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Kristi

Winder, GA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Louise Rennison
    • Narrated By Stina Nielson
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    Several things about 14-year-old Georgia Nicolson's life are very wrong. Her bedroom smells like her little sister probably peed somewhere, but she can?t find where. Angus, her enormous cat, keeps terrorizing Mrs. Next Door's poodle. Dad's gone off to look for work in New Zealand. And one of her friends has rated Georgia's nose a zero on a scale from 1-10. But what's really driving her crazy is that Sex God Robbie doesn't give her the time of day.

    Kristi says: "Hilarious listen for pre-teens and adults"
    "Hilarious listen for pre-teens and adults"
    Overall

    This is a hilarious story about the everyday happenings of a British 14-year-old. The British slang and wonderful narration would be worth the listen even without the entertaining story. The references to Georgia's cat never failed to make laugh out loud, and Georgia's madcap shenanigans were a great portrayal of the teenage psyche. One word of warning, however-- there is a LOT of British slang that may be confusing for those not familiar with it. There is a "glossary" at the end that explains it, but that is of limited usefulness in an audio format. Teens and folks with limited British exposure might do better to enjoy this one in print, but whatever the format this is not one to miss!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Haunted

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Bentley Little
    • Narrated By Dan Butler
    Overall
    (504)
    Performance
    (458)
    Story
    (465)

    The Perry family's new house is perfect - except for the weird behavior of the neighbors, and that odd smell coming from a dark corner in the basement. Pity no one warned the family about the house. Now it's too late. Because the darkness at the bottom of the basement stairs is rising.

    Jessica says: "Scarier Than I Thought it Would Be"
    "Typical haunted house story-- not awful, not great"
    Overall
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    I was not impressed. It's a pretty typical haunted house story. The characters are bland. The medical parts were poorly researched. Probably OK if haunted houses are your thing, but nothing special.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Kill a Warlock: Dulcie O'Neil, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By H. P. Mallory
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (364)

    Dulcie O’Neil is a fairy. And not the type to frolic in gardens. She’s a Regulator - a law-enforcement agent who monitors the creatures of the Netherworld to keep them from wreaking havoc in the mortal world. When a warlock is murdered and Dulcie was the last person to see him alive, she must uncover the truth before she’s either deported back to the Netherworld, or she becomes the next victim. Enter Knight Vander, a sinfully attractive investigator sent from the Netherworld to work the case with Dulcie.

    Amazon Customer says: "Engaging, but sometimes frustrating"
    "I hated this book"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I hated this book. The heroine of this book has all the maturity and judgement of a thirteen-year-old. The main love interest is a controlling jerk with no respect for boundaries-- he should have been reported for assault and sexual harassment and never spoken to again. The whole thing read like a Harlequin Romance, except that the "romance" was either absent or incredibly annoying. Ick!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2762)
    Performance
    (2425)
    Story
    (2440)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "I want my wizards back!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I can't say it was a bad book. It was in fact very well written. The characters were exceptionally vivid and memorable. However-- I hated it.

    Maybe if it had been written under a pseudonym and assigned to me in literature class... yes, I knew it wasn't a Harry Potter book, but it was still a huge disappointment. Pitiful small-minded small-town English Muggles spending 18 dreadfully dull hours showing how pitiful, small-minded, and small-town they all are, with a terribly depressing ending to top it all off... it was NOT what I wanted. I found myself wishing that Voldemort would come along and eat the lot of them.

    5 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5430)
    Performance
    (5062)
    Story
    (5058)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Ken says: "It's all about the codas"
    "Good, but not quite as good as I'd expected."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The main part of the novel was pretty much what it's billed as... a fun romp poking fun at Star Trek. I kind of wished I'd stopped there, though. The three codas on the end, while great "tying up loose ends" stories, had an entirely different serious/sentimental tone. It was a poor match for the main book, and totally ruined the humor/satire tone I'd been enjoying. My advice would be to read just the main part of the book, savor the experience, then go back later for the codas.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10090)
    Performance
    (9392)
    Story
    (9393)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Good fun, good nostalgia, good geekery!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This book was wonderful fun. A classic story of young people on a treasure hunt, fighting Big Corporation and trying to find themselves-- in a future where the key to success is to become an 80's-style ubergeek. My husband and I loved it for its resonance with our own 80's coming-of-age geekery, and also loved passing it on to our kids, who have been regularly subjected to classic 80's culture in our "family movie nights". Wil Wheaton's narration was enjoyable as always, and perfect for this story. Highly recommended!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2655)
    Performance
    (2225)
    Story
    (2229)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "Trite and Predictable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was billed as being like Diana Gabaldon's books, which I quite enjoyed, but it did not live up to that standard. There was precious little history in this so-called historical fiction. The characters in the past are minor players, with little insight given to real historical figures and without even much attempt made to portray the daily life of the times. They were also not particularly well developed or engaging. As for the modern day part of the story, the "genetic memory" quackery made my teeth grind. I have no problem enjoying the pure fantasy of ancestral memories or ghosts or mystic visions of the past, but the book's attempt to make itself "real" with psuedoscientific mumbo-jumbo about DNA was absolutely ridiculous. DNA does NOT encode memories!!!! I suppose this book might not be so bad if you're looking for a shallow romance novel, and don't really care about science or history, but I found it to be mostly annoying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fledgling

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated By Tracey Leigh
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (111)

    Fledgling, Octavia E. Butler's final novel, is the story of a young amnesiac girl whose inhuman needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: she is in fact a genetically modified 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she must learn who wanted to destroy her and those she cares for and how she can save herself.

    B. W. says: "Unusual Concept, Very Good Read"
    "Didn't like it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have really liked previous books I've read by Octavia Butler, and had been looking forward to this one, but I just didn't like it. I'm not sure how much was the narration and how much was the story itself, but it just seemed really stilted and flat. This particular vampire concept was unique and interesting, but I was not able to muster any emotional attachment to any of the characters, or really believe the emotions that they were feeling. Very disappointing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sheepfarmer's Daughter: The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (1158)
    Performance
    (834)
    Story
    (842)

    Refusing to marry a pig farmer and joining the army, even if it means never seeing her family again, Paksenarrion begins an adventure that enables her to restore an overthrown ruler.

    Christopher says: "Intriguing start"
    "Dull, dull dull!"
    Overall

    I found this book incredibly dull. I am normally quite forgiving of stories with female warriors, but the main character really didn't have enough depth to even SEEM female. None of the characters were compelling, and the "story" was just an endless sequence of mostly meaningless conversations, travelogues, and battles.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Vampire Academy: Vampire Academy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Stephanie Wolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2288)
    Performance
    (1367)
    Story
    (1390)

    St. Vladimir's Academy isn't just any boarding school - it's a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They've been on the run, but now they're being dragged back to St. Vladimir's - the very place where they're most in danger.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Buy it! Vampire fan or not."
    "Too immature for adults, too trashy for kids"
    Overall

    Since my daughter went gaga over Twilight, I've been on a quest to find more vampire books for her. That's a difficult quest, since most vampire books are decidedly NOT for kids. Vampires are cool, but keeping their mystique and allure without making them gruesome or sexually explicit is a challenge.

    This one tried-- the vampires here are teens in the equivalent of a high school. The premise itself is interesting, and I liked the vampire/dhampyr/human dynamics. However, all the petty high school cliques and jealously completely ruined the vampire "mystique". The kids in the story (16-17 year olds) get drunk on a regular basis, have sex, and have generally atrocious behavior towards each other and towards all the adults.

    In sort, too much shallow teenage shenanigans to appeal to adults, and.. too much shallow teenage shenanigans to make me want it for my daughter.

    23 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • Tunnels

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Roderick Gordon, Brian Williams
    • Narrated By Stephen Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (217)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (73)

    When 14-year-old Will Burrows goes looking for his missing father, he discovers an underground world that time forgot. Ruled by a brutal class called the Styx, "The Colony" has not changed in a hundred years. Into this dark and mysterious place go Will and his friend Chester, unsure what they will find and oblivious to the dangers ahead. Before long their extraordinary adventure unearths a terrible secret - one that may cost them their lives.

    Holly says: "On the Fence"
    "Dull and Irritating"
    Overall

    My only comfort in having endured this story is that at least I spared my children the same ordeal. It was slow-moving, dull, and depressing. The lead character is a complete idiot-- he makes glaringly horrible choices throughout the whole book. The characters I did manage to become a little fond of were killed off. The underground world was mildly intriguing, and the overgrown bald killer cat was cool, but NOT worth the drudgery of listening to the rest of it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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