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jak

jernmegmom

philly pa | Member Since 2011

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  • 10 reviews
  • 41 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • The Leftovers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Tom Perrotta
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (516)
    Performance
    (434)
    Story
    (441)

    What if—whoosh, right now, with no explanation—a number of us simply vanished? Would some of us collapse? Would others of us go on, one foot in front of the other, as we did before the world turned upside down?That’s what the bewildered citizens of Mapleton, who lost many of their neighbors, friends and lovers in the event known as the Sudden Departure, have to figure out. Because nothing has been the same since it happened—not marriages, not friendships, not even the relationships between parents and children.

    glamazon says: "The title is the best part"
    "Interesting"
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    If you could sum up The Leftovers in three words, what would they be?

    Very good story. Great concept.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the whole thing but I deducted one star because I found the ending lacking

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10594)
    Performance
    (9615)
    Story
    (9635)

    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!!"
    "wait, what?!"
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    What disappointed you about 14?

    Oh, where to begin. It started out pretty interesting with so many possible plot directions. The dialogue was cheesy but I can live with that. Suddenly, and without warning, the book began to read like a 15 year-old's fan-fiction. The ending was so dumb I that I sat listening in disbelief, seriously, I was a doe in headlights.


    Has 14 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes, I will definately avoid going to fan-fiction forums.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Age of Miracles: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Karen Thompson Walker
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (394)

    On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life.

    Karen says: "Not sure I can measure up..."
    "tragic use of an awesome premise"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    if the story weren't written by a woman working through her daddy issues and reliving her preteen loneliness. It seems like a story about the SLOWING of the earth's rotation should be primarily about that area with the angst taking a backseat.


    Has The Age of Miracles turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no, just this author


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    dissappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone in my book club had similar feelings about the book, which was embarrassing since it was my book selection :(

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (7304)
    Performance
    (3849)
    Story
    (3884)

    Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

    Pamela says: "That Vampire Said ...."
    "Really fun listen"
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    What did you love best about Dead Until Dark?

    I love that it's a little bit cheesy andthe author doesn't take the story line too seriously.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I love to imagine what Eric looked like on his way to the party


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    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
    (14596)
    Performance
    (11986)
    Story
    (12613)

    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"
    "Guilty pleasure"
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    Where does Fifty Shades of Grey rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's a fun story. I expected a trashy novel I got a trashy novel.


    What does Becca Battoe bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She wouldn't have been my choice but she was fine. She has. A cute voice


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Sure. I enjoy escapism


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Archangels 101

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Doreen Virtue
    • Narrated By Doreen Virtue
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (49)

    Legions of loving and trustworthy archangels watch over us, and you can develop an even closer relationship with them by learning their names and specialties. In this uplifting nondenominational audio, Doreen Virtue guides you in connecting with her 15 favorite archangels; and you’ll hear true stories from people who received protection, miraculous healings, and amazing guidance from these beloved heavenly beings.

    shamaca says: "loved it"
    "Uplifting"
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    What made the experience of listening to Archangels 101 the most enjoyable?

    The subject matter.


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

    Wanted to listen again


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The love around you


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the information and found it uplifting.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Breath of Snow and Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (3745)
    Performance
    (3254)
    Story
    (3234)

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes continues the saga of 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century, time-traveling wife, Claire. The year is 1772, and the rift between Britain and its American colonies has put a frightening word into the minds of all concerned: revolution. In the backwoods of North Carolina, violence has already reared its ugly head, as cabins have been burned to the ground. To preserve the colony for King George III, the governor pleads with Jamie to bring the people together and restore peace. But Jamie has the burden of knowing that war cannot be avoided.

    jerry says: "Unabridged!"
    "Loved it!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes yes yes! This series is just amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    These books are wonderful to listen to in the car. Davina's voice has a lovely cadence.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The World to Come

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dara Horn
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (26)

    An intoxicating combination of mystery, spirituality, redemption, piety, and passion, The World to Come is Dara Horn's follow-up to her breakout, critically-acclaimed debut novel In the Image. Using a real-life art heist as her starting point, Horn traces the life and times of several characters, including Russian-born artist Marc Chagall and the New Jersey-based Ziskind family.

    Robert says: "Great book!"
    "Tedious"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I simply didn't enjoy it very much.


    What about William Dufris’s performance did you like?

    His performance was very good


    Was The World to Come worth the listening time?

    I listened to it for my book club. I just found it would have been better suited as a short story


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drums of Autumn

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6608)
    Performance
    (4255)
    Story
    (4250)

    Twice Claire has used an ancient stone circle to travel back to the 18th century. The first time she found love with a Scottish warrior but had to return to the 1940s to save their unborn child. The second time, 20 years later, she reunited with her lost love but had to leave behind the daughter that he would never see. Now Brianna, from her 1960s vantage point, has found a disturbing obituary and will risk everything in an attempt to change history.

    Frances M says: "You listened, Audible!"
    "Enjoyable"
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    Where does Drums of Autumn rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorites.


    What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She brings the characters to life.


    Any additional comments?

    This series is my favorite. Unfortunately, as I'm getting older I can't enjoy reading as I once did. This book is wonderful company for me while doing housework or during my long commutes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fiery Cross

    • UNABRIDGED (55 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (4013)
    Performance
    (3537)
    Story
    (3528)

    The year is 1771. Claire Randall is still an outlander, out of place and out of time. But now she is linked by love to her only anchor: Jamie Fraser. They have crossed oceans and centuries to build a life together in North Carolina. But tensions, both ancient and recent, threaten members of their clan. Knowing that his wife has the gift of prophecy, James must believe Claire, though he would prefer not to. Claire has shared a dreadful truth: there will, without a doubt, be a war.

    Dawn says: "THANK YOU!!!"
    "Excellent"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Fiery Cross the most enjoyable?

    The narrator does a great job of bringing the story to life.


    What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She has a lovely voice which made the book enjoyable during my long commutes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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