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Heather

Austin, TX, USA

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  • Forever Odd: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3344)
    Performance
    (1018)
    Story
    (1037)

    He's the most unlikely hero you'll ever meet, an ordinary guy with a modest job you might never look at twice. But there's so much more to any of us than meets the eye, and that goes triple for Odd Thomas. For Odd lives always between two worlds in the small desert town of Pico Mundo, where the heroic and the harrowing are everyday events. Odd never asked to communicate with the dead, it's something that just happened.

    Sittingduck says: "Detailed Koontz"
    "Good but not great"
    Overall

    This book was not as good as Odd Thomas. I agree that Dean Koontz should write more stories about Odd Thomas, and he left the ending ready to add book three. This story was much weaker than the first, but entertaining enough to listen to the whole story. All in all, this is a good story, but nothing great. I hope the next book is much better.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (4314)
    Performance
    (1793)
    Story
    (1810)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "Odd is wonderful"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. I couldn't help but like Odd Thomas. What an interesting character. I listened to this on a long cross country road trip with some friends. This was the favorite book of us all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Time Traveler's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By William Hope, Laurel Lefkow
    Overall
    (856)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (172)

    This extraordinary, magical novel is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, a librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36, and were married when Clare was 22 and Henry 30. Impossible but true, because Henry has Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity in his past, present, and future.

    Lucy says: "Worth trying to sort it out"
    "eh.."
    Overall

    This book started out interesting. The ideas were good. The story idea was interesting. Then it just got boreing. I listened to this on a cross country road trip with two friends. We never did finish it, because by the last two thrids of the book, we just lost interest. It is too bad, because I had hoped it would be a great book that we would all enjoy. Instead we all had fun making fun of it, and moved on to another book. We never did finish this one, and I don't really care to.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Dennis Boutsikaris, Rosalyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2709)
    Performance
    (1063)
    Story
    (1074)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "great story"
    Overall

    This was a really good book. It is comparable to Braum Strokers Dracula. It is origional, interesting and worth the credit. I will listen to it again one day. This one will stay in my library.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4132)
    Performance
    (1427)
    Story
    (1442)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "very fun and enjoyable read"
    Overall

    I loved it. This book was witty, fun, full of kooky characters. This story was silly, lighthearted and I couldn't stop listening. It is like Tales from the Crypt meets the X-flies. If you like campy, fun paranormal filled stories..this one is a blast!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (62 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Walter Zimmerman
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (50)

    John-Mark Stensvaag says: "Splendid Novel, Splendid Reading"
    "ugh-don't waste your credit"
    Overall

    So I thought that since this book was a classic, and it is very long I thought I would give it a chance. I had a long solitary job ahead of me, and needed a good story to suck me in and help me pass the time. I thought they couldn't possibly get longer than this one! I was bored out of my skull. I would rather listen to silence. After three hours, I just turned it off. This book is the most boring, snobby, uninteresting book I have ever tried to read or listen to. I immediately erased it. I am sorry I wasted my time and credits. If you want a good book, look elsewhere. This one is HIGHLY overrated. I would have given it NO STARS if it would let me. Ignore the one star. This one is a dud.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4682)
    Performance
    (1574)
    Story
    (1584)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Very good book"
    Overall

    I had to start this book over the first time I listened. The reader came across as a little grating at first. Snooty sounding maybe? I don't know, something about it just could not keep my attention. After about 45 min, I gave up. The next day I listened without distractions. This time I was sucked right in! As it turns out, the book is wonderful. Full of depth, interesting characters and subplots. I am glad I gave it a second chance. I would highly recommend this book. Sit back, and settle in for a good ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brother Odd: An Odd Thomas Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2438)
    Performance
    (971)
    Story
    (967)

    No one could have imagined Odd Thomas ever leaving the quirky comfort of Pico Mundo. Yet leave it he has, for a monastery. But Odd has a knack for finding trouble no matter where he goes, and a killer is stalking the ancient holy halls. Odd is about to meet an enemy who eclipses any he has yet encountered.

    Travelgirl says: "Odds are you will LOVE this book!!!"
    "Odd is fun"
    Overall

    Brother Odd was better than Forever Odd. Forever Odd was pretty good, and Odd Thomas was still the best one. All and all, the series is entertaining, and worth listening to. I might even listen to it again one day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anansi Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Lenny Henry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3813)
    Performance
    (1676)
    Story
    (1685)

    Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

    A. Hawley says: "Beautifully narrated"
    "Passed the time"
    Overall

    I really expected this to be an outstanding book. It was really strange and not up to the hype. This book will pass the time, but it is not something that grabs you and won't let go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cabinet of Curiosities

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    Overall
    (1373)
    Performance
    (447)
    Story
    (447)

    In lower Manhattan, a charnel pit of horror is uncovered: the remains of 36 people murdered and gruesomely dismembered over 130 years ago by an unknown serial killer. Just as a museum archaeologist and an enigmatic FBI agent begin to unravel the clues to the killings, a fresh spree of copy-cat murders and surgical mutilation erupts around them. Mixing science and terror in a way only they can, Preston and Child deliver a novel that's as gruesome as it is enthralling.

    Dianna says: "This Book is a True Curiosity!!"
    "Very Entertaining"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this story. I would recommend it for a long drive. It certianly helped me pass the time of a long road trip.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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