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PEORIA, AZ, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 3 reviews
  • 4 ratings
  • 123 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2015

  • Night Film: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Marisha Pessl
    • Narrated By Jake Weber

    On a damp October night, beautiful young Ashley Cordova is found dead in an abandoned warehouse in lower Manhattan. Though her death is ruled a suicide, veteran investigative journalist Scott McGrath suspects otherwise. As he probes the strange circumstances surrounding Ashley’s life and death, McGrath comes face-to-face with the legacy of her father: the legendary, reclusive, cult-horror-film director Stanislas Cordova - a man who hasn’t been seen in public for more than thirty years.

    Amanda says: "What's Real?"
    "Overwritten and exhausting"
    Any additional comments?

    I liked this sound of this story, and was able to bear through the first half. But I found it melodramatic, overwritten, conscious, and a bit immature. It was a bit of an eye-roller for me. When I realized there was a part three, I gave up on it-- 18 hours of writing reminiscent of a melodramatic teenager was enough, and I wasn't even curious enough to find out how it ends. Oh well.

    Narration was fine, though I found it a bit breathy and (third time's a charm!): melodramatic.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this Hugo-winner from Connie Willis, when too many jumps back to 1940 leave 21st century Oxford history student Ned Henry exhausted, a relaxing trip to Victorian England seems the perfect solution. But complexities like recalcitrant rowboats, missing cats, and love at first sight make Ned's holiday anything but restful - to say nothing of the way hideous pieces of Victorian art can jeopardize the entire course of history.

    Sara says: "A fun read"
    "Too much fun! Couldn't stop listening to this one"
    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book, it was great fun. I'd read The Doomsday Book --one of my childhood favorites-- and knew Willis was a wonderful storyteller. This book couldn't be more different, but it was clever, fast-paced, and a lot of fun. It made me laugh out loud throughout, and the narration was wonderful. A tight and well-constructed story with good characters and a touch of whimsical irony... quintessentially British.

    If you tend to like British humor, grab this one, you'll love it. If not, this won't be your particular cup of Earl Grey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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.

    Charles says: "Completely Engaging"
    "Eh. Great concept, not very exciting"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Sure, because I love audiobooks and this helped pass the time during a long road trip on my own. But... I kind of wish I'd chosen something else.

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

    Far too much time is spent stage-setting and talking about things that don't matter, and too little on moving the story forward. There were whole swaths of time I spent thinking "Where the heck is the editor? Get moving, already!"

    What about Ray Porter’s performance did you like?

    It was fine, easy to follow.

    Could you see 14 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Sure, because there's not THAT much story here... take out all the filler --and there's a lot-- and you could condense this easily into a shorter format.

    Any additional comments?

    Eh. Doesn't engage very strongly, and the slowness of pace is emphasized by the audio format. I'd skip this one.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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