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Jan

Eclectic, avid listener, favorite book is the one currently in ear.

Rochester, NY, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 172 reviews
  • 376 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 95 purchased in 2014
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  • Secretariat

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By William Nack
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (111)

    In 1973, Secretariat, the greatest champion in horse-racing history, won the Triple Crown. The only horse to ever grace the covers of Time, Newsweek, and Sports Illustrated in the same week, he also still holds the record for the fastest times in both the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes. He was also the only non-human chosen as one of ESPN's "50 Greatest Athletes of the Century".

    Susan says: "Wonderful book"
    "The audio clip is best part"
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    Found it long, rambling, jumping back and forth telling same story though numerous eyes. Way too many horse's histories and details. Could use a generous edit, but would be fasinating to a horse breeder. The good news I have fallen to sleep so often trying to read it... it makes a dependable sleep aid.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • To Kill a Mockingbird

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harper Lee
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (38)

    Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south - and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred, available now for the first time as a digital audiobook. One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the 20th century by librarians across the country.

    Alan says: "Stunning"
    "Don't hesitate for a even second... !!!"
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    I have search for this book on Audible regularly, hoping it would eventually appear - oh my goodness, it was well worth the wait! The book is the much beloved, Pulitzer Prize winning classic we all met in school.

    The only question left is "how is the narration?"
    The answer: Sissy Spacek does as good as I have heard or better!
    Wish I could give this book a 10 star rating.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Lightning Fall: A Novel of Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Bill Quick
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Three terrorist attacks are launched from freighters against the United States. Only one fully succeeds, but in the blink of an eye all of the country west of the Rocky Mountains is transformed into the technological equivalent of the 18th century - no electricity, no computers, no electronics of anykind, or any of the amenities of modern life that depend on them. This is the story of ordinary and extraordinary people, high and low, who struggle to survive in a mortally wounded nation, as America's enemies within and without circle for the kill.

    Jan says: "An Equal Opportunity Political Disaster"
    "An Equal Opportunity Political Disaster"
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    Not really sure what Bill Quick intended to say in his painful, over-reaching 18 hour novel, which will require an equally long follow-up novel to tie up the loose ends. The message I got was he thinks Hillary Clinton is an idiot and would be a bad president. The EMP over California and nuclear bomb in New Orleans, politics in Washington, race riots, news blackouts, confiscating gold, new currency, no food, invading Mexican troops, Chinese plots and Islamic militants are just the tip of the iceberg. He jumps from character to character, location to location in a way that kept me from bonding with anyone... he also has multiple shady characters which use a great deal of profanity and share liberally their bigotry. If I was a Woman, Black, Hispanic, Democrat, Mormon, Politician, Serviceman... pretty much anyone... I would be offended by this book. The main characters which are the few positively portrayed include a gay male prepper, a teenage genius, a Tea Party and Republican secret group with plot to overthrow president and the inventor of solar panel paint. I am just grateful its over and have no desire to find out what happens.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Forsaking Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (91)

    Morgan Carter has weathered the weeks after the collapse of the nation's power grid, reuniting with his family and ensuring their safety, but his struggle isn't over yet. Carter must focus on survival in an increasingly unstable society - but the challenges he faces are beyond his wildest imagination. Meanwhile, the enclosed quarters of the nearby government-run refugee camp make for an environment where injury, assault and murder are the norm.

    Ian says: "Less a conclusion and more a lingering death"
    "Completes the series nicely... with a 3.5 read"
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    Was glad I went ahead and picked up book #4 in this series, it nicely wound up all the dangling story lines from books 2 and 3... it wasn't a never-ending series after all. Just know you can stop listening after book 1... but if you choose to read 2 you won't have a stopping point until the end of this book. A. American may continue with another book... there is still room in the plot and cast of characters, but the series can be complete here. This is not a series book you can read out of order... it wouldn't make sense at all if you hadn't read the other 3 first.
    Writing skills remain pretty basic and there are more than a few flaws an editor should have caught and cleaned up. However, I like this series and was pleased to be back with the family and friends scattered between the "refugee camp," Sarge's military group and the camp along the river as they harvest food from nature. Occasional strong language and violence... but as always the main characters are the good guys. He lightly covers issues such as sanitation (what happens with no TP and how to make soap), alternate food sources (including how to skin a squirrel), depression post event and formation of extended groups for mutual benefit. If you liked the first one, you will like this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Long Way Home

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Saroo Brierley
    • Narrated By Vikas Adam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia. Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family.

    Jan says: "Hard book to rate... 3 or 4?"
    "Hard book to rate... 3 or 4?"
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    "A long way home" is the straightforward telling of Saroo's experiences as a 5 year old stranded on a moving train, being lost in Calcutta and eventually being adopted and taken to Tasmania by new parents. As an adult using childhood memories and Google Earth he eventually figures out where in India his childhood home was located. The actual events as they happened are amazing, however... the writing style and reading of the book are average at best and at times irritating. I should probably have ranked it a 3, but I simply enjoyed the story...
    This would make a great family movie and has been briefly depicted in a 28 minute video available on Youtube and produced by "60 Minutes." I watched this after reading the book and enjoyed seeing Saroo, his family and the locations where the book took place.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Doctor: Close Calls, Cold Cases, and the Mysteries of Medicine

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Brendan Reilly
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    An epic story told by a unique voice in Ameri­can medicine, One Doctor describes life-changing experiences in the career of a distinguished physi­cian. In riveting first-person prose, Dr. Brendan Reilly takes us to the front lines of medicine today.

    Jan says: "Simply Brilliant"
    "Simply Brilliant"
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    Dr. Reilly has distilled a life time of his knowledge, experience and insight into this enlightening and engaging book about health care. Although full of interesting experiences from his practice, this is not similar to a James Herriot book... you have to think and process... he has many messages that need saying in todays world. I will also mention here that his account weaves like a macramé and if you don't listen closely you will miss threads that you really need to remember - I re-wound multiple times to get back into gear.

    I've been a nurse about as long as "Brenden" has been a doctor and his writing is truth, not sugar coated... I have been right there facing the same challenges. He has expressed the things I would like to tell my aging parents, siblings and children (most especially the son with the MD behind his name) in a way I never could. There are no pat answers found here, rather he shares stories that raise questions and cause you to think about "your doctor," family, choices, guilt, aging, death, resources, quality of life and the bizarre practice of medicine in the United States.

    So very glad to have found this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Solitary Man's Refuge

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ron Foster
    • Narrated By Duane Sharp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    This audiobook combines the three postapocalyptic adventure books of the Solitary Man Series. Look around. Millions of preppers are working feverishly every day to get prepared for what they fear is a disaster about to happen in America. The motivation for preparing differs for each person. Donald is getting his farmstead prepared in case a predicted solar storm takes out the electrical grid. Some folks might call what Donald is trying to create as a bug-out location. Other people consider his little rural house as an effort to become more self-sufficient, like a homesteader.

    Madeleine says: "Badly Constructed Narrative"
    "Done with Ron Foster Prepper Books"
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    This was a painful, had to force myself to listen book. I had purchased one other of his short books that I didn't love... but my brother wanted to try this one... my brother is the prepper. The writing is just so poorly constructed, plot all over the place... he needs a better editor or to reread Strunk and White a few times. I found no new information here that I hadn't read elsewhere... and was miserable the whole time it was on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Candy Shop War, Book 2: Arcade Catastrophe

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brandon Mull
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    It will take more than magical candy to win this war! Something fishy is going on at the new amusement center in Walnut Hills. The trouble seems linked to the mysterious disappearance of Mozag and John Dar, who have spent their lives policing the magical community. When Nate and his friends are asked to help investigate, they discover kids feverishly playing arcade games in an effort to win enough tickets to redeem one of four stamps: jets, tanks, submarines, and racecars.

    Jan says: "The Action Continues"
    "The Action Continues"
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    So this book nicely follows Book 1 and if you liked it, you will probably like this too. The plot is more complex, a little more violent magic... but a lot more courage, teamwork and character shown by the group of friends. This time the evil magician is Belinda White's "wants to rule the world" brother... who also uses groups of children from the arcade... given gifts of magic enhancers to accomplish tasks he can't do himself. What kid doesn't want to fly? Parents concerns are this time reduced by Cheese Nachos rather than White Chocolate. I liked the narration better and although I still wasn't as an adult fully engaged... I think the tween population will really enjoy. I like Brandon Mulls creative mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Candy Shop War

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Brandon Mull
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (75)

    Welcome to the Sweet Tooth Ice Cream & Candy Shoppe, where the confections are a bit on the... unusual side. Rock candy that makes you weightless. Jawbreakers that make you unbreakable. Chocolate balls that make you a master of disguise. Four young friends - Nate, Summer, Trevor, and Pigeon - meet the grandmotherly Mrs. White, owner of the Sweet Tooth, and soon learn about the magical side effects of her candies.

    D.R. says: "Entertaining for grade schoolers and their parents"
    "Rah for the Candy Shop War"
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    This book is listed on Audible at a very low price... a teaser to get you hooked into the series. Brandon has done a wonderful job at making it a complete book... so you can be content stopping with the one... or go on to follow friends from this book onto the next. It is more than worth every penny and I did go on to buy the next. I think kids 9-13 would find it exciting and creative... there is dangerous magic and some magical violence... kinda like the middle Harry Potter books, but it doesn't feel dark and the main characters after being sucked into the plot and making bad choices with consequences... creatively work their way out with desire to make things right. As an adult... I wasn't completely engaged and listened more to know what I was giving... but I am not the intended audience and I think it is a rah for kids.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Far Far Away

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Tom McNeal
    • Narrated By W. Morgan Sheppard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    It says quite a lot about Jeremy Johnson Johnson that the strangest thing about him isn't even the fact his mother and father both had the same last name. Jeremy once admitted he's able to hear voices, and the townspeople of Never Better have treated him like an outsider since. After his mother left, his father became a recluse, and it's been up to Jeremy to support the family. But it hasn't been up to Jeremy alone. The truth is, Jeremy can hear voices. Or, specifically, one voice: the voice of the ghost of Jacob Grimm, one half of the infamous writing duo, The Brothers Grimm.

    Call Me Crazy But... says: "Wonderful story, perfect reading"
    "Delicious Modern Day Fairy Tale"
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    This young adult novel is page turner that had me hooked in minutes and is currently this adult's new favorite. Reminiscent of Neil Gaimen's writing ... it is simply brilliant. A playful weaving of past and present, Grimm's fairy tales and Disney's Snow White, green smoke and open oven doors, missing children and post cards from California, the popular and the awkward, children and parents, whispers and songs, salty tears and first kisses,... oh my goodness, there are layers and layers of complexity, flavors and red herrings hidden in this simple, straightforward dark and light fairy tale... filled with fairy tales. The narration is spot on perfect, the voice of Jacob Grimm's ghost as he shares his interactions with Jeremy Johnson Johnson... the boy who can hear him. I can't wait to study the Grimm Brother's and their fairy tales... then read it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Postman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David Brin
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (197)

    David Brin's The Postman is the dramatically moving saga of a man who rekindled the spirit of America through the power of a dream, from a modern master of science fiction. He was a survivor - a wanderer who traded tales for food and shelter in the dark and savage aftermath of a devastating war. Fate touches him one chill winter's day when he borrows the jacket of a long-dead postal worker to protect himself from the cold. The old, worn uniform still has power as a symbol of hope, and with it he begins to weave his greatest tale.

    Delbert Ealy says: "Excellent!!"
    "A new favorite"
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    I loved this refreshing 20 years after the EOTWAWKI point of view with a main character that was complex and likable. Unlike many of the current "prepper books" this is well written with subtle messages. Not as symbolic or dark as "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy but kinda in the same neighborhood. The main characters role as "postman - traveler" provides the reader with a wide view of remnant communities and their unique adaptions to the new world - politically, socially, economically... There is no advice for getting ready, no just happening event and no zombies (well a few irritating enhanced men.) There is some solid violence, minimal foul language and rapes reported but not seen by reader. A PG-13 read to me. The prepper vocabulary like... faraday cages... is definitely here... but in a looking back rather than forward point of view. What I loved was the hope, love of freedom and country still held by the people and the deep thinking about what matters and motivations for actions as done by the Postman. I read the posts about the narration being awful after I read the book... really don't know why they would say it... was fine for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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