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Member Since 2011

  • 5 reviews
  • 102 ratings
  • 239 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • All Men of Genius

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lev AC Rosen
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Set in a steampunk version of Victorian England, Lev AC Rosen’s acclaimed debut novel, All Men of Genius, follows the fantastical adventures of Violet Adams. Determined to attend the prestigious Illyria College, Violet gains entrance by masquerading as her twin brother Ashton. But continuing the scheme turns out to be difficult - especially when “Ashton” is faced with blackmail, killer automata, and possible romance with a young duke.

    Clara says: "Fun steampunk story filled with twists and turns"
    "Shakespeare goes Steampunk"
    If you could sum up All Men of Genius in three words, what would they be?

    pretty good listen

    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the familiarity of the plot and the added feminist leanings.

    Have you listened to any of Emily Gray’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I'm not sure if I have.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?


    Any additional comments?


    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Indelible: The Twixt, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Dawn Metcalf
    • Narrated By Betsy Hogg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Some things are permanent. Indelible. And they cannot be changed back. Joy Malone learns this the night she sees a stranger with all-black eyes across a crowded room - right before the mystery boy tries to cut out her eye. Instead, the wound accidentally marks her as property of Indelible Ink, and this dangerous mistake thrusts Joy into an incomprehensible world - a world of monsters at the window, glowing girls on the doorstep and a life that will never be the same.

    Sasha says: "blech"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This needed a better narrator

    What was most disappointing about Dawn Metcalf’s story?

    There was so little research into folklore done for this, they fey in this story were just a vehicle for a sad plot.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Seriously woman, stop trying to make up voices, you just made the characters sound like little girls trying to make up voices. All of the characters wound up sounding effete and ridiculous.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Indelible?

    All of them?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unwind

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Neal Shusterman
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Conner's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance.

    SoCalBonnie says: "It won me over completely"
    "interesting take on the Pro-Choice vs. Pro-Life"
    What did you love best about Unwind?

    The fact that it didn't get preachy about the topic and didn't get heavy handed about the specifics behind the premise.

    What other book might you compare Unwind to and why?

    not so much a book as the story Patchwork Girl by Larry Niven, which deals with the idea of criminals as parts/organ donors and the ethical dilemmas that might cause.

    Would you listen to another book narrated by Luke Daniels?


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    This is a lame question.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blackbirds

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Chuck Wendig
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford

    Miriam Black knows when you will die. Still in her early twenties, she’s foreseen hundreds of car crashes, heart attacks, strokes, suicides, and slow deaths by cancer. But when Miriam hitches a ride with truck driver Louis Darling and shakes his hand, she sees that in thirty days he will be gruesomely murdered while he calls her name. Miriam has given up trying to save people; that only makes their deaths happen. No matter what she does, she can’t save Louis. But if she wants to stay alive, she’ll have to try.

    Michael says: "A Story of Fate and the F-word"
    "There's a good story under all the profanity"
    What disappointed you about Blackbirds?

    The shear amount of profanity, and coming from someone from the Bronx, that's saying something. Sometimes the gore was a little excessive too.

    What could Chuck Wendig have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Cut out some of the cursing. The sexual content was ok because it had a point, it showed the fulcrum in a relationship. If it hadn't been included, the dynamic of the relationships would have had less impact. As for the excessive gore, why use 20 words when 2 would be sufficient.

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Not much, she did a pretty good job.

    What character would you cut from Blackbirds?

    none, they were all necessary to the plot.

    Any additional comments?

    maybe I'm just not cut out for the horror genre, the only author I've been able to really tolerate is Stephen King. If you're a fan of gore and horror, this is a really good book.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Waterfall: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Lisa T. Bergren
    • Narrated By Pam Turlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    What do you do when your knight in shining armor lives, literally, in a different world? Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives among the romantic hills with their archaeologist parents. Stuck among the rubble of medieval castles in rural Tuscany on yet another hot, dusty archaeological site, Gabi and Lia are bored out of their minds … until Gabi places her hand atop a handprint in an ancient tomb and finds herself in 14th-century Italy.

    Drew says: "A Great Escape!"
    "it had potential...and then she started reading"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    maybe, if the narrator hadn't portrayed the main character as some breathy dingbat adolescent, I could have gotten into the story, but every time she made the goofy breathy laugh sound after a thought or quote from the main character, I cringed and gritted my teeth. No teenager I know talks like that.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    not anything narrated by the same narrator.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Pam Turlow?

    Burnadette Dunne Flagler did a pretty decent job in Under the Never Sky, she might do the story justice. Caitlin Davies also did justice to Dead Beautiful. I also enjoy hearing the author read their own work if they're good out loud readers.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It seemed fairly well researched.

    Any additional comments?

    I really think the narrator is just out of touch with the way adolescents speak, both in their own company and among adults. I wonder if she read the book beforehand or spoke with the author about how the author may have felt about her character. Also, some of the slang used seemed like it was just added in there to help a younger reader relate to the character. Blech. It had so much potential.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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