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Melody

Have a renewed interest in books after falling in love with audio books. I am listening to all different genres and exploring different authors.

Longmont, CO, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 56 purchased in 2015
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  • Crush: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Love

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Gary Paulsen
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (5)

    Every time Kevin Spencer sees Tina Zabinski, the Most Beautiful Girl in the World, he’s in danger of tripping, falling, and making a fool of himself. He can hardly say a word to her. But Kev knows he’d be the perfect boyfriend for Tina. He’s not bragging. Just pointing out the obvious. Kev decides to take a scientific approach to getting a date with Tina. After all, love is based on chemistry. When new kid Cash Devine zeroes in on Tina, Kevin hustles to find the formula that will make her forget all about Cash.

    Melody says: "good de-stresser"
    "good de-stresser"
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    As I said before -- my stress level at work tends to lead me toward more juvenile or young adult stories. The three by Gary Paulsen have been fun to listen to, and a good escape from the stress of work. Oh - to be 14 again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liar, Liar: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Gary Paulsen
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    Kevin has a big talent. Some might call it compulsive lying. He calls it common sense. Kev doesn’t mean to cause trouble by lying all the time; he’s just trying to make everything easier for everyone (and himself). And, of course, a few harmless, um, falsehoods are crucial to his plan to convince Tina that he’s the perfect boyfriend for her. In Gary Paulsen’s irresistible and chaotic comedy, Kevin’s lies spiral out of control until he’s faced with the need to do the unthinkable: tell the truth.

    Melody says: "Mindless entertainment"
    "Mindless entertainment"
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    The more stressed at work that I am - the more juvenile my book selections.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flat Broke: The Theory, Practice and Destructive Properties of Greed

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Gary Paulsen
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    As a punishment for lying, Kevin has lost his allowance. He doesn’t lie now, but he’s broke. He’s got to find a way to make money. Lots of it, so he can impress Tina Zabinski, the World’s Most Beautiful Girl, and ask her on a date. So Kevin gets creative - and his life becomes a financial comedy of errors. Does he really have what it takes to get filthy rich at age fourteen? In Gary Paulsen’s hilarious follow-up to Liar, Liar, Kevin’s schemes lead him into situations that are sweet, some that are sticky, and some that are downright stinky.

    A User says: "Excellent Stoty"
    "Mindless entertainment"
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    The more stressed at work that I am - the more juvenile my book selections.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Procrastination: A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging, and Postponing, or, Getting Things Done by Putting Them Off

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 48 mins)
    • By John Perry
    • Narrated By Brian Holsopple
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (408)

    John Perry’s insights and laugh-out-loud humor bring to mind Thurber, Wodehouse, and Harry Frankfurt’s On Bullshit. This charming and accessible audio educates, entertains, and illuminates a universal subject. Procrastinators will be relieved to learn that you can actually accomplish quite a lot while procrastinating. In fact, the book itself is the result of Perry avoiding grading papers, refereeing academic proposals, and reviewing dissertation drafts. It also has a practical side, offering up advice that listeners can put to use.

    LongerILiveLessIKnow says: "Great read for a time-management nerd like me."
    "Hmmm"
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    One of those examples where the narrator ruined the book for me. The concepts were okay - but I just did not feel engaged.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Communication

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1473)
    Performance
    (1364)
    Story
    (1363)

    In the years since the wave of living death swept the globe, St George and his fellow heroes haven't just kept Los Angeles' last humans alive - they’ve created a real community, a bustling town that's spreading beyond its original walls and swelling with new refugees. But now one of the heroes, perhaps the most powerful among them, seems to be losing his mind. The implacable enemy known as Legion has found terrifying new ways of using zombies as pawns in his attacks.

    Lore says: "Corpse Girl for the win!"
    "Really enjoyed it! Corpse Girl !"
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    I have been conservative with my five star ratings this year -- so this is a high 4 rating.

    I have really enjoyed the Ex- series by Peter Clines. My favorite part of this book was the introduction of Madeline and her point of view.

    Fun, enjoyable, would recommend this book. I immediately moved to the next and final(?) book in the series as soon as I finished.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ajax Penumbra 1969

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 49 mins)
    • By Robin Sloan
    • Narrated By Ari Fliakos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (239)

    Young Ajax Penumbra has not arrived in San Francisco looking for free love or a glimpse of the technological future. He is seeking a book: the single surviving copy of the Techne Tycheon, a mysterious volume that has brought and lost great fortune for anyone who has owned it. The last record of the book locates it in the San Francisco of more than a century earlier, and on that scant bit of evidence, Penumbra's university has dispatched him west to acquire it for their library.

    Bonny says: "Perfect prequel"
    "Great read"
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    I read the 24 hour bookstore last year. Listening to this great little story brought me back to the original enjoyable mysterious world of the bookstore.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1543)
    Performance
    (1205)
    Story
    (1198)

    Abby Cooper is a P.I., psychic intuitive. But her insight failed her when she didn't foresee the death of one of her clients - or that the lead investigator for the case is the gorgeous blind date she just met. Now, with the police suspicious of her abilities and a killer on the loose, Abby's future looks more uncertain than ever.

    Roger says: "review of Abby Cooper series"
    "Light-hearted, enjoyable"
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    I have been stressed at work lately. I love listening to audible books that make me escape into another world for awhile. I enjoyed Abby Cooper for a variety of reasons. I found that the books was relaxing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zero Day: A Jeff Aiken Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Mark Russinovich
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (977)
    Performance
    (890)
    Story
    (895)

    An airliner’s controls abruptly fail mid-flight over the Atlantic. An oil tanker runs aground in Japan when its navigational system suddenly stops dead. Hospitals everywhere have to abandon their computer databases when patients die after being administered incorrect dosages of their medicine. In the Midwest, a nuclear power plant nearly becomes the next Chernobyl when its cooling systems malfunction. At first, these random computer failures seem like unrelated events.

    Brian says: "Techno-thriller that gets the tech right"
    "Okay - from a non-technical person"
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    Good technical thriller. I believe this book had the right amount of technical jargon and explanation. Pretty good. I am not sure what I was looking for with this book - but not bad.

    For narration -- almost perfect French annunciation. Almost comical Russian accent -- especially female Russian accent (narrator is a male.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Year of Magical Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joan Didion
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    Overall
    (1357)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (481)

    "Life changes fast....You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends." These were among the first words Joan Didion wrote in January 2004. Her daughter was lying unconscious in an intensive care unit, a victim of pneumonia and septic shock. Her husband, John Gregory Dunne, was dead. The night before New Year's Eve, while they were sitting down to dinner, he suffered a massive and fatal coronary. The two had lived and worked side by side for nearly 40 years.

    Darwin8u says: "Sharp, sometimes funny, but always clear & precise"
    "Why did I continue to listen to it?"
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    Not sure what was so magical about this book.

    I felt very depressed reading this book. I too have grieved like the author. However, not sure if she was sharing her grieving process, or expressing how wonderful her life was and their elaborate lifestyle.
    I was not impressed.

    0 of 0 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
    (883)
    Performance
    (802)
    Story
    (806)

    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....

    Marci says: "It gets better, and better, and better, and better"
    "Loved it"
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    In this book of short stories - I liked all of the stories except for the last one.

    One of my favorite reads this year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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