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Jami

VICTOR, NY, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 147 reviews
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  • Glitch: A Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (30 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    When a robot defies his programming, is he broken? Or is he something else?

    Aperio says: "I'm a fan!"
    "Interesting Short"
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    I liked this short story. The characters were interesting and the premise was good. This definitely could be lengthened and developed into a novella, as there more to this story that could be explored.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Penn Jillette
    • Narrated By Penn Jillette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1927)
    Performance
    (1746)
    Story
    (1744)

    From the larger, louder half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes a scathingly funny reinterpretation of The Ten Commandments. They are The Penn Commandments, and they reveal one outrageous and opinionated atheist’s experience in the world.

    Paul says: "More memoir than theology"
    "Funny At Times"
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    I'm not sure whether to classify this more as a memoir or a comedy. I thought it would be funnier, but it was still pretty good. People may enjoy it who are already fans of his; although I had heard of Penn & Teller, I hadn't ever seen their shows. There were some funny parts, but not as much as I had hoped. I loved his chapter on the bath house in San Francisco; I was practically rolling on the floor at his description of that. I found his ideas on atheism interesting in parts, and I liked his logic for being a Libertarian.

    If you are easily offended by curse words or sexual terms, this book would definitely not be for you; there is quite a bit of both in this book.

    I also enjoyed the narration, which is not always the case with authors who do their own narrating. In this case, his style of speaking matched the tone of the book, which added to the listening experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cabin Pressure

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch
    Overall
    (761)
    Performance
    (693)
    Story
    (687)

    John Finnemore (Dead Ringers & Mitchell & Webb) has written this brilliant new sitcom starring Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam & Benedict Cumberbatch. Cabin Pressure is set in a small airline business. The flipside of the glamorous world of international airlines.

    Sara says: "Mad Cap Comedy Silliness By The Experts"
    "Funny Stuff!!!!!"
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    This is the first season of the BBC comedy, Cabin Pressure. I found myself laughing out many times; although I listened to this on audio, I could picture the case in the various scenes. I loved the interaction between the characters, as well as the British humour. Very enjoyable!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michelle Knight, Michelle Burford
    • Narrated By Maria Cabezas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (350)

    Michelle was a young single mother when she was kidnapped by a local school bus driver named Ariel Castro. For more than a decade afterward, she endured unimaginable torture at the hand of her abductor. In 2003 Amanda Berry joined her in captivity, followed by Gina DeJesus in 2004. Their escape on May 6, 2013, made headlines around the world.

    Courtney says: "A True House of Horrors!"
    "Gripping Story"
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    I read this book in two sittings. It grabbed me from the outset, as Michelle has been through a lot. I felt for her, having to deal with the issues of her early life and then being held by this monster for 11 years of her life. It was chilling to hear how close to death she came. I also admire her attitude about her son, and only wanting the best life for him. This truly is a story about survival. You go, Michelle, and keep working on taking your life back!

    The narration was good, and I forgot at times that I was not actually listening to Michelle narrate her story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Single Man

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christopher Isherwood
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (118)

    When A Single Man was originally published, it shocked many by its frank, sympathetic, and moving portrayal of a gay man in midlife. George, the protagonist, is adjusting to life on his own after the sudden death of his partner, and determines to persist in the routines of his daily life; the course of A Single Man spans 24 hours in an ordinary day.

    Jean says: "loved the writing, loved the narrator"
    "George's Day"
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    This book was very interesting and much more than I expected. The book details a 24 hour period in George's life; while the description made me think it would focus on his experience as a gay man, that was not the sole focus. Yes, the issue is prevalent, but it was presented in the way of this is who he is. George's sexual orientation was part of many of his interactions, but the listener learns of many aspects of his life.

    This was written in 1964, and I found it interesting that the attitudes described about George due to his sexual orientation have not changed much today. It was also perceptive of the author when he observed that colleges campuses would soon be overtaken by the parking lots; I recall many a day circling my college campus looking for a place to park in the 90s and 2000s!

    The writing was excellent and I enjoyed the narrator. This is one of the books that I think I would have enjoyed equally in print and audio format. I was not prepared for the ending, but I like how it tied in with the opening scene of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invisible Man

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (319)

    On a freezing February day, a stranger emerges from out of the gray to request a room at a local provincial inn. Who is this out-of-season traveler? More confounding is the thick mask of bandages obscuring his face. Why does he disguise himself in this manner and keep himself hidden away in his room? Aroused by trepidation and curiosity, the local villagers bring it upon themselves to find the answers.

    Brian says: "Way ahead of its time!"
    "Interesting Ending"
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    I thought that the first half of the book was a bit tedious; however I'm glad that I stuck with it, as I found the second half much more entertaining. The narration was quite good as well. I don't think I would have stuck with the story in printed form, so audio was a better format choice for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clockwork

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 31 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (556)
    Story
    (557)

    A tormented apprentice clock-maker - and a deadly knight in armour. A mechanical prince - and the sinister Dr Kalmenius, who some say is the devil... Wind up these characters, fit them into a story on a cold winter's evening and suddenly life and the story begin to merge - almost like clockwork...

    David says: "A modern clockwork fairy tale"
    "Interesting Short Story"
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    I liked this short story. The characters were definitely unique and the "story within a story" concept worked in this case. I also liked how the two stories converged at the end.

    The narration was very good. I recommend this in audio format; the narrator did a good job conveying the eerie appearance of the doctor in the middle of the story telling scene.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Plagiarist: A Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 29 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Alexander J. Masters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (303)

    Adam Griffey is living two lives. By day, he teaches literature. At night, he steals it. Adam is a plagiarist, an expert reader with an eye for great works. He prowls simulated worlds perusing virtual texts, looking for the next big thing. And when he finds it, he memorizes it page by page, line by line, word for word. And then he brings it back to his world, the real world, and he sells it. But what happens when these virtual worlds begin to seem more real than his own? What happens when the people within them mean more to him than flesh and blood?

    Katherine says: "PKD could have written this story"
    "Unexpected Twist"
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    This was one of those stories where you don't realize how good it is until you are near the end. I was completely surprised by the twist at the end. This was very well written and entertaining; the story worked well on audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 1 min)
    • By Edgar Allan Poe
    • Narrated By Earl Hammond
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (197)

    A collection featuring three classic horror stories, read by actor Earl Hammond: "The Tell-Tale Heart", "The Cask of Amontillado", and "The Black Cat".

    M.A. Wilson says: "Excellent Narrator Brought The Story To Life"
    "Excellent Trio"
    Overall
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    This was my first listening experience with Poe's stories and it was quite enjoyable. I enjoyed revisiting these tales and the narration added to the eerie quality!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Butterfly Boy: An Avery Barks Dog Mystery: Avery Barks Dog Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By Mary Hiker
    • Narrated By Crystal Marcano
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    A small mountain town is surprised when murder comes for a visit. Volunteer search and rescue dog trainer Avery Barks and her butterfly loving dog Chevy find themselves smack dab in the middle of chaos. Avery is forced to solve a murder in order to keep herself off the suspect list.

    Jami says: "Fast Read"
    "Fast Read"
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    This was just okay for me. I wasn't thrilled with the narration; the change between chapters was too raps and while I get the child's voice was supposed to be annoying, it grated on me. The mystery was average. On the positive side, the author gives a plug to rescue dogs, which is always a good thing!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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