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Jodi

Oak Park, IL, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jacob Tomsky
    • Narrated By Jacob Tomsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (441)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (412)

    Jacob Tomsky has worked in hotels for more than a decade, doing everything from valet parking to manning the front desk. He's checked you in, checked you out, separated your white panties from the white bed sheets, parked your car, tasted your room service, cleaned your toilet, denied you a late check out, given you a wake-up call, eaten M&Ms out of your mini-bar, laughed at your jokes, and taken your money. And in Heads in Beds, he pulls back the curtain on the hospitality business.

    colleen says: "credit worthy"
    "Might be one of my all-time favorite audiobooks"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! I've already reccomended it. It was funny, the subject matter was fresh and it made me feel a lot better about my own job. Plus I learned some tips that I'll use during my limited travels. I'm going to be passing out the baby bricks.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heads in Beds?

    There were too many laugh out loud moments. The most memorable though was hearing the extent to which the author tried to provide customer service--an amazing level of service that I think any company would be delighted to see--only to see management try to manage him out of a job. Sad times for the service industry.


    Have you listened to any of Jacob Tomsky’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No--has he written anything else? I'd listen.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It really made me laugh. He has a great speaking style and really paints an interesting picture of the many colorful characters he encountered.


    Any additional comments?

    I only got this book because Dan Savage reccomended it and I was like "if Dan says so I'll try it." I would never have picked it up otherwise. It was such a great book though. I was worried at first that it would make me never want to stay at a hotel because I thought it might be filled with tales of bed bugs and germs, but I was plesantly surprised. I've always known that that is a tough job to be in, but I have even more respect for hotel staff now. I was always a good tipper before but now I am really going to be a "hitter" as Tommy would say.

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  • 77 Days in September

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ray Gorham
    • Narrated By Joseph Morton
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (254)

    On a Friday afternoon before Labor Day, Americans are getting ready for the holiday weekend, completely unaware of a long-planned terrorist plot about to be launched against the country. Kyle Tait is settling in for his flight home to Montana when a single nuclear bomb is detonated 300 miles above the heart of America.

    Jan says: "Depends on what you want"
    "Horrible, just so poorly written"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Pro gun Christians or romance readers.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ray Gorham again?

    No. Not good writing at all!


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

    I had no problems with the narrator. It was the writing.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 77 Days in September?

    Ugh, definately the scene when the main female character is getting sexually harrassed so she thinks about cutting her hair to appear less sexy. Ok, your life is at risk and this guy is man handling your kids, you don't know where your next meal is coming from, for sure most women are going to think about changing their looks. Also, the scene after he attacks her. Society has turned to anarchy, just murder him and bury the body. That would be more interesting at least.


    Any additional comments?

    Love the premise and wish the author explored more about what the government would do in that situation and how people really would find food/survive instead of just focusing on one really boring couple and their quest to reunite. Hell, if you have to only concentrate on two people, at least give us their kids' stories from their kids' persepectives? So much potential that didn't get explored. It was also really sexist, IMHO. The mom was such a dumbass.

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