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Kris

Australia | Member Since 2015

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  • 35 reviews
  • 99 ratings
  • 350 titles in library
  • 24 purchased in 2015
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  • The Last Bastion of the Living: A Futuristic Zombie Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Rhiannon Frater
    • Narrated By Kristin Allison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (248)

    A walled city surrounded by lush land, protected by high mountain summits, and fortified by a massive gate to secure the only pass into the valley, The Bastion remained humanity's last hope against the fearsome undead creatures known as the Inferi Scourge. On one fateful day, the valley gate failed and the Inferi Scourge overran and destroyed the human settlements outside the walls, trapping the remaining survivors inside the city. Now, decades later, the last remaining humans are struggling to survive....

    Mike Naka says: "better than expected!"
    "Endure the narration for a great story."
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    I found the narration to be very wooden, but I persevered with it and was so drawn into the story that I didn't even notice the narration in the end.

    The story is an excellent take on the zombie genre. Unlike most novels in the genre, it's set long after the outbreak, but the search for understanding and the fight for life is just as vivid.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3088)
    Performance
    (2883)
    Story
    (2882)

    Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

    Alexis says: "Fun! Things you might want to know:"
    "Excellent story and narration"
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    This is excellent near-future sci-fi. I was much more engaged by the story than I expected to be. I would definitely listen again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Turning Angel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Greg Iles
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (847)
    Performance
    (648)
    Story
    (643)

    As two of the most prominent citizens of Natchez, Drew Elliott and Penn Cage sit on the school board of their alma mater, St. Stephen's Prep. When the nude body of a young female student is found near the Mississippi River, the entire community is shocked - but no one more than Penn, who discovers that his best friend was entangled in a passionate relationship with the girl and may be accused of her murder.

    Sharon says: "Boring, too long and drawn out"
    "Engaging story, characters and narration"
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    I think this may be a slightly older recording, so the sound clarity is not amazing, but the narration is still excellent. The narrator does a good job not only distinguishing characters, but moods and inner monologues too.

    I usually prefer sci fi and fantasy to regular drama, but this story was really well thought out and well written, with believable characters.

    0 of 0 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
    (1504)
    Performance
    (1340)
    Story
    (1343)

    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
    (154)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (140)

    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
    (8322)
    Performance
    (4625)
    Story
    (4684)

    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
    (943)
    Performance
    (828)
    Story
    (827)

    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.

    Mel says: "Not Short Listed, This Time"
    "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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (936)
    Performance
    (855)
    Story
    (863)

    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"
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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
    (8006)
    Performance
    (4963)
    Story
    (4998)

    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!"
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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
    (3359)
    Performance
    (2535)
    Story
    (2563)

    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
    (221)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (202)

    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

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