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C. A Taylor

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CA United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 18 purchased in 2014
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  • Dr. Blair's Japanese in No Time

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 59 mins)
    • By Robert Blair
    • Narrated By Robert Blair
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    You've arrived in Japan for a long overdue vacation, when you discover that the amusement park you wanted to visit has been taken over by rebellious fans of a just-cancelled television show. Suddenly, it's up to you to save the park (and worldwide TV broadcasts) from legions of crazed Flower Rangers, and success will depend on your ability to learn enough Japanese to complete your mission....

    M. M. Clements says: "So far, so good"
    "Quirky, but enjoyable"
    Overall

    This audio book attempts to teach you basic Japanese by following a kooky story in which you are recruited as a spy to find out why a group of wannabe fans who love a show similar to Power Rangers has taken over a Japanese theme park. Interspersed with the story are lessons that teach you basic Japanese. It is a fun book to listen to, but it does go very fast through the Japanese. You may have to repeat parts often in order to learn the Japanese. Otherwise, this is a novel idea that is very enjoyable. If you like it, the author also has an audiobook about learning basic Mandarin Chinese as well.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Lauren Weisberger
    • Narrated By Megan Hilty
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (237)

    The sequel you’ve been waiting for: the follow-up to the sensational number-one best seller The Devil Wears Prada. Andrea "Andy" Sachs is on top of the world, running her own very successful high-fashion bridal magazine. But she got there with the help of her rolodex - actually, the rolodex of Miranda Priestly, her former nightmare of a boss. As Andy's success grows, she realizes she'll soon have to face Miranda. Still, Andy can hardly anticipate the horrifying reality that’s approaching - a reversal so profound that she will be squarely in Miranda’s crosshairs once more.

    Ana says: "Very Disappointed!"
    "Meh"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Revenge Wears Prada? What did you like least?

    The reader did a great job. Overall, the story felt even shallower than the clackers at Runway.


    Has Revenge Wears Prada turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not really. It is a sequel designed to make money based on the success of the first, much more enjoyable, novel.


    What about Megan Hilty’s performance did you like?

    She did a good job capturing the personality of the various characters through her performance.


    Do you think Revenge Wears Prada needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Um, no. If there was another sequel and it was any more shallow or predictable, it would probably encourage me to not even recommend The Devil Wears Prada. The story was very predictable with the exception of the character Max who was given short shrift in terms of character development (and in a book about fashion, that's saying something). I felt like I was channeling the movie Clueless and just felt whelmed. While I disliked how Andy's character seemed to deviate from who she was in the first book, I stuck with it and finished it. I guess if you have a credit to burn and time to listen, it's not horrible...but it's just not that great. That's all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder on the Mind: Jeff Reznick Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By L. L. Bartlett
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    A mugging in Manhattan, leaves former insurance investigator Jeff Resnick with broken bones and a fractured skull - and completely dependent on his rich estranged half brother Dr. Richard Alpert and his girlfriend Brenda Stanley. Visions of a hunt and and a hunter stalking his deer prey terrify Jeff. The doctors diagnose brain damage. Days later, a local banker is found dead, his murder eerily similar to the details of Jeff's nightmares.

    C. A Taylor says: "Maybe it's just me...."
    "Maybe it's just me...."
    Overall

    Many people liked this book, so when my wife and I began listening to it on a long road trip, we were excited by the premise-A man, injured in a mugging, now has the ability to "see" a murder before it happens. Unable to stop the murder, he begins to investigate, along with his half-brother, trying to bring the killer to justice. Great idea, but I was not hooked at all. To me, the characters were very flat and unrealistic...I actually began to hope the psychic would get punched in the face as he came off as very selfish and immature. To be honest, I didn't finish the book. At the halfway point, I still couldn't convince myself to care about the main character or his brother. I do like the concept, just not the execution.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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