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AlaskaReader

Dogs Rule

Wasilla, AK, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 9 reviews
  • 22 ratings
  • 245 titles in library
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  • Red Moon: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Benjamin Percy
    • Narrated By Benjamin Percy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (64)

    They live among us. They are our neighbors, our mothers, our lovers. They change. When government agents kick down Claire Forrester's front door and murder her parents, Claire realizes just how different she is. Patrick Gamble was nothing special until the day he got on a plane and hours later stepped off it, the only passenger left alive, a hero. Chase Williams has sworn to protect the people of the United States from the menace in their midst, but he is becoming the very thing he has promised to destroy.

    Tracey says: "Snakes on a plane don't deem quite so bad...."
    "Can't bear the narrator's voice."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I have only listened to this book for an hour, and I had to force myself for that hour. Another reviewer put it perfectly -- Mr. Percy reads with much too much drama, putting huge emphasis on words that really shouldn't be emphasized, making every sentence seem sinister, and so the whole experience of listening to him is frankly a little painful.

    I'll keep the book in my library, and maybe I'll feel like trying it again someday, because I like horror stories and maybe I'm not giving it enough of a chance. We'll see...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Those Who Went Remain There Still

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Cherie Priest
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Heaster Wharton is dead, and his passing might mean an end to hostilities between the Manders and the Coys. If the the elderly patriarch showed the kindness and foresight to split his land cleanly between his feuding descendants, then a truce could be arranged. But his final request is a strange one, delivered across the country to the straggling remnants of his tribe. Representatives from both families must visit a cave at the edge of his property in the hills of Kentucky.

    AlaskaReader says: "Horror Story with Daniel Boone"
    "Horror Story with Daniel Boone"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    It was totally unexpected. And riveting. It was just a darn good horror story!


    What about Marc Vietor and Eric Michael Summerer ’s performance did you like?

    I thought both of them did an excellent job. I usually don't like books with more than one narrator, so I was skeptical, but it was appropriate that there were two narrators, since there were two timelines to the story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8861)
    Performance
    (7879)
    Story
    (7853)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Great dog voice!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book -- it's entertaining and fun. the narrator did a great job -- the different voices were very easy to distinguish, and the voice of the dog especially I loved! I can't wait to listen to the rest of the series, and I hope the same narrator reads those as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (13254)
    Performance
    (9953)
    Story
    (10000)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "AARRGGHHH - Everyone sounds like a pirate!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    I love this series, but I don't think I'll listen past the 3rd book. I don't know what's with the narrator. It seems like most of the characters in the book talk like old decrepit pirates. and I've noted that the reviews on the books after this one have many complaints about the narrator. I had to force myself to finish it because his voice bothered me so much -- and I loved the narrator in the first 2 books, so I don't know what happened! This breaks my heart, because I so wanted to listen to the next 2 books, but I've been scared away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret History

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By Donna Tartt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (591)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (342)

    The snow in the mountains was melting and Bunny had been dead for several weeks before we came to understand the gravity of our situation.

    John says: "Not everyone's glass of Scotch Neat"
    "Treachery on Campus!"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    This is the 2nd time I've "read" The Secret History (the first time I actually read it). I had to go back and listen to it again because I remember being entranced by the relationship of the main characters. Well, it was even better the 2nd time around. The story lets you know at the very beginning that one of them dies, but the book isn't really about that -- it's about what happens to people after they've committed a horrendous act and they have to live with it. The knowledge that they can't go back and un-do the past. And how it binds them together forever. One person may be dead, but the others will live with the regret for the rest of their lives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anathem

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman, Tavia Gilbert, William Dufris, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1677)
    Performance
    (698)
    Story
    (703)

    In celebration of the week-long, once-in-a-decade rite of Apert, the fras and suurs prepare to venture outside the concent's gates - opening them wide at the same time to welcome the curious "extras" in. During his first Apert as a fra, Erasmus eagerly anticipates reconnecting with the landmarks and family he hasn't seen since he was "collected". But before the week is out, both the existence he abandoned and the one he embraced will stand poised on the perilous brink of cataclysmic change.

    Richard says: "Tour de force"
    "Low-key and thoughtful"
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    Would you listen to Anathem again? Why?

    Probably not. While I enjoyed it, it had long stretches that went on too long for me. I think the idea behind the book was fascinating, but it got boring by the end. It would tease me with something that could have potentially been exciting, but when it came down to the end it was just boring. I really liked Neal Stephenson's "Reamde" and I was hoping this would be more like that.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Less non-action and philosophy and more, not necessarily action since I'm not an "action" type of gal and generally I like thoughtful books, but maybe a swifter resolution.


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

    No I haven't, but I REALLY liked the narrator. In fact, I've since purchased a couple more books specifically because they're read by him. I think that the reason I stuck with the book through all its boring parts was because of the narrator.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No - frankly I was glad when it was over... the story was great, but way way too long.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5327)
    Performance
    (4614)
    Story
    (4608)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Jess Walter is a genius!"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Beautiful Ruins the most enjoyable?

    The many-layered story - so many stories at once. I absolutely LOVED this story. The characters were all lovable (Pat at the end of the book only - didn't like him much at the beginning of his entrance to the story.)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful Ruins?

    The ending - I had to make sure my tears didn't interfere with my driving!


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

    I haven't, but I would love too. Mr. Ballerini was fantastic. I'll definitely look into other books he's narrated.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (9830)
    Performance
    (8932)
    Story
    (8946)

    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!!"
    "Totally Unexpected!"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about this story?

    The total unexpectedness of the reason for the building's creepiness. And the characters were great - very believable.


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

    He did a good job with the different voices -- especially Veek (sp?) and one voice in particular toward the end of the book. I don't want to give it away - but it's very scary.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I read this while driving to work, and at times I was so wrapped up in the story that it's lucky I didn't get into an accident. I couldn't wait to get in my car after work just to continue the story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sara Gran
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (174)

    Claire DeWitt is not your average private investigator. She has brilliant skills of deduction and is an ace at discovering evidence. But Claire also uses her dreams, omens, and mind-expanding herbs to help her solve mysteries, and relies on Détection—the only book published by the great and mysterious French detective Jacques Silette before his death.

    Aryn says: "Amazing"
    "Hard boiled lady PI"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - I already did. I really liked the character of Claire DeWitt.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead?

    Rather than one moment being memorable, the whole book brought back the horror of Katrina and how awful it was to be in New Orleans during that time. It seems to have happened years ago, and probably most people have forgotten, or even didn't know how horrible it was.


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

    She's got the perfect voice for a hard-bitten, cynical, and tough on the surface private detective. A little gravelly - and does a pretty good job in differentiating the characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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