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Janet&Greg

Huntington Beach, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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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
    (229)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (205)

    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
  • PhiLOLZophy: Critical Thinking in Digestible Doses

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Chrissy Stockton, Sarah Heuer
    • Narrated By Theresa McCarthy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (376)

    A popular question in philosophy is "How do I know I exist?" That seems really boring, though. How about, "How can I use logic to get over my ex?" If you really love wisdom, you love it in all situations - you don't need to be spoon fed unsolved problems in philosophy, because you're already analyzing the US Weekly you’re reading or your kinda significant other. Sarah Heuer and Chrissy Stockton are writers living in Minneapolis who are determined to do something more interesting with their philosophy degrees than talk about dead white guys.

    John B. Hayes says: "The Worst Example of Critical Thinking I've Seen"
    "A waste of time!"
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    Would you try another book from Chrissy Stockton and Sarah Heuer and/or Theresa McCarthy?

    This book is not bite sized insights into critical thinking, it is a ego centric ramble from to people who think they have become the center of the universe because they have they have studied philosophy and have insights that no one except them can understand.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time with this book.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4081)
    Performance
    (3487)
    Story
    (3482)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "Characters not compelling enough to care about"
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    Would you try another book from William Landay and/or Grover Gardner?

    Probably not


    Would you ever listen to anything by William Landay again?

    Probably not as he doesn't seem to have much depth in his characters


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

    no


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

    no unless I liked the actors


    Any additional comments?

    I think the author should spend time reading Scott Turrow.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (6589)
    Performance
    (6105)
    Story
    (6127)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Refund, Refund, Refund...."
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    What disappointed you about Doctor Sleep?

    I've read 85% of Stephen Kings novels. However this one is terrible. Why this book received a 4.5 rating is baffling to me. After two hours and 18 minutes I call it quits. There is no redeeming character or situation that appeals to me. For the readers out there that are filling their brains with this muck, good luck.


    What could Stephen King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not write it


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator was good


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Doctor Sleep?

    all of them


    Any additional comments?

    Stephen King has gone the way of Dean Koontz....just filling pages with pure junk. At one time in my life Koontz and King were my favourite authors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Malala Yousafzai
    • Narrated By Archie Panjabi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (820)
    Performance
    (745)
    Story
    (748)

    When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York.

    Jan says: "So much more than expected..."
    "Amazing determination"
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    What did you love best about I am Malala?

    The fact that she was a normal girl with normal thoughts, but wanted more for the girls in her world.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Her determination to continue to do well in school while helping others


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

    I love Archie Panjabi and it was as tho she was Malala. I forgot it was Archie.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to keep up with Malala and see what her future brings.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2932)
    Performance
    (2666)
    Story
    (2683)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Okay story"
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    What did you like best about Orange Is the New Black? What did you like least?

    I liked the person.


    Would you recommend Orange Is the New Black to your friends? Why or why not?

    Sure, it was enjoyable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Her exit from the prison when she ran to her fiance.


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

    Possibly. It's on TV but I haven't watched it.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book after watching the author on Katie Courac show.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How the Light Gets In: A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Louise Penny
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1148)
    Performance
    (1038)
    Story
    (1037)

    Shadows are falling on the usually festive Christmas season for Chief Inspector Armand Gamache. When Gamache receives a message from Myrna Landers that a longtime friend has failed to arrive for Christmas in the village of Three Pines, he welcomes the chance to get away from the city. Gamache soon discovers the missing woman was once one of the most famous people not just in North America, but in the world, and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone. As events come to a head, Gamache is drawn ever deeper into the world of Three Pines.

    Nancy J says: "Welcome Home!"
    "What a waste of my time"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Someone with higher energy than the narrator. An interesting story


    Has How the Light Gets In turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I just don't get this book at all, please give me a refund. I couldn't even finish the book


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ralph Cosham’s performances?

    NEVER


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    LETHARGIC. I mean who cared about any of the characters. Not me.


    Any additional comments?

    I realized that their were 8 books previous to this book about the main character. So perhaps there is something wrong with me that I couldn't be bothered with it. I actually tried to re-read the first couple of chapters thinking maybe if I start all over I will get into it....Nada, nothing interesting at all about this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6509)
    Performance
    (6073)
    Story
    (6098)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Good for teenagers"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I would say that 70% of my time listening to this book kept my interest. The other 30% my brain didn't care about the story.


    Has Steelheart turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    What about Macleod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    He did the voices well. He wasn't monotone


    Do you think Steelheart needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think teenagers may want a follow up. I wouldn't read the next book


    Any additional comments?

    no

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3131)
    Performance
    (2848)
    Story
    (2860)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Michael says: "Who or What defines Quality of Life?"
    "The title is fitting"
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    Any additional comments?

    Jojo Moyes writes compelling novels. I loved everything about this book except the drawn out 'do they or don't they tell one another they love each other.' I read three Jojo Moyes books back to back (I think) and the same is true of all her novels. Sometimes less is more. Having said that, she's a compelling author and I love her books. All the detail she puts into her stories is great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Billy Crystal
    • Narrated By Billy Crystal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1694)
    Performance
    (1543)
    Story
    (1538)

    Billy Crystal is 65, and he's not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners with half your meal on your shirt. In humorous chapters like ""Buying the Plot"" and ""Nodding Off,"" Crystal not only catalogues his physical gripes, but offers a road map to his 77 million fellow baby boomers who are arriving at this milestone age with him. He also looks back at the most powerful and memorable moments of his long and storied life, from entertaining his relatives as a kid in Long Beach, Long Island, and his years doing stand-up in the Village, up through his legendary stint at Saturday Night Live, When Harry Met Sally, and his long run as host of the Academy Awards. Listeners get a front-row seat to his one-day career with the New York Yankees (he was the first player to ever ""test positive for Maalox""), his love affair with Sophia Loren, and his enduring friendships with several of his idols, including Mickey Mantle and Muhammad Ali. He lends a light touch to more serious topics like religion (""the aging friends I know have turned to the Holy Trinity: Advil, bourbon, and Prozac""); grandparenting; and, of course, dentistry. As wise and poignant as they are funny, Crystal's reflections are an unforgettable look at an extraordinary life well lived.

    Pamela says: "Growing up with Billy Crystal"
    "I wish I was part of Billy's family."
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    Would you listen to Still Foolin' 'Em again? Why?

    Yes. It was such a pleasure to read about a normal family. I loved learning about Billy's family, the love he has for his wife and children.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Billy. He is such a nice person and funny to boot,


    What about Billy Crystal’s performance did you like?

    All of it.


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

    I find humor, but rarely laugh out loud. As I walked my chocolate lab all over town while listening to this book, I was laughing out loud.


    Any additional comments?

    When I finished the book I wish I knew more about his life. I learned later that he's written many books, so now I just need to go and read the rest. Billy is a Clipper fan and I had season tickets to the Clippers for a year. I always saw Billy at Staples Center. He never mentioned going to the Clipper Games.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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