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Paula

Big Sandy, TX, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 9 reviews
  • 26 ratings
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  • 3 purchased in 2014
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  • Odd Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (2683)
    Performance
    (1211)
    Story
    (1224)

    The legend began in the obscure little town of Pico Mundo. A fry cook named Odd was rumored to have the extraordinary ability to communicate with the dead. Through tragedy and triumph, exhilaration and heartbreak, word of Odd Thomas' gifts filtered far beyond Pico Mundo, attracting unforgettable new friends - and enemies of implacable evil.

    Cynthia says: "Odd Hours-Disappointing"
    "I Loved the first Odd Thomas book"
    Overall

    The first book in the series was mostly stripped of needless description and flowery passages of alliteration. Not so this one. The first hour is spent describing one scene on and underneath a pier. I laughed out loud at some of the endless verbiage(and not in a good way-the "story" never seemed to start) until I gave up counting all the times three adjectives were used when one would have been sufficient. I gave this two stars out of sentimentality toward the character and the excellent narrator. Where was the editor of this book, in Bermuda? Heaven forbid this IS the edited version.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28643)
    Performance
    (21892)
    Story
    (22032)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "I hate this narrator's work on this"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator. I couldn't even listen all the way through it. I forced myself through the first two. I plan to purchase this in book for so I can complete the trilogy. She has a whining tone throughout that never changes. And I don't think her voice suits Katniss at all. I had to listen AROUND her reading before and just couldn't do it this time. The story deserves better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (2088)
    Performance
    (940)
    Story
    (958)

    A striking red-head, 20-something Jody is attacked and transformed into a vampire while walking home one night in downtown San Francisco. Befriending 19-year-old Tommy, Jody tries to understand her new undead life, but trouble finds her when the cops start suspecting Tommy of being a local bloodsucking serial killer.

    SHEILA says: "Bloodsucking FUN!"
    "I laughed-I was surprised-I was delighted"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The best reader I have ever heard. Every crazy character distinct and, in my opinion, performed to perfection. In fact, it started me on a whole Christopher Moore kick. But this series...oh, I just love it. Funny as hell and I'm even sick of vampires! Did I say I love Susan Bennett's performance? Excuse me! Worth repeating, though, and I RARELY give anything 5 stars.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The originality and humor. I don't think I've ever laughed so much listening to any other audiobook.


    What about Susan Bennett’s performance did you like?

    Her characterization. Every thing you could ever want in a narrator.


    If you could rename Bloodsucking Fiends, what would you call it?

    Wouldn't change a thing...when you find out why it's called that...again, it's worth reading (or hearing) just for that scene.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Best Served Cold

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1123)
    Performance
    (753)
    Story
    (769)

    It's springtime in Styria. And that means war. There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll, and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests, and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.

    Lore says: "Solid, but not as good as the First Law trilogy."
    "Ear of the Beholder"
    Overall

    Why so hard on the narrator? I was never once confused about which character was speaking. Now, when I first heard the voice he chose for the Poisoner, I snapped off my Sansa, thinking, "Yessh. Another wasted credit. This would be better if I read it." I almost quit listening right then because it revolted me instantly and seemed pompous and stagey. But wait! The character is a slimy, arrogant, self important wretch. I grew to LOVE the NARRATOR and I'm hard on narrators in general. I'm glad I gave the book another chance. Two months after listening, I still think about some of the characters and I can't name another book that has done that to me. It was a harsh story, a pathetic roller coaster of pathos and pointless waste. The two most helpful reviews listed here speak of the varied qualities of the book already. Believe what they say. It's an awful story beautifully told. It's actually painful but still I laughed out loud a lot. I think some of the "monologues" toward the end of the story were a bit redundant, but if I reserved 5 stars for a perfect book, no one would ever get a 5 star from me. So. Yes, it induces cringes, stinging eyes, laughter, disgust, exasperation, trepidation and spoons out tiny doses of hope and redemption. Not one of those characters was all bad or all good, even the vile Poisoner. Kinda like real people, huh? I miss those guys.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sharp Objects

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2857)
    Performance
    (2182)
    Story
    (2197)

    Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

    Kelley says: "I agree with Stephen King"
    "Good Narration, Predictable and Campy Story"
    Overall

    I kept listening because I thought surely it couldn't be so obvious. But I was disappointed. The only way I could get through it was thinking of it as a campy soap opera. I really liked her second book, though.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Child

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1037)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (405)

    his most powerful and intricately-plotted novel yet. Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: happy parents and a twin sister that meant the world to him. But Alyssa went missing a year ago, stolen off the side of a lonely street with only one witness to the crime. His family shattered, his sister presumed dead, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown in a last, desperate search.

    Christine says: "Stick With It!"
    "Maybe the title should have been "SMALL""
    Overall

    The story deserves a higher rating, but the use of the word "small" sent me cringing! I didn't count how many times it was used, but trust me, it had to be over a hundred. Perhaps reading wouldn't have pointed it out so blatantly. Or maybe it was just this reader! Every "The" is pronounced with a strong long "E", every "A" the same, and if you don't mind hearing "again" prounounced "agane" out of context with a southernish accent...ugh. It was a GOOD story to keep me interested despite all these distractions. Sometimes the sample length is not long enough to get a good idea of the reader's performance. This one nearly ruined this book for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • An Intro to Anansi Boys

    • ORIGINAL (7 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (363)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (56)

    The idea for Anansi Boys first came to Neil Gaiman almost a decade ago, and here he discusses how the final novel came about.

    Paula says: "Neil sounds so nice."
    "Neil sounds so nice."
    Overall

    I loved hearing him explain the genesis of this engaging story. Very casual and...well, darnit, sweet. I think I'm in love. But only in a literary way, of course.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dexter in the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jeff Lindsay
    • Narrated By Nick Landrum
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1388)
    Performance
    (554)
    Story
    (548)

    A blood spatter analyst for the Miami police, Dexter has seen his share of gruesome deeds - and committed a few himself. But when he investigates a particularly terrible crime scene at a local university, everything changes.

    James says: "Different Direction"
    "Please."
    Overall

    There is an awful lot of the same AWFUL thinking going on this book. As if telling isn't bad enough, but telling the SAME thing over and over? Show us something happening. The real clunker is how the Dark Passenger has become an outside presence, an entity, instead of the product of a damaged mind. The switch to the supernatural rang glaringly false. I like the show a lot, and even though the whole concept is dark and twisted, the way the children are involved in this "story" arc totally offended me because it made no sense. The show is so much better, and that is hardly ever the case in my experience. This Dexter doesn't have to slice you, he can just bore you to death.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • MirrorMask

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 18 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Stephanie Leonidas
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    Raised in a family of circus performers, Helena's always dreamed of leading a more ordinary life. But when haunting music draws her into a strange and magical realm, one where anything can happen, her real life is stolen by a runaway from the other side. Helena must rescue the realm from chaos in order to win back her own not-so-ordinary life.

    Paula says: "Doesn't translate well to audio"
    "Doesn't translate well to audio"
    Overall

    I love Neil and I love audiobooks. However, this is the only instance when I've heard one of his stories come off flat, and it's not the narrator's fault. There's just not much there. But, of course, if you've seen the movie, it's understandable that such beautifully strange visuals don't translate well into words. It seemed like there wasn't even an attempt to describe the "dream" sequence, and it feels hollow. Not typical Gaiman Greatness. Neil is a master writer with an astounding imagination. I recommend all of his other work, especially the ones he narrates himself.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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