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Sarai

Sacramento, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Penny from Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jennifer L. Holm
    • Narrated By Amber Sealey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    It's 1953 and 11-year-old Penny dreams of a summer of butter pecan ice cream, swimming, and baseball. But nothing's that easy in Penny's family. For starters, she can't go swimming because her mother's afraid she'll catch polio at the pool. To make matters worse, her favorite uncle is living in a car. Her Nonny cries every time her father's name is mentioned. And the two sides of her family aren?t speaking to each other!

    Mama C says: "A Light Coming of Age Book"
    "Enjoyable Read"
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    Performance
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    I tend to like my audio-books to be longer so there is more in-depth detail and development but this was an enjoyable book with characters that are likable and easy to picture. I can only imagine how good it would have been with a few hundred more pages to dig into. It's not an over complicated story and even a bit simple but it's sweet and will make you smile often if not a true LOL.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adults

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Alison Espach
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    In her ruefully funny and wickedly perceptive debut novel, Alison Espach deftly dissects matters of the heart and captures the lives of children and adults as they come to terms with life, death, and love. At the center of this affluent suburban universe is Emily Vidal, a smart and snarky teenager, who gets involved in a suspect relationship with one of the adults after witnessing a suicide in her neighborhood.

    Sarai says: "A Little Too "Nothing" For My Taste"
    "A Little Too "Nothing" For My Taste"
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    One reviewer wrote "A book where nothing happens". That about sums it up. I tend to enjoy books that follow a group of people through everyday life and tells their story. I guess those are basically books where nothing happens so I took a chance on this one. Ughhh......no really, NOTHING happens in this book. I mean something happens but it doesn't mean anything. There is no point. Where other books take the nothing and make you care, make you connect and relate. This book was just so blah. I was really shocked that I didn't like it but I just plain didn't. Even with it's semi-provocative main story line it's a bore overall. Not worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3375)
    Performance
    (1582)
    Story
    (1590)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "Will Make a Better Movie"
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    Performance
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    I could not get into this book at all! It is one of those rare instances when I really think a movie will be better than the book (it's supposedly optioned for a movie). It was hard to grasp the concepts, it was all sooooo futuristic that I really couldn't connect.......
    Also, while this genre does tend to be very sexual for some reason, it was too much.... gratuitous, and I'm not real prudish about that sort of thing......Just not a book I care for. But I will see the movie, I think the story is pretty alright.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Though Not Dead: A Kate Shugak Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (151)

    The residents of Alaska’s largest national park are stunned by the death of one of their oldest members, 87-year-old Old Sam Dementieff…Even private investigator Kate Shugak. Sam, a lifelong resident, dubbed the “father” of all of the Park rats—even though he had no children of his own—was especially close to Kate, his niece, but even she is surprised to discover that in his will he’s left her everything, including a letter instructing her simply to, “find my father.”

    Aryn says: "Wow"
    "Good Enough"
    Overall

    This book was enjoyable enough to listen too. There are definitely lots of plot twists and turns and the flash backs are good for breaking up monotony. The Alaskan setting is refreshing. I've never read anything based there (except for "snow" stories).I realize that this is a book somewhere in the middle of a series so it's kind of written from the standpoint that you and the characters are familiar with each other. You do not have to have read the others to understand this book though. It's like jumping into an ongoing series on TV like CSI or Law & Order SVU, it's interesting, you think you like it, but you gotta watch more to really grab all the nuances of the stories and characters. You also start to like all of it so much more once you and the characters are acquainted. I think the same will happen with this series. Good enough as a stand alone book, I suspect really, really great as a series.
    As for the narrator, she was good, but more than a few times it's like she's reading and she doesn't realize that the sentence is continuing so there's this awkward pause a second or two too long and then she continues. Other than that, she does a good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3738)
    Performance
    (2111)
    Story
    (2113)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Buffalogal says: "Incredible"
    "Great Story"
    Overall
    Performance
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    There are a handful of writers that I always purchase their books first, and then read the descriptions after cause it's a given that a). I'm going to buy it. And B) that'll it'll be well done.Tana French is fast becoming one of those authors on my list. I can't say that I liked this story better than The Likeness cause I really enjoyed The Likeness but I definitely didn't like this book any less.
    Great character development, great story. I felt like I was with Frank's family in faithful place, like I was a fly on the wall. I will say I kinda guessed the outcome about 2/3 of the way through but that did not diminish how much I enjoyed it.. Worth the time, worth the credit. Worth your money!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jessica

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Bryce Courtenay
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (633)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (312)

    Jessica is based on the inspiring true story of a young girl's fight for justice against tremendous odds. A tomboy, Jessica is the pride of her father, as they work together on the struggling family farm. One quiet day, the peace of the bush is devastated by a terrible murder. Only Jessica is able to save the killer from the lynch mob: but will justice prevail in the courts? Nine months later, a baby is born...with Jessica determined to guard the secret of the father's identity.

    Robert says: "Jessica is a hidden gem!"
    "Good Story But No Focal Point"
    Overall
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    The author set up the main character Jessica quite well and before the story really began, you're able to have a vivid picture of Jessica and her family, her town, etc. I was enthralled with this book for the first half: the tragedy, the love triangle, the heartbreak, all so captivating. Then it kinda went off in all different directions. No more romance, family is out of the picture. Is it a story about Australian civil rights? Her building a new life....... I dunno. I see this is based on a true story and I think the real Jessica must have been a pretty unique individual with a great life story and I can understand the desire to shove all her amazing experiences into the story, but it made me connect with the story a lot less than I would have otherwise. with that said, I still did enjoy it and I think it's worth a credit or purchase. Just don't get too attached to what you think it's going to be about in the beginning.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2065)
    Performance
    (1321)
    Story
    (1328)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "Great Story, Great Narrator!"
    Overall

    At first I wasn't too sure about this book. It just kind of starts in the middle and I guess you've either read the authors other books on time travel to understand her terminology or you have to do what I did and just put up with the confusion until it starts to make sense a little later in the story. The story is interesting well plotted and kept my attention once I got past the beginning. I immediately downloaded the sequel. What I loved best about this audio was the reader! Her portrayal of the characters was so spot on and brilliant. Especially the bratty kids. Perfection!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8382)
    Performance
    (5072)
    Story
    (5063)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "Not as Good As POTE or WWOE, But Good"
    Overall

    I am a HUGE Ken Follet fan. The first book I read of his was Whiteout and I loved it so much that when Oprah had POTE as a book club selection I bought it despite the seemingly dull subject of monks and nuns. I've been a fan ever since. I really wanted to love Fall of Giants as much as his two previous sweeping sagas and while I did enjoy it, it's just not as good. There are parts that are so bogged down with war detail that you really, really lose interest. There were long sections where I just wanted to get back to the characters, not hear more of a history lesson (and I do enjoy history). With POTE and WWOE I couldn't stop listening. With this book, I kept listening so I could get past the dull stuff and back to the characters. There were multiple times where I zoned out. That NEVER happened with the two aforementioned reads. BUT, there are parts where the characters come in that are VERY good. And that is why I put up with the rest. The good parts are so well done, engaging and captivating that you forget that you almost wanted to throw your iphone across the park a few minutes earlier. There are a LOT of characters to remember but I could easily see why and how their children will be the basis for the next novel. Since this is a planned trilogy I think the author set it up very well. I am definitely recommending this book but just know that you most likely won't have that same can't put it down reaction to it as you may have with his others. I will however be looking forward to the next installment, I gotta see what happens next!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Play Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (641)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (321)

    Theirs was a marriage made in tabloid heaven, but no sooner had supermodel Laura Ayars and Celtics star David Baskin said “I do” than tragedy struck. While honeymooning on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, David went out for a swim - and never returned. Now widowed and grieving, Laura has a thousand questions and no answers. Her search for the truth will draw her into a web of lies and deception that stretches back thirty years - while on the court at the Boston Garden, a rookie phenom makes his spectacular debut....

    Debbie Woodruff says: "I love Harlan Coben, but..."
    "Good Story But A Little Difficult to stomach"
    Overall

    So this is in fact my first Harlan Coben novel, I totally see why he said to put it back if you haven't read anything else of his. I definitely felt a twinge of embarrassment for him with some of the writing. EVERYONE in the story is too gorgeous for words, some of the characters are a bit over-characterized. BUT...it was a good story with a couple of good twists at the end, if still just a bit implausible, but it's fiction right? If you can stand that it almost seems like young adult fiction (not all the way but close) then you'll be able to enjoy this book.
    The narrator on the other hand almost sunk this whole ship! He is overly dramatic and everyone seems like they are in constant agony the way he reads it! It's not the worst ever but I wonder if a different reader would have made me give it another star.
    Overall, this is a good "filler" audio for when you want to pick something up that's a good length and not too expensive until your credits renew.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful

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