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David

West Jordan, UT, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 6 reviews
  • 23 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • 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
    (26319)
    Performance
    (20239)
    Story
    (20422)

    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....

    Sue Schreiber says: "A very satisfying ending"
    "Where's the hope?"
    Overall

    I can't adequately express my disappointment with the final installment of this triology, it was really lack luster, disappointing, and uninspired...and this is coming from someone that loves this story so much that I scheduled months in advance to have the release date off of work, just so I could sit around and soak up the story.

    I'll admit that the series has always been a rather dark one, but it had that underlying promise of hope for a better future, good will triumph evil in the end, etc.. and characters so real that the reader was really invested in their individual stories. However, that aspect was completely missing in this book.

    It was almost as if the author wanted to destroy everything and everyone just to make a philisophical point..and I'm not sure what point she was trying to make. We all know that war is terrible, but in every great tragedy their is always something redeeming or hopeful to hold on to. Not in this war; everything of beauty was taken away, everyone is destroyed physically, mentally, or emotionally, and in the end you are just left empty. The last ten pages of the book, meant to be a happy ending?...just aren't enough to redeem the characters, or repair the damage and heartbreak, the reader has experienced.

    84 of 105 people found this review helpful
  • The Gathering Storm: Book Twelve of the Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4845)
    Performance
    (2632)
    Story
    (2649)

    Rand al'Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward - wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders - his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

    D. Ramirez says: "I normally wouldn't, but..."
    "Wow, that was a great read"
    Overall

    Brandon Sanderson did a great job on this book. It might be sacraligious to say, but I think I like his style of telling this story better than Jordans. There were quite a few places in this book where I just dropped my jaw, and was doing extra laps in the car because I could not stop listening.
    It was also nice that characters like Nineve, and Phieal (spelling?) were not the complete witches that I had started to hate so much in the other books.
    I know this book is 33 hours long, but it is amazing how short that can seem when you are thuroughly enjoying the book. I am so excited for the next book in the series to come out. Now I need to decide if I am going to listen to it again, or start another book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24065)
    Performance
    (18011)
    Story
    (18068)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Do not get sucked in!"
    Overall

    This is the craziest series that I have ever read. I feel like one of those soldiers in a war that doesn't want to make friends with any of the new guys because he has already lost so many friends to death in battle. It seems that this author raises up protagonists just to kill them off. I made it through three of these books, but when he finally blinded one of the main characters after killing 8 of the 10 other characters who were the heros I said, "No more!". If I want to be seriously depressed I can just watch a news report about abused kids. I don't have to read a series of books that will depress, and pi** me off for "entertainment"!

    Also, people are comparing these books to the LOTR series. Pleeease, this book is no where near the caliber of LOTRs. Tolkein was an english professor at Oxford, and he wrote so beautifully, it was nothing short of elegant. His command of the english language is unmatched. Martin, I will admit is imaginative, but his use of language is not even close to Tolkein. Tolkein almost single handedly created a genre with his work, Martin has created a depressing soap opera.

    Do yourself a favor and use your credit else where. If you disreguard this advice, by the time you get to the end of book three (something like 72 hours of your precious time on earth later) you will be sorry you did.

    I'm just say'n...

    14 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10370)
    Performance
    (5631)
    Story
    (5663)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Well worth the gamble."
    Overall

    Wow! I picked this book based solely off of the awards it had won and customer reviews. (As I had never even heard of it before.) The reviews were so split that I thought about the purchase for several days before deciding to take the gamble. I am so glad that I did. I completely enjoyed this book. The writing is exquisite. It is so descriptive and poetic that you just savor the language...and I found myself jotting down a few quotes for future use in every day life. As far as the story line goes, I found myself so wrapped up in it that I tried to do mindless tasks such as cleaning and driving so I could keep my headphones in all day. If you are in the mood for a well woven story that doesn't quickly jump from scene to scene but just rather flows along, this is the book for you. I noticed a few criticisms of the narrator but, I thought he was great and enjoyed listening to him. This is definately one of the best downloads I've purchased.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne of Green Gables

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lucy Maud Montgomery
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (264)

    When Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert of Green Gables send for a boy orphan to help them out at their farm, they mistakenly get Anne Shirley, a feisty, independent but warm-hearted 11 year-old girl. Fortunately her sunny nature and quirky imagination win the hearts of her reluctant foster parents and everyone in the community. But not a day goes by without some memorable adventure or prank in the tragicomedy of her life.

    David says: "Magical"
    "Magical"
    Overall

    I loved this book. It was so nice to be transported back to a simpler time of wholesome goodness. I am a guy and usually read sci fi or European Classics, but this was a nice change of pace. I found myself wishing I had grown up on Prince Edward Island at the turn of the twentieth century.

    The narrator was perfect(especially her voice for Anne), and I found myself being lulled into another reality very easily. She is much better than the other narrators in the other versions.

    I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is soulfull, be they 12 years old or 100.

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • War and Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (61 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (1161)
    Performance
    (623)
    Story
    (619)

    Often called the greatest novel ever written, War and Peace is at once an epic of the Napoleonic wars, a philosophical study, and a celebration of the Russian spirit. Tolstoy's genius is clearly seen in the multitude of characters in this massive chronicle, all of them fully realized and equally memorable.

    Diana says: "Glad I finally decided to read it"
    "Yea, it's O,K., but its not all that"
    Overall

    I got this book for three reasons. First, I have always admired people who had the fortitude to read one of the longest, most acclaimed novels in history. Second, this book had a good number of five star reviews. Finally, I got this book because sixty-one hours is a lot of bang for my credit.

    I wont kid you, I was kicking myself for about the first eight hours. The first eight hours is introducing various characters as they sit around gossiping in parlor rooms in Russia. It was so boring that only my tenacity to get my moneys worth, and a desperate hope that it would get better kept me going.

    I was paid off by about forty-five hours of interesting story. The use of language is excellent. The characters are for the most part well developed (Especially Pierre). The story is very engaging. It needs to be because at the beginning of each new section Tolstoy makes you go through between 15 minutes and an hour of his rambling philosophical views. It’s like he wanted to expound philosophy and had to wrap it in a novel so people would read it. (This is because is not good enough to stand on it’s own(It has a lot of holes).) Even I as an ex-philosophy major couldn’t stand the drivel.

    I would have given this book four stars, except Tolstoy really ticked me off when toward the end of the book he takes a two hour aside from the story to discuss the questions, “What is power?, and “Is there really any free will?”, and forgets to bring closure to the tale. There is no, “Happily or sadly ever after”. The reader is left hanging with no finality in any degree.

    So there you have my opinion. It was O.K. but it was not all that. It was definitely not the best book I have ever read, and I very much disagree with the claim that it is the best book ever written.

    31 of 35 people found this review helpful

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