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Christine

LA JOLLA, CA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3029)
    Performance
    (2788)
    Story
    (2789)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Tango says: "Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!"
    "Read this, even if you think it's not for you!"
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    Like many others, I'm typically not that into fantasy (Harry Potter books aside). But I downloaded this one based on all the positive reviews. And wow and I glad I did. I love a book with interesting relationships that is not shallow that doesn't leave me completely depressed, and often that's a very hard thing to find. But it's exactly what I got in this story. The story and characters were wonderful. Although it's fantasy (obviously) it doesn't feel that way. You just get to experience the wonderful relationships that develop between the characters in a way that you can relate to. The characters in the story are real and sympathetic, and I found myself attached to them easily.

    I'm glad I got this as an audiobook, because the performance was great, and it kept me going when I might have put down a printed copy. This is an epic novel centered around many characters, so the first several hours were spent introducing and setting up these characters. I am not sure I would have been able to read through this long set up, but listening to it, I enjoyed it (I might have enjoyed reading it too, I'm not sure).

    All in all, I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flat-Out Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jessica Park
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (917)
    Performance
    (840)
    Story
    (848)

    He was tall, at least six feet, with dirty blond hair that hung over his eyes. His T-shirt read Nietzsche Is My Homeboy. So, that was Matt. Who Julie Seagles likes. A lot. But there is also Finn. Who she flat out loves. Complicated? Awkward? Completely. But really, how was this freshly-minted Boston transplant and newbie college freshman supposed to know that she would end up living with the family of an old friend of her mother’s? This was all supposed to be temporary.

    Patricia says: "I Loved this book!"
    "Not deep, but surpsisingly addictive"
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    I really enjoyed this story. I liked the characters from the start, and although I was pretty sure I had figured out the family's secret early on (and I had), it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book. I was quite addicted to the story while I was listening to it, and couldn't wait to get back to is when I would have to stop. It's not a deep piece of literature, by any means, but it's a good story with sympathetic and entertaining characters, and a love story that you can really believe and that makes you feel good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Good and Useful Hurt

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Aric Davis
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (180)

    Mike is a tattoo artist running his own shop, and Deb is the piercing artist he hires to round out his studio’s motley crew of four. The last either expects is romance, but that’s what they get as they follow their off-kilter careers and love lives into complete and total disaster. When Mike follows a growing trend and tattoos the ashes of deceased loved ones into several customers’ tattoos, he has no idea that it will one day provide the solution - and solace - he will sorely need.

    C. Sorensen says: "Good enough to kill time, but that's about it"
    "I wish I hadn't listened to this book"
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    I bought this book because the synopsis looked like a good character/relationship story. However, what I found was a story that was disturbingly violent. I didn't care about the characters, and there was no suspense in the romance or the "mystery", and no character growth that I could make out. The narrator's performance was good, but that was about all I liked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Veronica Mars: An Original Mystery by Rob Thomas: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Rob Thomas, Jennifer Graham
    • Narrated By Kristen Bell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1290)
    Performance
    (1222)
    Story
    (1215)

    The first book in an original mystery series featuring 28-year-old Veronica Mars, back in action after the events of Veronica Mars: The Movie. With the help of old friends - Logan Echolls, Mac Mackenzie, Wallace Fennel, and even Dick Casablancas - Veronica is ready to take on Neptune's darkest cases with her trademark sass and smarts.

    Alison says: "Mars Attacks, succeeds!"
    "Surprisingly good"
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    I'm a long time fan of Veronica Mars, and I wasn't sure this book could live up to the original TV show. It fell slightly short in terms of overall feel, but I was pleasantly surprised at the depth of the mystery and how much the story pulled me in, which was more than enough to compensate for anything that might have been lacking. I agree with other reviews I have read that I wish the book had been written in the first person, but nevertheless, the story and the characters hold the book together. Kristen Bell is amazing as Veronica Mars on TV and she does an admirable job as a narrator, though I feel her strength is still in TV/moving acting, rather than voice. Overall, though, definitely recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3409)
    Performance
    (2977)
    Story
    (2992)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Suzn F says: "The Baker, The Nun, The Virgin and The Monster"
    "Beautiful writing, but not my type of story"
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    There's no question that Jodi Picoult is a beautiful writer. She is a true master of the English language, and from that perspective I enjoyed this book. However, I found the descriptions a little too intense and graphic. I understand that given the subject matter (the Holocaust) this was bound to be the case, but the horror was just a little too much for me. It was just too depressing and upsetting for me. By the middle of the book I almost couldn't continue because I was so upset, but I knew that I had to continue because it would get less depressing eventually so I wouldn't be left in such an awful mental state. I also didn't find the story as compelling as I expected to. The characters were interesting, but I found things moved a little slow at times.

    I've read one other Jody Picoult novel and I had a similar reaction to that one (I can't remember which it was), so I suspect I just don't care for her stories, despite her beautiful writing. I can see why others would very much enjoy this book. But if you are sensitive to horror and strong negative emotions and situations, this is probably not the book for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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