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LDoggy

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  • 4 reviews
  • 122 ratings
  • 396 titles in library
  • 27 purchased in 2014
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  • Lucifer's Hammer

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3335)
    Performance
    (1960)
    Story
    (1979)

    The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

    DJM says: "Good story from front to back"
    "One of the Few Books That Shape a Life"
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    I have always believed that the books we read help shape our character as we grow up. Of course, not nearly as much as our parents, church, education, etc., but it is appreciable. I am almost 40 and continue to have my character shaped by great books, and this is one of them.

    I am not convinced that everyone will love this book as much as I do, but I am convinced if you've come this far in reading reviews it's for a genre you like and should give this a try.

    This book captivated me and so often I found myself right next to the characters and living with them through their trials. There is one setting that takes place on a railroad track bed that will stick with me for the rest of my life.It also forced me to realize that there are situations that I am simply not equipped to protect my family. This, incredibly, was a shock to my system, albeit a small one.

    Marc Vietor did a great job with the narration too. He has a wide range of voices to help the listener follow.

    One item that was a bit difficult - there was switching back and forth between character point of views. In the book, it is easy to tell as their must be a large paragraph/page break. For the audio, for some reason the producer didn't have a long enough pause between character POV's and at the beginning it was difficult to follow.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2349)
    Performance
    (2144)
    Story
    (2127)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "Blah"
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    Oh well, our worst fears have come to fruition. Getting back to mid-world wasn't the best idea after all.

    The story is average, and truly feels as if it has nothing to do with the 7 books we have loved for years. In hindsight, that was the intent all along, but man did I miss Eddie, Jake, Susannah, Oye, and Roland, and I still miss them.

    One point I should make however - this in fact may have been a good read, but listening to King's voice (which I didn't mind in Bag of Bones, Hearts in Atlantis, and others) really detracted from this story. All I could think about was how Frank Muller and George Guidall would have made this better

    30 of 36 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11353)
    Performance
    (10582)
    Story
    (10590)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "What an Enjoyable Book!"
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    Give this one a try for certain! I did grow up in the 80s an could directly relate with much of the plot and loved every moment of it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5349)
    Performance
    (2217)
    Story
    (2231)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "Guidall is great, the book itself no so much"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this to a friend as this was merely av average book. The premise is actually wonderful, but Gaiman execution leaves a lot to be desired. Too many plot twists appear convenient to tie the story up into a tidy little bow as opposed to planned out with purpose.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Neil Gaiman? Why or why not?

    I might try another Gaiman book if it received very positive reviews.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    George Guidall is one of the best in the business and continues to impress in this audiobook. His pacing and voice is wonderful.


    Any additional comments?

    The recording itself was very noisy, with almost metallic noises coming through at almost every pause. It is quite distracting, although extremely faint. I found myself trying to hear the background noise instead of paying attention to the author and reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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