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Debbi

El Segundo, CA, United States

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  • 12 reviews
  • 291 ratings
  • 397 titles in library
  • 29 purchased in 2014
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  • Sandwiched

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jennifer Archer
    • Narrated By Lauren Davis
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (11)

    What's a 40ish woman to do if her free-spirited elderly mom's moving in, her previously do-gooder teenage daughter's sneaking out, her prize-winning stud bulldog can't get it on, and her soon-to-be ex-husband can't get his mind off girls half his age?

    L. K. Stewart says: "A great tale of 3 generations"
    "Painful"
    Overall

    Average story, but painfully read by three different readers/actors. The mix of readers did not work well, and it turned what might have been a light, predictable story into one painfully long and irritating.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Before I Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (857)
    Performance
    (681)
    Story
    (682)

    Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact.

    Bluemoon says: "Great story... but not for kids!"
    "Too much whining..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The main character comes across as way too shallow and whines too much. I usually like YA audio books, but was only able to make it through an hour of this one before giving up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11932)
    Performance
    (10843)
    Story
    (10867)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Unfortunate turn of events"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The first half of the book is great, quirky characters, good story, great reader. The second half takes a turn into a horror story, and gets as far-fetched as the other dimension the characters land in. It's so off course, it sounds like it was written by a different author, no more humor, fun, or quirkiness. The reader is great but he can't save a story that goes so wrong.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Every Day

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Levithan
    • Narrated By Alex McKenna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (208)

    Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply....

    Laura says: "Original & Moving"
    "Ugh!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    "Quantum Leap" meets your adult. Too long, too many jumps, too repetitive. Very unsatisfactory ending. Reader was good, but that's about it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Joe

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jonathan Tropper
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (258)
    Story
    (255)

    Joe Goffman was fifteen years out from his sleepy hometown when he wrote Bush Falls, a searing critique of its people and institutions. The book was a runaway best seller, and led to an even more successful movie. Now, however, Joe's got a problem. His father has suffered a stroke, and that means that Joe has to go back to his birthplace after having successfully antagonized every person living there. Can Joe survive the reservoirs of hatred that have been waiting to pour down upon him? Just maybe.

    Jannice says: "Glad I took a chance"
    "I really wanted to like this book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Possibly good story, but the writing gets in the way. Too much self-indulgent intellectualism for me to make it through. Even though I was curious about the ending, I quit halfway through. Good reader, but doesn't make up for problematic writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shock Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1560)
    Performance
    (1294)
    Story
    (1291)

    The thrilling new Virgil Flowers novel from the #1 New York Times best-selling author. The superstore chain PyeMart has its sights set on a Minnesota river town, but two very angry groups want to stop it: local merchants, fearing for their businesses, and environmentalists, predicting ecological disaster. The protests don't seem to be slowing the project, though, until someone decides to take matters into his own hands.

    aaron says: "Not the best Virgil ~ but it is still Virgil!"
    "Virgil does it again"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Starts slow, but grabs you at the half-way point. Virgil Flowers is a great character. The reader is perfect, with his narration, the characters really come alive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Someone Like You

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sarah Dessen
    • Narrated By Katharine Powell
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Halley and Scarlett have been best friends for years, sharing secrets, clothes, and crushes. People know Scarlett as the popular, flamboyant one; Halley's just her quiet sidekick. Then, at the beginning of their junior year, the balance shifts. First, Scarlett's boyfriend Michael is killed in a freak accident; soon afterward, she learns that she is carrying his baby. She needs Halley now.

    Debbi says: "Not one of Sarah Dessen's best"
    "Not one of Sarah Dessen's best"
    Overall

    Love Sarah Dessen, but this is not one of her best. The characters are not well-developed and none are very likable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Final Exam: A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Pauline W. Chen
    • Narrated By Pauline W. Chen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    When Pauline Chen began medical school 20 years ago, she dreamed of saving lives. What she did not count on was how much death would be a part of her work. Almost immediately, Chen found herself wrestling with medicine's most profound paradox: that a profession premised on caring for the ill also systematically depersonalizes dying. Final Exam follows Chen over the course of her education, training, and practice as she grapples at strikingly close range with the problem of mortality.

    Phillip Sabbagh says: "Brilliant and Moving"
    "Good start, then loses steam"
    Overall

    The book starts strong, but falls very flat in the middle. The author's descriptions are so vivid you can see, and smell, the things she's describing. Her medical school experiences come alive. Once she gets to talking about her experiences as a surgeon, she wanders away from the vivid story-telling, and gets into some really boring narration. I quit listening about 2/3 of the way through; the book no longer held my interest or attention. One final thing, the author is a good reader and has a voice that's easy to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2294)
    Performance
    (529)
    Story
    (549)

    In 1993 Greg Mortenson was the exhausted survivor of a failed attempt to ascend K2, an American climbing bum wandering emaciated and lost through Pakistan's Karakoram Himalaya. After he was taken in and nursed back to health by the people of an impoverished Pakistani village, Mortenson promised to return one day and build them a school. From that rash, earnest promise grew one of the most incredible humanitarian campaigns of our time: Greg Mortenson's one-man mission to counteract extremism by building schools, especially for girls, throughout the breeding ground of the Taliban.

    Karl says: "An education and inspiration"
    "Too long!"
    Overall

    Good book, great man, but the story is way too long. This story would be much better abridged.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dear American Airlines

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Jonathan Miles
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (37)

    Bennie Ford, a 53-year-old failed poet turned translator, is traveling to his estranged daughter's wedding when his flight is canceled. Stuck with thousands of fuming passengers in the purgatory of O'Hare airport, he watches the clock tick and realizes that he will miss the ceremony. Frustrated, irate, and helpless, Bennie does the only thing he can: he starts to write a letter.

    Victoria Wright says: "Hard to put down"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    Story is way too long, with too many digressions. The reader is okay, but his "female" voice is irritating. Lots of fast-fowarding is needed to get through the book; while I usually prefer unabridged books, this book would be better in an abridged form. There's some great humor, and wonderful writing, but much more editing is needed for it to be a book worthy of it's length.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful

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