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Samantha

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  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9858)
    Performance
    (8500)
    Story
    (8516)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    James says: "Not as good as previous books"
    "Another great one"
    Overall

    This was another great Ice and Fire book. As always, the story was great. My only gripe is the narrator. I never realized how much better the story was with a different narrator until I hear John Lee narrate book 4. Roy Dotrice does a good job but his character voices are limited and it just seemed to flow better with John Lee.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4677)
    Performance
    (2719)
    Story
    (2741)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "Thought provoking"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I quickly tired of the post apocalyptic genre, but this one goes far beyond the typical storyline. The story, situations, and characters are completely believable and I could not stop listening from the start. I would not recommend going to the grocery store after listening to One Second After - you will have the urge to stockpile.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: 50th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Ken Kesey, Robert Faggen (introduction)
    • Narrated By John C. Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (334)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (303)

    Boisterous, ribald, and ultimately shattering, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest has left an indelible mark on the literature of our time. Turning conventional notions of sanity and insanity on their heads, the novel tells the unforgettable story of a mental ward and its inhabitants, especially tyrannical Big Nurse Ratched and Randle Patrick McMurphy, the brawling, fun-loving new inmate who resolves to oppose her.

    Scott says: "Fantastic"
    "Excellent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is one that will stick with me for a long time. I have seen the movie several times but never took the time to read the book. I had no idea what I was missing out on! Understanding psychiatric illness from a patient's perspective so completely is a rare experience and one that I would recommend to anyone. John Reilly did an excellent job narrating, capturing the characters so that the listener is drawn in.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest?

    When Chief finally talked.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I wouldn't make a film of this book, as I don't think a remake would top the original film.


    Any additional comments?

    I rarely write reviews, but this one just begged for comment. It was moving at times and hilarious at times. I can understand why it is considered a modern classic.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Happy Hour at Casa Dracula: The Casa Dracula Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Marta Acosta
    • Narrated By Patricia Fructuoso
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Milagro De Los Santos needs to get her career on track - and a sexy man to come home to. At a party for her ex-boyfriend, she meets the unusually attractive Oswald Grant, who sweeps her off her feet. But when he bites her in the heat of passion and she instantly falls ill, Milagro realizes Oswald is not just any fabulous man - he's a vampire. Whisked away to his family's estate to recover, Milagro learns the ins and outs of vampirism while falling for a wickedly inappropriate man.

    Samantha says: "Enjoyable"
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this is a nice light fantasy book that grabs the readers attention quickly


    Did Patricia Fructuoso do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narrator did great with the main character but narration of some of the other characters could have been better. Too many pauses with some of the male characters, making the characters seem as though they are mentally challenged. Also, sometimes the narrator speaks so softly I miss what she said and have rewind to catch it. She also speaks too fast, which takes away from some of the funny parts of the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, great story with witty and funny storyline.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1087)
    Performance
    (1012)
    Story
    (1013)

    Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

    Noell says: "I want more and so will you!! *Spoilers*"
    "Great listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about My Life as a White Trash Zombie?

    This is not your typical zombie story. I laughed most of the way through it and it caught my attention from the beginning.


    Have you listened to any of Allison McLemore’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I do not recall ever having heard Allison McLemore prior to this audiobook. For this book, she is one of those narrators who nails the southern accent and the listener is drawn in with no distractions.


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked this book, it's light and funny and keeps your attention throughout. I got tired of the zombie genre pretty quick, but this one is a keeper and I plan to buy the next book in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Man with the Golden Torc: Secret Histories, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Stuart Blinder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (533)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (297)

    Meet Shaman Bond, aka Eddie Drood, scion of the ancient Drood family. He is devoted to protecting humanity from the forces of darkness. Protected by the secret weapon received at birth by all members of the Drood family - a magical gold torc (i.e., a neck ring) that turns into a suit of nearly impervious golden armor - Eddie faces arcane dangers with healthy doses of wry self-confidence and sarcasm. Then the family matriarch sends him on a mission that turns out to be a deadly setup.

    Loren says: "entertaining"
    "Excellent story, poor narrator"
    Overall

    This story is very well written with lots of witty dialogue and action. The only downside is the narrator, his character voices are terrible and inflection is a bit annoying. However, if you like this genre as much as I do, the story is certainly worth listening to and I would recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead as a Doornail: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery # 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (3418)
    Performance
    (1601)
    Story
    (1610)

    New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won an Anthony Award for her one-of-a-kind Sookie Stackhouse mystery series. Sookie, a Louisiana cocktail waitress, skilled telepath, and friend to vampires, has a dedicated fan base that grows larger every day.

    Anne says: "Telepathic barmaid, shapeshifters, vampires!"
    "Loved it"
    Overall

    I absolutely loved this book. It has everything - action, humor, supernatural, mystery, and romance. I found myself laughing out loud on my way to work many times. Would highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur Golden
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3476)
    Performance
    (820)
    Story
    (822)

    In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

    Stephanie says: "Best Book in a while"
    "Excellent"
    Overall

    Wonderful book! I couldn't stop listening and found myself sneaking out during my luch break to eat in my car and listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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