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Jay

Huntingdon, PA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 29 purchased in 2014
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  • The Free Lunch

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Spider Robinson
    • Narrated By Spider Robinson
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Mike and Annie, refugees from the world outside, find a home underground, behind the scenes of Dreamworld, a theme park where hope exists as it does nowhere else. But Dreamworld is threatened by a jealous competitor who kills what he can’t have. As if this were not trouble enough, the two discover that each day there are more of the “trolls” who maintain Dreamworld than there were the day before. As the trolls continue to multiply, they must discover why, or it could mean the end of Dreamworld - and the real world.

    Carol says: "Facinating Mystery"
    "Pleased to Meet You"
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    Usually I'm not a fan of authors reading their books, but Robinson does a good job. I very much enjoyed the story and will be happy to spend more of my credits for his books. Just when you think you'll never find another good book, there it is...like finding an egg a week after Easter.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Living with Someone Who's Living with Bipolar Disorder: A Practical Guide for Family, Friends, and Coworkers

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Chelsea Lowe, Bruce M. Cohen
    • Narrated By Jean Alexander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    This book provides a much-needed resource for family and friends of the more than 5 million American adults suffering from bipolar disorder. From psychotic behavior that requires medication to milder mood swings with disturbing ups and down, this book offers a warm and often humorous user-friend guide for coping with bipolar loved ones, colleagues, and friends. This important book contains real-life illustrative examples and a wealth of helpful strategies and coping mechanisms that can be put into action immediately.

    Jay says: "Not for Me"
    "Not for Me"
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    This book reminded me of a *very* long PowerPoint presentation, each slide full of bulleted facts. I was hoping for a more informal, more anecdotal introduction to what it is like to have bipolar disorder or to know someone with the illness. Somewhere in all the facts were probably several valuable for someone coping with BD in real life, but if you get this book, be prepared to be overwhelmed with information.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6829)
    Performance
    (3874)
    Story
    (3900)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Erica says: "Possibly The Best Techno-thriller Ever"
    "Mind stretching"
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    After reading many books, I've thought to myself, "I could've written that"--even though I couldn't. This book...wow...I couldn't have written it because I couldn't have imagined it. My interactions with computers are mundane, and this book made me realize that the computer "revolution" has barely begun. This story is both thought-provoking and action packed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boston Jacky: Bloody Jack, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (129)

    Jacky Faber makes waves, even when docked in her adopted city of Boston to attend to the business of Faber Shipping Worldwide. With big dreams and perhaps too much exuberance for the Puritan populace, she quickly finds herself at odds with the Women's Temperance Union and a town roiling over the arrival of hundreds of Irish laborers, brought in on Jacky's Lorelei Lee.

    Aser Tolentino says: "How Much Farther Jacky?"
    "I think we need to see other people"
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    The Bloody Jack series has always been a safe harbor when I haven't been sure of what else to buy. While the Irish immigrant angle in this episode was interesting, the book seemed to have a lot of filler--and definitely too many songs. (Maybe they don't seem so tedious in the printed version.) The narrator is outstanding as usual, but even she came across as a little off her game.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Extinction

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By J. T. Brannan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    The fate of the whole human race is at stake in the stunning new action thriller from the author of Origin. An extraordinary discovery in the Sahara desert will turn history on its head.... A series of unexplained phenomena create shockwaves across the globe - a huge religious statue moves its arm, and there's a spate of floods and earthquakes. Many think it's the end of the world.... Investigative journalist Alyssa Durham receives a call from an old friend claiming that these phenomena may not be entirely natural, but when he is assassinated in front of her, she finds herself on the run for her life.

    Matthew says: "Man, sometimes things just go wrong!"
    "Shark! Jump!"
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    I don't know if "jumping the shark" applies to books as it does to television and cinema, but, if so, this story jumps shark after shark, followed by two preposterous shark bites at the end. I kept listening just to hear the next outlandish action sequence. And the ending...I won't give it away, but you'll catch yourself saying, "Are you kidding!?" All that aside, the narrator is very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10605)
    Performance
    (9625)
    Story
    (9645)

    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!!"
    "Two-thirds Ain't Bad"
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    Someone else compared this book to "Lost," and I'll agree: Great at the beginning, but the last third...I just couldn't stretch my belief that far, although I wanted to. Great characters, great dialogue, great narrator. Overall, worth the purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anna Dressed in Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Kendare Blake
    • Narrated By August Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead. So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now armed with his father's mysterious and deadly atheme, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay. Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage.

    David Danielson says: "good story too much profanity"
    "Alas"
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    I really wanted to like this book because I have a hard time finding new good books for my high school library. Unfortuately for this book, I listened to it right after listening to Terry Prachett's "I Shall Wear Midnight," which is outstanding. "Anna" is just time-killing brain candy; although that's sufficient for some students. The reader of "Anna" focuses so much on pronunciation that he sounds robotic, and he's not very good at creating different voices. In short: don't expect much.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Blizzard

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garrison Keillor
    • Narrated By Garrison Keillor
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    A wealthy and depressed man (thanks to the economy, he's not quite rich enough to expand his cache of paintings by Vincent Van Guy, the famed Dutch realist) bound for Christmas in the tropics is abruptly summoned home to North Dakota to visit an ailing aunt. He arrives just in time to be trapped there by a blizzard. The electricity goes out, and when it does, figures from his childhood appear, and historical figures too, for a festive candlelit holiday.

    Eileen says: "True Meaning of Life not just Christmas"
    "Say It Ain't So"
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    I never thought I'd say this about something written and spoken by Garrison Keillor, but I just wanted this book to end. Lots of words but no story...and no magic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pathfinder: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2739)
    Performance
    (2063)
    Story
    (2080)

    Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

    Paul says: "Story OK, Narration Mixed"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    I'm a fan of several of Card's previous books and like stories involving time travel, but I found the discussion of time travel in this book tedious and the main character too perfect. The switching between narrators didn't help. I won't buy the sequel. Two-and-a-half stars if that were possible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6867)
    Performance
    (3236)
    Story
    (3241)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Talk, talk, talk, talk, talk"
    Overall

    More is not better...this book would have been better at half the length. Endless descriptions that had me yelling at the stereo to move the story along. And, despite all the words, I never grew to care about the characters. Two-and-a-half stars for me.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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