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Haley Anne Hunt

Haley-Anne

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  • Intuition

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Allegra Goodman
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Sandy Glass, a charismatic publicity-seeking oncologist, and Marion Mendelssohn, a pure, exacting scientist, are codirectors of a lab at the Philpott Institute dedicated to cancer research and desperately in need of a grant. Both mentors and supervisors of their young postdoctoral proteges, Glass and Mendelssohn demand dedication and obedience in a competitive environment where funding is scarce and results elusive.

    Baby says: "Disappointing"
    "Don't waste your time"
    Overall

    I really hated this book. I listened to all of it, hoping it would get better; but it just dragged on and on. Characters called "flawed", "human" and "sympathic" in critic's reviews were, to me, just whiny, morose and utterly unsympathetic. I bought this book aftet reading an article comparing Goodman's style to Jane Austen. Goodman may admire Austen, but Intuition contains none of Austen's subtle wit and incisive characterization. I was alternately boerd and annoyed by Intuition; in fact, I was only ever interested at moments when I thought some interesting tragedy might befall one of the characters. Its a sad state of affairs where you find yourself hoping the main character will be diagonsed with cancer, struck by a car or fall through the ice to drown. Yet, despite some well crafted suspense, nothing ever comes of it; the build up leads nowhere. I can't get back the 14 hours I invested in Intuition, but perhaps I can spare you the time I lost.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (669)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (152)

    What does Cain, history's greatest villain, have to do with Superman, the world's greatest hero? And what do two murders, committed thousands of years apart, have in common? This is the mystery at the heart of Brad Meltzer's riveting and utterly intriguing new thriller.

    Jeremy says: "Don't Bother."
    "Disappointing. Heavy-Handed. Obtuse."
    Overall

    I have not finished this book yet - I'm about 4 hours and 32 chapters in and, already, I hate this book.
    I read about it in Wizard magazine; I'm a big comic geek. It sounded interesting.

    It's not.

    I hated the DaVinci Code and this is worse than that; rather its a bad knock-off. The metaphors are weak or reaching or both. The symbolic imagery is over-played. The dialog is preachy & monology; very unnatural. It is not unlike some of the denser over-explaining dialog in comic books; but comics have the excuse of needing to tell the entire story with pictures and dialog (many modern comics don't use much narration). This book has no such excuse.
    Also, comics often avoid using swear words - which is fine - but they generally don't put in juvenile substitutions like "effing". Swear or don't, but don't use elementary euphemisms.

    The reading is actually pretty good, however. The accents are good and he while he doesn't do many different voices, there aren't any annoying or jarring ones. The book is bad enough that even a good reading doesn't make it better, but since I'm finishing the book out of morbid curiosity and/or the fact that I'm cheap enough that if I spend a credit, I want my money's worth, at least I don't have the added annoyance of a poor reading.



    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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