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Jean

Los Angeles, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 157 titles in library
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  • Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Patterson, David Ellis
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (232)

    James Patterson's scariest, sexiest stand-alone thriller since The Quickie. Ben isn't like most people. Unable to control his racing thoughts, he's a man consumed by his obsessions: movies, motorcycles, presidential trivia - and Diana Hotchkiss, a beautiful woman Ben knows he can never have. When Diana is found dead outside her apartment, Ben's infatuation drives him on a hunt to find out what happened to the love of his life.

    gerald says: "If you enjoy JP don't waste time with this one"
    "not for me"
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    What did you like best about Mistress? What did you like least?

    the story was clever, even amusing. but it became too violent for my tastes. I did not finish this book


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His voice was robotic and not fitting to the character. I did not finish this book.


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (1177)
    Performance
    (1068)
    Story
    (1069)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Deborah says: "Mesmerizing Performance"
    "for kids?"
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    What made the experience of listening to Heft the most enjoyable?

    I got sucked in at the beginning. the narrator was great and the story could have gone in any direction. By the middle of the book, I felt I had been sucked into a teenage coming of age novel. I finished anyway. Some good points were made. Inclusive of outsiders, I like that.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Founders of the Western World: A History of Greece and Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michael Grant
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Through his in-depth analysis, Michael Grant introduces us to the political, military, cultural, social, economic, and religious life of the times that were the building blocks of what we now call the Western World. He creates a vivid panorama of the Greco-Roman world by bringing together the most dramatic events on record from its beginnings in 1,000 BC to the fall of the western Roman Empire in the fifth century AD.

    Nikoli Gogol says: "Good Introduction to Classical Greece and Rome"
    "this put me to sleep"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    this narrator droned so badly I had to pull over and take a snooze...no joke!


    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
    (683)
    Performance
    (618)
    Story
    (622)

    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..."
    "not my cup of tea"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who likes to read about different cultures might enjoy it. Also fans of The Good Wife will be fascinated by Archie Punjabi's accent.


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

    I only listened to about 20 minutes of this book. Too much focus on warlike attributes as being positive.


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

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7503)
    Performance
    (6884)
    Story
    (6889)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "life is too short to read things I don't like"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I have to be honest, it was so silly and convoluted that I only listened for 40 minutes. So yes, that investment of time was worth it. Longer than that, I would have had to say, no.


    What could Donna Tartt have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I have to be honest, it was so silly and convoluted that I only listened for 40 minutes. So yes, that investment of time was worth it. Longer than that, I would have had to say, no.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I have to be honest, it was so silly and convoluted that I only listened for 40 minutes. So yes, that investment of time was worth it. Longer than that, I would have had to say, no.


    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow Effect: Illuminating the Hidden Power of Your True Self

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Debbie Ford
    • Narrated By Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Debbie Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (199)

    Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, and Marianne Williamson - New York Times best-selling authors and internationally acclaimed teachers - have joined together to share their knowledge on one of the most crucial obstacles to happiness we face: the shadow. These three luminaries, each with a signature approach, bring to light the parts of ourselves we deny but that still direct our life.

    Roy says: "Personally Helpful"
    "Shadow made boring"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The problem with this book is that Debbie Ford's voice was impossible to tolerate


    What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

    The information was, for the most part, helpful. But suddenly you would be subjected to drivel


    Any additional comments?

    This would have been a good book to scan and hop around in, not a steady read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jon Ronson
    • Narrated By Jon Ronson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2110)
    Performance
    (1667)
    Story
    (1666)

    The Psychopath Test is a fascinating journey through the minds of madness. Jon Ronson's exploration of a potential hoax being played on the world's top neurologists takes him, unexpectedly, into the heart of the madness industry. An influential psychologist who is convinced that many important CEOs and politicians are, in fact, psychopaths teaches Ronson how to spot these high-flying individuals by looking out for little telltale verbal and nonverbal clues.

    Robert says: "Interesting but wandering"
    "You'd have to crazy not to enjoy this book."
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    If you could sum up The Psychopath Test in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining, Mildly Disturbing


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just when I thought he was pro-psychopath test (or anti) Ronson seemed to suddenly see things from a different perspective. This guy is not afraid to contradict himself.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Generally speaking, Ronson's Woody Allen-esque manner can be quite entertaining.


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

    This is one test you won't want to pass... and one movie you won't want to pass up.


    Any additional comments?

    I think it is easier to accept how disturbed and unbalanced we have become by introducing the topic with a splash of humor. Thank God we don't take any of this too seriously...but maybe we should.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Isabel Wilkerson
    • Narrated By Robin Miles, Ken Burns
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (870)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (692)

    In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America. Wilkerson interviewed more than a thousand people, and gained access to previously untapped data and official records, to write this definitive and vividly dramatic account of how these American journeys unfolded, altering our cities, our country, and ourselves.

    Lila says: "Superior non-fiction"
    "Riveting, illuminating and inspiring!"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    This is one of those instances where I am glad to have listened rather than read this book. The voices by Robin Miles were perfect, both male and female. Yet, the straight narration was clear, well modulated and natural sounding.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I was particularly intrigued by the components that took place in my hometown of Los Angeles.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    The personal stories of 3 lives are interwoven with the history of the time period, moving between the two in just the right way as to prevent boredom and leave the reader anxious to hear more.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    This book also helps to frame the reasons for our current racial tensions. Through learning about the trials of the African American migrants, one can't help but come away with a deep respect for all they went through as a people and what they achieved

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sugar and Spice

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ruth Hamilton
    • Narrated By Marlene Sidaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Anna MacRae is only five years old when her mother dies in childbirth one day in 1940. She is left with twin baby sisters and a father fighting in Europe. They are taken in by the Dixons and moved to the countryside for the duration of the war. Anna is a gifted child, with a warm personality to match, but not so her sisters. Over the years, as their harmless pranks turn to stealing, bullying and worse, Anna has to learn to distance herself from them.

    Jean says: "who reads this pap?"
    "who reads this pap?"
    Overall

    I really regretted the time I spent listening to this novel. Went nowhere without style.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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