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Kristin

Boise, ID, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7447)
    Performance
    (3827)
    Story
    (3885)

    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.

    Valerie says: "Just As Wonderful as I Remembered!"
    "Crazy Idea, Fantastic Execution"
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    What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The only way it would be any better is if Sam Elliot read it. This guy (in this book anyway) does a fantastic job of portraying an old weathered cowboy-type.


    Any additional comments?

    My friend recommended this to me through texts, here's how it went "It's a fantasy type book. The main character is a cowboy and there's time travel." My response "Sounds awesome!" Then the message she was typing went through saying "I know it sounds stupid, but trust me it's really good!"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9675)
    Performance
    (5710)
    Story
    (5756)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "Slow story line, horrible narration"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrators for a start


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Jordan again?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s performances?

    Never.


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

    Maybe


    Any additional comments?

    If you have an extra credit, maybe if you're into it, listen to the preview first. Not worth the price if you're out of credits

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon Reborn: Book Three of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5967)
    Performance
    (3611)
    Story
    (3656)

    The Wheel of Time returns, and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Karl Knight says: "Top Quality Audio Entertainment"
    "Boring and annoying"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing


    What was most disappointing about Robert Jordan’s story?

    It was hard to get into


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ?

    Anyone else. The was he exhaled audibly at the end of every single sentence was so annoying! Usually when readers have their annoying speech habits, I can get used to them after awhile. I never got used to his. Obnoxious.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jon Stewart
    • Narrated By Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, Wyatt Cenac, and others
    Overall
    (1949)
    Performance
    (1004)
    Story
    (1001)

    Where do we come from? Who created us? Why are we here? These questions have puzzled us since the dawn of time, but when it became apparent to Jon Stewart and the writers of The Daily Show that the world was about to end, they embarked on a massive mission to write a book that summed up the human race: What we looked like; what we accomplished; our achievements in society, government, religion, science, and culture - all in a lavishly produced audiobook.

    Lee says: "Good book, not great. But let me explain."
    "Stupid"
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    What disappointed you about The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth (The Audiobook)?

    Stupid. I am a regular watcher of the daily show, and I generally like it. The book was dumb though. It was dumb statements about the world I already knew, boringly simplistic. Really? Aliens are taking over our planet after its destruction, so here a bit of background on it....


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

    There were a few jokes here and there. Most of it was heard it before, ha we're obnoxious human type stuff


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Richard P. Feynman
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1813)
    Performance
    (815)
    Story
    (823)

    With his characteristic eyebrow-raising behavior, Richard P. Feynman once provoked the wife of a Princeton dean to remark, "Surely you're joking, Mr. Feynman!" But the many scientific and personal achievements of this Nobel Prize-winning physicist are no laughing matter. Here, woven with his scintillating views on modern science, Feynman relates the defining moments of his accomplished life.

    Charles says: "Inspiring book, HORRIBLE reader."
    "I wish I knew this guy!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! the most enjoyable?

    I loved this book! I was a little unsure about it, given the things he has helped invented and a NPR book Review that called him sexist. Well, he redeems himself in his explanations, and he's not sexist--- just an honest dude, in the dating scene a bit and attracted to women, never insults their intelligence etc. (Might not Be that important but it almost kept me from reading the book-- what women wants to read a book
    About a dude that think's we're inferior?)
    He is so smart, and he talks about his experiments and discoveries without making the reader feel stupid. He adds some background about the subject matter in such a way that I felt educated, he doesn't talk down to the reader. It made me feel more included in his work.
    It can be a bit dry at first, but hold on! It gets so much better! I listened to it by myself the first time, then listened to it again with my boyfriend because unloved it so much! Repeat reading is the sign of a good book in my eyes, I won't do it unless I absolutely loved it!


    Any additional comments?

    The performance is great! When the author of an autobiography type story, i.e. Tina Fey, David Sedaris, read their own books there tends to be more of a connection with the material. It's more natural and more believable sometimes. The performer of this book reads it like it's his. At times I forgot it wasn't narrated by the author.
    With audio books the performer is so important. An annoying speech habit can ruin a story. This performer only adds to it, I don't think I would have enjoyed the written version as much as this one, a hard thing to say about slow
    Performances.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3012)
    Performance
    (2646)
    Story
    (2673)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "Girl can write"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Casual Vacancy the most enjoyable?

    Although the subject matter is pretty heavy and dark, the writing is extremely well done. Her characterization is awesome, I felt I really knew the characters. Her descriptions and settings are spot on. I can see it perfectly, but I'm not bored by pages of scene setting. She is an amazing writer, and I am not so explaining it is difficult. She does a better job of it with her writing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Be a Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Caitlin Moran
    • Narrated By Caitlin Moran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (482)
    Story
    (482)

    Though they have the vote and the Pill and haven't been burned as witches since 1727, life isn't exactly a stroll down the catwalk for modern women. They are beset by uncertainties and questions: Why are they supposed to get Brazilians? Why do bras hurt? Why the incessant talk about babies? And do men secretly hate them? Caitlin Moran interweaves provocative observations on women's lives with laugh-out-loud funny scenes from her own, from adolescence to her development as a writer, wife, and mother.

    L. Calder says: "Hysterical manual for the 21st century woman"
    "Feminism? Okay."
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    What did you love best about How to Be a Woman?

    I've never cared too much for feminism, just never thought about it. With women like Caitlin and Tina Fey though, I find myself a little more interested. Not in a man hating way, but these ladies are hilarious! Take the subject matter from "oh bother" to, well, not "oh brother." I'm not shouting "girl power!" But these ladies make some good points, and disguised in such a way that men even enjoy them.
    It's a bit crude, but not in a derogatory or disgusting way. She's one of the few people who could use some of the less pleasant words about women and make them seem normal or even a bit empowering... It was refreshing.
    She's hilarious and human and I highly recommend this book


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23681)
    Performance
    (10268)
    Story
    (10349)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Get through the beginning, it's worth it."
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    Would you listen to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo again? Why?

    Yes, already have. Great story and excellent character development.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Towards the end, yes. I had no idea what would happen! Not an obvious book you listen to only because you're invested.


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    Hmmm.... Tough!


    Any additional comments?

    The first hour or so is mind-numbingly dull. I stuck through it just because, but it gets better, so much better! Just get through the first part and you'll be sucked in the character's crazy lives!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Hunt: Book Two of The Wheel Of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6816)
    Performance
    (4038)
    Story
    (4062)

    The Wheel of Time turns and ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the age that gave it birth returns again. For centuries, gleemen have told the tales of The Great Hunt of the Horn. So many tales about each of the Hunters, and so many Hunters to tell of. Now, the Horn itself is found: the Horn of Valere long thought only legend, the Horn which will raise the dead heroes of the ages.

    Tony Deleeuw says: "Great Series, Great Readers"
    "Has potential"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes. It's a good story, hard to get into and sometimes to follow without daydreaming, but worth it in the end.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    When I couldn't sleep at night I would count how many times he said "eye-said-eye" His was of drawing out words with his exhale is extremely annoying and hard to get used to.


    Was The Great Hunt worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey
    Overall
    (19045)
    Performance
    (14816)
    Story
    (14762)

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "Oh Tina Fey!"
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    Where does Bossypants rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is up at the top. Tina Fey is awesome, hilarious.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tina of course!


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

    Yes--- I was driving long distance so my opinion might have some sort of bias.


    Any additional comments?

    Her stories are hilarious. She does the feminist thing without going overboard-- my boyfriend liked her book just as much as I did. I liked hearing her career story, and lots about 30 rock. She also brought up the Sarah Pallin thing-- if I was mad (probably wasn't) she redeemed herself completely. She's the coolest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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