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Jay

Writer of The Majick Series

TRABUCO CANYON, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10549)
    Performance
    (5437)
    Story
    (5479)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Russell says: "Glad I Listened to 11-22-63 First"
    "Don't Judge A Book By Its Mini-Series"
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    Would you listen to Under the Dome again? Why?

    Yes. It was entertaining and the characters were great reflections of society.


    What other book might you compare Under the Dome to and why?

    The Regulators - Group of people trapped in a situation and seeing how they work it out.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was all around satisfying. There really was nothing to dislike.


    Who was the most memorable character of Under the Dome and why?

    Jim Renny - Read it and you'll see.


    Any additional comments?

    This has since been made into a mini-series. Please know that the book and the series are so far different from one another that it is hard to draw a comparison. The mini-series was OK but really did the book no justice. Take time and listen to or read the book. You will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plainsong

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kent Haruf
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (96)

    A high school history teacher in a small Colorado town, Guthrie is raising his two young sons alone. Thoughtful and honest, he is guiding them through a world that is not always kind. Victoria, one of his students, is pregnant, homeless, and vulnerable to the scorn of the town. When Guthrie helps two elderly ranchers take the young woman into their home, an unlikely extended family is born.

    MAUREEN says: "A beautiful read"
    "What?"
    Overall
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    Story

    This story is disjointed. The characters do and say things that make no sense. The writer leaves dozens of questions and never resolves any of them. The dialog is stilted and weird.
    There are some bright spots in the story but the writer never quite let's us connect with the characters.
    It is as if the plot and outline were written and the rest was just to fill in the blanks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Glass Palace

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Amitav Ghosh
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (275)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (177)

    Set in Burma during the British invasion of 1885, this masterly novel by Amitav Ghosh tells the story of Rajkumar, a poor boy lifted on the tides of political and social chaos, who goes on to create an empire in the Burmese teak forest. When soldiers force the royal family out of the Glass Palace and into exile, Rajkumar befriends Dolly, a young woman in the court of the Burmese Queen, whose love will shape his life. He cannot forget her, and years later, as a rich man, he goes in search of her.

    Janis says: "Wonderful Family Saga Set in Burma and Malaysia"
    "Excellent"
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    Would you listen to The Glass Palace again? Why?

    I might on a long road trip. I typically only read or listen to a book one time... There are too many great stories out there to rehash them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Too many great characters to list just one.


    Any additional comments?

    This is well written and performed beautifully. You will not regret the journey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Win Friends & Influence People

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dale Carnegie
    • Narrated By Andrew MacMillan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10314)
    Performance
    (4921)
    Story
    (4912)

    You can go after the job you want...and get it! You can take the job you have...and improve it! You can take any situation you're in...and make it work for you!

    Ralph says: "This is well worth listening too! Main points are."
    "Good Advice"
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    Would you listen to How to Win Friends & Influence People again? Why?

    I have listened to it many time. Why? Because it is good to have reminders on many of the lessons it contains.


    What was most disappointing about Dale Carnegie’s story?

    It needs to be updated. The examples are not as relevant as they once were.


    What didn’t you like about Andrew MacMillan’s performance?

    The communication style and tempo places the book back to when it was written.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a classic. It has great advice. However, if you are seeking something updated and fresh, then this is not the book for you. If you, on the other hand, are looking for time tested practices and theories on human relations then get it and enjoy the parts that you find important.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magic's Price: The Last Herald Mage, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Gregory St. John
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (143)

    The Herald-Mage, Vanyel, and his Companion, Yfandes, are alone responsible for saving the once-peaceful kingdom of Valdemar from the forces of a master who wields a dark, forbidding magic. And if either Vanyel or Yfandes falters, both Valdemar and its Herald-Mage must pay the ultimate price.

    Linda says: "excellent"
    "Good Closure"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have Mercedes Lackey and the editor go back and remove all of the "ly" words. They greatly distracted me and took away from the story. You will see this same statement in the reviews for the other two books.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was a very good way to sum things up. Like in life, nothing was perfect but it was good.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I disliked a scene where some mercenaries had captured the last Herald Mage. It was hard to get through but it did elicit a strong reaction from me. Any scene that is written in such a way to get a strong reaction, whether I liked the feelings or not, is a good scene.


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

    Most likely... Depends on how well the first two were made.


    Any additional comments?

    Book one was not great. Book two was better and Book Three is certainly the best of the trilogy. Not my favorite but it was entertaining and I looked forward to listening on my commute each morning.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Magic's Promise: The Last Herald Mage, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Gregory St. John
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (176)

    The wild magic is taking its toll on the land, and even Vanyel, the most powerful Herald-Mage to ever walk the world, is almost at the end of his strength. But when his Companion, Yfandes, receives a call for help from neighboring Lineas, both Herald-Mage and Companion are drawn into a holocaust of dark magic that could be the end of them both.

    Lori says: "A great listen! Don't pass it up!"
    "Better than Book 1"
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    What did you like best about Magic's Promise? What did you like least?

    I liked that the characters had more depth in Book Two when compared to Book One.

    I least liked all of the "ly" words. They greatly distracted me and took away from the story. You will see this same statement in the reviews for the other two books.


    If you’ve listened to books by Mercedes Lackey before, how does this one compare?

    Better than Magic's Pawn


    What does Gregory St. John bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nothing really.


    Do you think Magic's Promise needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It has one.


    Any additional comments?

    Again, the homosexuality seems to be placed as an afterthought. It is never fully developed. It seemed the author was trying for an epic romance and it just sort of fell short.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Magic's Pawn: The Last Herald Mage, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Mercedes Lackey
    • Narrated By Gregory St. John
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (268)
    Story
    (268)

    In Magic's Pawn, an ancient age in the history of Valdemar comes to life - an age when the kingdom was ravaged by the ungoverned fury of bandit warlords, ferocious ice dragons, and the wild magic of wizards. A new addition to Lackey's Valdemar kingdom - and her most powerful series to date!

    Susan L. Rock says: "Finally Getting To the Classics!"
    "Too many adverbs"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Two items - I would have Mercedes Lackey and the editor go back and remove all of the "ly" words. They greatly distracted me and took away from the story. You will see this same statement in the reviews for the other two books.

    The other item is the lack of commitment to the homosexual relationship(s). There is nothing wrong with it other than it seems that the author never allowed the characters to evolve beyond the surface of a relationship except in some amped up over dramatic scenes.


    What was most disappointing about Mercedes Lackey’s story?

    Lack of character development (though a better job was accomplished with the following books)


    What does Gregory St. John bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nothing really. For those who do not read with different character voices, he does a great job at it. I have distinct voices in my head when reading so it was not a huge change for me.


    Could you see Magic's Pawn being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Perhaps... I wouldn't want any known actors since I think it would detract from the story.


    Any additional comments?

    The first book was a challenge to get through. I nearly stopped after the first two hours. However, I managed my way through it and it was interesting enough by the end to continue the journey.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Herbert Donald
    • Narrated By Dick Estell
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (78)

    In the best-selling tradition of Truman, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer David Herbert Donald offers a new classic in American history and biography - a masterly account of how one man's extraordinary political acumen steered the Union to victory in the Civil War, and of how his soaring rhetoric gave meaning to that agonizing struggle for nationhood and equality.

    Michael says: "Dry and Technical but Excellent"
    "Hit and miss"
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    Where does Lincoln rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is a bit sub par.


    If you’ve listened to books by David Herbert Donald before, how does this one compare?

    This is the first I have listened to by David Herbert Donald. It was more like a text book with some narration added for filler.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Estell’s performances?

    It seemed to be read by multiple people. I attribute this to the editing and mastering of the audio and not the performance.


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

    Certainly not. Very boring at times due to the style in which it was written. But it was very informative and had some good lessons in placing the political and social climate into context with why certain decisions were made.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is a good history lesson. It should not be sold as a biography. It was good as a history lesson but not, in my opinion as a way to get a better insight into President Lincoln.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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