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julie

Toms River, NJ, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 8 reviews
  • 8 ratings
  • 51 titles in library
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  • The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jonas Jonasson
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2090)
    Performance
    (1863)
    Story
    (1884)

    After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he's still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn't interested (and he'd like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash.

    Sylvia says: "Full of Surprises and Unexpected Events"
    "SWEET. FUNNY."
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    What a great story. Made me wish I was on this adventure. I loved it. Sweet, and funny at the same time, and narrated perfectly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Off to Be the Wizard

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2305)
    Performance
    (2169)
    Story
    (2177)

    It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

    Charles says: "Fantastic"
    "A Miss"
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    I don't really like leaving a bad review, but this was a biiiig disappointment for me. The premise was interesting, something anyone who loves the fantasy genre wants to read about; time travel. So I stuck it out, with high hopes. Never got to the point when any of the main characters were endearing or all that interesting. Same for the villain.... meh. Then when I heard the line, "he is turning them into hobbits..." I did that embarrassed cringe alone in my car. Dumb. Weak. Silly. Embarassing. Sorry.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am the Messenger

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Marc Aden Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (172)

    Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He's pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence, until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery.

    Dr. says: "Initially engaging, but ultimately not satisfying"
    "LOVE"
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    I loved loved this book. After only reading the Book Thief by Zusak, I wasn't sure what to expect, as is sometimes the way when you fall in love with one title from an author, then to be a bit disappointed by another. Not the case here. I loved the story, the journey, the message. Funny, inspiring, endearing, I will definitely go back to it again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Perry Moore
    • Narrated By Michael Urie
    Overall
    (914)
    Performance
    (663)
    Story
    (668)

    In the story comic book legend Stan Lee calls "spellbinding" and "totally original," Thom Creed has secrets. For one, like his father, he has super powers. Also, he's been asked to join the League—the very organization of superheroes that spurned his dad. Then there’s the secret Thom can barely face himself: he's gay. But becoming a member of the League opens up a new world to Thom. There, he connects with a misfit group of aspiring heroes, including Scarlett, Typhoid Larry, and Ruth, a wise old broad who can see the future. Like Thom, these heroes have things to hide....

    Jed says: "Great"
    "one of my favorites."
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    I cannot emphasize enough how much I loved this book. It is an incredible story of courage, family bonds, self confidence, tolerance, and oh yeah, SUPER POWERS. It appeals to everything my inner nerd LOVES. Michael Urie is perfection, and special nerd BONUS for Stan Lee intro. By far, my favorite audiobook yet. I will listen again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mindy Kaling
    • Narrated By Mindy Kaling, Michael Schur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3599)
    Performance
    (3289)
    Story
    (3308)

    Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

    Tabitha says: "Love it!"
    "LOVE"
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    As a fan, it delivered exactly as I hoped it would. Funny, endearing, likable. LOVE. Mindy is my close friend in my head, as I fancy we have the same sense of humor. A girlfriend, if you will. Great job, my friend, felt like you were only talking just to me. Muahh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • True Grit

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Charles Portis
    • Narrated By Donna Tartt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1989)
    Performance
    (1148)
    Story
    (1154)

    Mattie Ross, a 14-year-old girl from Dardanelle, Arkansas, sets out to avenge her Daddy who was shot to death by a no-good outlaw. Mattie convinces one-eyed "Rooster" Cogburn, the meanest U.S. marshal in the land, to ride along with her. In True Grit, we have a true American classic, as young Mattie, as vital as she is innocent, outdickers and outmaneuvers the hard-bitten men of the trail in a legend that will last through the ages.

    Tommygaus says: "So worth it!"
    "I loved it."
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    What an unexpected surprise. I loved this story of an amazingly courageous, driven and self confident young girl. I did not read this as a child, but so happy I found it now. I'm going to keep it in my library, and have it magically appear on the next long car ride with my daughters. They would never pick it, but I know they would love it. And those are the best kind, really.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (20028)
    Performance
    (15614)
    Story
    (15561)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Seriously, what's not to love?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    As a Tina Fey fan, I had high hopes for the book, and it completely delivered Not just a collection of anecdotes, but the story of Tina's childhood and road to the successful woman she is today. Of course her truthful, hysterical, friend in my head method of narrating the book is the deal breaker. I love how this was unexpectedly a girl power book while never meaning to be. Tina Fey, newly elevated BEST friend in my head, I love you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11123)
    Performance
    (6292)
    Story
    (6341)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Stays with you......."
    Overall
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    Based on other reviews and recommendations, I stuck through what I thought was a bit of a slow start and back story. However, after finishing the book, it was clear that all of the details about, fascination with, and most importantly, LOVE of religion was such an important part of the fiber of Pi's character. I would say that faith, and not one specifically, turned out to be an unmentioned stowaway on the boat. I would not say that it is a necessarily religious book, but as I mentioned, it was a story that I couldn't shake off and led to great discussions with my tween girls who listened along. We all LOVED it, we felt as if we grew very close to, and became very protective of Pi, and even Richard Parker. It was exciting, heart wrenching, inspiring, yet desperate, and even at times a bit funny. It had everything that makes a book great. Excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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