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NorCal consumer

SF Bay Area USA | Member Since 2012

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  • 4 reviews
  • 54 ratings
  • 228 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015
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  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Green, David Levithan
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews, Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1348)
    Performance
    (1112)
    Story
    (1122)

    One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

    FanB14 says: "Another John Green Hit"
    "Good but for younger reader"
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    I should probably rate this 4 star because it is not the fault of the author that I probably was not the intended audience. It was a good story and perfect for a young adult. It was a litte sophmoric for my own taste. Narrator performance was excellent.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Madame Picasso

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Anne Girard
    • Narrated By Leslie Carroll
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (153)

    When Eva Gouel moves to Paris from the countryside, she is full of ambition and dreams of stardom. Though young and inexperienced, she manages to find work as a costumer at the famous Moulin Rouge, and it is here that she first catches the attention of Pablo Picasso, a rising star in the art world. A brilliant but eccentric artist, Picasso sets his sights on Eva, and Eva can't help but be drawn into his web.

    Donna says: "Picasso - The Early Years"
    "OK - not great"
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    disclaimer - I adore the Outlander series of book by Diana Galbaldon, narrated by Davina Porter. They made me love historical fiction. I am always searching for more like it. The story and performance of Madame Picasso does not come close to the perfection I find in listening to the Outlander books, and maybe it's just not fair to use those books & Davina's performances as a measuring stick for other books. That being said, I was able to finish this story, it was OK, but I didn't love it. I didn't really end up caring so much for the characters that were depicted and I never got a vivid feel for that specific moment in history or the places that were described. The accents by the narrator seemed 2nd rate to me. I would probably not recommend it to anyone I know, especially to those I know who are already familiar with the quality of story and performance of the Outlander books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mark of the Demon: Kara Gillian, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Liv Anderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (920)
    Performance
    (826)
    Story
    (822)

    "Why me? Why now?" That’s what Beaulac, Louisiana, detective Kara Gillian was asking herself when an angelic creature named Rhyzkahl unexpectedly appeared during a routine summoning. Kara was hoping to use her occult skills to catch a serial killer, but never had she conjured anything like this unearthly beautiful and unspeakably powerful being whose very touch set off exquisite new dimensions of pleasure.

    kathy says: "good first book in a series i hadn't discoverd yet"
    "just OK"
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    I bought this as a daily deal and I think it was a mistake to listen to this book right after I finished listening to 'Pillars of the Earth' - the high quality of 'Pillars' made the 'Mark of the Demon' feel like a cheap guilty pleasure. Not close to the same quality of story, character development & performance. I realize we are talking apples & oranges here but it was such a contrast I think it affected by ability to fairly review this book. It wasn't bad, but it was like junk food.......it was a gory romance novel. Probably better for younger reader, maybe 15-25yrs. I would have adored this book when i was 15 ;)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1359)
    Performance
    (1271)
    Story
    (1283)

    Warning: You may have a huge, invisible spider living in your skull. This is not a metaphor. You will dismiss this as ridiculous fearmongering. Dismissing things as ridiculous fearmongering is, in fact, the first symptom of parasitic spider infection - the creature secretes a chemical into the brain to stimulate skepticism, in order to prevent you from seeking a cure. That’s just as well, since the “cure” involves learning what a chain saw tastes like. You can’t feel the spider, because it controls your nerve endings.

    Charles says: "Very Different than John Dies, but Equal"
    "VERY ENTERTAINING"
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    Very fun story that kept me wanting more. Narrator was excellent and portrayed each character with great skill.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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