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Christine Carey

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Columbia, MD | Member Since 2007

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  • White Noise

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Don DeLillo
    • Narrated By Michael Prichard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (111)

    Jack Gladney teaches Hitler studies at a liberal arts college in Middle America where his colleagues include New York expatriates who want to immerse themselves in "American magic and dread". Jack and his fourth wife, Babette, bound by love, fear of death, and four ultramodern offspring, navigate the usual rocky passages of family life to the background babble of brand-name consumerism. Then a lethal black cloud floats over their lives, an airborne "toxic event", an industrial accident.

    Laurie Van Horn says: "HORRIBLE performance."
    "One you'll think about months later"
    Overall

    I picked up this book (on audio) because of the passage that B.R. Myers tore apart in "A Reader's Manifesto: An Attack on the Growing Pretentiousness in American Literary Prose".

    There were some brilliant bits, and when something was actually happening, it was d@mn near riveting. The comments on society and consumerism were laugh out loud funny, and all of the female characters were surprisingly developed. Sadly, whenever the protagonist was talking with any of the other male characters, they droned on and on. (Think "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance")

    Glad I read (listened) to it, probably wouldn't reread

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12115)
    Performance
    (11002)
    Story
    (11028)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Fabulous!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

    This one is very visual, so the comparison that sticks out for me comes from television. It???s like the Scoobie gang grew up and moved into a crazy apartment building where Bobby from Supernatural also happens to live. Honestly, I would not be surprised if I found out that Peter Clines had written for Buffy, because holy crap, there are some Joss Whedon moments. If he didn't, well, I would love for J.W. to get ahold of this.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I had not listened to him before, but I'm going to search him out now, because wow - the story was great, but his performance knocked it out of the park.


    Any additional comments?

    I can???t spoil any of it for you, because as fast paced as this thing is, the story and reasoning unfold over the course of it, but just trust me on this ??? if you're a Whedon/Supernatural fan, pick it up. I was listening to it while I worked yesterday, and I almost wanted to stay late just so that I could finish it ??? it was that good.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Chasing Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1860)
    Performance
    (1318)
    Story
    (1331)

    Little else in life is as dangerous as fire jumping. Flying past towering pillars of smoke, parachuting down to the edge of an all-consuming blaze, shoveling and sawing for hours upon hours, days at a time, all to hold the line and push back against the raw power of Mother Nature. But there’s also little else as thrilling - at least to Rowan Tripp. The Missoula smoke jumpers are one of the most exclusive firefighting squads in the nation, and the job is in Rowan’s blood: her father is a legend in the field. She’s been fighting fires since her eighteenth birthday.

    M. Davis says: "Another winner by Roberts!"
    "I usually love Nora, but not this one."
    Overall

    Usually Nora writes very strong female characters. That's still the case in this one, but there's so much little-lady-ing going on that I just can't enjoy the story. I don't mind the fire-jumping - I think that a lot of her most interesting stuff centers around whatever career has caught her fancy, but a lot of the male characters here, while possibly true-to-life, just turned me off.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Oryx and Crake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1961)
    Performance
    (1101)
    Story
    (1114)

    As the story opens, Snowman is sleeping in a tree, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories? Alone except for the green-eyed Children of Crake, he explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes - into his own past, and back to Crake's high-tech bubble-dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.

    Doug says: "Very Scary Stuff"
    "I couldn't finish this one."
    Overall

    I got through a little over 4.5 hours of the 10 hour book and just had to set it aside, which is unusual for me. Sure, the book is bleak and dark, set in a world where we've genetically modified everything, and the first 20 minutes or so I found completely awesome, but over the next 3 hours, I found myself caring less and less about the main character and came to the conclusion that I've read stories like this before, and seen them done better. EARTH ABIDES comes to mind. Hell, FEED, a post-apocolyptic zombie novel where bloggers are the real news reporters is set in a more believable and well thought-out world than ORYX AND CRAKE, which somehow managed to be both simplistic and over the top while leaving me emotionally cold.

    I guess this is the book I should have expected by an author who was offended when two of her books (O&K and HT) were labeled sci-fi. "Science fiction has monsters and spaceships; speculative fiction could really happen... ORYX AND CRAKE is a speculative fiction, not a science fiction proper. It contains no intergalactic space travel, no teleportation, no Martians... Science fiction (as opposed to what she wrote) is talking squids in outer space." A smidgen more understanding of how good sci-fi works would have made this story much more enjoyable.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Her Fearful Symmetry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Audrey Niffenegger
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (929)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (279)

    When Elspeth Noblin dies of cancer, she leaves her London apartment to her twin nieces, Julia and Valentina. These two American girls never met their English aunt; they only knew that their mother, too, was a twin, and Elspeth her sister. Julia and Valentina are semi-normal American teenagers - with seemingly little interest in college, finding jobs, or anything outside their cozy home in the suburbs of Chicago, and with an abnormally intense attachment to one another.

    A User says: "What a waste"
    "Fan-Freakin-Tastic"
    Overall

    If you read "Time Traveler's Wife", think about all of the bits that tore you apart inside. Don't think about the romance, though that was wonderful - think about the miscarriages, the loss, the parts that made you want to cry. Amplify those gut wrenching bits from 40% of the book to 70%, replace a time traveling husband with ghosts, twins, a cemetery, and an incredibly screwed up family, and you'll come close to "Her Fearful Symmetry."
    Note - if you take a drink every time you hear the word "Victorian" in the first 30 minutes, you'll have to pick the book up days later after you've sobered. Otherwise, this was the most satisfying book I've read in a very long time. And every character gets exactly what she deserves.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Julie Powell
    • Narrated By Julie Powell
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (99)
    Story
    (101)

    With the humor of Bridget Jones and the vitality of Augusten Burroughs, Julie Powell recounts how she conquered every recipe in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking and saved her soul.

    Elizabeth says: "A good laugh"
    "***This audiobook was an abridged version***"
    Overall

    I watched the movie first, and this is one of those rare occasions where I'm really glad I did it in that order. I knew going in what to expect, which was not a book about cooking, but a humorous navel-gazing book about finding a passion and sticking to it. I wish there had been more about Julia Child, but that's really my only complaint.
    Sure, Julie does some things that are deplorable - most times, I felt awful for her husband, and sometimes, I really didn't like the author and would have loved to say a few things back to her, but overall, this book made me laugh more than it made me cringe, and even the cringes were worth it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Hunger: A Resurrection of Magic, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Kathleen Duey
    • Narrated By Andy Paris
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    In Sadima's time, magic has been banned, and she is forced to hide her ability to communicate with animals. But then a young nobleman bent on bringing magic back to the world sends his servant to find Sadima, and a new life opens before her. Centuries later, an academy of magic welcomes 10 applicants, but only one will graduate.

    Alexis says: "Slowly enticing"
    "Dark Harry Potter"
    Overall

    Dark Harry Potter.
    The magic school here doesn't let kids eat until they can conjure their own food. And it just gets worse from there.
    Absolutely amazing read - couldn't take out my headphones (was listening to the audio version). The voice actor was also very good.
    Warning - this is the first in a series. The story doesn't end at the end of this book. But I can't wait for the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Austenland: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Shannon Hale
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (801)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (392)

    Jane Hayes is a seemingly normal young New Yorker, but she has a secret. Her obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, is ruining her love life: no real man can compare. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane's fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imagined.

    ElChangoPelon says: "Fun read"
    "eh"
    Overall

    A modern day girl is bequeathed a trip to Austenland, a three week immersion in the time period of Ms. Austen's stories.

    I wanted to love this book. I just didn't. I took it off my ipod after listening to about an hour of it and decided to go back to the source material. e

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18903)
    Performance
    (8743)
    Story
    (8774)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Awesome"
    Overall

    The sequel to "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," which had one of the most interesting and wonderfully sociopathic heroines I've read in a very long time - Lisbeth Salander. We learn more about Salander's past as Millennium magazine is gearing up to publish a huge expose on sex-trafficking.

    Just as amazing as the first book. I could not put this down. I would listen to it at work, then plug the ipod into the car, and then plug it in again as I made dinner. Then I wondered why it was over so soon... I saw online that the paper version of the book is 700 pages and my jaw dropped - it went by so quickly I would have thought it was closer to 350.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shiver

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Maggie Stiefvater
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (622)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (383)

    Every summer Sam spends a few precious months being human, until the cold causes him to shift to a wolf once again. Discover what happens when he meets Grace in this chilling romance.

    FanB14 says: "Inventive Wolf YA Drama"
    "Enjoyable"
    Overall

    This one is hard to sum up in one line, but I'll give it a go - Teenage girl gets one cold autumn with the human form of the werewolf she's loved since she was a child.

    Very sweet without being saccharine, an enjoyable read. I'd like to read this one again, but on paper - I sometimes found the male narrator's characterization in the audio version distracting, but the story was still quite lovely and shone through the awkwardness.

    The werewolf lore here was different - instead of changing at the full moon, they change when it gets cold, which was a nice touch and really added to the story.

    I really liked it and can't wait to read more from Maggie Stiefvater.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In Cold Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Truman Capote
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2439)
    Performance
    (1220)
    Story
    (1221)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s a story that most people know, told here in an unforgettable way – an audio masterpiece that rivals the best thrillers, thanks to Capote genre-defining words and Brick’s subtle but powerful characterizations. On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

    Lisa says: "Still the Best"
    "elegant and creepy"
    Overall

    Interview turned narrative, real life murder of an entire family.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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