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Judi

Vancouver, BC, Canada | Member Since 2013

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  • Reached: Matched, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ally Condie
    • Narrated By Jack Riccobono
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (689)
    Performance
    (625)
    Story
    (627)

    After leaving Society and desperately searching for the Rising Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again: Cassia has been assigned to work for the Rising from within Society, while Ky has been stationed outside its borders. In this gripping conclusion to the Matched Trilogy, Cassia will reconcile the difficulties of challenging a life too confining, seeking a freedom she never dreamed possible, and honoring a love she cannot live without.

    Anastasia says: "Disappointed ..most likely will return this book"
    "Ahh. Ho hum"
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    This series is pretty boring. All three books are twice as long as necessary. I tend to finish what I start but it was really hard to finish these books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Landline

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Rainbow Rowell
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply - but that almost seems beside the point now. Maybe that was always beside the point. Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her - Neal is always a little upset with Georgie - but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go without her.

    Jennifer says: "Loved this book!!!"
    "Its not Eleanor and Park or Fangirl but its good"
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    I love Rainbow Rowell. I stumbled on Eleanor and Park and Fangirl and absolutely fell in love with her. I didn't listen to Attachments because it was impossible with all the email exchange. Not a book to listen to, only read. I was so excited for Landline to come out. So that said, I was disappointed. Not horribly. It was just a bit of a miss for me. It just never came together fully. I still loved her characters which are always brilliant (my favourite part of her writing) but the part of the story with the landline just didn't work for me. The conversations were great but then it just stopped. There was no sense of completion or connection or reason maybe. I am sure there was but I didn't get it. But man do I love her men. All her characters are wonderful but I have fallen in love with all her men!! There is a plainness and realness to the way she writes that just nourishes me.
    The narration was perfect. Rebecca Lowmen, because of these books, has become one of my favourite narrators. And she is her best with Rainbow Rowell books. She becomes the characters. I love her female and male voices equally and she just seems to embody these characters and bring them to life. I listen to A LOT of audio books and often I tell people, "this is a good book but I would read it not listen to it because the narration isn't great." With Rainbow Rowell (with the exception of Attachments) I always tell people to listen to them because of Rebecca Lowman. I will still eagerly await Rainbow Rowell's next book but this one wasn't my favourite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7167)
    Performance
    (6239)
    Story
    (6220)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Pleasantly Surprised!"
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    I have only listened to one other Nora Roberts book (Chasing Fire) and this was much better. I liked Chasing Fire but I found this book more compelling and engaging. And I really enjoyed the characters in this book. Liz/Abigail was a very different type of character that was very attractive and fun to hear. Brooks had a softness to him and was a great compliment to Abigail. I enjoyed them together and the story was very interesting. Julia Whelan is a great narrator and she did a great job on this one. Overall I really enjoyed this book and it is well worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The One & Only: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Sofia Willingham
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (186)

    Thirty-three-year-old Shea Rigsby has spent her entire life in Walker, Texas - a small college town that lives and dies by football, a passion she unabashedly shares. Raised alongside her best friend, Lucy, the daughter of Walker’s legendary head coach, Clive Carr, Shea was too devoted to her hometown team to leave. Instead she stayed in Walker for college, even taking a job in the university athletic department after graduation, where she has remained for more than a decade.

    K G says: "The narrator mispronounced "Giffin""
    "Hmmmm"
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    Its been a long time since I have listened to an Emily Giffin book. I remember the books being better. At any rate, the writing was poor and the story creeped me out. I think I may be done with Ms. Giffin.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rock Chick Rescue

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Susannah Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (220)

    Jet McAlister has a secret. Eddie Chavez has the hots for Jet (not to mention Eddie’s just plain hot). Jet has too many problems to realize that Eddie’s interested. Eddie loses patience when Jet ends her waitressing shift at a strip club with a knife at her throat. Since Eddie’s a cop, he figures he can help. Since Jet’s used to solving everyone’s problems she doesn’t want Eddie’s help.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "FUNNY!"
    "What a disappointment!"
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    I am a Kristen Ashley fan but this was painful. Jet is one of the most unattractive heroines I have listened to in awhile. And Susannah Jones just makes her even more annoying. If i hear "eek" one more time. . . . just plain ridiculous. And there is no chemistry between Jet and Eddie. I listened to the whole book but it was a struggle. Not sure why I stuck with it other than I kept hoping it would get better. It didn't.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9191)
    Performance
    (6713)
    Story
    (6753)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Kinda Like Outlander"
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    I am really enjoying this series. It reminds of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon which I loved. I think the characters are great, the story is interesting, and it is well narrated. overall a great listen and well worth the credit!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deeper: A Novel: Caroline & West, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Robin York
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain, Lynde Houck
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (62)

    When Caroline Piasecki’s ex-boyfriend posts their sex pictures on the Internet, it destroys her reputation as a nice college girl. Suddenly her once-promising future doesn’t look so bright. Caroline tries to make the pictures disappear, hoping time will bury her shame. Then a guy she barely knows rises to her defense and punches her ex to the ground.

    Jordy says: "Emotion-Tugging, Thought Provoking Reality..."
    "Loved this book!"
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    Deeper is a great book. I felt really pulled into these characters and I really enjoyed the listen. I didn't want it to end. I absolutely fell in love with West and Caroline is fantastic as well. And the book deals with a crazy, horrific issue (revenge porn) that I knew nothing about but I now do. There were parts of this book that made me very sad and I also laughed aloud at times. I thought the narrators did a great job of capturing these characters, especially the male narrator. It had a sweetness and a depth that was touching. I loved how Caroline, through a very challenging issue, found herself and I loved how the relationship between West and Caroline developed slowly and beautifully. I was really surprised by this book. I am very much looking forward to book 2!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Deep: Into the Deep Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Samantha Young
    • Narrated By Renée Chambliss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    Charley Redford was just an ordinary girl until Jake Caplin moved to her small town in Indiana and convinced her she was extraordinary. Almost from day one Jake pulled Charley into the deep and promised he was right there with her. But when a tragic incident darkened Jake's life, he waded out into the shallows and left Charley behind. Almost four years later Charley thinks she's moved on. That is until she takes a study year abroad in Edinburgh and bumps into none other than Jake Caplin...

    Jordy says: "A Second Chance At Love Story..."
    "Disappointing and anticlimatic"
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    After listening to On Dublin Street and Before Jamaica Lane (i loved them both especially Jamaica Lane) I had high hopes for this book. I spent a lot of the time listening to this book thinking "is this the same author?" Into the Deep has its moments but overall it is not great. Its a story of 2 teenagers who fall in love, through a crappy event he treats her like crap and dumps her, she pines for him for 4 years and then they meet up again and then all the angst of should we be friends, how do I get over him etc. There are parts of this that is fine but it just goes on and on. But the real problem with the book is I never felt the connection between these two. I was never routing for them. I never got involved in their story. In fact I kept hoping she would dump Jake's ass and get together with Lowe. Jake is not a very attractive character so at the end its just a big so what. Overall the book has a very immature flavor to it. If you are looking for a love story that pulls at your heart strings, this is not it. I don't think its worth the credit and definitely not worth the money. oh and don't get me started on the narrator. Charley sounds like she is about 12. Narration was really bad!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Before Jamaica Lane: On Dublin Street

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Samantha Young
    • Narrated By Lee Angel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (587)
    Performance
    (545)
    Story
    (547)

    The follow-up to the runaway bestsellers On Dublin Street and Down London Road. Despite her outgoing demeanor, Olivia is painfully insecure around the opposite sex - usually, she can't get up the nerve to approach guys she's interested in. But moving to Edinburgh has given her a new start, and, after she develops a crush on a sexy postgrad, she decides it's time to push past her fears and go after what she wants. Nate Sawyer is a gorgeous player who never commits, but to his close friends, he's as loyal as they come.

    Leesa says: "Keep getting better!!!"
    "Maybe the best of the Series"
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    I really enjoyed this book. I think I might even like it better than On Dublin Street. Or at least equally well in a different way. I enjoyed the friendship between Nate and Olivia that turns into something more. They are fun and sweet together and as friends they make you smile. I really loved Olivia as a character. And in addition to the love story, it is also a story of a strong woman that lacks confidence both in her physical and sexual being but slowly learns to love and appreciate herself. The story was engaging, touching, sexy, fun, intense and sweet. Definitely worth a listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Looking for Alaska

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1092)
    Performance
    (916)
    Story
    (923)

    Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words - and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

    Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another.

    FanB14 says: "Humorous YA for Adults"
    "oh the antics of teenagers"
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    This book is a very cute look at life inside boarding school for a young boy. It explores first love, first sex - many firsts. Although they are all true to life what teenagers go through this is not a book I would allow a young teen to read. It is really written for the 15/16 and up crowd I think. Kids are exposed to so much at such a young age I think we could slow it down in some venues. Having said that this is a great look at life and the choices we make and the sometimes unintended consequences of those choices that we have to live with. As always with John Green the messaging is good, the quirkyness is great and as always, there is a sweetness to the book that lingers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Love

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Katie Cotugno
    • Narrated By Merritt Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he's never seemed to notice that Reena even exists... until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated - and pregnant - Reena behind.

    Melissa Bee says: "Love at its hardest, messiest times"
    "I wouldn't recommend to YA readers"
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    This book is in the YA genre but I would never recommend my daughter read it. I thought the relationship between the 2 main characters was destructive and negative and definitely does not provide good modelling. I did think the issue of teen pregnancy was dealt with ok but then the blend with the destructive relationship was concerning. Overall the story was pretty boring. There are so many well written ya books that deal with life and love and this was not one of them. I would give it a pass.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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