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SACRAMENTO, CA, United States | Member Since 2013

  • 4 reviews
  • 13 ratings
  • 166 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2015

  • The Land of Laughs

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jonathan Carroll
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Thomas Abbey is a man stuck in a rut. To kick-start his life, he takes a sabbatical to work on a biography of his favorite writer, the mysterious Marshall France. Although Abbey has been warned that France's daughter, Anna, has blocked all previous attempts at her father's biography, he is surprised to find her the soul of small-town hospitality and quite excited about Abbey's proposal. Even stranger than Anna's behavior, though, is the town itself. The people seem to know what their future holds - freak accidents and all - down to the hour.

    Daryl says: "It's Not You - It's Me"
    "If Charlie Kaufman had written Alice in Wonderland"
    Where does The Land of Laughs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved it, but I think it requires a particular 'type' of person to enjoy it.

    English majors and well-read 'eccentrics' will enjoy.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They're all terrible. Which is why I enjoyed it. I suppose Saxony is almost likable. Really, a good 'horrible' character is my favorite type.

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

    The perfect privileged, pretentious, professorial speaking style. Seriously, he takes a somewhat loathsome character and makes him smugly pitch perfect. Applause!

    If you could take any character from The Land of Laughs out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Nails the dog. You'd have to read the book to find out.

    Any additional comments?

    As always, if you like to loathe your characters, you'll like this. Thomas is so delightfully, unwittingly narcissistic and inconsiderate, and it is fun to see what is going on in his head.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Konstantin says: "Suprizingly entertaining"
    "Aggressively stupid."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If there were fewer offensive moments to the story. I don't expect "Rodney King smokes crack and hires hookers, oh, now let's call the one black dude a 'Rasta' har har!" Keep it classy, MHI.

    I don't even consider myself particularly PC, but the offensive elements are just stupid and pointless. I don't read a monster-killing book to get into the author/narrator's political perspective.

    I think this book is intended for a particular type of audience -- meatheads who love guns and casual racism, I guess? People who think that insulting whole populations of people = "just telling it like it is."

    I swear I kept waiting for the words 'lame stream media' to pop out of the narrator's mouth. Maybe they did? I wasn't paying very much attention because, to be honest, the story was also just... boring. Boring and lacking in any grace of language. So boring I returned it more than halfway through.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something that couldn't have been written by a high school sophomore.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    The one where I returned it ten minutes ago.

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

    Audible allows for returns. Does that count?

    Any additional comments?

    I think I've been plenty clear.

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Beauty Queens

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Libba Bray
    • Narrated By Libba Bray

    The 50 contestants in the Miss Teen Dream pageant thought this was going to be a fun trip to the beach, where they could parade in their state-appropriate costumes and compete in front of the cameras. But sadly, their airplane had another idea, crashing on a desert island and leaving the survivors stranded with little food, little water, and practically no eyeliner. What’s a beauty queen to do? Continue to practice for the talent portion of the program - or wrestle snakes to the ground? Get a perfect tan - or learn to run wild? And what should happen when the sexy pirates show up?

    Vanessa says: "No one left unscathed"
    "Fun, light reading. 'Popcorn' reading."
    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was a satisfactory wrap-up.

    Any additional comments?

    Not the most deep or inspiring reading, but it is fun and interesting. I was never bored, that's for sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Charles says: "Dark Places Indeed..."
    "Impossible to put down."
    Would you listen to Dark Places again? Why?

    In a few years, sure. The characters are so interesting that I was saddened as the novel ended, since they started to feel like frienemies (too deliciously terrible to be friends). Gillian Flynn's knack for tiny details also make for such interesting, and timely, reading.

    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Flynn is great with pacing, dropping in twists and details and letting the plot unfurl like a rose opening to reveal a spider in the bud. Even when you've figured out what's going on, you still can enjoy the experience as the narration sweeps you to the frantic climax. So many storylines unfold all at once, in parallel formation, that you're never bored.

    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The primary narrator imbues such a perfect quality of hostility, reluctant honesty, and self-loathing to the character of Libby that you can't really hate her, even when she admits horrible things. It is the ideal inflection for the character.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I admit, I might have shed a tear toward the end.

    Any additional comments?

    If you love horrible, flawed, slightly sociopathic, very narcissistic characters (which I do) you will love this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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