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Kris

Australia | Member Since 2015

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  • 33 reviews
  • 96 ratings
  • 332 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2015
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  • Gone Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (395)
    Story
    (394)

    Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do? Just how well can you ever know the person you love? These are the questions that Nick Dunne must ask himself on the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, when his wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy's friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn't true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren't his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone.

    Janie says: "Get Gone Girl soon!"
    "Intruiging"
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    The story was intriguing. I picked some of the plot points, but not all of them and enjoyed the twists.

    The two main characters were both likeable and unlikeable; it was a bizarre feeling to mostly dislike the characters, but want to keep hearing their stories.

    The author seems to have no idea what the word "literally" means. More than half the times it's used it's about something that is figurative... if those things were literal it would have been a more horrible and terrifying story. It bugged me so much that I wasn't sure I wanted to keep listening, but I persevered and was glad I did. That is the main reason I didn't give the book 5 stars all around.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Scottish Prisoner

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Rick Holmes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1409)
    Performance
    (1252)
    Story
    (1254)

    Winner of the Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize, Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Outlander series. This fourth novel featuring popular character Lord John Grey is told both from Lord Grey’s perspective and from that of Jamie Fraser, the star of the Outlander series.

    Teahouse Fox says: "Lord John 'Quixote' rides again"
    "A good tale for lovers of Outlander"
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    This is a good addition to the series. I prefer Davina Porter as narrator and her Jamie voice, but these narrators were pretty good too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Melt Down: Breakers, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Edward W. Robertson
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (128)

    In upstate Idaho, Ness Hook is run out of his mom's house by his bullying brother Shawn. In Redding, California, Tristan Carter is graduating college, but with no job and no prospects, she'll have to move back in with her parents. Then the world ends. After Ness discovers his best friend dead of disease, Shawn takes their family to the mountains to wait out the plague.

    rich says: "Snappy Dialogue Perfect for Ray Chase"
    "Excellent addition to the series"
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    I have never been as captivated by a book where I didn't have any particular attachment to the characters. Robertson has woven an intriguing tale driven by human determination.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7896)
    Performance
    (4232)
    Story
    (4289)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Karen says: "Not a King fan...BUT"
    "Existential waffle"
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    I feel like a traitor writing this review and for not liking this book. I have been wanting to listen to it for a while and so many people have said how good this series is. The series may well be good; I can imagine liking it if I had the inclination to go on and hear more of the story, but this instalment just dragged on and I am not motivated to hear more.

    7 hours of book and the result is a meandering tale that reveals as much plot as the 2 minute recap at the start of the second book (which I heard in the preview at the end of this book). Throughout listening I often felt lost and wondering if the story was going to get anywhere: it did, but only in the vaguest sense.

    Disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Clocks

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (711)
    Performance
    (634)
    Story
    (632)

    Following a scalding row with her mother, 15-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as "the radio people," Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.

    Darwin8u says: "Brilliant at ventriloquism and style-jumping"
    "A woven tale"
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    This book weaves the stories of several characters into a bigger tale. I like how different narrators were used to do this: they did a good job giving a voice to their own character while still making it feel like a complete story.

    The end of the book was a bit weird though. The sudden jump to the future and all that was happening there was, well, sudden. And nothing in the rest of the story really led up to it. That is my only complaint.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Mae Whitman
    Overall
    (705)
    Performance
    (648)
    Story
    (656)

    When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing - not even a smear of blood - to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

    MAB says: "Six of one, half-dozen of the other"
    "Unexpected"
    Overall
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    I like how this fantasy world is integrated with our regular world and how the setting in New York is recognisable to those who have been there.

    I didn't expect some of the twists in the story, which was rather refreshing given the predicability of a lot of young adult fiction.

    Overall very enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7741)
    Performance
    (4724)
    Story
    (4758)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Really Fast Paced Sci Fi!"
    "Finally!"
    Overall
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    I have been waiting to listen to this book for years; it was previously unavailable for my region. I wasn't disappointed. Daniel Suarez masters science fiction.

    Sometimes I wonder whether his descriptions of technology are too specific, (e.g., cat5 cables etc), but at least it doesn't sound ridiculous. And I love the little bits of personality he puts in as he describes characters thoughts in tense situations.

    I guess I'd better listen to the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brave New World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3162)
    Performance
    (2371)
    Story
    (2396)

    When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Jefferson says: "“Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”"
    "Pretty much what I expected"
    Overall
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    I've always liked this book. I'm not sure I liked the accents used by the narrator for Bernard and John. It makes sense that John would have a different accent having grown up elsewhere, but I've no idea why Bernard would. The rest of the nation was good though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth Is Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Emma Healey
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (166)

    In this darkly riveting debut novel - a sophisticated psychological mystery that is also an heartbreakingly honest meditation on memory, identity, and aging - an elderly woman descending into dementia embarks on a desperate quest to find the best friend she believes has disappeared, and her search for the truth will go back decades and have shattering consequences.

    Amber says: "A contemporary mystery for non-mystery lovers."
    "Sweet, sad and intriguing"
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    I don't know if this is what it's really like to have Alzheimer's, but it's a very good guess.
    The author does a wonderful job of weaving past and present mysteries together. And Davina Porter is marvellous, as usual.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2154)
    Performance
    (1971)
    Story
    (1973)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Amazon Customer says: "Spoiler-free review below - Amazing book!"
    "A new take on an old concept"
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    I don't want to spoil the story line at all, but this is a great addition to a popular genre. I loved the story and the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Strain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2740)
    Performance
    (1639)
    Story
    (1649)

    The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

    Flavius says: "Hokey But Fun"
    "Dracula & Blade without the hero(ine)"
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    I felt like there were a few too many different storylines and characters. I don't mind some converging storylines, but there really were quite a lot in this book.

    It had a bit of a Dracula-ish vibe with way the story unfolded (from different perspectives) and because of the presence of the "master" character. The monsters were more like the vampire evolution in Blade. Despite these similarities the story was not as good as either; it lacked a strong hero or heroine like Mina Harker or Blade, and I wasn't drawn in enough to really care what happened to the characters. I was interested enough in the story to finish the book, but that's about it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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