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Morgan

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  • The Black Ice: Harry Bosch Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2805)
    Performance
    (1699)
    Story
    (1709)

    Narcotics officer Cal Moore's orders were to look into the city's latest drug killing. Instead, he ends up in a motel room with his head in several pieces and a suicide note stuffed in his back pocket.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Good Listen"
    "Great Series, Just OK Book"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, I thought the book started out a little slow, but then it really picked up. Once listening to the second part of the download I couldn't put it down. The author is really descriptive in the story telling, which is good, but it slows the listen down some.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I think it was a little too descriptive in some places. Also, the writer was in Harry's head a lot. Not that this was a bad thing, but sometimes I thought, - When is he finally going to get into Mexico, or - He still hasn't begun his conversation with so-and-so yet.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Castle Scene.


    Do you think The Black Ice needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I don't think it NEEDS a follow-up. The ends were well tied up in this story. However, it appears that there are several other Harry Bosche books, that I plan on getting to eventually. I'm curious about the realtionship between Bosche and Haller. Also, if Bosche will ever get the respect of his captains. Although... I guess he doesnt show much respect to them either.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11032)
    Performance
    (10283)
    Story
    (10288)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "You HAVE to Read Ready Player One"
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    If you could sum up Ready Player One in three words, what would they be?

    Futuristic Nostalgic Adventure.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was really detailed and thorough from the beginning. I was able to imagine every scene. It is on the longer side of books, and the story flowed and there was no lag in it. It actually abruptly ended and could have been one more chapter.


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

    The story made me happy and laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the throwbacks to some of the 80s detail. And not even knowing video games in detail or really living in the 80's I could appreciate and grasp the pop culture of that time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13494)
    Performance
    (5897)
    Story
    (5974)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Entertaining but a bit lacking"
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    What made the experience of listening to Water for Elephants the most enjoyable?

    The narration was spectacular and really sold the book. The story was made complete through the older gentleman re-telling his years on the circus. I cried within the first 30 minutes.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would've liked more depth in the characters and the plot. It seemed for the most part one dimensional and as much as I enjoyed the older man, the story didn't really make me root for his younger self or his relationship with Marlina.


    Which character – as performed by David LeDoux and John Randolph Jones – was your favorite?

    The elderly man. He made me laugh, cry, feel angry and sad for how some treat their seniors. But that one character kept me listening.


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

    I liked how the elderly man made it to the circus and the end result of that. I also enjoyed his friendship his bunkmate and the dog.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the beginning was really moving and grasped my attention, but then near the end of the story there were pieces at the plot that I didn't like and thought could have been developed more. I think the book is worth listening to. It is pretty short, the narration is great, but afterwards I'm left wanting a bit more...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Stephen Chbosky
    • Narrated By Noah Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2149)
    Performance
    (1954)
    Story
    (1976)

    Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love.

    FanB14 says: "Intelligent, Absorbing Coming of Age Story"
    "Perks Makes You Think"
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    What did you love best about The Perks of Being a Wallflower?

    I thought the story was well written and complex. I kept trying to figure out where the story was going and predict the ending, but you can't really do that with this story. You just have to listen and accept and take it in. It really made me think about my own life and I think everyone can take away something from the story. The narration was great too.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Charlie, you just had to root for him the entire time. The audience goes on a roller coaster ride with his emotions. Charlies sister was a close second. You could really tell the family dynamics, and I admired her support of her brother even with her own problems.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Being from Pittsburgh, the Ft. Pitt Tunnel scene was easy to visualize and made me smile.


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

    Experience the life of a wallflower.


    Any additional comments?

    The only negativity is that I really disagreed with the underage drinking and drug use. It didn't change my opinion of the story, but I really wish he would've stopped smoking...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Light: Harry Bosch Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (2532)
    Performance
    (1042)
    Story
    (1057)

    Four years ago, LAPD detective Harry Bosch was on a movie set, asking questions about the murder of a young production assistant, when an armored car arrived with $2 million cash for use in a heist scene. In a life-imitates-art firestorm, a gang of masked men converged on the delivery and robbed the armored car with guns blazing. The crime was never resolved, and the young woman's murder was in the stack of unsolved-case files Bosch carried home the night he left the LAPD.

    Harris says: "Dashel Hammet Redux"
    "Twists Galore"
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Oh yes, in this story there were three crimes all connected with many characters and many different scenes. It felt fast paced because Harry was so determined to solve this. He put himself in suspenseful situations, that always had you wondering.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The very last. In Vegas.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, most of the Bosch stories I'll listen outside of my daily commute.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: Harry Bosch Series, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Peter Jay Fernandez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2200)
    Performance
    (936)
    Story
    (938)

    On New Year's Day, Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch fields a call that a dog has found a bone - a bone that the dog's owner, a doctor, feels certain is human.

    Pamela says: "A good read"
    "Hooked on Bosch"
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    Where does City of Bones: Harry Bosch Series, Book 8 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am listening in order, this would probably be 3.


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

    I am glad there was a resolution to the story.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was not all that surprising. I felt as if the story was a bit more predictable than the previous Harry Bosch books. However the mission that Bosch is on and his need to find the truth really hooked me in. I could not stop the story and wanted to know the history in the bones. I immediately had to purchase and download Book 9!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Coyote: Harry Bosch Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2451)
    Performance
    (1366)
    Story
    (1354)

    Harry attacked his commanding officer and is suspended indefinitely, pending a psychiatric evaluation. At first he resists the LAPD shrink, but finally recognizes that something is troubling him and has for a long time. In 1961, when Harry was 12, his mother, a prostitute, was brutally murdered with no one ever accused of the crime.

    Dan says: "Bosch's past revealed"
    "Bosch's Past Revealed"
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    Would you listen to The Last Coyote: Harry Bosch Series, Book 4 again? Why?

    The story was good and a nice listen. I found that it was difficult to stop listening because I was so curious throughout the entire story. I don't think this would be the first story I would listen to again, but I do not think I would be bored if I decided to listen again, even knowing the story resolution.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Coyote: Harry Bosch Series, Book 4?

    There were two that stood out to me. 1) When a police officer was murdered. I expected him to be a recurring name throughout the Bosche stories, so it was a surprise. 2) The conclusion of who had killed his mother so long ago.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    He is able to portray the different characters personalities and emotions really well.


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

    I enjoyed when Harry Bosch spoke with the Psychiatrist and Jaz about his youth.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The View from Saturday

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By E. L. Konigsburg
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Jan Maxwell
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (34)

    Did Mrs. Olinsky choose the four members of the sixth grade Academic Bowl Team, or did they choose her--and one another? Four stories-within-in-a-story, interspersed with the ongoing narrative of the team's triumphant march to the state championship, introduce each member of the team in his own her own voice, and bring the dynamics of the group into focus.

    Fay says: "Not just for kids. Konigsburg is ageless."
    "Quick and Cute"
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    Would you listen to The View from Saturday again? Why?

    Probably not, but that doesn't take anything away from the Book. I just do not re-listen very often.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Julian, I loved his confidence and his spirit.


    What does Jenna Lamia and Jan Maxwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They were delightful, they nailed the personas of each child and person in the story.


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

    Julian's response to bullying was inspiring.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was very quick and an overall good book to read. The beginning started out a little slow. But, hang in there- it gets better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Second Summer of the Sisterhood

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ann Brashares
    • Narrated By Amy Povich
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (43)

    With a bit of last summer's sand in the pockets, the Traveling Pants and the Sisterhood that wears them embark on their 16th summer.

    Amy says: "Fabulous"
    "Quick Listen"
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    What did you love best about The Second Summer of the Sisterhood?

    The girls are growing up. I find myself really wanting them all to succeed and find themselves. This summer was more complicated and their situations were a bit more serious than the first.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Carmen in the first book best, but Tibby in this one. I relate to her the most. She makes mistakes, but she tries to correct them.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    B, on the soccer field.


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

    Tibby and her movie


    Any additional comments?

    I am downloading the third summer right away to see what comes next. Hopefully, their relationships are a little bit better next summer. That is my only complaint- How the girls seem to be so enthralled by guys. I understand its a teen book, and they are teenagers. However, I'm starting to tune out Lena's life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jonathan Safran Foer
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Barbara Caruso, Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (2239)
    Performance
    (1397)
    Story
    (1405)

    Jonathan Safran Foer's best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated, wowed critics on its way to winning several literary prizes, including Book of the Year honors from the Los Angeles Times. It has been published in 24 countries and will soon be a major motion picture. Foer's talent continues to shine in this sometimes hilarious and always heartfelt follow-up.

    Peter J. Maerz says: "Suffused my being..."
    "Roller Coaster of Emotions"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close to be better than the print version?

    I never saw the print version, but I was told there were some pictures and letters that were missed by listening to the story verses reading the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was not one dimensional. I did not realize where the story was going, so it was a treat to listen to. I also felt the characters to be complex, so throughout the story I was rooting for some, and then annoyed with them a chapter later.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I thought the performance was just OK. I understand how the book was written and cannot think of away around this. But I did not like the sudden voice changes for the grandmother/grandfather chapters.


    If you could take any character from Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The father! He seemed like such a knowledgeable character. I think that dinner would go by really fast.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was a gift from a friend, because I said I would not see the movie, before reading the story. I have yet to watch the movie.. but I am very interested in seeing how it was done. Although it took some emotions (cried, laughed,was angered, etc.) by the end, I was satisfied.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Bee: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Chris Cleave
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1569)
    Performance
    (839)
    Story
    (839)

    British couple Andrew and Sarah O'Rourke, vacationing on a Nigerian beach in a last-ditch effort to save their faltering marriage, come across Little Bee and her sister, Nigerian refugees fleeing from machete-wielding soldiers intent on clearing the beach. The horrific confrontation that follows changes the lives of everyone involved in unimaginable ways.

    Katerina says: "Good book, well told"
    "Unexpected but just OK"
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    What did you like best about Little Bee? What did you like least?

    I liked Little Bee's story. I thought the writer did a good job explaining her journey, her pasts, and thoughts throughout the story. I did not like the British woman's character at all. I found it difficult to relate to her chapters in the book and she came across really naive, uninformed, not having much common sense.


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

    Not really a surprise.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the refugees first got out of the detention center. There were four woman exploring land together that they were completly foreign to. The locals didn't want them in their country.. I enjoyed the intereaction with the four girls and seeing how they worked together and took their first steps together.


    Did Little Bee inspire you to do anything?

    Sadly no. The book felt really fiction. So because it felt like just a story I didn't feel motivated to do anything. The ending fell short for me so I was a bit disappointed.


    Any additional comments?

    I was not sure what to expect with this story. Although the review is a bit negative I would still recommend the book to listeners. I thought it was a different story than I've listened to. I thought it was enjoyable and I never had the thought of not finishing the story. I thought the author did a great job capturing Little Bee in this story. However, it was not a truly belivable story and I did not care for the other main character. The book is slower paced, so keep that in mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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