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Amy

I love to read and listen to books. I teach and share my love with my teenager and I'd like to share that love with you.

JOSHUA, TX, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 123 titles in library
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  • Permanent Record

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Leslie Stella
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Being yourself can be such a bad idea. For 16-year-old Badi Hessamizadeh, life is a series of humiliations. After withdrawing from public school under mysterious circumstances, Badi enters Magnificat Academy. To make things "easier", his dad has even given him a new name: Bud Hess. Grappling with his Iranian-American identity, clinical depression, bullying, and a barely bottled rage, Bud is an outcast who copes by resorting to small revenges and covert acts of defiance, but the pressures of his home life and the unrequited affection of his new friend, Nikki, prime him for a more dangerous revolution.

    Amy says: "Authentic Coming of Age"
    "Authentic Coming of Age"
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    Lucy @ The Reading Date's review roused my affinity for stories about bullying and Iranian-Americans. Being a social studies teacher-reader, PERMANENT RECORDs mix of rich topics that could use an open dialogue and empathy led to my purchase of the book and then the audio.

    It does not disappoint. PERMANENT RECORD has a similar feel of favorites, like Looking for Alaska, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and the The Silver Linings Playbook, but LESLIE gives a unique and authentic lens to experience all the frustrations of Badi's coming of age. Some of his struggles with friends, love, bullying and family are similar to any other teen, which makes him completely connectable to the reader. But he does have the additional issues of cultural expectations and nuances that make things harder for Badi.

    You enter Badi's life in the wake of his attempted suicide. Though I agreed with Badi's anger about his parents changing his name to Bud Hess, I was hopeful for his new start at Magnificat's Academy. And in the beginning it was promising, he found friends that appreciated his wit and quirks. It doesn't take too long for things to seemingly spin out of control. Badi has found a home on the newspaper, but this emboldens him to speak his mind and not remain invisible. The problem is this coincides with the traditional chocolate bar sales that support only a portion of the student body, obviously not his particular slice of Magnificat. As Badi's refusal to participate in the fundraiser becomes known, someone decides to throw super octane fuel on the fire. A series of anonymous letters lambasting the Academy's treatment of lesser clubs has everyone pointing the finger at Badi.

    NICK PODEHL captured Badi's experience. He took me there. I could see and feel Badi's frustration, outrage, angst and teenage indifference. NICK didn't lose sight of the lighter and hopeful moments either. But as things became more volatile, his pace and tension matched it. I wasn't going anywhere. He also beautifully portrayed Badi's family, their accents and their dynamic within their unit. NICK dialed in on the particular douchiness of Badi's terrorizers and concern of his friends. His females didn't lack either. I'll be looking for more of his narrations in the future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Witch with No Name: The Hollows, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (1431)
    Performance
    (1315)
    Story
    (1331)

    In The Witch with No Name, Kim Harrison brings back her wildly popular heroine for one final, epic battle. Rachel Morgan's come a long way from the klutzy runner fleeing a bad job. She's faced vampires and werewolves, banshees, witches, and soul-eating demons. She's crossed worlds, channeled gods, and accepted her place as a day-walking demon. She's lost friends and lovers and family, and an old enemy has become something much more.

    Kindle Customer says: "Thank you Kim Harrison for the memories!"
    "Going Out with a BANG!"
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    Fabulously complex, yet Margarite & Kim bring you comfort in the big finale. All the major players are accounted for. They make a little sad and worried but reward you with laughter and meltable moments of yum.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Bastard

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Grace Grant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1995)
    Performance
    (1814)
    Story
    (1830)

    Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate - and completely irresistible. A beautiful bastard. Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative - completely infuriating - creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules....

    Annie says: "Panty Ripping Good Time"
    "Well Done"
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    Pretty Woman-esque spiced up & hotter. Gracie Grant was fabulous. She portrayed a young, yet no nonsense Chloe confident in herself & her place in the business world. Her Bennett was HOT. Dickish, commanding & sultry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (826)
    Performance
    (752)
    Story
    (750)

    It’s zombie versus zombie as the Saberton Corporation declares war against the Zombie Mafia, kidnapping several of their party. It falls to Angel to lead the remnants of her gang halfway across the country to claw their way through corporate intrigue, zombie drugs, and undead trafficking to rescue her friends - and expose the traitor responsible for their abduction.

    Marci says: "Can I give it six stars?"
    "Angel's Voice Pulled me Through"
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    I absolutely loved the first 2, then the whole Saber storyline just wasn't resonating with me. I decided to give this one a go on audio. It was a treat. Though I had Angel sounding a bit more trashy in my head, I loved how the narrator pegged her. Pure of heart & talks straight from the gut in an endearing "keeping it real" kind of way. Angel's inner and actual dialogue kept me tuned in. But once again the Saber Evil Zombie Snatcher thing just didn't get me excited.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Spider: Elemental Assassin, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (365)

    For the first time, the full origin story of Gin Blanco's transformation into the fearsome assassin known as the Spider - book 10 in the red-hot Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. In a prequel tale, Gin Blanco goes through her paces on the way to become the most feared assassin in the Ashland. Her mentor, Fletcher Lane, is not going to go easy on her - if she’s going to become a fearsome killer, she has to learn to use her elemental Stone and Ice powers alongside old-fashioned human street smarts.

    Gayle says: "How bogus"
    "A Trip Into the Past"
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    Not sure why we travelled back in time, but it was a nice jaunt nonetheless. Filled with all the trademark snark, action & southern drawl. But it shows a time when Gin was young and a tad idealistic, naive. The story unravels the events that made her a little more cautious & calculating along with a bit colder & realistic when dealing with human nature.

    Now let's get back to future & a lot of Owen 😘

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To All the Boys I've Loved Before

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jenny Han
    • Narrated By Laura Knight Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (128)

    Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series. What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?

    Bridget Niki says: "cute, contemporary, young adult, romantic & funny!"
    "Really!!!"
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    I'm really not sure how I feel about this book. I love that there is so much about family, especially sisters. But it meanders kind of slowly along kind of like how life does. It gave me time to reevaluate and shift where I wanted the book to go. In the end, I am content BUT still throw a "Really?!?" out there. Now, I need the sequel!

    The narrator is SO Laura Jean. She has captured her sugary sweet, thoughtfully naive & whimsical sides. She also doesn't take anything away from the development of the other characters. But she is SO Laura Jean.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon Factory: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2681)
    Performance
    (2371)
    Story
    (2373)

    In The Dragon Factory, Ledger and his team from the Department of Military Sciences square off against two separate groups of corrupt scientists. The beautiful but twisted Jakoby Twins are creating transgenic monsters and genetically enhanced mercenaries for sale to the highest bidder. Their father, who takes evil to an entirely new level, is using cutting-edge science to complete the Nazi master-race program.

    David says: "And now for the kitchen sink...."
    "Evil oozes out your Earphones"
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    I was expecting ZOMBIES. JONATHAN MABERRY is a master zombie world builder, but he crafts an equally horrific threat to humanity. If you thought that zombies being unleashed on the capital was bad, now Joe Ledger has to track down Pure Evil. Nazi Doctor throw-backs tinker with everything from the ideal human to Dr. Morrow's worst nightmare. No one is safe, but knowing Joe is on the job makes me feel better.

    RAY PORTER is masterful in this complex world of accents and all levels of crazy. The key is that he captures Ledger's alpha huskiness with a light inflection to capture his playful nature. He breathes creepy, evil and psychotic into all the crazies that are trying to make sure the Extinction Clock reaches zero. MABERRY and PORTER bring you a modern-day War of the World experience. I expect that I'll continue the series on audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mountain Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Cheryl Yeko
    • Narrated By Alan Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Broken Engagement: Finding her fiance cheating with her best friend was bad enough, but when Michelle heads up the Rocky Mountains for a little R & R, it goes from bad to worse when her car breaks down during a major snowstorm.

    Anna says: "What's not to love about a hero?"
    "Hold Me Closer Hottie Firefighter"
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    YEKO gives the reader a solid scenario. Michelle is scorned and in need of saving. Jason, a firefighter, is a natural-born knight in shining armor. The bad guys are bad. They provide the initial burst of adrenaline that Michelle and Jason run with all the way to the end.

    MOUNTAIN HERO was a nice nugget of a romance. Being short it walked the line of a perfectly paced build. The action and story are evenly paced and developed. Jason's calm and strength make him easy to fall for. But Michelle was a little uneven. Understandable, but her character bounced back and forth between "save me" and "I'll save myself". It made it a little hard to see what Jason saw in her. But who am I to deny some much-needed body heat in a mountain storm.

    ALAN TAYLOR was kind of stoic with a touch of fire that made him a perfect voice for Jason. It matched his calm with something yummy just underneath the surface. But he did lack last touch of huskiness that would have brought home all the FEELS.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Winger

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Andrew Smith
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    Ryan Dean West is a 14-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids. He’s living in Opportunity Hall, the dorm for troublemakers, and rooming with the biggest bully on the rugby team. And he’s madly in love with his best friend Annie, who thinks of him as a little boy. With the help of his sense of humor, rugby buddies, and his penchant for doodling comics, Ryan Dean manages to survive life’s complications and even find some happiness along the way. But when the unthinkable happens, he has to figure out how to hold on to what’s important.

    Amy says: "Sporty-Dead Poets Society"
    "Sporty-Dead Poets Society"
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    WINGER was magic to my ears. It had all the ingredients: main character with a strong voice, quirky-connectable supporting cast, depth and meaning. But ANDREW SMITH knocked it out of the park with wit and humor.

    I enjoyed being in Ryan Dean's head while he worked through his Coming of Age story. Bullying, Man Codes, being apart of a Team and all the boy shenanigans they can come up with. The desire to kiss available lips warring with trying to escape the "friendship" zone with the girl he loves. Care packages with condoms and a "Your First Time" pamphlet from your loving mother.

    Ryan Dean is smart, funny with a sensitive side. He unapologetically wears Pokemon underwear. He embraces the "Wild Boy" persona and goes for it, even when fear and uncertainty creep in.

    SMITH's words and MARK BOYETT's narration are DY-NO-MITE! MARK captures the young, unsure, geeky Ryan Dean that is a tad unpredictable with throw-up of the month and mind. None of the oddness, wildness, passion or bravado escape his range to express all that WINGER has going on between the covers. He perfectly pegs all the screwballs and neanderthals in the supporting cast of characters. His females are feminine with a little fire. MARK's pacing and emotion create a movie in your mind. He had me there in the moment right along Ryan Dean. I felt like I was in the car with Screaming Ned, shrieking, cussing and losing my shit too.

    There will be more SMITH and BOYETT in my future. I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this audiobook.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Sea of Tranquility: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Katja Millay
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Candace Thaxton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (494)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (444)

    Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her - her identity, her spirit, her will to live - pay. Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: Every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at 17 years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

    Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life.

    Sugarpucker says: "There is NOTHING wrong with this book"
    "Powerful, Sad & Beautiful. Must have Kleenex."
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    I know. It's about time. I'd heard so much about THE SEA OF TRANQUILITY that I bought it for the library, but didn't read it. Then Felicia @ The Geeky Blogger's Book Blog decided to highlight favorite audiobooks. Guess which one popped up more than any other? Yep. So when I was manipulated by Audible to buy audiobooks, I knew this had to be one of them.

    I was immediately drawn into Nastya's world. I liked her wit and sarcasm and had to know what caused this girl to decide to remain silent. And not only that, but why was she outfitted in an armor that made her unapproachable and up for speculation. She seemed so strong and self-assured and powerless at the same time. Then the running, the relentless need to get herself to exhaustion so her mind could rest. I wanted to know her story.

    And it would take an equally broken, Josh, with an equally thick wall of amour to not only intrigue Nastya, but frustrate her right out of her shell. Their story is one of damage and trying to deal with it. They can't quite seem to wrap their own brains around who they are now after. After the loss. After the things and people who have been taken away. Much less can they figure out how to navigate the everyday high school world carrying around so much pain. They aren't who they used to be. They've changed. So they erect walls and lots of barriers to keep everyone else out and try to protect what little they have left. But it is lonely.

    This is a book to experience. I woke up at 2:30 am to snoring, so I plugged in my audiobook like usual to go back to sleep. But this was different, I couldn't go back to sleep. I stayed up the rest of the night following Nastya and Josh. My eyes leaked, my stomach was in knots and my heart broke. It was powerful and sad and beautiful.

    CANDACE THAXTON captured Nastya's anger, jadedness and intelligence. KIRBY HEYBOURNE was Josh. He was strong, withdrawn, but attentive. They took the story that KATJA wove and made it play out in my mind in 3D. BRAVO.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Benjamin Alire Saenz
    • Narrated By Lin-Manuel Miranda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (135)

    Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship - the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

    Kathleen says: "A brilliant gem in a sea of mediocrity"
    "An Experience Worthy of the Title"
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    There really aren't adequate words for me to describe all the ways I enjoyed being along for the ride with ARI & DANTE. This Coming-of-Age novel is so full, even the silence speaks.

    There is never a doubt that these two boys needed to find each other. Their own special baggage is exactly what is required for them to connect, question and work through things. It may be as comical as their Mexican-ness or lack of to grief over their missing pieces. As in most Coming-of-Age novels, they need to learn to be OK with who they are and reconcile what kind of person they want to be. Their journey takes you through all the FEELS, laughing to frustration to tears. It isn't easy, but they get there. I appreciate the fact that in the end they had each other all the way, plus a pair of wonderful parents for support. The lesson I walked away with is learning to be UNASHAMED with who you are.

    LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA was phenomenal. He had the perfect blend of age, unease and bravado that could take you through the rage, snark, laughs and the range of emotions of teen boys. Ari had more bravado and Dante had more excitable wonder. He also captured both sets of parents, their calm, love and specific personalities. SAENZ & MIRANDA served up an experience that won't be forgotten.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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