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Dan

Spencerport, NY, United States

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  • 33 ratings
  • 46 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2014
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  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34917)
    Performance
    (25988)
    Story
    (26355)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Awesome"
    Overall

    I know this won't be helpful, but just get this book. If you are 12, 25, 75 or any age in between. Period.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3511)
    Performance
    (1226)
    Story
    (1245)

    An innocent man is about to be executed. Only a guilty man can save him. Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.

    Suzn F says: "I confess, I loved it!"
    "Getting tired of the strereotypes"
    Overall

    Not sure I can even finish this one. The whole premise of the story is that White, Christian Texans are just frothing at the mouth to kill black "thugs" whether or not they're guilty. Has this guy ever looked at who is on death row in Texas or any of the other 37 states who condone capital punishment?

    It's a semi-decent story which is why I gave it 2 stars, but I'm getting really tired of the ridiculous stereotypes.

    If you want to read a thinly veiled liberal lecture on the evils of capital punishment, go for it.

    4 of 7 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
    (10158)
    Performance
    (5069)
    Story
    (5103)

    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.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "Decent, but not great"
    Overall

    The book was a good read, and it kept my interest reasonably well, but it didn't leave a very good taste in my mouth. Several problems that I observed:

    1. The most intelligent characters in the town are still pretty stupid. The story is full of stereotypes such as "all Christians are either hypocrites or psychopaths." Also, when people starting making sense they "started sounding less Republican." OK, King, I get it: Christian = Republican = stupid. I'm pretty tired of the stereotype.

    2. The book is unnecessarily gory and vulgar to the point of seemingly taking joy in narrating the horrors that befall the people of the small town. *SPOILER ALERT* In the end, what is the point of killing off some of the children? It's like King wanted to see the dome in place just long enough to see a couple more kids die within hours of being rescued. WTF? The whole book seemed like a desperate attempt at shock value and ironically, it ended up only desensitizing. I found myself being pretty into it for the first 2/3, but as the horrors mounted including what seemed like totally superfluous accounts of minor characters' deaths, I pulled back and eventually by the end of the book, I just wanted it to be over.

    3. The writing at times had literary merit, but overall it felt like a script for a made for TV miniseries.

    4. The most interesting part of the whole book, the dome, was never really explored. Seemed like he missed out here. *SPOILER ALERT* I do understand that it was more about what happened under the dome, but what happened under the dome was pretty much everyone dies. Really interesting...

    There's more I could say, but these were the things that stood out. It did keep me wanting to know what happened next, but in the end, not satisfying at all.

    8 of 16 people found this review helpful

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