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Pokemonika

Stowe, VT | Member Since 2012

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  • Fever: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Mary Beth Keane
    • Narrated By Candace Thaxton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (297)

    Mary Mallon was a courageous, headstrong Irish immigrant woman who bravely came to America alone, fought hard to climb up from the lowest rung of the domestic service ladder, and discovered in herself an uncanny, and coveted, talent for cooking. Working in the kitchens of the upper class, she left a trail of disease in her wake, until one enterprising and ruthless "medical engineer" proposed the inconceivable notion of the "asymptomatic carrier" - and from then on Mary Mallon was a hunted woman.

    Margaret says: "Walk a mile in my shoes..."
    "It's like being inside Typhoid Mary's head!"
    Overall
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    The author does a wonderful job transporting you into the early 1900's. It's not just how solid the characters are, but every detail of how live was at that time, plus real historical context of the events that were occurring then. I wish all history lessons came in this format! I also loved the narration. I am a big fan of theatrical narrators like Eduardo Ballerini, so I wasn't sure I was going to love this one when I started the book. But I was pleasantly surprise to find that the even tone and small fluctuation between characters added to the somberness of the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rabbit Factory

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Marshall Karp
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte, James Jenner
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (91)

    Marshall Karp is an acclaimed playwright known for his witty sense of humor and crackling dialogue. His debut novel The Rabbit Factory stars the irreverent LAPD detective duo of Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs. Dean Lamaar is the architect of an entertainment empire and the creator of iconic characters like Rambunctious Rabbit and McGreedy the Moose.

    MidwestGeek says: "Bizarre but engaging mystery.1st-rate performance."
    "Good plot, but didn't love the writing style"
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    The plot and the characters where well thought and strong enough to keep me interested to the end of the book, but it seems that every other paragraph contained a cheesy joke. After a while that became annoying as all of the characters expressed themselves in that cheap humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lying Game

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sara Shepard
    • Narrated By Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (98)

    The worst part of being dead is that there’s nothing left to live for. No more kisses. No more secrets. No more gossip. It’s enough to kill a girl all over again. But I’m about to get something no one else does - an encore performance, thanks to Emma, the long-lost twin sister I never even got to meet. Now Emma’s desperate to know what happened to me. And the only way to figure it out is to be me - to slip into my old life and piece it all together. But can she laugh at inside jokes with my best friends?

    Natalie Catania says: "Fantastic!"
    "Beware, there are SIX books on this series"
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    I bought this book on an Audible sale and that should've been my first clue. I wanted a lighthearted summer read, and this one had good reviews so I decided to give it a try. If you are not expecting a literature masterpiece, you would probably enjoy the book. It is well written, and although some of the situations are very forced (like how Emma found out about the existence of her twin sister), overall the plot is interesting and addictive, in a guilty pleasure king of way. I happily bought the second book, but at the end of that one, the killer wasn't even near to be revealed, and that really annoyed me. So here I am, going through the 3rd book only to find out that there are a total of SIX BOOKS! If this was only one fat book, I would probably would have given it 4 stars, as it did keep me guessing and entertained. As a trilogy I would've given it 3 starts. But 6 books??? I don't think I can stomach that, so I am just going to google who the killer is and be done with it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    Overall
    (2108)
    Performance
    (1406)
    Story
    (1409)

    After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

    Blythe says: "Best dog book ever!"
    "I wanted to love it but..."
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    Described by many reviewers as the best dog book ever, I started this book ready to be moved, fall in love, shed some tears and hopefully all of the above... Unfortunately the story was too simple to have any depth and didn't inspire me any emotions (except boredom?). After listening several chapter waiting for improvement I gave up. One of my first listening books was Oogy the Dog, and that was such a beautiful and powerful story, I could not wait to finish the book to pass it around to my friends and family... I can't say that I will be recommending A Dog's Purpose to anybody any time soon...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Stephen Chbosky
    • Narrated By Noah Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1985)
    Performance
    (1805)
    Story
    (1827)

    Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love.

    FanB14 says: "Intelligent, Absorbing Coming of Age Story"
    "So, so"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If it wasn't for the great narrator performance I wouldn't finished the book. The premise of a teenager writing letters to a stranger didn't convince me, and although I enjoyed some of the passages, overall I didn't think the plot was strong enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tune In Tokyo: The Gaijin Diaries

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tim Anderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (95)

    Everyone wants to escape their boring, stagnant lives full of inertia and regret. But so few people actually have the bravery to run - run away from everything and selflessly seek out personal fulfillment on the other side of the world where they don’t understand anything and won’t be expected to. The world is full of cowards. Tim Anderson was pushing 30 and working a string of dead-end jobs when he made the spontaneous decision to pack his bags and move to Japan.

    JOSEPH says: "Tune In Tokyo- a very enjoyable memior"
    "Hilarious!"
    Overall
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    Story

    Although the book is light and engaging, the experiences shared by Tim Anderson are very deep and personal. Funny from beginning to end!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jon Lee Anderson
    • Narrated By Armando Durán
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (197)

    Che Guevara was a dashing rebel whose epic dream was to end poverty and injustice in Latin America and the developing world through armed revolution. Jon Lee Anderson traces Che's extraordinary life from his comfortable Argentine upbringing to the battlefields of the Cuban revolution, from the halls of power in Castro's government to his failed campaign in the Congo and his assassination in the Bolivian jungle.

    Matthew says: "Encompassing and Fair Look at an Historical Man"
    "Great as a historic document, terrible listen"
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    I could not get myself to finish this book. This book goes in very deep in Che's life, to the point of listing every insignificant detail. I think as a historic document the author does a great job compiling all that information. But for a normal person just trying to learn about Guevara's life, it is way to much information, making the book long and sorry to say, boring. The performance doesn't help either. It is read as you would a historic document, so the hours just drag and drag... I got to the 3rd download and gave up.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Cheryl Strayed
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3127)
    Performance
    (2748)
    Story
    (2752)

    At 22, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State - and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.” But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

    FanB14 says: "Glad I Took the Trip"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall
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    I really enjoyed this book from the beginning to the end. Inspiring, entertaining, funny as hell!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Happiness Project

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Gretchen Rubin
    • Narrated By Gretchen Rubin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1076)
    Performance
    (684)
    Story
    (674)

    Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. "The days are long, but the years are short," she realized. "Time is passing, and I'm not focusing enough on the things that really matter." In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.

    A User says: "The gift that keeps on giving..."
    "Worth it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am not a big fan of self help books, but I really enjoyed Gretchen's journey to being a better person. I was able to identify with her on many levels and realized that the changes to a more fulfilled life need to come from within and not from others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2974)
    Performance
    (2559)
    Story
    (2573)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Intriguing story with lots of twists"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    From the beginning, the story got me guessing and every time I thought I had it figured out, a new twist was introduced. Beautiful descriptions make the story believable and the narration is flawless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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