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Auburn, AL, USA | Member Since 2013

  • 2 reviews
  • 14 ratings
  • 152 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • 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

    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"
    "Who invited Nessa?!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! I have recommended this series to several friends, and each of them has fallen in love with the characters and the world in which they live. The stories are always well written, and each has a way of pulling you in. Putting it simply, the previous books have all been amazingly fun and despite some serious flaws in the presentation, this book was no different.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    To avoid spoilers, I'll say, Alice's "traveling companion" for the majority of the book. It was great to see more development for this character and I thought the pairing was a great fit.

    How could the performance have been better?

    After Angela Goethals' dismal performance in co-narrating "Slither," I'm not sure why she was asked to do an entire story, especially one so close to the main plot. I will acknowledge that I thoroughly enjoy Christopher Evan Welch's narration, and at 11 books and counting, each character is closely intertwined with his vocal style. Alice's unique grammar and mannerisms are a perfect example. Within 10 minutes of starting the book, Angela's performance had rendered Alice as a completely different character from her previous incarnations.

    The rest of the book proceeds in the much the same way, stilted and lifeless. With the brief exception of her voicing of Lizzie. For some unknown reason, Angela was able to find her stride with Lizzie's brief role in the book, then immediately returned to drawling monotone. At the very least she could have taken a look at the previous material to check the pronunciation of the various character names and places (Every single time she said, "Wined" instead of "Wind" I cringed).

    At the end of the day, I just hope there was a solid reason for not having Welch involved in this project, and barring serious improvement, that this will be the last we'll hear from Ms. Goethals.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "No, seriously! This one is ACTUALLY inspired by the acclaimed series!"

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "My friends thought I was crazy."

    When I announced that I was listening to a story with the title, "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," my friends looked at me like I'd lost my mind. Like them, I was skeptical at first but the sheer laugh factor of the title was enough to spark my curiosity.

    Having finished the book I can happily say that this was one of the most interesting stories I've listened to in a long time. The mixture of fact and fiction is flawless, so much so that I found myself taking the story to heart in places. A worthy spin on an already extraordinary life, I highly recommend it.

    95 of 97 people found this review helpful

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