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Natasha

Titusville, FL, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • I Am Alice: The Last Apprentice, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Joseph Delaney, Patrick Arrasmith
    • Narrated By Angela Goethals
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (96)

    I must be brave. I must do what has to be done. I am Alice. Alice is the most powerful witch the county has ever seen. She may one day be the most evil. But Alice is also the best friend - and true love - of Tom Ward. Together they work to defeat the Fiend - the world's greatest evil - once and for all. They have nearly everything they need, all except a blade hidden in the Dark, the Fiend's domain. So Alice ventures there to find it. She faces the most terrifying creatures in existence. And she once again battles old enemies who bear grudges: Bony Lizzie, Bloodeye, and more.

    Bill says: "Good Story, Terrible Performance"
    "Delaney keeps it going"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up I Am Alice in three words, what would they be?

    Great extension


    Which character – as performed by Angela Goethals – was your favorite?

    Bony Lizzy - Angela really came alive when narrating the witches.


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great extension to the Spook series. Delaney takes into the dark with Alice while also going into Alice's back story. I think he wrote Alice a little too much like Tom in this book. I feel Delaney makes her more timid in 1st person as opposed to when he writes he in 3rd person but still an awesome character. As far as narration goes - I felt that Christopher Evan Welch reads a better Alice but Overall Angela did a good job, she really did great on all the other characters just a little blase with Alice. Story was excellent though and I am already looking forward to the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20873)
    Performance
    (18715)
    Story
    (18782)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Great from begining to end"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    This is not my typical genre that i like but a friend recommended it to me and I have to say this is an Excellent story - Great narration - the twists and turns had my jaw dropping. Finally an author who knows how to end a book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7297)
    Performance
    (6808)
    Story
    (6836)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "I liked it - looking forward to the next one."
    Overall
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    What does Macleod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    First time listening to a book narrated by Macleod but I felt he did a great job of capturing emotions and voices.


    Any additional comments?

    Sanderson is quickly becoming my favorite author. I love his writing style character development, and stories. Steelheart is a cool concept and I feel Sanderson delivers again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Republic of Thieves: Gentleman Bastard Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Scott Lynch
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1643)
    Performance
    (1525)
    Story
    (1532)

    After their adventures on the high seas, Locke and Jean are brought back to earth with a thump. Jean is mourning the loss of his lover, and Locke must live with the fallout of crossing the all-powerful magical assassins the Bonds Magi. It is a fall-out that will pit both men against Locke's own long-lost love. Sabetha is Locke's childhood sweetheart, the love of Locke's life, and now it is time for them to meet again. Employed on different sides of a vicious dispute between factions of the Bonds, Sabetha has just one goal-to destroy Locke forever.

    David says: "A transition and a preface"
    "I liked the first two better"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book was good for the past Loc Lamara but the present story of the 5 year game was not very interesting to me. Worth the read but not anywhere near as good as the first two books. Lynch dables too much into politics and also wastes a ton of pages on uneeded dialouge of the characters performing scenes on a stage.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Loc and jean were the most interesting. Hearing the characters performing their stage acting seemed like filler pages for the author and made be almost stop reading the book.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Page – was your favorite?

    Chains and the twin brothers.


    Could you see The Republic of Thieves being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    sure.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Twelve Years a Slave

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Solomon Northup
    • Narrated By Louis Gossett, Jr.
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1135)
    Performance
    (1015)
    Story
    (1015)

    In this riveting landmark autobiography, which reads like a novel, Academy Award and Emmy winner Louis Gossett, Jr., masterfully transports us to 1840s New York; Washington, D.C.; and Louisiana to experience the kidnapping and 12 years of bondage of Solomon Northup, a free man of color. Twelve Years a Slave, published in 1853, was an immediate bombshell in the national debate over slavery leading up to the Civil War.

    Fran H. Willingham says: "I've waited for this a long time"
    "Great story but not suchs a great delivery"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Solomon Northup's story is a great one. How a free black man became enslaved for 12 years before becoming free again. However, I feel that the story focus and delivery is lacking from Mr Northrupp. I felt that Mr. Northup was writing this as a 3rd person. I feel he leaves out a lot of feelings he was going through during his time of captivity but instead decided to focus on the daily workings of a slave and how they were treated as a whole - (which most people alreay know from History books) rather than opening up and expressing his true thoughts and emotions during this time of tribulation. Perhaps Mr Northup was scared of any reurcussions that would follow if he made to strong of a point against slavery as he proclaims throughout the book that he will not make such an opinion and he will instead leave it to the reader. I recommend this book for anyone interested in this time of American history but I would also Highly recommend Uncle Tom's Cabin.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was expected as it was fortold through the whole story.


    What does Louis Gossett, Jr. bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Louis Gossett's


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

    I read the book in preparation to watch the movie. I think this would be one of the few times the movie will be better than the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fountainhead

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3237)
    Performance
    (1916)
    Story
    (1945)

    One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

    Zachary says: "The Fountainhead"
    "Struggled to Finish it - Wish I didn't"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about The Fountainhead?

    I couldn't buy into the power tripping & romance.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Spook Book 12


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christopher Hurt?

    Narration was decent enough - Not much Hurt could do with such a downer of a story.


    What character would you cut from The Fountainhead?

    All of them and start from scratch.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe I am not intellectual enough to keep up with this book but I was very disappointed in the Fountain Head. It starts out decent enough but then it ends up being a ridiculous battle of power, not for personal gain but personal destruction? Rourke, the main character, is supposed to be the one guy who possess any self worth but he is really just as bad if not worse than all the other characters. I am glad I can say, I made it through this mess but it was one heck of a struggle and I really wish I would have quite before i was a third of the way into it. I am disappointed in this book and do not think I will ever attempt another Rand book but maybe i am too simple to follow such an intellectual themed story. I choose to be simple rather than powerful and pitifully egotistical.

    ~Pete

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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