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Phyllis

Plymouth, MA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Scat

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Edward Asner
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (103)

    Mrs. Bunny Starch, the most feared biology teacher ever, was last seen during a field trip to Black Vine Swamp. The school's headmaster and the police seem to have accepted the sketchy, unsigned note explaining that her absence is due to a family emergency. Theres no real evidence of foul play. But still, Nick and Marta don't buy it. Something weird is definitely going on.

    Carl Hiaasen is a columnist for the Miami Herald and is the author of many best-selling titles, including Sick Puppy, Nature Girl, and The Downhill Lie.

    Vicky says: "not just a kids book"
    "Scat"
    Overall

    This was a very predictable story. Interesting but a bit too long. What really made it very hard to finish was the terrible narration, sometimes garbled, too loud, too fast and with horrible voice changes for each character. After many attempts to finish, I did reach the end. Another narrator would have made a better book and a much easier listen.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6750)
    Performance
    (5137)
    Story
    (5218)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "My husband thought I had lost my mind."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Yes, this was a strange choice for me and I had doubts too. But I actually thought it was one of the most interesting stories I have heard in a long time. I learned more about Lincoln's life than I ever had previously with the combination of fact/fiction. Lincoln became a real person, a very real character in this story. This was not just a history lesson, I looked forward to the next chapter. Even the vamprire aspect was believable. If you enjoy reading about history and can stretch your imagination, you will love this. I did lose my mind, it was totally engrossed in this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Apocalypse: An Odd Thomas Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2212)
    Performance
    (1948)
    Story
    (1949)

    Once presided over by a flamboyant Hollywood mogul during the Roaring ’20s, the magnificent West Coast property known as Roseland is now home to a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants. And, for the moment, it’s also a port in the storm for Odd Thomas and his traveling companion, the inscrutably charming Annamaria. In the wake of Odd’s most recent clash with lethal adversaries, the opulent manor’s comforts should be welcome. But there’s far more to Roseland than meets even the extraordinary eye of Odd, who soon suspects it may be more hell than haven.

    D says: "Odd Apocalypse; Oddly Great"
    "Like hearing from and old friend."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love Odd Thomas, have read the first 4 books, and was concerned when I read the reviews, good and bad. Not knowing what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised. I heard the same old Odd (namely, David Aaron Baker) with all his quirkiness and zenlike philosophy. Dean Koontz presented a darker story this time and I think there was some confusion in the plot, but I found I could fast forward through the dark parts and still not miss too much of the story. It was hard to understand the story at first, but it wasn't too long before I was hooked again. Most Koontz books are a little too much for me, but this "horror-lite" is about as much suspense I can take. As I wait for the next book, I know I will reread some of the old ones.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Second Glance

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (842)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (276)

    An intricate tale of love, haunting memories, and renewal, Second Glance begins in current-day Vermont, where an old man puts a piece of land up for sale and unintentionally raises protest from the local Abenaki Indian tribe, who insist it's a burial ground. When odd, supernatural events plague the town of Comtosook, a ghost hunter is hired by the developer to help convince the residents that there's nothing spiritual about the property.

    Ella says: "Not up to par"
    "Just could not finish this book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I usually enjoy Jodi Picoult's books and love George Guidall's narration. But this was one of the most disappointing I have read. I really tried to finish this book at least three times, sure that there was something important I was missing, but couldn't do it. Story was extremely complicated, depressing and I hated all the suicide. I am sorry I paid attention to other reviews and wasted my money on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs)
    • By David Sedaris
    • Narrated By David Sedaris, Dylan Baker, Elaine Stritch, and others
    Overall
    (1137)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (525)

    Featuring David Sedaris's unique blend of hilarity and heart, this new collection of keen-eyed animal-themed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life.

    Patricia says: "Enjoyable Book"
    "Love animals, hated this book"
    Overall

    I found this book disappointing, crude, and not at all funny. Couldn't really relate any of the stories to real situations, but maybe that's just me. This is not at all what I expected and should have paid more attention to the negative reviews. I'm a long time listener of books from Audible, but this one was truly awful. This book has recieved a lot of attention in the press but because of the author not the story. Too bad.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Great House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Nicole Krauss
    • Narrated By Alma Cuervo, George Guidall, Celeste Ciulla, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (85)

    From the internationally best-selling author of The History of Love comes this stunning novel. Great House follows the multiple owners of one writing desk and how the desk shapes their lives. A young novelist inherited the desk from a poet taken by Pinochet’s police. Then the desk is stolen from her by the poet’s supposed daughter. In its drawers, another man discovers a long-kept secret about his wife....

    Lisa says: "Beautiful writing, but probably better to read it"
    "Not such a "great house""
    Overall

    After hearing an interesting, not quite positive, review on NPR, I decided to give this book a try. What a waste of time and money. The story was disjointed and there were no characters I could be interested in. It was overly wordy and even after listening several times to the same section, I was still confused. What was the whole thing about the great white shark? Save your credits or money. I must admit the narration was excellent but still didn't make any of the characters interesting. I hope the story came together at the end,but I didn't get that far.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Hollow: Sign of Seven, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Marie Caliendo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (553)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (280)

    For Fox, Caleb, Gage and the other residents of Hawkins Hollow, the number seven portends doom - ever since, as boys, they freed a demon trapped for centuries when their blood spilled upon The Pagan Stone.

    Josaphine says: "Great Story...but"
    "The Hollow"
    Overall

    This is not the first Nora Roberts book I have heard. I found this one a waste of time. It seemed to be aimed at a teenage audience. The constant worry about whether to have sex or not was boring. Was that intended to be "romantic?" All I could think was "get over it." I really couldn't care about any of the characters.

    The actual story of the pagan stone was found in the last 30 minutes with brief "encounters with evil" tossed in here and there.

    I have read previous reviews of this book and find myself in the minority. Many of the sub plots (the wedding dress) didn't fit into the story perhaps because I didn't hear the first 2 books. Maybe there will be a sequel but it will not be on my list.

    The narration was OK. I hated the loud, whiny voice for some of the women.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jumper: Griffin's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Steven Gould
    • Narrated By Ted Barker
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (172)

    Griffin has a secret. It's a secret that he's sworn to his parents to keep, and never tell. Griffin is a Jumper: a person who can teleport to any place he has ever been. He knows that the men who killed his parents were looking for him, and he must never let them find him. Griffin has only two goals: to survive, and to kill the people who want him dead. And a jumper bent on revenge is not going to let anything stand in his way.

    T. Holyoak says: "Definitely NOT for kids"
    "Made me jumpy"
    Overall

    I don't know what I was expecting from this story. The main character jumps from place to place, followed by killing, more jumping, more killing. I must have missed the explanation of who/what was chasing him, killing his friend and obviously not appreciating his jumping ability. Don't recommend "jumping" into this book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Incantation

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Alice Hoffman
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    Estrella deMadrigal thought she knew herself: daughter, granddaughter, sister, dearest friend, beloved. She is Star in the Night Sky, Truth in the Darkness. But truth is rare and precious in this cruel and unforgiving century in Spain, when Jews who refused conversion to Christianity risked everything - love, life, family, faith. Then a startling discovery shakes Estrella's world to the core.

    Barbara says: "Really Enjoyed"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    Incantation is not what I usually expect from Alice Hoffman. Predictable and too simplistic even for teens.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Away

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Amy Bloom
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    On a morning in 1924, a young woman rises from the floor of her family's small home in Belorussia to find her parents and her husband slaughtered beside her and her infant daughter, Sophie, missing. When her aunt tells her the baby is dead, Lillian emigrates to America. She is working as a seamstress at the Yiddish Theater and enjoying cafe society when a cousin arrives and insists that her daughter is still alive, in Siberia.

    Phyllis says: "the perils? of Lillian"
    "the perils? of Lillian"
    Overall

    I began this story with great expectations based on many reviews I read. Sadly, it did not live up to these reviews. The story was chaotic, with flashbacks and fast forwards. The super-hero adventures of Lillian were unbelievable. To travel from NY to Alaska alone, trading sex for passage because she has no money, finding a boat in Alaska, she pilots herself across icy seas, again alone. And after all the perils of Lillian, and there are many more, comes the disappointing end. Some sections were interesting, but all-in-all the story was unbelievable and doesn't deserve the praise it got.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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