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Gary

Byron Center, MI, United States

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  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34101)
    Performance
    (25265)
    Story
    (25606)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Good Read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes... the characters are right on and belivable in this setting. Susanne does a great job at keeping the emotions and reactions age appropriate.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line is what drew me in... and it did not dissapoint me


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    She was great... a good differentiation between characters and always spot on with the emotions. Her pace was not too hurried and she did not wain twords the end. Good job!!


    Any additional comments?

    Although I felt this book was written for a younger aged reader... I found it quite compelling and bridged that gap quite well

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • High Five

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Debi Mazar
    Overall
    (586)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (343)

    America's favorite bounty hunter is back behind the wheel in her fifth hilarious, high-octane thriller. Out of bail skippers and rent money, Stephanie Plum strikes out on her own. Okay, so a scumball blows himself to bits on her first day of policing a crack house, and the sheik she was chauffeuring steals the limo. But hey, nobody's perfect.

    Diane says: "Content dampened by quality of reading."
    "I couldn't finish it"
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    Would you try another book from Janet Evanovich and/or Debi Mazar?

    I will not purchase another book read by Debi but will continue with Janet at a later date. I really enjoyed the first 4 books of this series. The charachters and reading had been very entertaining. However, I couldn't finish this one. The reader went way too fast for me to keep up with and had a seedy tone that really took the book into a different direction from the previous reader.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I will be returning to my epic novels for awhile, but will return for another Janet Evanovich book in the future


    Would you be willing to try another one of Debi Mazar’s performances?

    No. She doesn't have the experience or depth to perform multiple charachters male and female.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24069)
    Performance
    (18014)
    Story
    (18071)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Dissapointed"
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    Has A Game of Thrones turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I understand the human condition and the brutality of war, but the raw, brutal sex scenes were over the top... I did not need to revisit that perspective on every other chapter to get it. Other books in this genre do not go this far and I will be looking for others that concentrate on developing the story line


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

    I liked Roy and thought he did a good job with the number of charachters presented.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Game of Thrones?

    Sex is a part of human life and the dark side should probably be represented... but the reader just needs to understand the context... not reminded of the details so often. Tone it down


    Any additional comments?

    The story line itself was not bad... it just needs to be more of the focus for the reader

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4103)
    Performance
    (3582)
    Story
    (3631)

    Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can.

    Robert says: "All the reviews had me worried for nothing!"
    "Great ending for a great series"
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    If you could sum up Inheritance in three words, what would they be?

    Great epic fantasy


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eragon - Never forgot where he came from and stayed true to to whom he was... even as temptation and greatness pulled him into arogance... he stayed the course.


    Which character – as performed by Gerard Doyle – was your favorite?

    You have to love Saffira... great job by Gerald on all charachters, but the dragons were very well represented.


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

    Without giving away the ending too much... I particularly identified with what happens after the battle has been won and you are left to lessor duties. The challenge of a superhero after a vanquish is more challenging than the battle itself. My favorite part was Eragons decision in the aftermath and his reasoning for it.


    Any additional comments?

    I almoast didn't buy this book because of the contraversy about the ending in the comments I read. In the end I had to buy this book because I had invested so much into it in the previous 3 books that Christopher had written. I was very much suprised and pleased when I found the ending to be more sofisticated and thought out than the reviews had led me to believe. It was a great story and very well written... I can see where the author had imersed himself into this world that he wrote about. In the end... I am very well satisfied and glad I invested the time to enoy this epic... and would be glad to read his future projects as well.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The First 90 Days

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Michael Watkins
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Norris
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (104)

    You've just been promoted to a new leadership position. You're not yet sure of the challenges ahead or how you will meet them. All you know is that you have three months to get on top of the job and move forward, or fail.

    Eric Levos says: "A Must Read & Re-Read"
    "The First 90 Days"
    Overall

    I found this to be excellent... audio was good and the content exceptional... It reinforced much of my own experience

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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