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Jami

VICTOR, NY, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 132 reviews
  • 135 ratings
  • 249 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015
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  • Making Toast: A Family Story

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Roger Rosenblatt
    • Narrated By Roger Rosenblatt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (173)

    When his daughter, Amy—a gifted doctor, mother, and wife—collapsed and died from an asymptomatic heart condition, Roger Rosenblatt and his wife, Ginny, left their home on the South Shore of Long Island to move in with their son-in-law, Harris, and their three young grandchildren.

    Diana - Audible says: "A little gem of a book"
    "Difficult Topic"
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    I liked this short memoir about the death of the author's daughter and the new family that they created. It reminded me a bit of how my dad, sister and I ended up living together after my mother died - it was a different type of arrangement for us, but it worked. I liked seeing how this family came together and altered their living arrangements to create a new family unit. I listened to the audible version; the author read the book, which I thought was quite fitting. Many people don't like when the authors read their books and some authors should never read their books. But in this case, it worked; after all, it is his story to tell.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Noble Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Charles Benoit
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    For Mark Rohr, a decorated Desert Storm vet, the last 10 years have been filled with shady jobs like his current stint as a bouncer at a red-light-district bar in Thailand. When a beautiful and naïve American girl, Robin Antonucci, arrives in Phuket City from the States and hires him to help find her missing brother, Mark sees the chance to make some easy money.

    Jami says: "Interesting Story"
    "Interesting Story"
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    This was a solid fast moving story with some interesting twists along the way. The story is set in Thailand and the author obviously knows the country and its culture very well. The title Noble Lies comes from Thai culture, where it is better to provide an answer, even if it is wrong, rather than not provide any answer and admit you don't know. There were some twists along the way, which kept the book interesting. The narrator was also excellent and added to my enjoyment of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timbuktu

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Paul Auster
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (246)

    Mr. Bones, the canine hero of this astonishing book, is the sidekick and confidant of Willy G. Christmas, a brilliant and troubled homeless man from Brooklyn. As Willy's body slowly expires, he sets off with Mr. Bones for Baltimore in search of his high-school English teacher and a new home for his companion. Mr. Bones is our witness during their journey, and out of his thoughts, Paul Auster has spun one of the richest, most compelling tales in American fiction.

    Dubi says: "Should I Have Said Gehrig?"
    "I Loved Mr. Bones!"
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    I originally rated this four stars, but after realizing that the book stuck with me and after additional reflection about the story, I bumped the rating up to five stars. I can't say anything about the ending without giving anything away, but I can say that the ending was a complete surprise to me. This is a book where I just didn't realize how much I liked it until I finished the entire thing.

    The book started out a bit slow for me, particularly the parts about Willie's life, but I found myself becoming more engrossed as the tale went on. And what's not to like about a main character named Mr. Bones? I love stories that are told from the dog's perspective, and this was no exception. The ending left a little bit to the imagination and was bittersweet.

    The theme that stuck with me is the bond between human and dog. I have an 18 year old dog who is my "heart" dog, and over the years, I have thought about what would happen to her if I was no longer around. If you like books from a dog's perspective and love dogs, you will probably enjoy this one. There were a few parts that were odd to me, such as when Mr. Bones had a dream that he was a fly and could see what was happening to Willie, but I got through those parts.

    The narration was very good, and I'm glad I listened to it on audio. I find that the shorter audio books work well for me, as I listen to them during my commutes to and from work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Bill Wasik, Monica Murphy
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (596)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (532)

    The most fatal virus known to science, rabies kills nearly 100 percent of its victims once the infection takes root in the brain. From Greek myths to zombie flicks, from the laboratory heroics of Louis Pasteur to the contemporary search for a lifesaving treatment, Rabid is a fresh, fascinating, and often wildly entertaining look at one of mankind’s oldest and most fearsome foes.

    Sparkly says: "My favorite science read this year."
    "Fascinating Look at Rabies!"
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    What an excellent, informative book, told in an interesting way. The authors made this subject quite interesting. I particularly liked the description of how the public's perception of rabies influenced the creation of creatures such as werewolves and vampires. And who knew that rabies symptoms include hydrophobia (fear of water) and hyper sexuality in men (they can ejaculate more than 20 times per day at the end of the course of rabies). The parts about Pasteur's creation of the vaccine and the various medical theories of rabies over the years was fascinating. Overall it was a well told and well narrated book, with just a few sections that I thought dragged on a little.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pete Rose: An American Dilemma

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Kostya Kennedy
    • Narrated By Ben Bartolone
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (54)

    Pete Rose played baseball with a singular and headfirst abandon that endeared him to fans and peers, even as it riled others--a figure at once magnetic, beloved and polarizing. Rose has more base hits than anyone in history, yet he is not in the Hall of Fame. Twenty-five years ago he was banished from baseball for gambling, then ruled ineligible for Cooperstown; today, the question "Does Pete Rose belong in the Hall of Fame?" has evolved into perhaps the most provocative in sports, a layered, slippery and ever-relevant moral conundrum.

    David says: "Good book, not so good production."
    "Interesting Bio"
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    I am not a huge Pete Rose fan, but I enjoyed the story. It was mainly biographical, but it did touch on the question of whether his permanent ban was too harsh. I found his story interesting, as he is a character.

    Regarding the gambling issue, I don't like that his story changed and he made excuses. Still, I think his punishment was too harsh. It is up to the fans whether they want to see him again or not in my opinion. I also think he should have gotten a shot on the ballot for the Hall of Fame. After all, his gambling didn't change his ability to play the game like the steroid users. There was a good argument made that I hadn't thought of; on nights he didn't bet on his team, did he have inside information? And did his failure to bet signal others not to bet? Interesting issue but I come down on the side of evaluating for what he did on the field and for the fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Diary of a Small Fish

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Pete Morin
    • Narrated By Keith Sellon-Wright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    When Paul Forte is indicted by a federal grand jury, everyone suspects prosecutor Bernard (don’t call him “Bernie”) Kilroy has more on his mind than justice. Then the FBI agent in charge of Paul’s case gives him a clue to the mystery: Kilroy is bent on settling an old family score, and he’s not above breaking the law to do it.

    Jenny Orelle says: "Entertaining, Funny and Smart"
    "Ethical Quandary"
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    (Disclosure: I received a free copy of the audio book from the author. I figure since this book deals with ethics issue, I need to put the disclosure front and center!!!!)

    This is the first book I have read by this author, and I really enjoyed it. As a public employee, the philosophical debate between what is unethical behavior vs voting your conscience is relevant. We have had discussions in the past about what is okay to accept - is it okay to accept a cup of coffee, but not a bottle of water? In this case, it is interesting to ask the question as to whether it was unethical for Paul to vote for bills that would provide benefits to those who provided him with free rounds of golf, even though he was voting his conscience. Personally, I think it would be more of an ethical dilemma and disservice to the public if he voted against his conscience just to make himself look better.

    The book had me laughing out loud in some places, and there was one really touching part as well. I like how he incorporated a love interest without making it so mushy that it detracted from the rest of the story. The narration was excellent and definitely added to the story.

    I would read another book by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Mosab Hassan Yousef
    • Narrated By Mosab Hassan Yousef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (208)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (187)

    Since he was a small boy, Mosab Hassan Yousef has had an inside view of the deadly terrorist group Hamas. The oldest son of Sheikh Hassan Yousef, a founding member of Hamas and its most popular leader, young Mosab assisted his father for years in his political activities while being groomed to assume his legacy, politics, status...and power. But everything changed when Mosab turned away from terror and violence, and embraced instead the teachings of another famous Middle East leader.

    Pamela says: "Absolutely riveting!!!"
    "Interesting Life Story"
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    I enjoyed this book, as it was an interesting life story that I cannot even imagine. When I was in college, I was worried about what bar I was going to meet my friends at on a given night. When the author was in college, he was living as a spy, working for the Israelis, keeping his family together while his father was in prison, and studying for his exams. I cannot fathom the choices and sacrifices he had to make in order to follow his beliefs. The narration was good and added to the enjoyment of the book. The one negative for me was that I found the religious aspect a bit preachy at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Charter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Gillian Hamer
    • Narrated By Catherine O'Brien
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Sarah Morton hopes discovering the truth about the 1859 shipwreck of the Royal Charter will silence the demons of her past. But, tormented by visions and threats on her life, Sarah fears the ship may claim her as its final victim. Set along the dramatic and dangerous Anglesey coastline, The Charter is a story of greed and forgiveness - when the treasures of the past evoke the crimes of today.

    Tinman says: "Twists and turns great historical novel!"
    "Excellent Mystery"
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    This is the first book that I have read by this author and I plan to read more. The story is an interesting mystery, and the historical and paranormal elements were neatly woven in. I don't usually like a ghost story, but in this case it was well done and not the main focus. There was an interesting plot twist at the end that I did not see coming. The performance was very good and added to the overall enjoyment of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Misdirection: Lucas Norton

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Martin Link
    • Narrated By Chris MacDonnell
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    When we first encounter the series' narrator, Lucas Norton, he's riding his bicycle through a sleeting rain, heading to his office in the British Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) complex in Cheltenham, England. Meet the new James Bond. He has all the high-tech toys Britain's MI5 security service has developed at his disposal, but he's just a regular guy dealing with a promotion and marital problems, in addition to one hell of a caper.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "good old fashioned international spy thriller"
    "Excellent Crime Caper"
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    Disclosure: I received this audio book for free from the author in exchange for a review.

    This is the debut novel by this author and I really enjoyed it. I like a good logic puzzle, and this had twists and turns galore! The plot had intricate details that kept you guessing, and I learned interesting stuff about security techniques. It is obvious that the author knows his stuff when it comes to the technical details. I also like that the main character was made more realistic with his marital struggles. Very good book and I am looking forward to the next book in this series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Murderous Muffins: Chubby Chicks Club Cozy Mystery Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lois Lavrisa
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Bezu is a beautiful southern belle with genteel manners. But her problems are anything but. Deep in debt, she's illegally taken in a few lodgers. A sweet stripper and her bodybuilder boyfriend, an Asian man loudly learning English through pop music, and a mysterious stranger with the most amazing blue-green eyes - and a secret. When one of them mysteriously dies and it looks like her muffins were the murder weapon, Bezu and her fellow Chubby Chicks Club member, Cat, must discover who the killer is before she ends up in jail...or worse. Will they succeed? Find out in Murderous Muffins, book two in the Chubby Chicks Club cozy mystery series.

    Trish says: "Really funny and entertaining cozy mystery"
    "Fast and Light Mystery"
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    I received this audio book for free by the narrator. This was a fun, quick, light mystery. It was fairly obvious who the killer had to be from the outset, so the mystery itself wasn't anything surprising or complex. However, I found that I enjoyed the various characters and the plot moved quickly. Although this was the second book in the series and I haven't read the first, I was able to follow the characters with no problem. The narrator did a good job with the main character's voice; I pictured her as this southern belle, and the voice fit my mental image perfectly!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4630)
    Performance
    (2396)
    Story
    (2397)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

    Nanci says: "Superb story and reading!"
    "Timeless Classic"
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    This was a freebie from the Ford book club; thank you Ford!!! I had read this one ago and was happy to reconnect with Scrooge and the ghosts as an adult. I love this story and Tim Curry's narration was outstanding!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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