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Jennifer

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  • Far from Perfect: A Love from the Heartland Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Longley
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (306)

    For Ceejay Lovejoy, life in Perfect, Indiana, has been anything but. Abandoned by her parents and left pregnant by her boyfriend, Ceejay has had to fight every step of the way to carve out a future for herself and her daughter. She swears off men for good - until the day Noah Langford appears on her doorstep. Noah narrowly survived the roadside bombing in Iraq that cost him his leg, returning home to the news that his stepbrother, Matt, has died in a car accident. It is the final blow to Noah’s shattered soul - until he learns about the girlfriend and baby Matt abandoned.

    TexasKeyLady says: "An Excellent Story. Wonderful Characters."
    "Ok if you and logic are not bedfellows"
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    Ok. So. I know I gave this book two stars, but I think there are some people who would really like this book. The story line was reasonably complex and sweet. But you need to read it without really thinking about any of it. If you can do that - you will definitely like the book. I just could not. I can overlook one or two, but as the number of these events increased, so did my frustration. I can't really give examples of what I mean without spoilers, so I will separate them into the next paragraph.

    SPOILERS BELOW
    This author should not write about ptsd. You could tell that the author had respect for the problem and for military personnel, but her portrayal of it lacked depth and accuracy. It was problematic.

    So, a big point of contention in this book is that Ceejay (this right here annoys me too. I am glad I listened and didn't read 'Ceejay' instead of CJ over and over again) take out her anger at Matt (the abandoner) on his brother and the rest of his family. While this is true, the book focuses on this too much. Even when Ceejay has valid reasons for being angry with the family, it is attributed to her angst. For example, the non-abandoning brother Noah lies to Ceejay in the beginning and she has no idea he is related to Matt. Then, after a couple months of getting to know eachother and kind of dating, he wants to adopt Ceejay's (and Matt's) little girl. I'm sorry, WHAT? She is supposed to give a person she has know for a couple months (an acquaintance that started with a lie) legal rights to her daughter? This is insanity. But her anger is presented as being wrapped up in her anger at Matt. Her feelings are not ridiculous and have nothing to do with past hurts. The suggestion is just nuts. Also, the father of Noah and Matt is an asshole. But her anger at him is mostly presented as being wrapped up with the whole Matt thing and not really addressed in its own right.

    So, besides this 'justified anger being downplayed' issue, there is this whole other aspect of Ceejay being weak and whiney. She spends most of the book lamenting her small town and how every one knows her business and pities her. She also spends the whole book whining about how everyone leaves her. Now, I get that these are legitimate issues. But Ceejay is presented as having worked her way through nursing school as a single mother, clawing and scraping for everything she got. This Ceejay does not jive with whiney Ceejay. The contradictions become annoying. Her mother left her when she was 3, she didn't know her father and she had a boyfriend run out on her while she was pregnant. I get these are emotional obstacles, but they should not have been so insurmountable to her as they were presented in the book.

    When she contacts her father, who had no idea she existed, she is devastated that he does not want her immediately and buy her a pony. I mean, WTF? The man asked for time (a mantra she repeated constantly throughout the book) but she was all pissed. Whatever. Stupid. I don't think the author should have put that in there at all. The way Ceejay gets over everyone abandoning her is to find out the never meant to abandoner her at all, not by any inner strength. Ugh.

    Then there is the matter of the house Ceejay lives in. Her aunt's house, the ancestral home. The aunt was planning on leaving it to Ceejay. Ceejay doesn't want it. Aunt needs money and decides to sell. Ceejay freaks out, because of course she wants the house, and how is she going to afford a riverfront property. Ok, what? If her aunt was going to give her the property, why would she make her pay full market value for it? Who the hell would do that? And what kind of mortgage can they have on it? It's been in the family since the civil war. Ceejay should be able to buy it from her aunt for a reasonable sum. There should be no cause for the drama that ensued.

    Also, Ceejay constantly harps on Noah about getting a job and finding a dream. This man had a dream. He wanted to be career military. Instead, he came home a COUPLE MONTHS AGO with ptsd and a stump. I feel like taking a little time to adjust and find a new dream is not asking too much. But is is for our heroine Ceejay, apparently. Annoying.

    This is a little thing, but why the hell was her kid taking naps all the time? She was about to start kindergarten. I don't know any kids that are about to start kindergarten that take regular naps everyday. Even when my kid was in daycare, they made the kids relax and be quiet but none of them reliably slept every day. This kid was forever napping. It seemed weird.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Looking for Alaska

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1329)
    Performance
    (1128)
    Story
    (1145)

    Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words - and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

    Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another.

    FanB14 says: "Humorous YA for Adults"
    "This one will stick with you"
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    This was a great book from John Green. I've read Paper Towns and really liked it. I thought this was better. This book clutched at your mind and heart. I did not feel sad at the end, although the book is sad in parts, but I did _feel_ and think. I was invested and I took something with me as we parted ways. To me, this is great praise for a book.

    I have seen some reviews criticizing this book as not being appropriate for young adults. I disagree - at least for my definition of 'young adult'. Often these days that moniker includes 'tweens'. And I do not think this book is entirely appropriate for early middle schoolers. But I do think it is appropriate for high schoolers or kids about to go into high school. Yes, there is smoking, drinking and sexual acts in this book. But if you think your high school freshman is not thinking about or doing at least one of those things, you are confused. More importantly, there are consequences for this behavior. This book shows clearly how easily things can get out of control; how a single moment, a single decision, can change your life forever; how your life impacts those around you; and clearly shows how teenagers can have serious issues. All GREAT things for a high schooler to know, in my opinion. I am a mother. My child is not in high school yet. But I am certainly old enough to know good life lessons when I read them.

    The narrator was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paper Towns

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (989)
    Performance
    (821)
    Story
    (835)

    Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life - dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge - he follows.

    FanB14 says: "John Green Fans Will Enjoy"
    "Great book 3.5 stars"
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    I really liked this book. Emotion and humor. Events do happen in the book. For example, there is much clue following and deciphering and shenanigans. But, interestingly, all the major plot points and the denouement were all emotional. But they are so well intertwined and disguised within the events happening in the book, that you almost don't recognize the emotional ride. You feel the emotions but you don't feel 'preached at' or in any way existential. But, I promise, the book will stick with you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese, Lorelei King
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (194)

    Mercy Thompson’s world just got a whole lot bigger... A collection of all-new and previously published short stories featuring Mercy Thompson, “one of the best heroines in the urban fantasy genre today” (Fiction Vixen Book Reviews), and the characters she calls friends...

    Barbara says: "Loved the new content!"
    "Great stories for Mercy-verse fans"
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    All the stories were great. This is definitely a compilation for those who have read the Mercy books. My only gripe was with the narration. Both narrators were great, but sometimes personalities, accents, and pronunciations lacked continuity with the rest of the existing series. This was a minor annoyance, and is a common problem with short stories set in an existing story-verse. Nothing that should stop you from picking this up if you are a Mercy fan.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Beach Reading: Beach Reading, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mark Abramson
    • Narrated By Roy Wells
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Gay tourists are arriving in San Francisco by the planeload for the party of the decade at the Moscone Center, a tribute to a late disco star. On the same night as the dance festival, an infamous evangelist plans to bring his nationwide crusade against gay rights to the Civic Auditorium a few blocks away. Tim Snow finds himself caught in the middle when his activist friends plan a protest. For Tim, the fun and the intrigue are about to begin.

    Jennifer says: "The narrator was AWFUL! I didn't finish it"
    "The narrator was AWFUL! I didn't finish it"
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    I picked this up as a deal and thought it sounded fun. I will never know. The narration was so bad I literally could not keep listening. This is the first time this has happened to me. I've had other narrators that I hated, but I still plowed through the book. This..I have no words...

    Listen to the sample. If you can handle it, then give the book a try. It sounds cute.

    Also, I gave the story 2 starts because Audible wouldn't let me review without rating all three categories. I felt bad giving something I hadn't read 1 star. So, I went with 2. This rating is completely arbitrary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sentinel: A Jane Harper Horror Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jeremy Bishop
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    In the frigid waters off the Arctic Ocean, north of Greenland, the anti-whaling ship The Sentinel, and her crew face off against a harpoon ship in search of Humpback whales. When the two ships collide and a suspicious explosion sends both ships to the bottom, the crews take refuge on what they think is a peninsula attached to the mainland, but is actually an island, recently freed from a glacial ice bridge. Jane Harper leads the two crews, who must work together to defend themselves against an ancient evil upon which the modern stories of both zombies and vampires are based.

    Madeleine says: "Nice concept, poorly written"
    "Fun and Different"
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    Zombie Vikings, polar bears,and other mammals? Yes please. Kick ass heroine? Yes please. Plot holes and stupid main characters? Well, yes. That too. Overall, this book was good fun. The story was different from the usual zombie fare. Lots of action, and no implausible HEA (people die). There are some instances where the plot doesn't jive. Some, "wait, but then how..." type moments. There are also a couple of moments where I rolled my eyes at the characters' thought processes. Sometimes they seemed slow to figure things out. I think the author's goal was to make the characters more human and not omniscient. But they are too stupid. They have epiphanies about things I figured out chapters ago. It's a little frustrating. I like my characters human. I like that they struggle. I just wish the puzzles they struggled with were more complex ones. It did not bother me much in this book. I still enjoyed it very much. But these problems get much worse in the second book. So, if this stuff gets on your nerves, you might not want to get invested. I listened to both books, though, and I am glad I did. They were fun stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dreams of a Dying God: The Godlanders War, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Aaron Pogue
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Even for a charismatic pirate, three years is a long time to chase after an unimaginable treasure hidden in the ruins of an ancient city. But when the fabled riches turn out to be virtually worthless, the outraged crew mutinies and leaves their former captain for dead. He is rescued by a mysterious king and transported back to a time of dwarves, druids, and fairies. Enchanting as it is, though, his only wish is to return home and find justice - but only the king has the power to return him...for a price.

    Jennifer says: "Great Book! Promising Series"
    "Great Book! Promising Series"
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    So, I read the description of this book solely because Luke Daniels narrates it. Yes, he is that awesome. I liked the description and took the plunge. I am glad I did. It has the makings of a great series. Don't get me wrong. This book did not end with the kind of annoying cliff hanger that almost forces you to read the next book. It ended nicely. But you could definitely feel the epic adventure awaiting. The story was intricate and exciting. I fell in love with all the characters. I easily became invested. All good things.

    Did I mention Luke Daniels is amazing?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Faking It

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Elisa Lorello
    • Narrated By Cynthia Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (56)

    After breaking off her engagement, 30-something Andi Cutrone yields New England to her ex and flees home to Long Island. There, she devotes her time to teaching in the writing program at Brooklyn University and overanalyzing her past failed relationships. But then she meets Devin, a male escort whose client list seems to include at least half of the accomplished women she knows. He is handsome, charismatic, and absolutely out of her league, but she can’t deny he has a certain…something. And so Andi makes him a proposition: If he will teach her to shed her sexual inhibitions, she will teach him to be a writer.

    Stephanie says: "wonderful"
    "More self discovery than romance"
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    I liked this book. I would give it 3.5 stars. The description makes it sound like a romance, but it is more of a self discovery book with romance elements. Very enjoyable. At no point in the story did I want to smack our heroine. This is contrary to many romance novels I have read, so I am very pleased. She progressed steadily as a person and I cheered for her along the way. She takes what she learns and makes good, solid decisions. This is so seldom the case in novels, that I feel it very satisfying and noteworthy.

    The narrator wasn't amazing. I didn't care for her at the start of the book. But once I got used to her, I stopped hearing her (if you know what I mean). So, not the worst narrator, by far. She just didn't add anything extra to the experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 600 Hours of Edward

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (846)
    Performance
    (778)
    Story
    (779)

    A 39-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed routine includes tracking his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refusing to start his therapy sessions even a minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watching one episode of the 1960s cop show Dragnet each night (10:00 p.m.). But when a single mother and her nine-year-old son move in across the street, Edward’s timetable comes undone....

    Lulu says: "A Very Good Book with a Very Difficult Hero"
    "Great Read/Listen"
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    This book is great. It is very moving. Not in a 'you need lots of tissues' way, but in a 'you will feel feelings and gain perspective' kind of way. It is also very entertaining. There are lots of funny bits. I am glad I listened to it. There is a second book: Edward Adrift that is also excellent.

    The narrator is also amazing. I would recommend reading anything Luke Daniel narrates. He has not disappointed me yet and I have listened to several books he's narrated. In fact, I have specifically chosen books to listen to because he narrated them.

    If you liked these books, you may like the Rosie Project.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edward Adrift

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (360)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (325)

    That’s the flummoxed state of Edward Stanton, a 42-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome. His job, his therapist, and his best friends are all gone. Even his nightly ritual of watching Dragnet reruns has short-circuited. But a call from his friend Donna in Idaho, telling him that her son Kyle is in trouble, launches Edward from his rigidly scheduled existence in Billings, Montana, to the open road. He and Kyle, a sweet little boy turned sullen adolescent, debate football, music, and bodily functions (“Why do you pee so much?” Kyle asks).

    Marjorie says: "Edward Stretches Himself"
    "Both Books Are Amazing"
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    This is the follow-up to 600 Hours of Edward. I would recommend reading that one first. It is not strictly necessary for your enjoyment of Edward Adrift, but it will make it much better. Both books are amazing, as my title says. Heartfelt and funny. You will fall in love with all the characters. Very "feel-good hardship".

    The narrator is also amazing. I would recommend reading anything Luke Daniel narrates. He has not disappointed me yet and I have listened to several books he's narrated. In fact, I have specifically chosen books to listen to because he narrated them.

    If you liked these books, you may like the Rosie Project.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2536)
    Performance
    (2400)
    Story
    (2398)

    For nearly 2,000 years, only one Druid has walked the Earth - Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he’s been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company. Atticus’ apprentice, Granuaile, is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy. And Owen has some catching up to do.

    D says: "The third druid"
    "Druids!"
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    I love this series so hard. Shattered is as awesome as the rest of them. Even better, maybe. I loved the addition of Atticus's ArcDruid. He is a fantastic character. Hearne does a great job of realistically and hilariously dragging this man 2000 years into the future. Oberon is still awesome. I loved getting to know Arla.

    There are some real hardships in this book. The tone is a little more somber (even with the hilarity). Things don't go so well in this book for Atticus and his friends. The you-know-what has hit the fan and Atticus hasn't dodged the bulk of the spray this time. It only makes me more anxious for the next book.

    My only sad news, sad to me anyway, is that the weakest link in this book for me was Granuaile. Her POV was a little disappointing. It felt a little flat in comparison to Atticus and Owen.

    Overall: YES, YES, YES! and DRUIDS!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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