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C. Schmitt

Annapolis, MD | Member Since 2002

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  • Steelheart: Reckoners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9499)
    Performance
    (8763)
    Story
    (8794)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Couldn't stop listening"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Steelheart to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The professor.


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

    Yes. I tend to get bored with audio books and give up on them. This one hooked me.


    Any additional comments?

    I am really a Brandon Sanderson fan and look forward to the rest of this series. Read it right after The Divergent trilogy and loved that it takes place in Chicago.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl on the Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Paula Hawkins
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8636)
    Performance
    (7229)
    Story
    (7235)

    Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

    Paula says: "Mind Boggling Thrilling Mystery! Don't Miss It!"
    "Kept me listening and in suspense"
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    What did you love best about The Girl on the Train?

    The 3 different women's voices. It's usually all about the story for me and this was a good story. However, the actors reading the women's parts really made this book come alive for me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rachel. She was so pitiful and hard to sympathize with until the end of the story when you realize how she became that way.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Tom got his just rewards! Can't give it away!


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

    Rachel's struggles to not drink.


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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1246)
    Performance
    (1119)
    Story
    (1133)

    He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

    Michael says: "Among Koontz’s Best Slow Interesting Books"
    "First part of book great..then sooo disappointed"
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    What did you like best about Innocence? What did you like least?

    I loved Addison and his father, and really got into their story. Also the first part of Gwyneth's story. I don't want to give away the plot, but when Mr. Koonz told the reader who and what they were the pace of the story was like reading Cliff's Notes. And the story itself at the end? Dorky, disappointing, not believable, predictable, formulaic, not consistent with the first part of the book. After really enjoying most of the story I felt obligated to stick it out until the end, literally rolling my eyes. I generally love Dean Koontz books even though the Odd Thomas books can get a little goody goody...but the only reason I even gave this 3 stars was because I liked the first 2/3 of the book so much,


    What was most disappointing about Dean Koontz’s story?

    The last third of the book was not well developed, ridiculous, and made no sense.


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

    Yes. Great. The performance was great.


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

    NO.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20502)
    Performance
    (18422)
    Story
    (18583)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Jennifer says: "Rated for 1st book, reviewed for trilogy"
    "Quickly sucks you in"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Divergent to be better than the print version?

    I'd read either the audio or kindle version. I listen mostly on my commuter bus ride because I get carsick when I read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters were believable and you could get emotionally invested and care what happened to them. I don't know why but I'm a 60 year old with a PhD and I love young adult stories like this.


    Any additional comments?

    If you loved the Hunger Games, Brandon Sanderson's Mystborn series, you'll love this book, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3391)
    Performance
    (2962)
    Story
    (3002)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "Completely addictive"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this story--it started to build and there were little


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sister. She had the most character growth--from crazy bag lady to determined seeker to...


    Which character ??? as performed by Tom Stechschulte ??? was your favorite?

    Josh. I loved Josh. I loved the accent as performed by Stechschulte. I could see Josh.


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

    There is hope.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    Overall
    (2622)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (369)

    Lily Owens has shaped her entire life around one devastating memory - the day her mother was killed. When she and her "stand-in-mother," a fierce-hearted black woman named Rosaleen, are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily enters a secret world of bees and honey, and of the Black Madonna who presides over this household of strong, wise women.

    France says: "Secret Life of Bees"
    "Best audiobook I've ever listened to"
    Overall

    I've been listening to audiobooks for almost 5 years--on my daily commute, on planes, when I can't sleep at night. This is the best one I've heard to date. There are stories that I've been more riveted to, but the combination of the reader (she makes you believe she IS Lily) and of the story are unbeatable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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