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Jared

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PROVO, UT, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 13 reviews
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  • 53 purchased in 2014
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  • Shattered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (1392)
    Performance
    (1332)
    Story
    (1328)

    For nearly 2,000 years, only one Druid has walked the Earth - Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he’s been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company. Atticus’ apprentice, Granuaile, is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy. And Owen has some catching up to do.

    D says: "The third druid"
    "Wow...Boring"
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    I've pretty much loved every book in this series leading up to this one but I found myself very bored with this installment. I don't know why, but I couldn't wait for it to be over and was annoyed with much of it. I don't mind the individual characters, but both having them separate most of the time as well as the annoying mindless adventures they were on just really didn't do it for me at all...even the "battle" at the end was completely out of nowhere and held nothing in the way of suspense leading up to it or resolution after it...

    The ONLY part i liked was the very end that setup the next book because it seems like it will get back on track...one can home at least...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vanishing Acts

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Full Cast
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (677)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (227)

    Jodi Picoult, the New York Times best-selling author of Second Glance and My Sister's Keeper, is a master at crafting powerful stories that are filled with suspense. In Vanishing Acts this acclaimed author delivers the gripping tale of a woman caught between her forgotten past and her uncertain future.

    Cindy Carson says: "One of the Best!"
    "wow, i cannot believe how horrible this book was.."
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    I purchased this book years ago and forgot it was in my library until very recently...i went through a "Jodi Picoult" phase and hadn't listened to her in years, so i figured i'd pick this up and be entertained. What i found out was that I was so disappointed in looking down and hoping the book would be over soon, only to realize i still had another part to go!

    It must be bad when you are begging for it to end...

    What made this book so horrible, in my view, was how it seemed like each paragraph was written in such a way that it would end in a sentence that was just too polished to be real. Sentences like, "the way you say mommies name is like you are covering it with blankets." Yeah, four year olds say things like that.

    There were 100's if not 1,000's of future cliche' sentences in this waste of my time.

    The story was also extremely far fetched and annoying. The whole legal part of the book was a joke. The way the judge berated her husband over and over was beyond realistic. I couldn't stand it. But what finally did it for me (and almost made me delete the book without finishing it, something i've only done once in over 300 listens) was this:

    (mild spoiler alert)

    The protagonist is a search and rescue person. She has a dog that can find anyone at any time. She just gives this dog a scent and it goes off like a shot, etc. So, this lady's daughter is missing when she wakes up. The dog is on the FRONT PORCH, but she spends her time banging on neighbors doors, calling her husband and finally calling the police. It is only after HOURS of this that she finally just takes the dog, scents her kid and finds her after a bit. ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU WAIT SO LONG WHEN YOU HAVE A DOG THAT CAN FIND YOUR KID RIGHT AWAY!!!

    LAME LAME LAME...

    And that was just one part of the whole thing that pissed me off...it is not worth it...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5928)
    Performance
    (5536)
    Story
    (5554)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Not usually my genre...but wow, it might be now."
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    I chose this book mostly because of the rave reviews, and the choice was difficult because I didn't relish the thought of getting part of the way into it and wanting to return it. I don't normally read this genre, but i'm not against reading from any genre, provided it is done well (and the author can actually put together a sentence - yes, i'm looking at you Dan Brown).

    The plot about superhero's being all bad was intriguing, but the execution and fast pace made me love this story. I really liked the protagonist, even though he was a bit on the winy side, because I could tell from his research and total focus on one thing before he met up with the reckoners, that he didn't have much experience in anything but "epics". So, his conversations and lack of real world experience really made sense.

    The narration was also very good...how he went from David to Prof's voices - very distinct and different - was impressive...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jamie McGuire
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1163)
    Performance
    (1062)
    Story
    (1082)

    The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand. Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid.

    Guiselle says: "5 things you should know before buying this book"
    "really? loved it?"
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    i'm very surprised at the high reviews for this book. I've listened to 100's of Audible books over the years and this is only the 2nd one I couldn't finish. I listened to 1/2 of it, enough to really give it a chance, but it was so absolutely juvenile and outright annoying I had to stop.

    Teen angst is one thing, but really, is it like this now a days? America, one of the characters, is angry at her boyfriend because he was worried the main girl would get alcohol poisoning and wanted her to stop taking shots during a game. He was concerned about a girl drinking too much, so his girlfriend (who is also best friends with the girl drinking) gets mad at him and HE has to apologize?

    The main character likes a girl, gets angry at something she says, so he sleeps with two girls (at the same time) downstairs so she can hear him? Really?

    And it goes on and on and on...there are so many high school "games" in this, supposed, college book that I just had to stop.

    hated it...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wonder

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By R. J. Palacio
    • Narrated By Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (933)
    Performance
    (842)
    Story
    (836)

    August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school - until now. He’s about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?R. J. Palacio has crafted an uplifting novel full of wonderfully realistic family interactions, lively school scenes, and writing that shines with spare emotional power.

    Jay says: "A Beautiful Story"
    "If you don't like this book..."
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    ...then you probably hate puppies and small children as well...there isn't much to say that hasn't been said. Every child should not only read, but learn the spirit of this book. I would hope that in my life i'd be more like Summer than anyone else, but there are very few Summers, a lot of Jacks and, sadly, a lot of Julian's out there...Julian's are the ones that need to learn this story the most, but most won't get it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Apocalypse: An Odd Thomas Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2150)
    Performance
    (1895)
    Story
    (1895)

    Once presided over by a flamboyant Hollywood mogul during the Roaring ’20s, the magnificent West Coast property known as Roseland is now home to a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants. And, for the moment, it’s also a port in the storm for Odd Thomas and his traveling companion, the inscrutably charming Annamaria. In the wake of Odd’s most recent clash with lethal adversaries, the opulent manor’s comforts should be welcome. But there’s far more to Roseland than meets even the extraordinary eye of Odd, who soon suspects it may be more hell than haven.

    D says: "Odd Apocalypse; Oddly Great"
    "If you've read 14 then you will be dissapointed"
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    I read 14 by Peter Clines right before reading this book and wish I hadn't, because I was constantly pulled out of the story thanks to the very similar plots of the two...

    I do love Odd as a character and David Baker's rendition of him is spot on...sadly this book was too similar to 14. There are enough coincidences (machine house, time traveling beasts, tons of references to Nikola Tesla...

    Didn't love either book, but wish I'd read Odd before 14...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1382)
    Performance
    (1192)
    Story
    (1168)

    A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother....

    Melinda says: "This One Ought To Butter Your Biscuit"
    "A Grown Up Type of Book"
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    The first thing that amazed me about this book was the fact that the narrator was the author herself. In the past I’ve listened to books that the narrator reads and for the most part they are quite horrible. Just because someone can write doesn’t mean they can read.

    Thankfully, this was a wonderful exception. I think if I’d known she was the narrator before I bought it I might have passed it up. As it was, I looked about ½ the way thorough the book to see who was reading it because she was so fun to listen to!

    Secondly, this is a great story. There are three very distinct people in this book and each is given a wonderful “voice” and purpose for being. The way it is told and the way they intertwined kept me enthralled to the end. I would highly recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10587)
    Performance
    (9608)
    Story
    (9628)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "After so many glowing reviews it is a let down"
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    I was pretty excited to read this book after so many glowing reviews, and at first I felt like it was heading in a direction that could be pretty interesting. Sadly the trip took a lot of patience because the narrator isn’t that great. He had a very “hardboiled detective” edge to his reading. This happened, this happened, etc. Not much feeling, emotion, etc. Just stats and facts thank you very much. I know others like him for this book. Sadly, I did not.

    The story of the building and the friends investigating was interesting to a point, but then it took a turn in the last third that was extremely fantastical and nothing like the first two-thirds of the book that it really became bothersome. I didn’t hate it so much as just deal with it until it was over, thinking most of the time about what I was going to read next.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Harry Bosch Box Set: 'The Narrows', 'Echo Park', and 'The Overlook'

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (1612)
    Performance
    (1094)
    Story
    (1076)

    Here are three award-winning Harry Bosch thrillers, all voiced by standout Broadway veteran Len Cariou: The Narrows, Echo Park, and The Overlook.

    Jami says: "nice collection -- one missing in the order though"
    "Can't beat a 3 book box set"
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    The only drawback to this is the fact that it skips one book in sequence...but for those trying to read through all of the past Bosch books this is a very good way to use a credit - 1 credit, 3 books...can't beat that!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9541)
    Performance
    (8742)
    Story
    (8795)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Must be read"
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    This book is so good that it really must be read by everyone. It deserves the hype surrounding it and more. I’ve read all of John Green’s books and can say that this is on a completely different level than his other writings. Don’t let the subject matter deter you, you really must read this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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