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Heather L. Koranteng

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Jersey City, NJ | Member Since 2012

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  • The Camel Club

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2844)
    Performance
    (1038)
    Story
    (1050)

    It exists at the fringes of Washington, D.C., has no power, and consists solely of four eccentric and downtrodden members whom society has forgotten. Their simple goal is to find the "truth" behind their country's actions.

    Alex says: "The Good, Bad, and the So-So"
    "Lame."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better dialog between the main characters, less expounding of the painfully obvious.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Baldacci again?

    Probably not, I'm starting to think that he's like Paterson where he just writes lame, formula based action movies.


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    He was good- there's a lot of male characters, and you can easily tell them all apart. The accents didn't make me cringe, and the female voices are not just high whispers.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Camel Club?

    Half of the the dialog - just a waste of time. It's not like it gives you insight into the characters because thier background is just overplayed the whole time anyway.


    Any additional comments?

    Disappointing. I was looking for a good adventure/espionage story and this was just a really bad action movie script.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rose Under Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Wein
    • Narrated By Sasha Pick
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Rose Justice is a young pilot with the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War. On her way back from a semi-secret flight in the waning days of the war, Rose is captured by the Germans and ends up in Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi women's concentration camp. There, she meets an unforgettable group of women. These damaged women must bond together to help each other survive.

    Lulu says: "A Compelling and Disturbing Read"
    "The narrator didn't do this story any favors"
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    What did you like best about Rose Under Fire? What did you like least?

    The story is good. If you liked Code Name Verity, this is another great blend of history, a characters experience, friendship - and a solid story


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration- there's one character- the Polish girl Rose, that is so grating I had to turn it down and miss some of the dialog. It's that hard to listen too. How did anyone think that voice was sucessfull?


    Would you be willing to try another one of Sasha Pick’s performances?

    No. The male voices were comical- so over the top. I'm guess it's difficult to voice so many female characters and make them distinct, but I can’t believe anyone could hear that voice for Rose and not cringe.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes. It's a good story and it was nice to see some of the characters from Code Name Verity and follow up with where they are now. I would definitely want to see more of their story. The narrator for Verity was spectacular- it's too bad she wasn't part of this story as well. It would have been great for the continuity.


    Any additional comments?

    I look foward to the next story with these characters.

    0 of 0 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
    (2450)
    Performance
    (1811)
    Story
    (1824)

    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"
    "It's a Lifetime Movie- that you've probably seen."
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    What did you like best about Sharp Objects? What did you like least?

    It's just a lifetime movie with every stereotypical female issue- mother/daughter friction, Munchausen by Proxy, cutting, mean girls, rich girl/poor girl, fat girl/ popular girl- all rolled into one sad story. But- it's at least a well put together story and it's entertaining enough that you listen to the whole thing.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The main character figures things out too slowly, but there's enough going on that you are not bored as you figure them out.


    What three words best describe Ann Marie Lee’s performance?

    Lazy, cringe worthy. Any dialect is way overdone- all the "girls" sound like cartoon characters, and the men are ridiculous. The main character is so flat- I'm sure if it's supposed to be a reflection of the characters personality- or she just got tired in between character voices, but it doesn't help the story.


    Could you see Sharp Objects being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It's made to be a Lifetime movie - I'm sure Merideth Baxter will be cast as the mother and Hillary Swank as the main character, with Lindsy Lohan as the pscho little sister.


    Any additional comments?

    If you read Gone Girl- and liked it- you will not find this nearly as clever. If you like Lifetime Movies and feel like you haven't seen this one yet- enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4693)
    Performance
    (4351)
    Story
    (4361)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "It’s exactly what you get from King- predictable b"
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    Where does Doctor Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not great, but I enjoyed it as a good story and listened to it quickly.


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

    It’s almost like he didn’t know where to end it- there were at least three scenes before the actual ending- that could have resolved everything nicely. The actual ending was satisfying.


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

    Every old man in the story-and there’s a few- sounded like a cartoon character. A little too much on the accents. Still- you can tell all of the other characters apart well, and female voices aren’t bad- not horrible whispers like some narrators.


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

    The chapters moved from character to character well, and there were very few slow spots.


    Any additional comments?

    It’s not a bad listen, but if you’ve read a lot Steven King, you’ll recognize a lot of rehash. Even some of the dialog. It’s like he tore chunks from Salem’s Lot, The Green Mile and maybe a little of The Stand –and pasted them all together, but it’s not as epic as any of those stories. You expect some repeat because it’s a follow up on Danny from The Shining, but it’s like he keeps telling the same story over and over. Not that you mind if you’re a fan, it’s a story you like- but be honest about and tie it all together instead of putting it out there and pretending it’s new. It's almost like he's too tired to write something really new.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Sparrow: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jason Matthews
    • Narrated By Jeremy Bobb
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (802)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (728)

    Drafted against her will to become a "Sparrow" - a trained seductress in the service, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a first-tour CIA officer who handles the CIA's most sensitive penetration of Russian intelligence. The two young intelligence officers, trained in their respective spy schools, collide in a charged atmosphere of tradecraft, deception, and inevitably, a forbidden spiral of carnal attraction that threatens their careers and the security of America's valuable mole in Moscow.

    Melinda says: "Sexy Saucy Spies"
    "Suspenseful and great narration"
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    Where does Red Sparrow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best, hits all the marks w/ great storytelling and narration.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Sparrow?

    It's not really a life changing book w/ memorable moments, but there are great moments of anticipation - it's a novel about spy’s and adventure. It’s not boring or overcomplicated in trying to figure out who’s good and who’s bad- just the right balance.


    What about Jeremy Bobb’s performance did you like?

    He does not go high and whisper when he does a female voice- and he's got enough range with the male characters that you are never confused about who's speaking.


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

    No, but I found myself going around the block one more time to listen a little longer before ending my commute!


    Any additional comments?

    It's hard to create a good spy story- I think- without it being all about technology or clichés - and this was about the characters, but there was still enough fast paced adventure to make it interesting. I'm looking foward to this being a series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Harbor: Dublin Murder Squad, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Stephen Hogan
    Overall
    (2116)
    Performance
    (1811)
    Story
    (1793)

    In Broken Harbor, all but one member of the Spain family lies dead, and it’s up to Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy to find out why. Mick must piece together why their house is full of cameras pointed at holes in the walls and how a nighttime intruder bypassed all the locks. Meanwhile, the town of Broken Harbor holds something else for Mick: disturbing memories of a childhood summer gone terribly wrong.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best in the Series"
    "Another great addition the series"
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    Where does Broken Harbor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best, another moody, creepy mystery from Tana French.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It was great to get a more in depth look at “Scorcher” in this story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When ever he was giving advise to Ritchie.


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

    I don't know...something about gothic horror


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, it was a great addition to the Dublin Murder Squad series. Not as much humor as “Faithful Place”, and there were some parts of Scorchers brooding that dragged a little. The creepy mood, with the desolate house by the sea, and the family slowly going mad, was well set.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful Place: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tana French
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3322)
    Performance
    (1748)
    Story
    (1750)

    New York Times best-selling author Tana French has won the prestigious Edgar, Barry, Macavity, and Anthony awards. As her third novel featuring the Dublin Murder Squad opens, 19-year-old Frank Mackey is waiting in vain for Rosie, who he’s supposed to run away to London with. But when she doesn’t show, Frank leaves Dublin without her—thinking never to return.

    Buffalogal says: "Incredible"
    "Great performance and engaging story"
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    Would you listen to Faithful Place again? Why?

    Once was enough- but it was a great story.


    What other book might you compare Faithful Place to and why?

    If you liked any of the Dublin Murder Squad stories, this fits right in and is the best so far. Excellent series, if you liked the Pedergast series, you'll like this as well.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene with the family is riveting and hilarious.


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

    Not sure.


    Any additional comments?

    It’s surprisingly funny, which fits in well with the character of Frank, if you’ve gotten a glimpse of him in the prior books. Very witty. Also, the performance is excellent. One narrator, who manages to make every voice distinct. He’s great on the female characters as well and manages to make them all unique without sounding like a raspy whisper.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lexicon

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Max Barry
    • Narrated By Heather Corrigan, Zach Appelman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (461)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (424)

    At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren't taught history, geography, or mathematics - at least not in the usual ways. Instead, they are taught to persuade. Here the art of coercion has been raised to a science. Students harness the hidden power of language to manipulate the mind and learn to break down individuals by psychographic markers in order to take control of their thoughts. The very best will graduate as "poets": adept wielders of language who belong to a nameless organization that is as influential as it is secretive.

    Tango says: "Fasten your seat belt..."
    "Good Story, Good Performance"
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    Would you listen to Lexicon again? Why?

    I really don’t’ listen to books twice, once is enough- but that’s not to say this wasn’t very enjoyable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It’s a new premise, I haven’t encountered a story like this before. Very clever. You really can’t guess where it’s going, but the plot turns are not so bizarre that it seems like the author was just trying to get write themselves out of a corner. It was very enjoyable.


    What about Heather Corrigan and Zach Appelman ’s performance did you like?

    They were both very good, able to distinguish between a multitude of characters. The only thing that grated a bit was the female Austrian accent, it just did not seem right, and it was distracting. The male accent was perfect, not overdone, but very distinguishable.


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

    No, but I did finish it in record time because it was very interesting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8489)
    Performance
    (7720)
    Story
    (7779)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "So disappointing."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I was really looking foward to this story, but it's just such a waste. Robert Langdon wakes up in a hospital with amnesia and has to outrun people who are trying to kill him. That’s what he thinks anyway. There’s twists and the enemies are not who he thinks they are, but the plot twists are so contrived. The plot its self is depressing, a mad man thinks the world is over populated and wants to wipe out a third of humanity. It just goes on and on about how overpopulated the world is and how there's no hope. There’s so much repetition in phrases and actions, it’s like he’s beating you over the head with things. Fans of the The DaVinci Code liked it because it was clever, and it was fun to see Robert Langdon put clues together and solve a puzzle. There’s too little of that here, and too much focus on why the crazy guy wants to make a plague. It’s overworked, depressing, and just not enjoyable.


    What was most disappointing about Dan Brown’s story?

    There was nothing fun about it – no sense of adventure, no humor, and the characters are like cartoons. They have one trait to their personality- and its always some sort of obsession.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    With half of the story being told from female characters point of view, there really should have been a woman voicing those characters. It was like the only way the narrator could represent the female characters was to make his voice some sort of false whisper, and say things more slowly. It’s like every female character was slow and had laryngitis. It was hard to give an credit to the female characters, because you could never forget that you were listening to a man trying to talk like a woman.


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

    The moments were Robert Langdon was working something out- were exactly what fans of The DaVinci code want, but there was just too little of that and too much of an awful story.


    Any additional comments?

    The way the author tried to turn the plot around was just terrible. ‘Oh- you thought I was being held hostage and drugged? Because that’s the way the story was written for the first half? No! I was sick and the soldiers all dressed in black that had me in the back of a van were giving me medicine! How could you not know that?’

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Code Name Verity

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Wein
    • Narrated By Morven Christie, Lucy Gaskell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (939)
    Performance
    (855)
    Story
    (849)

    Code Name Verity is a compelling, emotionally rich story with universal themes of friendship and loyalty, heroism and bravery. Two young women from totally different backgrounds are thrown together during World War II: one a working-class girl from Manchester, the other a Scottish aristocrat, one a pilot, the other a wireless operator. Yet whenever their paths cross, they complement each other perfectly and before long become devoted friends. But then a vital mission goes wrong....

    Suzn F says: "Haunting, Beautiful, Exquisite, Special Book"
    "Great Story- Great Peformance"
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    What made the experience of listening to Code Name Verity the most enjoyable?

    The story itself is so engaging, the chracters are so well written. The time period and the plot are so interesting, you think you know what's going to happen and how it's all going to end- but you will be so surprised. The peformance of Julie by the narrator is amazing. She's so expressive.


    What other book might you compare Code Name Verity to and why?

    If anything I'd compare it to Tinker, Taylor, Soilder, Spy, the film, but with younger characters, and more levity and friendship.


    What does Morven Christie and Lucy Gaskell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The performances are amazing, just brilliant. You feel like you are meeting the characters. The spark of personality that they convey with the narration really makes it an experience.


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

    Yes, we listened to it on a road trip- and found ourselves sitting in parking lots before takeing a meal break because we wanted to know what was going to happen next.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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