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Pamela J

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United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Odd Interlude: A Special Odd Thomas Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1398)
    Performance
    (1272)
    Story
    (1273)

    Nestled on a lonely stretch along the Pacific coast, quaint roadside outpost Harmony Corner offers everything a weary traveler needs - a cozy diner, a handy service station, a cluster of motel rooms...and the Harmony family homestead presiding over it all. But when Odd Thomas and company stop to spend the night, they discover that there’s more to this secluded haven than meets the eye - and that between life and death, there is something more frightening than either.

    Suzn F says: "Oddy Returns"
    "Gets the "Odd" tradtional going again"
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    I'll admit being disappointed with the last book in this series (Odd Apocolypse), but this one hit a more familiar note. It doesn't have the wonderful humor of the previous additions, but it does introduce us to a new character that you couldn't help but love. What can I say - - I'm a sucker for a plucky kid.

    Trying not to give too much away in a review (I just hate when people do that!), returning to a less eerie and more towards a science fiction-y premise serves the series well.

    Last bit - - can we just get on with the mystery permanently-pregnant-teen-age-earth-mother character already?

    5 of 7 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
    (682)
    Performance
    (616)
    Story
    (614)

    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.

    G. House Sr. says: "The Ends Justifies the Means"
    "Apt end to an inconsistent series"
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    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
    (4080)
    Performance
    (3623)
    Story
    (3632)

    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.

    Sandra says: "Be prepared to love the characters."
    "Seeing so much through blind eyes"
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    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
    Overall
    (2075)
    Performance
    (1755)
    Story
    (1759)

    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.

    Paula says: "Mind Boggling Thrilling Mystery! Don't Miss It!"
    "A credit well spent!"
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    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
    (1093)
    Performance
    (974)
    Story
    (981)

    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"
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    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
    (167)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (152)

    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.

    Jean says: "Enchanting"
    "My other home in Botswana"
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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Yes Please

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Amy Poehler
    • Narrated By Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
    Overall
    (5644)
    Performance
    (4797)
    Story
    (4788)

    Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

    S.F. says: "Listen to this book for sure"
    "Performed not read...."
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    This is one of those "you HAVE to listen to it to fully enjoy it" books. Yep, Amy Poehler is hysterically funny (no surprise), slightly bawdy (not much of a surprise), and delightfully wise (a bit of a surprise). Having loved her on SNL and Parks and Rec, I knew I'd love her book and no surprise at all, I was right. You will too.

    Just one bit of warning, she is not the "G" rated Leslie Knope on this one; this is the "R" rated Amy Poehler.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Festive in Death: In Death, Book 39

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1152)
    Performance
    (1050)
    Story
    (1054)

    Personal trainer Trey Ziegler was in peak physical condition. If you didn't count the kitchen knife in his well-toned chest. Lieutenant Eve Dallas soon discovers a lineup of women who'd been loved and left by the narcissistic gym rat. While Dallas sorts through the list of Ziegler's enemies, she's also dealing with her Christmas shopping list - plus the guest list for her and her billionaire husband's upcoming holiday bash.

    BG853 says: "A Feast for In Death devotees"
    "Shhhh - don't tell people I LOVE these books...."
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    I am such a closeted fan of the "In Death" series by J.D. Robb. Closeted because I don't want everyone to know how easily my tastes slip to the ridiculousness of a hard-edged female cop of the future married to gorgeous, slightly bad boy, go-zillionaire, living in a mansion with so many rooms you don't know them all. Any questions that this all takes place in a romance novel? I don't read stuff like that. Okay, so I've also read the other 38+ of these, but only because I wanted to know what all the fuss was about.

    This is the next one. Fortunately it's also a good next one. The murder is wrapped in Christmas and holly this time, and the characters are so stereotypical they could only be in a J.D. Robb book. Or in a Nora Roberts book. But I digress.

    To fully appreciate this one you really do need to know the characters (Peabody is my favorite!), and understand the difficulties that they've been through to fully appreciate this one. I do love when authors throw one out there for the faithful - - and this is certainly one of those. The narrator is always so good and after 38 other practices, has the voice and the nuance of each character down cold. It's like visiting old friends. Enjoy if this is your cup of tea, just please don't tell anyone it's mine!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Plus One: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1321)
    Performance
    (1182)
    Story
    (1186)

    Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math-whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't afford to pay for. That's Jess' life in a nutshell - until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess' knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages...maybe ever.

    Kathy says: "Sometimes I need a book that is just fun to read."
    "I want to adopt all of them into my family"
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    This lovely book is the perfect reminder of what the ups and downs of being a family really is, and that your family is who YOU choose it to be. I lived, fretted, rejoiced, worried, and felt for each character as each lived through the tortures and triumphs of life - - just praying that they all are "okay" when it's all said and done. Great narration of a wonderful British family (and yes, I did miss a few of the references) that proves one plus one equals more.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Bruce Locke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (302)

    The new novel - a book that sold more than a million copies the first week it went on sale in Japan - from the internationally acclaimed author, his first since IQ84. Here he gives us the remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present. It is a story of love, friendship, and heartbreak for the ages.

    Pamela J says: "We're all victims of our youth"
    "We're all victims of our youth"
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    A brilliant reminder of how each stage of our lives sets us up for the next one, I found this Murakami as challenging and ultimately satisfying as all the rest: which is to say, when it's over you find yourself saying this can't be the end. This book is in desperate need of a book club so you can talk through what the small tangent tales say about the main story line.

    This is a great introduction of a brilliant author - - despite the off-putting accent the narrator adopts when the characters are speaking. I haven't a CLUE why this was done, but it feels uncomfortable at best and racist as worse. If you can get past that, the story itself is almost like a young adult book reminding us of how it feels to be young, vulnerable, and so at the mercy of the friends who you adopt as family.

    But, if you don't enjoy tangents, the occasional mystical thread, or if you need a beginning, middle, and end to be happy, probably not the book for you. If want to let go, think hard, and ride the fantasy train, enjoy.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4874)
    Performance
    (4241)
    Story
    (4254)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "I think I was "over promised" on this one"
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    Once again suckered by Oprah (who can do NO wrong in my eyes), as much as I tried to find sympathy and understanding I found myself saying, just stop it, oh grow up, and how naive can one person be, over and over again. Please understand I feel guilty passing judgment on another person's life, but since it was my credit I used, I feel like I bought the right to say you're too old to be this clueless about the consequences of things that can KILL you. Maybe it can serve as a cautionary tale.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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