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Kallie

Albuquerque, NM, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 14 reviews
  • 92 ratings
  • 454 titles in library
  • 26 purchased in 2014
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  • Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist's Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Irene Spencer
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (87)

    Irene Spencer did as she felt God commanded in marrying her brother-in-law, Verlan LeBaron, becoming his second wife. When the government raided the fundamentalist, polygamous Mormon village of Short Creek, Arizona, Irene and her family fled to Verlan's brothers' Mexican ranch. They lived in squalor and desolate conditions in the Mexican desert with Verlan's six brothers, one sister, and numerous wives and children.

    Paul Mullen says: "Eye Opening... Difficult Listen... Honest"
    "Great!"
    Overall

    Could'nt turn it off! One second I was totally exasperated with the author for putting up with the ^*&%$ she put up with, the next second I was feeling her pain and could understand. My only criticism was that I would have liked to have heard more---like what was going on with the other wives. The book was very detailed about the first half of her life, and then kind of sped through the second half.Definately facsinating and enjoyable to listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Timothy

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (332)

    Timothy was not a good man in life and being undead did little to improve his disposition. What will a man trapped in his own mind do to survive when he wakes up to find himself a zombie controlled by a self-aware virus?

    AudioBookReviewer says: "This is no Zombie Fallout"
    "Ewww."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Timothy better?

    I'm with the other one star reviewer from Texas on this one...I'm not sensitive when it comes to movie or book gore and I'm fine with hardcore violence, but there was nothing good or redeeming about Timothy. It was a very interesting, imaginative story, and certainly I think Tufo did a really excellent (and probably accurate to be honest) job of telling a story from the perspective of the zombie. It was really just too incessantly and unrelentingly nasty for me to enjoy (as pointed out by the other reviewer, non-zombie murder, animal abuse, lots of rape, etc.). I also am of the ilk that the fun/appeal of zombie/apocalypse stories is the survival and/or human aspect---if that's you as well, you probably wont enjoy this book.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Tufo again?

    Yes-just not the sequel to this book.


    What about Sean Runnette’s performance did you like?

    He did an excellent job.


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

    That the author has a super disgusting mind (I don't mean that as an insult) and it's a good thing he's got writing as an outlet.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lonely Polygamist

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Brady Udall
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (252)

    In The Lonely Polygamist, Udall pens a tragicomic tale starring Golden Richards - who despite having four wives and 28 children, hasn’t quite found fulfillment in life. Like other men in the midst of a mid-life crisis, Golden feels as though he’s drowning. His wives squabble amongst themselves, and he hardly has time for all his children - least of all the 11-year-old who’s taken a keen interest in explosives.

    FanB14 says: "Believe the Hype"
    "Great story telling"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lonely Polygamist to be better than the print version?

    NA


    What about David Aaron Baker’s performance did you like?

    Almost perfect except for his pronunciation of "nuclear" as "nucular." Mysteriously, he fixed his pronunciation at some point.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm only half way done with this book (I guess I didn't realize it was 23 hours long when I bought it). It's truly excellent. When I'm not listening to it, I miss it. The story telling is just really good and it's humorous, sad, it just has everything. Just so you know, I usually like zombie/apocalypse/mysteries. This is definitely none of those (not really sure what it is...self-awakening?). I readily recommend this book to anyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered Hourglass: Day by Day Armageddon, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By J. L. Bourne
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1028)
    Performance
    (955)
    Story
    (954)

    In a desperate bid to take back the continental United States - where hordes of undead now dominate the ravaged human population - a Navy commander leads a global mission to the heart of the pandemic. Task Force Hourglass is humanity’s final hope, and his team’s agonizing decisions could mean living one day more - or surrendering to the eternal hell that exists between life and death.

    Amanda says: "A bit on the dull side"
    "Confusing and boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I would check Audible every month to see when the third book came out. Finally got it. Bummer. I listened to the entire thing, but forced myself. It was not journal style and I personally thought is was so confusing. There's no refresher from where the last book left off and there are all sorts of new people and six different stories going on, it was just so hard to tell who was what and where they were doing it. And honestly, I just thought it was boring. Oh---and it seemed like it was written for military people. Just so much military jargon. Might be nice for people that know the lingo, but just annoying to me. Don't think I'll be watching out for the next one.


    Would you ever listen to anything by J. L. Bourne again?

    Hard to say...loved the first two, but definitely not going to be watching for the fourth book.


    Have you listened to any of Jay Snyder’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't know...but the narrator was lovely.


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

    Disappointment.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28368)
    Performance
    (22096)
    Story
    (22318)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Wow...that was long"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Mockingjay better?

    This whole series could have just been done in one book. I liked the first book, but after that, the last two books were just sort of drawing out the first. The stories could have just been compressed because they really added nothing (and mind you...I actullay like long stories like some from Steven King). Bleh.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Carolyn McCormick’s performances?

    No


    What character would you cut from Mockingjay?

    Glenn---the substory of Glenn just fizzled out.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10559)
    Performance
    (5445)
    Story
    (5489)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Russell says: "Glad I Listened to 11-22-63 First"
    "Typical Stephen King"
    Overall

    Some reviews have complained about the ending and kind of a cheesy story line. But, this book is pretty typical Stephen King---I'm a huge fan, but think his stories are always a little cooky and I never read/listen to figure out how it's going to end because it's always something wierd or improbable. I read/listen because during the story he takes me somewhere and introduces me to all sorts of different people. I liked it, thought it was well written and got exactly what I expected.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Meat

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Joseph D'Lacey
    • Narrated By Sorcha Cusack
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    Both a dystopian masterpiece and a timely cautionary tale of what could happen if the powers that be monkey around with the food chain for their own ends, "Meat" breaks new ground in horror fiction.

    Parusski says: "What's wrong with eating meat????"
    "Interesting"
    Overall

    Hmmm...it was interesting. I am a fan of gore, and I did'nt mind the humans as meat theme, but I was for some reason bothered by what seemed to be totally gratuitous misery, violence and torture. I'm sure there was some great meaning behind it and I admit I'm not one to figure out deeper messages. For me there were lots of holes in the plot, too. For example (I don't think I'm spoiling anything with this comment): the story more than implied there was some important meaning behind the relationship with "Blue402" and the cow (I don't remember her identifying number), but that meaning was never expanded upon or came to fruition. Also, after a while, I just found it distracting that whatever happened to the rest of the world was never explained or that none of the characters ever contemplated anything outside of this town. I also found it distracting that, even in a world where there is only one society left, (outside of the sanctioned slaughter of meat humans), there was apparently no law and anyone could just murder anyone else.

    Maybe my criticism says more about me and my inability to wrap my head around certain things, but really I found all of these holes made the story to implausible and distracting.

    I would have preferred to skip it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4192)
    Performance
    (3518)
    Story
    (3512)

    When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

    Kim Venatries says: "Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more."
    "Reads like a political/military thriller..."
    Overall

    Which is perfect for those who like that genre. I don't. What I like about zombie stories is the struggle of ordinary people agaisnt horrible odds (not a bad a** who never hesitates and never is in any real danger, like the protaganist in this story). What I don't like about political/military thrillers is the complexity and politics. This book was just a political thriller with the subject of the doomsday plot the release of a zombie plague. It really lacked zombie fighting scenes, too. I gave up with about three hours left. It's just not a good zombie book, but I gave it three stars because I'm sure it's a good political thriller so lots of people will like it.

    Oh yeah, and why is it that in so many books the characters wont call them "zombies?" They call them "walkers," or something else, like in this book. I find that really annoying. Everyone knows what a zombie is and that's what people will be calling them if they ever show up!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Night of the Living Trekkies

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Sam Stall, Kevin Anderson
    • Narrated By Zach McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Our heroes are dressed in homemade uniforms and armed with prop phasers but soon find themselves defending their hotel and convention center against hordes of flesh-eating undead. Suddenly, all of their useless knowledge about particle physics and old Star Trek episodes has genuine real-world applications! And while hotel employees and regular civilians are dying left and right, our Trekkies summon strength and courage by emulating their favorite starship-voyaging characters

    Brian says: "Highly Enjoyable"
    "Awfully familiar"
    Overall

    This was a fun book...but I had just finished listening to "Infected" and I thought, "wow, besides the Star Trek stuff, this sounds awfully familar." I guess authors are probably inspired by books they've read themselves, but it was kind of annoying.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Alchemist's Pursuit

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Dave Duncan
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    Hampered by arthritis, Nostradamus is in no mood for granting favors or running about looking for trouble. But when his apprentice Alfeo's mistress asks him to investigate the murder of her beloved courtesan mentor - and promises a fortune in payment - he comes around.It appears that someone is murdering the courtesans of Venice. All were well-known, admired for their skills - and somehow connected by a sinister event involving one of the great families of the city.

    Bessie Hawley-Crissman says: "The Alchemist's Pursuit"
    "Bleh"
    Overall

    I believed the reviews that said it was like Harry Potter, but I didn't last three hours. Hokey and not very original.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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