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LAKE ELSINORE, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12533)
    Performance
    (10166)
    Story
    (10281)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "A strange combination of rush and lull"
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    What did you like best about The Name of the Wind? What did you like least?

    I loved the stories told - by all the characters - it was what intrigued me in the story initially. The passionate descriptions and fervor of the character's expression were very powerful.I didn't like the arrogant story telling. Too often the author says, "you can never understand" - or something to that effect - and really that is a fault for the author and not the reader. If you're unable to express something to me, without "telling" me, then you need to go back to the drawing board. Also, the author would often say, "Only an idiot would do xyz" in some kind of explanation as to why his character would be so knowledgeable ALL THE TIME. After reading the whole book I felt that the main character really GAINED no new knowledge, he already knew everything according to the author.


    Would you recommend The Name of the Wind to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, particularly after partially reading the second of the three books. The story is very stagnant - most of the time - and it seems to be there just for the author to postulate how intelligent and well-rounded he is via the character.


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

    He's a very passionate reader and great with accents, I never thought to myself, "Who am I listening to now?" I loved his accents the most.


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

    Yes, because I'm sure all the needless fluff and side stories (minus the great "stories" told) would be eliminated and we'd get the heart of the matter in less than 30 some hours.


    Any additional comments?

    The most frustrating thing about this book is that I desperately want to know what happens, I just don't want to read it from this author any longer :( Also, it should be noted that I don't care for overly long fantasy novels, such as Lord of the Rings (though I love the story), or Game of Thrones. I enjoy fantasy novels that give me an impression of otherworldly without boring the sh*t out of me. Like Earthsea :D

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Leviathan

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1224)
    Performance
    (956)
    Story
    (958)

    It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry. The Leviathan is a living airship, the most formidable airbeast in the skies of Europe.

    Ryan says: "entertaining"
    "Amazing voice acting, too much "barking""
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Leviathan to be better than the print version?

    Yes, because the narrator did an excellent job providing accents for all the characters which made it much more enriching.


    Would you recommend Leviathan to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, because its a great Steampunk novel and quick & easy - No, because its a series and not everyone wants to commit to multiple books in order to start & complete a story.


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

    No, the jumping between lead characters made it easy (in a good way) to stop at appropriate moments and still cause a good amount of tension and suspense to build.


    Any additional comments?

    The author choose to use the word "barking" for a filler in almost every sentence spoken by Deryn - which became very repetitive and annoying. Its almost as if he were using it in place of a expletive, which was even more irritating since it felt half-assed. It is a young adult novel though, so I prefer "barking" over something more vulgar.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7091)
    Performance
    (3455)
    Story
    (3460)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Such a journey!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Passage the most enjoyable?

    It kept me going, when I think I would have put down the book long before I finished. Not because it's not good! Simply because of the length and the less-than-happy route the story takes. You can only endure so much struggle before you're emotionally wiped out.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, at parts - because you wanted to see how the characters would react to such extreme conditions and situations. Not always though.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I liked his tone and pitch, but disliked his pace. It seemed like the story was being told by an old man thinking back on an event and not feeling much about that event, not happy or sad. A general lack of passion, I would characterize it.


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

    Yes, the story of Amy was very sad to me - I'm a mom with a young girl and it seems unthinkable what they both had to go through.


    Any additional comments?

    About halfway through the book, I felt like I was reading an entirely different book. I almost wish the author would have split the book in half - it would have been easier to read and made more sense in regards to tone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17909)
    Performance
    (16204)
    Story
    (16330)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Great beginning to a series - nice surprise!"
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    Would you listen to Divergent again? Why?

    Yes, because I would like to re-experience the main character's transformation again and pick up more.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Divergent?

    When the main character is nearly killed by a bunch of bullies - one of whom pretended to be her friend. I thought the conflict was reasonable, and yet not too graphic for the age group of this novel.


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    Great pace with a lot of passion, even when the character is first emerging out of her shell.


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

    Neither, not uncommon though.


    Any additional comments?

    The creation of a society based on human traits was very rewarding, in that it had a lot of chance of introspective but also a lot of room for good and bad. It was much better fodder for a dystopian novel than the classic post-apocalyptic event.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (11768)
    Performance
    (10654)
    Story
    (10747)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    Lore says: "Decent but not as interesting as Divergent"
    "Good follow up, if a bit formulaic."
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    What did you love best about Insurgent?

    The ending! It had me on the edge of my seat and thankfully began to answer more questions than simply ask more. It made me excited for the third book - more so than with the ending of the first book.


    If you’ve listened to books by Veronica Roth before, how does this one compare?

    It seemed to fit right in with the other novel in the series - I don't believe that Veronica Roth has any other novels besides this series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There is a point where Tris (main female character) is drugged to be more "peaceful" and her reaction and Emma Galvin's performance is unforgettable. I was laughing the whole time, which I don't think I would have done if I were only reading it.


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

    Not cry, I felt the author kept the violence contained enough for that. I laughed a few times - as stated above about my favorite scene.


    Any additional comments?

    I did not enjoy the predictable vulnerability of Tris' character in the aftermath of the last novel. I also did not enjoy the constant fighting that Tris did with both herself and Tobias. Hoping we'll be past all that in the next novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Arcadia Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Carol Goodman
    • Narrated By Jen Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (256)

    In debt after her husband's unexpected death, Meg Rosenthal secures a job as a teacher at an upstate New York boarding school. Leaving suburban Long Island, Meg and her teenage daughter, Sally, embark on a new life in Arcadia Falls, a beautiful but isolated small town and the inspiration for a number of magically eerie fairy tales.

    Lenne says: "Decent book...horrible reader"
    "Ah, artists and their love triangles."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - especially to someone who finds books hard to get through. Fast paced story that doesn't linger overly long and get boring.


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

    Love the narrator's accents, I've never spent much time with people from the East Coast so the accents were a great way to pull me into the location.


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

    Laughed often at the quirky character observations, and the way the narrator voiced the teenagers.


    Any additional comments?

    Felt some of the artistic descriptions were a bit cliche at times, but not enough to bring down my rating. You can only describe art and it's form in so many ways.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boneshaker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Cherie Priest
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, Kate Reading
    Overall
    (1020)
    Performance
    (691)
    Story
    (689)

    In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice. Thus was Dr. Blue’s Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine born.

    Tracey says: "Doesn't live up to potential"
    "Great plot, less than stellar execution."
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    I took a chance on this book, because it was on sale, and for the sale price I'm very satisfied! The performances were great, though a bit confusing at the end when the two performances meet. I assumed that a bit of post-production would be in order, but no.

    This was my first taste of Cherie Priest, and while I loved her characters and dialogue - I felt the plot was not filled to its potential. The "journey" was too redundant and when a pivotal point occurred I wasn't aware of it until after it passed. It seemed a bit young adult and anti-climatic.

    I thought the ending was well done - as contradictory as that may sound considering I just claimed it was anti-climatic. I supposed, given the direction the plot HAD been going, I was expecting a poor ending. But it was satisfying!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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