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"I'll be a story in your head, but that's OK. We're all stories in the end. Just make it a good one, eh? The Doctor

murfreesboro tn | Member Since 2005

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  • Love Minus Eighty

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Will McIntosh
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins, Eileen Stevens, Ali Ahn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    In the future, love is complicated and death is not necessarily the end. Love Minus Eighty follows several interconnected people in a disquieting vision of romantic life. There's Rob, who accidentally kills a jogger, then sacrifices all to visit her in a cryogenic dating facility, seeking forgiveness but instead falling in love. Veronika, a shy dating coach, finds herself coaching the very woman who is stealing the man she loves. And Mira, a gay woman accidentally placed in a heterosexual dating center, desperately seeks a way to reunite with her frozen partner as the years pass.

    colleen says: "Original"
    "Touching"
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    Would you listen to Love Minus Eighty again? Why?

    No, but that is because I have about 40 in my wish list. But if my wish list was completed and I would.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The love stories. I was surprised I became so involved with them.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    The were good. I like how they each did their own person. Good concept.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I couldn't wait to start it again. I would even listen to it while I was running.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3188)
    Performance
    (2945)
    Story
    (2947)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "Michael Kelly needs to read to me"
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    Joyland reminded me more of The Body (aka Stand By Me) than Salem Lot, It, or The Shinning. Most of Stephen Kings books left me still terrified 30 years later. I am still afraid to look directly into sewer drains just in case a creepy clown is staring back at me.

    Joyland, like The Body, is just a good story about growing up, told like only a good story teller can, but with a dash of creepy. If you are expecting to be scared to death this is not the one for you, but if you like The Body, you will love this.

    So lets talk about the narrator...

    Dear Michael Kelly

    Can you read to me every night? Seriously, I like House of Cards, but if Doug is actually dead, audio books narration is your new career.

    Xoxo

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35361)
    Performance
    (26404)
    Story
    (26781)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    ""Read" it Twice! but...."
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    There is no reason to review the contents of this book. Everyone knows what it is about. This review is for the narrator in particular. I liked the narrator. She doesn’t do that weird slurry “s” thing that drives me crazy. She is very good at keeping me awake (no monotone) and she dose accents/voices pretty well. My only problem with her is that they should have picked someone else. She is probably my age (I just had the 12 anniversary of my 29th birthday). Those in my age range are super cool, full of life wisdom, and incredible awesome. But…. Katniss is 17, and although she is super cool, she is not 29 + 12. I eventually grew used to the age of the narrator, and if you can get past that then it is still a simple story of love of family and friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gil's All Fright Diner

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (252)

    Duke and Earl are just passing through Rockwood county in their pick-up truck when they stop at the Diner for a quick bite to eat. They aren't planning to stick around-until Loretta, the eatery's owner, offers them $100 to take care of her zombie problem. Given that Duke is a werewolf and Earl's a vampire, this looks right up their alley.But the shambling dead are just the tip of a particularly spiky iceberg.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "I want more of Earl and Duke!"
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    One of the best decisions I have made in my “reading” life is when I started following another member in the listener page section. She never steers me wrong!

    This book was no exception. Gil’s All Fright Diner was short but packed full of so much fun it was hard to get out of the car. Don’t let the name scare you off. I wouldn’t put this is the horror section; more of the comedy (see zombie cows). The “scary” characters are not the stereotypical vampires and such. The little world that Martinez paints, where Vampires, Werewolves, Ghost and Ghouls are just hanging out with the rest of us, is so intriguing that my only regret is that this is not a series. I would love to follow Earl and Duke around for a few more stories. I like the new supernatural rules the author puts in the stories, like ghost not being able to leave the cemetery, and ghouls. I would like more of this world.

    The narrator brings the story alive with his character voices. I look forward to finding more of his narrations.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8679)
    Performance
    (8255)
    Story
    (8270)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "So Glad I "read" this! It is truly one of a Kind!"
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    If you could sum up The Martian in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, Nail-biting adventure (yes I cheated)


    What other book might you compare The Martian to and why?

    There are no books like this one. May be Simon Pegg the actor, meets Apollo 13 the Movie, meets the Futuristic Technical Guide on how to stay alive when you are f**ked. Simon Pegg is hilarious to me. He could just say "hi" and I would laugh. The comedy in this book is also right up my ally. From page one I laughed. Who starts a book with "I’m pretty much f**ked."? I laughed and laughed out loud, (in my car, with the windows rolled down) at the things Mark "wrote" in his journal. Andy Weir must have my kind of sense of humor. Apollo 13 Movie gave me cold chills. This book did the same. The incredible anticipation of Mark's work all going to crap was terrifying at times. The technical aspect of everything... I have no idea if what he was doing would actually work or not, and honestly I don't care if it would have or not. The fact that I BELIEVED it would says a lot about the writing of Mr Weir.


    Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

    I like them all. Mark of course was the best.


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

    Probably when he was finally able to make contact with earth.... Between fitful laughter, I found myself chewing my nails, while cold chills ran up my arms.


    Any additional comments?

    If you don't like the F bomb you should not read this book. I, however, am very familiar and friendlily with the F word and would have used it more than Mark.

    If you don't like 7th grade humor... avoid as well. (see paraphrased example below)
    Houston: "Also, please watch your language. Everything you type is being broadcast live all over the world."Mark: "Boobies"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ringworld

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Niven
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (2934)
    Performance
    (1596)
    Story
    (1623)

    Welcome to Ringworld, an intermediate step between Dyson Spheres and planets. The gravitational force created by a rotation on its axis of 770 miles per second means no need for a roof. Walls 1,000 miles high at each rim will let in the sun and prevent much air from escaping. Larry Niven's novel, Ringworld, is the winner of the 1970 Hugo Award for Best Novel, the 1970 Nebula Award for Best Novel, and the 1972 Ditmars, an Australian award for Best International Science Fiction.

    Kennet says: "Genuinely Creative"
    "Almost 4 stars but for Teela"
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    First, I love Tom Parker/Grover Gardner reading anything! He brings such life into anything he reads. His different voices for the characters, is distinguishable, but not oddly so. I find some narrators try to make the voices so different that it is distracting or seems like they are trying too hard. Especially when attempting different genders. Parker/Gardner lulls me into the story like no other.

    Despite my 3 stars I actually liked the story of Ringworld. Audible should break down rating into “story” and “characters”. The story I enjoyed. A little adventure in space… What could be better?

    I should always consider the publication year when I read books (or never consider anything by B V Larson). Sometimes, not frequently, I run into what I like to call the “Madmen” phenomena: Stories set, or written in a time where women who are just there to be pretty and have “relations” with the men. This story was a bit like that.

    Spoilers ahead:

    Poor pitiful Teela too unadventurous to have ever left her world, falls in “love” , and like a puppy, follows a man across the universe. Then her naiveté puts her in danger constantly (you know, because she is a silly women) and her over-dramatic behavior has her crying all the time (SUCK IT UP), and her feeling are hurt constantly. What this!.... she falls in “love” again in a mere week! Silly women and their unformed brains, unable to be in anyway alone or independent! We should use them as chattel! At the end did she grow as a person?...NOPE! She again decides to follow a random man on his adventure. I would have just as soon left her out.

    Everyone else I liked… Louis was a little “madmen” for having a 20 year old girl-friend. Plus I would have thought he would have better taste than the insipid, whinny little Teela. Nessus and Speaker where interesting counterpoints to each other. I enjoyed their argument quite a lot.

    All in all, not a bad read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Marie Lu
    • Narrated By Mariel Stern, Steven Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1117)
    Performance
    (1003)
    Story
    (1021)

    What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect.

    Arwen says: "A Legend in Some Minds..."
    "Hunger Games it is not."
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    Would you try another book from Marie Lu and/or Mariel Stern and Steven Kaplan ?

    Yes, but only if I don't have anything I think I would like better.


    Would you recommend Legend to your friends? Why or why not?

    Only if they are tweaking for a young adult fix before the Hunger Games or Divergent movies come out.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Escaping from the Army Base and the whole decoy brother incident.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably, just because I often like to see how other interpret the scenes, characters, and emotions.


    Any additional comments?

    Kind of like Insurgent, this book had a bit too much "I'm not listening to nobody" (a phrase I hear much too often, yes incorrect grammar and all). Granted, not as much as Insurgent, but almost enough for me not to like the main characters. I will read the others just so I can find out what will happen but I will read everything else I have first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Childhood's End

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3186)
    Performance
    (2193)
    Story
    (2229)

    The Overlords appeared suddenly over every city - intellectually, technologically, and militarily superior to humankind. Benevolent, they made few demands: unify earth, eliminate poverty, and end war. With little rebellion, humankind agreed, and a golden age began.

    A User says: "Food for Thought"
    "A bit creepy but good."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Childhood's End to be better than the print version?

    Why do you always ask this? Of course I do or I would have read it rather than listened. I can't read and drive or read and clean my house.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Karellen. He was like a wise old grandparent.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Karellen explaining how human history has always had the overlord image as evil because their image seeped backwards through time. I actually had to stop the book and ponder that for a bit.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Bargain: Marriage to a Billionaire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jennifer Probst
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1503)
    Performance
    (1339)
    Story
    (1346)

    To save her family home, impulsive bookstore owner Alexa Maria McKenzie casts a love spell. But she never planned on conjuring up her best friend's older brother - the powerful man who once shattered her heart.

    Billionaire Nicholas Ryan doesn't believe in marriage, but in order to inherit his father's corporation, he needs a wife and needs one fast. When he discovers his sister's childhood friend is in dire financial straits, he offers Alexa a bold proposition....

    SandyH says: "Funny, heartbreaking"
    "Why did I buy this...."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who like romances. I don't and can't remember why I bought this.


    What could Jennifer Probst have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Time travel....:)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The part about her hiding the dogs. Funny!


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

    Apathy


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2949)
    Performance
    (2684)
    Story
    (2695)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "Not sure why people are so mad"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would. If you read them all then why not finish.


    If you’ve listened to books by Charlaine Harris before, how does this one compare?

    Well the first few Sookie Stackhouse books were good. The rest were just alright. This one is just alright.


    Did Johanna Parker do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She always does a good job.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes... I love Eric.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't get why everyone was so mad. It ended the only way it could.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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