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Rachel

Librarian and long-car-trip enthusiast.

Knoxville, TN, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 4 reviews
  • 47 ratings
  • 118 titles in library
  • 11 purchased in 2014
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  • Incarceron: Incarceron Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Catherine Fisher
    • Narrated By Kim Mai Guest
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (323)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (145)

    Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells, but also metal forests, dilapidated cities, and vast wilderness. Finn, a 17-year-old prisoner, has no memory of his childhood and is sure that he came from Outside Incarceron. Very few prisoners believe that there is an Outside, however, which makes escape seems impossible.

    Laurene says: "Exciting and imaginative"
    "Listening to this book made me want to die."
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    Listening to this audiobook is what I imagine it would be like to consume high levels of methamphetamines. I listened to the entirety of this book and I have no idea why these people were locked into the giant yet unbelievably tiny prison. Nothing saved this book. The characters were vapid, self-absorbed, idiots with the emotional ranges of a rutabaga. The setting was completely unbelievable. The plot was ridiculous. For me, what finally tipped this book from terrible to insufferable was when the main characters managed to find each other in this prison - the prison that is described as never ending, with oceans and forests of metal trees - in a matter of 10 minutes. I am deeply saddened to have wasted hours of my life and pieces of my sanity to this truly dreadful listening experience. It is my heartfelt suggestion that you save yourselves and stay far, far, far away from this impossibly horrible selection.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Hall

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Hilary Mantel
    • Narrated By Simon Slater
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2039)
    Performance
    (1296)
    Story
    (1303)

    In the ruthless arena of King Henry VIII's court, only one man dares to gamble his life to win the king's favor and ascend to the heights of political powerEngland in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn.

    S. Marie says: "A unique perspective of history"
    "This should never have been made into an audiobook"
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    What disappointed you about Wolf Hall?

    I've read assembly manuals that were more compelling than this novel. While this book may have succeeded on the page, as an audiobook it falls flat. The narration is confusing and between the pronouns with no referents and the limited descriptions of the setting or circumstances, I spent most of the time trying to figure out wtf was happening. I was also unsure of how much time passed between the chapters. Months? Years? Why did the Cardinal Wolsey die? The confusion made it very hard to care about Thomas or his family.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Unlike some other historical fiction - I'm lookin at you, Phillipa Gregory - the novel felt contextually truthful.


    Any additional comments?

    Save yourself the headache and just read the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gray Wolf Throne: A Seven Realms Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cinda Williams Chima
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (218)

    New York Times best-selling author Cinda Williams Chima is well known for her Seven Realms fantasy series. When commoner Han Alister finds his friend Rebecca on the edge of death, saving her life becomes his number one priority. Then he learns that Rebecca is really Raisa ana’Marianna, heir to the Queendom of the Fells, and he’s devastated - for more than one reason. But he’ll have to ignore his personal feelings to fulfill a promise he made long ago.

    pashopper says: "Third in the "trilogy" Not the end."
    "An expected but enjoyable third installment"
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    I can't fault the narrator for the mediocre experience that this audiobook provided. The quality, pacing, and energy of the narrator was more than sufficient... sadly, it was Ms. Chima's story that was lacking. It may be a personal problem, but there is only so much of Raisa's whining that I can take. I actually found myself fast fowarding through the chapters with Raisa just to get past her endless angst. But, for a triology turned tetralogy, I'd say a third installment that felt like a filler was to be expected. Overall, I'd recommend spending your coveted credit on this audiobook only if you are very dedicated Seven Realms fan and lover of emotive teenage monologues.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lincoln Lawyer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6728)
    Performance
    (3023)
    Story
    (3037)

    Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

    Steven says: "Great Legal Thriller, Great Reader"
    "A great listen"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Lincoln Lawyer the most enjoyable?

    The narrator of this audiobook was just fantastic!


    Any additional comments?

    I am not really a legal thriller kind of girl.. (you can usually find me in the YA fiction or Fantasy section), but this book made a long car ride great. It was entertaining and interesting, the narrator was brilliant, and as an added bonus I now know a little more about criminal defense. Definitely worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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