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Annette

Bradenton, FL, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 21 reviews
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  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Oreskes, Ron McLarty, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5827)
    Performance
    (5230)
    Story
    (5261)

    First published in 2001, American Gods became an instant classic, an intellectual and artistic benchmark from the multiple-award-winning master of innovative fiction, Neil Gaiman. Now discover the mystery and magic of American Gods in this 10th anniversary edition. Newly updated and expanded with the author's preferred text, this commemorative volume is a true celebration of a modern masterpiece by the one, the only, Neil Gaiman.

    Michael says: "New to Neil"
    "Loved the 10th Anniversary Edition"
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    I loved this book mostly because of the comments made by the author. While listening I thought at times, "How dare he write this book!" And then Gaiman commented on that very thing at the end. He also commented on how some Americans criticized him for including some aspects of America and not others. I loved the inclusion of Rock City. I only wished he included other campy/quirky sites and ideas of Americana like the world's largest ball of string, South of the Border, the Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine, etc. But I can't complain too much since he mentioned the mermaids of Weeki Wachee! It just would have been more fun if he included more of our country's quirkiness, but I can't blame him since this is a large country. This is the first Gaiman novel I've read and if you're a little off like, I guess, I am you will enjoy this book too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Running Like a Girl: Notes on Learning to Run

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Alexandra Heminsley
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Sastre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (106)

    Until five years ago, Alexandra Heminsley was decidedly not a runner. Nor was she athletic in any sense of the word. She was an ordinary, curvy woman who was convinced that sports of any kind, especially running, were beyond her. But she's made running part of her life, and gets to reap the rewards: not just the obvious things, like a touch of weight loss, health and glowing skin, but self-belief, and immeasurable daily pleasure.

    tracey says: "LOVE THIS!!!!!"
    "Ms. Heminsley is a snob about running."
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    I enjoyed Ms. Heminsley's account of her initiation into running and her foibles and successes she experienced over the years. Mostly I liked how she described the support of friends and strangers to get her to the finish line of any of her marathons. Bravo. It is quite an accomplishment, for sure.

    What I didn't really like about the book is that Ms. Heminsley takes a disparaging tone toward anyone who is not a runner or prefers to work out in a gym. Ms. Heminsley, running is not easy as you believe it is. Your derogatory remarks about those of us who enjoy going to the gym and maintaining a level of health without running only emphasize your lack of knowledge about overall health and fitness.

    Generally, I enjoyed the book, but cringed at the times when she belittled others who are not like her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mind Scrambler: A John Ceepak Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (641)
    Performance
    (400)
    Story
    (394)

    John Ceepak and Danny Boyle are making the rounds in Atlantic City when Danny runs into his former crush, Katie. She's working for a magician named Rock, and her life seems to be in better order than Boyle could have hoped for. But Ceepak and Boyle soon find themselves on another case when Katie is found strangled to death. It is up to Ceepak and Boyle to find out who killed her. Their lives and the lives of others depend on it.

    Amazon Customer says: "Fun ride on the Mind Scrambler"
    "Down the shore"
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    I love this series of books; they're lighthearted, fun and I love the stereotype references to New Jersey...and not just because I grew up there. Whenever I get tired of urban fantasy and zombie, I know I can always listen to a story about John Ceepak.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead of Night: A Zombie Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (646)
    Performance
    (592)
    Story
    (591)

    A prison doctor injects a condemned serial killer with a formula designed to keep his consciousness awake while his body rots in the grave. But all drugs have unforeseen side-effects. Before he can be buried, the killer wakes up. Hungry. Infected. Contagious. This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang… but a bite.

    Mike Naka says: "pretty good zombie story"
    "Not Maberry's"
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    I love Maberry's Joe Ledger series and I've listened to them more than once. This book is just okay. The story is the reaction of each and every one of the small town's citizens reaction to the fact of zombies in the town. EVERY SINGLE PERSON. The book moves slow because we have to know what every person thinks about seeing the impossible. I don't think I'll finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (8532)
    Performance
    (7717)
    Story
    (7731)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Suspense that keeps moving"
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    This book kept my interest until the end. It was well written and easy to follow. The author made the back stories of the characters relevant to the main story and he did it in a way that flowed with the story. I get frustrated with stories that go back and forth from past to present or this character and that. The narrator was excellent and although the narrator didn't have many different voices, you could distinguish one character from the next. He also read the story in a way which made it believable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Follow Your Breath: A Foundational Technique

    • ORIGINAL (21 mins)
    • By Sharon Salzberg
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    "Just follow your breath." It sounds so simple, but as every seasoned practitioner will tell you, "just breathing" can be surprisingly challenging. To experience the deep rewards of this practice, start off on the right foot with expert help from Insight Meditation Society instructors Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein. They'll help you find the skillful balance of concentration and relaxation that results in a finely attuned state of ease that will stay with you long after you get off the cushion.

    Anineemoose says: "Best meditation audio I've found so far"
    "Perfect for beginners like me"
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    A good recording for beginning meditators. Ms. Salzerg's voice is soothing. It's a guided meditation without annoying music.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Influx

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3320)
    Performance
    (3038)
    Story
    (3046)

    Particle physicist Jon Grady is ecstatic when his team achieves what they've been working toward for years: A device that can reflect gravity. Their research will revolutionize the field of physics - the crowning achievement of a career. Grady expects widespread acclaim for his entire team. The Nobel Prize. Instead, his lab is locked down by a shadowy organization whose mission is to prevent at all costs the social upheaval sudden technological advances bring.

    Sterling Okura says: "Entertaining Physics SciFi"
    "Same old story line.Cold war kids, save your $$"
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    First I want to say the narration was great and not in any way the reason for my review. I have read Daniel Suarez before and I liked him. I like science explanations and perhaps some of the physics was over my head. But the story line was trite and predictable. Super geniuses come up with major discoveries, but, you guessed it, there is a government cover up. The major discovery in the book is, essentially, anti-gravity. Okay that's an oversimplification, but you get the picture. So, the anti-government figures out how to use it for.....flying. But it isn't flying it's anti-gravity. So people fall off the earth. That was the only thing that was unique to the story. There are explosions and people dying and courageous escapes and redemption in the end. Ho-hum.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4767)
    Performance
    (3667)
    Story
    (3673)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Evelyn says: "Excellent listen"
    "It was so interesting..."
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    This story was written in 1959 and it shows. I never before appreciated our politically correct world until I read this authentic pre-civil rights book. I don't think any author today could authentically write in this style. It is amusing and horrifying at the same time at how ignorant the US was about race relations.

    At any rate, I enjoyed this book primarily because it took place in a fictional town in Central Florida. I currently live in Florida so this aspect of the book made it more interesting to me.

    I also read this book after I read, "One Second After," which is a modern post-apocalyptic book. Reading "Alas, Babylon" helped explain many of the things said in "One Second After." It was also interesting to read a nuclear holocaust book written so shortly after WWII ended. I am not from the "Duck and Cover" era, but from "Red Dawn" and other nuclear holocaust scares. I enjoyed this book for that reason. It did get a little trite and slow toward the end.

    I love Will Patton's voice and I could listen to anything he reads.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5819)
    Performance
    (3755)
    Story
    (3790)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "Fear mongering and political minutiae"
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    This book starts off with a preface by Newt Gingerich as though the book has a very important message to tell the American people. I'm not quite sure what type of influence the author felt that Gingerich might have, but there it is.

    The book is about how an EMP blast can and inevitably will cripple the United States and remove it as a superpower on the world stage. The moral of the story is that Washington knows about this threat and is doing nothing about it....so there's your politics.

    There is obviously a conservative slant to this book because the main characters live in a wealthy small town in North Carolina. The author repeatedly voices his disdain for anyone taking psychotropic medications, heart medications, people who don't exercise and eat properly, prisoners, drug users and pacifists...oh, yeah, and people who live in Florida. He champions the armed services, veterans and diabetics.

    In the end the book is nothing but fear mongering to scare the American people into believing that the end of the United States is inevitable when a nuclear bomb is detonated 100 miles in the atmosphere over Utah. What, I would like to ask Mr. Forstchen, would you like me to do about it? If you present a problem then it's only proper to offer a possible solution. As a child of the Cold War I have heard all this fearmongering before when we were told that the USA and the USSR would eventually annhilate each other by launching nuclear weapons. Perhaps an EMP blast will reduce the USA to medieval times, Mr. Forstchen, but I live in Florida and will be dead soon afterward.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Desperate Measures: A Barbara Holloway Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kate Wilhelm
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (434)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (139)

    Barbara Holloway has a reputation for taking on the toughest cases - and winning them. But this time she's up against an unbeatable opponent - her father, the lawyer who taught her all she knows.

    A User says: "Better than the first"
    "Odd Morality Tale"
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    I had this book in my wish list for quite awhile before I finally decided to buy it. The story was compelling enough that it held my attention until the end. I was disappointed with the ending because it merely made the story a lesson in morality, which is: You can't judge a book by its cover; or some other trite parable.

    The story was almost like a non-sequitor by the way it started; its development; and its odd moral ending. It is as though the author was trying to give a particular person a private message. I don't know...when I read a novel, I want to be entertained not preached at.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12559)
    Performance
    (11408)
    Story
    (11435)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Fun and creative mystery!"
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    This story was completely unexpected. It is a mystery that doesn't rely on sex, money and gore. While there are deaths involved in the story it doesn't involve the detailed blood and guts sensationalism on which many of today's mystery writers rely.

    The characters are well-developed in an entertaining way. The author does not get bogged down in relationship interaction that often becomes cumbersome and unrealistic in other books. Each character has his or her own distinct personality without being annoying.

    If you're looking for a light summer mystery which will hold your attention. This is your book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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