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Andy

Im a good listener

Medford, MA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 10 reviews
  • 88 ratings
  • 250 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2014
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  • Shadowfever: Fever, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2092)
    Performance
    (1120)
    Story
    (1119)

    MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever. Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

    Katheryne says: "I loved it, but its not for everyone"
    "Unexpected"
    Overall

    I like picking books from my favorite genre(s) that have high ratings and going in blind to make sure I dont pick up any plot surprises in the summary. I guess that strategy finally backfired on me. This came up under sci-fi & fantasy which I suppose is true, but after listening to it for a few hours it stuck me as a little "off" and while out at a book store I went to look for it. Found it in the Romance section and everything made sense. When a guy was described as looking like a Versace model it should have clued me in. Maybe it's a great Romance novel or even a good fantasy novel for a woman, but I couldn't keep listening. Also, the narrator sounds a bit like Katey Sagal who I can only take in small doses.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2655)
    Performance
    (2459)
    Story
    (2465)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Christopher Barnes says: "D*mn near flawless"
    "the scariest thing"
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    Story

    Cool story, but the scariest thing for me was the pronunciation of Haverhill. Its HAY-vril. Was like hearing nails on a chalkboard every time it was said. Don't know how that made it past the production people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Finnikin of the Rock

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Melina Marchetta
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (73)

    At the age of nine, Finnikin is warned by the gods that he must sacrifice a pound of flesh to save his kingdom. He stands on the rock of the three wonders with his friend Prince Balthazar and Balthazar’s cousin, Lucian, and together they mix their blood to safeguard Lumatere. But all safety is shattered during the five days of the unspeakable, when the king and queen and their children are brutally murdered in the palace.

    Jennifer says: "Simply Irresistable!"
    "Narrators voice was reminding me of someone...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It was weirding me out cause at times the narrator's voice sounded like certain characters on South Park. It was like Trey Parker was reading it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (2864)
    Performance
    (2676)
    Story
    (2686)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Teddy says: "Hooked!"
    "Just not a good book, and I love zombies."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If this was anything but a zombie story I would have put it down in 30 minutes. At first I thought it was the narration, but then I realized the narrator didn't have much to work with. The main character is not well defined, his traits are all over the place. The dialogue is horribly cliche. The attempted humor is like fingernails on a chalkboard. It's just all around bad.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Theft of Swords: Riyria Revelations, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4677)
    Performance
    (4297)
    Story
    (4297)

    Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

    Magpie says: "Two books in one - keep listening!!"
    "Likable old school fantasy"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I had a hard time listening to this at first without constantly comparing it to Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. Not surprising since the similarities to one of my favorite series ever is the reason I picked this up. I actually read Ill Met in Lankhmar while in the middle of this to try and understand what it was missing and realized I couldn't really compare them as I had only heard half a story about Royce and Hadrian.

    The second part\book fleshes the duo out more and they become more than shadows of hero's past. Also, the world and its history get more defined and in doing so more interesting questions come up that I want to see answered. The handless wizard is pretty cool too.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (10489)
    Performance
    (9527)
    Story
    (9544)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Pretty original, fun listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story had a cool concept. I was surprised many times by things that happened, and I really like that in a book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15425)
    Performance
    (13669)
    Story
    (13701)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "90% great"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I hate being one of those people who poop on book endings, but this one is lacking. Any more detail involves spoilers. Still its something I would recommend because the journey to the end is really very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6817)
    Performance
    (3184)
    Story
    (3190)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "very over rated"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I think this is probably a good book, but it's not a very good audio book. The narrator doesn't seem suited to the book at all. There are large parts with no dialogue and his cadence is sleep inducing. It's probably a combination of the reading and the author being rather wordy and overly descriptive. If I were reading it there are parts where the ability to accurately skip ahead or skim would make the book a much better experience as the core story is pretty cool.

    I'm really bummed out I spent both my credits this month on this. I feel obligated to finish it but listening to it is like when your wife is watching Housewives of Somewhere and you're on the couch pretending to watch with her while you pick at your fingernails or play games on your phone.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3462)
    Performance
    (3028)
    Story
    (3061)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "not bad but not great"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I think this book written by Joe Author would average one less star. Neal gets that extra from having written lots of cool stuff in the past.

    I found the book kind of tedious. I would find myself thinking about work or bills or laundry that needed doing instead of paying attention. His attention to detail and description is to the point where he seems to be mocking himself. This would be a typical scene.

    "The gunman was certainly outside and stalking him so Joe climbed the stairs and went into the bedroom. When Joe went to look out the window a small object on the sill caught his attention. It was a black ant. The ant was on its hind legs, its forelegs up and praying like a penitent Christian post confession. It brought Joe back to his childhood in Authorland when ants and Christians were in abundance and frolicking in the wheat fields during harvest. The smell of the harvested wheat came back to him then. Filling his senses as if he was back baling the wheat with his brother Jack. How Jack loved ants and wheat. And Christians. These thoughts made Joe sigh and take in a deep breath. That breath saved his life as while inhaling he arched his back five degrees more than he usually would have after a normal sigh and the bullet that pierced the pane of glass missed him by millimeters.

    He looked down at the sill. The ant was nowhere to be found."

    I love detail and descriptive scenes, but if I had been reading this in paper form I would have flipped to the back to see how it ended about 2/3 of the way through.

    Also, I wish I had a whiteboard at the end to write down all the characters, where they were, what they were doing and how they were connected. The actions scenes went on so long I would forget who was where in the room - who had guns - who was hurt, etc.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1912)
    Performance
    (1189)
    Story
    (1191)

    In her first novel since 2002, Nebula and Hugo award-winning author Connie Willis returns with a stunning, enormously entertaining novel of time travel, war, and the deeds - great and small - of ordinary people who shape history. In the hands of this acclaimed storyteller, the past and future collideand the result is at once intriguing, elusive, and frightening.

    Monica says: "Double review - Blackout and All Clear"
    "Repetitive Dialog"
    Overall

    I just started the third part. While the story is very interesting it's too spread out. I think much of the dialog and themes are repetitive and don't add anything. If the point is to get the reader\listener to understand that a character is frustrated by repeating their frustration so often that it becomes frustrating to read\listen to then perhaps that literary device can be deemed a success. In a similar vein while the book is broken into a few storylines they all essentially have the same issue and the characters deal with them a similar manner. My X has been rescheduled and I am unprepared. Oh no my X isn't working. Why is the X taking so long to find me? On top of that are the constant hints that history might be changed. It's like a cheap horror movie where you are made to think something is around every corner only to find that nothing is there over and over again. I'm not sure I am going to bother with finishing this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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