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Lucy

Culver City, CA, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • The Giver

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Lois Lowry
    • Narrated By Ron Rifkin
    Overall
    (1668)
    Performance
    (1003)
    Story
    (1026)

    December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

    Nikki says: "This guy's mouth makes some serious noises..."
    "Absolutely Fabulous"
    Overall

    I found this book in the library one day, and couldn't put it down. The Giver is a fascinating story, and Lowry draws you in. Even though the wold is completely foriegn, you understand it completely, and it doesn't confuse you. Soon after finishing it, I devoured the two sequels. Lowry is a wonderful author, and I completely recomend all of her books, especially this one.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • One for the Money

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lori Petty
    Overall
    (753)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (176)

    Meet Stephanie Plum, a bounty hunter with attitude. Desperate for work, with her Miata repossessed and her refrigerator empty, she cons her way into a job as an "apprehension agent" for a bail bondsman. This best selling debut earned Evanovich nominations for the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, Shamus, and Macavity awards.

    Connie says: "Abridged......Left out so much!"
    "A bit predictable"
    Overall

    This is an entertaining yarn, but the plot has some cliches and standard characters that, while colorful, have been over-used in crime fiction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dave Barry Does Japan

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Dave Barry
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    S. Blaine says: "Uplifting and fun"
    "Dated and only sometimes funny"
    Overall

    I have enjoyed a lot of Dave Barry over the years, and I am interested in Japan and Asia in general, so I thought this would be a great experience. However, this book manages to be preachy, patronizing and outdated all at the same time. Particularly annoying was the narrator's attempts at funny Japanese accents. I don't know how those bits looked in the text, but they came across as insensitive and jingoistic. The book starts with a long monolog about how Japanese were protrayed in 1950s movies, which was most unpleasant. Pick another Dave Barry book!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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