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Hope T Cruz D D S

Simi Valley, CA United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 7 reviews
  • 45 ratings
  • 111 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014
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  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16232)
    Performance
    (12441)
    Story
    (12471)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Teddy says: "Did not disappoint..."
    "Disappointing at best"
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    I loved the first book. Unfortunately, there are not enough ethical people to make up for the crass, evil ones. Listening for one half hour on my way to work one day, one character droned on about his loath for women except for sex. Who wants to start their day with such extreme negativity? It seems most of the characters are this way. Really?
    After eighteen hours I'm calling it quits!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (11038)
    Performance
    (7048)
    Story
    (7081)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Absolutely exemplarily narrated and well written!"
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    Stories of this nature can leave you feeling drained; however, amazingly I left with a wonderful peace. The narrator was perfect; he had the awesome ability to imbue feelings of pain yet his narration never felt forced. Beautiful historical novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Woken Furies

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1255)
    Performance
    (517)
    Story
    (522)

    Richard K. Morgan has received widespread praise for his astounding 25th-century novels featuring Takeshi Kovacs, and has established a growing legion of fans. Mixing classic noir sensibilities with a searing futuristic vision of an age when death is nearly meaningless, Morgan returns to his saga of betrayal, mystery, and revenge, as Takeshi Kovacs, in one fatal moment, joins forces with a mysterious woman who may have the power to shatter Harlan's World forever.

    Jeri says: "I should have known better..."
    "So Disappointing. Narration horrible."
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    Where is the narrator for the first two books? I mean REALLY! William Dufris is pronouncing words incorrectly. He should have listened to the first two books before doing this one. I'm in love with Todd McLaren and have tried to no avail to listen (over one and half hours) to W. Dufris. YUK YUK YUK.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ask and the Answer: Chaos Walking, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Patrick Ness
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe, Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (153)

    Fleeing before a relentless army, Todd has carried a desperately wounded Viola right into the hands of their worst enemy, Mayor Prentiss. Immediately separated from Viola and imprisoned, Todd is forced to learn the ways of the Mayor’s terrifying new order. But everything is shrouded in secrets. Where is Viola? Is she even still alive? And who are the mysterious Answer? And then one day, the bombs begin to explode....

    Ryan says: "A wrenching continuation"
    "A little disappointing"
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    I so enjoyed the first book. I'm disappointed in the second mostly because there is too much trauma to likeable characters. I don't need hollywood stories and this is definitely not one; however, I don't want to be depressed reading/listening to a fictional story either.
    I will listen to the third ( well, I bought it already and don't want to waste it) I hope for better in the third. Most trilogies I enjoy very much!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24199)
    Performance
    (18141)
    Story
    (18198)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Feels like you are actually in the Seven Kingdoms!"
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    Roy Dotrice, the narrator, is spectacular! His performance of all the characters allows the listener to feel all the emotions of the written word. I'm wispersyncing the written and audible version, and watching the HBO show. Actually, sometimes I've already read the kindle version, but I want to listen to Roy's interpretation. By far the audible is the best. I didn't think I would enjoy wispersyncing (definitely a splurge), but it allows me to read while my husband watches his football. I don't think I would wispersync with smaller books since you would finish too quickly.

    A definite listen and read for great entertainment. Looking forward to all the books in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1260)
    Performance
    (1103)
    Story
    (1088)

    Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

    Bonny says: "Magical, realistic and well worth listening to"
    "Disappointing from someone easy to please"
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    What did you like best about The Snow Child? What did you like least?

    It's not often I don't like my audible experience, but the reader was annoying. The characters seemed forced and not natural. I most likely would have liked everything better if there would have been another reader.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Eowyn Ivey? Why or why not?

    Perhaps.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Debra Monk’s performances?

    No.


    Was The Snow Child worth the listening time?

    No. Only if you've listened to everything else. :(


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Million Shades of Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Cynthia Kadohata
    • Narrated By Keith Nobbs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    A boy and his elephant escape into the jungle when the Viet Cong attack his village immediately after the Vietnam war.

    Lisa says: "beautiful writing"
    "Beautiful narrative"
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    Where does A Million Shades of Gray rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Delicately told story about a teenager's struggle with his passion and obstacles the world presented. The most disappointing thing about this audiobook was that it ended. Of course, it was only four-ish hours of listening. What was I expecting? After pondering my disappointment, I realized the purpose of the story and was pleasantly at peace with the ending.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the boy was completely loosing hope, life presented him an alluringly good omen.


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

    Definitely!


    Any additional comments?

    Can the author make a sequel?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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