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Jami

VICTOR, NY, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • George Carlin Reads to You: An Audio Collection Including Grammy Winners 'Braindroppings' and 'Napalm & Silly Putty'

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By George Carlin
    • Narrated By George Carlin
    Overall
    (1104)
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    (994)
    Story
    (984)

    If one George Carlin audio is funny, then two are funnier and three must be funniest, right? That's our thinking behind this new collection. t's a HighBridge library of laugh-out-loud, award-winning recordings featuring George himself performing many of his best bits.

    Rick says: "Like a Cast of Thousands"
    "Hilarious!"
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    As a George Carlin fan, I was happy to see several of his collections in this book. If you are not familiar with his material, let me just say that his stuff is not for those who are easily offended. I love his common sense and in your face approach to things - he certainly is not one who minced words. I listened to this while I was at the gym, and there were many times I am sure I got some strange looks when I started laughing. He is a superb narrator; I love his vocal inflections when he is delivering his material and nobody else can do it quite like he can!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Doc: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Dwight Gooden, Ellis Henican
    • Narrated By J. D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (107)

    A brutally honest memoir of talent, addiction, and recovery from one of the greatest baseball pitchers of all time. As a shy 19-year-old, Dwight Gooden swept into New York, lifting a team of crazy characters to World Series greatness and giving a beleaguered city a reason to believe. Then he threw it all away. Now, with fresh and sober eyes, the Mets’ beloved Dr. K shares the intimate details of his life and career, revealing all the extraordinary highs and lows: The hidden traumas in his close-knit Tampa family. The thrill and pressure of being a young baseball phenom in New York.

    William says: "...Doctor K, delivers another strike"
    "Interesting Memoir"
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    This was an excellent book. I love baseball, although I'm more of a Yankee than a Mets fan; it was still interesting to hear all of the familiar names mentioned and to learn interesting tidbits abut the players and their lifestyles. I knew that Dwight had gone through some difficult times, but I had no idea of the extent of it until I listened to this book. I often wonder how people who seem to have it all - talent, money, fame, friends, and family - can throw it all away on alcohol and/or drugs. His story helped me to understand how it can happen and the power that addiction has over someone. I was happy that the book ended on such a positive note and hope that he continues with the positive changes in his life! The narrator was good and easy to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Running for My Life: One Lost Boy's Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Lopez Lomong
    • Narrated By Brandon Hirsch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (187)

    Running for My Life is not a story about Africa or track and field athletics. It is about outrunning the devil and achieving the impossible: faith, diligence, and the desire to give back. It is the American dream come true and a reminder that saving one can help to save thousands more. Lopez Lomong chronicles his inspiring ascent from a barefoot lost boy of the Sudanese Civil War to a Nike sponsored athlete on the US Olympic Team. Though most of us fall somewhere between the catastrophic lows and dizzying highs of Lomong's incredible life, every reader will find in his story the human spark to pursue dreams that might seem unthinkable.

    AudioAddict says: "Interesting and Inspirational"
    "From Sudan To Syracuse!"
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    his was an interesting story. I had heard of the Lost Boys of the Sudan, but didn't know much about them. I knew that some of them had relocated to Syracuse, where I lived recently for several years. Imagine my surprise when I listened to this and read that he was one of them who went to Syracuse. This made the book even more enjoyable to me, as I could relate to the local references.

    I enjoyed his story and learning about the troubles he faced in Sudan. Despite the serious nature of the book, some parts were laugh out loud funny, like the first time he touched snow when they were teaching the boys about life in America. I also thought his issues with figuring out how the shower worked was also amusing, although I'm sure he didn't find it that way at the time.

    One of the things I appreciated about this book was his optimism and ability to see the good in things. He really appreciated his life in the U.S. and what others did for him along the way. When you listen to the news today and hear how many people hate America, this was quite refreshing. Many Americans who don't appreciate what we have would benefit from reading this book and listening to his words of joy and hope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death on a High Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charles Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (741)
    Performance
    (655)
    Story
    (656)

    On the 85th floor of a glittering high-rise in Los Angeles, Robert Tarza steps into the lobby of the Marbury Marfan law firm to discover his partner Simon Rafer lying in a pool of blood - an ornate dagger plunged into his back. Robert had worked with Simon for decades, and their relationship was fraught with conflict. But he never imagined he would wind up as the prime suspect for his colleague’s murder. As the evidence stacks up against him with frightening speed, he quickly falls from his respected position to that of a criminal dragged through the tabloids.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Excellent Mystery, Brilliant Narration"
    "Entertaining Thriller"
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    I listened to this one on audio. Although it was a bit lengthier than I liked, I found the story engrossing and entertaining. The narration was also good. I wasn't quite sure how it would all turn out in the end, so it kept me guessing which is always a good thing! This is the first book I read by this author and I would definitely read another one by him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Smile at Strangers

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jennifer Minar-Jaynes
    • Narrated By Anne Johnstonbrown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (6)

    When teenage girls vanish in what was once considered a safe, Louisiana bayou town, the lives of four desperate young locals take unexpected turns, begging the question: Do you every truly know those closest to you? When nineteen-year-old Tiffany Perron vanishes from rural Grand Trespass, Louisiana, best friend Haley Landry's relationship with her boyfriend becomes increasingly strained. To make matters worse, her impressionable younger sister Becky has begun idolizing an impetuous, seductive 15 year old who's encouraging her to do dangerous things.

    Jami says: "Fast Paced Mystery"
    "Fast Paced Mystery"
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    This book was well written, particularly for a debut novel. The plot was good and moved along nicely. I thought that the characters were well developed and I was interested to see what happened to them. I would definitely read another book by this author. The narrator also did a good job with the characters' voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sociopath Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Stout
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (2714)
    Performance
    (1703)
    Story
    (1701)

    We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

    Taryn says: "Reinforces what you have already known"
    "Interesting Topic"
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    This was an interesting book. I thought that there was the right mix of case studies and theory (psychology, sociology, and group). Some of the case studies were chilling and I found myself comparing the sociopathic traits to people I know.

    The narration was average. It was clear and easy to understand, but at times she sounded like she was tired. Also, there was not enough of a break between section headings to alert the listener of the section change.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shady Palms

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Allen Dusk
    • Narrated By Rose Caraway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (325)

    A sleazy motel, burrowed on the edge of town, is haunted by rumors of dead hookers found between mattresses and peep holes drilled through walls. When Special Agent Daniels targets the motel during an investigation, the nefarious owner, Sanjay, must scramble to conceal evidence of his own dark deeds. Just when he believes things can't get any worse, motel guests begin to vanish without a trace.

    John Grigas says: "Not for the timid - delicious graphic content!"
    "Not To My Liking"
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    This was not my cup of tea. I didn't care about any of the characters and this so-called horror book did not chill me at all. There was a ton of graphic sexual language; while this does not offend me per se when it pertains to the story, in this case, the author seemed to have been enthralled with the word "c*ck." It got tiring after awhile, especially when it didn't move the story along. Plus, some of the terms used to describe semen and other bodily functions (lung oyster?) just made me roll my eyes. As for the narration, it was average and did nothing to redeem the story. Sorry, but I just can't recommend this one. I did finish it for some reason, but there were many times when I almost bailed on it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strip Tease

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (517)
    Story
    (523)

    No matter what you heard or thought about the movie version of Strip Tease, forget it. Film simply can’t catch the layers of humor, satire, and imagination that Pulitzer Prize-winning author Carl Hiaasen creates in each of his novels.

    Edmond Clement says: "A total delightr"
    "Fun Times!!!!"
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    I enjoyed this one; this is my send Carl Hiaasen book and it follows his tradition of a zany cast of characters and a lot of humor. I found myself laughing quite a bit during this one, although there were a few times I had to turn the volume down when my car windows were open in order to avoid stares from passersby during the racy parts! The narration was good as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charlotte Perkins Gilman
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (145)

    This collection brings together 12 of the finest short stories of prominent American feminist author Charlotte Perkins Gilman. "The Yellow Wallpaper", Gilman's best-known work, was first published in 1892 and represents an important examination of 19th-century attitudes toward women's physical and mental health.

    David says: "Feminist literature or Lovecratian horror?"
    "Interesting Stories from a Unique Time Period"
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    I really liked the title story in this collection of short stories. It was a bit chilling for me, however, as it reminded me of my mom and how she hated the wallpaper in her room when she was terminally ill, just like the heroine hated the wallpaper in her room. I enjoyed most of the stories, and I appreciated the fact that they were different. While they all had a feminist message, I did not feel as if they were all "cookie cutter" stories. The narrator was good and I like the audio format. The one criticism I have is that some of the stories seemed to end a bit abruptly.

    I had never heard of this author before and was concerned that it would be difficult to read because of the dated language; however, that was not a problem at all. I got this book when Audible offered it as a daily deal, and I'm glad I did; I probably would not have ventured into this author otherwise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What's So Funny?: My Hilarious Life

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Tim Conway, Jane Scovell, Carol Burnett
    • Narrated By Tim Conway, Carol Burnett, Dick Hill, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (604)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (546)

    Six-time Emmy Award-winning funnyman Tim Conway, best known for his characters on The Carol Burnett Show, offers a straight-shooting and hilarious memoir about his life on stage and off as an actor and comedian. In television history, few entertainers have captured as many hearts and made as many people laugh as Tim Conway. There's nothing in the world that Tim Conway would rather do than entertain - and in his first-ever memoir, What's So Funny?, that's exactly what he does.

    Richard says: "Very Enjoyable"
    "You Gotta Love Tim!"
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    The book got off to a slow start for me, but once it got to the Carol Burnett years, I was hooked! I really enjoyed the parts about the show, Harvey and Carol; the script he wrote saying goodbye to Carol was touching. I also liked the parts about him playing tricks on his wife - he is quite the character! I listened to this on audio as I wanted to get a more authentic feel, and I was glad I chose this medium.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Scott Cunningham
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (90)

    Scott Cunningham's classic introduction to Wicca is about how to live life magically, spiritually, and wholly attuned with nature. It is a book of sense and common sense, not only about magick but also about religion and one of the most critical issues of today: how to achieve the much-needed and wholesome relationship with our Earth. Cunningham presents Wicca as it is today: a gentle, Earth-oriented religion dedicated to the Goddess and God. Wicca also includes Cunningham's own Book of Shadows.

    Kevin says: "Buy The Book"
    "Good Intro to Wicca"
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    This was a good intro to Wicca if you are interested in learning more about the religion. In my line of work, I have encountered Wiccans and did not know anything about it; I decided to educate myself on this and started with this book. It was very straightforward and gave a good overview. I like the reasons for the Wiccan rituals and how they correspond to Nature and the change in seasons. I was interested to learn that my birthday is the day Wiccans celebrate when the powers of nature are at their highest. Also, Oct 31 is a time of reflection; my partner was born on that day and he is a very reflective person by nature.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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