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Trudy Owens

Orem, UT, US | Member Since 2017

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  • The Lost Fleet: Galactic Search: A Slaver Wars Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Raymond L. Weil
    • Narrated By Liam Owen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (290)

    The battle at the galactic center had been a great victory for the Federation and the Alliance but at a tremendous cost. The Battleship Avenger and her fleets had vanished being drawn into a great white vortex at the moment of victory. For over four years, the mystery of what happened to the Avenger has haunted the Federation.

    Harry Boyle says: "entertaining but not thrilling"
    "I just couldn't keep going"
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    Usually I can't wait for the opportunities to listen to my book. This one was always a letdown. "Okay, let's get back to my book! What was I reading? Oh, that. Do I have to?"

    Other reviewers have commented on the narration. They are not wrong. Everyone is frantic, not how good bridge crews should act. Wrong inflections all over the place. I have dissed several narrators, but usually you get used to whatever is annoying you and it annoys you less. That didn't happen here, it remained annoying.

    My mind wandered a lot while listening, but every time I paid attention, the same things were happening. It was hard to tell if I had missed anything. I don't even care anymore if they find the missing fleet.

    A line like "It was obvious he cared about her safety" is a bad line. Those words are a writer's note to himself to develop that relationship and to SHOW us that he cared. The happy reunions between several couples were eye-rolling 13-year-old stuff. Things like that made the writing amateurish.

    I almost always listen to the end thinking it is only fair to the author to see how things wind up. I apologize, but I am going to drop this one. I see there's a new Jack Campbell (the REAL Lost Fleet) coming next week, and I will go reread the prior one to refresh myself.

    11 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Fire and Forget: Thomas Caine Thriller Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Andrew Warren
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Thomas Caine is a wanted man. Framed for treason and on the run, the rogue assassin will stop at nothing to clear his name and avenge his partner's death. As he races to keep the CIA and FBI off his tail, an agency insider offers to hide his tracks if he accepts one more black ops mission. All he needs to do is hunt down a stolen biological weapon in Africa, and save millions of people from annihilation. With the help of a beautiful doctor, Caine links the deadly virus to a sadistic rebel leader he was once ordered to protect.

    shelley says: "Crude oil,bio weapons, revels and a madman!!!!"
    "An exciting listen! Don't go to work today!"
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    Don't plan on getting anything important done once you start this! What a pleasure to listen to a good narrator! Mr. Davis does accents and genders! He imbues the sentences with horror, pain or pathos, excitement or fear. Very well done.

    There's a rat in the highest levels of secrecy here at home taking out the most crucial whistle blowers or weakest links in the leak. Rebecca doesn't know whom she can trust, and then things blow up. Literally. She needs Caine. Again.

    Caine just wants to get to Alan Bernato, but necessities keep getting in the way. Now he is off to the Sudan to rescue another CIA guy who has gone dark, and gets caught in a tangle of political corruption, insanity, bio weapons, back-stabbing, and genocide. His problem is that he can't just "kill and forget." He has a conscience, a sense of right, and this prevents him from being able to "just be the weapon."

    As he takes on an entire powerful, corrupt, morally bankrupt cabal, events just spiral downward fast, with a pandemic the possible outcome. With non-stop action and excitement, he gets another step closer to the person who set him up and hung him out to dry. Things with Rebecca are still complicated, but it looks as if they still both want the same thing. Looking forward to another installment!

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Look Back

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1947)
    Performance
    (1795)
    Story
    (1785)

    Eve Hardaway, newly single mother of one, is on a trip she’s long dreamed of - a rafting and hiking tour through the jungles and mountains of Oaxaca, in southern Mexico. Eve wanders off the trail, to a house in the distance with a menacing man in the yard beyond it, throwing machetes at a human-shaped target. Disturbed by the sight, Eve moves quickly and quietly back to her group, taking care to avoid being seen. As she creeps along, she finds a broken digital camera, marked with the name Teresa Hamilton.

    WWBill G says: "Strong characters in a weak story"
    "Great story with just a few annoyances"
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    Gregg Hurwitz is a great writer. Most of the time he hits it big. This one, not so much. So this lady buys an anniversary trip to a jungle in South America. Husband leaves her and their son, but she decides to go on the trip anyway. She finds evidence of a murder a while ago, so now she is a target, and for good measure, all the other tourists and the lodge owners too.

    The best writing shows up in how the minor details in the beginning wind around and end up being cool or important in the end. However, in making her escape from the murderer, instead of heading straight out toward help and civilization, she ends up making at least 3 full circles on the mountains. That part got really old and unbelievable. There were several scenes where she should have been able to beat the bad guy, but they disappointingly petered out, and the actual solution ended up being such a minor detail that I didn't even recall hearing about it. Those two points lost the star for me.

    Otherwise it was a totally satisfying escape and survival story. The narration was great.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (107)

    Rain Thomas is a mess. Seven years an addict and three difficult years clean. Racked by guilt for the baby she gave up for adoption when she was 16. Still grieving for the boy’s father who died in Iraq. Alone, discarded by her family, with only the damaged members of her narcotics anonymous meetings as friends. Them, and the voices in her head. One morning, on the way to a much-needed job interview, she borrows reading glasses to review her resume.

    Loves to Listen says: "Meh......"
    "way too long and mumbo-jumbo"
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    The last hour of this book was fantastic and wonderful. It was everything you want a book to be. You can appreciate the weirdness that got you there and the love and magic and redemption from there on out.

    But the other 12 hours? Sighing and rolling my eyes and questioning my decision to not return the book unfinished. If I had, those many hours would have been totally wasted.

    This is supposed to be scary, but it wasn't. It was supposed to be mystical and spiritual, but it was juvenile. It drags on too long through drug addiction, teen pregnancy, giving up a baby for adoption, disappointed parents who disown you, and the loss of a teen love-of-your-life. I get that that was much of the point, but still. As the mother of 5 adopted children, I felt disavowed, demeaned, and berated. I did not appreciate the concept of that teen's child being given to monsters. It works out in the end, but it lost my sympathy vote along the way.

    The narration was great for a few hours and then her uplifted sentence endings, wrong emphases, and broken phases became annoying.

    The ending really does redeem the whole 13 hours, but this could have been 4 hours and much more pleasant. If you are a fan of this author, you might love this, but this was my first of his, and probably my last.

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    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • 格林童话 - 格林童話 [The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm]

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Wilhelm Grimm, 刘艳丽 - 劉豔麗 - Liu Yanli
    • Narrated By 董浩 - 董浩 - Dong Hao
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    格林童话是德国儿童文学宝库中的一颗璀璨明珠,更是瑰丽多姿世界童话王国中的一朵奇葩。它以幽默轻松的语言、想象丰富的情节吸引了一代又一代的孩子们。…… 格林童話是德國兒童文學寶庫中的一顆璀璨明珠,更是瑰麗多姿世界童話王國中的一朵奇葩。它以幽默輕鬆的語言、想像豐富的情節吸引了一代又一代的孩子們。

    Trudy Owens says: "Great listen for natives or advanced learners"
    "Great listen for natives or advanced learners"
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    The only problem is the music is too loud and interferes with the narration at times. The voices are very professional and clear, with some Beijing "r" sounds, but pleasant to listen to. The language is not too hard for high intermediate or advanced learners, but it is not dumbed down, so there are still phrases learners won't know. Very enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fly by Night

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ward Larsen
    • Narrated By Tim Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (118)

    A top-secret drone crashes in the lawless Horn of Africa. The CIA is prepared to write off the loss, until evidence surfaces that the wreckage of their prized aircraft is hidden in a hangar outside Khartoum's main airport. The hangar is owned by a shady cargo airline that flies ancient DC-3s across Africa and the Middle East. The name of the company does nothing to still concern: FBN-Fly by Night Aviation.

    leongork says: "Exciting and entertaining"
    "quite interesting and exciting!"
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    I love when the old-school way of doing things is the only way to get the job done! Old pilots, old planes, lots of technical flying details (I'll just assume he knows what he's talking about). A conspiracy and a coup. A handsome accident inspector and a beautiful (of course) doctor. Very interesting listen all the way through.

    The narrator's accents are quite good. His delivery is sometimes drab, but it still kept things going.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 童谣经典选 - 童謠經典選 [Classic Nursery Rhymes]

    • UNABRIDGED (17 mins)
    • By 酷听 - 酷聽 - Kting
    • Narrated By 石晓寒 - 石曉寒 - Shi Xiaohan
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    文字简单,富含韵律,易学易记,朗朗上口,它们仿佛神奇的魔法语言,在含蓄的幽默中,带给孩子数不尽的纯真快乐。…… 文字簡單,富含韻律,易學易記,朗朗上口,它們仿佛神奇的魔法語言,在含蓄的幽默中,帶給孩子數不盡的純真快樂。

    Project23 says: "Clear short stories in Mandarin."
    "Buy a book with a CD"
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    This is free so it won't hurt you, but the songs and rhymes are the same as all the ones available on any collection of Chinese children's songs and rhymes.

    Without knowing the finger plays or clapping patterns, you can't get much interaction from this with your kid. Some of the pieces even have bizarre non-rhythmic sentences. Maybe if you are a parent and don't know any of these, this recording can help you learn them, but then it is up to you to play with your baby and use the rhymes. Don't count on the recording being interesting to the child.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 幼儿早教:儿歌蹦恰恰 - 幼兒早教:兒歌蹦恰恰 [Early Childhood Education: Children's Songs BangChaCha]

    • UNABRIDGED (17 mins)
    • By 酷听 - 酷聽 - Kting
    • Narrated By 婷婷 - 婷婷 - Tingting
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    美德教育是幼儿教育里十分重要的一个环节,同时也是最难以具体落实的一个环节……美德教育是幼兒教育裡十分重要的一個環節,同時也是最難以具體落實的一個環節……

    Project23 says: "Good slow Mandarin "
    "Buy a book with CD"
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    This is free so it won't hurt you, but the songs and rhymes are the same as all the ones available on any collection of Chinese children's songs and rhymes. The problem is that the songs are not sung, not even Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. There's no excuse for that.

    This might be okay for when you are busy and really need something for your child to listen to, but a baby isn't going to get much from it without your interaction. You are better off getting a book that shows the finger plays or clapping games, and a CD that actually sings the songs.

    It sounds like a mom playing with her kid thought, "Hey, I can make a recording and sell it to other moms!" Other people have already done it far better. Tingting's pronunciation is nice and clear though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting Edge

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Ward Larsen
    • Narrated By P. J. Ochlan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (164)

    Trey DeBolt is a young man at the crest of life. His role as a Coast Guard rescue swimmer in Alaska offers him a rewarding job and limitless adventure. Then a tragic accident alters his life: during a harrowing rescue, his helicopter goes down. Severely injured, DeBolt awakens in a seaside cabin in Maine, thousands of miles from where the accident occurred. His lone nurse lets slip that he has been officially declared dead, lost in the crash. Back in Alaska, however, Coast Guard investigator Shannon Lund uncovers evidence that DeBolt might still be alive. Her search quickly becomes personal, but before she can intervene, chaos erupts.

    David Ginaitis says: "Excellent military science fiction"
    "Very interesting version of a frequent theme"
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    Who wouldn't like the entire internet accessible through thought by circuits wired into your brain! The possibilities are endless. And that's the problem. What are the aims of those who did this to Tray? How can he function without an identity since he is declared dead? And wait, people are trying to kill him? Of course they are.

    Tray seeks to evade death, while seeing dozens around him taken out, and attempts to find the answer to the age-old question--WHY? He must find his creator and ask the question, but it is dangerous and risky, and uh-oh, he's not the only one? There are some great turn-arounds and chases. The best part is that he actually plays to his strengths in the end.

    This is almost top-notch, but very engaging and interesting all the way through to the end. And there are so many sequel possibilities. The narration is almost perfect. It takes a little getting used to at first, but then his accents are fantastic. Good read!

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    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Recipe Box: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Viola Shipman
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Growing up in northern Michigan, Samantha “Sam” Mullins felt trapped on her family’s orchard and pie shop, so she left with dreams of making her own mark in the world. But life as an overworked, undervalued sous chef at a reality star’s New York bakery is not what Sam dreamed.

    Trudy Owens says: "We bake because we love someone"
    "We bake because we love someone"
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    This isn't my usual fare, but sometimes to rest from my special forces, murder mysteries, and sci-fi first loves, I look for recipe stories, you know, the ones that take place in coffee shops, catering businesses, cookie kitchens, or pastry pantries. These usually involve murders the women must solve, and vary widely in quality. This book has no murder, no "action" and yet it was delightful.

    This is a multi-generational love story, love for the land, for serving others, for family, for heritage. There is only a little confusion as the story jumps through time to tell various stories, but you can get through it. These are normal, everyday events that all our families have gone through, but are the stuff of lore and love. It ends up being interesting all the way through as you hear how the women of the orchard handled hardships and good times and changing times. And how the recipe box ties them all throughout. The narration is good, and maintains the tone of groundedness. This is well-worth your time, and you might enjoy trying some of the recipes.

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    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I Am the Weapon: The Unknown Assasin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Allen Zadoff
    • Narrated By John Salwin
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (38)

    Boy Nobody is the perennial new kid in school, the one few notice and nobody thinks much about. He shows up in a new high school in a new town under a new name, makes a few friends, and doesn't stay long. Just long enough for someone in his new friend's family to die of "natural causes." Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, moving on to the next target. But when he's assigned to the mayor of New York City, things change.

    Trudy Owens says: "Orphan X Kids Club"
    "Orphan X Kids Club"
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    This is sort of interesting despite being highly improbable. Like Orphan X, Ben is taken at 12 and trained in super-spy techniques, then by 16 is sent out on assassination missions. The difference between the orphans is that Ben must make phony relationships to get close to his target before the kill. Ben has moved many times and gotten "in" at many schools. Orphan X's distance kills seem more believable than Ben's instant relationships.

    In this tale, he has 5 days to kill the mayor of New York. To do so he befriends the mayor's daughter at his new school. On day 2 of this assignment, after attending a teen party at the mayor's home, she says, "I'm beginning to have feelings for you....Do you have feelings for me?" Yes, I know all about Romeo and Juliet and I myself (believe it or not) have had fast teen romances, but still. He should have answered her, "Gee, Samara, I dunno, we just met yesterday, and I need to kill your father."

    The reveals at the end alleviate some of the hard-to-swallow-ness, but the whole setup just takes a lot of belief suspension to get through. I will still give the next volume a chance since Ben is starting to do some thinking, and he has made a real friend here along the way.

    The narration makes the book sound more amateurish, but by the end you get used to it, so it ends up interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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