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Jamie

Maumelle, AR, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 10 reviews
  • 13 ratings
  • 150 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • This Is Where I Leave You

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jonathan Tropper
    • Narrated By Ramon de Ocampo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1228)
    Performance
    (902)
    Story
    (905)

    The death of Judd Foxman's father marks the first time that the entire Foxman family - including Judd's mother, brothers, and sister - have been together in years. Conspicuously absent: Judd's wife, Jen, whose 14-month affair with Judd's radio-shock-jock boss has recently become painfully public. Judd joins the rest of the Foxmans as they reluctantly submit to their patriarch's dying request: to spend the seven days following the funeral together.

    glamazon says: "A Metrosexual Picaresque"
    "Greatly entertaining, not for all audiences."
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    My boyfriend and I listened to this on a road trip last week. We both thoroughly enjoyed the book. The crude humor was perfect for the two of us and we each laughed out loud more times I could count. However, I would not recommend this book to my mother, way to much real life for her or any one who is a conservative listener. So know yourself and what to expect. If you know ahead of time that the book has incredibly graphic sex scenes, mild drug use, homosexuality, etc., and you are okay with these topics then you will enjoy it. If any of those things bother you, then I would recommend staying away because you will be offended.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3014)
    Performance
    (2691)
    Story
    (2675)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Excellent!!"
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I would not say that I was on the edge of my seat, but I was always anxious to get back to the story when I was away.


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

    I really enjoy the accent. It really brings the story to life.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this was just a very enjoyable listen. A good story and a good narrator. The book was just a tad slow to start for me, but was well worth it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Titan's Curse: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2387)
    Performance
    (1330)
    Story
    (1339)

    When Percy Jackson receives an urgent distress call from his friend Grover, he immediately prepares for battle. He knows he'll need his powerful demigod allies, Annabeth and Thalia, at his side; his trusty bronze sword, Riptide; and...a ride from his mom.

    Fiammetta Rey says: "Nice Book, Bad Audio"
    "Great family listen!"
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    I purchased the first book of this series to listen to on our road trip for Spring Break. After 12 hours of driving we had only less than an hour left and they didn't want to get out of the car!! Very well written and read and my children enjoyed it so much we have purchased them all!! We are now on the 3rd book and listen to it every time we are in the car. This has also had a pleasant side affect of no more sibling squabbling while driving...lol

    Highly recommend!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Sea of Monsters: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2814)
    Performance
    (1548)
    Story
    (1582)

    After a summer spent trying to prevent a catastrophic war among the Greek gods, Percy Jackson finds his seventh-grade school year unnervingly quiet. His biggest problem is dealing with his new friend, Tyson, a six-foot-three, mentally challenged homeless kid who follows Percy everywhere, making it hard for Percy to have any "normal" friends.

    BRWesty says: "great family fare"
    "Great family listen!"
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    I purchased the first book of this series to listen to on our road trip for Spring Break. After 12 hours of driving we had only less than an hour left and they didn't want to get out of the car!! Very well written and read and my children enjoyed it so much we have purchased them all!! We are now on the 3rd book and listen to it every time we are in the car. This has also had a pleasant side affect of no more sibling squabbling while driving...lol

    Highly recommend!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lightning Thief: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Jesse Bernstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3878)
    Performance
    (1987)
    Story
    (2033)

    Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he's not even sure he believes himself.

    Martha says: "Great Story!"
    "Great family listen!"
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    I purchased this book to listen to on our road trip for Spring Break. After 12 hours of driving we had only less than an hour left and they didn't want to get out of the car!! Very well written and read and my children enjoyed it so much we have purchased them all!! We are now on the 3rd book and listen to it every time we are in the car. This has also had a pleasant side affect of no more sibling squabbling while driving...lol

    Highly recommend!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where We Belong

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (658)
    Performance
    (553)
    Story
    (558)

    Marian Caldwell is a 36-year-old television producer, living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and satisfying relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door ... only to find Kirby Rose, an 18-year-old girl with a key to a past that Marian thought she had sealed off forever. From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep, Marian’s perfectly constructed world - and her very identity - will be shaken to its core.

    Jeanette says: "Lovely Book"
    "Enjoyable"
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    This book is exactly what I expected it to be, a nicely written story that had a happy ending. It was predictable, no real surprises and a nice story line that is nicely written. I would recommend this book but I wouldn't say it is a "must read/listen." You aren't really missing anything if you don't get it, but you will enjoy it if you do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (3277)
    Performance
    (2815)
    Story
    (2837)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Took a minute, but was great."
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    I really did enjoy this book. Although it seemed to take a while to really draw me in, probably until the 2nd of the 3 parts. But once it grabbed me I was hooked and was actually really bummed when the book ended. This is one of those books that needs a 2nd listen, now that you know all of the characters. Very good, great story and I would recommend it to a friend, as long as it was someone who had the patience to allow the story to develop.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sing Them Home

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephanie Kallos
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    Everyone knows the story of Aneira Hope Jones, the woman swallowed up by a tornado, and of the painful legacy bestowed upon her children. Larken, Gaelan, and Bonnie have grown into adulthood enshrouded in myth and unresolved grief, longing for closure and for release from their identities as motherless children. Both knowingly and unknowingly, the Jones siblings have condemned themselves to the task of interpreting and paying homage to their mother's life; thus, they have never claimed their own.

    Linda says: "Fabulous writing!"
    "Definitely worth it."
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    I agree with many of the other reviewers that it is hard to follow at first. Honestly had it not been for those reviewers I probably would have stopped in the first few paragraphs. It was hard to follow at first but eventually pulled together and was a very great story. I am glad I purchased the book and would recommend it. It's not a "favorite" but it was a great book and a great listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4648)
    Performance
    (2116)
    Story
    (2104)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Excellent"
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    Very well written, narrated perfectly. I would definitely recommend this book. However, it definitely hits a very scary reality and if you are light of heart this may not be the book for you. Although the book itself is not actually "scary" it is a terrifying story. It's just really sad and yet I love this book and it's is excellently written. I would recommend it over and over again, but with caution to the audience. If you only like "feel good" books this one is not for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7112)
    Performance
    (5054)
    Story
    (5043)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Not bad"
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    The story was good and entertaining enough. It kept me interested to the end but I did not love it and walked away with a sort of "eh" feeling. It is not one of those books I feel compelled to share or recommend but I wouldn't say that it was bad either. The book is told by two women and heavily favors one of them, I would have liked to hear more from both sides. And although there is a ton of detail I still feel it was lacking somewhere, but honestly could not tell you where. So overall if you purchase this book I do no think you will regret it, but you may have hoped for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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