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Jami

United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 9 reviews
  • 132 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 41 purchased in 2014
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  • Flashback

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Richard Davidson, Bryan Kennedy, Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (94)

    The United States is near total collapse. But 87% of the population doesn't care: they're addicted to flashback, a drug that allows its users to re-experience the best moments of their lives. After ex-detective Nick Bottom's wife died in a car accident, he went under the flash to be with her; he's lost his job, his teenage son, and his livelihood as a result. Nick may be a lost soul, but he's still a good cop, so he is hired to investigate the murder of a top governmental advisor's son.

    Jeffrey says: "Outstanding, haunting work from a master of sci fi"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    Although the story itself is interesting and entertaining, the extreme right wing viewpoint continually distracts the reader with it's insistance that if we don't try to improve our lives in the first place, none of this will happen. You are constantly being interupted with reminders that no good deed goes unpunished and that reason equals weakness. "Don't try to be decent people or you will end up in some desperate version of the United States that is run and overrun by immigrants and those horrible japanese!" I had always enjoyed Dan Simmons but was sadly disappointed with this story. I thought that I was buying a novel, not some political warning about how weak we are becoming. The alternate world view is always a wonderful read but I would think that the average person is smart enough to come to their own conclusions without this constant spoon feeding of far right rhetoric.

    16 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Glamour: A 666 Park Avenue Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gabriella Pierce
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    It’s hard to live happily ever after when you discover your demanding and controlling mother-in-law is literally a witch, determined to steal the magical powers you didn’t even know you had. Jane narrowly avoided Lynne Doran’s clutches when she escaped on her wedding day, and has been hiding out in New York City. But she can’t hide forever. When Jane learns of the one thing Lynne wants most, she sets out to provide it, hoping her good turn will persuade her mother-in-law to stop hunting her.

    Ditte says: "Brilliant followup story, very entertaining.. but"
    "Not quite as good as the first one."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I don't normally like these romantic with a bit of horror stories but the first title in this series wasn't bad. The second, though.....a bit of a dissapointment. I'm not certain that I want to try #3. This series might continue to go downhill.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Trade Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ray Garton
    • Narrated By Bruce Bailey Johnson
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    One rainy night, Gerry Brady discovers a beautiful woman with heartbreaking eyes hiding in his garage. The moment he sees her, he is struck by an involuntary thought he does not understand: I've found you. She is a woman in danger. He does not understand why he feels so powerfully drawn to her, but he feels compelled to help her, even though doing so puts his life and the lives of his friends in jeopardy. Gerry's relationship with Kendra draws him into a conspiracy too horrifying to believe...a conspiracy rooted in his own past.

    Jami says: "Just a warning."
    "Just a warning."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Although, this is an ok story, it isn't a horror story. More like a mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lifeboat: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charlotte Rogan
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (140)

    Grace Winter, 22, is both a newlywed and a widow. She is also on trial for her life. In the summer of 1914, the elegant ocean liner carrying her and her husband, Henry, across the Atlantic suffers a mysterious explosion. Setting aside his own safety, Henry secures Grace a place in a lifeboat, which the survivors quickly realize is over capacity. For any to live, some must die. As the castaways battle the elements, and each other, Grace recollects the unorthodox way she and Henry met and the new life of privilege she thought she'd found.

    Amazon Customer says: "Lord of the Flies on the Water"
    "excellent story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is not my normal reading material but it was on my book club list so I took a chance. I absolutely despised the characters, finding them cruel with little or no moral compass. In trying to excuse their behavior in light of their situation, I despised them even more. Amazingly good read if you are willing to accept that these people are not likeable. Then again, a book that can hold your interest even when the characters are awful is probably a wonderful read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Transporter of Souls

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Tammy Vreeland
    • Narrated By Tammy Vreeland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Evan's boss John realizes that Evan has become burned out with police towing. The death and destruction that Evan sees on a daily basis has finally taken its toll. Not wanting to lose Evan, John proposes for Evan to start his own business in towing salvage cars. John assures Evan that he can provide him with enough contacts to start the business up. And strangely enough, the money becomes available to Evan with the unexpected passing of his grandmother.

    Angie says: "Something Different"
    "Poor"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Transporter of Souls?

    Although the premise was good, the writing was adolescent and redundant. The reading is extremely unprofessional. Obviously this author is comfortable with herself. Maybe she should hire a new editor?


    Would you ever listen to anything by Tammy Vreeland again?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    As much as possible. I also bought this for my kindle and the writing is just as godawful as the narration.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Animals

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Craig Spector, John Skipp
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Wild Things... They've been with us forever - prowling the smoky roadhouse dives that are their watering holes and hunting grounds. Predators, lurking amidst the human herd. Changing shape at will. Lusting for blood and meat they are gods in the wild. Gods in disguise. And they feed on the spark inside each of us. Syd was just another lonely working class guy singing the steel-town blues. Then he met Nora. She's sensual, Erotic. Amoral.

    Libros Lover says: "Finally!"
    "What Fun!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This is a good story with likeable characters. I'm hoping for a sequel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blaze of Glory

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Weston Ochse
    • Narrated By Christopher John Fetherolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    For fans of Stephen King, David Gerrold, and Richard Matheson, picture this: The world is being eaten by monsters and there's nothing you can do about it.

    Dan says: "Hate to say it but don't waste a credit."
    "disappointed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I bought this in whispersinc and was willing to blame the deadpan narration until I tried to just read it for myself. A stupid story that could have been great. I was very disappointed in this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Krampus: The Yule Lord

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Brom
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (177)

    One Christmas Eve in a small hollow in Boone County, West Virginia, struggling songwriter Jesse Walker witnesses a strange spectacle: seven devilish figures chasing a man in a red suit toward a sleigh and eight reindeer. When the reindeer leap skyward, taking the sleigh, devil men, and Santa into the clouds, screams follow. Moments later, a large sack plummets back to earth, a magical sack that thrusts the down-on-his-luck singer into the clutches of the terrifying Yule Lord, Krampus.

    colleen says: "5 stars"
    "I was ecstatic!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    What a GREAT story! Likeable characters and a wonderful fantasy. Almost made me not like Santa Clause anymore. Klampas is a sympathetic devil and the main characters are all very enjoyable. Made me cry, made me laugh. An absolute gem of a book!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Portlandtown: A Tale of the Oregon Wyldes

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Rob DeBorde
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Joseph Wylde isn’t afraid of the past, but he knows some truths are better left unspoken. When his father-in-law’s grave-digging awakens more than just ghosts, Joseph invites him into their home hoping that a booming metropolis and two curious grandtwins will be enough to keep the former marshal out of trouble. Unfortunately, the old man’s past soon follows, unleashing a terrible storm on a city already knee deep in floodwaters. As the dead mysteriously begin to rise, the Wyldes must find the truth.

    Jami says: "Utterly Boring"
    "Utterly Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book was billed as a ghost story, not an historical novel. The characters were not likeable and I couldn't find a plot. It is so uninteresting that I didn't even finish it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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