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Pamela J

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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
    (1259)
    Performance
    (1142)
    Story
    (1141)

    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
  • Festive in Death: In Death, Book 39

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (610)
    Performance
    (556)
    Story
    (560)

    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
    Overall
    (749)
    Performance
    (681)
    Story
    (687)

    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
    (150)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (135)

    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.

    8 of 9 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
    (3342)
    Performance
    (2939)
    Story
    (2947)

    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
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1768)
    Performance
    (1627)
    Story
    (1619)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    Marci says: "Great story. Genius writing"
    "Aussie awesomeness"
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    Long one of my favorite writers, this book does not disappoint. The perfect mix of happy, light, weighty and triumphant, this one was near impossible to put down. Getting finished I feel like I've said goodbye to dear friends whose lives were lovingly entangled in mine. Pitch perfect.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Silkworm

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3389)
    Performance
    (3142)
    Story
    (3137)

    When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows.

    H James Lucas says: "A well-worn genre enlivened with fresh characters"
    "Loving this series!"
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    Such a smart and entertaining book and series. The characters in this case are fully developed: in other words you swing between loving and hating them, just like in real life. And our heroes remain to true to themselves throughout. Good plot, good writing, and really great narration. My favorite summer read so far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dummy Line

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bobby Cole
    • Narrated By Jeremy Arthur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (289)

    Jake Crosby’s nine-year-old daughter Katy is pure tomboy, and her dad couldn’t be happier. Since she was old enough to walk, Katy has shared Jake’s love of the outdoors, taking to hunting and fishing as quickly as other kids take to baseball or bike riding. As he packs the truck for a spring turkey hunt, he vows to savor the time with his little girl. But Jake’s hopes for an idyllic weekend are shattered when a band of drug dealers attempts to break into the Crosbys’ remote hunting camp. Desperate to protect his daughter, Jake makes a violent and gut-wrenching decision.

    Susan says: "Good and Fast Paced"
    "Not bad for a first effort"
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    I always think that with "thrillers" you should have at least a couple of times when you go, "Ohhhh," because the author introduces something you aren't expecting. Not a single Ohhhh (okay, maybe one small one) in this book. The strange part is you can, however, see the POTENTIAL for a really good story that is lying just beneath the writing. You know someday it will get there. Just not yet. I'll look forward to seeing something else written by this author ...... someday. Narrator is quite good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Among Sequels: A Thursday Next Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (710)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (276)

    It's been 14 years since Thursday pegged out at the 1988 SuperHoop, and Friday is now a difficult 16-year-old. However, Thursday's got bigger problems. Sherlock Holmes is killed, and his series is stopped in its tracks. And before this can be corrected, Miss Marple dies suddenly in a car accident, bringing her series to a close as well. When Thursday receives a death threat clearly intended for her written self, she realizes what's going on: there is a serial killer on the loose in the Bookworld.

    Tzungmay says: "As amazing as the previous ones!"
    "How can you top the last book?"
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    Well, he didn't top the last book. He kind of wrote around it. The problem with this one, and with all sequels is that it's near on impossible to add the element of surprise. You know the characters, you know the parameters of the story, and you're nestled in waiting to be amused at the same level of the previous book. On top of that, the last Thursday Next book wrapped everything up into a tidy bow so that you're really not looking for more. This book not only beats "sequel-itis", it also manages to uphold the cute and clever that mark the previous efforts. Yep, it's the same character just done in a different way - - and yes, I realize I'm not explaining this well - - that's because I don't want to give it away. Bottom line: if you like the previous books you'll like this one too. If you haven't read the previous books then what the heck are you waiting for?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Serpent of Venice: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (682)
    Performance
    (628)
    Story
    (631)

    Venice, a really long time ago: Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy from Britain who also happens to be a favorite of the Doge: The rascal-Fool Pocket. This trio of cunning plotters have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising a spirited evening. Their invitation is, of course, bogus. These scoundrels have something far less amusing planned for the man who has consistently foiled their quest for power and wealth. But this Fool is no fool.…

    Amazon Customer says: "Moore sophomoric humor riffing off the Bard's time"
    "Clever, irreverent, and bawdy - the triple crown!"
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    Christopher Moore is no fool. He's one of the funniest and (only in the best way) sickest writers who ever penned a Shakespeare spoof. To get the most of this one I think one needs a passing recollection of a couple of Shakespeare plays (Merchant of Venice, Othello) throw in some Poe (Cask of Amontillado), a 1950's monster flick, and the willingness to listen to some junior high school humor spoken in a British accent and you've got the perfect way to giggle through an afternoon. Careful not to drink anything while you're listening - - I almost coughed up a lung full of coffee onto my iPad. Oh, and if you want to go in order, pick up Fool by Christopher Moore first, then go here. Great fun.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lost in a Good Book: A Thursday Next Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (288)

    Intrepid literary detective Thursday Next is back in the second installment of Jasper Fforde's one-of-a-kind series. The inventive, exuberant, and totally original literary fun that began with The Eyre Affair continues with Jasper Fforde’s magnificent second adventure starring the resourceful, fearless literary sleuth Thursday Next.

    Shirataki Diva says: "What happened to Landen?"
    "Very British"
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    The second in the Next series is good fun - - and more British than the Queens bloomers. I'm certain I'm missing some of the jokes and many of the asides because I wasn't born in London, but it really doesn't matter. There's more than enough humor left for us upstarts to still have a giggle or two. But, there are more deep concerns and less tidy plot fixes in this book than the last, but knowing you're reading a series helps quell the concerns.

    Narrator is great!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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