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Jay

Vancouver, BC, Canada | Member Since 2013

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  • 24 reviews
  • 73 ratings
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  • 23 purchased in 2014
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  • Wonder

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By R. J. Palacio
    • Narrated By Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (919)
    Performance
    (829)
    Story
    (822)

    August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school - until now. He’s about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?R. J. Palacio has crafted an uplifting novel full of wonderfully realistic family interactions, lively school scenes, and writing that shines with spare emotional power.

    Jay says: "A Beautiful Story"
    "A Beautiful Story"
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    This is a beautiful story. An amazing story for any youth to read. It could also teach a lot of adults a thing or two about empathy as well.

    I really like how a boy so 'ugly', could spread so much joy and love. Amazing overall.

    However, I must say that the choice to have the boy's voice read in a raspy whisper was an absolutely TERRIBLE choice. Why wouldn't they just use a normal young sounding male? It was extremely annoying, and it made him sound like a whiny baby. The writing wasn't bad at all, but the narration was just dreadful.

    Kate Rudd was amazing as always, and she saved the entire book for me. 5 star for her. 1 star for the other. 3 star overall.

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9951)
    Performance
    (9259)
    Story
    (9259)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Wonderfully geeky!"
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    This book is so incredibly nerdy that I caught myself rolling my eyes on more than one occasion, completely embarrassed to even be listening to it.... and yet.... I couldn't... stop... listening...

    This book was amazing! Full of nerdy nostalgia! And honestly, even if you weren't around for the 80's, or even if you're not into video games, you'll still enjoy it immensely.

    However, if you ARE an 80's baby or a video gamer.... you're in for a treat...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Worst Ideas Ever: A Celebration of Embarrassment

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Kline, Jason Tomaszewski
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (549)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (503)

    From memorable disasters such as New Coke, the XFL, and Tiger Woods’ marriage to less-remembered failures such as Yugo, Cop Rock, and Microsoft’s BOB, Worst Ideas Ever revisits history’s biggest blunders. Whether it’s a pop culture failure or a political one, Worst Ideas Ever uncovers the ridiculous stories behind mistakes so huge, you’ll have to constantly remind yourself that they actually happened.

    Stuart says: "Incorrect facts, idiotic conclusions, bad humor"
    "Lame humour. Poorly researched."
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    I bought this book because I thought it was be a fun light hearted read that would get a few laughs out of me. It didn't. It's not funny at all really... and it's poorly researched. It's like a 3 hour rant about nothing.

    Honestly, unless you paid 99 cents for it like so many of us did, there's really no reason to purchase this.

    This book should be on its own list of terrible ideas. Hah!

    Crap! I guess they DID get a laugh out of me!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Chris Hadfield
    • Narrated By Chris Hadfield
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (81)

    As Commander of the International Space Station, Chris Hadfield captivated the world with stunning photos and commentary from space. Now, reading from his first book, Chris takes listeners deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible.

    DIANE says: "Fascinating account"
    "Good, but not without flaws."
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    The writing is a bit choppy. It definitely might have benefited from better editing. Perhaps a rushed release?

    I appreciate his outlook on life. He's a highly impressive individual with a very long laundry list of accomplishments and qualifications. Even though I get the feeling that he's a genuinely humble person, the writing style gives a certain aura of self-indulgence. I'm sure this wasn't desired or intentional, but perhaps better editing may have been able to correct a lot of these issues.

    Some of the stories are very inspiring and motivational. Others are quite obviously filler.

    The narration isn't terrible, but again, a bit choppy. He is able to inject a ton of personality and enthusiasm into the reading, but it also lacks a professional polish.

    The inside look at how NASA operates was extremely interesting though. I really enjoyed that.

    Overall, it was good! 4 stars. Or perhaps 3.5. It was a good listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Green, David Levithan
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews, Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1025)
    Performance
    (813)
    Story
    (823)

    One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

    FanB14 says: "Another John Green Hit"
    "Immerse Yourself in Teen Drama"
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    It's like 7 hours of lame high school drama, with occasional pockets of insight and thoughtfulness, but seriously, not that much.

    Here, I'll summarize the entire book for you: Omg, he kissed who?! She said what?! Oh no he did'ennnt! Woe is me.... my life is terrible.... omg he broke my heart.... blah blah blah blah.

    These kids are all self-absorbed morons that haven't yet developed a sense of maturity. So I guess that makes them normal... but c'mon... they're all idiots. I wanted to punch every single one of them in face and tell them to stop being a whiny little *$^#*.

    I absolutely adored Fault in our Stars... but you can skip this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5889)
    Performance
    (5596)
    Story
    (5607)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold ""human error"" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Funny as hell with great Sci-fi"
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    Totally loved this one. Compelling story, funny as hell AND it was great Sci-Fi about Nasa's future missions to Mars. Accurate too from what I can tell.

    The amount of research Andy Weir must of put into this is truly unbelievable. But he did a great job. Describing in detail the machinery, the physics, chemistry and even the inner workings of Nasa.

    The narration was spot on too. Extremely funny and engaging.

    Loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elephant Whisperer: My Life with the Herd in the African Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (974)
    Performance
    (892)
    Story
    (902)

    >When South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony was asked to accept a herd of "rogue" wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand, his common sense told him to refuse. But he was the herd's last chance of survival: they would be killed if he wouldn't take them. In order to save their lives, Anthony took them in. In the years that followed he became a part of their family. And as he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom.

    Tango says: "Beautiful story, beautifully written"
    "My Favorite Book This Year"
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    I loved it. I think it's a poor choice for a title, but otherwise, I adored this book. If you like or appreciate animals and the wild... give this one a shot.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael J. Fox
    • Narrated By Michael J. Fox
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (116)

    Always Looking Up is a memoir of Michael's past decade, told through the critical themes of his life: work, politics, faith, and family. The book is a journey of self-discovery and reinvention, and a testament to the consolations that protect him from the ravages of Parkinson's. With the humor and wit that captivated fans in his first book, Lucky Man, Michael describes how he became a happier, more satisfied person by recognizing the gifts of everyday life.

    Gerald says: "Great listen and very inspirational."
    "Inspirational"
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    Uplifting and Inspirational. The narration was a bit shaky, but we obviously know why and it's easily forgivable. I enjoyed this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12479)
    Performance
    (4869)
    Story
    (4906)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    Joseph says: "Good historical setting, but loose story."
    "Absolutely Amazing"
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    40 hours long, and it didn't seem to drag at all. The plot is so complex, yet well explained and never seemed forced. Everything seems to weave together beautifully. Loved this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5602)
    Performance
    (2231)
    Story
    (2258)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "Poetically Beautiful"
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    Some people have said this book is dreary and depressing. I can certainly see how they'd come to that conclusion, but I must disagree overall.

    For me, I finished with a positive feeling because what truly shines through is the genuine love between a father and his son despite the worst of circumstances.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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