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Pamela J

Sure, I'd love to hear your story....

United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 110 reviews
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  • The Sweet Potato Queens' Wedding Planner & Divorce Guide

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jill Conner Browne
    • Narrated By Jill Conner Browne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    The Sweet Potato Queens are bona fide experts at planning a marvelous marriage (and ending one, look below if you're looking for advice on dumping a deadweight hubby!), so who better to provide this handy wedding planner? And even if you're not planning your own nuptials, surely you have dreamt about your perfect day, regardless of whether you've met Mr. Right yet!

    Pamela J says: "Just have a good time"
    "Just have a good time"
    Overall

    Ladies (and brave gentlemen) whenever life is getting too serious, just put on any Sweet Potato Queens book and giggle, smile, or smirk your way to a better mood. It's like sharing stories with that one friend who can always be counted on for her irreverance, total support, and just enough four letter words to keep the conversation interesting. This book won't change your life, but it sure will improve your mood.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1079)
    Performance
    (921)
    Story
    (924)

    The Stranger appears out of nowhere, perhaps in a bar or a parking lot or at the grocery store. His identity is unknown. His motives are unclear. His information is undeniable. Then he whispers a few words in your ear and disappears, leaving you picking up the pieces of your shattered world.

    W. Perry Hall says: ""Well, Mr. Secret Revealer!""
    "Captured from the first"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Wow - - this one got me. I was so enthralled I had to finish to see how it ended. That's my definition of a good book. Clever and fast-paced psychological thriller that has good and bad guys that are hard to discern. The family aspect made it seem real. And this one is a really good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2098)
    Performance
    (1496)
    Story
    (1497)

    It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

    'Nathan says: "Phenomenal!"
    "I'm late to this party but glad I showed up!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    What a great book! I love little brats who are smart, funny, and don't always get away with it. The best thing is that this does actually seem like how a genius child would act and think when strange things happen. This particular brat has a fascination with chemistry, but more specifically - - with poison! Thanks, Audible for putting this one on sale because I doubt if I would have picked it up unless it was really cheap. Fortunately for me, they did and I did and now I can hardly wait to continue the adventure. I really like the narrator, too - - which kind of makes me in the minority.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tin Collectors

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Stephen J. Cannell
    • Narrated By Robert Lawrence
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (150)

    L.A. police detective Shane Scully comes under investigation by Internal Affairs (derisively known as "the tin collectors") after he kills his ex-partner who was one of the mayor's bodyguards. Temporarily reassigned, so that he can remain under the department's watchful eye, Scully finds that more than his badge is at stake when he is set up to take the rap in a deadly plot of corruption and conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of the LAPD.

    Chance says: "Great begining"
    "How many stereotypes can you put in one book?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Apparently the answer is a LOT. Both predictable and boring is not a good combination for a cop story - - and this is both. I am reminded of why it takes a really superior writer to make a conspiracy plausible. Unfortunately, this book is short one superior writer. I also kept looking at the narration - - the voice is so deep it sounds like you must be listening to the wrong speed. Can't recommend this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trouble in Mudbug

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jana DeLeon
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (678)
    Performance
    (622)
    Story
    (618)

    Scientist Maryse Robicheaux thought that a lot of her problems had gone away with her mother-in-law's death. The woman was rude, pushy, manipulative and used her considerable wealth to run herd over the entire town of Mudbug, Louisiana. Unfortunately, death doesn't slow down Helena one bit. DEA Agent Luc LeJeune is wondering what his undercover assignment investigating the sexy scientist has gotten him into - especially as it seems someone wants her dead.

    K. April Holgate says: "My newest addition"
    "Could've used an editor"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A good book in need of an editor that would have stopped you from wondering time and again how the characters got from one scene to the other. This is a cute story that with just a bit more care would have hung together more. Even a pretty laid back reader like me can't quite tolerate the inconsistencies so I'll not be in search of the next one in this series. Too bad, because it did have potential.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mary Kubica
    • Narrated By Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3567)
    Performance
    (3007)
    Story
    (3017)

    Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

    Roger says: "Brilliant performances, moving story"
    "Wonderful story from a great new voice!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is an extremely well written character study of family woven into a crime drama. Add to that locations that almost become characters and you have one truly fine novel that I wish I had picked up much sooner. The only flaw is the narration which is "okay" but not consistent. I confess there were a couple of times I had to rewind to figure out what had just been mumbled. Even given that, this is a great book from an author that is on her way to fame.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saint Odd: Odd Thomas, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (2078)
    Performance
    (1852)
    Story
    (1855)

    Odd Thomas is back where it all started…because the time has come to finish it. Since he left his simple life in the small town of Pico Mundo, California, his journey has taken him to places strange and wonderful, mysterious and terrifying. Across the land, in the company of mortals and spirits alike, he has known kindness and cruelty, felt love and loss, saved lives and taken them - as he's borne witness to humanity's greatest good and darkest evil.

    withpatience says: "the narration was good as always, the story was no"
    "Apt end to an inconsistent series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I like that this finally came to a conclusion and that Koontz does a fine job of ending it. It feels like he was out of ideas two books ago. While I'll miss the book 1-5 Odd Thomas, it was fine to conclude the series with a few nods to the faithful. As always, the narrator is superb.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anthony Doerr
    • Narrated By Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9319)
    Performance
    (8123)
    Story
    (8144)

    Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

    Annie M. says: "Time well spent"
    "Seeing so much through blind eyes"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well written story that provides a new view of all of the victims of the Nazis. Such a horrible time viewed through the eyes of children is buoyed by a lyrical tone and magical elements that help to find just the right pace and tone. Great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25039)
    Performance
    (20808)
    Story
    (20794)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "A credit well spent!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Please avoid comparing to other recent novels and just take this one as a stand-alone well thought through mystery. The perspective on this one is pretty rare and quite surprising. I confess a real preference for complex characters presented flaws-and-all in my books, and this one did a fine job with that. If you like good writing, pretty good narration, and a great who-dun-it, you'll love this British mystery. Watch out for spoilers - - I've caught a few in the reviews. Just buy this one and enjoy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Zevin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1660)
    Performance
    (1468)
    Story
    (1473)

    The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

    Trish says: "Loved, Loved, Loved It!!"
    "A book to like, not love"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Good writing, interesting story, but for some reason I wasn't as invested in the lives of the characters as I wanted to be. I never felt like I understood or could imagine being any of them, save maybe the simple but heart-of-gold cop. Still, it's a good story and the narrator is excellent - - come on, it's Scott Brick so you know the performance will rock. I think my problem may have been I really don't like snobs, and under it all, that's who the main character is - - a caring snob.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Handsome Man's Deluxe Café

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (282)

    In this delightful 15th installment, Mma Ramotswe has her hands full both at home and in the office. To add to her current challenges, her devoted partner, Grace Makutsi, has decided to branch out on her own and open The Handsome Man's Deluxe Cafe. But even “Miss 97 Per Cent” can't quite meet all the demands of running a business - not to mention those that a lightning strike makes on her building.

    Eva Gannon says: "What Happened to Lisette Lecat?"
    "My other home in Botswana"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Mma Romatswe is like a dear friend - - I love visiting her and her world. I love to listen to these wonderful books and feel like I've gone home - - although I've never visited the continent. This is an especially wonderful visit. Come with us.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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