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Jami

VICTOR, NY, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 119 reviews
  • 122 ratings
  • 226 titles in library
  • 86 purchased in 2014
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  • The Murder of the Century: The Gilded Age Crime That Scandalized a City & Sparked the Tabloid Wars

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Paul Collins
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1039)
    Performance
    (859)
    Story
    (860)

    In Long Island, a farmer found a duck pond turned red with blood. On the Lower East Side, two boys playing at a pier discovered a floating human torso wrapped tightly in oilcloth. Blueberry pickers near Harlem stumbled upon neatly severed limbs in an overgrown ditch. Clues to a horrifying crime were turning up all over New York, but the police were baffled: There were no witnesses, no motives, no suspects. The grisly finds that began on the afternoon of June 26, 1897, plunged detectives headlong into the era's most perplexing murder.

    deborah says: "Great look at NYC crime, forensics, and journalism"
    "Loved the Narration"
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    I was so bored at first, I almost gave up, but I am glad I persevered. Once the suspects were identified, I found it interesting. It was interesting to read about this crime in the context of the culture and technology at that time. The end of the book could have been shorter,

    This is a story about a murder, but the twist is that the victim has no head. This tends to make identifying the body a bit difficult, particularly before the era of fingerprints, computer databases and DNA. There were many theories as to who did it, including the fact that the victim was still alive. Even at the end, I was not convinced of exactly what happened and how much culpability each suspect had.

    The story itself was three stars for me, but the extra star comes from the narration. Once the trial started, I was enthralled with the different voices. They really came to life, particularly the defense attorney.

    On a funny note, I live in NY State and taxpayers get frustrated with Albany's lack of action, I was amused to read that a bill regarding alternate jurors took 33 years to pass in the early 1900s and even then a reference was made to Albany's inaction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    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
    (80)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    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
    (854)
    Performance
    (754)
    Story
    (759)

    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
  • The Color Purple

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Alice Walker
    • Narrated By Alice Walker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1305)
    Performance
    (882)
    Story
    (881)

    Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 - when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate - and continuing over the course of her marriage to "Mister", a brutal man who terrorizes her.

    Amazon Customer says: "Absolutely Wonderful"
    "Classic that stands up over time"
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    I enjoyed the story overall, particularly Celie's story. I was not as enamored with Nettie's story and at times, felt that her parts dragged on a little bit. The book touched on a lot of different topics, which added to the story. The characters were realistic, interesting and well developed. I liked the ending and how everything came together. I saw the movie years ago, but didn't remember much of the story at all, so this was like reading it for the first time.

    The story was told in the format of letters, and it worked for this novel. The author also did an excellent job narrating the story, which in my experience, has not always been the case. However, I can't imagine anyone else doing a better job than she did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Exoskeleton: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Shane Stadler
    • Narrated By Patrick Conn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (152)

    A convicted felon is given a choice following his sentencing: serve a 25-year conventional prison sentence...or spend 365 days in a new, experimental corrections program. He opts for the experimental program, only to realize he has made a horrible mistake. A dark tale of science spun dangerously out of control, Exoskeleton will leave even the most jaded of listeners quaking in their boots.

    Molly says: "Exoskeleton - now I get it"
    "Chilling and Fast Paced"
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    This was an excellent book to read right around Halloween - definitely had the creep factor going (although not in the traditional ghouls sense, but just the horror of the situation). I have a bit of claustrophobia and can't stand anything on my face, so the concept of having this exoskeleton covering your entire body and controlling your every move gave me the willies! The description of the torture Will experienced was very graphic, which made for an even better listening experience.

    I enjoyed the fact that in addition to the horror aspect, there was also the mystery aspect of whether Will committed the crime and the legal thriller aspect of people working to free what they believe to be an innocent man.

    The narration was also very good, and the book moved quickly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Childhood's End

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3260)
    Performance
    (2257)
    Story
    (2294)

    The Overlords appeared suddenly over every city - intellectually, technologically, and militarily superior to humankind. Benevolent, they made few demands: unify earth, eliminate poverty, and end war. With little rebellion, humankind agreed, and a golden age began.

    Ryan says: "Still a classic of visionary science fiction"
    "Interesting View of the Future"
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    This was an interesting story. I particularly enjoyed his ideas from the 1950s of what the 21st century and beyond would look like. I was amazed at his foresight when he was discussing how tv would take up the time of humans and make it hard for humans to keep up with the various programs; he then went on to discuss how humans would be more interested in watching real life events of other people - reality tv before it was invented!

    I knew I would like it when, at the outset, the overlord wiped out animal cruelty. Who wouldn't love that? It was interesting to see how he portrayed the overlords as benevolent people rather than these tyrants. I was definitely unprepared for the twist at the end.

    The narration was good, and the story moved along at a nice pace.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • My Korean Deli: Risking It All for a Convenience Store

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Ben Ryder Howe
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (199)

    This sweet and funny tale of a preppy editor buying a Brooklyn deli with his Korean in-laws is about family, culture clash, and the quest for authentic experiences. It starts with a gift. When Ben Ryder Howe’s wife, the daughter of Korean immigrants, decides to repay her parents’ self-sacrifice by buying them a store, Howe, an editor at the rarefied Paris Review, agrees to go along.

    lesley says: "Absolutely delightful!"
    "Insider's View of a Deli"
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    This was an entertaining story about the author's experience buying a deli. I liked how he interspersed his deli experience with his time as a journalist. For me, the best parts were when he talked about his employees and customers in the context of the NYC deli. This is a light and quick read, which was perfect to listen to during my commute time. The narration by Bronson Pinchot was quite good, and it was an enjoyable listening experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Exclusive Interview: James Atlas with Gay Talese on Kurt Vonnegut

    • UNABRIDGED (16 mins)
    • By Gay Talese
    • Narrated By James Atlas
    Overall
    (511)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (357)

    James Atlas interviews Gay Talese about the life and work of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

    Jami says: "Interesting Short Conversation"
    "Interesting Short Conversation"
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    I enjoyed the format of this interview; it was like being part of a conversation with a friend. I just recently started reading Kurt Vonnegut's books, and I knew very little about him. It was interesting to hear about him from a peer perspective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE Masked Ball at Broxley Manor

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 14 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (493)
    Performance
    (451)
    Story
    (446)

    A delectable prequel to the national bestselling Royal Spyness mysteries featuring Lady Georgiana Rannoch—thirty forth in line to the throne, and England’s poorest heiress. At the end of her first unsuccessful season out in society, Lady Georgiana has all but given up on attracting a suitable man—until she receives an invitation to a masked Halloween ball at Broxley Manor. Georgie is uncertain why she was invited, until she learns that the royal family intends to marry her off to a foreign prince, one reputed to be mad.

    Amazon Customer says: "Strident narration, shallow story"
    "Interesting Prequel, Excellent Narration"
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    I love the narrator's English accents; she does them perfectly! This was a freebie from Audible, and having recently read the first book in the series, it was perfect timing. I enjoyed the intro to the characters and the story was good. Thanks for the freebie, Audible, it was much appreciated!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Interpreter of Maladies

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jhumpa Lahiri
    • Narrated By Matilda Novak
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (241)
    Story
    (247)

    With accomplished precision and gentle eloquence, Jhumpa Lahiri traces the crosscurrents set in motion when immigrants, expatriates, and their children arrive, quite literally, at a cultural divide. The nine stories in this stunning debut collection unerringly chart the emotional journeys of characters seeking love beyond the barriers of nations and generations.

    Jennifer says: "Novel-amazing; Audio-mediocre"
    "Short Stories of Real Life Situations"
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    I give this a 3.5-3.75 overall. I thought that some of the stories were pretty average, but there were three that were very good. I think my expectations were high because of all the positive things that I heard, but many stories didn't fulfill those expectations. I liked the title story, as well as the first and last stories the best. The narration was good, although it would have been nice to have different voices used in the various stories.

    The one distracting thing in the audio version was that at some points in the stories, music played. It didn't signify the end of a story or end of a track, and it was more distracting than anything else; there was no sense as to the placement of the musical breaks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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