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Tamica

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Tucson, AZ, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Kings of Infinite Space

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By James Hynes
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (81)

    James Hynes is the author of three New York Times Notable Books of the Year. That same publication praises Kings of Infinite Space as “unspeakably funny!” This offbeat novel satirizes an experience ubiquitous to modern times—office life. With a defeated sigh, ex-college professor Paul Trilby faces the downward spiral that is his existence. After his wife and three subsequent girlfriends dump him, and he loses just as many jobs, he’s sure he’s a pawn in some vast conspiracy.

    Richard Delman says: "90% heaven, 10% hell."
    "Biggest waste of time EVER"
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    Would you try another book from James Hynes and/or Adam Grupper?

    No. The narrator had a very annoying voice. Very nasal and whiny. Yuck. And if I ever hear about someone fixing their gaze on someone else I will go ape on them.


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Hynes again?

    Absolutely not


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Adam Grupper?

    Elmer Fudd would have been better


    What character would you cut from Kings of Infinite Space?

    All of them. Not a single character was memorable. I have never been so ready for a book to be over.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sorry!! I hate writing bad reviews. I've never written or narrated a book so I can only imagine how hard it is. But holy guacamole this book stunk worse than a week old fish taco.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23757)
    Performance
    (19742)
    Story
    (19731)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    L. O. Pardue says: ""Rear Window" Meets "Gone Girl""
    "Really enjoyed it!"
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    I thought that this was very well written.It kept me fully engaged. Great story and really good characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Onion Field

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Joseph Wambaugh
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (258)

    Hollywood. Saturday night. A broken taillight leads to a routine traffic stop. It shouldn’t have changed the lives of the four men involved, but it did. The Onion Field is the frighteningly true story of a fatal collision of destinies that would lead two young cops and two young robbers to a deserted field on the outskirts of Los Angeles, towards a bizarre execution and its terrible aftermath.

    Avalon says: "Haunting"
    "longer than necessary but ok"
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    I enjoyed this book overall. It was slow in some parts, a lot of detail but it was a good story. Very sad that it happened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4245)
    Performance
    (3814)
    Story
    (3813)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Amazon Customer says: "Spoiler-free review below - Amazing book!"
    "Highly entertaining"
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    I really enjoyed this book. It drew me in early. Excellent story and great narration.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Standing in Another Man's Grave

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By James Macpherson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (229)

    For the last decade, Nina Hazlitt has been ready to hear the worst about her daughter's disappearance. But with no sightings, no body, and no suspect, the police investigation ground to a halt long ago, and Nina's pleas to the cold case department have led her nowhere. Until she meets the newest member of the team: former Detective John Rebus. Rebus has never shied away from lost causes - one of the many ways he managed to antagonize his bosses when he was on the force. Now he's back as a retired civilian, reviewing abandoned files.

    susan says: "Rebus is back!"
    "OK but not great"
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    I had a hard time at first with the accent but that is definitely my fault. The storyline was okay, it did drag on a little. Not sure that I would recommend it to anyone but it wasn't a horrible book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Between Days

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Andrew Porter
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (6)

    Here is an exceptionally engaging first novel from a commanding new voice in fiction, author of the award-winning and widely acclaimed story collection The Theory of Light and Matter.

    Tamica says: "first world problems....."
    "first world problems....."
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    I was not impressed. Hours upon hours of listening to orioles poor decisions and complaints about problems that they brought on themselves. The characters weren't likeable. The plot was weak. Overall very boring.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Close My Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Sophie McKenzie
    • Narrated By Marisa Calin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    It's been eight grief-filled years since Geniver Loxley lost her daughter, Beth. Once a writer, Gen has settled into a life of half-hearted teaching while her husband, Art, makes his name and their fortune - and pressures her into yet another round of IVF. For Gen, battle-scared from years of failed attempts to get pregnant with a second baby, this feels like a cruel attempt to replace Beth. Life without her child is inconceivable, unbearable - but still it goes on. And then a woman arrives on Gen's doorstep, saying the very thing she longs to hear: that her daughter was not stillborn, but was spirited away as a healthy child....

    Michele McKeon says: "Wow!"
    "Horrible story, not worth the time"
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    I always feel like such a jerk giving a horrible review. The author put a lot of time and effort into the book as did the narrator. That being said, I am livid that I spent time listening to this book. It has to be one of the most horrible books ever written. The story was extremely predictable. The main character was devastatingly stupid, written as though she was a man's caricature of a woman. There was nothing that grabbed my attention. It was slow, dull and miserable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just What Kind of Mother are You?

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Paula Daly
    • Narrated By Laura Brattan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (73)

    Lisa Kallisto is the not-so-perfect model of the modern woman. During an impossibly hectic week, Lisa takes her eye off the ball for a moment and her world descends into a living nightmare. Not only is her best friend's thirteen-year-old daughter missing, but it's Lisa's fault. To make matters worse, Lucinda is the second teenage girl to disappear within the past two weeks. The first one turned up stripped bare and abandoned on the main street after a horrible ordeal. Wracked with guilt over her mistake, and after having been publicly blamed by Lucinda's family, Lisa sets out to right the wrong.

    Val says: "Could this have been me?"
    "Excellent performance"
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    What did you love best about Just What Kind of Mother are You??

    I liked the performance the best. The narrator was absolutely amazing.


    What other book might you compare Just What Kind of Mother are You? to and why?

    I don't really know. It was something of a thriller, a little predictable but still a really good story. Funny in places, touching in others.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. It was really engaging and because of the narrator I felt like I was listening to a movie. Very good job.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 20th Century Ghosts

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (483)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (269)

    Imogene is young and beautiful. She kisses like a movie star and knows everything about every film ever made. She's also dead and waiting in the Rosebud Theater for Alec Sheldon on an afternoon in 1945...Arthur Roth is a lonely kid with big ideas and a gift for attracting abuse. It isn't easy to make friends when you're the only inflatable boy in town.

    Kasey says: "Wonderful and recommended"
    "I really liked it!"
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    If you could sum up 20th Century Ghosts in three words, what would they be?

    Made me think.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 20th Century Ghosts?

    The button boy story was absolutely phenomenal. A great story in an excellent story. I really enjoyed the whole book, some stories more than others but that one was my absolute favorite.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator sounded like he had a cold or something. He had a bit of a whiny voice in some parts.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book. I liked the way that each story was so very different than the one before it. It was a truly good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reconstructing Amelia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Kimberly McCreight
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (778)
    Performance
    (690)
    Story
    (692)

    When Kate, single mother and law firm partner, gets an urgent phone call summoning her to her daughter's exclusive private school, she's shocked. Amelia has been suspended for cheating, something that would be completely out of character for her over-achieving, well-behaved daughter. Kate rushes to Grace Hall, but what she finds when she finally arrives is beyond comprehension. Her daughter is dead.

    FanB14 says: "Gossip Girl"
    "Predictable, juvenile and condescending"
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    What disappointed you about Reconstructing Amelia?

    This book is for perhaps middle school children who blame their parents for their mistakes. It was a pretty bad read. The story line was extremely predictable. Anyone who is surprised by any of the “twists” in this book has probably not finished elementary school as of yet. For anyone who is of an age that has two numbers in it this was a total snooze fest. For any working mothers do not, I repeat, do NOT get this book. It will piss you off to no end. The only thing that I got out of this book is that Kimberly McCreight thinks that working mothers are the scum of the earth who don’t properly care for their children.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By A. S. A. Harrison
    • Narrated By Karen White, Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (796)
    Performance
    (694)
    Story
    (697)

    Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater; she lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds; she likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps; she has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept.

    Emily says: "Good... but not quite like the description..."
    "Ok I guess......"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really. I wish I'd read it insted of listening to it. The narrators were horrible. The voices were annoying and the back and forth when different people were talking was tedious.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The narrators.


    What didn’t you like about Karen White and Donald Corren ’s performance?

    Donald was bland and blah. There was also a weird clicking noise going on there.


    Do you think The Silent Wife needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. I'm so over it.


    Any additional comments?

    Who compared this to Gone Girl and were they smoking crack when they did it?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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