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Abby D. Charlton

Woodbury, KY USA | Member Since 2014

  • 3 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 106 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2015

  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Cidney says: "I Guess Dan Brown Never Read “Children of Men”..."
    "The road more often traveled."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, the characters were dull and lifeless, the story was equivalent to a book on the great American B&B's with an author getting so caught up in the sheets thread count they forget to tell you how comfortable the mattresses were.

    Has Inferno turned you off from other books in this genre?

    The book didn't turn me away from the genre but the genre should think about turning the next book Mr. Brown writes down.

    What aspect of Paul Michael’s performance would you have changed?

    For some reason it seemed like there was voice over work done in areas and it ruined the flow. Mid chapter his voice would change and it felt like you could hear, *insert drink diet _______ here* waiting for check to clear.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?


    Any additional comments?

    The first book I ask for and talked about so much I received two hard back copies for Christmas and read the book in a sitting- sometimes writers don't know when to stop milking the same cow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Fantastic writing and equally fantastic narrating."
    What made the experience of listening to The Martian the most enjoyable?

    Weir is such a good writer. The amount of technical verbiage is unbelievable. It is flawless. The first person accounting of the main character really grabbed me and kept me entertained without one minute of lag. The ending was profound. I truly believe that this book is the perfect book to "listen" to.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This book has a main character that is telling the story and he is captivating. I guess the most important thing I can say about the main character is that I will miss him. The book is so jam packed that I am terrified that I will give something away by going into any detail. I rarely find myself in bed at six am finishing the last two hours of an audible book...actually this was a first. I felt like I was on my couch listening to a first hand accounting of the main characters journey and I was on the edge of my seat.

    What about R. C. Bray’s performance did you like?

    R.C. Bray is remarkable. This book was so captivating that I found myself laughing, among other emotional outburst, out loud- and then having to explain myself to bystanders. So well written and so well narrated is all I can say. What a ride. i am a new fan of Bray and have already looked up other books that he narrated so that I can enjoy more of his narrating.

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

    Huston we have a problem.

    Any additional comments?

    According to Wikipedia Andy Weir wrote this book and published it as a free serial on his website and after a growing number of readers requested it to be made available on Kindle was sold via Kindle for $.99 cents. The Martian then jumped to a Kindle best seller and was only then picked up and published by Crown Publishing Group. I think it always says a lot when a book is driven by readers and after listening to this book I understand the journey. Weir has a short story available, The Egg.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Season

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Samantha Shannon
    • Narrated By Alana Kerr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.... It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race.

    Steph says: "Fabulous but mismarketed - its not Harry Potter"
    "Be patient because its worth it."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bone Season to be better than the print version?

    Alana Kerr adds so much to the book with her beautiful accent. Although at times I felt a bit lost by her command of the verbiage, very much alien to me, it added to the feeling of being taken to a new place; a foreign place.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bone Season?

    In the first chapters of the book it moves very fast and I felt I should have a dictionary and perhaps take a few notes - the next thing I know I am no longer a mere voyeur but I
    have been captured and I am no longer listening I am in the throws of flux.

    What does Alana Kerr bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Kerr gives you the dialect that makes the words alive rather than flat. I have a wonderful imagination but her voice is so perfect for this book I'm glad I heard it first.

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

    I was not brought to tears by this book nor did I ache from laughter. I was able to lose myself, my world vanished completely, and I ended it sitting in my car feeling like I had just returned from a vacation.

    Any additional comments?

    This is not young adult literature. Don't stress over the first few chapters. Enjoy them.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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