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Jodie

I have a rather eclectic love of books. I know what I like and I tend not to be a severe critic. If I enjoyed it, it gets 4 or 5 stars.

Middletown, NY, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 74 purchased in 2014
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  • W Is for Wasted: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
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    Two dead bodies changed the course of my life that fall. One of them I knew and the other I'd never laid eyes on until I saw him in the morgue. The first was a local PI of suspect reputation. He'd been gunned down near the beach at Santa Teresa. It looked like a robbery gone bad. The other was on the beach six weeks later. He'd been sleeping rough. Probably homeless. No identification. A slip of paper with Millhone's name and number was in his pants pocket. The coroner asked her to come to the morgue to see if she could ID him.

    karen says: "Well worth waiting for...."
    "Another Grafton Winner!"
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    I love Sue Grafton and she has never disappointed me. This book was as good as the rest. It is a fun story and we finally get to meet some of her kin.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Amanda Ripley
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
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    How do other countries create "smarter" kids? In a handful of nations, virtually all children are learning to make complex arguments and solve problems they've never seen before. They are learning to think, in other words, and to thrive in the modern economy.What is it like to be a child in the world's new education superpowers? In a global quest to find answers for our own children, author and Time magazine journalist Amanda Ripley follows three Americans embed­ded in these countries for one year.

    André says: "Great teachers+ Raise kids' bar+ Don't exaggerate"
    "Great Book -- we should be listening!"
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    I disagree with some of the other opinions that were posted. I think this book points out some glaring differences in the educational system of the U.S., Finland, Korea, and Poland. I have a doctorate in education and I still found this book to be very useful as well as an enjoyable read. I believe all educators should read this book - we could all learn something from it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • There's More to Life than This: Healing Messages, Remarkable Stories, and Insight about the Other Side from the Long Island Medium

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Theresa Caputo
    • Narrated By Theresa Caputo
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    In her highly anticipated new book, brassy and beloved medium Theresa Caputo, star of the hit television show Long Island Medium, opens the door to her world and invites us to experience her exceptional gift of communicating with those who've crossed over to The Other Side. Combining Theresa's personal story, compelling anecdotes, and client readings, this remarkable book teaches us about Spirit and helps us understand the life-affirming messages that are sent to us every day.

    Elizabeth says: "Amazing and comforting"
    "I really enjoyed the book!"
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    I wasn't sure if I would like the book, but I really enjoyed its down-to-earth style. Of course, Theresa read it, so how could it be anything but. I think she had some interesting information to give on the subject and although I am not sure I learned anything new, I do feel like I got the information in a different way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ties That Bind

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Marie Bostwick
    • Narrated By Bahni Turpin, Xe Sands
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    (223)
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    In her compelling, beautifully crafted novel, New York Times best-selling author Marie Bostwick celebrates friendships old and new - and the unlikely threads that sometimes lead us exactly where we need to go. Christmas is fast approaching, and New Bern, Connecticut, is about to receive the gift of a new pastor, hired sight unseen to fill in while Reverend Tucker is on sabbatical. Meanwhile, Margot Matthews’ friend, Abigail, is trying to matchmake, even though Margot has all but given up on romance.

    Carol A. Smith says: "Surprise! Christian Fiction"
    "Wonderful!"
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    Really enjoyed this book! It takes us back to New Bern, Connecticut with the same old characters we love, but Marie adds a couple new personalities in this chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Between Heaven and Texas: A Cobble Court Quilts Book

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Marie Bostwick
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
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    Overall
    (66)
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    (57)
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    Welcome to Too Much - where the women are strong-willed and the men are handsome yet shiftless. Ever since Mary Dell Templeton and her twin sister, Lydia Dale, were children, their Aunt Velvet has warned them away from local boys. But it’s well known that the females in Mary Dell’s family have two traits in common - superior sewing skills and a fatal weakness for men. While Lydia Dale grows up petite and pretty, Mary Dell just keeps growing. Tall, smart, and sassy, she is determined to one day turn her love of sewing into a business.

    Jodie says: "Great book in a great series!"
    "Great book in a great series!"
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    I wasn't sure I wanted to read this book because it meant leaving New Bern and going to Texas, but I am glad I did. It was a very enjoyable story and it was heartwarming to learn Mary Del's story. It "sewed" up the story of her and Howard and how they came to be alone in the quilting business.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
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    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "I would give this book 10 stars if I could!"
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    I am an animal person so I tend to stay away from books with animals in the title, since I can't handle their abuse or neglect. I was worried about reading this book because of that, but I finally gave in. I am so glad I did! What a wonderful story! I just finished it and all I can say is that my heart is full of the love and joy this story brought with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Signature of All Things: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker - a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia.

    Molly-o says: "Don't miss this one"
    "I can't say I didn't enjoy it..."
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    This was an interesting book. I spent a great deal of the time waiting for something big to happen, but it never did. The book is written in a style similar to "100 Years of Solitude," but without having the same draw. I never found myself in the position where I had to keep listening - but at the same time, I am not disappointed I did listen to it. I found the topic of botany and science in the 19th century to be something new to me, and I thought the feelings and beliefs of the female characters to be pertinent. It made me consider what it must have been like for an intelligent, scientific-thinking woman to live in that time. There was no great ah-ha at the end...it just was. That being said, it was a pleasant listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
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    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "Wow!"
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    This book blew me away! There are many twists and turns and nothing is predictable. It is thought provoking and so entirely enthralling. I highly recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Threading the Needle: The Cobbled Court Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Marie Bostwick
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber, Bernadette Dunne
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    Overall
    (135)
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    (116)
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    From New York Times best-selling author Marie Bostwick comes a beautiful novel of sisterhood lost and found - and of the ways we create the rich tapestries that encompass the past and the future. The economic downturn has hit New Bern, Connecticut, and Tessa Woodruff’s herbal apothecary shop, For the Love of Lavender, is suffering. So is her once-happy 34-year marriage to Lee. They’d given up everything to come back to New Bern from Boston and start their business, but now they’re wondering if they made the right decision.

    betty says: "Just wonderful!!!"
    "Great story in a enjoyable series!"
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    I have enjoyed all the books in this series, and this one was no exception. They are such nice books, such good stories and characters. I am not a quilter and I really love this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wicked Girls

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Alex Marwood
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
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    Overall
    (1143)
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    (1028)
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    On a fateful summer morning in 1986, two 11-year-old girls meet for the first time. By the end of the day, they will both be charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, journalist Kirsty Lindsay is reporting on a series of sickening attacks on young female tourists in a seaside vacation town when her investigation leads her to interview carnival cleaner Amber Gordon. For Kirsty and Amber, it's the first time they've seen each other since that dark day so many years ago. Now with new, vastly different lives - and unknowing families to protect - will they really be able to keep their wicked secret hidden?

    Tina says: "Really my rating is 4 1/2 stars."
    "I returned this book"
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    I disliked this book almost immediately. I cannot tell you exactly why. I wasn't crazy about the British accents and I didn't like the pacing. It just wasn't for me.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
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    (3669)
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    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"
    "I still don't know what I think..."
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    When I first started reading this story, I wasn't sure I wanted to continue. Maybe because it forces you to think. It is difficult to imagine a scenario like this in a country where we are used to so much freedom. That being said, it did make me stop and think about the liberties our government seems to be taking for granted these days in the name of terrorism. I never really cared before, but after reading this book, I can see how it could be a slippery slope. Sometimes even fictional books can paint a picture which can help us see what could be if we continue on a certain path. Atlas Shrugged is one of those books, and The Handmaid's Tale is another. I only gave it 4 stars because I really hated the way the book ended. I felt like the author just got tired of writing and stopped.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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