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Veneda

Wilder, VT, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Beneath the Dark Ice

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Greig Beck
    • Narrated By Sean Mangan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (264)

    When a plane crashes into the Antarctic ice, exposing a massive cave beneath, a rescue and research team is dispatched. Twenty-four hours later, all contact is lost. Captain Alex Hunter and his highly trained squad of commandos are fast tracked to the hot zone to find out what went wrong - and to follow up the detection of a vast underground reservoir.

    Bob says: "A fun and interesting read."
    "Above Average for Beneath the Dark Ice"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Greig Beck and/or Sean Mangan?

    Yes - I'd like to see how he matures as a writer.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is an exciting adventure-thriller; plenty of action. Plausible scientific and archaeological theories help the story along as well. Like an action movie with brains.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the insufferably annoying Dr. was killed. I know it's wrong - but he was such an annoying character.


    Was Beneath the Dark Ice worth the listening time?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    The story is good, pacing is good - sometimes the dialog seems stilted and simplistic or transitions are sometimes halting. All in all, an above average read. C+ - B-

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5774)
    Performance
    (5124)
    Story
    (5117)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Literally, Spell-Binging."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am usually quite wary of books that "everyone" says a fantastic. I've had too many disappointments with books that the world-at-large thinks are magnificent (Shades of Gray); But Night Circus-well Night Circus is actually as they say,"Magic". Surprise - this time the world was right!

    This book weaves a spell around you - by the time that the story is over, the only thing that you want to do is to find this circus and run to it, fast, far and true.

    Ah, but timing is everything. . . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tyrannosaur Canyon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (921)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (221)

    What fire bolt from the galactic dark shattered the Earth eons ago, and now hides in that remote cleft in the southwest U.S. known as Tyrannosaur Canyon?

    Peggy says: "A pleasure to listen to"
    "I give it a 3 out 5 stars = C"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Douglas Preston and/or Scott Sowers?

    I usually love Douglas Preston and will continue to seek out his books, however this was not one of his best in my opinion. Tyrannosaur Canyon was an average read - I enjoyed parts of it very much - but I had to make myself finish the book.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    the ending seemed ruched and trite. very normal, not what I expect from Mr. Preston.


    What about Scott Sowers’s performance did you like?

    I think Scott Sowers did a good enough job - again, just good enough. I think the problem may have been the story.


    Did Tyrannosaur Canyon inspire you to do anything?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    Average book - Douglas Preston has written better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ark: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Boyd Morrison
    • Narrated By Boyd Gaines
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (131)

    When brilliant archaeologist Dilara Kenner is contacted by Sam Watson, an old family friend who says that he has crucial information about her missing father, Dilara abandons her Peruvian dig and rushes to Los Angeles to meet him. But at the airport, Sam speaks instead of Noah’s Ark—the artifact her father had long been searching for—and the possible death of billions. Before Sam can explain, he collapses. With his dying breath, he urges Dilara to find Tyler Locke—a man she’s never heard of.

    Veneda says: "great summer read"
    "great summer read"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book, as did my two daughters. The story was taut and exciting - the characters engaging; Tyler Locke reminded me a lot of Cussler"s Dirk Pitt, but since I love Pitt I don't mind the resemblance if Clive doesn't.
    I also enjoyed the twist on Noah's Ark and the flood, strange, yet as plausible as any of the current theories out there.
    I found this a perfect summer read - not too light,not too heavy - just right.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful

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