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Amy G.

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  • Exoskeleton: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Shane Stadler
    • Narrated By Patrick Conn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (82)

    A convicted felon is given a choice following his sentencing: serve a 25-year conventional prison sentence...or spend 365 days in a new, experimental corrections program. He opts for the experimental program, only to realize he has made a horrible mistake. A dark tale of science spun dangerously out of control, Exoskeleton will leave even the most jaded of listeners quaking in their boots.

    Molly says: "Exoskeleton - now I get it"
    "Narrator mispronounces so many words!"
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    I'm about half way through the book and the story is absolutely riveting! However, the narrator mispronounces so many words that it makes me wonder what exactly an audiobook director does. At first, it was kind of amusing, but after a while, it's becoming downright distracting.

    I've heard narrators mispronounce an occasional word before but nothing like this guy. I'd still recommend the book but, if you're a grammar Nazi like me, prepared to be a little frustrated listening to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matched: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ally Condie
    • Narrated By Kate Simses
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1410)
    Performance
    (1109)
    Story
    (1130)

    Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate... until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

    FanB14 says: "Giver Goes Green"
    "Loved it (even thought it is "young adult")"
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    I loved this story. Even though I'm far from being a young adult. It starts off by giving us a potential future society where everything is euphoric in the aspect of low crime rates, increased life spans, enjoyable jobs, and perfect mates, but at a price. The price of our freedom of choice. Everything is essentially decided for us. Being the individualistic culture that we are, that goes against everything we believe in.

    But then Cassia begins to rebel. In subtle ways, at first. In her mind, she begins to think things that she should not think. Then she begins to act in small ways that she should not act. Then she falls in love with someone she is forbidden to fall in love with. And she begins to see the society not as a benevolent protector, but as a heartless dictatorship.

    And what reader doesn't want to pull for the underdog trying to regain her freedom?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Moonlit Mind: A Tale of Suspense

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (101)

    Twelve-year-old Crispin has lived on the streets since he was nine — with only his wits and his daring to sustain him, and only his silent dog, Harley, to call his friend. He is always on the move, never lingering in any one place long enough to risk being discovered. Still, there are certain places he returns to. In the midst of the tumultuous city, they are havens of solitude: like the hushed environs of St. Mary Salome Cemetery, a place where Crispin can feel at peace — safe, at least for a while, from the fearsome memories that plague him... and seep into his darkest nightmares.

    Michael says: "Knootz-lite"
    "A little disappointing"
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    It's so unusual for me to give a Koontz novel anything but 5 stars, but I was a little disappointed with this one. It's so SHORT. Riveting story line that draws you in immediately, as is typical with Koontz. But, I'm used to much longer, more involved stories. I didn't realize how short it was when I downloaded it. After 3 hours and 45 minutes, I feel like I'm just settling in to a story and all of a sudden, it was over. I felt like it ended somewhat abruptly. There were ends that were not tied up. This one could've easily been twice as long and it would've still been a great story.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Zoo

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (400)

    All over the world, brutal attacks are crippling entire cities. Jackson Oz, a young biologist, watches the escalating events with an increasing sense of dread. When he witnesses a coordinated lion ambush in Africa, the enormity of the violence to come becomes terrifyingly clear. With the help of ecologist Chloe Tousignant, Oz races to warn world leaders before it's too late. The attacks are growing in ferocity, cunning, and planning, and soon there will be no place left for humans to hide.

    James says: "Love Patterson, but this was just SILLY"
    "Another fantastic Patterson novel"
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    I love to read something totally unexpected from James Patterson and this didn't disappoint. Not a police drama or psychological thriller, Patterson goes the scientific route on this one. The story is about abnormal behavior in animals and one mans quest to find the cause. The story spans about 6 or 7 years, which is always interesting to me, since I'm frequently left wondering what happens to people once the book is done. The characters are real and likable, with both "hero" characteristics and flaws. I looked forward to driving so that I could hear more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Merciless

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Diana Palmer
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (93)

    Tall, dark and eligible? That’s all that matters to the women of Jacobsville when it comes to handsome and aloof FBI agent Jon Blackhawk. But if it were up to him, he would never settle down. Luckily, Jon has the best gatekeeper: his efficient and reliable assistant, Joceline Perry. Without her help, he’d be at the mercy of husband hunters — but the more he comes to rely on her, the more he notices how invaluable she really is....

    Kim says: "Slow and nothing worth wasting your credit on"
    "I really thought this was written 20 years ago"
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    This was an odd book. The storyline was fine, nothing that I'll remember in two years, but not boring by any means. However, the characters are so old-fashioned. When I went back to check the publication date, I was surprised to see that it was 2011. I would have thought is was more like 1980 (or even earlier!). The morals of the characters are completely old-fashioned and even prudish by today's standards. Don't get me wrong, they're admirable, but not realistic. You don't find too many 30 year-old, hot, successful, non-neurotic men who are still virgins or fantastic, successful, single moms who are completely shunned for having a child out of wedlock. Had the characters been more realistic, the story would have been much better.

    Also, given that the main character is a women, why would they have a man as the reader? Every time he does the main character's voice, he makes her sound like a weak, helpless woman - which she is absolutely not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15170)
    Performance
    (13734)
    Story
    (13830)

    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.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Addicting Book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've already told two other people about this book - it's just that good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tris, of course. She is everything that everyone wants to be. She's the underdog, who comes into her own, finding out how to use both her strengths and her weaknesses to her advantage. She is REAL - not perfect, but that's ok, because that's how we all are.


    What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

    She is the perfect person to play Tris. I can't imagine any other voice as Tris'.


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

    Yes. I was so addicted to this book. I usually only listen to books in the car, but I listened to this book in my car, my house, everywhere. I couldn't get enough of it. The characters were wonderful and the emotional moments gave me butterflies in my stomach. Wonderful descriptive writing.


    Any additional comments?

    After finishing this book, I knew the door was left open for a sequel. I was almost afraid to look for fear that there wouldn't be one. How happy I was to find that there is a 2nd book! Please, please, please write a 3rd, and maybe even a 4th one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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