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Jami

VICTOR, NY, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Little Boy Blue: A Puppy's Rescue from Death Row and His Owner's Journey for Truth

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kim Kavin
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer, Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    When journalist Kim Kavin decided that she wanted a puppy, she did what millions of people do every year: clicked on an online photo and submitted an application. She had no idea that the adorable brindle - advertised as healthy and near her home in New Jersey - was actually a last-minute rescue from a gas-chamber shelter in North Carolina. Blue had arrived in the Northeast with at least a dozen other dogs in an RV that is just one among countless transports whose sponsors are dedicating their efforts to saving dogs.

    Jami says: "A Tough, But Important, Read"
    "A Tough, But Important, Read"
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    This was not at all what I expected; I thought this would be more of a story about Blue, but instead, it is a hard and in-depth look at what happens to dogs who ends up in some of these "shelters." I love Blue's story, but I have to admit, it is tough reading. The reality of a shelter dog's chances is something that everyone needs to know about. Hearing about the gas chambers at some of the shelters disturbed, saddened and angered me. It brought me to tears thinking about the plight of these animals. There is so much that I never knew about the shelters - such as some of them having high kill rates, or not waiting to euthanize dogs that are surrendered by their owners. I never thought about citizens paying their local tax dollars to shelters, thinking that their shelter was trying to find animals home, when in reality, they are killing a high percentage of them. I guess this illustrates the importance of asking questions and finding out what is really going on in some of these places. Not all shelters are like this, and I am so thankful for the ones that really try and place the homeless animals.

    This book made me realize how lucky my Winston, a senior overweight beagle hound was. It was because the woman in a shelter in a small rural Pennsylvania community looked at his face and decided she could not euthanize him when his former people dumped him. She gave him a chance by posting his picture online, and I happened to find him. When I read this book, it gave me chills as I realized how slim a chance he ever had of surviving being dumped at a shelter. But he did, and I had a wonderful 2.5 years with him before he died of old age.

    The story was excellent, and the narrators did an excellent job of bringing the story to life.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cabin Pressure: The Complete Series 4

    • ORIGINAL (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By AudioGO Ltd
    Overall
    (697)
    Performance
    (648)
    Story
    (638)

    Stephanie Cole, Benedict Cumberbatch & Roger Allam star in the fourth series of the hit sitcom about the tiny charter airline for whom no job is too small, but many, many jobs are too difficult. By John Finnemore (The News Quiz, Mitchell & Webb).

    Mary says: "Laugh out loud"
    "Funny series"
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    I love this series. The interactions between the characters are excellent and the personalities mesh perfectly. I was laughing out loud at many of the scenes, particularly when they played the "fizz buzz" game. There is also a cliffhanger at the end of this season so I need to get season five!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Elie Wiesel
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2591)
    Performance
    (1307)
    Story
    (1324)

    Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and the Congressional Gold Medal, Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel offers an unforgettable account of Hitler's horrific reign of terror in Night. This definitive edition features a new translation from the original French by Wiesel's wife and frequent translator, Marion Wiesel.

    Jacobus says: "A quality production of a gripping tradegy"
    "Never Forget"
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    There isn't much to say about this awful time that has not already been said. This book details the author's time in a concentration camp with his father; I have read other Holocaust books and each one adds something different to my understanding of this horrific time. I like the author's revelations of his inner struggles with his belief in God to his feelings about wanting to take his father's rations when his father was on the brink of death.

    This audio edition includes the author's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech and the new preface by the author. The narration was very good and added to the overall listening experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Leonard Mlodinow
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (2838)
    Performance
    (1727)
    Story
    (1702)

    In this irreverent and illuminating audiobook, acclaimed writer and scientist Leonard Mlodinow shows us how randomness, chance, and probability reveal a tremendous amount about our daily lives, and how we misunderstand the significance of everything from a casual conversation to a major financial setback. As a result, successes and failures in life are often attributed to clear and obvious causes, when in actuality they are more profoundly influenced by chance.

    Joshua Kim says: "Very Very Smart"
    "Interesting Stuff"
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    I enjoyed this book; it was very informative and practical. I particularly enjoyed the concept and application of the regression to the mean theory, as I can relate it to many real life situations. It was also fascinating to learn that the money we spend on paying experts for financial advice may not make a difference, as the results are often achieved by chance. If you are curious about the title, the Drunkard's Walk refers to random events that nudge us in various directions; how often have you thought you wouldn't ha e a certain job, mate, or friend if certain events had not happened? I also found the discussion of CEOs and coaches being fired for poor results, when that particular year was the rest of chance or regression to the mean.

    The only thing I would say is that if you are weak in statistics, the written book may be a better format. I listened to the audio version and while the explanations were good, there were a few times I wish I had the print version to refer to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Glitch: A Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (30 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    When a robot defies his programming, is he broken? Or is he something else?

    Aperio says: "I'm a fan!"
    "Interesting Short"
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    I liked this short story. The characters were interesting and the premise was good. This definitely could be lengthened and developed into a novella, as there more to this story that could be explored.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Penn Jillette
    • Narrated By Penn Jillette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1937)
    Performance
    (1755)
    Story
    (1753)

    From the larger, louder half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes a scathingly funny reinterpretation of The Ten Commandments. They are The Penn Commandments, and they reveal one outrageous and opinionated atheist’s experience in the world.

    Paul says: "More memoir than theology"
    "Funny At Times"
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    I'm not sure whether to classify this more as a memoir or a comedy. I thought it would be funnier, but it was still pretty good. People may enjoy it who are already fans of his; although I had heard of Penn & Teller, I hadn't ever seen their shows. There were some funny parts, but not as much as I had hoped. I loved his chapter on the bath house in San Francisco; I was practically rolling on the floor at his description of that. I found his ideas on atheism interesting in parts, and I liked his logic for being a Libertarian.

    If you are easily offended by curse words or sexual terms, this book would definitely not be for you; there is quite a bit of both in this book.

    I also enjoyed the narration, which is not always the case with authors who do their own narrating. In this case, his style of speaking matched the tone of the book, which added to the listening experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cabin Pressure

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Finnemore
    • Narrated By Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam, Benedict Cumberbatch
    Overall
    (779)
    Performance
    (707)
    Story
    (701)

    John Finnemore (Dead Ringers & Mitchell & Webb) has written this brilliant new sitcom starring Stephanie Cole, Roger Allam & Benedict Cumberbatch. Cabin Pressure is set in a small airline business. The flipside of the glamorous world of international airlines.

    Sara says: "Mad Cap Comedy Silliness By The Experts"
    "Funny Stuff!!!!!"
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    This is the first season of the BBC comedy, Cabin Pressure. I found myself laughing out many times; although I listened to this on audio, I could picture the case in the various scenes. I loved the interaction between the characters, as well as the British humour. Very enjoyable!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michelle Knight, Michelle Burford
    • Narrated By Maria Cabezas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (373)
    Story
    (377)

    Michelle was a young single mother when she was kidnapped by a local school bus driver named Ariel Castro. For more than a decade afterward, she endured unimaginable torture at the hand of her abductor. In 2003 Amanda Berry joined her in captivity, followed by Gina DeJesus in 2004. Their escape on May 6, 2013, made headlines around the world.

    Courtney says: "A True House of Horrors!"
    "Gripping Story"
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    I read this book in two sittings. It grabbed me from the outset, as Michelle has been through a lot. I felt for her, having to deal with the issues of her early life and then being held by this monster for 11 years of her life. It was chilling to hear how close to death she came. I also admire her attitude about her son, and only wanting the best life for him. This truly is a story about survival. You go, Michelle, and keep working on taking your life back!

    The narration was good, and I forgot at times that I was not actually listening to Michelle narrate her story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Single Man

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christopher Isherwood
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (118)

    When A Single Man was originally published, it shocked many by its frank, sympathetic, and moving portrayal of a gay man in midlife. George, the protagonist, is adjusting to life on his own after the sudden death of his partner, and determines to persist in the routines of his daily life; the course of A Single Man spans 24 hours in an ordinary day.

    Jean says: "loved the writing, loved the narrator"
    "George's Day"
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    This book was very interesting and much more than I expected. The book details a 24 hour period in George's life; while the description made me think it would focus on his experience as a gay man, that was not the sole focus. Yes, the issue is prevalent, but it was presented in the way of this is who he is. George's sexual orientation was part of many of his interactions, but the listener learns of many aspects of his life.

    This was written in 1964, and I found it interesting that the attitudes described about George due to his sexual orientation have not changed much today. It was also perceptive of the author when he observed that colleges campuses would soon be overtaken by the parking lots; I recall many a day circling my college campus looking for a place to park in the 90s and 2000s!

    The writing was excellent and I enjoyed the narrator. This is one of the books that I think I would have enjoyed equally in print and audio format. I was not prepared for the ending, but I like how it tied in with the opening scene of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invisible Man

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By H. G. Wells
    • Narrated By James Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (321)

    On a freezing February day, a stranger emerges from out of the gray to request a room at a local provincial inn. Who is this out-of-season traveler? More confounding is the thick mask of bandages obscuring his face. Why does he disguise himself in this manner and keep himself hidden away in his room? Aroused by trepidation and curiosity, the local villagers bring it upon themselves to find the answers.

    Brian says: "Way ahead of its time!"
    "Interesting Ending"
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    I thought that the first half of the book was a bit tedious; however I'm glad that I stuck with it, as I found the second half much more entertaining. The narration was quite good as well. I don't think I would have stuck with the story in printed form, so audio was a better format choice for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clockwork

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 31 mins)
    • By Philip Pullman
    • Narrated By Anton Lesser
    Overall
    (652)
    Performance
    (574)
    Story
    (576)

    A tormented apprentice clock-maker - and a deadly knight in armour. A mechanical prince - and the sinister Dr Kalmenius, who some say is the devil... Wind up these characters, fit them into a story on a cold winter's evening and suddenly life and the story begin to merge - almost like clockwork...

    David says: "A modern clockwork fairy tale"
    "Interesting Short Story"
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    I liked this short story. The characters were definitely unique and the "story within a story" concept worked in this case. I also liked how the two stories converged at the end.

    The narration was very good. I recommend this in audio format; the narrator did a good job conveying the eerie appearance of the doctor in the middle of the story telling scene.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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