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Jennifer

audio book junkie

minneapolis, MN, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 19 reviews
  • 48 ratings
  • 146 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015
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  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Betty Smith
    • Narrated By Kate Burton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1285)
    Performance
    (695)
    Story
    (699)

    A moving coming-of-age story set in the 1900s, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn follows the lives of 11-year-old Francie Nolan, her younger brother Neely, and their parents, Irish immigrants who have settled in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Johnny Nolan is as loving and fanciful as they come, but he is also often drunk and out of work, unable to find his place in the land of opportunity.

    Nancy says: "Leaves you wondering what happened next -"
    "Simply Beautiful!"
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    I'm in love with this book. I had heard the title in countless pop-culture references and amongst peers throughout my life and when I came across it on Audible I decided to give it a try. The detail in this book is stunning, I swear Betty Smith writes for 10 minutes about the process of buying a pickle in the early nineteen hundreds and it's totally engrossing - how does she do that?! "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" is really a slice of life in a time of American that has long since past. It is simply magical to be transported to that time and place. The story is simple, "A Tree..." doesn't have extreme twists and turns, it is a more gentle curving story of the ins and outs of life, family and poverty. Great read, I recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Troop

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Nick Cutter
    • Narrated By Corey Brill
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (532)
    Story
    (533)

    Once every year, Scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a weekend camping trip - a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story around a roaring bonfre. The boys are a tight-knit crew. There’s Kent, one of the most popular kids in school; Ephraim and Max, also well-liked and easygoing; then there’s Newt the nerd and Shelley the odd duck. For the most part, they all get along and are happy to be there - which makes Scoutmaster Tim’s job a little easier.

    Charles says: "Engrossing"
    "Wow"
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    This book was very difficult to listen to and at the same time impossible to put down. I don't read much horror and I bought "The Troop" for a change of pace and because it had such great reviews. The topic of the book was particularly disgusting to me and I found it difficult to eat at times - I also started washing my hands excessively but the truth is I really loved it. Beautiful writing, talented story-telling... No matter how gross it was you needed to find out what was going to happen next. There were some harsh animal cruelty scenes that were so angering to me I had to step back and tell myself, "Self, this is just a story, this isn't a true depiction of anything, calm down". Even if you aren't into horror, if you can handle gore you shouldn't miss "The Troop".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12536)
    Performance
    (11386)
    Story
    (11413)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Couldn't stop listening"
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    I'd never heard of Peter Clines before discovering 14. I bought this novel based solely on the reviews and it was a good move on my part because this book is a page turner (metaphorically). It's written in a really casual voice that is easy to relate to. I loved the unusual characters and the twists and turns of the plot. It was totally surprising for me and I'd recommend it to anyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2995)
    Performance
    (2668)
    Story
    (2671)

    Throughout these books, Follett has followed the fortunes of five intertwined families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they make their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the enormous social, political, and economic turmoil of the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution - and rock and roll.

    Elisa says: "Some good, some bad"
    "Heartbreaker"
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    I love Ken Follett and I loved books 1 and 2 of this Trilogy I consider them some of my favorite books, I'm not sure what happened here. In my many years of being an Audible member this is now, officially, the third book I didn't finish. Six hours left and I can't do it. What a disappointment. The East Germany story-line in the first half of the book was really great. Parts of the Russia story-line were interesting out of the gate but got dull as the book moved on. Freedom riders, JFK... the way these amazing stories were being retold was hollow, the characters were thin, what an overall heartbreak.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4432)
    Performance
    (3994)
    Story
    (4025)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Emily - Audible says: "My Top Pick for 2012"
    "As good today as it was when I read it in high-sch"
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    Margaret Atwood created a new world. A dark world, a dreary world, a world where the lower class is unbelievably oppressed and the upper-class quietly miserable albeit powerful. I love when books transport your into an imaginary world and The Handmaid's Tale does just that. It's a great 'What if' story; 'What if' women lost all of their rights? 'What if' a small, conservative group of men made all the decisions... 'What if'?

    There is an element of dis-satisfaction in the ending of this novel but books don't always need to be neatly wrapped up... sometimes a descriptive moment in time is enough.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wasted

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Marya Hornbacher
    • Narrated By Marya Hornbacher
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (106)

    Precociously intelligent, imaginative, energetic, and ambitious, Marya Hornbacher grew up in a comfortable middle-class American home. At the age of 5, she returned home from ballet class one day, put on an enormous sweater, curled up on her bed, and cried because she thought she was fat. By age 9, she was secretly bulimic, throwing up at home after school, while watching Brady Bunch reruns on television and munching Fritos. She added anorexia to her repertoire a few years later and took great pride in her ability to starve. Marya's story gathers intensity with each passing year. By the time she is in college and working for a wire news service in Washington D.C., she is in the grip of a bout of anorexia so horrifying that it will forever put to rest the romance of wasting away. Down to 52 pounds and counting, Marya becomes a battlefield: her powerful death instinct at war with the will to live. Why would a talented young girl go through the looking glass and slip into a netherworld where up is down, food is greed, and death is honor? Why enter into a love affair with hunger, drugs, sex, and death? Marya Hornbacher sustained both anorexia and bulimia through 5 lengthy hospitalizations, endless therapy, the loss of family, friends, jobs, and ultimately, any sense of what it means to be "normal." In this vivid, emotionally wrenching memoir, she recreates the experience and illuminates the tangle of personal, family, and cultural causes underlying eating disorders.

    Rhonda says: "Awesome"
    "Quick read, hard to put down"
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    If you're like me and you find mental illness fascinating this is a really well written first person account of what it's like to struggle with Anorexia Nervosa. It's interesting to see how an eating disorder begins and spirals out of control.

    I saw a documentary with this author recently where she stated that she was young when she wrote this book and it triggered her eating disorder. Perhaps that is why there are many people who consider this entire book a trigger and have mixed emotions about it. I'd be interested to read her take on the events now, many years later, as recovered as anyone could be.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Salt: A World History

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Mark Kurlansky
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (982)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (466)

    So much of our human body is made up of salt that we'd be dead without it. The fine balance of nature, the trade of salt as a currency of many nations and empires, the theme of a popular Shakespearean play...Salt is best selling author Mark Kurlansky's story of the only rock we eat.

    Karen says: "More than SALT"
    "Really Boring"
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    I wanted read this book since I heard Mark Kurlansky interviewed in NPR years ago. In the interview I remember thinking, "wow! I didn't know the history of salt could be so interesting" but in reality, in listening to this book, it was just a good old fashion bore. I made it 7 of the 14 hours so if it really picks up in the second half than I apologize for this bad review. I'd say a combined 10 minutes of every hour was interesting, so I got 1 hour 10 minutes of interesting history and 5 hours and 50 minutes of boring. I whole-hardheartedly believe life is too short for that ratio.

    Not sure why this book was a miss for me, I'm generally a fan of non-fiction - historical books, maybe this topic just wasn't up my alley.

    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
    (1745)
    Performance
    (1492)
    Story
    (1510)

    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"
    "Good YA read that feels like a YA read"
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    The first John Green book I read was, "The Fault in Our Stars", a YA book that transcended the categorization and could be enjoyed by anyone of any age. This is a tough review to write because after finishing TFiOS I bought 'Looking for Alaska' and at first listen it was clear that 'Looking for Alaska' was a YA book in a more traditional sense. It felt like it was written for kids which was a drag for me as I'm not one.

    It's not fair of me to get down on John Green, a YA writer, for writing a book that is for young adults so I won't. I will say that he has a great, clear writing voice. His dialogue is smart and funny and really brings you into the story. I like how he has a running countdown throughout the book, to what? you'll have to read it to find out. It's a sweet simple tale that I would have adored as a teenager. As an adult unfortunately, I felt I was reading below my abilities.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13969)
    Performance
    (12754)
    Story
    (12823)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "swoon"
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    I'm not much of a YA reader. I find most of it predictable and formulaic; a handsome vampire, a girl who falls for a bad-boy who is really a nice guy after she breaks down his defenses etc... This YA book does not follow those formulas, what a relief. TFiOS is the first novel I've read by John Green and I get the hype. The book is smart, funny, tragic and romantic as hell. It is a story that's hard to tear yourself away from, these brilliant (OK no teenager really talks like that but I'm letting it slide because the book was such an enjoyable ride), sick teenagers are charming and their love is romantic and powerful. John Green as an author has a wonderful voice. Kate Rudd, also possessing a wonderful voice, owns this book. Wow, she killed it.

    Clearly I'm impressed and can't wait to read more of Mr. Green's works.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mercy Snow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tiffany Baker
    • Narrated By Christine Lakin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    A tragic bus accident sets two families on a course toward destruction, irrevocably altering the lives of everyone in their wake. June McAllister is the wife of the local mill owner and undisputed first lady in town. But the Snow family, a group of itinerant ne'er-do-wells who live on a decrepit and cursed property, have brought her - and the town - nothing but grief. June will do anything to cover up a dark secret she discovers after the crash, one that threatens to upend her picture-perfect life, even if it means driving the Snow family out of town.

    Jennifer says: "Some truly breathtaking prose in a lackluster tale"
    "Some truly breathtaking prose in a lackluster tale"
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    I'm torn about this story.

    The good:
    Tiffany Baker, wow, what a wonderful writer. She has a gift for describing place and atmosphere. The mill town and the river, are so well described they become a characters in the book in their own rights. Small things like sunsets and autumn leaves are painted so vividly it's a pleasure to listen to.

    The maybe not so good:
    The tale itself is a quiet one and while there is a beauty to that, it felt somehow lacking overall. To me, Mercy Snow felt like a story I've heard before. While there is moderate success in creating multidimensional characters, I personally, didn't feel attached to any of them - except possibly Hazel who was peripheral at best. Parts of the book were interesting and easy to listen to while others were easy to zone-out to and when the time came for me to backtrack and see what I missed or move on I never felt the desire to backtrack.

    All in all the story was alright. I don't regret buying this book but I wouldn't recommend it to a friend to read. If you have credits to spare and an appreciation for small pieces of beautiful writing though, give it a go. But I think there are better books of a similar genre out there.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Coreyography

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Corey Feldman
    • Narrated By Corey Feldman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (346)
    Story
    (349)

    In this brave and moving memoir, Corey Feldman is revealing the truth about what his life was like behind the scenes: His is a past that included physical, drug, and sexual abuse, a dysfunctional family from which he was emancipated at age fifteen, three high-profile arrests for drug possession, a nine-month stint in rehab, and a long, slow crawl back to the top of the box office.

    R. J. Melton says: "Heartrending Loss of Innocence"
    "An easy listen"
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    Growing up amid the teen heart-throb frenzy of the two Corey's I was mildly interested in the biography of Corey Feldman. The voice of the book is clean and simple and Corey Feldman has a pretty interesting life story. It was fascinating getting a glimpse into the world of child actors. The pressure they have to deal from their parents and the impossible task of having adult responsibilities while still being a child are gripping, like watching a train wreck. Feldman delves into the dark side of Hollywood he writes of drugs and molestation and failing careers. By the end of the book I was finding it difficult to like Corey Feldman at all. His character is weak, his decisions are terrible and he has a problem with loyalty. But there is one thing I will give him, he had the courage to put it all out there and the result is a pretty damn good biography.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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