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Jenny

San Antonio, TX, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • 9 reviews
  • 52 ratings
  • 1392 titles in library
  • 75 purchased in 2014
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  • Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Avi Steinberg
    • Narrated By Dustin Rubin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (36)

    Avi Steinberg is stumped. After defecting from yeshiva to Harvard, he has only a senior thesis essay on Bugs Bunny to show for his effort. While his friends and classmates advance in the world, he remains stuck at a crossroads, unable to meet the lofty expectations of his Orthodox Jewish upbringing. And his romantic existence as a freelance obituary writer just isn’t cutting it. Seeking direction - and dental insurance - Steinberg takes a job as a librarian in a tough Boston prison.

    Roy says: "A Prison Memoir"
    "Mediocre at best"
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    I had high hopes for this story. Unfortunately that's as far as it got. I found the writing to be sophomoric and overall a story that stayed at the surface. I never became involved with any of the characters or knew enough about them to care very much what happened to them. I was left wondering what the authors purpose was when he wrote this. It wasn't funny enough to be humorous or introspective enough to make you think about anything deep. Not awful but I'd never recommend it to a friend or relisten to it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Kill Room: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, January LaVoy, Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (257)

    It was a "million-dollar bullet," a sniper shot delivered from over a mile away. Its victim was a United States citizen, targeted by the United States government, and assassinated in the Bahamas. The nation's most renowned investigator and forensics expert, Lincoln Rhyme, is drafted to investigate. As details of the case start to emerge, the he discovers that not all is what it seems. When a deadly, knife-wielding assassin begins systematically eliminating the witnesses, Lincoln's investigation turns into a chilling battle of wits against a cold-blooded killer.

    Bill says: "Buy the BOOK, skip the AUDIO"
    "Multiple narrators = multiple things to hate"
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    Usually l love the diversion of a Lincoln Rhyme novel. The multiple narrators distracted from the story in this case. In particular I hated the voice for Amelia and the way her dialogue popped in and always sounded like it didn't flow.

    Primary narrator was fine but multiple voices did a disservice to a story that was already not one of my favorite in the series.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Pandemonium

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1275)
    Performance
    (1146)
    Story
    (1152)

    I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare, pushing aside thoughts of Alex, pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school, push, push, push, like Raven taught me to do. The old life is dead. But the old Lena is dead too. I buried her.I left her beyond a fence, behind a wall of smoke and flame. Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bests eller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.

    Emily - Audible says: "Remarkably Mature for YA"
    "Slightly disappointing second"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    After enjoying Delerium so much I was somewhat less enamored with the follow-up. Honestly I can't say why and would still buy the next in the series and recommend both to anyone who enjoys a distopian society tale for young adults.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4359)
    Performance
    (3732)
    Story
    (3731)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "Raises interesting questions"
    Overall
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    Story

    I listened to this as a book club selection and we had an interesting discussion on how parents view their children. It raises interesting questions about how well we know our own children and do we give them our blind approval, trust and support just because they are our children.

    A slightly surprising ending. I enjoyed the book although far less than the similar storyline in We Need to Talk About Kevin. If I were to only choose one to read it would be Kevin merely because of the depth of emotion in the characters seemed bland in Jacob comparatively.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Swan Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Treat Williams, Anne Heche, Erin Cottrell, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (809)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (259)

    Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe has a perfectly ordered life--solitary, perhaps, but full of devotion to his profession and the painting hobby he loves. This order is destroyed when renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient. In response, Marlowe finds himself going beyond his own legal and ethical boundaries to understand the secret that torments this genius, a journey that will lead him into the lives of the women closest to Robert Oliver.

    Sara says: "Such Potential Wasted"
    "Perfect if you like slowly building tales"
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    I enjoyed this book but am slightly mystified as to other's reviews that say it is the best listen all year. It was good, entertaining, the narrators did an excellent job but it didn't grab me with a wonderful ending or an interesting twist. It just slowly, methodically moved toward the solving of a mystery. That being said, I wouldn't say I ever really knew how it would all turn out.

    Having different narrators in this instance was a plus because the story switches back and forth between time periods and points of view.

    If it's your last credit or you like a book with action to keep you on the edge of your seat, choose something else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Void Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    Overall
    (1403)
    Performance
    (762)
    Story
    (761)

    In L.A., Cassie Black is another beautiful woman in a Porsche: except Cassie just did six years in prison and still has "outlaw juice" flowing in her veins. Now Cassie is returning to her old profession, taking down a money man in Vegas. But the perfect heist goes very wrong, and suddenly Cassie is on the run - with a near-psychotic Vegas "fixer" killing everyone who knew about the job.

    Snoodely says: "Connelly rules!"
    "Winding, twisting tale"
    Overall
    Performance
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    More unusual characters than some of Connelley's novels. I love the Harry Bosch series but this was an enjoyable listen. Plenty of twists as the plot unfolds and you find out the back story on each of the main characters. A likable heroine despite the fact that she is a theif.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Something Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Christine Marshall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (509)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (330)

    Darcy Rhone thought she had it all figured out: the more beautiful the girl, the more charmed her life. Never mind substance. Never mind playing by the rules. Never mind karma.But Darcy’s neat, perfect world turns upside down when her best friend, Rachel, the plain-Jane “good girl,” steals her fiancé, while Darcy finds herself completely alone for the first time in her life… with a baby on the way.

    Vinessa says: "Better than expected"
    "Entertaining sequel"
    Overall
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    Not the great American classic novel but an entertaining sequel nonetheless
    I did enjoy that the author switched points of view in this novel and did a good job doing so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Of Mice and Men

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Gary Sinise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (863)
    Performance
    (743)
    Story
    (747)

    While the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbeck’s work of the late 1930s, he narrowed his focus when composing Of Mice and Men (1937), creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. But though the scope is narrow, the theme is universal: a friendship and shared dream that make an individual’s existence meaningful.

    Jenny says: "The reader alone is worth it"
    "The reader alone is worth it"
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    Performance
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    A classic story with a fantastic narrator. His voices felt true to the characters and kept me listening. The story itself is a heart wrenching tale at times. I did not find much enjoyment in Steinbeck's The Pearl but this story completely sold me on the merits of this author

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Delirium

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2007)
    Performance
    (1705)
    Story
    (1709)

    "Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't."

    Joyce E McBride says: "Wonderful"
    "Engaging story, entertaining narration"
    Overall
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    While a young adult novel, it certainly has plenty of questions to ponder for adults. I think the author did a wonderful job capturing the angst and emotionality of first love as did the narrator. I considered using it for a book club choice because I thought the discussions would have been quite interesting.

    Other reviewers felt it may be too similar to other current popular YA fiction. I think good vs evil, adult vs teen, rebellion, governmental control, etc have always been themes seen in novels and the author does a great job of putting those to use in unique ways.

    I wouldnt hesitate to listen to another of her books regardless of subject.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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