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Catherine

Greenbelt, MD, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Flinx Transcendent: A Pip & Flinx Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Alan Dean Foster
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Alan Dean Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (86)

    Flinx is the only one with even the tiniest chance of stopping the evil colossus barreling in to destroy the Humanx Commonwealth (and everything else in the Milky Way). With time running out, Flinx is a man in search of a solution and in search of himself. His efforts take him to the land of his mortal enemies, the bloodthirsty AAnn, where chances are excellent that Flinx's discovery - and summary execution - will eliminate all his demons and doubts in one masterstroke.

    Sean Dustman says: "A series that I've followed for 26 years"
    "Why do I keep reading these?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    So I have now read all of the Pip and Flinx books. But I don't know why.

    They're reasonably well written. Actually, that's not fair, they are very well written, but Flinx (the main character) is a jerk. He starts off as a reasonably nice kid who has to overcome the handicap of having been reared on the streets. But as he grows up he becomes more and more arrogant and thinks he has the right to judge whether or not civilization is worthy of his saving it.

    In the meantime while in search of his heritage, he ruins a woman's career by bewitching her into helping him break into a secure complex that she is responsible for keeping secure. He kidnaps another female and forces her to help him go to an edicted planet (which ought to ruin her career, but we find out later that it didn't). He falls in love with a woman but feels no urgency to be with her or help her, and at one point she's tied up with bombs attached to her body and he's busy having old home week with the character who rescued them. He clearly has no care or respect for anyone but himself.

    And yet I bought and read all of the books. But I don't know why.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Heroes of Olympus, Book One: The Lost Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2376)
    Performance
    (1509)
    Story
    (1531)

    After saving Olympus from the evil Titan lord, Kronos, Percy and friends have rebuilt their beloved Camp Half-Blood, where the next generation of demigods must now prepare for a chilling prophecy of their own.... In a brand-new series from blockbuster best-selling author Rick Riordan, fans return to the world of Camp Half-Blood. Here, a new group of heroes will inherit a quest. But to survive the journey, they'll need the help of some familiar demigods.

    Matthew says: "Great Book, The Narrator Was Alright"
    "Pronunciation matters"
    Overall

    Both the book and the narrator are good, but he mangled nearly every god's name that he said. It's not Gee-ah, it's Gie-ah. It's not Hee-rah, it's Hair-rah. It really made my teeth hurt. Why didn't they do some research on pronunciation? It would have been a lot less distracting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Honest Woman

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Marie Caliendo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1549)
    Performance
    (478)
    Story
    (487)

    As the widow of an infamous race car champion, Abby O'Hurley shunned publicity. But how could she keep charming, disarming, and ruthlessly cynical biographer Dylan Crosby from uncovering her darkest secrets?

    Jill says: "Good Read"
    "Ah, That explains it."
    Overall

    I normally adore Nora Roberts writing. As I listened to this book I became more an more turned off. The heroine is a floor mat and the hero is cruel. I kept thinking, "This is as bad as a 1970's Harlequin Romance." Then I got to the end and found that is *was* a Harlequin Romance. Ah.

    In the end, in typical Harlequin style, he realizes that he had totally misjudged her, and is suddenly magically a nice guy. Yeah, right. And she, like the wimp she is, accepts that he is going to change his entire personality and become the kind of man you can make a life with. Uh huh, sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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