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Pamela

I love technology, reading, music, and shoes (not necessarily in that order.)

League City, TX, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • Red Moon: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Benjamin Percy
    • Narrated By Benjamin Percy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (84)

    They live among us. They are our neighbors, our mothers, our lovers. They change. When government agents kick down Claire Forrester's front door and murder her parents, Claire realizes just how different she is. Patrick Gamble was nothing special until the day he got on a plane and hours later stepped off it, the only passenger left alive, a hero. Chase Williams has sworn to protect the people of the United States from the menace in their midst, but he is becoming the very thing he has promised to destroy.

    Tracey says: "Snakes on a plane don't deem quite so bad...."
    "I wanted to like it."
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    This story started out with a bang! I was intrigued and wanted more. As the story progressed I just couldn’t take the narrator (Note to all authors: PLEASE let a professional narrate your audio books!)

    I got more than half-way though it before I decided I couldn’t listen to him read another word. The storyline was interesting enough that I would consider checking it out at the library to see how it ends – but this was a waste of an audible credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Minion

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By L. A. Banks
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    All Damali Richards ever wanted to do was create music and bring it to the people. Now she is a Spoken Word artist and the top act for Warriors of Light Records. But come nightfall, she hunts vampires and demons - predators that people tend to dismiss as myth or fantasy. But Damali and her Guardian team cannot afford such delusions, especially now, when a group of rogue vampires have been killing the artists of Warriors of Light and their rival, Blood Music.

    chandra says: "love this series!"
    "Good story, wrong narrator."
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    I am a big fan of the late Leslie Esdaile, and the only reason I never read her vampire huntress series is I thought they were for teen readers. After her passing, I decided I wanted to read all of her books. This is a very good story, but the narrator is just wrong. Don’t get me wrong, she reads/narrates very well, but not for an African American story-line. I was constantly reminded that this was a white woman trying to sound black. I finally got use to it, but I think I will read (not listen) to the rest of the series. Overall, still a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life After Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Fenella Woolgar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1432)
    Performance
    (1266)
    Story
    (1280)

    On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

    Diane says: "Life after life after life after life after life.."
    "Mixed Feelings"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This review is for the Audible version. I gave this book “5 stars” because I enjoyed it (I think.)

    I say I think because it took me a few chapters to catch on to what the heck was happening. I felt as if I was trapped in a Twilight Zone episode for a minute. Once I got the jest of what was happening I was able to concentrate more on the story – and a lot of story(s) it was.

    I thought that the narrator, Fenella Woolgar, did an excellent job. She made each character come alive, and there was a distinct difference in their voices. It was a very unique approach to storytelling, and I think the book will find its way into the classroom because of this uniqueness.

    However… there were times when I thought to myself… Lord is this every going to end! I did manage to make it to the end, and as I reflect back I enjoyed it as a whole. At the end of the book I knew all of the characters very well, and I have read many books where that was not the case.

    If you appreciate “a different” approach to literature you will enjoy this. But be prepared to think as well as be entertained.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Gate Thief: Mithermages, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Emily Rankin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2339)
    Performance
    (2115)
    Story
    (2124)

    Here on Earth, Danny North is still in high school, yet he holds in his heart and mind all the stolen outselves of 13 centuries of gatemages. The Families still want to kill him if they can’t control him - and they can’t control him; he is far too powerful. On Westil, Wad is now nearly powerless - he lost everything to Danny in their struggle. Even if he can survive the revenge of his enemies, he must still somehow make peace with the Gatemage Daniel North, for when Danny took that power from Loki, he also took responsibility for the Great Gates.

    Benjamin says: "Flashes of Great, Ok, and Bad. Overall: Meh."
    "Not as Good as "The Lost Gate""
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    I was really looking forward to this sequel as I really enjoyed The Lost Gate… but this one, not so much. It was long and drawn out, and boring. I finished it, because I had invested so much listening time, but I don't think I will read or listen to book 3 until after I read a lot of reviews.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Triggers

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (277)

    On the eve of a secret military operation, an assassin's bullet strikes President Seth Jerrison. He is rushed to the hospital, where surgeons struggle to save his life. At the same hospital, researcher Dr. Ranjip Singh is experimenting with a device that can erase traumatic memories. Then a terrorist bomb detonates. In the operating room, the president suffers cardiac arrest. He has a near-death experience - but the memories that flash through Jerrison's mind are not his memories.

    Ron says: "Fun Read"
    "Not My Favorite Robert Sawyer Book"
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    Let me start by saying I am a Robert Sawyer fan and I always purchase his books as soon as they are published on reputation alone. However, “Triggers” is my least favorite so far, it lacked the “what if” scenarios that I normally look forward to when reading Sawyer’s works. As a Christian, I felt as if this novel was a little “too preachy” with the authors atheist beliefs. It lacked theological debate and I didn’t enjoy it at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Among Others

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jo Walton
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (772)
    Performance
    (666)
    Story
    (668)

    Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

    Eoin says: "Subtle Character Piece"
    "Long and Drawn Out"
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    I recommended this book to my book club based on the reviews, I don’t know if they will ever forgive me. I think I was the only one who finished it. Although I enjoyed the narrator, it took the book forever to get to the point. To me, there wasn’t much substance. I felt like I was listening to a chronicle of all the science fiction books every written and caught myself wonder whether or not I had read each book mentioned. Perhaps that was the point of it all, who knows? It was OK to read on my own, but not a good book club selection. GBC members please forgive me :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Edward Kelsey Moore, Edward Kelsey Moore
    • Narrated By Adenrele Ojo, Pamella D'Pella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (193)

    Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat is home away from home for this inseparable Plainview, Indiana, trio. Dubbed "The Supremes" by high school pals in the tumultuous 1960s, they weather life’s storms together for the next four decades. Now, during their most challenging year yet, dutiful, proud, and talented Clarice must struggle to keep up appearances as she deals with her husband’s humiliating infidelities. Beautiful, fragile Barbara Jean is rocked by the tragic reverberations of a youthful love affair. And fearless Odette engages in the most terrifying battle of her life....

    Margaret says: "An AMAZING audible book..."
    "I Did Not Want It to End"
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    This is one of the best books that I have ever listened to (or read). The story has all of the elements that make a good book. Normally, when I am finished with a book, the characters vanish; however, these characters are so well developed that they have become a part of my permanent memory like people I actually know. The book was so much fun to listen to and I really enjoyed how the sad and serious parts managed to have a little levity so the book would not be too depressing. The narrators did an excellent job; they made the story come to life. (Hey Oprah, this is a book you should choose for your book club! Try having one book that is not full of misery for a change.) I give it 5 stilettos! I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before I Go to Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By S. J. Watson
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (661)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (548)

    "As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me...." Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story. Welcome to Christine's life.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "Good Story but Slow"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Nothing about the book, but if I had to listen to it again I would probably listen to an abridged version. It took too long to get to the meat of the story.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Much like the movie Groundhogs day, but serious.


    What about Orlagh Cassidy’s performance did you like?

    She did an overall good job with the character voices. You could distinctly tell who was who.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ayana Mathis
    • Narrated By Adenrele Ojo, Bahni Turpin, Adam Lazarre-White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (589)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (505)

    A debut of extraordinary distinction: through the trials of one unforgettable family, Ayana Mathis tells the story of the children of the Great Migration, a story of love and bitterness and the promise of a new America. In 1923, 15-year-old Hattie Shepherd flees Georgia and settles in Philadelphia, hoping for a chance at a better life. Instead, she marries a man who will bring her nothing but disappointment and watches helplessly as her firstborn twins succumb to an illness a few pennies could have prevented.

    Suzn F says: "Hattie and her Family Tragically Flawed"
    "Enjoyable Listen"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a well written book, that really demonstrates the theory of "show don't tell". The author takes us through the life of Hattie and her descendants in a captivating way.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie (Oprah's Book Club 2.0)?

    In the Alice and Billups chapter, when Alice finds out who Billups has been seeing (don't want to spoil this for anyone) and her reaction.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Bell.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Twelve Tribes of Hattie - "Descendants of Job"


    Any additional comments?

    As usual, Oprah picks a pretty depressing story. But it is well written and the performances are excellent. It was worth the time spent listening to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3054)
    Performance
    (2706)
    Story
    (2708)

    In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

    Amanda says: "Expanding The Story In Every Direction"
    "Liked "The Passage" Much Better"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I loved The Passage and was really looking forward to this sequel. I guess when you write such a great book; the bar is set very high. Perhaps if I had not read the first book I would have liked it more. But I found myself comparing the two books and I was very disappointed.


    What was most disappointing about Justin Cronin’s story?

    It was just too hard to follow what was going on in an audible format. This is a time when I needed a hard copy. And towards the end I was thinking..."Will this never end?"


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    He is a good performer.


    Could you see The Twelve: A Novel being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Nope. I wouldn't go see it. But I would love to see The Passage.


    Any additional comments?

    Where I don't recommend it, I didn't hate it. It was OK, but way too long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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