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Judy

hilo, HI, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Descendants

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kaui Hart Hemmings
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (877)
    Performance
    (761)
    Story
    (764)

    Matthew King was once considered one of the most fortunate men in Hawaii. His missionary ancestors who came to the islands were financially and culturally progressive - one even married a Hawaiian princess, making Matt a royal descendant and one of the state’s largest landowners. But now his luck has changed. His two daughters are out of control - 10-year-old Scottie has a smart-ass attitude and a desperate need for attention and 17-year-old Alex is a recovering drug addict.

    Michael says: "Not Sappy instead honestly elicits tears & laughs"
    "entertaining BUT..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Descendants?

    great story about love.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    learn to pronounce hawaiian words correctly, as a kamaaina would.


    Any additional comments?

    they couldn't even pronounce the author's name correctly.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Unfamiliar Fishes

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sarah Vowell
    • Narrated By Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, John Hodgman, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (948)
    Performance
    (586)
    Story
    (587)

    In Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell argues that 1898 might be a year just as crucial to our nation's identity, a year when, in an orgy of imperialism, the United States annexed Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and invaded Cuba and then the Philippines, becoming a meddling, self-serving, militaristic international superpower practically overnight. Of all the countries the United States invaded or colonized in 1898, Vowell considers the story of the Americanization of Hawaii to be the most intriguing.

    Kat says: "Sarah Vowell does it again!"
    "Unfamiliar Fishes"
    Overall

    I live in Hawaii and thought that this would be an enjoyable listen. The authors voice and gross mispronunciations makes it very difficult to continue.

    This is the second Vowell book that i may not finish. Reminds me of the saying, "insanity is when you do the same thing and expect different results".

    Save your money (or points).

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By W. Bruce Cameron
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2171)
    Performance
    (1463)
    Story
    (1466)

    After a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey is surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy. Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a beloved family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders, will he ever find his purpose?

    Blythe says: "Best dog book ever!"
    "A dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans"
    Overall

    a great read for any animal lover and especially if you're a dog lover. you may shed a tear or two but the story will uplift your spirit and warm your heart.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Burning Wire: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jeffery Deaver
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (220)

    Lincoln Rhyme is back, on the trail of a killer whose weapon of choice cripples New York City with fear. The weapon is invisible and omnipresent. Without it, modern society grinds to a halt. It is electricity. The killer harnesses and steers huge arc flashes with voltage so high and heat so searing that steel melts and his victims are set afire.

    Joanne says: "I love Lincoln Rhyme but..."
    "boring"
    Overall

    while the plot is interesting, the reader sounds unenthusiastic and boring.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Daemon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Daniel Suarez
    • Narrated By Jeff Gurner
    Overall
    (7408)
    Performance
    (4412)
    Story
    (4445)

    Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Really Fast Paced Sci Fi!"
    "Daemon"
    Overall

    it was a good book until the end. the story was quite believable and i listened attentively to see how it would end. and that's the problem, there was no end, no conclusion, nada.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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