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Sarah Hoskovec

Denver | Member Since 2008

  • 7 reviews
  • 98 ratings
  • 289 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2015

  • Eating Animals

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Todd Ross

    Jonathan Safran Foer spent much of his teenage and college years oscillating between omnivore and vegetarian. But on the brink of fatherhood - facing the prospect of having to make dietary choices on a child's behalf - his casual questioning took on an urgency His quest for answers ultimately required him to visit factory farms in the middle of the night, dissect the emotional ingredients of meals from his childhood, and probe some of his most primal instincts about right and wrong.

    Natalie says: "Surprisingly Even-Handed"
    "Nothing New"

    This book makes some good points about the benefits of a vegetarian or at least ethically farmed omnivorous diet, but it's all been said before. For a better narrated, well written version of this book, I recommend "The Omnivore's Dilemma".

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • John Dies at the End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

    Amazon Customer says: "Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win."
    "Supernatural meets Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy"

    Wong does an amazing job of creating terrifying, heart-pounding supernatural suspense with excellent description and action, then catches you completely off guard by making a joke in the middle of the action. The characters are well drawn out and likable and the story is convoluted but fun to follow along with. I love the fact that Wong really plays with the "unreliable narrator" concept with this novel. The narrator does a great job of conveying the sarcastic-ness of the prose; my only complaint is that his voice for John is a bit too close to Jack Nicholson and can be distracting. I hope we get more from this author in the near future.

    19 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Steven says: "Spellbinding"
    "Yep, It's a McCarthy Novel"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story is compelling and the characters are richly developed. The narrator, Tom Stechschulte, who also did the reading for

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

    As usual, McCarthy abhors an ending - if you've read other novels by this author or saw the theatrical release of

    Which character ??? as performed by Tom Stechschulte ??? was your favorite?

    The father character in this story was fantastic - a calm, quiet man who is struggling to provide for his child in a harsh world. As usual, McCarthy manages to say a lot about his characters without them saying much of anything at all.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Columbine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dave Cullen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.

    Book reader says: "Truth and heartache"
    "Definitely credit worthy and worth several listens"

    First of all, a disclaimer: this book drew me into its narrative in a way few books do, but that may be in part because I was so close to subject matter. I was a freshman at Lakewood High School (about 10 minutes north of Littleton and Columbine High) when the shootings happened. Though the attack did not directly affect me, I remember my principal announcing over the intercom, voice cracking, that there had been a shooting at Columbine and that we would be sent home early. I did not know anyone at that school, but many of my friends did - they had friends there, family. My mother came to pick me up from school and all that day and for the next six months I was glued to the news. There was so much confusion and controversy and misinformation in those early months that it got harder and harder to understand what happened. I thought I knew what happened that day, but after listening to this book, I now realize that much of what I thought I knew about Columbine was based on myths and rumors.

    The book is very well written - for what is essentially a work of journalism, the author does a fantastic job of adding real human interest to the story line and making even the most mundane pieces of factual data become part of the dramatic retelling of the events as they unfolded. I was especially fascinated by the psychological profiles of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold - given what I am sure were very limited resources, the author does a superb job of getting inside the killer's heads and explaining why they did what they did without simply blaming their actions on a single "hot topic" like so many reporters have done. Without justifying the horrific actions they took and while still giving their victims the respect and sympathy they deserve, the author still manages to get you inside the killers' heads.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Patron Saint of Used Cars and Second Chances

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Mark Millhone
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the course of one nine-month period, filmmaker Mark Millhone's youngest son nearly died from birth complications, his father was diagnosed with prostate cancer, his mother had a heart attack and passed away, a freak illness claimed the life of a friend, and his career imploded. As a result of his membership in what he calls the tragedy-of-the-month club, his marriage begins to fray.

    Sarah Hoskovec says: "Very good writing, bad story"
    "Very good writing, bad story"

    I guess you could classify this as a sort of "coming-of-middle-age" story, but to me it was just pure pathos. The writing was rich without being overly verbose and really created scenes, but the vast majority of the scenes in this book were just devastatingly depressing. When the story wasn't terribly sad, I usually found myself either frustrated by the narrator's negativity or angered by his violent reactions (there is one scene in particular, involving a dog, that almost made me quit the book right then and there).

    I guess I was caught off guard because the book came highly recommended by one of my favorite comedy writers, so perhaps I would have a less critical opinion of I'd known what I was getting into beforehand. As, as I've already mentioned, the saving grace of this book is that the writing is top-notch.

    Just be forewarned that this book deep and dark and you get only the slightest bit of (ultimately unsatisfying) relief from all the ire at the very end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Summer's Path

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Scott Blum
    • Narrated By Diane Ray

    Summer's Path is the remarkable story of Don Newport, an engineer that comes face to face with his personal destiny under extraordinary circumstances. After losing his job and his health insurance, Don learns he has a terminal disease with only a few months left to live. On his death bed, he meets Robert, a brazen angel of death that promises to help Don with a graceful exit.

    ArtC says: "A bad new-age after-school special"
    "A vehicle for a goofy New Age philosophy"

    This story started out very interesting... I thought it'd be a character study on terminal illness. Then the ill man starts seeing visions of an angel of death. "Oh, crap," I thought, "I didn't realize this was a religious book!" Turns out, it was even worse: the book is nothing but a vehicle for Scott Blum to sell his weird New Age philosophies to a mass audience.

    You know, I'm getting really sick of authors doing this. It's one thing to have an underlying message to your story; it's quite another thing to start with a message and then half-ass a story around it in order to widen its mass appeal (I'm talking to you, Dan Brown!).

    I'd have to say free is too much to pay for this book.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • This Present Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Frank Peretti
    • Narrated By Jack Sondericker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A small town newspaper editor and a local minister uncover a web of conspiracy while an unseen battle between the angels of good and evil takes place in the town of Ashton.

    Kimberly says: "The one that started Peretti"
    "Non- Fundamentalists Beware"

    I enjoy supernatural stories, but this book is nothing but a vehicle to promote Fundamentalism (or perhaps more accurately, to attack non-Fundamental beliefs, Christian and otherwise), and as such, the plot is thin and the characters are all two dimensional stereotypes.

    I dislike being proselytized to, even more so when it's done deceptively, through the guise of a fiction novel.

    If you're Fundamentalist, you'll probably like this book. If you aren't, you'll probably just find it offensive.

    11 of 51 people found this review helpful

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