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THATZLIFE

THATZLIFE

PASADENA, CA | Member Since 2006

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  • 21 reviews
  • 61 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • A Love of My Own

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By E. Lynn Harris
    • Narrated By Richard Allen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    As a band of close-knit characters (old and new) navigates life's challenges and tries to find their place in the world, each person goes on a journey of the heart in search of the one thing everyone wants: a love of their own.

    Huttunen Pasi J says: "Solid E. Lynn Harris quality"
    "ehh not too bad.."
    Overall

    Well actually this is one of those books where u are reading about mundane things and only at the end does something crazy and exciting happen to explain all of it. So its not a complete waste of time book...but u wont be on the edge of your seat either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Servants of Twilight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (146)

    An ordinary parking lot in southern California. Christine Scavello and her six-year-old son are accosted by a strange old woman. "I know who you are," the woman snaps at the boy. "I know what you are." A scream, a threat - and then a grotesque act of violence. Suddenly Christine's pride and joy, her only son, is targeted by a group of religious fanatics. They've branded him the Antichrist. They want to kill him. And they are everywhere.

    Marg224 says: "Different spin"
    "What is going on here Dean?!"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No Im sorry. I am a huge Dean Koontz fan and this was one of the most boring!


    Has The Servants of Twilight turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Well, I have read many great and exciting Dean Koontz books. But this one was just dragging on and on. With impossible things happening. Imagine and entire book, based on a group of people trying to kill a defenseless boy and his mother.

    It was painfully slow...


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

    The performance was simply OK. She played the kids voice well. However, the other voices, were just blah. Sometimes the mother and the witch and the narrating voice sounded too much alike.


    Do you think The Servants of Twilight needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Well, only if the boy was something other than human. But this slow book only alluded that he MAY be, but didn't give us any facts as to the boy being something other than human.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First to Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2755)
    Performance
    (1879)
    Story
    (1871)

    When you're the best at what you do, it's not always easy to walk away. Nathan McBride was retired. The trained Marine sniper and covert CIA operative had put the violence of his former life behind him. But not anymore. A deep-cover FBI agent has disappeared along with one ton of powerful Semtex explosive, enough to unleash a disaster of international proportions. The U.S. government has no choice but to coax Nathan out of retirement.

    Ed says: "Sniper thriller par excellence"
    "Horrible Narrating!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made First to Kill better?

    A better narrator! Each character sounded alike damn near! All the men sounded a old, and all the women sounded like Joe Pesci!
    It was horrible! For example, imagine they are describing a woman who supposedly looks drop dead gorgeous. You're like, ok...I can envision this...BUT when she speaks she sounds like Joe Pesci? And All the women in this story sound like that!
    Most of the men sounded very much alike also. :-/


    Would you recommend First to Kill to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. It gets boring also.


    What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

    Again, Each character sounded alike damn near! All the men sounded a old, and all the women sounded like Joe Pesci!
    It was horrible! For example, imagine they are describing a woman who supposedly looks drop dead gorgeous. You're like, ok...I can envision this...BUT when she speaks she sounds like Joe Pesci? And All the women in this story sound like that!
    Most of the men sounded very much alike also. :-/


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not that I can think of. It dragged on and on.


    Any additional comments?

    I gave it a try, thinking it would be like Vince Flynn books, or Brad Thor...but I guess I was wrong. Started off strong, but quickly started to really drag on.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Power Down: Dewey Andreas, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1431)
    Performance
    (1078)
    Story
    (1086)

    There was one factor that the terrorists didn’t take into account when they struck the Capitana oil platform off the coast of Colombia - slaughtering much of the crew and blowing up the platform - and that was the Capitana crew chief, Dewey Andreas. Dewey, former Army Ranger and Delta, survives the attack, rescuing as many of his men as possible. But the battle has just begun....

    Tommy says: "The best thing to happen since Mitch Rapp!"
    "It was pretty good"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It felt like it was a bit long....


    Which character – as performed by Peter Hermann – was your favorite?

    DEWY is my favorite character, but it took too long for him to get into action and solve this puzzle.


    Any additional comments?

    So far Dewey isn't a Mitch Rapp, but I may have to check out a few more books in this series to see how they build this hero up.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lions of Lucerne

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1032)
    Performance
    (928)
    Story
    (926)

    On the snow-covered slopes of Utah, the unthinkable has just become a nightmarish reality: thirty Secret Service agents have been viciously executed and the vacationing president of the United States kidnapped by one of the most lethal terrorist organizations in the Middle East - the Fatah Revolutionary Council. But surviving agent and ex-Navy SEAL Scot Harvath doesn't believe the Fatah Revolutionary Council is responsible for the attack.

    Carol says: "Great Scott Harvath"
    "Pretty good..."
    Overall
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    What did you like best about The Lions of Lucerne? What did you like least?

    There was a lot of action. Alot of things were too unrealistic. Everybody was corrupt. Too many people. Everyone Scott turned to was corrupt, and happened to be linked with each other. I didn't like that. How is it that the ONE person Scott turned to when he found out about Andre just so happened to be linked in to the Senator who was trying to kill Andre?!
    Also it got a little confusing when he went to Switzerland and got mixed up with Claudia.


    Would you recommend The Lions of Lucerne to your friends? Why or why not?

    I may recommend it, because it's a great series and it gets better with future books.


    Which character – as performed by Armand Schultz – was your favorite?

    The FBI guy who kept chewing Scott out was a pretty good performance. He really sounded like he hated Scott.


    Any additional comments?

    It was crazy how so many people were corrupt.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kill Shot: An American Assassin Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3948)
    Performance
    (3394)
    Story
    (3372)

    For months, Mitch Rapp has been steadily working his way through a list of men, bullet by bullet. With each kill, the tangled network of monsters responsible for the slaughter of 270 civilians becomes increasingly clear. He is given his next target: a plump Libyan diplomat who is prone to drink and is currently in Paris without a single bodyguard. Rapp finds him completely unprotected and asleep in his bed. With confidence in his well-honed skills and conviction of the man’s guilt, he easily sends a bullet into the man’s skull. But in the split second it takes the bullet to leave the silenced pistol, everything changes.

    Elle says: "I'd listen to Guidall read the tax code, so..."
    "Sooo good!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Kill Shot again? Why?

    I don't typically listen to audio books more than once, but this one might be worth it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kill Shot?

    The most memorable moments was the stake out, and Victors' actions.


    Have you listened to any of George Guidall’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    George Guidall is a superb narrator!


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

    This was a book you did not want to put down.


    Any additional comments?

    This book first had me very confused....I was like, wait....there are characters in here who has already died. Then I realized this book is a was a prequel! I remember the book before this one was going into Mitch Rapp's past. And it threw me off when this book started off in the past. I thought I was getting the books out of order or something. lolBut, overall a great listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Transfer of Power: Mitch Rapp Series

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Vince Flynn
    • Narrated By Nick Sullivan
    Overall
    (2406)
    Performance
    (1987)
    Story
    (1999)

    On a busy Washington morning, the stately calm of the White House is shattered in a deadly terrorist attack on the executive mansion. The president is evacuated to an underground bunker, but not before nearly one hundred hostages are taken. Mitch Rapp, the CIA’s top counterterrorism operative, is sent in to take control of the crisis and determines that the president is not as safe as Washington’s power elite had thought....

    Michael says: "Great Story-Bad Narration"
    "Pretty good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It keeps you interested.


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

    It had its moments where you get a bit nervous.


    What about Nick Sullivan’s performance did you like?

    He was able to make the voices sound like separate people for the most part. Kings voice was most annoying but it really fit the character.


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

    The parts where the terrorist were just cold blooded killing hostages...


    Any additional comments?

    The ending seemed a bit lack luster....but it was ok.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26120)
    Performance
    (20065)
    Story
    (20249)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    Sue Schreiber says: "A very satisfying ending"
    "Talk about anticlimactic!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Ok I'm sorry, but I just have to say it.
    It's so sad when you can tell the narrator doesn't have the ability to narrate in the context of the tone the words were meant to convey! That's one thing I use to believe would be automatic with audio books. I thought the narrator would sit down with the author or a producer, to be sure they had the right tone, of each line the way the author intended when it was written! APPARENTLY NOT!
    e.g. There's a part where Joanna is saying, "Dale isn't scared of me....*looks over at Dale* Are you gorgeous?"
    Now anyone with a halfway decent command of the English language knows exactly what tone that line should sound like. That line was said twice in the book.
    BUT said WRONG!
    This narrator said: Dale isn't scared of me. (then as if in a total change of subject)
    "Are YOU Gorgeous!!!"
    (imgaine a tone of saying, "AREN'T YOU JUST GORGEOUS!!!")- like what you'd say when you see a cute puppy or kitten or exotic car.
    She did this twice. I was like really?? Seriously????

    So that's why I rated the 'performance' with 1 star.
    The 'story' also receives one star for being so anticlimactic.
    Here you are (as a listener) all story long being inculcated with the expectation of this massive showdown between the Katniss and President Snow....pshhhh! (wont give it away but it's so disappointing trust me!)
    Hell, in the end you don't even know if Coin was even responsible for the parachutes or not!

    Everyone who read book 1 and 2 of this trilogy, of course will get the 3rd, but I just feel that this 3rd book The Mocking Jay was disappointing. The book kind of dragged, and most upsetting is, the ending was horrible.

    Peace

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stirred

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. A. Konrath, Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe, Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (113)

    They are the very best at what they do. Peerless. Unmatched. Only fate could bring two such extraordinary people together—or the depraved manipulations of a homicidal criminal who takes lives for the sheer pleasure of watching his victims die.

    Joe says: "A good ending to the series"
    "Pretty good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book will keep you entertained. One part I questioned though. It was as if the author is racist. Like they refer to Blacks as N-words, and whites who speak like Blacks as w--gers? That made me question the author's intent.
    But the performance of 2 narrators was a good idea. Good book. Likely racist author.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Breath of Scandal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1136)
    Performance
    (643)
    Story
    (637)

    On a rainy Southern night, Jade Sperry endured a young woman's worst nightmare at the hands of three local hell-raisers. Robbed of her youthful ideals and at the center of scandal and tragedy, Jade ran as far and as fast as she could. But she never forgot the sleepy "company town" where every man, woman, and child was dependent on one wealthy family.

    Margaret says: "Lifted by Narration"
    "Well, its ok../pretty good..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It first starts off very good and exciting. Before the first half is over, shocking things happen and you are really into it. By the time you are 3 quarters into the book, things slow down. I was a bit uneasy with the constant use of the n-word and 'darkies'. Its set in the south, but the author never had anyone reprimanded when they were clearly racist by their language. What I mean, is, those who you would assume are the "good guys" referred to Blacks as n**gers. So I couldn't really get behind the character.
    Also Dillians character appeared to change too drastically. When he was first introduced, he was reasonable. By the end of the book, he is like a short tempered savage.
    All in all, the book is pretty good.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Infidel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • Narrated By Ayaan Hirsi Ali
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1094)
    Performance
    (453)
    Story
    (457)

    This New York Times best-seller is the astonishing life story of award-winning humanitarian Ayaan Hirsi Ali. A deeply respected advocate for free speech and women's rights, Hirsi Ali also lives under armed protection because of her outspoken criticism of the Islamic faith in which she was raised.

    Teddy says: "A Story that Needed to be Told"
    "She Really Lets Us Know! Pay Attention!!!"
    Overall

    This is such a deep book in that it opens our eyes to dangerous sentiments of what we view as everyday Muslims, in which the majority of Americans may view as harmless or merely cultural. She clearly shows us that there is an ever growing segment of the world's population that are subscribing to Jihad and it's beliefs.

    It would be interesting to hear Ayaan's take on the Nation Of Islam here in the U.S.
    I wonder if she feels they are on board with the fundamentalist she speaks of in the sequal Nomad, and in this book and Infidel.
    Great listen!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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