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Jessica

Providence, UT, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 48 reviews
  • 113 ratings
  • 405 titles in library
  • 55 purchased in 2014
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  • My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dick Van Dyke
    • Narrated By Dick Van Dyke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (271)

    Dick Van Dyke, indisputably one of the greats of the golden age of television, is admired and beloved by audiences the world over for his beaming smile, his physical dexterity, his impeccable comic timing, his ridiculous stunts, and his unforgettable screen roles.

    Richard says: "Still Inspires Me and Funny."
    "I wanted more..."
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    This was a fine biography. Not particularly interesting and not particularly performed well. Just okay.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18856)
    Performance
    (12958)
    Story
    (12854)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Blech"
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    Naughty, naughty, naughty. I'm a self-proclaimed and proud prude. And this is not a book for us.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mary Poppins: The Mary Poppins Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By P. L. Travers
    • Narrated By Sophie Thompson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (108)

    Here is the timeless story of Mary Poppins, the world's favorite nanny, and her magical adventures with the Banks family. Mary Poppins is like no other nanny the Banks children have ever seen. It all starts when their new nanny is blown by the east wind onto the doorstep of the Banks house, carrying a parrot-headed umbrella and a magic carpetbag. She becomes a most unusual nanny to Jane, Michael, and the twins.

    Adrienne says: "Why Did I Wait So Long?"
    "Watch the Movie Instead"
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    I would probably give it 2.5 stars. I love the movie a lot. And I loved Saving Mr. Banks. But the Mary Poppins in the book was not Julie Andrews. She was pretty harsh and vain. (Something they allude to in the movie and play, but it went overboard in the book.)

    Anyway, sit down and watch the movie instead of reading the book. :)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By B. J. Novak
    • Narrated By B. J. Novak, Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (777)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (716)

    B.J. Novak's One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories is an endlessly entertaining, surprisingly sensitive, and startlingly original debut that signals the arrival of a brilliant new voice in American fiction. A boy wins a $100,000 prize in a box of Frosted Flakes - only to discover how claiming the winnings might unravel his family. A woman sets out to seduce motivational speaker Tony Robbins - turning for help to the famed motivator himself. A new arrival in Heaven, overwhelmed with options, procrastinates over a long-ago promise to visit his grandmother....

    Jane says: "He’s quirky, clever."
    "Ew, ew, ew."
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    BJ super disappointed me with this book. I only got a few minutes into it and had to turn it off. So much swearing at the beginning. Blech. Not something I want to listen to!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (57 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By Alan Munro
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (55)

    An adventure story primarily concerned with themes of hope, justice, vengeance, mercy, and forgiveness, it focuses on a man who is wrongfully imprisoned, escapes from jail, acquires a fortune and sets about getting revenge on those responsible for his imprisonment. However, his plans have devastating consequences for the innocent as well as the guilty.

    Niclas says: "Great story, awful narrator."
    "Read Les Miserables Instead"
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    Don't spend your time reading this book about revenge, it is unsatisfying. Read Les Miserables, a book about redemption--it is VERY satisfying and inspiring.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Adam Makos
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (1129)
    Performance
    (1028)
    Story
    (1041)

    Four days before Christmas in 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail - a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber with the squeeze of a trigger.

    JerryL says: "An Absolutely Incredcredible Audiobook!"
    "An Amazing Story!"
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    This book took such a unique view of World War II; showing the perspective of a German soldier was extremely fascinating and helped me understand how the German citizens may have felt during Hitler's reign.

    Definitely a fascinating and eye-opening read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dad Is Fat

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jim Gaffigan
    • Narrated By Jim Gaffigan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1925)
    Performance
    (1789)
    Story
    (1781)

    In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who’s best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children - everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers’ communication skills ("they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news"), to the eating habits of four-year-olds ("there is no difference between a four-year-old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor").

    Sean says: "Good for Gaffigan fans - better for expecting dads"
    "Just a Whole Lotta Family Fun"
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    I hadn't listened to many of Jim Gaffigan's sketches so I wondered if I would enjoy the book, but I found it on an Audible sale one day and bought it. The whole book was thoroughly enjoyable. I am a total prude when it comes to content, and so I appreciated how clean and funny it was. For those who have families or are part of a family, this book is for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eight Cousins: or The Aunt Hill

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Louisa May Alcott
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Recently orphaned, young Rose Campbell is sent to the "Aunt Hill", where Uncle Alex, her six aunts, and seven boy cousins live in noisy confusion. It is nothing like the quiet girls’ boarding school that has been Rose’s home for the past year. Surrounded by a bewildering array of pets, relatives, and unfamiliar foods, the fragile girl wonders if she will ever get used to this new life. Fortunately, Uncle Alex is her guardian. He keeps the aunts from coddling her too much, and makes sure that she has plenty of time to play outside with her cousins.

    Jessica says: "Cute Story"
    "Cute Story"
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    While this was a cute story, that was well-performed, I don't know that I would recommend to anyone to run out and read it. It is a fun story for really young girls.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Well of Ascension: Mistborn, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7291)
    Performance
    (5209)
    Story
    (5251)

    The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler - the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years - has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

    Robert says: "It keeps getting even better"
    "Great Intro to Fantasy"
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    I'm new to the fantasy genre but have thoroughly enjoyed the Mistborn series. The story of a girl and her efforts to save a people from an unknown enemy. Strong characters, strong story, and well-read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9033)
    Performance
    (6439)
    Story
    (6478)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Lore says: "Book 1 of a great series that is not to be missed!"
    "So glad there are more books!"
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    I love when I get lost in a book. That is one of the best feelings ever. I'm not much of a fantasy reader, but totally enjoyed book #1 of the Mistborn series. It seems everywhere I turn, someone is talking about Brandon Sanderson and what an excellent author he is. I would now add my voice to that crowd.

    The Mistborn series is about a group of slaves trying to defeat the lord ruler. Engaging, well-written, with good characters. All in all, a very fun read. And I'm very glad that there are more books in this series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
    • Narrated By Stephen J. Dubner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1454)
    Performance
    (1293)
    Story
    (1296)

    The New York Times best-selling Freakonomics changed the way we see the world, exposing the hidden side of just about everything. Now, with Think Like a Freak, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner have written their most revolutionary book yet. With their trademark blend of captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis, they take us inside their thought process and offer a blueprint for an entirely new way to solve problems. The topics range from business to philanthropy to sports to politics, all with the goal of retraining your brain.

    Steve says: "Heard it all before"
    "Fascinating Insights"
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    I'm not a follower of the Freakonomics podcast so I found this book especially interesting! Loved the insights into thinking like a freak, as well as the stories told. Well written, well performed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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