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BiJae

bijae

Troutdale, OR, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 11 reviews
  • 34 ratings
  • 121 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tom Franklin
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1290)
    Performance
    (709)
    Story
    (716)

    Larry Ott and Silas “32” Jones were unlikely boyhood friends. Larry was the child of lower middle-class white parents, Silas the son of a poor, single, black mother - their worlds as different as night and day. Yet a special bond developed between them in Chabot, Mississippi. But within a few years, tragedy struck. In high school, a girl who lived up the road from Larry had gone to the drive-in movie with him and nobody had seen her again.

    Ann says: "Excellent story, terrific narrator."
    "Great Story Telling"
    Overall

    This is classic story telling at it's best. It's a nicely paced story about the history of two men. The narrator does a great job of different inflections when dialogs are read. I was sorry to see this book end. It left me wanting to learn more about the characters, although it had wrapped up the story quite nicely.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • My Sister's Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2826)
    Performance
    (1055)
    Story
    (1055)

    New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

    Lisa says: "Wonderful Book, Very Emotional"
    "Not what I was expecting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is not what I expected at all. I had heard the movie was good so I wanted to read the book first. At first I found the multiple narratives a bit distracting. It was a great way for the author to present so many different views into a complex situation. I really appreciate this aspect now. I enjoyed this book all the way through

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Void Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1357)
    Performance
    (720)
    Story
    (720)

    In L.A., Cassie Black is another beautiful woman in a Porsche: except Cassie just did six years in prison and still has "outlaw juice" flowing in her veins. Now Cassie is returning to her old profession, taking down a money man in Vegas. But the perfect heist goes very wrong, and suddenly Cassie is on the run - with a near-psychotic Vegas "fixer" killing everyone who knew about the job.

    Snoodely says: "Connelly rules!"
    "Twice the story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Michael is a great story teller. This story starts from one characters view. Then halfway through you begin following the story from another characters perspective. While I found this a little distracting with the first switch, I was glad that the timeline did not go back and forth with view changes. As the story reaches the climax the two perspectives draw closer and closer. It was a great suspense novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forrest Gump

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Winston Groom
    • Narrated By Mark Hammer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (85)

    "Bein' a idiot is no box of chocolates," but "at least I ain't led no hum-drum life," says Forrest Gump, the lovable, surprisingly savvy hero of this wonderful comic tale. When the University of Alabama's football team drafts Forrest and makes him a star, that's only the beginning! He flunks out - and goes on to be a Vietnam war hero, a world-class Ping-Pong player, a wrestler, and a business tycoon. He compares battle scars with Lyndon Johnson, discovers the truth about Richard Nixon, and suffers the ups and downs of true love.

    BiJae says: "A wonderful story, perfectly narrated"
    "A wonderful story, perfectly narrated"
    Overall

    As many of the movie viewers know, Forest is a completely lovable character. I have not seen the movie but you can't help but like a guy that starts by telling you, "It's not easy bein' an Idiot." What great humility. I enjoyed following Forest on his journey through his life, from the Nut School, to the being the football star and on to the war. You will enjoy this book as it is full of humanity and compassion as he always tries to do the right thing

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34565)
    Performance
    (25682)
    Story
    (26041)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Enter a whole new world.."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Suzanne Collins paints wonderful pictures in your mind with her words. This book was recommended to me by a friend. It's written for teenagers, however adults will enjoy it too. The story is a little dark, but masterfully written. The heroine in the story faces many challenges along the way. She faces many conflicts in "The Games" some with the other contestants, but the biggest one is the internal conflict she faces with her emotions. I enjoyed reading this book, finishing it in three sittings. I enjoyed this book so much I bought the series for my teenage niece. Together we will share in the adventures.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fifth Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4575)
    Performance
    (2585)
    Story
    (2564)

    Mickey Haller has fallen on tough times. He expands his business into foreclosure defense, only to see one of his clients accused of killing the banker she blames for trying to take away her home. Mickey puts his team into high gear to exonerate Lisa Trammel, even though the evidence and his own suspicions tell him his client is guilty. Soon after he learns that the victim had black market dealings of his own, Haller is assaulted, too - and he's certain he's on the right trail. Despite the danger and uncertainty, Haller mounts the best defense of his career in a trial where the last surprise comes after the verdict is in.

    Bob says: "Compelling and difficult to put down"
    "Mickey is back!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Michael Connelly is back on track with this Mickey Hollar installment. This one keeps you guessing with twists and turns and legal bantering. We find Mickey still fighting his internal demons. The addition of a new legal associate brings these to light even more. Now, her innocence is adding to his personal decisions. Now he's mentoring a colleague, not just fighting his own battles and trying to get his family back. Oh, yes, Maggie McFierce is back.. It's not as much fun as when they were on the bench together, but at least Mickey is making some headway in keeping ties with his family. Glad to see he's still on the wagon, and glad to see that Connelly doesn't spend hours on this subject. This story had all the classic Hollar elements, and all the legal drama you expect from Connelly. I enjoyed it from beginning to end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Reckoning: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #11

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3966)
    Performance
    (2655)
    Story
    (2645)

    With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover, Eric Northman, and his "child", Pam, are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot - which is much more complicated than she knows.

    BRANDON says: "Antiques RoadShow, Burned Hair & Elvis"
    "Off Her Game"
    Overall

    In this episode of the Sookie Stackhouse series, Sookie appears a little off her game. I will agree with other reviewers that she seems a little depressed. There are not as many witty remarks and the banter between her and Sam is nearly gone. Sam is depressed too. It's still a good read and has gotten more than a few laughs out of me. You really can't help but love Sookie and all the stuff she says and does. However, this one is lacking the page turning excitement, laughter, suspense that previous episodes have had. I'm a huge fan of the series. This story flows well and is entertaining. I will continue to follow Sookie if there is another book after this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Oath

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christopher Farnsworth
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (719)
    Performance
    (537)
    Story
    (534)

    The ultimate secret. The ultimate agent. The President's vampire. Zach Barrows is an ambitious young White House staffer whose career takes an unexpected turn when he's partnered with Nathaniel Cade, a secret agent sworn to protect the President. But Cade is no ordinary civil servant.

    Carol says: "Fabulous summer read"
    "Vamps meet CIA, a perfect mix"
    Overall

    This is not your bubble gum vampire book. Nor is it the sexy seductress variety. The Blood Oath is an action packed story, starting off on a secret mission you learn that there is something different going on. Then you learn that the main character in the story is a vampire, sworn to protect the President and the innocent people of The United States. He's not your average vampire, he's your special ops Marine vampire with the highest security clearance! Kuddo's to Christopher Farnsworth in his research and portrayal of the characters. I was sad to see this one end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Confession: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3484)
    Performance
    (1202)
    Story
    (1220)

    An innocent man is about to be executed. Only a guilty man can save him. Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.

    Suzn F says: "I confess, I loved it!"
    "Not just another Legal story!"
    Overall

    Another great story from John Grisham. This is not his usual attorney story (which is the reason I bought it). This is great story telling and narrative about a convoluted plot. Grisham paints wonderful pictures and describes character traits in a way that gives you a clear pictures of who they are. Set in Texas this story follows the story of a Pastor and his struggles and fight to save an innocent man from being executed. The book was riveting and captured my attention from beginning to the very last page. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book to its completion

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincoln Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6607)
    Performance
    (2915)
    Story
    (2926)

    Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

    Steven says: "Great Legal Thriller, Great Reader"
    "Great Story ~ Narrated perfectly"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a great lawyer / mystery novel with many twists and turns. I found myself listening more than usual because the narration was so good. The story is very intriguing and well written. After reading this I'm a Connelly fan and look forward to reading more about Michael "Mickey" Haller.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Brass Verdict: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Giles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4207)
    Performance
    (1770)
    Story
    (1761)

    Things are finally looking up for defense attorney Mickey Haller. After two years of wrong turns, Haller is back in the courtroom. When Hollywood lawyer Jerry Vincent is murdered, Haller inherits his biggest case yet: the defense of Walter Elliott, a prominent studio executive accused of murdering his wife and her lover. But as Haller prepares for the case that could launch him into the big time, he learns that Vincent's killer may be coming for him next.

    Jeff says: "Five Star Book; Three Star Narration"
    "Another Great Connelly Novel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Another great read by Michael Connelly. The story moves along nicely. It's not as good as The Lincoln Lawyer, but well worth the time. The introduction of Connelly's lead investigator from another series ties the two together. Bosch and Haller work well together as they unravel this mystery case.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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