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Jazz

I have an eclectic taste in books. I move from Jodi Picoult to Gillian Flynn. From Ken Kesey to Janet Evanovich. If it is good, I'll read it

Irving, Texas, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Unholy Magic: Downside Ghosts, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stacia Kane
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (189)

    For freewheeling ghost hunter Chess Putnam, finding herself near-fatally poisoned by a con psychic and then stopping a murderous ghost is just another day on the job. An agent for the Church of Real Truth, she investigates claims of harassment by the undead. But Chess has been extra busy these days, coping with a new “celebrity” assignment while trying on her own time to help some desperate prostitutes.

    The Book Nympho says: "FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC"
    "Different in the Best Way"
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    Would you listen to Unholy Magic again? Why?

    I have listened to this story twice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character has a drug addiction and a soft spot for bad boys. She's broken and fragile, yet strong and uncompromising.


    Have you listened to any of Bahni Turpin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Honestly, Bahni does a great job of bringing each character's uniqueness to life. Kudos, Bahni!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • From the Kitchen to the Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (58 mins)
    • By Christian Giovanni
    • Narrated By Lisa Larsen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    Sabrina's husband was brutally murdered in the kitchen of their home almost a year ago. On the eve of the anniversary of Greg's death, Sabrina's mother warns of evil spirits that have taken up residence in her house. Sabrina realizes, too late, that her mother was right. There is a spirit stalking Sabrina, but for reasons neither she nor her mother would have ever guessed.

    Paula says: "keeps the listener's attention thru out the story"
    "Simple yet frightening premise"
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    If you could sum up From the Kitchen to the Grave in three words, what would they be?

    Eerie. Fast-paced. Unpredictable.


    What does Lisa Larsen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Lisa provides a brilliant performance. She breathes life into the characters in a way that is so engaging that you are immediately sucked in.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Everything happens for a reason.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great story. Short and sweet. I highly recommend From the Kitchen to the Grave to everyone, regardless of your favorite genre. This story is that good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tick Tock

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (143)

    A strange doll is left on Tommy Phan's front steps, stranger than anyone could ever imagine. Later he hears an odd popping sound and is intrigued to find it coming to life. Tommy pursues the thing as it scrambles away, and then is pursued by it as it evolves from a terrifying and vicious manikin into a larger, more formidable opponent bent on killing him. What in the world is this thing and why is it after him?

    gslindner says: "Quintessential Dean Koontz"
    "Not My Favorite Dean Koontz...Far from my worst!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I like this story. It's not as detailed as I'm used to with Dean Koontz, but very satisfying. I recommend this book if you're looking for something light. Honestly, I was not remotely scared by this book. It had the right amount of tension.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last Week

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Christian Giovanni
    • Narrated By Kamryn Russell
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Call girl-hustler Cora Street thought her boyfriend Danny would never find out what she did last week. She assumed it would be just another indiscretion on a long list of improprieties. Cora is about to learn that the repercussions of what she did last week are far reaching. Her actions have angered a powerful, mysterious woman who is willing to give her one last chance to set things right between them.

    Jazz says: "Good quick horror listen"
    "Good quick horror listen"
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    Any additional comments?

    Last Week is a kind of rollercoaster ride through a blending of genres, and in my opinion, it truly ranks among the best contemporary short stories released this year among the independent titles. At its core, Last Week is about choices and consequences. This theme is sounded throughout the entire book in subtle and not-so subtle ways. The story basically centers around a selfish call girl who finds herself in an abandoned warehouse in the middle of the night with her boyfriend Danny and a strange soothesayer named Faye. In the course of Last Week, you will end up jumping from what is going on with Cora (the main character) to what is transpiring with a shapeshifter named Rex. Admittedly, I found these two dynamics slightly confusing in the beginning, but as all the pieces began to fall into place, I came to appreciate the way the author's narrative unfolded. Sadly, this is not a "one size fits all" type of story because, at its core, this story belongs in the sci-fi/horror genres. However, there are tender moments within this book that could easily allow Last Week to sit on the Romance Novel shelf at a Walmart. In the end, Last Week is neither all romance nor is it all horror, but a subtle blending of the two. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, so much so, that I felt its uniqueness alone warranted it 5 stars. I've already recommended this book to three friends.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    Overall
    (4828)
    Performance
    (1465)
    Story
    (1478)

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "An Introspective Exercise In Western Selfishness"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    A friend and I were talking one day about spirituality. I attempted to describe to her the two months I'd spent in India and the degrees of misfortune I witnessed while I was there. Upon hearing this, my friend recommended, with an enthusiastic smile, that I read Eat, Pray, Love. It is with great regret that I report to my friend (and everyone else) that Eat, Pray, Love is a diary about a selfish American woman who is blessed to travel on her publisher's dime. To be fair, the two months I spent in India was also on my employer's dime. But for the record, I had not gone through a divorce and I wasn't in a "bad place" in life but I was in my mid thirties, like the author.Of course, I would not try to draw parallels between her experiences and mine. But I could not help but feel that this person was utterly self absorbed in this retelling of her spiritual journey back to sanity. If you want a real, objective opinion at the expense of a few spoilers, then read on.SPOILER ALERT!!! First of all, Italy had nothing, really, to do with her spiritual growth. Yes, I understand she ate...quite a lot, in fact. Awesome for her. She sampled exotic Italian cuisine that most of us will only be able to dream about. Again, bravo for her! No, don't hate me for pointing this out. If you're going to write a book about your spiritual journey and then talk about the foods that you sampled for the first 2 hours of the book...I'm sorry but that's just pretentious. So, I'm suffering through all the foods she ate, and the hardships she endured learning Italian, and the utter consternation the beauty of Italy caused in her. Again, I'm thinking how utterly lucky she must be, to have a publisher (and readers) who "eat, pray, and love" this kinda stuff.Remember when I said started reading this book because of the conversation I had with a friend about India and my life changing experience there? I'm not going to even validate the author's India experience with more than these few words. The author admitted that one of the primary things asked of all attending students of the ashram is that they not be emotionally unstable. I think holding a knife for hours and contemplating harming yourself months before falls into that category. She dismisses that night when she almost killed herself, choosing instead to count the months since she and her husband had divorced. Seriously??? And then the author admits, unabashedly, to being a disruption to the overall harmony of the ashram to the point of making loud outburst during meditation, She never admitted to being embarrassed, however, I was embarrassed for her. In many ways, she seems almost child-like in her journey to enlightenment in India, oftentimes complaining or brooding or complaining and brooding. And just when you think she will come away with a deeper understanding and acceptance of herself, she makes out with a tree...reckless abandon redefined.Sadly, Indonesia is worse than India. She befriends a divorced woman, raises money for the woman to buy a home, and then suspects that the woman is out to hustle her when the woman doesn't run out and buy a home right away. The author, after receiving council from another Indonesian, finds that there are cultural differences which can be an obstacle when attempting to buying a home in Indonesia. Still, the author has to see this woman buy a home before she leaves the country. She lies to the woman, tells her that she has to buy a home before she (the author) leaves Indonesia or she's going to take the money back. WOW!No, I realize the author never professed to live like a nun or a Muslim. But this final story gnawed at me deeply. It defied every tenant I've come to revere as a steward of the planet and the people I live among. If you're going to give then you give and you move on. It is not my duty to hang around and make sure the guy I just gave 10 dollars to on the corner really buys food instead of liquor or drugs. That's the pitfall in giving. If you can't handle the shame of being seen as a sucker, then don't involve your friends and family in giving to your cause. End of story. Ultimately, I found the author's long string of insecurities and unresolved issues tiresome, and sometimes, utterly inane. Any nuggets of enlightenment to be found here are buried deep beneath the author's philosophical beliefs in relationship to the rediscovery of her wonderful self. This is, quite frankly, a well written account of one woman's narcissistic journey to nowhere.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bedbugs

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ben H. Winters
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (312)

    FOR RENT: Top two floors of beautifully renovated brownstone, 1300 sq. ft., 2BR 2BA, eat-in kitchen, one block to parks and playgrounds. No broker's fee. Susan and Alex Wendt have found their dream apartment. Sure, the landlady is a little eccentric. And the elderly handyman drops some cryptic remarks about the basement. But the rent is so low, it's too good to pass up. Big mistake.

    Amazon Customer says: "Fantastic narration! Good, creepy story."
    "A Great Idea Plagued by Cliche Execution"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Sadly, Bedbugs is a great idea that never quite takes off, in my opinion. This is the stuff low budget Sci-Fi Channel movies are made of...wholly cliche and predictable. Just when I would think the story was about to take some mind-boggling, Lovecraftian turn, the author would abandon ship and slide back into the same dog-eared script shows like the X-Files, the Outer Limits, and the Twilight Zone made so predictable. Don't get me wrong, Bedbugs is well written and narrated with equal polish. There is even a moment or two of brilliance. However, in the end,Bedbug falls way short of its mark.

    If you're really starving for an excellent non-cliche story about rampaging killer bugs, Check out "Leiningen Versus the Ants" by Carl Stephenson.


    Any additional comments?

    Ultimately, a great idea executed poorly. The story drags too long in the beginning, builds to a fair boil by the middle and, just when you think you're in store for supernatural greatness, our protagonist goes from a compost heap to a hospital room. By the end,I swear I could hear the Sci-Fi Channel director yell, "Cut! That's a wrap!"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Legion

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3468)
    Performance
    (3134)
    Story
    (3202)

    Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

    Joshua says: "The only flaw..."
    "You Never See This One Coming!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Legion to be better than the print version?

    I've never read the print version but the audio version definitely rocks!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This audio book is a novella. I've listened to it probably 6 times and I always listen in one sitting. It's very interesting!


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1829)
    Performance
    (1587)
    Story
    (1603)

    After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive.

    G. House Sr. says: "Tedious Formulaic with same-old same-old"
    "Purchased Saturday and finished by Monday! Wow!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Notorious Nineteen the most enjoyable?

    Lula has the most awesome sense of humor of a fictional character I've read in a long time. I found myself laughing out loud often.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was not edge-of-your-seat nail biting stuff. However, I was thoroughly entertained (so much so that I spent every free minute I had listening to this story over three days).


    Have you listened to any of Lorelei King’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've never listened to any of the narrator's performances but I can assure you Lorelei King delivers a spectacular storytelling performance.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was moved to laughter by the episode on the nude beach...did I mention Lula is absolutely hilarious?


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a heterosexual guy and I found this book extremely entertaining! I recommend this to men and women who like mystery, memorable characters, and a good laugh.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 1984: New Classic Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4025)
    Performance
    (2573)
    Story
    (2605)

    George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

    Kit McIlvaine (GirlPluggedN) says: "Come one, Come all into 1984!"
    "I really like this book!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The secret love affair carried on by the main character in this story was brilliantly showcased. It was a thing you never saw coming and you never wanted to see end.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I found this book compelling in many different ways. To go too deeply into my feelings would be to get too political. Suffice it to say, there are aspects about 1984 that makes me wonder about our modern day government.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a classic well worth revisiting or reading for the first time. George Orwell is a masterful storyteller in any time. I highly recommend this audio book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2006)
    Performance
    (1859)
    Story
    (1856)

    Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

    Marvin says: "New diet trend, become a zombie!"
    "A refreshing departure from the mindless undead"
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    What did you love best about My Life as a White Trash Zombie?

    I love how the Diana Rowland eases the main character into her life as a zombie. The real life issues the main character has coping with an alcoholic loser father and a stoner boyfriend makes the plot believable enough to immerse you. In a world where zombies are totally cliche, bravo, Diana!


    Have you listened to any of Allison McLemore’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first experience with Allison McLemore. She totally nails the characters! Impressive performance turned in by the narrator.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18195)
    Performance
    (16230)
    Story
    (16284)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "A great story made phenomenal by the narrators"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book to several people already.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amazing Amy of course!


    What does Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I'm not new to Julia. She brings so much to the characters as does Kirby. They both turn in stellar performances.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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