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Judi

Vancouver, BC, Canada | Member Since 2015

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  • 32 reviews
  • 279 ratings
  • 493 titles in library
  • 20 purchased in 2015
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  • Downward Dog: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Edward Vilga
    • Narrated By J. Paul Guimont
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    Downward Dog tells the tale of a handsome Bad Boy who becomes a yoga instructor while trying to redeem his womanizing ways and win the forgiveness of the only woman he’s ever really loved. Down on his luck, thanks to a failed nightlife venture, our hero’s stuck with massive debt and broken dreams. His only safe haven is the yoga world, and when his well-connected best buddy launches his yoga career among New York City's elite, our working-class hero becomes a guru to society’s top one percent, a wolf let loose amongst a flock of comely sheep.

    Alison says: "Chick lit for guys"
    "Consummate bad boy turns guru or tries!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Downward Dog the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed this book which surprised me. I thought it was going to be lame but it wasn't. I loved that the main character was a guy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Downward Dog?

    He just kept blowing up his life and seemed to have a hard time learning from his mistakes. But he kept trying.


    Which character – as performed by J. Paul Guimont – was your favorite?

    The main character


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The constant bad choices that keep leading down the same path.


    Any additional comments?

    Surprisingly enjoyable

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flat-Out Celeste: Flat-Out Love, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jessica Park
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (82)

    For high-school senior Celeste Watkins, every day is a brutal test of bravery. And Celeste is scared. Alienated because she's too smart, her speech too affected, her social skills too far outside the norm, she seems to have no choice but to retreat into isolation. But college could set her free, right? If she can make it through this grueling senior year, then maybe. If she can just find that one person to throw her a lifeline, then maybe, just maybe.

    Mary says: "so good!"
    "Love"
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    This book. This book is so sweet and Tavia Gilbert captures it so well. I liked this better than Flat out Love. Its quirky and hopeful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Becoming Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By K.A. Tucker
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Louise, Josh Goodman
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (90)

    Luke Boone doesn't know exactly what his uncle Rust is involved in, but he wants in on it - the cars, the money, the women. And it looks like he's finally getting his wish. When Rust hands him the managerial keys to the garage, they come with a second set - one that opens up the door to tons of cash and opportunity. Though it's not exactly legal, Luke's never been one to worry about that sort of thing. Especially when it puts him behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 and onto the radar of a gorgeous socialite named Rain.

    Amazon Customer says: "Well written..."
    "I liked this one"
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    I wasn't a huge fan of the first in this series but I really enjoyed this one Performance was good story was interesting and I liked the characters. Worked for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beauty and the Mustache: A Philosophical Romance, Knitting in the City, Volume 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Penny Reid
    • Narrated By Joy Nash
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    There are three things you need to know about Ashley Winston: 1) She has six brothers and they all have beards, 2) She is a reader, and 3) She knows how to knit. Former beauty queen, Ashley Winston’s preferred coping strategy is escapism. She escaped her Tennessee small town, loathsome father, and six brothers eight years ago. Now she escapes life daily via her Amazon kindle one-click addiction. However, when a family tragedy forces her to return home, Ashley can’t escape the notice of Drew Runous

    mandy says: "Beautiful story and fantastic narration!"
    "A sweet southern romance"
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    My kinda book. I wish the other in the series were on audible. I would listen right away. I loved the brothers and her friends in this story and of course the relationship with her mom. Her brothers and friends made me laugh and her mom made me cry. Nice blend. I am so tired of these books with so called alpha males. I have determined that alpha male equals abusive so no thank you. This was the kind of alpha male I like. Kind thoughtful caring and strong. Their relationship developed naturally and even though I am not much of a poetry person, I loved it in the book. More of knitting in the city please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Troubles and Treats

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Tara Sivec
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (134)

    Drew and Jenny have spent years being the envy of their friends with their out of control sex lives - well, not really. Mostly it makes their friends want to throw up in their mouths a little.With two little kids and two busy lives, for the first time, Drew and Jenny aren't on the same page in the bedroom. Drew will stop at nothing to get his previously amorous wife back in the sack, and Jenny will do anything for a full night of sleep.

    Dianne says: "Definitely Worth The Credit!"
    "Funniest of the 3"
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    These books are pretty silly but this one I laughed out loud a few times. Definitely the funniest of the 3. The characters are dumb but very sweet so it's hard not to love them. They are struggling in their relationship like most couples with small children and because it's real it's quite enjoyable. Narration is good BUT it is very annoying that at the beginning of the chapter the narrator doesn't tell whose perspective she is reading from. Her voice is the same for all characters so you have to pay attention to figure out which character it is. Other than that the narration is good but if you like different voices for different characters you will not like this book (or the other 2 in the series).

    0 of 0 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
    (5979)
    Performance
    (5428)
    Story
    (5425)

    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"
    "I am in love with Cormoran Strike"
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    I have listened now to both Cuckoos Calling and Silkworm and enjoyed them both. I think Cuckoo is better than Silkworm but they are both good. Cormoran Strike is such an unusual hero that I feel in love with. He is not your perfect character without flaws. In fact his lack of perfection is what makes his character interesting. And his trusty sidekick is also fun. These books are interesting with some nice twists and turns which kept me listening. I am looking forward to the next in the series.

    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
    (483)
    Performance
    (427)
    Story
    (432)

    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.

    Judi says: "Its not Eleanor and Park or Fangirl but its good"
    "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.

    3 of 3 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
    (8105)
    Performance
    (7059)
    Story
    (7054)

    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.

    M. Davis says: "Classic Nora - Outstanding!!!!"
    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The One & Only: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Sofia Willingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (415)

    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
    (759)
    Performance
    (709)
    Story
    (712)

    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.

    Smart Shopper says: "too many eeks uh ohs and du das"
    "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.

    6 of 7 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
    (11089)
    Performance
    (8443)
    Story
    (8497)

    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

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