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Stephanie

Cayce, SC, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6869)
    Performance
    (3294)
    Story
    (3340)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Valerie says: "Just As Wonderful as I Remembered!"
    "Boring"
    Overall

    Boring is the only word I have for this book. The only reason I gave it two stars is because it does have a plot. Perhaps reading it in print would have been less confusing, but the characters are dry and the story is tired.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Gigi Bermingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1833)
    Performance
    (1048)
    Story
    (1053)

    To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her. As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question.

    Jaclyn A Rupert says: "Narrrator: 1 star, Story 5 stars!"
    "Why?"
    Overall

    I really love the whole Hollows series. It makes a great light listen for those stressed out times! My problem with this book was the narrator. I have NEVER had a problem with a narrator before... but this girl makes the whole book wrong somehow. I almost couldn't listen, as I was so distracted by her pronunciation of words and the voices she gave my favorite characters! Why would an audiobook company change narrators like this? I noticed that for the next book, the regular narrator is back and I am looking forward to listening to that book (if I can ever listen to the end of this one!)
    My suggestion for Rachel Morgan fans... buy this book and read it yourself!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22936)
    Performance
    (9578)
    Story
    (9651)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Hmmmm...."
    Overall

    While the book is certainly fascinating, it leaves a few questions unanswered. If you like a book with nothing left to the imagination, this is not your book. If you like to be left hanging at the end about a thing or two, this is for you! I would have given this a 5 star rating, but the ending was so... hmmmm!
    Other than that, I agree that the beginning is quite slow, but it is worth the wait!
    The characters are fabulous, and the mystery itself will keep you guessing until the very end.
    I will definitely recommend the book and read more by the author.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Virtues of War: A Novel of Alexander the Great

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Steven Pressfield
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (111)

    Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.) ascended to the throne of Macedon at the age of 20. He fought his greatest battles, including the conquest of the mighty Persian Empire, before he was 25, and died at the age of 33, still undefeated by any enemy. His reputation as a supreme warrior and leader of men is unsurpassed in the annals of history.

    Bill says: "Excellent"
    "Not a novel"
    Overall

    This is not a novel. This is (maybe) a diary. Mostly, it is a war log. It gives excruciating detail on each battle Alexander fought (the formation, how many foot soldiers, how many cavalry, how the soldiers were equipped, each blow they landed). I listened to about half... waiting for the story to begin. When I realized that this was a military history tome, I stopped and moved on to something more interesting.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Princes of Ireland: The Dublin Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Richard Matthews
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (210)

    The saga begins in tribal, pre-Christian Ireland during the reign of the fierce and mighty High Kings at Tara, with the tale of two lovers whose travails cleverly echo the ancient Celtic legend of Cuchulainn. From that stirring beginning, Rutherfurd takes the reader on a powerfully imagined journey through the centuries. Through the interlocking stories of a memorable cast of characters we see Ireland through the lens of its greatest city.

    jack rose says: "FANTASTIC!"
    "Fantastic"
    Overall

    What an epic story... and so much of it is based in truth. As soon as I finished (after making many excuses to drive around more than necessary to listen a bit more) I looked up more books by this author. This book traces the history of Dublin through the lives of certain people/families and makes a very believeable and sweeping saga. I have never felt so proud of my trickle of Irish blood!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Time Stops for No Mouse: A Hermux Tantamoq Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Michael Hoeye
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Watchmaker Hermux Tantamoq is a hardworking mouse who is thankful for ordinary things: donuts, coffee, peaceful evenings at home with his pet ladybug. But his quiet life takes a dramatic turn when Ms. Linka Perflinger, dashing daredevil aviatrix and adventuress, bursts into his watch shop, drops off a broken watch and steals his heart.

    Tammy says: "Time Stops for No Mouse"
    "Quite splendid a story"
    Overall

    Hmmmm... nothing much I can say without giving away something about this book. I will say that it is a very good story... adventure, love, deception, betrayal, loyalty... this was my first story by this author, but definitely not my last!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Summer of the Sisterhood

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ann Brashares
    • Narrated By Amy Povich
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (38)

    With a bit of last summer's sand in the pockets, the Traveling Pants and the Sisterhood that wears them embark on their 16th summer.

    Amy says: "Fabulous"
    "Another hit"
    Overall

    Brashares does it again in the Second Summer! I was again drawn into the world of the Sisterhood, and I laughed and cried, felt lost and triumphed right along with the girls. If you haven't read the first book, I highly recommend doing so before falling into this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Ann Brashares
    • Narrated By Angela Goethals
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (471)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (67)

    Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop. They didn't look all that great; they were worn, dirty, and speckled with bleach. On the night before she and her friends part for the summer, Carmen decides to toss them. But Tibby says they're great. She'd love to have them. Lena and Bridget also think they're fabulous. Lena decides they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them. Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly.

    V.T. Fletcher says: "A great teen read..."
    "Draws you in"
    Overall

    From the first chapter, I was drawn into the lives of Tibby, Lena, B, and Carmen. I think this story captures the lives of girls this age so wonderfully, and doesn't make unbelieveable things happen. It is a perfectly normal story in so many ways... but it has those magical pants that add the spice to the girls' lives. I recommend this book to anyone who holds in fond memory those teenage days!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Da Vinci Code

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6852)
    Performance
    (1612)
    Story
    (1652)

    While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

    Alexandra says: "Incredibly entertaining"
    "Unpleasant surprise"
    Overall

    I had heard so much about this book, and it turned out to be so much hype. The writing is shockingly awful. The subject seems to be so incredibly juicy, but it is poorly developed, and the writing makes the whole story intensely unbelieveable. The author uses such blatantly obvious techniques, like foreshadowing.... "He knew his only hope was a miracle... he prayed for a miracle... he didn't know that he would receive a miracle in a few hours." The author drags the story on and on but such annoying techniques as "I will tell you the secret... but you have to come into the library with me..." then cutting to something else going on for 20 minutes or so before coming back and recapping what is going on in the library. I cannot express my disappointment enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eragon: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7669)
    Performance
    (2856)
    Story
    (2908)

    When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

    Sandra says: "Utterly Awesome!"
    "I was skeptical..."
    Overall

    But I am so glad that I listened to this book! What a great story... well written, good character development, great plot and action. I love fantasy, but a lot of it tends to border on the absurd, and mostly sounds pretty dumb when read aloud, but this book was fantastic. I will definitely listen to the next story when it comes out.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tishomingo Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Things are going along okay with Dennis' gig at the Tishomingo Lodge & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi, "the Casino Capital of the South", until the day he looks down from the high-dive platform and witnesses a mob hit, Dixie style.

    Laure says: "Classic Leonard"
    "Interesting read"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed the book, though it wasn't exactly what I expected! I made the mistake of downloading this story onto my player instead of another book, and boy, was I confused at first! Once I realized that it was not the book I expected, I really enjoyed the story. The characters are interesting and colorful, and I can honestly say that I didn't see the plot unfolding as it did. This book was my first by the author, and I am sure that I will soon be listening to another.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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