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Amanda

Hermiston, OR, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 5 reviews
  • 32 ratings
  • 98 titles in library
  • 23 purchased in 2014
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  • If You Were Here

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jen Lancaster
    • Narrated By Jamie Heinlein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (47)

    The fiction debut of the New York Times best-selling author of My Fair Lazy. Told in the uproariously entertaining voice readers have come to expect from Jen Lancaster, If You Were Here follows Amish-zombie-teen- romance author Mia and her husband Mac (and their pets) through the alternately frustrating, exciting, terrifying - but always funny - process of buying and renovating their first home in the Chicago suburbs that John hughes's movies made famous.

    Carolyn says: "A Jen Lancaster disappointment"
    "Great listen, perfect for road trip"
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    I was looking for a book that my mother and I could listen to on a road trip. Although we both enjoy audiobooks, we like very different genres. I read the description and thought it sounded like something we both might like. I was right.
    The narration is good, she doesn't change her voice too much, especially between the women, but it really didn't both either of us. Most of all, we both laughed out lou several times, it is very funny. She isn't shy to curse, though, so if hearing the F word bothers you, this book probably isn't for you.
    I recommend this book to anyone that enjoyed the movie Money Pit and any John Hughes film. We loved it, especially the ending, was really great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ali in Wonderland: And Other Tall Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ali Wentworth
    • Narrated By Ali Wentworth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (116)

    Growing up in a family of political journalists - and daughter of President Reagan’s White House social secretary - Ali Wentworth rebelled against her blue-blood upbringing, embracing Hollywood, motorcycles, even a few wildly inappropriate marriage proposals. Today she is an acclaimed comedic actress and writer, former Oprah regular, wife of political and media star George Stephanopoulos, and a mother who lets her two girls eat cotton candy before bed. Though she’s settled down, her rebellious nature thrives in her comedy and her view of her crazy world.

    colleen says: "Suprised that I liked it"
    "Entertaining, but Disorganized"
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    I've listened to quite a few 'memoirs' by funny women in the last several months and I have say that this one, while not the most bazaar, was defiantly the hardest to believe. Ali Wentworth has had some life, and she does a great job reading her own work (which can't be said for all authors, as we know). She was very entertaining and I found myself laughing out loud at several parts. Her experiences seem almost too crazy/grand/awful to be true, but they are, of course.
    I do wish, which is why I only gave her book a 4, that she had put all these stories in order. She'll be reading about an experience as a child, and in the next chapter jump to adulthood, and then the next chapter will be about college. I understand that each chapter was about certain experiences, but they could have, nonetheless, been put into chronological order, just too make the listening (or reading, I'm sure) smoother.
    Apart from that, I would recommend this book to those who enjoyed Tina Fey, Jenny Lawson (Jenny's was more back-woods odd, where Ali upper-crust-odd), or Rachel Dratch. (Would recommend all of those if you haven't had the pleasure yet, too!)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Bites Back

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michael Thomas Ford
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    Two hundred years after her death, Jane Austen is still surrounded by the literature she loves, but now it's because she's the owner of Flyleaf Books in a sleepy college town in Upstate New York. Every day she watches her novels fly off the shelves along with dozens of unauthorized sequels, spin-offs, and adaptations. Jane may be undead, but her books have taken on a life of their own.

    Amanda says: "It was alright, once you make it through"
    "It was alright, once you make it through"
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    I actually purchased this book to read one summer, but kept putting it off until I decided I should just listen to it instead. I'm glad I did as I probably would have never finished it, had I started to read it myself.
    I love Jane Austen and thought the idea of her as a vampire novel, and interesting. The story starts off interesting enough, but starts to drag in the middle, so much so that I almost didn't finish listening. I found myself without anything else on my playlist and decided I would go ahead and finish it on the first leg of a long car ride. And, it does get better. I'm glad I finished it. The story picked up about half way through and became a lot more enjoyable. The narrator did an excellent job, she is terrific with accents, thus making the characters much more vivid.
    I'd recommend if the subject Really appeals to you and you can make a go of it in one shot, thus getting over the 'dull bits' with relative ease.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paranormalcy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kiersten White
    • Narrated By Emily Eiden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (201)

    Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours. But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures. So much for normal.

    Kirstin says: "Why Did I Wait So Long?"
    "More entertaining than I thought"
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    I do enjoy listening to sci-fi YA novels, even though I'm much closer to 35 than 15, and this one was no exception. This is a lighter addition to the genre, not nearly as dark as Divergent, or thought provoking as The Hunger Games, but will still easily keep your attention and cause a few "extended driveway moments", so you can finish a scene or chapter.
    The narrator did an excellent job, even adding accents when appropriate and making an effort to have males sound like males, which wasn't easy since her voice perfectly matched the 16 year old heroine.
    The book was fast moving, kept me interested on my 6 hour trip, as well as drives back and forth to work until I'd finished it. I did purchase the next book in the series and hope the 3rd, which is due for release this summer, will be read by the same narrator.
    Well worth a credit and your time, since you've found your way to this page and are already thinking this sounds like a book you'd be interested in listening to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18849)
    Performance
    (17041)
    Story
    (17186)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Interesting, but not excellent"
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    If you've already listened to the Hunger Games trilogy, then you should be warned that this book, while similar in concept, is not as good. If you have yet to listen to the HG, I suggest you use a credit for this book, listen to it, then do yourself a favor and buy the HG trilogy.
    While the story is entertaining and imaginative, it does not have the depth and broadness of characters found in HG. I feel that, sadly, after listening to this book, any book in this genre will not compare to the Hunger Games trilogy.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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