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Alexandria, VA, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 3 reviews
  • 59 ratings
  • 175 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2015

  • 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

    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"
    "Brilliant, disturbing, funny and sneakily smart"
    What did you love best about This Book Is Full of Spiders?

    This is horror comedy where both elements are done well. It refuses to be cliche, and is rarely predictable.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Molly the dog, because she's the only one who is truly an innocent.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    There's a part where a monster is formed out of a bunch of live turkeys. Without giving details, it is disgustingly disturbing one moment, then absurdly funny the next. Like much of the rest of this book.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but I don't want to give it away.

    Any additional comments?

    The reading is very good on this production, and there are just occasional touches of audio production that enhance at just the right moments without ever feeling too intrusive. The way the name of the town ("[UNDISCLOSED]") is "clumsily" overdubbed in a different sounding voice was somehow an effect that never ceased to be funny.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful You

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From the author of Fight Club, the classic portrait of the damaged contemporary male psyche, now comes this novel about the apocalyptic marketing possibilities of female pleasure. Beautiful You is Palahniuk's much-anticipated satire of the emerging erotic thriller genre, a mash-up of mommy porn and chick lit à la Sex and the City, and fantasy lit à la Clan of the Cave Bear. Imagine if Ira Levin had a baby with Jean Auel.

    Sunny Webb says: "I think I may have outgrown Chuck P.I"
    "Disappointing and unfunny"

    As a huge fan of Palahniuk's works, it pains me to write a negative review, but this book was horribly disappointing. Yes, it contains the dose of "I can't believe I'm reading this" content that you'd come to expect from him, but it doesn't feel original and it is almost completely devoid of the twisted humor which made so many of his works fun to read in spite of their dark subject matter. This book is filled with logical inconsistencies and huge plot holes that are unexpected from an author who usually crafts his complicated story lines so well. The publisher bills this book as a commentary on/parody of the 50 Shades of Gray books, so perhaps to that end it is bad *on purpose*, but it is still bad. That said, the audio performance is mostly great, though there are several spots of bad editing, where the reader goes back and re-reads a phrase or sentence after making a mistake, which is why I rate it 4 stars rather than 5.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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.

    Charles says: "Completely Engaging"
    "A smart, geeky mystery full of great surprises"

    It's hard to write a review of this book that doesn't give away some of the wonderful secrets that make it such an enjoyable listen. I'd say--if you like steampunk, you will like this, even though it's not a steampunk book. If you like mysteries that go to unexpected places. If you like stories with a good sense of humor.

    Plus, the narration is great, with super strong voice acting for characters of both sexes. I hope that Clines and Porter will team up on many books to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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