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Judi

Vancouver, BC, Canada | Member Since 2013

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  • 23 reviews
  • 142 ratings
  • 291 titles in library
  • 79 purchased in 2014
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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
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    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.

    Judi says: "Consummate bad boy turns guru or tries!"
    "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
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8649)
    Performance
    (6219)
    Story
    (6254)

    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.

    Barbara says: "A feast for the mind and imagination"
    "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
    (46)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    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
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    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!

    0 of 0 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
    (419)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (392)

    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.

    Jordy says: "The story of Olivia and Nate. Loved it!!"
    "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
    (791)
    Performance
    (650)
    Story
    (657)

    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.

    Leslie says: "Great Story! Great Narrator!"
    "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
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (876)
    Performance
    (793)
    Story
    (791)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Melinda says: "Intriguing--Captivating--Altering"
    "Heft is beautiful!"
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    Pure and simple I LOVED this book! Heft is a story of 2 lives running in parallel and the 1 person that connects them. Both of the stories are interesting and heartaching in different ways. I felt so touched by the journey of both characters, their struggle with isolation and aloneness but manifesting in different ways. I was so wrapped up in these characters it was hard to let them go. And in the best possible way they made me reflect on my own life. And you can't review this book without mentioning the perfection of the narrators. They both embodied these characters and brought them to life. So often narrators detract from the story but in this case they made the book even better. This is one of those books that made me so appreciate the art of storytelling and I wish I had this talent. Thank you to Liz Moore for writing a beautiful story!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Down London Road

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Samantha Young
    • Narrated By Elle Newlands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (507)

    Johanna Walker is used to taking charge. But she’s about to meet someone who will make her lose control....

    It has always been up to Johanna to care for her family, particularly her younger brother, Cole. With an absent father and a useless mother, she’s been making decisions based on what’s best for Cole for as long as she can remember. She even determines what men to date by how much they can provide for her brother and her, not on whatever sparks may - or may not - fly. But with Cameron MacCabe, the attraction is undeniable....

    SIMARA says: "Magnificent!"
    "Ugh!"
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    This book was painful. I am surprised I actually listened to the whole thing. It is mostly boring and oh so predictable. I really enjoyed On Dublin Street so I looked forward to this book. This book is nothing close to Dublin Street. And the narration of this book was soooo bad! Cam's voice was actually ridiculous. The furthest thing from sexy. More like he was a smoker for 60 years. And please no more female neurosis!!! It is just so stupid. Jo is so vapid and annoying. Don't waste your money on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wallbanger

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alice Clayton
    • Narrated By Heather Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1088)
    Performance
    (1001)
    Story
    (1008)

    Thanks to paper-thin walls and the guy’s athletic prowess, Carolyn is gaining an - um - intimate knowledge of her new neighbor's nocturnal adventures. And since Caroline is currently on a self-imposed "dating hiatus," and her neighbor is clearly lethally attractive to women, she finds her fantasies keep her awake even longer than the noise. So when the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts Simon Parker, her heard-but-never-seen neighbor.

    CAROLYN says: "GREAT LISTEN - IT KEPT ME SMILING THROUGHOUT"
    "Pure Fun"
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    this is one of the funnest books I have listened to in awhile! I loved the banter and quick dialogue and it definitely kept you smiling throughout. I enjoyed the characters and the story. If you enjoy a fun story that is very charming and romantic, this one is for you!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shoe Addicts Anonymous

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Beth Harbison
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (36)

    Four different women. One common shoe size. And a shared lust for fabulous footwear. In this sparkling novel, the wife of a controlling politician, a debt-ridden eBay addict, an agoraphobic phone sex operator, and a nanny for the family from hell (who barely knows a sole from a heel but who will do anything to get out of the house) meet on Tuesday nights to trade shoes. In the process, they form friendships that will help each of them to triumph over her problems, from secret pasts to blackmail, bankrupcy, and dating.

    Stephanie says: "Chic Lit with character development"
    "Bland and Boring"
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    This is a very unimaginative book. its similar to confessions of a shopaholic but not nearly as good. The characters were boring. i listened just to finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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