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Jazz Cat's Mom

Brighton, CO, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 28 ratings
  • 459 titles in library
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  • Pathfinder: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2834)
    Performance
    (2145)
    Story
    (2163)

    Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

    Paul says: "Story OK, Narration Mixed"
    "Past and present merge"
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    Story

    There are many Orson Scott Card books that I really love, but not so much this one. The writing is excellent, of course, the characters were well-developed, and the plot was interesting. The time-travel aspect of the story was a key element, which was explained in some detail . . . over and over again. Much of the book was devoted to the characters discussing and thinking about how and why their particular time-travel events came to be, and how each character's particular "powers" were related to all the powers of all the other characters. I think OSC had a very good idea of how his theories were applied, but it was simply muddled for me. I would have enjoyed the book more if it had been much shorter and simply assumed that in this universe, time-travel happened, here's how, and the result. I did listen to all of the book and may even read the sequel (ending left open for that), since I did enjoy the performance and liked the characters and now want to know what becomes of them. Hopefully, all the set-up has been done in book 1 and the story will move along at a faster pace.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1349)
    Performance
    (1177)
    Story
    (1164)

    Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

    Bonny says: "Magical, realistic and well worth listening to"
    "Lovely Fairy Tale"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Snow Child is a charming fairy tale (or is it?). Set in Alaska in the early 1900s, the story is full of details about homesteading and farming in that vast, cold wilderness and the affects of this life choice on the people living there. The characters are all well developed and truly nice and kind people. Not a bad guy in the bunch. This is not my typical reading choice. I like stories that are a little more dramatic: serial killers, court room dramas, vampires, crazy people. The story is well-written, interesting and enjoyable and probably deserving of a five-star rating, if you enjoy simple stories like this one. I'm certainly not sorry I listened to it, but I wouldn't recommend to my friends with reading tastes similar to mine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6419)
    Performance
    (5710)
    Story
    (5705)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Elegantly written, ultimately flat"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The Night Circus is beautifully and elegantly written and the concept is intriguing. The narration is very good. The mystery and beauty of the setting is captured perfectly. So, there was much to love - I wanted to love it - I thought I'd love it. But I just didn't. While the surroundings of the circus were very interesting, there was not a single character to love or to hate. The conflicts, so central to the book's meaning, were flat. The characters were one dimensional. Ultimately, like unwrapping a beautifully wrapped package to find it filled with Brussels sprouts instead of yummy Belgium chocolates.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gargoyle

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Andrew Davidson
    • Narrated By Lincoln Hoppe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (129)

    An extraordinary debut novel of love that survives the fires of hell and transcends the boundaries of time. The narrator of The Gargoyle is a very contemporary cynic, physically beautiful and sexually adept, who dwells in the moral vacuum that is modern life. As the book opens, he is driving along a dark road when he is distracted by what seems to be a flight of arrows.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Hell is a choice"
    "Very different love story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Gargoyle is the love story of a man (whose name we never learn), terribly disfigured in an auto accident and resultant fire, and the woman, Maryanne, who befriends him and who may (or may not) be schizophrenic. Maryanne believes they were lovers in a long-ago past life and possibly throughout the ages until the present. The very best parts of the story concerned their long history together. She believes they are simply continuing where they left off, and you, like me, may end up believing that, too. I'm not at all attracted to the typical romance novel where boy meets girl, romance sizzles, they fight, solve mysteries, bite people's necks, (whatever) but finally live happily ever-after. Gargoyle was nothing like this. It was very well-written and read, intense, thought-provoking, funny at times, sad at times. I loved it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1418)
    Performance
    (1223)
    Story
    (1199)

    A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother....

    Janice says: "I wanted to cheer out loud!"
    "Suspensful and Charming Southern Family Drama"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I loved this book! This is the story of three-generations of strong women overcoming mistakes and tragedies to move forward with their lives. Well-developed characters worth caring about, plenty of surprises, some mystery, plenty to laugh about and a some to cry about. Joshilyn Jackson's narration is superb and exactly right for this story, which is not always the case when the author narrates. Very satisfying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Company of Liars

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Karen Maitland
    • Narrated By David Thorpe
    Overall
    (211)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (91)

    On this day of ill omen, plague makes its entrance. Within weeks, swathes of England will be darkened by death's shadow. While panic and suspicion flood the land, a small band of travelers comes together to outrun the breakdown in law and order. But when one of their number is found hanging from a tree, the chilling discovery confirms that something more sinister than plague is in their midst.

    Richard says: "A teller of tales"
    "Fascinating Characters - Disappointing Ending"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The time period (1348), the group of characters, and the situations they encountered as they journeyed through plague-ridden England were quite interesting and I enjoyed these aspects of the story. The narrator was excellent. However, it turns out that after many hours of listening, the end, which I expect was meant to be mysterious and thought-provoking, was simply unexceptional, leaving many questions unanswered, and providing minimal resolution - quite disappointing. Ultimately, the entire story was a long journey that lead nowhere.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • To Fetch a Thief: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (414)

    Spencer Quinn’s quirky, best-selling tales from the four-legged perspective of K-9 school dropout Chet are unlike anything else in the mystery genre. In this third adventure, Chet once again teams with his two-legged detective partner Bernie Little to sniff out the clues in a perplexing case.

    Sally says: "Good listen. Again."
    "Just Fun"
    Overall

    Love these pretty simple stories told from Chet's (the dog's) point of view. Light reading, a little angst, happy ending . . . all's well with the world - more or less.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Little Bee: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Chris Cleave
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1541)
    Performance
    (814)
    Story
    (814)

    British couple Andrew and Sarah O'Rourke, vacationing on a Nigerian beach in a last-ditch effort to save their faltering marriage, come across Little Bee and her sister, Nigerian refugees fleeing from machete-wielding soldiers intent on clearing the beach. The horrific confrontation that follows changes the lives of everyone involved in unimaginable ways.

    Katerina says: "Good book, well told"
    "Tedious"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Tedious novel. Miserable people moving from one miserable situation to another. The narration was wonderful, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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