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Chicago, IL | Member Since 2013

  • 6 reviews
  • 23 ratings
  • 232 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Cidney says: "I Guess Dan Brown Never Read “Children of Men”..."
    "Ridiculous and short-sighted. Worst of the four."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A viable plot?

    What was most disappointing about Dan Brown’s story?

    No spoilers! Dan Brown tried to mix it up a bit in this one. After all, Howard times can our hero be ripped from a pleasant morning and forced to save the world from a symbol-loving madman with a hot genius by his side? That's exactly what happens in this book, but he at least adds a nice shift to the formula. These books aren't Shakespeare and that's not why I listen to them. But this one brought it to a whole new level of transparent villains, red herrings, and random curveballs for the sake of plot movement. The final solution could be the beginning of a ten-volume dystopian nightmare series. But realistically, if there's a fifth Robert Langdon book, it will most likely be written off in a few lines or ignored altogether, much like each book's brainy Bond Girl. Nothing wrong with the performance, just a perfectly ridiculous book.

    What about Paul Michael’s performance did you like?

    I was so happy for the man to get to do typical voices after being forced to whisper half of them in The Lost Symbol!

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Inferno?

    Not sure I could have fixed it without being able to alter the plot!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • In the Afterlight

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Alexandra Bracken
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ruby can’t look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government’s attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. Only Ruby can keep their highly dangerous prisoner in check. But with Clancy Gray, there's no guarantee you're fully in control, and everything comes with a price

    Kristi-The Book Faery says: "Amazing Ending to a Fantastic Series!"
    "Fabulous narration and story"

    I dragged this one out because I never wanted it to end. One of my favorite performances EVER, and a gripping, complex, satisfying story. Highly recommended!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Program

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Suzanne Young
    • Narrated By Joy Osmanski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program. Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone - but so are their memories.

    Readers Confession says: "Dry narrator somehow worked well..."
    "Horrendously miscast narration"
    What disappointed you about The Program?

    The book, thus far, is decent. The character is a depressed teenage girl - think Kristin Stewart. The narration performance sounds like a fifty-something mother of four, with no ability to do other voices. Dialogue is impossible to follow because the men and women sound the same. I didn't think it could get worse until she attempted a character with "a slight British accent." I rarely want to switch to the text version, but this time I might have to.

    What other book might you compare The Program to and why?

    The Delirium series. It's YA dystopian romance with a heavy focus on depression.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Joy Osmanski’s performances?

    I will actively avoid them.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was frustrated and depressed as I went through the story with the character, seeing her missteps and feeling her pain. I was even more frustrated trying to reinterpret the story around the horribly miscast narration.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Totally hooked"

    I adore this audiobook. I find myself running it in a loop...I hit the end and want to cycle right back to the beginning again. It's not fine literature but it is very entertaining and presents an intriguing world that has proven thought-provoking for me. The narration is a wonderful part of the experience. I am impressed by the narrator's ability to capture male and female voices, as well as a variety of accents. The next book can't come soon enough!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Big Over Easy: A Nursery Crime

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It's Easter in Reading, a bad time for eggs, and no one can remember the last sunny day. Ovoid D-class nursery celebrity Humpty Stuyvesant Van Dumpty III, minor baronet, ex-convict, and former millionaire philanthropist, is found shattered to death beneath a wall in a shabby area of town. All the evidence points to his ex-wife, who has conveniently shot herself.

    Bruce Sabin says: "Total Whimsy"
    "not Fforde's best"

    I am a huge fan of Fforde's Thursday Next series, but this was lackluster in comparison. Not excellent recording quality, either. I didn't always care for the narrator's voice and characters, and could not always understand him. However, somehow Fforde is an addiction, and I still find myself wanting to listen to the sequel, The Fourth Bear!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "An excellent book!"

    This book is fascinating and the narrator is amazing. This book is not for the squeamish, but it's quirky and fun and surprisingly informative. The narration really makes it all come together in an entertaining way! I have already bought more books narrated by Shelly Frasier - she is great!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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