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Vickey

Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada | Member Since 2006

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  • Boomsday: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Christopher Buckley
    • Narrated By Janeane Garofalo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    Cassandra Devine, a young Washington spin doctor and blogger, suggests that Baby Boomers be given government incentives to kill themselves by age 75. This proposal catches on with citizens outraged about Social Security debt and a senator seeking the youth vote for his presidential bid. With the help of Washington's greatest PR strategist, Cassandra and the senator try to ride the issue of euthanasia to the White House.

    Lloyd says: "Buckley's a winner"
    "I wish Buckley picked lottery numbers!"
    Overall

    I just listened to this and the similarities between the events in the book and the 2008 election coverage on tv is eerie: the US economy is tanking and I swear I saw an ad about a euthanasia bill.
    Garofalo does a great job narrating. Her intonations make it easy to tell whose talking and she's just serious enough to make the (maybe not quite so) farfetched ideas work.
    Overall this book is just plain fun.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • With Morning Comes Mistfall: Free Story

    • UNABRIDGED (40 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Claudia Black
    Overall
    (1035)
    Performance
    (880)
    Story
    (882)

    Dubbed “the American Tolkien” by Time magazine, A Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin is a giant in the field of fantasy literature and one of the most exciting storytellers of our time. Now he delivers a rare treat for listeners: a free story, “With Morning Comes Mistfall”, from his compendium of shorter works. Collected into three stunning volumes, his Dreamsongs collection offers fascinating insight into his journey from young writer to award-winning master.

    David says: "Something you might find in Analog or Asimov's mag"
    "So... that was depressing."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story has a good premise and might make for a good novel but as is it's just a sad little story. The parts that seemed like the could be interesting were just passed over in a few sentences.It doesn't help that the first person narrator isn't particularly interested in the topic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heads You Lose

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lisa Lutz, David Hayward
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (41)

    New York Times best-selling author Lisa Lutz conspires with - or should we say against? - coauthor David Hayward to write an original and hilarious tag-team crime novel. Meet Paul and Lacey Hansen: orphaned, pot-growing twentysomething siblings eking out a living in rural Northern California. When a headless corpse appears on their property, they can't exactly dial 911, so they move the body and wait for the police to find it. Instead, the corpse reappears, a few days riper... and an amateur sleuth is born. Make that two.

    Dorothy says: "Nothing Funny About This Story"
    "Good story Great listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Heads You Lose to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    Would you be willing to try another book from Lisa Lutz and David Hayward ? Why or why not?

    Yes the interplay between the authors suggests there's a whole lot of story left to tell


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

    The inflections used make it obvious that the bickering back and forth is good natured


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

    Laughed out loud while walking down the street. Got some weird looks too.


    Any additional comments?

    The story itself isn't anything spectacular but the comments and reactions that the authors have to what the other one is doing are priceless. Lisa is especially brutal. :)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (63 hrs)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (5257)
    Performance
    (3222)
    Story
    (3236)

    In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

    Mica says: "Hurt version decidedly superior"
    "Boring!!!!!"
    Overall

    This has got to be the dullest, most boring thing I have ever heard. And it's not the narator's fault at all. It's all on Rand. She uses as many words as possible to describe what her antisocial characters are thinking and there's almost no action. It's taken me 6 months to listen to the first section. I'll probably finish it seeing how I paid for it but it may take a few decades.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Moby Dick

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Herman Melville
    • Narrated By Anthony Heald
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (194)
    Story
    (194)

    The outcast youth Ishmael, succumbing to wanderlust during a dreary New England autumn, signs up for passage aboard a whaling ship. The Pequod sails under the command of the one-legged Captain Ahab, who has set himself on a monomaniacal quest to capture the cunning white whale that robbed him of his leg: Moby-Dick. Capturing life on the sea with robust realism, Melville details the adventures of the colorful crew aboard the ship as Ahab pursues his crusade of revenge, heedless of all cost.

    Sarah says: "Gripping despite the minutiae"
    "If this is the height of American literature..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I downloaded this because I heard it was one of the great books and a must read.
    It is so incredibly boring! The narrator does his best to make it interesting but he's faced with an impossible task. It took me 8 months to finish and the only way I made it through was by listening to it while I was washing the dishes. If my hands were free I would turn it off. It really is that bad.

    0 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Ninety-Three

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Victor Hugo
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (23)

    It is 1793 in France, the year of the guillotine. Already, Louis XVI has been sentenced to the scaffold, and Terror reigns. The architects of the Revolution (Marat, Danton, and Robespierre) have set up the Convention, an embryo parliament, designed to stem social chaos. But ideals topple in the face of political necessity, alliances founder, and intrigue is a way of life.

    Steven says: "My Favorite Audiobook so far!"
    "Nice story... wish there was more of it."
    Overall

    I loved Le Misserables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame so I was psyched to find 93 with the same narrator but what a disapointment. In the other books Hugo peppers the story with historical sidenotes here and there. Ninety-Three is a historical sidenote peppered with story. Even the narator sounds bored for most of the middle. It's like Hugo was so concerned about it that he forgot to develop the characters until he finished getting the history right and by the time you care the book's over.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3705)
    Performance
    (2029)
    Story
    (2080)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Prsilla says: "Really-REALLY Classic!"
    "Boring melodrama."
    Overall

    It took me months to listen to this book. I just could not stand the lead character. At the beginning Edmond is cocky, self-righteous and trusting and at the end he's cocky, self-righteous and heartless. He's a total drama queen who'll go from "They will rue the day..." to "Woe is me" at the drop of a hat. And to top it off he's a coward who instead of confronting his enemies hides in the shadows and messes with their lives. Dispicable.

    1 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Love Among the Chickens

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (2)

    Written when he was 25, Love Among the Chickens launched P.G. Wodehouse's career as a novelist and introduced the world to Ukridge, one of his most extraordinary inventions. Robert McCrum's introduction shows how this fascinating early book holds within it so many of the themes which Wodehouse was to make his own. This edition uses Wodehouse's 1920 revised edition of the 1906 original.

    Vickey says: "Amusing sit-com."
    "Amusing sit-com."
    Overall

    "Love Among the Chickens" tells the story of a London bachelor who is dragged out into the country by an old friend to start a chicken farm. Neither man knows anything about chickens so they make it up as they go.

    The main character tells the story in a pompous, self-important air that would be very irritating if he wasn't talking about chickens. As is, it's quite funny, especially during the chase scene.

    There are a few things that show the book's age, most notably several passages the speak fondly, even wistfully, about smoking.

    Overall "Love Among the Chickens" is a fun, light story and if you like British humour you'll like it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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