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JAMIE

Haleiwa, HI, United States

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  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3918)
    Performance
    (3422)
    Story
    (3390)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "mind boggle"
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    What a ride that was! I thoroughly enjoyed it. Classic Murakami. I will be thinking about this one for a while, I'm sure. It took me a while to download the book because I was worried it might be too long, but the length didn't bother me at all. The narration was fantastic, and the characters were SO good! I would like to give this 4.5 stars if I could. I'm stingy with my 5 star reviews, but this one was teetering on the edge of a 5-star for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mammoth Hunters: Earth's Children, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (750)
    Performance
    (458)
    Story
    (476)

    Ayla, the independent heroine of the Earth's Children series, sets out from the valley on Whinney, the horse she tamed. With her is Jondalar, the tall, handsome, yellow-haired man she nursed back to health and came to love. Together they meet Mamutoi - the Mammoth Hunters - people like Ayla.

    Deborah says: "For me"
    "Fantastic, yet repetitive."
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    I will always adore the story of Ayla and Jondalar. I’d read this series many years ago, and was pleased to listen to the audiobook . Auel does a great job weaving together history and characters. I did find that her repetition of all the back-story became tedious. Somehow I didn’t notice it so much in the print version, but in the audiobook, without the luxury of skimming through stuff I already knew – well, it grew tiresome hearing over and over about what happened in the previous 2 books. I wish these novels weren’t intended as stand-alone sequels…I feel that detracts from the heart of the story. However, book three has plenty of storyline to make it worthwhile. I listened to the book at “fast” speed on my player, but I could tell the narrator did a good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Descendants

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kaui Hart Hemmings
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (747)
    Performance
    (643)
    Story
    (648)

    Matthew King was once considered one of the most fortunate men in Hawaii. His missionary ancestors who came to the islands were financially and culturally progressive - one even married a Hawaiian princess, making Matt a royal descendant and one of the state’s largest landowners. But now his luck has changed. His two daughters are out of control - 10-year-old Scottie has a smart-ass attitude and a desperate need for attention and 17-year-old Alex is a recovering drug addict.

    Michael says: "Not Sappy instead honestly elicits tears & laughs"
    "I loved it!"
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    I really enjoyed this book. The fact that I live in Hawaii probably played a role in why it was so fascinating to me. I haven't seen the movie yet but now it is definitely on my to-watch list. But back to the book...I thought the characters were well developed and likable. The emotions and scenarios described throughout the story were very real and at times I laughed and teared up. While there were a few jarring mispronounciations of Hawaiian words, in general the narrator handled the words a lot better than I expected him to (based on some of the reviews I read before listening). Overall, despite those few mispronounciations, I thought the narrator did a fantastic job. He was the perfect choice for Mr. King! I definitely recommend this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2071)
    Performance
    (1374)
    Story
    (1376)

    After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

    Blythe says: "Best dog book ever!"
    "Very good"
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    I really enjoyed this book. I though it was clever and well written and it left me feeling good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15629)
    Performance
    (13860)
    Story
    (13894)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Absorbing"
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    Great twists, very engaging. I got very wrapped up in this story as it progressed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (24017)
    Performance
    (17970)
    Story
    (18025)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Meh"
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    I had a hard time getting into Game of Thrones - the reviews were so good, and I have heard good things about the show - but I just couldn't get into the book. Maybe my expectations were too high? I think it's just not my genre - maybe others who like this genre would like the book more. The narrator did a great job, but even so, his performance wasn't enough to keep me going. I didn't finish it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Firelight

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Sophie Jordan
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (595)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (515)

    Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a drakia descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Took my breath away"
    "Not bad..."
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    Well, it was a fun listen. I was in the mood for something simple and entertaining after finishing a long epic novel prior to this listen. I haven't listened to a YA book in a while either, so figured this would be a good bet. I agree with some of the other commentators that the repetition of Jacinda's inner dialogue about her conflicted emotions starts to get annoying. But overall, I was able to deal with it. Part of what kept me going through some of those tedious parts was reminding myself that this is written from the point of view of a teenager - and I remember how my mind worked at that age - overly dramatic realizations and declarations go with the territory. I felt that the narrator did a really good job with the material. Will I keep on with the series? No, probably not worth a credit, and I'm eager for some more substance again after this brief, but enjoyable YA adventure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8374)
    Performance
    (7265)
    Story
    (7270)

    Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

    Tracy L says: "I CAN'T LISTEN ANY LONGER! I'M BUYING THE BOOK."
    "Ugh. Over it?"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I would not recommend this - the series seems to be a sinking ship


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Annoyance - just like my reaction the beginning, and everything in the middle.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Becca Battoe’s performances?

    No.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    maybe


    Any additional comments?

    The first book was extremely irritating in many ways, and this one was just as irritating, but with less of the stuff that made the first one worthwhile for me. very disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14484)
    Performance
    (11886)
    Story
    (12510)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "Frustrating book..."
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    This was definitely a compelling listen...hot, sexy, great potential. I enjoyed it, but there were several aspects that annoyed me:
    - A lot of my frustration with the listening experience revolves around my annoyance with the narrator's rendition of the character's voices - for both the male and female characters. I would love to hear this story read by somebody else, just to see how it might change my perspective.
    - I was also just generally annoyed with the lead female character throughout the storyline - wanting to reach out and throttle her a few times. The interaction between the main characters often didn't seem believable.
    - And then there's the language used in the book. I got SO tired of certain words that kept popping up, for example, the word "unbidden" was used so many times that toward the end I started to wince every time I heard it. Maybe it wouldn't be such a big deal in print - but read aloud, some of the language drove me crazy.
    - Lastly, I was annoyed how the book ended - leaving me no choice but to buy the sequel! It felt more like the end of a chapter than the end of a book - pretty clever way to ensure that the 2nd book is purchased.
    Depite these annoyances, I would recommend the book, and I did go ahead and get the 2nd one, which I'm listening to now. I guess I'm a sucker for Mr. Grey.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • American Psycho

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Bret Easton Ellis
    • Narrated By Pablo Schreiber
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Patrick Bateman moves among the young and trendy in 1980s Manhattan. Young, handsome, and well educated, Bateman earns his fortune on Wall Street by day while spending his nights in ways we cannot begin to fathom. Expressing his true self through torture and murder, Bateman prefigures an apocalyptic horror that no society could bear to confront.

    Mike Calvo says: "Really Twisted!"
    "Oh my."
    Overall

    Unbelievable. At times I thought I couldn't go on, but like a train wreck, I couldn't turn away. I can see how some of the other reviewers quit listening. The mundane details were a bit tedious at first, but toward the end I really grew to appreciate that part of the story. The graphic scenes were so revolting. The humorous scenes, so hilarious. The depiction of Patrick Bateman's obsessions so intense. The book as a whole is such a masterpiece of horror and superficiality. There are scenes that will stay with me forever. Oh my.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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