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Jami

VICTOR, NY, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • 126 reviews
  • 129 ratings
  • 243 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015
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  • I'm Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Douglas Edwards
    • Narrated By Douglas Edwards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1063)
    Performance
    (867)
    Story
    (862)

    Comparing Google to an ordinary business is like comparing a rocket to an Edsel. No academic analysis or bystanders account can capture it. Now Doug Edwards, Employee Number 59, offers the first inside view of Google, giving readers a chance to fully experience the bizarre mix of camaraderie and competition at this phenomenal company. I'm Feeling Lucky captures for the first time the unique, self-invented, yet profoundly important culture of the world's most transformative corporation.

    Stephen says: "Definitely worth a credit"
    "I'm Feeling Tired"
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    Wow, this was a LONG one. I listened to it on audio and it was over 16 hours; it's a good thing that the narrator was good or I would have given up on it long ago.

    I liked the story overall, but there was nothing astounding about it. This told the story from the perspective of the author, who was a marketing employee at Google. I get the trials of being a non-engineer in an engineering company, as I have been in that situation before. There were many sections that I found extremely interesting, such as the controversy over Google Doodles, April Fools jokes, the perks of working there, the magnitude of the operation, and everything that went into the development of the search function. I take it for granted when I go to Google that I will see the box, type in my request, and find what I am looking for. I never thought of it as this complex algorithm that is actually very highly developed. I also never thought of the scope of the manpower and physical equipment that is required to make this happen.

    There were no great "confessions" in this book, so maybe I was expecting more of that based on the title. Rather, it was a history of the company and there was no real "dirt" revealed. I found that many names were mentioned and when they came back up again, I could not recall exactly who all of them were. There were also great details about some of the competitors and their skirmishes with Google that I felt went on for way too long. This book definitely would have benefited from editorial work in the area of shortening the story up. When I look back at the entire book, I'm glad that I persevered and finished it, although there were some points where I felt that it was never going to end. Maybe by now, as you are reading this, you are thinking that this review is never ending as well, so on that note, I will conclude!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Charter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Gillian Hamer
    • Narrated By Catherine O'Brien
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Sarah Morton hopes discovering the truth about the 1859 shipwreck of the Royal Charter will silence the demons of her past. But, tormented by visions and threats on her life, Sarah fears the ship may claim her as its final victim. Set along the dramatic and dangerous Anglesey coastline, The Charter is a story of greed and forgiveness - when the treasures of the past evoke the crimes of today.

    Jami says: "Excellent Mystery"
    "Excellent Mystery"
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    This is the first book that I have read by this author and I plan to read more. The story is an interesting mystery, and the historical and paranormal elements were neatly woven in. I don't usually like a ghost story, but in this case it was well done and not the main focus. There was an interesting plot twist at the end that I did not see coming. The performance was very good and added to the overall enjoyment of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Misdirection: Lucas Norton

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Martin Link
    • Narrated By Chris MacDonnell
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    When we first encounter the series' narrator, Lucas Norton, he's riding his bicycle through a sleeting rain, heading to his office in the British Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) complex in Cheltenham, England. Meet the new James Bond. He has all the high-tech toys Britain's MI5 security service has developed at his disposal, but he's just a regular guy dealing with a promotion and marital problems, in addition to one hell of a caper.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "good old fashioned international spy thriller"
    "Excellent Crime Caper"
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    Disclosure: I received this audio book for free from the author in exchange for a review.

    This is the debut novel by this author and I really enjoyed it. I like a good logic puzzle, and this had twists and turns galore! The plot had intricate details that kept you guessing, and I learned interesting stuff about security techniques. It is obvious that the author knows his stuff when it comes to the technical details. I also like that the main character was made more realistic with his marital struggles. Very good book and I am looking forward to the next book in this series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Murderous Muffins: Chubby Chicks Club Cozy Mystery Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Lois Lavrisa
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Bezu is a beautiful southern belle with genteel manners. But her problems are anything but. Deep in debt, she's illegally taken in a few lodgers. A sweet stripper and her bodybuilder boyfriend, an Asian man loudly learning English through pop music, and a mysterious stranger with the most amazing blue-green eyes - and a secret. When one of them mysteriously dies and it looks like her muffins were the murder weapon, Bezu and her fellow Chubby Chicks Club member, Cat, must discover who the killer is before she ends up in jail...or worse. Will they succeed? Find out in Murderous Muffins, book two in the Chubby Chicks Club cozy mystery series.

    ~nospin says: "2nd in cozy series"
    "Fast and Light Mystery"
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    I received this audio book for free by the narrator. This was a fun, quick, light mystery. It was fairly obvious who the killer had to be from the outset, so the mystery itself wasn't anything surprising or complex. However, I found that I enjoyed the various characters and the plot moved quickly. Although this was the second book in the series and I haven't read the first, I was able to follow the characters with no problem. The narrator did a good job with the main character's voice; I pictured her as this southern belle, and the voice fit my mental image perfectly!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Carol: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4531)
    Performance
    (2305)
    Story
    (2307)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry rescues Charles Dickens from the jaws of Disney with his one-of-a-kind performance of the treasured classic. Our listeners loved this version so much that it inspired our whole line of Signature Classics.

    Nanci says: "Superb story and reading!"
    "Timeless Classic"
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    This was a freebie from the Ford book club; thank you Ford!!! I had read this one ago and was happy to reconnect with Scrooge and the ghosts as an adult. I love this story and Tim Curry's narration was outstanding!

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

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aravind Adiga
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2003)
    Performance
    (834)
    Story
    (833)

    Balram Halwai is a complicated man. Servant. Philosopher. Entrepreneur. Murderer. Balram tells us the terrible and transfixing story of how he came to be a success in life - having nothing but his own wits to help him along. Through Balram's eyes, we see India as we've never seen it before: the cockroaches and the call centers, the prostitutes and the worshippers, the water buffalo and, trapped in so many kinds of cages that escape is (almost) impossible, the white tiger.

    With a charisma as undeniable as it is unexpected, Balram teaches us that religion doesn't create morality and money doesn't solve every problem.

    Mark P. Furlong says: "Entertaining, thought-provoking, darkly funny"
    "Great Book"
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    I enjoyed this one, and particularly enjoyed the audio format. The narration was excellent and I thought that the letter format was perfect for audio. The conversational style of the book reminded me of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, in that you felt you were intimately involved in a conversation with the narrator (although it was by letter instead of the spoken word).

    The story itself intrigued me, as I enjoyed reading about the Darkness in India and the cultural aspects of the caste system. Despite the grim nature of parts of the story, it was also humorous in spots. The story starts out with the writer of the letters admitting that he murdered his former "master," so there is never a question of "who-dun-it." However, the journey that took him from where he started to murderer to being an entrepreneur was quite interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America’s Canine Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Maria Goodavage
    • Narrated By Nicole Vilencia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (71)

    A leading dog-blogger offers a tour of military working dogs' extraordinary training, heroic accomplishments, and the lasting impacts they have on those who work with them. Maria Goodavage here tells heartwarming stories of modern soldier dogs and the amazing bonds that develop between them and their handlers. Beyond tales of training, operations, retirement, and adoption into the families of fallen soldiers, Goodavage talks to leading dog-cognition experts about why dogs like nothing more than to be on a mission with a handler they trust.

    Shea says: "Detailed and heart wrenching at times."
    "Brave Soldiers and Dogs"
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    I enjoyed this audio book, although I am thinking that with all the acronyms used, it may be more conducive to read in print format. I liked that there were different sections, with different areas of focus. It was interesting to learn more about the Military Working Dog program, but I was also glad that there was a section devoted to the stories of the dogs and their handlers. This was an interesting book and will appeal to those interested in animals and the military working dog program; a huge thank you to those in the military (both 2 and 4 legged) who put their lives on the line to protect us.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteenth Child

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Patricia C. Wrede
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1115)
    Performance
    (1012)
    Story
    (1017)

    Eff was born a thirteenth child. Her twin brother, Lan, is the seventh son of a seventh son. This means he's supposed to possess amazing talent - and she's supposed to bring only bad things to her family and her town. Undeterred, her family moves to the frontier, where her father will be a professor of magic at a school perilously close to the magical divide that separates settlers from the beasts of the wild. With wit and wonder, Patricia Wrede creates an alternate history of westward expansion that will delight fans of both J. K. Rowling and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

    Erin - Audible says: "History, Magic, Teens, & Not An Inkling of Romance"
    "Interesting Premise"
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    This one was difficult for me to rate; the premise of an alternate history and protecting the settlements with magic was fascinating to me, but I just didn't love the book. I was interested in the story in the beginning, but by the end, the plot felt like it had dragged in places and just wasn't as exciting and fast-moving as I had hoped. While I liked the characters, Eff's repetitive whining about things being her fault and being the Thirteenth Child got on my nerves. I don't think this was enough to make me pick up the second book in the series unfortunately.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    The Road follows a man and a boy, father and son, journeying together for many months across a desolate, post-apocalyptic landscape, some years after a great, unexplained cataclysm, possibly an impact event. Civilization has been destroyed and most species have become extinct. What has happened outside of North America is left unexplained. Humanity consists largely of bands of cannibals, their captives, and refugees who scavenge for canned food.

    Guillermo says: "Harrowing, sobering"
    "A Tedious Road at Times"
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    This was a tough one for me to rate. I never heard of this one until I read Dog Star and saw the comparisons between the two. I really liked the ending and the relationship between the father and son, but sometimes the journey getting to the end of the book was tedious for me. It just didn't feel like a lot was happening. I think I would have enjoyed it more if there was more of a backstory as to how the world got the way it was as well as a story of where they were going and what they expected to find once they got there. I see where people generally love or hate this book, and I see why; the writing is very good, but if you like a lot of action, this is not for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Win an Election: An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By Quintus Tullius Cicero, Philip Freeman
    • Narrated By Doug Kaye
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (102)

    How to Win an Election is an ancient Roman guide for campaigning that is as up-to-date as tomorrow's headlines. In 64 BC when idealist Marcus Cicero, Rome's greatest orator, ran for consul (the highest office in the Republic), his practical brother Quintus decided he needed some no-nonsense advice on running a successful campaign.

    Benedict says: "How to be a politician ..."
    "Some Things Never Change"
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    This was one of the daily deals from Audible around Election Day, and it was well worth the 99 cents! I laughed at parts, particularly at how little things have changed. All this time I thought that Americans were responsible for the sad state of political affairs, but come to find out, these attitudes existed in ancient Rome. He is telling his brother to surround himself with those of nobility who can help him in his political life; promise the voters what they want to hear, and then renege on it later; court those who can help you.......sound familiar?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Attachments: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rainbow Rowell
    • Narrated By Laura Hamilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (906)
    Performance
    (801)
    Story
    (804)

    Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder, coworkers at The Courier, know the newspaper monitors their office e-mail. But they still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers, and baring their personal lives like an open book. Jennifer tells Beth everything she can’t seem to tell her husband about her anxieties over starting a family. And Beth tells Jennifer everything, period. Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill still can’t believe that it’s his job to monitor other people’s e-mail.

    Julie says: "Just what I'd hoped for"
    "Email Spying!"
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    This was a fun, light young adult romance. The premise of having an IT guy getting to know coworkers through their email exchange was interesting; I wasn't sure how the format of the email exchange between Beth and Jennifer would work in audio format, but suprisingly, it did. And, I found that I actually what happened to the characters by the end of the story, even though you knew how it had to end!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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