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Tammy A Lee

Saginaw, MI United States
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  • A Simple Favor

  • A Novel
  • By: Darcey Bell
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Xe Sands, Matthew Waterson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,567
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,325
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,321

It starts with a simple favor - an ordinary kindness mothers do for one another. When her best friend, Emily, asks Stephanie to pick up her son, Nicky, after school, she happily says yes. Nicky and her son, Miles, are classmates and best friends, and the five-year-olds love being together - just like she and Emily. A widow and stay-at-home mommy blogger living in woodsy suburban Connecticut, Stephanie was lonely until she met Emily, a sophisticated PR executive whose job in Manhattan demands so much of her time. But Emily doesn't come back.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • yuck

  • By Tabitha on 05-05-18

Girl on a Trainish

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-20-18

The book was decently written and there were twists. My biggest problem is that the three main characters were ridiculous. Stephanie is childishly gullible and has questionable character. Emily is horrible. Sean is unremarkable. I have a hard time with stories that center around characters that all deserve whatever they get. The story was fine, I just didn’t like the characters.

  • Big Girl

  • How I Gave Up Dieting and Got a Life
  • By: Kelsey Miller
  • Narrated by: Kelsey Miller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502

At 29, Kelsey Miller had done it all: crash diets, healthy diets, and nutritionist-prescribed "eating plans", which are diets that you pay more money for. She'd been fighting her un-thin body since early childhood and, after a lifetime of failure, finally hit bottom. No diet could transform her body or her life. There was no shortcut to skinny salvation. She'd dug herself into this hole, and now it was time to climb out of it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Quirky and Oddly Inspiring AutoBio

  • By Gillian on 01-28-16

Accessible and relatable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-18-18

While I cannot relate to all of Kelsey’s story, (thank goodness), I can identify with a great deal of it. It has inspired me to try mindfulness, particularly with eating. While I cannot afford personal trainers and eating coaches, this book has given me hope that I can accomplish much on my own. Thank you, Kelsey!

  • Wilde Lake

  • A Novel
  • By: Laura Lippman
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney, Nicole Poole
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 500
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 447

Luisa "Lu" Brant is the newly elected - and first female - state's attorney of Howard County, Maryland, a job in which her widower father famously served. Fiercely intelligent and ambitious, she sees an opportunity to make her name by trying a mentally disturbed drifter accused of beating a woman to death in her home. It's not the kind of case that makes headlines, but peaceful Howard County doesn't see many homicides.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • My Least Favorite...

  • By Karen Stokes on 05-06-16

Decent story

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-18

This was entertaining, but not one of Lippman’s better stories. I generally really like her books and I liked this too, just not as much as some of her other works, like After I’m Gone.

  • The Weight of Ink

  • By: Rachel Kadish
  • Narrated by: Corrie James
  • Length: 23 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,691
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,562

Set in the London of the 1660s and of the early 21st century, The Weight of Ink is the interwoven tale of two women of remarkable intellect: Ester Velasquez, an emigrant from Amsterdam who is permitted to scribe for a blind rabbi, just before the plague hits the city, and Helen Watt, an ailing historian with a love of Jewish history. As the novel opens, Helen has been summoned by a former student to view a cache of 17th-century Jewish documents newly discovered in his home during a renovation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling characters question life choices, ethics, religious rules, love and desire

  • By CHRISTINE on 11-02-17

A parallel in history

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-18

It took a bit for me to fully embrace the structure of this book. However, once done, I couldn’t stop listening. The London of the 17th century was beautifully written. The stories of Esther and Helen are heartbreaking and powerful. Those who love history and wish to imagine themselves interacting with the people and events of different time periods will like this book. I like how Kadish intertwines Jewish events past and present. Definitely recommend.

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  • The Trap

  • By: Melanie Raabe, Imogen Taylor - translator
  • Narrated by: Julie Teal
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 287

For 11 years, best-selling author Linda Conrads has mystified fans by never setting foot outside her home. Haunted by the unsolved murder of her younger sister - who she discovered in a pool of blood - and the face of the man she saw fleeing the scene, Linda's hermit existence helps her cope with debilitating anxiety. But the sanctity of her oasis is shattered when she sees her sister's murderer on television.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Clever & Character-Driven, but No Empathy 4 Linda.

  • By Kelly on 07-07-16

Tedious

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-18

Repetitive and predictable, the plot took way too long to develop. The main character, Linda, is tiresome. I found myself rolling my eyes a lot at the ridiculous dialogue with herself and with “the monster”. I do not recommend this book. It wasn’t clever or thrilling.

  • The High Mountains of Portugal

  • A Novel
  • By: Yann Martel
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 646
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 584

In Lisbon in 1904, a young man named Tomás discovers an old journal. It hints at the existence of an extraordinary artifact that - if he can find it - would redefine history. Traveling in one of Europe's earliest automobiles, he sets out in search of this strange treasure. Thirty-five years later, a Portuguese pathologist devoted to the murder mysteries of Agatha Christie finds himself at the center of a mystery of his own and drawn into the consequences of Tomás' quest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surreal Onion

  • By green ice cream garden on 03-07-16

Hard to follow

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-17

There were enjoyable parts to this book, but I had a hard time following the various characters. There is somewhat of a tie up in the end, but it was tenuous and not enough for me.

  • Strip

  • A Novel
  • By: Thomas Perry
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 901
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 895

An aging but formidable strip-club owner, Claudiu "Manco" Kapak, has been robbed by a masked gunman as he placed his cash receipts in a bank's night-deposit box. Enraged, he sends his half-dozen security men out to find a suspect who is spending lots of cash and is new enough to Los Angeles not to know he was robbing a gangster.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not A Waste Of Time But...

  • By Ted on 10-27-13

Pedestrian

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-21-17

The plot wasn't particularly original, the characters weren't likable and there were a lot of loose ends. The reading was only okay. When reading female voices, this narrator grated on me. Overall, it was okay, but I wouldn't recommend the book.

  • Girl in the Red Coat

  • By: Kate Hamer
  • Narrated by: Antonia Beamish
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 923
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 856
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 854

Carmel Wakeford becomes separated from her mother at a local children's festival, and is found by a man who claims to be her estranged grandfather. He tells her that her mother has had an accident and that she is to live with him for now. As days become weeks with her new family, eight-year-old Carmel realizes that this man believes she has a special gift.... While her mother desperately tries to find her, Carmel embarks on an extraordinary journey, one that will make her question who she is - and who she might become.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What?

  • By Heather on 04-28-16

Red

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-17

A compelling story written with descriptive language. The imagery was great. The end was a bit anti-climatic, however. Overall, I recommend the book. The read was quite good too.

  • The Rival Queens

  • Catherine de' Medici, Her Daughter Marguerite de Valois, and the Betrayal That Ignited a Kingdom
  • By: Nancy Goldstone
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
  • Length: 16 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474

Catherine de' Medici was a ruthless pragmatist and powerbroker who dominated the throne for 30 years. Her youngest daughter, Marguerite, the glamorous "Queen Margot," was a passionate free spirit, the only adversary whom her mother could neither intimidate nor control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely not a dull bio!

  • By Nella on 07-04-15

Fascinating portrayal

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-17

Well written and performed. The wars of religion in France are well illuminated and the role of strong women, often left out of history are told.

  • Catherine the Great

  • Portrait of a Woman
  • By: Robert K. Massie
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 23 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,163

The Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra, and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography, the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved everyone minute!

  • By Elizabeth on 02-05-12

Good overview

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-16-16

I liked the balanced portrait of this powerful woman. The author did a commendable job of explaining Catherine's motivation and her triumphs and defeats. Overall it was a thorough overview of her life. I would have liked just a bit more on her relationship with Paul.