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Paula

Racine, WI, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Blue Labyrinth

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (664)
    Performance
    (605)
    Story
    (603)

    A long-buried family secret resurfaces when one of Aloysius Pendergast's most implacable enemies shows up on his doorstep as a murdered corpse. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect murder, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California's desolate Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his family's sinister past.

    G. House Sr. says: "Twists and Tuns in the Pendergast Family Tree"
    "Strong story line."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Blue Labyrinth to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the book, only listened to it. However Rene Auberjonois does a wonderful job as always narrating the book. In my mind his voice IS Pendergast and I think the expirence would be diminished without him.


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

    He does a great job with narration. My one complaint being he sounds a bit awkward with some of the less refined characters particularly where cussing or crassness is concerned.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I liked the hospital scene even though I'm a nurse and some of what was described was preposterous.


    Also. The segment about Margo in the museum basement had a nice Relic throwback moment


    Any additional comments?

    I was surprised by Margo. I thought Margo Green died in 2 books previous although I was glad to hear of her again. Also I was somewhat distraught about Alban.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Sum of All Fears

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (824)
    Performance
    (694)
    Story
    (701)

    Against all odds we have made it into the last half of the 1990s. The Cold War looks solved, Arabs and Jews are talking, confrontation is on the wane. In this new harmony, one discord -- what becomes of unemployed terrorists?

    Ray says: "Thoughts on The Sum of All Fears"
    "A Great Listen"
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    Would you listen to The Sum of All Fears again? Why?

    Yes, although this is novel of significant length it was a interesting listen and built intensity well. Clancy made technical descriptions tolerable to listen to without being terribly dry, not an easy feat.


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

    Narrator did a good job, although Russian pronuciation and accent is painful at times.


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

    No, due to it's length I listened to it on a long car ride over the course of 2 days.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (152)

    Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery. And two inquisitive boys standing precariously on the brink of adulthood will soon discover the secret of the satanic raree-show's mazes and mirrors, as they learn all too well the heavy cost of wishes and the stuff of nightmares.

    A User says: "A Great Classic Come to Life"
    "Enjoyed it, but.."
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    Any additional comments?

    I remember loving this book when I was in middle school and wanted to enjoy it again now that my children are nearly that age. While I enjoyed the memories that this book brought back I found I didn't enjoy it as much as an adult as I did when I was younger. At times the way Ray Bradbury described the boys friendship and connection which I once so enjoyed seemed to wordy and distracting. However it is still a very solid story which is well written

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5546)
    Performance
    (3512)
    Story
    (3544)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "Hard to take seriously"
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    Where does One Second After rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I came across a random review of this book and thought I would give it a chance. While this story does a good job of outlining social decline on a massive level in the event of a crisis it managed to do so in a pretentious way that comes off as preachy rather than informative. There were parts of this story that were poignant and touching, the effect was overshadowed by the stereotypical and predictable characters and actions presented by the author.


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

    The narrator did a great job and made this book much more palatable. I can say in honesty I would not have made it through this book if I was reading it in print.


    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
    Overall
    (12119)
    Performance
    (11007)
    Story
    (11033)

    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.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Excellent story with Lovecraftian Flare"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a very fun story, appropriately creepy, paid homage to Lovecraft's foundations to horror but expanded on the story concept in a way that was both interesting and satisfying. The characters were relateable and I found myself easily envisioning the situations as they arose. I really enjoyed this book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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