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Jami

VICTOR, NY, United States

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  • Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susannah Cahalan
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (695)
    Performance
    (623)
    Story
    (627)

    In 2009, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room strapped to a bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records - from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory - reported psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter

    Brian Quaranta says: "For those interested in neurology & psychology"
    "A Memoir of Madness"
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    This was a very good memoir. It is chilling to think that you can be at work one day and then have your brain attack you so that you are no longer yourself. How scary for her and her family. Wow! I'm familiar with autoimmune diseases through first-hand experience, and its amazing at the wide range of ways the body can turn against itself.

    I thought that there was a good mix of her struggle with the disease and scientific data about the disease. Some of the books I read are way too heavy on the research, but I found that all of the information provided in this book was useful to get a better understanding of the illness. I also enjoyed the part of memories being manufactured and how you can spread incorrect information so that others also believe they remember the same thing.

    The narrator was very good; at times, I forgot it wasn't the author herself speaking. I imagine this would be hard to do, given the fact that some of the author's terror and moods have to be portrayed. In this case, the narrator was an asset to the story.

    I am glad that she took the time to write about this disease so that others can be educated and can learn the signs of this disease. Like the author, I cringe to think of how many people have received a psychiatric diagnosis, when in reality, there is a physical cause for their behavior.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Not a Match: My True Tales of Online Dating Disasters

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Brian Donovan
    • Narrated By Ax Norman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (546)

    Forty million people in the US have tried Internet dating, which means 40 million people have probably gone on some pretty crappy dates. Not a Match: My True Tales of Online Dating Disasters is about one guy who experienced more than his fair share. Brian Donovan, a writer and comedian whose work has appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, NPR, and Chapelle's Show, has been on over 100 Internet dates in a genuine search for love and happiness.

    Erin - Audible says: "Dating in New York is a Horrible Crapshoot."
    "Fun and Funny!"
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    This was another freebie from Audible. Thank you for the laughs, Audible! I found myself laughing out loud on several occasions; I loved the author's self-deprecating humor. Although he met most of his dates on-line (the one near at the end was in person), it was more about dating in general than specific to on-line. I enjoyed the anecdotes as well as his "how-to" segments. Very funny and enjoyable short read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Are You Lonesome Tonight?

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 17 mins)
    • By Mishka Shubaly
    • Narrated By Mishka Shubaly
    Overall
    (302)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (262)

    Two-time best-selling Kindle Singles author Mishka Shubaly is back with a dark, intimate, fascinating story of love, hope, and human connection... gone horribly, horribly awry.

    AudioAddict says: "Free, short and different...but not really good"
    "Valentine's Day Freebie"
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    This was a Valentine's Day freebie from audible - it took me awhile to get to it, but it was worth the wait!

    I liked this short story about a stalker. It was pretty clear from the outset where this was heading, but that did not detract from the story. I liked his comparison of the stalker to a disease like herpes; the stalker flared up from time to time, and although there was relief when she was gone, there was the underlying knowledge that she never went away.

    The author narrated his own book, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that it worked well. Not all authors can be narrators, but he was easy to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I'm Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Douglas Edwards
    • Narrated By Douglas Edwards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (878)
    Performance
    (703)
    Story
    (700)

    Comparing Google to an ordinary business is like comparing a rocket to an Edsel. No academic analysis or bystanders account can capture it. Now Doug Edwards, Employee Number 59, offers the first inside view of Google, giving readers a chance to fully experience the bizarre mix of camaraderie and competition at this phenomenal company. I'm Feeling Lucky captures for the first time the unique, self-invented, yet profoundly important culture of the world's most transformative corporation.

    Stephen says: "Definitely worth a credit"
    "I'm Feeling Tired"
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    Wow, this was a LONG one. I listened to it on audio and it was over 16 hours; it's a good thing that the narrator was good or I would have given up on it long ago.

    I liked the story overall, but there was nothing astounding about it. This told the story from the perspective of the author, who was a marketing employee at Google. I get the trials of being a non-engineer in an engineering company, as I have been in that situation before. There were many sections that I found extremely interesting, such as the controversy over Google Doodles, April Fools jokes, the perks of working there, the magnitude of the operation, and everything that went into the development of the search function. I take it for granted when I go to Google that I will see the box, type in my request, and find what I am looking for. I never thought of it as this complex algorithm that is actually very highly developed. I also never thought of the scope of the manpower and physical equipment that is required to make this happen.

    There were no great "confessions" in this book, so maybe I was expecting more of that based on the title. Rather, it was a history of the company and there was no real "dirt" revealed. I found that many names were mentioned and when they came back up again, I could not recall exactly who all of them were. There were also great details about some of the competitors and their skirmishes with Google that I felt went on for way too long. This book definitely would have benefited from editorial work in the area of shortening the story up. When I look back at the entire book, I'm glad that I persevered and finished it, although there were some points where I felt that it was never going to end. Maybe by now, as you are reading this, you are thinking that this review is never ending as well, so on that note, I will conclude!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By Arthur Golden
    • Narrated By Elaina Erika Davis
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

    Deborah says: "Draws you in and won't let you go...."
    "Too Much Abridging"
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    I enjoyed the story and the narration, but I think that too much was taken out in the abridged version. I had not seen the movie nor read the complete book and thought that this would give me a good overview of the story. However, I felt parts were choppy and not connected, so I read the reviews of the full-length book. To my surprise, there were many parts that seemed to be relevant to the story that were not included that I thought would have been helpful, even in an abridged version. This did pique my interest enough that I borrowed the full-length version from the library and am currently reading it to fill in the gaps. My advice is that if you are really interested in the whole story, get the full length version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1984: New Classic Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By George Orwell
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3432)
    Performance
    (2028)
    Story
    (2054)

    George Orwell depicts a gray, totalitarian world dominated by Big Brother and its vast network of agents, including the Thought Police - a world in which news is manufactured according to the authorities' will and people live tepid lives by rote. Winston Smith, a hero with no heroic qualities, longs only for truth and decency. But living in a social system in which privacy does not exist and where those with unorthodox ideas are brainwashed or put to death, he knows there is no hope for him.

    Jay Stone says: "Enduring Classic"
    "A Chilling and Timeless Classic"
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    There is nothing I can add about the story line that has not already been said, so I am focusing on my impressions of the story. I listened to this on audible, and I found the narration to be good. I had never read this classic before, but I knew the phrase "Big Brother is Watching." It was interesting to finally read the story behind it. I'm also glad that I read this as an adult, as I don't think I could have digested the concepts as well as a youth.

    Parts of this were quite chilling, considering that Orwell wrote this in 1948 and he foresaw many things that relevant today in various countries. There were many thought provoking concepts, such as Winston describing that sanity is not statistical. Once I thought about that, I realized how accurate that concept was and how someone who dares to think differently than the masses is thought to be odd or even crazy. I had no idea how the story would end, but once I got there, I realized that it was the perfect ending. The appendix about New-Speak was fascinating to me - it actually made a lot of sense and it certainly simplifies the English language!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: I'm Dreaming of an Undead Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    Overall
    (2017)
    Performance
    (1833)
    Story
    (1828)

    It's Christmas in Half-Moon Hollow and newly turned vampire Iris Scanlon-Calix wants to make Gigi's first visit home from college as normal and special as possible. It's taken months for Iris to work up the nerve to spend time around her baby sister after her vampire transition, so she enlists help from Jane Jameson and Company to keep her blood-thirst under control and assure Gigi's safety. Gigi, on the other hand, has problems of her own, including the demise of her relationship with high school sweetheart, Ben, and a looming job interview with Ophelia Lambert, the scariest potential employer in the Hollow.

    AudioAddict says: "Clever Christmas Cheer!"
    "Short and Free"
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    This was a freebie from Audible at Christmas time, and I enjoyed it. I had received another short freebie in this series a few months ago that I liked a bit more, but this was good. I am generally not a fan of vampire stories, so this is a different genre for me. The Half Moon Hollow stories have descriptions of the Vampire culture that interest me, although I still am not sure I want to read a full-length Vampire book. I particularly liked the discussion of the main character's job interview and conditions of her employment in this story and I found myself laughing out loud in some parts. This was good as a stand-alone short story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Waiter Rant: Thanks for the Tip - Confessions of a Cynical Waiter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By The Waiter
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (588)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (204)

    According to The Waiter, 80 percent of customers are nice people just looking for something to eat. The remaining 20 percent, however, are socially maladjusted psychopaths.

    Waiter Rant offers the server's unique point of view, replete with tales of customer stupidity, arrogant misbehavior, and unseen bits of human grace transpiring in the most unlikely places.

    Manmit says: "Read the blog first"
    "Palatable!"
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    This book was not at all what I expected. I thought it would be more of a compilation of short and funny anecdotes about irate customers. While there were these scenes in the book, it was more of a memoir about the author's experiences as a waiter. The book focuses on two particular restaurants, and was an eye opener for me. I have no experience in the restaurant industry other than as a consumer, and I enjoyed hearing about the day-to-day life of a waiter. There were some things I figured happened, and some things I had no idea about. Of course, there is the obligatory chapter on disgusting conditions in restaurants and what some waiters do for revenge (yes, including spitting in the food of customers who complain and return meals constantly). This just bolsters my motto: there are two people in life I do not piss off - the person who has control of my food and my hairdresser! Everyone else? Well, they are fair game, LOL!

    The narration was very good as well. The narrator was even keeled when needed, but just as easily was very emphatic when he had to let loose with a curse or two!

    Overall, I really liked this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Another Fine Myth: Myth Adventures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert Asprin
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (332)

    Start at the beginning, in Another Fine Myth, as Skeeve, an apprentice wizard, meets the demon Aahz. Though it's not love, or even like at first sight they form a connection - saving their lives - between them. Follow them in Myth Conceptions, as Skeeve and Aahz test their talent when they decide to take on an entire army themselves and continue on in Myth Directions. Then Skeeve finds himself alone with his own apprentice applicant, a king, in Hit or Myth and must deal with a medieval Mob!

    Ora says: "have waited a looonnnngggg time for these on audio"
    "Fun Intro to the Series"
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    I enjoyed this intro book in the series. I listened to it on audio, and the voices were very good. I liked the adventures that Skeeve and Aahz got into, as well as their relationship. This story had interesting characters and was quite funny at times. This was a fun, quick read and I will try others in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cat Daddy: What the World's Most Incorrigible Cat Taught Me About Life, Love, and Coming Clean

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jackson Galaxy, Joel Derfner
    • Narrated By Jackson Galaxy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (123)

    In this book, Galaxy tells the poignant story of his 13-year relationship with a petite gray-and-white short-haired cat named Benny, and gives singular advice for living with, caring for, and loving the feline in your home. When Benny arrived in his life, Galaxy was a down-and-out rock musician with not too much more going on than a part-time job at an animal shelter and a drug problem. Benny's previous owner brought the cat to the shelter in a cardboard box to give him up.

    Dawn says: "10 Stars!!!"
    "Fantastic Author Narration"
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    I really enjoyed this book. The audio version was great, and I loved Jackson Galaxy as the narrator. He was just as good when he was talking in a soothing voice to cats as he was cursing at life in general! I generally am not a fan of author narrated books, but this was the exception. The story was also really good; I had not seen his television show before, but I was immediately hooked by the story line of the author overcoming his several addictions and his work with the cats. There are some good cat behavior tips in here as well if you are interested in that. What most impressed me was his brutal honesty about the good and the bad in his life. He definitely did not sugar coat anything and was quite blunt, which I appreciated. I, too, have felt anger when I lost an animal and I totally related to him when he was going through the loss of Benny. He has a great message and I recommend this book (unless you are offended by profanity, as there is some in the book).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Long Way Home: A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Laura Caldwell
    • Narrated By Laura Caldwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    Nineteen-year-old Jovan Mosley, a good kid from one of Chicago's very bad neighborhoods, was coerced into confessing to a crime he didn't commit. Charged with murder, he spent five years and eight months in a prison for violent criminals. Without a trial. Jovan grew up on the rough streets of Chicago's Southeast Side. With one brother dead of HIV complications, another in jail for arson and murder, and most kids his age in gangs, Jovan struggled to be different. Until his arrest, he was.

    Ginger Heyman Pigott says: "Compelling and important"
    "Gripping Story, Needs Different Narration"
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    I listened to this on audio, which I do not recommend. The author is the narrator and this is one example of why authors don't necessarily make good narrators. Despite being close to the events, the narration was monotone. Also, it's told from the author's perspective but there were some points where she was referred to in the third person. It may be clear in printed form that the point of view had changed, but it was not clear in audio.

    That being said, the story was excellent! It is an interesting and heart wrenching story of what happened to Jovan: the glaring problems with the penal system in this case, information about false/forced confessions; and courtroom tactics. As someone who works in the area of civil rights, I am not surprised that these kinds of things still happen, but am appalled that they do. I am surprised that I had not heard of his story before; it seems like this should been plastered all over the court tv shows and internet. I feel awful for Jovan, his family and the family of Mr. Howard Thomas - none of this should ever have happened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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