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Hope

Hope

Broken Arrow, OK, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3581)
    Performance
    (3364)
    Story
    (3369)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Marci says: "King and Patton create a winning combo"
    "Excellent!"
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    I am a constant reader of King. I've read his great stuff, good stuff and stayed with him during the bad weird stuff. Although there is no paranormal actvity, this book doesn't lack a boogy man. The book is narrated from the point of view of a retired detective who is going down hill in his retirement and a cold blooded killer who wants to drive said retired detective to suicide for his amusement. Mr. Mercedes is a very, very bad man- a sick twisted individual. Patton's narration is excellent, he does an excellent job of giving the characters life in his voice. It is easy to tell characters apart with Patton's narration. I found Mr. Mercedes to be a "page turner", a I need to know what happens next type of book that always has something coming next. Well done King and Patton, well done.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1854)
    Performance
    (1719)
    Story
    (1714)

    Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

    Marvin says: "New diet trend, become a zombie!"
    "Way Better Than I Expected"
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    I'm a big time zombie fan, so I've seen "My Life as a White Trash Zombie" on audible several times and thought the summary didn't sound all that exciting. From the zombie perspective really? Seems like it would be a little flat. Not at all! The main character is Angel, she's a sassy foul mouthed girl who just couldn't get her life together. This differs from many zombie stories in that the zombies in this book are mindless, smelly creatures... it's actually pretty similar to how most vampire stories explain their change... only with brains instead of blood. The narrator Allison McLemore did a FANTASTIC job giving a voice to this girl with an attitude and is able to bring out the character's strengths. The main character may have had a shady past as a junkie, high school dropout and loser magnet, but she's no dummy and she has some great street smarts. Another thing I love about this story is that Angel drops the F-bomb all the time. My favorite noun, verb and adjective happens to be the f-bomb, Rowland speaks my language! I'm looking forward to listening to more in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Way of Kings: Book One of The Stormlight Archive

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10193)
    Performance
    (7663)
    Story
    (7709)

    Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

    Lore says: "Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!"
    "Great from the first page to the last"
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    I have read many of Sanderson's books and think that this is one of his finest works. Although the book clocks in at just under 46 hours it didn't drag. I was captivated all the way through. The world Sanderson creates is full of detail; characters are not idealized but have their faults which make them more relatable. The narration is fantastic! Kate Reading and Michael Kramer do a marvelous job bringing all of the characters to life. Both narrators are able to make each character sound distinct which makes the dialogue flow really well. If you are reading this and not sure if you want to invest in such a long book, let me assure you that there’s no fluff, this book made me want to keep listening all the way through. I was fortunate enough to finish this title only a week before “Words of Radiance” was released, I’m listening to the second in the series now (and it’s awesome so far). Happy listening friends

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Emperor Mollusk Versus the Sinister Brain

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Scott Aiello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1131)
    Performance
    (1055)
    Story
    (1056)

    Emperor Mollusk. Intergalactic Menace. Destroyer of Worlds. Conqueror of Other Worlds. Mad Genius. Ex-Warlord of Earth. Not bad for a guy without a spine. But what's a villain to do after he's done... everything. With no new ambitions, he's happy to pitch in and solve the energy crisis or repel aliens invaders should the need arise, but if he had his way, he'd prefer to be left alone to explore the boundaries of dangerous science. Just as a hobby, of course. Retirement isn't easy though.

    Kat Hooper says: "Hilariously wacky!"
    "Wonderfully, delightfully absurd! All hail Emperor"
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    This book was fun from start to finish! Martinez took our little solar system and jazzed it up, adding life to our neighboring planets/moons. The title character Lord Emperor Mollusk is a bit of an egotistical megalomaniac, but he’s got the brains to back it up. The world and characters are great fun. Scott Aiello did a perfect job with the narration of this tale. Aiello really brought Emperor Mollusk to life, overall his performance is brilliant!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I, Strahd: The Memoirs of a Vampire: Ravenloft: Strahd, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By P. N. Elrod
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (242)

    Some of the parchment pages were the color of cream, thick and substantial, made to last many, many lifetimes. Other pages were thin and desiccated, positively yellow from age, and crackled alarmingly as Van Richten turned them over. There were no ornate illuminations, no fussy borders, only lines of plain text in hard black ink. The flowing handwriting was a bit difficult to follow at first; the writer's style of calligraphy had not been in common use for 300 years. No table of contents, but from the dates it looked to be some kind of history.

    Susan says: "Not your normal paranormal story...."
    "Should have been called Dracula Light"
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    First of all I am very surprised that the author didn't give writing credit to Bram Stoker since that is where the entire plot came from. Instead of Stoker's version of letters penned by the main characters the story is told by Strahd's memoir. The similarities between Stoker's "Dracula" and "I, Strahd" are bordering on plagiarism. I found the characters to be flat and the telling of the story to be blase. I have a hard time understanding the high rating this book has received. On a positive note the narrator Boehmer did an excellent job with the material he had to work with. The character voices were distinct and consistent.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Emily Croy Barker
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (275)

    Emily Croy Barker’s riveting debut novel is a must-read for fans of Lev Grossman and Deborah Harkness. The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic follows grad student Nora Fischer as she stumbles through a portal into a magical world. Having been transformed from drab to beautiful, Nora finds herself surrounded by glamorous friends. Life seems perfect. But then things take a terrible turn, and Nora must learn magic from a reclusive ally if she is to have any hope of survival...

    Grace says: "In most ways, this is just the kind of book I seek"
    "NOTHING Like Discovery of Witches"
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    The title caught my attention, “The THINKING Woman’s Guide to Real Magic”. Alright I thought a story line with a strong woman who uses her brains and whit… perhaps a different take on magic, one from an analytical perspective. Wrong. Watered down and glossed over. Don't judge this book by its title.

    The book pretty much follows a parallel to Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice and references the story line SEVERAL times throughout. Instead of a strong intelligent and moxy lead character, we get a woman who follows the same idle plot line of “I like him, does he like me? Oh he’s mean I don’t like him anymore. Oh I’ll just go marry someone else” (disclosure, I hate Jane Austen books and frankly want to slap many of the characters).

    Getting to the magic. Weak. Takes forever to get to the magic and when it does there lacks any real thought or depth. In fact it’s when the book gets to the magic that the whole Mr. Darcy complex gets started. At the end of the audio there’s a plug for “A Discovery of Witches” and the publisher would love to compare this book to Discovery… however the only two things that this book has in common with A Discovery of Witches are that the title character is a grad student and that they share the same publisher. I wish for my credit back.

    0 of 3 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
    (4026)
    Performance
    (2989)
    Story
    (2993)

    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"
    "ALAAAAAS Babylon"
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    Wow. I loved this book, thought about it for weeks and many books later. The story just stayed with me (in a good way). Characters are well developed and Patton's narration is perfect. I had this book in my library for several months before I got around to it, wish I hadn't waited so long. The story detailed life after an apocalyptic event without getting bogged down in the details (nor was it lacking any depth). Many, many books and months later I still think to my self Alaaaas Babylon. Recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Solaris: The Definitive Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston (translator)
    • Narrated By Alessandro Juliani
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2195)
    Performance
    (1779)
    Story
    (1796)

    At last, one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it. To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Solaris, Audible, in cooperation with the Lem Estate, has commissioned a brand-new translation - complete for the first time, and the first ever directly from the original Polish to English. Beautifully narrated by Alessandro Juliani (Battlestar Galactica), Lem’s provocative novel comes alive for a new generation.

    Burns says: "A comment on negative reviews"
    "Timeless and Amazing"
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    I was blown away by this book. Narration by Juliani is excellent. The journey and imagery that Lem created was to me profound. After listening to this book I rented the movie version. Didn't hold a candle to this book (don’t judge a book by it’s movie really applies here). The planet is a character in and of itself, fascinating. This book made me wish I lived in a universe with Solaris so I could see the amazing transformations created by the planet. Highly recommend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3013)
    Performance
    (2628)
    Story
    (2668)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "Epic"
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    This is one is like The Stand meets On the Beach. McCammon has a new fan, I'm amazed it took me this long to find this author. Since I have exhausted King I was looking for something that took me on a journey, Swan Song did just that. The book is lengthy but it never dragged for me, McCammon's writing and Stechschulte's narration was a great combo which has left me looking for more from both. The end of the world as it was known came from every enemy state nuking each other; the story starts there and what follows is an epic battle of good and evil.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2700)
    Performance
    (2411)
    Story
    (2397)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Early American Sherlock Holmes"
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    This story has a great depth. I wanted to read more McCammon after listening to Swan Song (which I also loved), even though the Corbett series is vastly different from Swan Song and maybe not exactly what I was expecting I nonetheless found it rich and entertaining. The main character Michael Corbett is like an early American version of Sherlock Holmes. Edoardo Ballerini is an excellent match for Corbett's character; Corbett has a quiet confidence which is masterfully relayed by Ballerini. I have also listened to the next in the series The Queen of Bedlam and can say Corbett's character continues to grow, his logic and curiosity takes him on a fateful adventure which will lead me to the third soon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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