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Holly

FILMCHICK

Midlothian, TX, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Cabinet of Curiosities: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    Overall
    (798)
    Performance
    (706)
    Story
    (706)

    In an ancient tunnel underneath New York City a charnel house is discovered. Inside are 36 bodies all murdered and mutilated more than a century ago. While FBI agent Pendergast investigates the old crimes, identical killings start to terrorize the city. The nightmare has begun. Again.

    Nancy says: "Enjoyable, but not my favorite"
    "One of the best Pendergast novels"
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    Where does The Cabinet of Curiosities rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Pendergast novels are fascinating on so many levels. I can't get enough of them!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Part history, part science, a lot of crime and the amazing cast of characters who weave their way in and out of the Pendergast novels. Jonathon Marosz's narration is very good. Especially when it comes to Pendergast's voice.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Marosz – was your favorite?

    Pendergast!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Weight of Silence

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Heather Gudenkauf
    • Narrated By Jim Colby, Eliza Foss, Cassandra Morris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (684)
    Performance
    (548)
    Story
    (546)

    It happens quietly one August morning. As dawn's shimmering light drenches the humid Iowa air, two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night. Now these families are tied by the question of what happened to their children. And the answer is trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets.

    Sara says: "A jewel"
    "Great story, irritating protagonist."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Weight of Silence the most enjoyable?

    The point of view and the various narrators was at first confusing. Once I figured out all the characters, it was very entertaining and a unique way of storytelling. I really enjoyed that there were several narrators and not just one. It was never difficult telling one character from the other.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Weight of Silence?

    Ben challenging his father.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Callie described Antonia's playtime with she and Ben.


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

    When Ben defends Callie and Petra.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an entertaining book with an interesting story line and unique way of presentation. The narration was very enjoyable. However, Antonia's actions and words, and to a lesser degree, Martin and his wife's were extremely irritating. The three parents acted as though they didn't want to help with the search for their children by their lack of cooperation with the authorities. I found myself yelling and cursing out loud at Antonia's foolishness many times. Antonia's lifelong choices, her refusal to recognize and accept the root of the family's problems and her inactivity in protecting her children were more than I could bear many times. I do understand her actions were typical of a woman in a marriage such as hers, but the protection of her children should have overridden the lack of action and refusal to accept the reality of their situation.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Iron Lake: Cork O'Connor, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By William Kent Krueger
    • Narrated By David Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (775)
    Performance
    (646)
    Story
    (642)

    Anthony Award-winning author William Kent Krueger crafts this riveting tale about a small Minnesota town’s ex-sheriff who is having trouble retiring his badge. Cork O’Connor loses his job after being blamed for a tragedy on the local Anishinaabe Indian reservation. But he must set aside his personal demons when a young boy goes missing on the same day a judge commits suicide—and no one but O’Connor suspects foul play.

    C. Telfair says: "Crackerjack Beginning to a Great Series"
    "So glad I took a chance on this book!"
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    What did you love best about Iron Lake?

    I bought this book on a daily deal and am so glad I did. The characters were well thought out and portrayed. They were just as real people are; both flawed and decent. The story drew me in as only a really well written book can. I don't think I've ever listened to a book that made my heart race as this one did. The action was so realistic and the character's thoughts during the incidents were spot on.


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

    No. Chandler's performance is understated. I found myself looking forward to his characterizations, even though they were not dramatic or particularly "performed".


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

    One incident toward the latter part of the book was so compelling, I found myself almost in tears. Even though I anticipated the incident, the excellent writing made it seem like a surprise and I felt so horribly bad for the character.


    Any additional comments?

    Take a chance on this book. I don't think you will regret doing so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twilight Before Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Teri Clark Linden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (437)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (381)

    Best-selling novelist Kate Drake is one of seven sisters gifted with amazing powers of witchcraft. Returning home in time for her northern California town's annual Christmas pageant, Kate catches the spirit of the season and decides to open a bookstore in a charming but run-down historic mill. Decorated former U.S. Army Ranger Matt Granite, now a local contractor, doesn't mind working in the undeniably eerie house -- not if it means getting closer to Kate. There's something about the quiet, sensual woman that powerfully attracts him.

    Paige says: "Narrator so bad I quit after 5 minutes"
    "Mostly a waste of time."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    There is no way you can call the reading of this book a "performance". I perform better than this reading to my grandchildren. The narrator was horrible. There was enough of a story that I kept plodding on with the book, but eventually even that became lame. There was more telling of the sexual encounters between Matt and Kate than any supernatural story. This would have been a decent book if it had concentrated on the Drake sisters, their abilities and the problem at hand.


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

    The ending was nothing that couldn't have been foretold after chapter one.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Teri Clark Linden?

    Anybody would have been better.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment and boredom.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wizard of Dark Street: An Oona Crate Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Shawn Thomas Odyssey
    • Narrated By Shawn Thomas Odyssey
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (104)

    Oona Crate was born to be the Wizard's apprentice, but she has another destiny in mind. Despite possessing the rare gift of natural magic, Oona wants to be a detective. Eager for a case, she wants to show her uncle - the Wizard of Dark Street - that logic is as powerful as magic. But when someone attacks the Wizard, Oona must delve even deeper into the world of magic. Full of magic, odd characters, evil henchmen, and a street where nothing is normal, The Wizard of Dark Street will have you guessing until the very end.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great story, great entertainment."
    "Such a delight!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Wizard of Dark Street the most enjoyable?

    Most of the time I don't care for the author narrating their own books. However, I can't imagine anyone else reading The Wizard of Dark Street. I had a slight problem getting into the story but never considered not listening to the book because of Shawn Thomas Odyssey's narration. His reading of this book is delightful. I couldn't stop listening to his lilting voice and telling of this tale. He brought the characters to life like nobody else could have. Once the story was set up, I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. I highly recommend this book for adults who like books such as the Harry Potter series as well as young listeners.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Oona. She had so many layers and such enthusiasm for life. I also enjoyed Adler very much. He had heart and character and the accent used by Shawn Thomas Odyssey for him was always fun to hear.


    What about Shawn Thomas Odyssey’s performance did you like?

    His delightful accents and bringing the characters to life.


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

    Yes!


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Threat Vector

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy, Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Lou Diamond Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3669)
    Performance
    (3211)
    Story
    (3226)

    Jack Ryan has only just moved back into the Oval Office when he is faced with a new international threat. An aborted coup in the People's Republic of China has left President Wei Zhen Lin with no choice but to agree with the expansionist policies of General Su Ke Quiang. They have declared the South China Sea a protectorate and are planning an invasion of Taiwan. The Ryan administration is determined to thwart China’s ambitions, but the stakes are dangerously high as a new breed of powerful Chinese anti-ship missiles endanger the US Navy's plans to protect the island.

    Jean says: "Spies and a counter espionage"
    "Frighteningly close to real events and a must read"
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    What made the experience of listening to Threat Vector the most enjoyable?

    The characters who have wound their way throughout the Jack Ryan novels feel like family at this point. The members of this remarkably talented group struggle with everyday wishes and problems. You care about what happens to them.


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

    I listened to this just days before the Chinese government hacked into several US companies. Their People's Liberation Army is believed to be behind cyber attacks which have, in 2013, been accused of hacking into Facebook, Apple, the New York Times, companies involved in the critical infrastructure of the United States such as the electrical power grid, gas lines and waterworks and and US government agencies, among others. While this is a work of fiction, Clancy has once again tapped into the events that are shaping life as we know it right now. The intricate chain of events and weaving together of the lives of each character keep you on the edge of your seat. The level of reality to what is really coming out of China today will scare the heck out of you.


    Have you listened to any of Lou Diamond Phillips’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Tense and scary


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wheel of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Rene Auberjonois
    Overall
    (1950)
    Performance
    (919)
    Story
    (920)

    FBI Agent Pendergast has taken Constance on a whirlwind Grand Tour. They head to Tibet, where Pendergast intensively trained in martial arts and spiritual studies. At a remote monastery, they learn that a rare and dangerous artifact the monks have been guarding for generations has been stolen. Pendergast agrees to take up the search. The trail leads him and Constance to the maiden voyage of the Queen Victoria passenger liner - and to an Atlantic crossing fraught with terror.

    Henrik says: "Answer to two of the questions you might have ..."
    "Not up to Pendergast quality"
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    What did you like best about The Wheel of Darkness? What did you like least?

    This is not my favorite Pendergast novel. If it had been my first Pendergast experience, I wouldn't have cared at all about the characters and probably wouldn't have read the other books. There was not enough character development. And compared to Scott Brick, Rene Auberjonois's performance doesn't hold up, especially when it comes to Pendergast's voice.


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

    Just ho-hum.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Rene Auberjonois?

    Rene Auberjonois is a wonderful actor and narrator, just not for Pendergast. So...yes.


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

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Women with Attention Deficit Disorder

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sari Solden
    • Narrated By Sari Solden
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    In this 150-minute program, Sari Solden, a psychotherapist, writer, and internationally known pioneer in the field of women with Attention Deficit Disorder, explores the unique way in which women experience life with ADHD. In her poetic and warm style, Sari poignantly leads the listener through the shame and hiding that accompanies these challenges for women who often have difficulty meeting society’s role expectations.

    Holly says: "Wonderful book, horrible recording"
    "Wonderful book, horrible recording"
    Overall

    This is by far the best book I've "read" on women with ADD. The understanding of women with ADD is spot on and there are a few practical suggestions. It helped me appreciate myself and gain back some of my self esteem. However, the recording is absolutely the most annoying recording I've ever listened to. I don't have a problem with Sari Solden's "monotone" as some people have noted; I find her voice rather soothing. But for a person with ADD, particularly, the background noise, obnoxious music and other sound effects are horrific. I cringed every time they started. I wouldn't subject my worst enemy to this recording.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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