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Julia

I live every day as if it will be my last. This is why my clothes are wrinkled. Let's face it. Who wants to spend their last day on earth ironing?

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  • Dimension of Miracles

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Sheckley
    • Narrated By John Hodgman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (569)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (525)

    Dimension of Miracles is a satirical science fiction novel first published by Dell in 1968. It's about Tom Carmody, a New Yorker who, thanks to a computer error, wins the main prize in the Intergalactic Sweepstakes. Tom claims his prize before the error is discovered and is allowed to keep it. However, since Tom is a human from Earth without galactic status and no space traveling experience, he has no homing instinct that can guide him back to Earth once his odyssey begins - and the galactic lottery organizers cannot transport him home.

    Author Ronda Del Boccio says: "Hilarious! - Could have been written this year"
    "a trifecta of awesomeness"
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    Would you listen to Dimension of Miracles again? Why?

    I think that I would like to revisit this book in the future, but my seemingly endless list of things to read may not permit it. This is a book that is short enough and entertaining enough to be listened to again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is the computer whose error sets the story in motion. His soliloquy on the metaphysics of making mistakes struck the right chord.


    Which character – as performed by John Hodgman – was your favorite?

    I liked John (and I'm a PC) Hodgman's perfomance of Tom Carmody. He could easily have slipped into a smirking portrayal of this character, but instead, he turned him into the everyman that I could relate to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were a few insights into the human condition and various philosophical and metaphysical discussions. However, if you are looking for enlightenment or an epiphany of some sort, you haven't read the synopsis if this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Neil Gaiman has done readers, science fiction fans, and those who appreciate absurdity a great service by bringing this story to the attention of readers and listeners everywhere.

    The story is a laugh out loud romp through the physical and metaphysical universe, and the preface and post-reading interview with Neil Gaiman add to the experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10667)
    Performance
    (5895)
    Story
    (5939)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Appreciate your own story"
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    If you could sum up Life of Pi in three words, what would they be?

    the better story


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Woodman – was your favorite?

    I loved Woodman's portrayal of Pi. It reflected the exuberance and energy that one would expect from someone recounting a life changing experience.


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

    I could hardly wait to discuss it with a co-worker who had also read the book. We especially discussed the concept of the better stories that so many people miss in their efforts to understand what is factual rather than what truly makes us real.


    Any additional comments?

    I had put off listening to this book because I had a feeling that it would be a rehash of Castaway at sea. It is so much more than that. It did not change my world view, but it helps me to better understand those who seek other answers.

    It is difficult to write a review of this without including spoilers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Minnie Goode
    Overall
    (1338)
    Performance
    (1220)
    Story
    (1221)

    This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

    Charles says: "Unique"
    "Richly Imagined World"
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    What other book might you compare Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) to and why?

    The story of Wool is a post-apocalyptic tale in the tradition of the leaky future where technology exists alongside faulty plumbing. It is a world similar to those in movies like Brazil, Twelve Monkeys or Blade Runner, yet more claustrophobic


    What about Minnie Goode’s performance did you like?

    Minnie Goode's reading is almost theatrical. She does a really good job with conveying things like breathlessness and pain.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has made me reevaluate my opinions about self-published books. It is easy to understand how avid fans convinced the author to expand on the original story. Howey is a natural storyteller who describes this fictional world so fully and so well, that editing would not have improved much on the story.

    I originally bought this as a Kindle Deal of the Day, then added the Audible version and Whispersync for voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Marie Lu
    • Narrated By Mariel Stern, Steven Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1087)
    Performance
    (977)
    Story
    (994)

    What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect.

    Arwen says: "A Legend in Some Minds..."
    "Fast Paced Brain Candy"
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    What other book might you compare Legend to and why?

    I think that this book would appeal to people who liked Ready Player One or The Hunger Games. It features intelligent characters trying to help themselves and others they care about.

    It's pretty obvious that this book is the set up for a series.

    The violence in this book might turn off some listeners, but it is neither gratuitous nor obscenely graphic.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the description of the website that Jane's brother left for her to find, and the Mission Impossible type precautions around the site's contents.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought that the content of this book lends itself well to the use of two readers. The narrators' voices seemed appropriate for the age and intellect of the characters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • John Dies at the End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1830)
    Performance
    (1667)
    Story
    (1682)

    STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

    Amazon Customer says: "Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win."
    "Unique and quirky"
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    What did you love best about John Dies at the End?

    This is worth a listen for the author's unique take on storytelling. It is by turns uniquely observant and childishly scatological.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David Wong (or is it David Wong?) was my favorite character. His snarky commentary is as enjoyable as the main action in this story.


    What about Stephen R. Thorne’s performance did you like?

    The narrator had perfect inflection and timing for this quirky story. His was able to convey the absurdity of the situation with the good humor and disbelief appropriate to the characters.


    If you could take any character from John Dies at the End out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The musings and off the cuff remarks by the the David Wong character left me wishing he could comment on B movies with me.

    Here's an example of a memorable observation:
    I noticed John had brought along a thermos of his coffee, this “favor” already qualifying as an all-nighter. I admit, the horrific burning sensation really did keep you awake.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35019)
    Performance
    (26081)
    Story
    (26451)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Not just for the Middle School Crowd"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Although this book was originally marketed for Middle School readers, it is so much more than that.

    From the very beginning, you are drawn in to a world gone wrong, where extreme hunger is an every day occurrence. In this world the politically powerful find a way to punish those who don't hold such power for crimes committed decades before.

    This story is too violent for very young readers, and has nuanced political messages that would be lost on those readers. It is a book, like Black Beauty, that can be enjoyed by people of different ages but that will be understood and appreciated differently as the reader gains life experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book never talks down to the reader. The author introduces the reader to a place and a time that never was, but that is described in detail.

    There are quite a few characters introduced in this book. From these characters we learn about the different environments and lifestyles that are experienced as a result of the accident of one's birth.

    I was drawn in very quickly to this world, and couldn't wait to start listening to the sequel.


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    Carolyn McCormick differentiates the characters through regional accents and her ability to portray affectations and self-importance in some of the portrayals. I did find that a lot of her male characters muddled together, so I had to pay particular attention to some passages involving discussions among men. I really liked her pacing, and will search for other books that she's read.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I have to admit to shedding a few tears while listening to this book. I was unexpectedly moved by the death of a young combatant. I don't know whether it is the fact that I am the mother, or if it is because my own child is the same age as this fictional character, or if it was simply because I am human.

    I suppose that it was pretty arrogant to think that I could listen to this book, knowing its subject matter, and believe that I would not be affected on an emotional level.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17965)
    Performance
    (15974)
    Story
    (15933)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Enough foreshadowing to predict the plot twists"
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    What did you love best about 11-22-63?

    This novel contains obvious research and attention to detail about times past. Besides the information that is highly documented, there were also subtler details about things like cars, fashion and social attitudes. The leisurely descriptions of vehicles, textures, tastes and sounds brought the time of


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I don't know whether I've read too many Stephen King novels, or whether I am just growing more astute in my old age, but I had a feeling about where the novel was heading from fairly early on.


    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    Craig Wasson has the ability to portray different accents convincingly enough for my midwestern ears. He uses different speech patterns to portray different characters. This helped greatly in keeping a fairly large cast of characters from becoming muddled together.


    Any additional comments?

    Although I liked the story line, the characters and the reader, I feel that this book was overly long for the story arc that was presented. I have listened to audio books of similar length, but I actually took a break from this book after the first three parts in to listen to another book before returning for the final audio part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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