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CAITLIN

Arlington, VA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9551)
    Performance
    (8665)
    Story
    (8737)

    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.

    linda says: "Well, I don't know what I was expecting"
    "BORING, and kind of an offence to Dante"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one, the only thing I rated over one star was the performance because the voice actor was fine. The story was awful.


    What was most disappointing about Dan Brown’s story?

    I don't go into a Dan Brown book expecting anything that awesome I go in expecting something engaging. A thriller that will keep me interested after I've been on the road for five hours. This is like, the opposite of that. Like, YAWNNNNNN. SOOOOOOO much exposition. Like I get it, you looked at a book about all the art in Florence so you could go on and on and on about how much you appreciate art. And you read the wikipedia article on Dante so you could drop in enough facts to not be outright lying but really were basically skimming the Dante surface. Its like he read Dante's sparknotes and tried to sell that he was a Dante scholar. Get on with the adventure! If I wanted to learn about art and Dante I wouldn't be reading a Dan Brown book.

    Plus the ending was both anticlimactic and kind of preachy. I didn't really know what he was trying to say but I feel like he was telling me that he's not super fond of humanity. I dunno, I feel like he was trying to convey a greater social message here, and he should go back to what he does best, putting together passable thrillers with fun puzzles for people to enjoy at the beach.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narrator was fine, hampered by the BORING BORING story.


    What character would you cut from Inferno?

    Robert Langdon. And the chick.


    Any additional comments?

    YAWN.

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  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2700)
    Performance
    (2499)
    Story
    (2504)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Christopher Barnes says: "D*mn near flawless"
    "Odd, but engrossing"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It definitely keeps you entertained from start to finish. If you like weird horror stories, this is definitely that, and a fairly well written, not ridiculously campy one at that.

    The people I think are pretty well developed, which helps to soften the very fantastical plotline. I think the seriousness of the characters is the only thing keeping you from going, WTF the whole book. My fiance was in the car with me listening the last hour (he hadn't listened to the rest) and when it was finished he was like, 'what WAS that?!' I think the only reason I wasn't like that is because the character development was so strong.


    What about Kate Mulgrew’s performance did you like?

    Performer was fine. I thought there were times where she kind of wailed/whined but the characters voices were distinct and I was kept in the story.


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

    Super long for one sitting, but I happened to get horrible food poisoning the day after I started listening to this book so I did basically listen to the whole thing in two days. Not recommended! But it helped keep it all going!


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