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  • The Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Things are getting desperate for Maya and her friends. Hunted by the powerful St. Clouds and now a rival Cabal as well, they're quickly running out of places to hide. And with the whole world thinking they died in a helicopter crash, it's not like they can just go to the authorities for help. All they have is the name and number of someone who might be able to give them a few answers. Answers to why they're so valuable, and why their supernatural powers are getting more and more out of control.

    Brooke says: "Weak Ending"
    "We couldn't make it through to the end."
    Would you try another book from Kelley Armstrong and/or Jennifer Ikeda?

    I would listen to the narrator again. I think she was put in a bad position trying to act this wretched book out.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Maybe one of the Sookie Stackhouse books.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jennifer Ikeda?

    I don't know if this could have been saved even by Jim Dale.

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

    WOW, OK let me think. Well I would have cut out the scene of her and her brother waiting for something to happen at the funeral. But really it was more about editing the actual writing, the unnecessary exposition, the voice over thoughts that were irrelevant. The book made me feel like I was trapped in an elevator with a verbose 13 year old girl telling me all about her very average day at school.

    Any additional comments?

    I think my ears started to bleed before I turned off the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • After Dead: What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker

    With characters arranged alphabetically - from the Ancient Pythoness to Bethany Zanelli - best-selling author Charlaine Harris takes fans into the future of their favorite residents of Bon Temps and environs. You’ll learn how Michele and Jason’s marriage fared, what happened to Sookie’s cousin Hunter, and whether Tara and JB’s twins grew up to be solid citizens. This coda provides the answers to your lingering questions - including details of Sookie’s own happily-ever-after…

    Avid listener says: "Doesn't work as an audiobook"
    "Not more than one-liners for each Character"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I cannot imagine, big fans will want more and light fans will not care.

    What was most disappointing about Charlaine Harris’s story?

    It was pretty much one-line "endings" to each characters story. I was expecting more of an epilogue.

    Would you listen to another book narrated by Johanna Parker?

    Oh yes.

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


    Any additional comments?

    It sounded as though the narrator was even bored of the one-liners.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others

    World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

    Kim Venatries says: "A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED"
    "The Movie was better"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think the book would appeal to liberals who think that the know whats best for everyone and who will force it on them. I am a liberal myself, but this book is preachy and you can almost hear the writer stepping up on his soap box when a new chapter starts. I go so sick of it by the end, I wanted the Zombies to win.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Max Brooks again?

    If I were trapped under the Paris tunnels waiting for zombies to eat me, and there was only one book down there and by reading that one book I would save the lives of the 250,000 people trapped with me, and that book was by written by Max Brooks, I might read it.

    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I thought some of the Actors did a great job of capturing the spirit of their character, some actors seemed to just be reading the book. But overall the performances were mostly hindered by the words.

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

    I didn't care about the characters, or the narrator or really anything in this book. Oh that's it. There was no arc! There was nothing learned, no character development and no journey I like my stories to include, well a story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Modern Scholar: A Way With Words Part III: Grammar for Adults

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Michael D.C. Drout

    Since others judge you by the way you speak, the intricacies of grammar, in fact, should not be relegated to the realm of fussy "guardians of the language," but are rather essential clues all can employ to communicate more exactly. In such a light, this course forms an invaluable guide for everyone from all fields of interest.

    Johanna says: "GREAT!!!! I learned and was entertained."
    "I know love grammar!"
    If you could sum up The Modern Scholar in three words, what would they be?

    S ; S

    What other book might you compare The Modern Scholar to and why?

    I really don't think I can compare it to any other book, other than Professor Drout's "Writing Rhetoric and the Art of Persuasion." It is like attending a very enjoyable class, where you like the professor; therefore you pay attention more.

    Which scene was your favorite?


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, well I did smile in places, but I think if I cried I would be worried about myself.

    Any additional comments?

    The book brings the dreaded grammar into a logical light. Rather than blinding memorizing a series of rules, you are able to understand why you are memorizing a series of rules :-)
    It is overall fun, and I've listened to it twice, and plan to listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matilda

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Roald Dahl
    • Narrated By Kate Winslet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "The Trunchbull" is no match for Matilda! Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she's just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It'll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

    Jennifer Nelson says: "Could have been PERFECT"
    "Kate Winslet Brings this Amazing Story to Life"
    What made the experience of listening to Matilda the most enjoyable?

    Kate Winslet, an obviously great actress, brings this story to life. Without a hint of timidity she dives into each character, making them all feel truly unique without pulling you out of the story with unnecessary exageration.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is amazing, it is Annie for the 21st Century. Matilda does not (even if she were able) rely on any adult to get things done, and fully takes charge of her own destiny. There is not a single adult in this story that is not pitiful; yes, even the likable Ms Honey is rather pitiful as an adult. And, even though they are all pitiful the story does not get bogged down in fee-sorry-for-the-kids mantras. It is completely entertaining, from beginning to end.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite, is a small one where Violate and Matilda are told of the horrors in the school by an older student. That scene allows you to envision a thousand stories of the kids' endurance and rebellion at the school.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    There is already one. "The right of every kid to stand tall, no matter how small." But if I were going to make a tag line it might be something like; "Matilda, when life gives you lemons, make champagne."

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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