

    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
  • Moon Over Manifest

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Clare Vanderpool
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Cassandra Campbell, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (276)

    Abilene Tucker feels abandoned. Her father has put her on a train, sending her off to live with an old friend for the summer while he works a railroad job. Armed only with a few possessions and her list of universals, Abilene jumps off the train in Manifest, Kansas, aiming to learn about the boy her father once was. Having heard stories about Manifest, Abilene is disappointed to find that it's just a dried-up, worn-out old town. But her disappointment quickly turns to excitement when she discovers a hidden cigar box full of mementos.

    Rae says: "AWESOME book! LOVED it!"
    "Young Adult book that is Great for Not-So-Young..."
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    This book is two stories in one. It is truly heartwarming, and if you are a history buff like I am, you will enjoy the setting of the two stories - one during the Great Depression/Dust Bowl days and one during World War I in small town Kansas. Read by one of my favorite narrators, I very much enjoyed listening to this story and I highly recommend the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bonesetter's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Amy Tan, Joan Chen
    Overall
    (569)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (179)

    Set in contemporary San Francisco and in a Chinese village where Peking Man is being unearthed, The Bonesetter's Daughter is an excavation of the human spirit: the past, its deepest wounds, its most profound hopes. Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club, brilliantly presents "storytelling in its oldest and truest form".

    Eileen says: "Exceptionally good"
    "Loved it!"
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    What a great book! It took a bit of time to really get into it - there is some confusion as to why the main character is so unhappy, but it all comes together. The best part of the book is the part told by her mother - it is truly fascinating!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All Seeing Eye

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Rob Thurman
    • Narrated By Jeff Hoyt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (96)

    Picking up a small, pink shoe from the grass forever changed young Jackson Lee’s life. Not only did its presence mean that his sister Tessa was dead - murdered and stuffed in the deep, black water of a narrow well - but the shoe itself told him so. Tessa’s death triggers an even more horrific family massacre that, combined with this new talent he neither wants nor can handle, throws Jack’s life into a tailspin. The years quickly take him from state homes to the streets to grifting in a seedy carnival, until he finally becomes the cynical All Seeing Eye, psychic-for-hire. At last, Jackson has left his troubled past behind and found a semblance of peace....

    Tracey says: "Finally on Audible -- GREAT read"
    "Thoroughly enjoyed!"
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    This book was on sale so I bought it and I am glad I did. It was very good and I enjoyed it. It delves into the spiritual and I thought that was really cool. The main character, Jackson, is a snarky, unwilling psychic, who had a terrible childhood. HIs psychic gift is anything but a gift to him and it gets him into an interesting situation.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Wedding Gift

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Marlen Suyapa Bodden
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, January LaVoy
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (117)

    When Cornelius Allen gives his daughter Clarissa’s hand in marriage, he presents her with a wedding gift: the young slave she grew up with, Sarah. Sarah is also Allen’s daughter and Clarissa’s sister, a product of his longtime relationship with his house slave, Emmeline. When Clarissa’s husband suspects that their newborn son is illegitimate, Clarissa and Sarah are sent back to her parents, Cornelius and Theodora, in shame, setting in motion a series of events that will destroy this once-powerful family.

    C. Crawford says: "Wow! You must listen to this audio book!"
    "Wonderful Story!"
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    The story was great, but I gave one less star overall because some of the dialogue was awkward. The author appeared to try to use dialogue between the characters in order to explain historical events which made the conversations seem less than realistic. Otherwise though, the book was terrific and I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Involuntary Witness: Guido Guerrieri Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Gianrico Carofiglio
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (710)
    Performance
    (624)
    Story
    (624)

    A nine-year-old boy is found murdered at the bottom of a well near a popular beach resort in southern Italy. In what looks like a hopeless case for Guido Guerrieri, a Senegalese peddler is accused of the crime. Faced with small-town racism, Guido attempts to exploit the esoteric workings of the Italian courts. The voice of Sean Barrett brings this gritty Italian detective series to life.

    dumbclub says: "Excellence"
    "I really enjoyed this book!"
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    This was originally written in Italian and translated to English. It is a Grishamesq type of book, but Italian style. It was very interesting to listen to the way the courts work in another country. It was a very good book and I would definitely buy another book with this author and narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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