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Booklover

Jacksonville, FL, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Throne of Glass: A Throne of Glass Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Sarah J. Maas
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6402)
    Performance
    (5913)
    Story
    (5937)

    After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

    Fil says: "The World's Most Powerful Assassin is a Sap."
    "Cheap romance novel"
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    Absolute garbage, this book is about a young woman who just got out of at least a year in prison with hard labor and immediately gets the hots for her captors - a prince and a captain who we keep hearing are real hotties in their tight pants and eyes of "rich, melted brown" (what the heck is melted brown anyway).

    The whole time the lead characters are throwing temper tantrums and insulting each other, the bad guys are all scarred and ugly, the mean girls are all pretty and - well - mean, and on and on it goes. I can only listen to a little bit at a time because it's one of the most tiresome audiobooks I've ever come across. If you're in a good mood when you hit play, you won't be 5 minutes later.

    So far I'm on chapter 11 and still there has been zero action, just a narrator in the voice of the "heroine" spitting out airheaded comments like descriptions of dresses, insults to people and empty threats. I suspect I won't make it much further, but am still hoping that once the fighting begins the characters will improve, but suspect they won't. I suspect the author knows nothing about fighting and will continue to focus on dresses and appearances.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Boy in the Suitcase: A Nina Borg Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lene Kaaberbøl (author and translator), Agnete Friis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1760)
    Performance
    (1571)
    Story
    (1576)

    Nina Borg, a Red Cross nurse, wife, and mother of two, is trying to live a quiet life. The last thing her husband wants is for her to go running off on another dangerous mission to help illegal refugees. But when Nina's estranged friend, Karin, leaves her a key to a public locker in the Copenhagen train station, and begs her to take care of its contents, Nina gets suckered into her most dangerous case yet.

    AudioAddict says: "Nice story set in Denmark"
    "Can't get past the screaming narrator"
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    20 minutes and 44 seconds, that's how long I lasted before I turned it off and started reading another book.

    I love to read books. When I haven't time to read a paper book, I also love to listen to audio books. But part of what I like is to relax with a good book, so when this book opened up I quickly had to turn the volume down. Way down. Finally I just decided I'd had enough. I'm sure someone out there finds her "enthusiasm" riveting; it's just not my thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gideon's Sword

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1996)
    Performance
    (1503)
    Story
    (1499)

    At 12, Gideon Crew witnessed his father, a world-class mathematician, accused of treason and gunned down. At 24, summoned to his dying mother's bedside, Gideon learned the truth: His father was framed and deliberately slaughtered. With her last breath, she begged her son to avenge him. Now, with a new purpose in his life, Gideon crafts a one-time mission of vengeance, aimed at the perpetrator of his father's destruction. His plan is meticulous, spectacular, and successful.But from the shadows, someone is watching. A very powerful someone, who is impressed by Gideon's special skills.

    Cary says: "Gideon simply doesn't rise to his potential"
    "My brain cells screamed for mercy"
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    Poorly researched (probably not at all) with a protagonist so unlikeable as to be annoying.

    I think a perfect example was when he asked the two TSA agents (one of whom he first called "Officer Costello" - ooh, that's classy): "What's your name? How do you spell that?"
    Immediately they both caved in and even watched his car for him while he went inside the airport. Seriously? Oh, and by the way - their names are on the nametags of their shirts. Ask someone whose name is staring you in the face to spell their names and I think they'll simply point to their name tags.

    But the whole time he's like that - walks into an office building and gets (dumb female) receptionists to do his bidding by being forceful and authoritative. Please! Get a life. I kept laughing and thinking "#MeToo movement anyone?" I don't need to google Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child to know they must be two old white dudes. Everything about this book screams "white male privilege".

    And being retired from the military I found it especially difficult to read this clap-trap as it's obvious they have zero experience with classified material and its handling. If they did any research at all, they should fire their "subject matter expert". Ugh, what a waste of a book credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Private

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22188)
    Performance
    (19741)
    Story
    (19711)

    Former Marine helicopter pilot Jack Morgan runs Private, a renowned investigation company with branches around the globe. It is where you go when you need maximum force and maximum discretion. The secrets of the most influential men and women on the planet come to Jack daily - and his staff of investigators uses the world's most advanced forensic tools to make and break their cases.

    Wayne says: "Thanks to Audible and Hachette Audio for..."
    "Generic melodrama"
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    The story wasn't bad in itself, but between the lead character relentlessly "tell us" what a war hero he was (something no true soldier would do), his woman - an Irish girl with all the charm and manners of a 90 year old lady, and the narrator's Austrian accent for a Swedish character (one glance at a map might reveal why that was ludicrous), it quickly got so corny I often found myself rolling my eyes or laughing out loud. At the end it seemed like each paragraph was a chapter on to itself.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fool's Quest: Book II of the Fitz and the Fool trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Elliot Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2445)
    Performance
    (2290)
    Story
    (2274)

    The harrowing adventures of FitzChivalry Farseer and his enigmatic friend, the Fool, continue in Robin Hobb's triumphant follow-up to Fool's Assassin. But Fool's Quest is more than just a sequel. With the artistry and imagination her fans have come to expect, Hobb builds masterfully on all that has gone before, revealing devastating secrets and shocking conspiracies that cast a dark shadow over the history of Fitz and his world - a shadow that now stretches to darken all future hope.

    M. Casale says: "What's with the Fool's weird accent?"
    "Meh!"
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    If you've followed Fitz and the Fool, skip the first 20 minutes as they are more or less just a rehash of the previous books. Does Ms. Hobb not have any loyalty to her fans? If I pick up a book that's in the middle of a series and don't know what's going on, I simply get the previous book(s) if I want to find out.

    If our protagonist, Fitz, would only PLEASE stop whining to himself over his own actions - well, that would be nice. After someone died on his footstep (in the previous book) warning him that assasins would be on her tail, Fitz decides to leave his daughter home alone, watched over by two people he (and we) all know are incapable of defending her. Okay, he had a valid reason, but in this book he laments that he left her at home (as if it just wasn't his fault - poor him), yet as soon as the Fool is in good hands, he just writes a letter to his daughter, then blows her off. Okay, so he chooses to be by the Fools side rather than going home to fetch his daughter, but in that case - stop the whining already!!!

    I've read all the previous books, so I'll plod through this one too. But I find it incredibly forced and painful and hope it will pick up at some point. That an actual plot will develop and our main characters feeling sorry for themselves.

    As for the narrator - both the Fool and Chade sound constipated, so every time one of their characters "speaks" I can only shake my head.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (2096)
    Performance
    (1874)
    Story
    (1872)

    Set in the pre-Christian world of Glome on the outskirts of Greek civilization, it is a tale of two princesses: the beautiful Psyche, who is loved by the god of love himself, and Orual, Psyche's unattractive and embittered older sister, who loves Psyche with a destructive possessiveness. Her frustration and jealousy over Psyche's fate sets Orual on the troubled path of self-discovery. Lewis's last work of fiction, this is often considered his best by critics.

    Karen says: "Gripping, emotionally jarring, and elegant!"
    "I don't think it's his best"
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    Read that some consider this his best work; well, I found it too depressing for me. The narrator does a fantastic job, but the story - well, I find it's quite feasible to not pay attention for long periods of time and just pick the story right back up. Haven't missed anything of value. Blah, blah, blah...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kelly Barnhill
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4815)
    Performance
    (4467)
    Story
    (4454)

    Every year the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

    Gunnyvil says: "Extraordinary Listening Experience"
    "Not just for kids"
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    How I loved this book - both the story as well as the narration. Simply beautiful!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Heist: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4155)
    Performance
    (3740)
    Story
    (3753)

    FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox - an international crook she wants in more ways than one.

    Amanda says: "Loved it!!!"
    "Sex and the City as read by a great narrator"
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    Now I see why my male shipmates don't read stuff by female authors - I find it very hard to refrain from using my Sailors four-letter language to describe my emotions while listening to this clap-trap.

    Apparently Ms. Evanovich thinks a strong woman must be a frigid woman, because success (we are informed) for a woman lies in the number of orgasms she has, and the crowning achievement lies in owning a husband, a house, kids and a Jack Russell Terrier.

    I will say this much for this book - it has reinforced my love for my family who have always supported me and celebrated my achievements, such as promotions and mission accomplishments, without questioning whether or not I am having orgasms.

    The only thing I enjoyed listening to in this book was the part where she shared a six-pack of beer and a bucket of KFC with her dad. Until he too brought up the fact that she wasn't getting laid...sigh! At that point I paused the book for a few hours while I went out to get me some chicken.

    Lee Goldberg is what keeps me listening - he can make any book enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Floor: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7131)
    Performance
    (6534)
    Story
    (6502)

    Ex-military policeman Jack Reacher is a drifter. He's just passing through Margrave, Georgia, and in less than an hour, he's arrested for murder. Not much of a welcome. All Reacher knows is that he didn't kill anybody. At least not here. Not lately. But he doesn't stand a chance of convincing anyone. Not in Margrave, Georgia. Not a chance in hell.

    shelley says: "Even if you have it GET THIS ONE!!"
    "Insulting!"
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    I can't believe how dumb this author must be. Does he have no female relatives or are all his female relatives complete lackwits? If you are a female reader who enjoyed the Jack Reacher movie - remember what a dits the attorney was there? Yeah, apparently all women in Jack Reacher novels are the same. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb. Oh, and absolute p...ies as well (insert that word that refers to kitty-cats here).

    "Pluribus...hmmmm...nope, never heard that word before."

    Just one example of the stupidity of his female characters. Not one of them (including the female police officer) has heard the term E Pluribus Unum in their entire lives? One says something like "That's something to do with politicians, right?" and another "That's Latin, isn't it?"

    But, while the story line is far-fetched, it's a book and it's kind of fun to read. Being retired military myself I get quite a few laughs at what a superman an MP is, but again - it's a book and that's what makes it kind of fun.

    I just can't get past the female characters. A police officer who collapses into a weeping puddle of goo because someone broke into her home. My home was broken into. At the time, I just wished I'd been at home so I could have introduced the intruder to my baseball bat. Later - when I cooled off I saw how illogical that response was, but that's adrenalin for you. Ask people in law enforcement or the military - women cops or soldiers don't run to their male counterparts to weep on their shoulders, but we do occasionally ask for help in picking up heavy objects. Men are generally weaker mentally, women weaker physically.

    Anyway - I guess what I'm trying to say is that I recommend this book for the insecure guy who dreams of being the knight in shining armor, saving the damsel in distress. For us women, I'd recommend a different author altogether. I'm rather partial to James Patterson myself...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Man Called Ove

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Fredrik Backman
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56561)
    Performance
    (51736)
    Story
    (51648)

    Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

    Bill says: "I Laughed and I Cried"
    "Very enjoyable book"
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    I had no idea what I was getting here; I mainly got the book because I grew up in Sweden and often enjoy reading books by Swedish authors. Think of it as reading a book about characters in your home town.

    It was a complete delight!

    Well written, fun characters, great plot, and the narrator did an excellent job too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Curious Beginning

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Deanna Raybourn
    • Narrated By Angele Masters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3914)
    Performance
    (3589)
    Story
    (3581)

    As the city prepares to celebrate Queen Victoria's golden jubilee, Veronica Speedwell is marking a milestone of her own. After burying her spinster aunt, the orphaned Veronica is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry - and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as she is fending off admirers, Veronica wields her butterfly net and a hatpin with equal aplomb, and with her last connection to England gone, she intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.

    L. Williams says: "For fans of Elizabeth Peters and Gail Carriger"
    "A twit with the emotional range of a sociopath"
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    This book is an insult to all intelligent women; how can anyone consider this book to even be funny? If I had to spend more than 15 minutes wtih this woman, I'd gag her!

    The poor narrator must be hard up for money, but at least she manages to read the characters as the dimwits and stereotypes they are. A person is not intelligent just because he or she can string together some multi-syllable words.

    The "heroine" escapes a bad guy by telling him she needs to use the ladies room.
    She views sex scientifically, everything else is just like the mindless chatter of a person whose never set foot outside their door or picked up a book.

    At first I thought this book was like one of those Harlequin Romances I used to enjoy when I was a teenager, but then I realized the lead character in this book is devoid of any other emotions than irritation and smugness. My mind is blown by how many readers have given this book 4 and 5 star ratings...

    Nah, I got completely duped by the reviews here; this book is a complete waste of money. I wish I'd checked to see if it was available at the library.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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