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H. Fites

Mendocino, CA | Member Since 2014

  • 3 reviews
  • 49 ratings
  • 458 titles in library
  • 20 purchased in 2015

  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Never read any Potter, took a chance"
    If you could sum up The Casual Vacancy in three words, what would they be?

    Brave, universal, contemplative

    What did you like best about this story?

    While the story takes place in a small west country village in Britain, it could be anywhere. It certainly could be any community (especially if it has gates) in the United States. This is a book about class separation and distinctions, greed, poverty, lack of opportunity. It fits today's "me first, me only" attitude perfectly. If you are looking for a fairy tale you will not find it here. These people are not perfect, far from it. Not all unselfish efforts are rewarded, rarely in fact. Is that depressing, or is it reality? Anyone who has ever been involved in community affairs will quickly recognize these folks, flaws and all. Rowling's background clearly informs her writing in this book.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    There is one death (out of a number) in the book that is very moving but I will not detail it as it would spoil the book.

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

    Yes, but it's long, complex with many characters one of which has two names depending on the speaker. The book requires concentration.

    Any additional comments?

    If you have trouble understanding English, English this might be problematic. While it's not all that important you know what "rounders" is Rowling did not dumb down the authentic west country style of speech for the American market, a good thing. The "rough" language is plentiful and authentic.

    If you give it a chance this book gives you much to think about and an opportunity to examine your own actions and attitudes in your community. Have any of us made our world a better place for others without a payoff for ourselves? Far too few I would imagine and I include myself in that.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Reckoning: Indian Hill, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette

    After escaping from the Progerian Alien vessel, Michael Talbot is now given the opportunity to hide in obscurity with the rest of the human race or rise to the occasion and once again find himself immersed in a battle that he wants nothing to do with.Mike goes home and while reconnecting with a family that believed him dead he decides to join whatever resistance force can be mustered to repel the oncoming invasion.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Michael Talbot, our hero, is back"
    "Always a fun read"
    What did you love best about Reckoning?

    There are plenty of Zombie books out there and it's not easy to set yourself apart. I enjoy the Tufo books because of the very well done element of humor. For some this might not work, but it's a very nice balance for me between gore and laughs.

    What other book might you compare Reckoning to and why?

    All of the Tufo books.

    What does Sean Runnette bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Like all of this series almost the entire book is a first person narration and Sean has a voice that fits very well the lighter content of these books. At the same time he's more than capable of narrating the more dramatic and emotional moments which the books have as well.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It's not laugh out loud kind of book, more a chuckle to yourself kind of book. At the same time the protagonist has a full range of emotions. Laugh or cry, no, but the characters are endearing so there is an emotional bond. That said, it's a zombie book.

    Any additional comments?

    Good book and series if you like a lighter kind of zombie tale. The Tufo books are my favorites of the zombie books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The First Days: As the World Dies, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Rhiannon Frater
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The morning that the world ends, Katie is getting ready for court and housewife Jenni is taking care of her family. Less than two hours later, they are fleeing for their lives from a zombie horde. Thrown together by circumstance, Jenni and Katie become a powerful zombie-killing partnership, mowing down zombies as they rescue Jenni's stepson, Jason, from an infected campground.

    crazybatcow says: "I'd pick another series..."
    "Missed opportunity"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I can't imagine who would be drawn to this book. The "romance" novel aspects of the book are so off putting it's hard to imagine even the most enthusiastic romance novel fan finding anything to enjoy here.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I've enjoyed broad range on apocalyptic novels, from classics to modern day comedic novels but this book has gone somewhere I'd never imagined and it hurts the genre as far as I'm concerned. It will pass as I blot the book from my memory.

    How could the performance have been better?

    Lackluster and the material is such I doubt anyone could read this with a straight face.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    NO! The women as the protagonists and one a lesbian and it all goes horribly off the tracks as it degenerates into a standard romance novel where women just need a good really hunky guy to make things right. The sex in this book is the scariest part.

    Any additional comments?

    Choose a genre... Romance or Zombie but for gods sake not both!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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