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Jammie

JamTheBaker

THATCHER, UT, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Pretty Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    How do you systematically destroy a child with love? It's not something that any parent aspires to do, yet a surprising number come perilously close to achieving it.

    C. F Fulbright says: "Goes Nowhere"
    "That OSC is certainly a clever man."
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    What did you like best about this story?

    In “Children of the Mind” and now again in “Pretty Boy” OSC has a way of turning villains into real, almost likeable people.


    Any additional comments?

    I have despised Bonzo Madrid since I was 12. He was mean to Ender...Ender, whom I love! What’s not to hate about the guy? It is interesting to have my mind changed all these years later.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician's Land: The Magicians, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (128)

    Quentin Coldwater has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams. With nothing left to lose he returns to where his story began, the Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic. But he can't hide from his past, and it's not long before it comes looking for him. Along with Plum, a brilliant young undergraduate with a dark secret of her own, Quentin sets out on a crooked path through a magical demimonde of grey magic and desperate characters.

    Geo says: "Oh no not again!"
    "I enjoyed every quirky moment."
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    I know a lot of people where annoyed by the Pevensie/Potter references in this series. But I've gotta tell you, that was probably my favorite part of these books. I loved every quirky minute of the Brakebills Academy description. And really, if you haven't always wanted to travel to a magical kingdom full of sentient trees and talking animals, I'm not sure if we can be friends.

    Another complaint was the seriously flawed characters. And really, everyone of them behaved pretty badly at some point. But I think Grossman did an awesome job describing what real people would do in the the strange setting of living in the "real" world while knowing there is a magic side to life. By the end of the series, everyone of them had shown enormous growth. And isn't that what life is really about?

    All in all, I loved this series. And I would recommend it to anyone willing to read PG-13 books. If your offended by swearing and a few (rather tame) sex scenes, then this is not the series for you.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth: A Signature Performance by Tim Curry

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Jules Verne
    • Narrated By Tim Curry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1169)
    Performance
    (981)
    Story
    (968)

    A Signature Performance: Tim Curry, the source of our inspiration, returns – this time, he captures the quirky enthusiasm of this goofily visionary adventure.

    Ramon says: "Feels like Jules Verne"
    "So much fun!"
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    I bought this book on an audible sale, mostly because I love the narrator (Tim Curry)

    The story was lively and eventful and so darn much fun that it made up for the cry baby of a main character, Axel, who tells the story of the journey he, his uncle and an Icelandic guide take into the the center of the earth.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Clockwork Princess: Infernal Devices, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Daniel Sharman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1230)
    Performance
    (1116)
    Story
    (1128)

    Don't miss The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, soon to be a major motion picture, in theaters August 2013. Danger intensifies for the Shadowhunters as the New York Times best-selling Infernal Devices trilogy comes to a close. If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it? The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose. Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment. Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the best-selling Infernal Devices trilogy.

    Amazon Customer says: "I Completely Enjoyed It"
    "What an amazing way to end this series!"
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    The Clockwork Princess was a super fast listen. I devoured it! Clare has created a few characters that will stay with me forever.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Clockwork Angel: The Infernal Devices, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ehle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2406)
    Performance
    (1820)
    Story
    (1828)

    When 16-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

    Sam says: "Fantastic book!!"
    "Kept me interested from the first page to the last"
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    This urban fantasy to centered around The Nephilim, a race descended from angles, who's mission in life is to protect the Mundane people of the world from a fascinating array of Downworlders.

    My one beef with Clare is that her heroins, although strong, smart and powerful, always fall for the very meanest boy they can find. It's not as if said heroin doesn't have a choice. Because of Clare's pathological over used of love triangles, there is always a sweet, kind boy hanging around, just waiting to be noticed. Don't even get me started on the seriously messed up situation in The Mortal Instruments series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10784)
    Performance
    (9785)
    Story
    (9805)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "I loved "14"!"
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    This was such a fun listen! It was creative and fast paced. The characters where interesting and I wish I could continue to follow them. This book left me wanting more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16538)
    Performance
    (14702)
    Story
    (14744)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "WOW! WOW! WOW!"
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    I had a really hard time deciding how many stars to give "Gone Girl" I was stunned into silence, not once but twice by this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Study

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1558)
    Performance
    (630)
    Story
    (640)

    With her greatest enemy dead, and on her way to be reunited with the family she'd been stolen from long ago, Yelena should be pleased. But though she has gained her freedom, she can't help feeling isolated in Sitia. Her Ixian background has changed her in many ways, and her newfound friends and relatives don't think it's for the better....

    Kestrel says: "As good as Poison Study, perhaps better"
    "My, oh my how I love Valek!"
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    While "Magic Study" was no where near as good as "Poison Study" I did enjoy the character development and some of the relationships of this book.

    I felt like the plot circled back on itself too often. Oh, look Yelena got kidnapped...again. There she goes again, running full tilt into an impossible problem without the help or knowledge of the people who love and care about her. And WOW, Yelena found YET ANOTHER creeper that is raping her or one of her friends. sigh...By the end of this one, I was pretty tired.

    I am not really a big "Yelena" fan. But my, oh my how I love Valek! I'm going to have to finish the trilogy just to get another hit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Poison Study

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2158)
    Performance
    (914)
    Story
    (918)

    About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace, and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster.

    A says: "Fantasy, with a touch of romance."
    "Surprisingly Entertaining!"
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    I got this one for free on a BOGO sale and didn't really expect much from it. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the plot and liked the main character.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The B-Team: The Human Division, Episode 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (494)
    Performance
    (446)
    Story
    (449)

    Colonial Union Ambassador Ode Abumwe and her team are used to life on the lower end of the diplomatic ladder. But when a high-profile diplomat goes missing, Abumwe and her team are last minute replacements on a mission critical to the Colonial Union’s future. As the team works to pull off their task, CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson discovers there’s more to the story of the missing diplomats than anyone expected... a secret that could spell war for humanity.

    A Fitts says: "Obumwe said, Eagan said, Wilson said, Rickney said"
    "So bad it's good!"
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    The most terrible, cheese, awesome story I have read in a while. It's so so so bad. I loved it!

    Having only read the first installment I can't be sure, but I think Scalzi is going for an epic Space Opera. I suspect it will end up more of a Space Matinee.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Stephen Chbosky
    • Narrated By Noah Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1970)
    Performance
    (1791)
    Story
    (1813)

    Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love.

    FanB14 says: "Intelligent, Absorbing Coming of Age Story"
    "There is too much going on in this book..."
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    I'm going to give this one 3 stars, because I don't really know how I feel about it. What I really want to say is WTF?

    There is so much going on in this book...not all of it realistic.

    To tell the truth, I was in love with the story until the very end. The last twist to the story left me felling sad and a little weirded out.

    The narrator, Noah Galvin, was pretty great. He made the story much more enjoyable.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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