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Jami

VICTOR, NY, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 122 reviews
  • 125 ratings
  • 240 titles in library
  • 95 purchased in 2014
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  • The Dangerous Animals Club

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Stephen Tobolowsky
    • Narrated By Stephen Tobolowsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (188)

    If you ran into Stephen Tobolowsky on the street, you would not be mistaken: Yes, you’ve seen him before. A childhood dentist? A former geometry teacher? Your local florist? Tobolowsky is a character actor, one of the most prolific screen and stage presences of our time, having appeared in productions that range from Deadwood to Glee, from Mississippi Burning to Groundhog Day. But Stephen Tobolowsky, it turns out, is not just an actor; he is also a dazzlingly talented storyteller and writer.

    Gina says: "Will Rogers, Spalding Gray, Alexandre Dumas HACKS!"
    "Not as funny as I had thought"
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    This book was just average for me. I expected it to be funnier I think. I had not heard of this author before and maybe those who know of his acting work will feel differently. There were a few inspirational tidbits; I enjoyed some stories and thought others were tedious. The narration was good as the author read it himself; that isn't always a good thing, but in this case, it worked. The story that most stood out for me was number 15. I found the story interesting and the lesson at the end was a good one.

    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
    (1982)
    Performance
    (817)
    Story
    (814)

    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
    (77)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    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
    (1063)
    Performance
    (966)
    Story
    (970)

    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
    (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
    (83)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (77)

    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
    (857)
    Performance
    (757)
    Story
    (762)

    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
    (1311)
    Performance
    (887)
    Story
    (887)

    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
    (3266)
    Performance
    (2263)
    Story
    (2302)

    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
    (265)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (200)

    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

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