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Joyce

Wilsonville, OR, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4772)
    Performance
    (4457)
    Story
    (4452)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Cristina Hatfield says: "Quite an enjoyable read"
    "What Fun!!!`"
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    I cannot fully express how much fun this book is.

    I love the fact that Wil Wheaton reads this, and that he sounds like he is impersonating Captin Kirk in his rendition-This makes it even more fun.

    It is outlandish and requires a complete suspension of disbelief. And, yes, I enjoyed Star Trek and its spin-offs (with the exception of Deep Space Nine) and there are lots of tongue-in-cheek references to the original series. I found myself smiling regularly as I listened and laughing out loud frequently. I highly recommend this book if you enjoyed Star Trek. Redshirts is a book I will bring out if I am feeling blue or nostalgic and need a dose of laughter.

    I am relatively new to Scalzi, but I love his dry humor and ramapant sarcasm. He is a man after my own heart!

    Highly recommended by a Trekkie (Ok, I never actually attended a convention so I might only be an honorary Trekkie~)

    31 of 38 people found this review helpful
  • Independent Study

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Joelle Charbonneau
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Morton
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Seventeen-year-old Cia Vale survived The Testing, as has Tomas, the boy she loves, and they have both gained admission to the University. She has a promising future as a leader of the United Commonwealth and no memory of her bloody testing experience, thanks to a government-sanctioned memory wipe. Cia should be happy but is plagued by doubts about the past and future.

    Joyce says: "Did not disappoint!!! 10 stars"
    "Did not disappoint!!! 10 stars"
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    Independent Study is better than The Testing!!! A surprise cliffhanger that I did not see coming. Joelle Charbonneau is in on par with Suzanne Collins as far as I am concerned. Elizabeth Morton does not disappoint. I highly recommend this book without reservation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8455)
    Performance
    (7687)
    Story
    (7747)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Thought provoking~"
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    I found myself searching the web for the references in Dan Brown's Inferno. I always enjoy the reality in his books. The way he takes historical figures and places and intertwines his fiction is never dissappointing. He writes like a conspiracy theorist but adds enough touches of truth that it seems plausible. Inferno is frightening. It made me think about subjects that I had never really considered and the repercussions of the choices people make. I think it is important to keep in mind that this book is fiction--not a conspiracy even if it touches on present day worries. It is engrossing and entertaining but not reality.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Mind Games

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Kiersten White
    • Narrated By Emily Bauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Two sisters, bound by impossible choices, are determined to protect each other - no matter the cost. James's frozen face melts into a smile. "Do you want to know the trick to getting in trouble under the watchful eye of a psychic?" I think of the nailed-shut windows. I think of Clarice. I think of the two, the two, the two who are now zero. Tap tap. "Yes, I absolutely do." "Don't plan it. Don't even think about it. The second you get an inkling of what you could do, do it then. Never plan anything ahead of time. Always go on pure instinct." I smile. "I think I can do that."

    Jennifer says: "We need a better rating system"
    "Intriguing!!"
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    This is the kind of story that you don't want to out down. It grabs you and does not let you go. The characters are flawed in unusual ways. Its difficult to determine who is good and who is bad as they all seem to have qualities of both. In other words they are very human. It is not a typical story line that the author dusted spider webs off and put a new spin on. It was a nice surprise.

    For full disclosure I must admit the production quality is a bit off. Emily Bauer is an excellent narrator. Loved the life as she knew it books she narrated. This production has some weird background noises that are distracting. It sounds a bit like someone is chewing gum in the background. I was listening on a good quality blue tooth and it might be a bit more sensitive than the headphones I usually use.

    It did not ruin the story, just distracted from it a bit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Darkest Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Haynes
    • Narrated By David Thorpe, Karen Cass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (986)
    Performance
    (825)
    Story
    (829)

    Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Gorgeous, charismatic, spontaneous – Lee seems almost too perfect to be true. And her friends clearly agree, as each in turn falls under his spell. But there is a darker side to Lee. His erratic, controlling and sometimes frightening behaviour means that Catherine is increasingly isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, and trusting no one, she plans a meticulous escape.

    Betty says: "AN OCD IS STALKED BY A PSYCHOPATH"
    "I enjoyed the book but..."
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    Into the Darkest Corner was suspenseful...a little difficult to follow to being with...think it would have been easier in print format...I did not pay attention at first to the dates and years too closely, until I figured out half the story was told in flashback. (only took a couple dates to figure this out--) It jumps around a lot and once you get that it makes sense.

    ...my biggest gripe is that it just ends...not like a normal audible book..."Audible hopes you have enjoyed this book"....it seems like we are missing a line or two...I actually went back to make sure there was not a part three...and checked to make sure my device loaded everything correctly. After 14 hours of listening the end just fell flat--nothing was left unsaid or unresolved within the story line mind you... I was just expecting a conclusion--there is narration thru the last second and then nothing.

    I was very engaged in the beginning and could not wait to listen to more. By the end I thought that it just kept replaying the same thing over and over and it started to fall flat.

    I would not have a problem recommending this book to mystery and thriller fans, I run more along the scifi genre and I would not recommend it to someone who favors that flavor of novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wither: The Chemical Garden Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lauren DeStefano
    • Narrated By Angela Lin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (158)

    Lauren DeStefano makes a stellar debut with this chilling tale. The first installment of a planned trilogy, Wither introduces listeners to a bleak world where a mysterious disease kills most women by the age of 20 and men by the age of 25. Like many girls her age, 16-year-old Rhine has been captured and forced into marriage in an effort to keep the population growing. But, despite her new husband’s wealth, she wants nothing more than to escape her servitude and return home before time runs out.

    FanB14 says: "Almost There..."
    "Enjoyed more than many reviewers"
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    I enjoyed Wither from the very beginning. It is light listening that does not require a lot of thought. I generally listen to sci-fi and fantasy and was looking for something just like this. I intend to listen to the entire series. It is a bit predictable but that did not take away from my enjoyment one bit. The protagonist is reminiscent of president Snow from the Hunger Games--evil to the core! It has a solid place in the teen dystopian genre.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Karen Thompson Walker
    • Narrated By Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (355)

    On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life.

    Karen says: "Not sure I can measure up..."
    "Good but not what I expected~"
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    Age of Miracles is a thoughtful novel.

    I was dissappointed as I was hoping for something like 'One Second After' or 'Life as We Knew It' and it is not. It is told from the perspective of an 11 year old and is an innocent yet poignant coming of age (a bit early in my opinion~) story.

    The changes occurring on earth are merely a back story. I believe if I had different expectations I would have become more engaged.

    This is a good book but the synopsis is misleading. I suggest it would be a wonderful read for middle school child. (probably best for a girl as it deals with crushes and first bras!!!!)

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (9771)
    Performance
    (8875)
    Story
    (8887)

    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!!"
    "Surpassed expectations!!!"
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    It is difficult to review this book without ruining the experience. I thought I knew where Clines was going, then BAM--he changed directions and utterly surprised me. I did not see where he was going with 14 and was questioning Audible placing it in the Sci-Fi category..I was sooo naive! I believe I can make some comparisons without giving the plot away:

    It is part Stephen King and part Frank Peretti (I think I should stop there as you are probably completely baffled...as you should be! This is utterly unique!). 14 is bizarre and wonderful.

    Ray Porter did a fantastic job. I put him in the same category as Scott Brick and Kate Reading (2 of my favorites). He gave each of the characters their own personality. The evil characters made my skin crawl and I cheered for the heroes.

    Recommended, I just cant tell you why without spoiling it~

    75 of 85 people found this review helpful
  • 172 Hours on the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Johan Harstad
    • Narrated By Casey Holloway
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    It's been more than 40 years since NASA sent the first men to the moon, and to grab some much-needed funding and attention, they decide to launch an historic international lottery in which three lucky teenagers can win a week-long trip to moon base DARLAH 2 - a place that no one but top government officials even knew existed until now. The three winners, Antoine, Midori, and Mia, come from all over the world, and they have only one thing in common: They aren't especially interested in space travel.

    louise says: "Agree with other review - something missing"
    "Relieved it was not 172 hours long!!!"
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    172 Hours did not live up to my expectations. It never seemed to fully develop and I felt like part of the story was missing. It jumped around and ended, just like that! It left me unsatisfied.

    I keep wondering if something was lost in the translation or if it was a culture thing. The premise is great but the execution fell flat. I never identified nor cared about the characters even when things go awry. I could not have cared less when people started dying.

    I have listened to other books narrated by Casey Holloway and I enjoyed her performance. This time her narration grated on me. I chalk it up to the material she had to work with.

    I forced myself to finish the book so I could understand where it was leading and am utterly dissapointed. I just don't get it. There is no story within its pages.

    Generally I dont write reviews like this, I wait until a book really moves me and I share my enthusiam for it. This time I just cant help myself. This truely is a book about nothing.

    Oh wait, there was one good thing. I actually did an internet search on a historical figure that was discussed--only to find out that what was in the book was almost verbatim to what I found on line. And I do mean that literally.

    I wish I had my credit back

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Factoring Humanity

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (192)

    In the near future, a signal is detected coming from the Alpha Centauri system. Mysterious, unintelligible data streams in for ten years. Heather Davis, a professor in the University of Toronto psychology department, has devoted her career to deciphering the message. Her estranged husband, Kyle, is working on the development of artificial intelligence systems and new computer technology utilizing quantum effects to produce a near-infinite number of calculations simultaneously.

    Warren says: "Enjoyable, Fast Listen"
    "Enjoyed every minute!!!~"
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    Factoring Humanity gets complex at times (those were my favorite parts!!) and the listener has to pay close attention-if he/she is not a theoretical physicist!

    This book brings to mind several things--Spin by Robert Charles Wilson, Dr Seuss (dont want to spoil it--if you listen you will probably see where I am going with this!) and Greg Bear--along with themes that permeate all of Sawyers books. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish.

    I am sharing my serious geekie-ness with this next part...which is why I am changing my name once I submit this review (grin)...Robert Sawyer quotes the original Star Trek and the movie Wrath of Khan within the pages...and I had to dust off my copy and fast forward to the scene they discussed and see for myself what the author pointed out...which means to me that I was relating to this book on a personal (if seriously nerdy!) level...

    My only complaint is that I have only one more Robert Sawyer novel to go...then I have to wait for him to publish something new next year...Would love if another reader who is a Sawyer fan could recommend another author who is similar. I have looked for ages and have been dissappointed in the choices I made.

    I give Factoring Humanity 5 geeky stars and an honorable mention in Nerdy! Will definitely listen to this again and recommend it to my pocket protector adorned, duct-taped glass wearing, nerdy friends!!

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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