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saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

  • 21 reviews
  • 90 ratings
  • 149 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2015

  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "An enjoyable listen"

    The premise is fresh and interesting, and the protagonist is easy to like. Narration was great.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • In the Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley

    As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children, unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.

    Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a 12-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery.

    Dottie B. says: "Very mixed feelings (semi-spoilers included)"
    "A great listen"

    A wonderful book; if you've never read Tana French, this is a totally excellent introduction, and you won't be sorry.

    Tana French has a real knack for developing characters and relationships, and for writing dialogue.

    Highly recommend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Fantastic listen"

    In general, I tend to stay away from generational books, where part one introduces us to one set of characters, and part two takes up a few decades later, in an entirely new world. I also tend to shy away from two-credit books, but in this case, I'm very glad I took a chance.

    This is an exceptional novel; the story is interesting and different enough from current "vampire" fiction to be unique, the prose is lovely; simple and lush at the same time. The characters are intriguing, the world is post-apocalyptic but recognizable. There are just so many great things about this book, including excellent narration. I highly recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

    Roy says: "Everything You Always Wanted to Know - and More"
    "So. Much. FUN!"

    Packing for Mars is an exceptionally fun listen; it's fast-paced and well narrated, and all in all, a great book.

    It's less about Mars than it is about space travel in general, and the intricacies of day-to-day life aboard a spacecraft, and sheds a lot of light on all the things one never really thinks about when they think of astronauts.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "An enjoyable listen"

    Since this story is told from the point of view of 5 year old Jack, I was expecting a child's voice as the main narrator. Unfortunately, I found it very difficult to set aside the fact that Jack sounds almost exactly like Ralph Wiggum.

    The book is at turns funny and sad, and is absolutely worth a credit, and worth the listening time. The thing I enjoyed most is the author's seemingly perfect translation of how a child's mind works. Sometimes, this led to a certain amount of repetitiveness, which was a little bit annoying, but probably also unavoidable.

    Outside of the Ralph Wiggum voice, the narration was exceptionally well done.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 13 Bullets: A Vampire Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By David Wellington
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne

    All the official reports say they are dead—extinct since the late ’80s, when a fed named Arkeley nailed the last vampire in a fight that nearly killed him. But Arkeley knows what most people don’t: there is one left. In an abandoned asylum she is rotting, plotting, and biding her time in a way that only the undead can. When state trooper Laura Caxton calls the FBI looking for help in the middle of the night, it is Arkeley who gets the assignment.

    Flavius says: "A Pleasant Time-Killer"
    "Maybe I expected too much"

    I was all prepared for a dark, gritty vampire story, and indeed, this is a dark, gritty vampire story.

    That said, I was put off by some combination of the narration and the writing. I can't exactly put my finger on it, but I bought the book more than three months ago, and have been completely unable to force myself to finish the story.

    It might be unfair to rate the book, since I haven't finished it, but that said, if it's so bad I can't MAKE myself finish it, I suppose it's worth one star.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Mount Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Guy Carson is a brilliant scientist at GeneDyne, one of the world's foremost biochemical companies. When he is transferred to Mount Dragon, GeneDyne's high-security genetic engineering lab, his good fortune seems too good to be true.

    Carson soon finds that it is. He learns that GeneDyne geneticists are tinkering with a common virus with an eye on the enormous profit to be had from a cure for the flu. Their cure involves permanently altering DNA in humans. What's more, Mount Dragon harbors another secret that puts the world at horrifying risk.

    Keith says: "Worthy Listen if a bit hitchy"
    "Not overly sucky, I guess..."

    As much as I enjoy Lincoln Child on his own, I didn't enjoy this book at all.

    I found the characters to be kind of stereotypical, and the "action" to be pretty dull. I could go on, but really, I've wasted enough time on this book already.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Boleyn Inheritance

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Lucy Scott, Emma Powell, Candida Gubbins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is 1539, and the court of Henry VIII is increasingly fearful at the moods of the ageing, sickly king. With only a baby in the cradle for an heir, Henry has to take another wife. The dangerous prize of the crown of England is won by Anne of Cleves, who has her own reasons for agreeing to marry a man old enough to be her father. Although fascinated by the glamour of her new surroundings, Anne senses a trap closing around her.

    Mary says: "Amazing story! characters brillantly alive"
    "Engrossing & absorbing"

    There are a number of books and movies that focus on the life and death of Anne Boleyn, so it's very nice to see some attention paid to some of the other doomed brides of Henry VIII.

    I find that many novels of this genre can be a little dry, but I found this to be an entertaining, interesting listen. The book itself is nicely written, and the narration is absolutely excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All About Vee

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By C. Leigh Purtill
    • Narrated By Stephanie Wolf

    Veronica May ("Big Vee") is a bubbly, gorgeous, confident, 18-year-old theater actress from Chester, Arizona. She also weighs 200 pounds. She puts off college, her life, and her questions about her mother's death 12 years earlier to care for her widowed father. Then, Daddy announces that he's going to remarry and Veronica feels replaced. She decides, then and there, it's time for Big Vee to shine!

    Mobilis says: ""Poor Selfish, Vapid Vee""
    ""Poor Selfish, Vapid Vee""

    "Poor Selfish, Vapid Vee" would have been a better title.

    I honestly thought I'd enjoy this book; fat girl makes good. But instead of being a big, confident woman a la Mo'Nique, Vee is just a selfish jerk, and while that's perfectly fine for Scarlett O'Hara, it's kind of unappealing in a person you're supposed to empathize with and cheer for.

    I found myself hoping that Vee would be a spectacular failure and would grow old and die alone, working in a coffee shop, which is pretty cruel even for me.

    This isn't fat girl makes good, this is fat girl obsesses about skinny girls and skinny boys and thinks the world revolves around her until suddently it doesn't any more and OMG!!!1 what will happen next?

    Ick. Just... Ick.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Train Man

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By P. T. Deutermann
    • Narrated By Bruce Reizen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Only six major rail bridges cross the Mississippi River and connect one half of our country to the other. When one of them collapses as a freight train is crossing, the FBI sends agents Hush Hanson and Carolyn Lang to investigate. Hush and Carolyn suspect a bomb, but there are no clues to suggest who planted it.

    Rebecca says: "First book of Deutermann that bored me to death"
    "Who knew train bridges were so important?"

    I'm a massive PT Deutermann fan, and thus, I really enjoyed this book.

    There isn't a lot to say about this book; it's not exactly a departure from the regular formula of a thriller novel, but I enjoy Deutermann's turn of phrase, and the level of character development; he shares the important points, but doesn't go into excessive detail.

    Yay for trains!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Killer Instinct

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Jason Steadman is a 30-year-old sales executive living in Boston and working for an electronics giant, a competitor to Sony and Panasonic. He's a witty, charismatic guy who's well liked at the office, but he lacks the "killer instinct" necessary to move up the corporate ladder. To the chagrin of his ambitious wife, it looks as if his career has hit a ceiling. Jason's been sidelined.

    Emma says: "Mediocre at best"
    "Falls Flat"

    Slightly painful to listen to, not only because Scott Brick isn't my favorite narrator, but because the book itself is... um... kind of sucky.

    The protagonist is kind of wimpy and stupid, and the antagonist is omnipotent and evil, and yet the wimpy, stupid guy prevails. This is one book that might have been improved by the bad guy winning.

    Kind of a waste of a credit.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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