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Irina M. Flowers

Irina M. Flowers

Newport News, VA | Member Since 2008

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  • 7 reviews
  • 26 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 23 purchased in 2014
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  • Forward the Foundation

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Larry McKeever
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (250)

    A stunning testament to his creative genius. Forward The Foundation is a the saga's dramatic climax - the story Asimov fans have been waiting for. An exciting tale of danger, intrigue, and suspense, Forward The Foundation brings to vivid life Asimov's best loved characters: hero Hari Seldon, who struggles to perfect his revolutionary theory of psychohistory to ensure the survival of humanity; Cleon II, the vain and crafty emperor of the Galactic Empire.

    Christine says: "Love the story. Can't stand the narrator!"
    "Was this narrated by R. Daneel Olivaw?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book is fine, but the narration is terrible. I wasn't able to make it through the entire book. It sounds like a robot is reading it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Larry McKeever?

    Anyone but


    Was Forward the Foundation worth the listening time?

    Didn't finish.


    Any additional comments?

    Please, re-record the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6780)
    Performance
    (6225)
    Story
    (6285)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Teddy says: "I hate it when this happens"
    "I wished I had never finished it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I liked the story. I didn't like the way it was told: too much lip-biting, cheek-biting, soft-kissing and hard-kissing - sometimes it felt that Veronica Roth is a pen name of S. Meyer, or at least they attended the same school. However, I actually started enjoying the story somewhere in the middle of the third book - when the author... broke my heart. I would like to say that it's not personal, but it is personal and I am very upset. I really don't understand what is the point of ending the story like this - like there wasn't enough drama already. No, really - what is the point?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (15685)
    Performance
    (14193)
    Story
    (14289)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Started well"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I really liked the way the book began - the idea of factions seemed interesting and the main character was likable (except for the parts where she tortured her mouth with her teeth - but no teen book will ever escape this ever again after S.Meyer had introduced the various lip- and cheek-biting in Twilight). Somewhere around the time when the romantic relationships began, and everything else kind of lost its meaning, the book became somewhat predictable and weak. I thought that the very end - where people dropped like flies and other got saved by mere magic - was like a script of a bad movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lexicon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Max Barry
    • Narrated By Heather Corrigan, Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (562)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (514)

    At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren't taught history, geography, or mathematics - at least not in the usual ways. Instead, they are taught to persuade. Here the art of coercion has been raised to a science. Students harness the hidden power of language to manipulate the mind and learn to break down individuals by psychographic markers in order to take control of their thoughts. The very best will graduate as "poets": adept wielders of language who belong to a nameless organization that is as influential as it is secretive.

    Tango says: "Fasten your seat belt..."
    "Probably will listen again"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    After I watch a movie I always ask myself: would I watch this movie again? It helps me to determine if I actually liked the movie and how much I liked it. I do the same with the books. I've watched the Matrix more than 20 times. I've read each novel of Brothers Strugatsky more than 10 times. So, after I finished this audio book I asked myself if I ever listen to it again. The answer was "yes, I can definitely see myself listening to this novel again." The story is interesting, although unclear in some places, but I tried to silence my logic, since the story is about magic and magic has unstable characteristics. The main characters and their relationships are well developed, the performance is excellent. I would definitely recommend this book for a rainy weekend or a day on a beach.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Cloud Atlas

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Cassandra Campbell, Kim Mai Guest, and others
    Overall
    (3084)
    Performance
    (2292)
    Story
    (2299)

    A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850; a disinherited composer blagging a precarious livelihood in between-the-wars Belgium; a high-minded journalist in Governor Reagan's California; a vanity publisher fleeing his gangland creditors; a genetically modified "dinery server" on death-row; and Zachry, a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilisation: the narrators of Cloud Atlas hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history.

    Cynthia says: "Complicated and Not Good for Listening!"
    "Gave up after 2 hours..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    N/A


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

    N/A


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

    N/A


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Cloud Atlas?

    N/A


    Any additional comments?

    I looked at the ratings and purchased it without listening to the audio sample. I listened to it while driving home from work. I disliked it. I started it again when I got home. I waited and waited for the book to grasp my interested... after 2 hours in I gave up. I am going to buy a paper copy since I really want to read before seeing movie. The audio book didn't work for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Freedom: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Franzen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3434)
    Performance
    (1164)
    Story
    (1166)

    Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.

    Lawrence says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Enjoyed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Freedom again? Why?

    Good book, can be listened more than once.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Many well developed characters, each can be loved for its' own qualities.


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

    Free hands. I work with computers and most of the time when my eyes and hands are occupied - my brain is not.


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

    No, it made me angry. Especially reading about the ways big money are made today. If you have no money - you will make no money.


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best novels I have read in a long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Third Gate: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Johnathan McClain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (857)
    Performance
    (733)
    Story
    (727)

    Under the direction of famed explorer Porter Stone, an archaeological team is secretly attempting to locate the tomb of an ancient pharaoh who was unlike any other in history. Stone believes he has found the burial chamber of King Narmer, the near mythical god-king who united upper and lower Egypt in 3200 B.C., and the archaeologist has reason to believe that the greatest prize of all - Narmer's crown - might be buried with him. No crown of an Egyptian king has ever been discovered, and Narmer's is the elusive crown of the two Egypts.

    Amanda says: "Reliable Entertainment for Child Fans"
    "No point"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    A story


    Has The Third Gate turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Off


    What three words best describe Johnathan McClain’s voice?

    Pleasant, calm, professional


    Was The Third Gate worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I don't really listen (or read) books like this, but I decided to try this one - I had a huge design project and I needed something to occupy my mind while I was working with my hands. The novel didn't do the trick. I just couldn't believe that the writer who clearly has a talent, wrote a story that didn't touch me in any way. Somewhat an "empty shell".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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