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Janet&Greg

Huntington Beach, CA, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Coming Clean

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kimberly Rae Miller
    • Narrated By Kimberly Rae Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (297)

    Kim Miller is an immaculately put-together woman with a great career, a loving boyfriend, and a tidy apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. You would never guess that Kim grew up behind the closed doors of her family’s idyllic Long Island house, navigating between teetering stacks of aging newspapers, broken computers, and boxes upon boxes of unused junk festering in every room - the product of her father’s painful and unending struggle with hoarding. In this moving coming-of-age story, Kim brings to life her rat-infested home and her childhood consumed by concealing her father’s shameful secret from friends.

    Margaret says: "Vicarious Hoarding"
    "I look at homes differently now."
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    What did you love best about Coming Clean?

    Her amazing strength to live through this experience and come out on the other side with humor, intelligence and a love for her family.


    Which character – as performed by Kimberly Rae Miller – was your favorite?

    The main character. It's been a while since I've read the book, but I liked the author the best. It was her story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just shock that so many people live like this. How they could allow their daughter and animals to live like this. Fleas!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Sad these people can't get help.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24955)
    Performance
    (22912)
    Story
    (22917)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "It stars Matt Damon, need I say any more?"
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    Where does The Martian rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the middle.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matt Damon's character. He had the ability to be funny and smart, two characteristics I enjoy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Alice

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lisa Genova
    • Narrated By Lisa Genova
    Overall
    (2485)
    Performance
    (1880)
    Story
    (1881)

    Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At 50 years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she begins to grow disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life - and her relationship with her family and the world - forever.

    Bruce says: "Made for TV Movie .."
    "Understanding Alzheimers, well done!"
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    Where does Still Alice rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the middle. It was a quiet story, but gave the reader so much knowledge about what a person goes through that is suffering from this disease. Also lets up know how the family is coping.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The interaction between Alice and her family. I liked how she figured things out.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25031)
    Performance
    (20801)
    Story
    (20788)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Couldn't figure out who did it."
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    Would you listen to The Girl on the Train again? Why?

    No, once is enough but I enjoyed it.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not really, the characters were boring. No one to admire or learn from.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    My eyes would've hurt if I read the book, so I enjoyed the narration.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I was really impressed with the author. I was impressed with all the possibilities of who did it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not My Father's Son: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Alan Cumming
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1220)
    Performance
    (1124)
    Story
    (1122)

    With ribald humor, wit, and incredible insight, Alan seamlessly moves back and forth in time, integrating stories from his childhood in Scotland and his experiences today as the celebrated actor of film, television, and stage. At times suspenseful, at times deeply moving, but always incredibly brave and honest, Not My Father's Son is a powerful story of embracing the best aspects of the past and triumphantly pushing the darkness aside.

    Angie says: "If You've Been Through Something Similar..."
    "Wish I'd reread the title before I purchased"
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    Would you try another book from Alan Cumming and/or Alan Cumming?

    Alan Cumming is a person I have admired for his acting ability. I did not know him before he became a regular on 'The Good Wife'. I enjoy his performance. I would've preferred hearing about Alan, his brother and their mom more than his dad. His dad doesn't deserve the space and time that Alan gave him. I understand it was healing for Alan, but it made me sad that his father (who was nothing) took up so much of Alan's thoughts, feelings, and self-worth.


    What could Alan Cumming have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I wish Alan didn't feel the need to give his father any more of his time.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Alan Cumming?

    I would. He is someone I admire.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    not a chance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Plus One: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1810)
    Performance
    (1598)
    Story
    (1601)

    Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math-whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't afford to pay for. That's Jess' life in a nutshell - until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess' knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages...maybe ever.

    Kathy says: "Sometimes I need a book that is just fun to read."
    "A great writer/storyteller/historian"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of One Plus One to be better than the print version?

    Don't know and not a relevent question.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't remember their names


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I loved this book. The title made so much sense once you read the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd read any book JoJo Moyes wrote.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7707)
    Performance
    (6749)
    Story
    (6751)

    Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

    horslovr says: "Very entertaining!"
    "Liane can create incredible characters"
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    If you could sum up Big Little Lies in three words, what would they be?

    Masterfully executed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Main character, but I forgot her name. She was the first person we met as she was on her way to take her daughter to school. She was a busy body, full of life with a heart of gold. But she can be ruthless and revengeful. However; in the end she was fair.


    What does Caroline Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Don't know who Caroline Lee is


    Any additional comments?

    I was blown away on how Liane opens the door a crack to introduce you to a character and before long....you know so much about them. I'm so impressed with her writing and I'd never read her before this book, that I quickly read her other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High, Second Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Kerry Patterson
    • Narrated By Joseph Grenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1085)
    Performance
    (918)
    Story
    (918)

    Perhaps once a decade, a book comes along that transforms people's lives in a very real, measurable way. This is one of them. Crucial Conversations exploded onto the scene 10 years ago and revolutionized the way people communicate when stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong. Since then, millions of people have learned how to hold effective crucial conversations and have dramatically improved their lives and careers thanks to the methods outlined in this book. Now, the authors have revised their best-selling classic to provide even more ways to help you take the lead in any tough conversation.

    Michael says: "There is something useful here"
    "Headed for a tuff conversation, read this book 1st"
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    If you could sum up Crucial Conversations in three words, what would they be?

    Don't be angry when confronting the other person, no matter what. State your purpose and your feelings well, and don't back down, but do it in a loving, or considerate manner.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Kennedy and Me: An Intimate Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Clint Hill, Lisa McCubbin
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (285)

    For four years, from the election of John Fitzgerald Kennedy until after the election of Lyndon Johnson, Clint Hill was the Secret Service agent assigned to guard the glamorous and private Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. During those four years, he went from being a reluctant guardian to a fiercely loyal watchdog and friend. Looking back, Clint Hill tells his story for the first time, offering a tender and tragic portrayal of how a Secret Service agent who started life in an orphanage became the most trusted man in the life of the First Lady who captivated first the nation and then the world.

    alexis says: "This Memoir is a Blessing!"
    "Getting to know all about you"
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    What did you love best about Mrs. Kennedy and Me?

    Their relationship and what drove her to do certain things when President Kennedy was shot in the head.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mrs. Kennedy and Me?

    How she handled her children and her husband


    Have you listened to any of Jeremy Bobb’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    neither


    Any additional comments?

    Mrs. Kennedy was a wonderful person and I am glad to have found this book to read. Clint Hill is a remarkable man.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me, Inc.: Build an Army of One, Unleash Your Inner Rock God, Win in Life and Business

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gene Simmons
    • Narrated By Gene Simmons, John Varvatos
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (124)

    KISS did not become one of the most successful rock bands in history by accident. Long before they first took the stage, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley had a clear-cut operating plan for their business. Over the past forty years, KISS has sold over 100 million CDs and DVDs worldwide and manages over 3,000 licensed merchandise items. In addition to KISS, Simmons’ lucrative ventures include two hit reality shows, a professional sports team, a restaurant chain, and a record company.

    Frater Herne says: "Not the Gene Simmons you THINK you know! 10 stars!"
    "Pretty amazing Kiss"
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    Where does Me, Inc. rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not very high on the list. Part autobiography, part ceo book. On both parts I've heard better.


    What other book might you compare Me, Inc. to and why?

    None


    Which scene was your favorite?

    DNA. I did enjoy learning how he worked through College.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I wouldn't make a film of this book


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad to know you a little better Gene Simmons

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Yes Please

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Amy Poehler
    • Narrated By Amy Poehler, Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, and others
    Overall
    (14490)
    Performance
    (11870)
    Story
    (11829)

    Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest list is star-studded with vocal appearances from Carol Burnett, Seth Meyers, Michael Schur, Patrick Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and even Amy’s parents - Yes Please is the ultimate audiobook extravaganza.

    S.F. says: "Listen to this book for sure"
    "Yes, we need more Amy!"
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    Would you listen to Yes Please again? Why?

    No, I think I can retain the information in the book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Amy, of course.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Amy...but I love Tina Fey more.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I wouldn't make a film of this book


    Any additional comments?

    I think Amy did a great job. I don't really know Amy. I was, however, happy to know she was married to Will Arnet. That made a great coupling (to me). I am sad that no sooner did I learn she was married to him, I learned months later that they were divorced. KInda sad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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