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Kennedy

SAN JOSE, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 6 reviews
  • 15 ratings
  • 48 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • The Year of Fog

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Michelle Richmond
    • Narrated By Carrington Macduffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Here is the spellbinding story of Abby Mason - photographer, fiancée, soon-to-be stepmother - and the consequences of her greatest error. Heartbreaking, uplifting, and beautifully told, it is a riveting tale of how life can change in an instant, of the search for the truth behind a child's disappearance, and of one woman's unwavering faith in the redemptive power of love.

    Judy Lott says: "The Year of Fog in Review"
    "With edits w/o edits--a good read..."
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    I read this with my high school son. Then he got to meet the author at his school. This was a treat for him! We both enjoyed the book, felt the main character's deep remorse, and felt emotionally invested in her journey.

    To explain my rating, as an editor, I would have advised the author to cut some of the asides regarding her relationships that did not really add justification to the plot. Overall I saw where she was going, so some of the asides, especially the more salacious ones, were a bit gratuitous and distracting. Sans this point, it was a good read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35908)
    Performance
    (26912)
    Story
    (27296)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "A non-stop ride to the capitol..."
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    Action and imagination--nonstop! A woeful commentary on Reality TV, our society that feeds into it, and the resultant moral fall out. We're all a little broken like Katniss.

    You must read this Hunger Games review from Basil Saleh; he nailed it! 'Said everything I was stumbling to articulate.:

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fast Food Nation

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Eric Schlosser
    • Narrated By Rick Adamson
    Overall
    (1309)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (178)

    To a degree both engrossing and alarming, the story of fast food is the story of postwar America. Fast Food Nation is a groundbreaking work of investigation and cultural history that may change the way America thinks about the way it eats.

    Bruce says: "Should be required reading for all"
    "You'll want use this as a reference..."
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    Everything you suspected but didn't have the data to substantiate. The data is here!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Joy Luck Club

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Gwendoline Yeo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (486)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (269)

    In 1949, four Chinese women drawn together by the shadow of their past begin meeting in San Francisco to play Mah Jong, invest in stocks, eat dim sum, and "say" stories. Nearly 40 years later, one of the members has died, and her daughter has come to take her place, only to learn of her mother's lifelong wish and the tragic way in which it has come true. The revelation of this secret unleashes an urgent need among the women to reach back and remember.

    Kathryn Bradley says: "Great Book, Horrible Reader"
    "Tear jerker..."
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    I recommend the movie too, but bring a box of Kleenex. 'Just as heart wrenching but in half the time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Of Mice and Men

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Gary Sinise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (864)
    Performance
    (744)
    Story
    (748)

    While the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbeck’s work of the late 1930s, he narrowed his focus when composing Of Mice and Men (1937), creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. But though the scope is narrow, the theme is universal: a friendship and shared dream that make an individual’s existence meaningful.

    Jenny says: "The reader alone is worth it"
    "Hear the book, then see the movie..."
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    You can't go wrong with a classic!

    Another of Steinbeck's raw, emotion filled, suspenseful tales set in the depression era. You'll be on the edge of your seat like a ballpark fan, coaching George and Lennie through querulous choices and foreseeable plot pitfalls.

    Hear the book (great narration by Gary Sinise), then see the movie (with Gary Sinise again, rel. 1992)!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ransom Riggs
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (925)
    Performance
    (803)
    Story
    (806)

    A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets 16-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

    FanB14 says: "Just Missed the Mark"
    "A fanciful, very tall tale..."
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    I enjoyed this with my 6th grader and it held both his attention and mine. However, I thought it had too many creations and twists to give it the staying power of something like Hunger Games or The Harry Potter books. In the end the author tied up her loose ends, but I felt she was trying to squeeze to many familiar themes into one very tall tale. I saw several storyline's for books in this one book (i.e., the concentration camp survivor story, the fanciful peculiar children story, the dimension travelling nefarious character creations encountered in Ireland story). If any one of these themes were developed without distractions from the other, I might have thought this book a little less "kitschy" and given it a higher rating.View all my reviews

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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