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Victoria

Taylor Mill, KY, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • Blood Ties Book One: The Turning

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Armintrout
    • Narrated By Elenna Stauffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (986)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (320)

    I'm no coward. I want to make that perfectly clear. But after my life turned into a horror movie, I take fear a lot more seriously now. I finally became Dr. Carrie Ames just eight months ago. Then I was attacked in the hospital morgue by a vampire. Just my luck.

    David says: "Meh"
    "if you love 'bodice ripper novels'..."
    Overall

    Unfortunately, I do not. I listened to this book back in late 2006 - I am writing my review now (on this and other titles) to try to help other audible listeners find the 'right' novel for themselves. I have over 200 audiobooks in my library, and have written only a handful of reviews... so here goes.
    Short and simple - this is a graphic (not offensively so... I am not a prude) 'bodice ripper' romance (romance is used generously, here- 'lust-mance' would be more appropriate) - not the kind of novel I enjoy.
    I highly prefer novels with well-developed characters and intricate (or at least well thought out/developed) plot lines. This novel has none of those characteristics. It is a story about lust, unwanted lust, and unfulfilled lust. In that category - it's not a horrible book, just a bad one.
    However, if you really like lusty romance novels that are light on plot but with entertainment value - you might enjoy this.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Elantris

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4409)
    Performance
    (2885)
    Story
    (2931)

    Legendary science fiction author Orson Scott Card calls Brandon Sanderson a writer to watch, and Publishers Weekly says his debut is "outstanding." Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

    Lore says: "What if your body could never heal?"
    "Flat; Predictable; Painful"
    Overall

    This is one of the most 'juvenile' (here, I am referencing the 'quality' of the writing and the story, NOT the fictional category) fantasy novels I have ever had the misfortune to read. The characters are 2-dimensional; the plot, while promising, is so predictable - so "perfectly, perfect" - that it fails to be the driving force of the story (a Critical Point, here); the dialogue is stilted, and unconvincing (I can feel the PAIN the author suffered while trying to contrive this work) - yet, the DIALOGUE is the driving element of the 'story'. The author uses 'conversations' - mostly internal postulations by one of the 3 main characters- to "TELL" the listener/reader what the story is about. The author never "SHOWS" the alternate reality- that other place, where all great stories take you and and your imagination to - he simply states "Here There Be Fiction".... or at most, an awful lot of writing that amounts to very little.

    26 of 70 people found this review helpful
  • Starship Troopers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2562)
    Performance
    (1364)
    Story
    (1391)

    Join the Army and See the Universe. That is the motto of The Third Space War, also known as The First Interstellar War, but most commonly as The Bug War. In one of Robert Heinlein's most controversial best sellers, a recruit of the future goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe - and into battle with the Terrain Mobile Infantry against mankind's most alarming enemy.

    Michael says: "Well Aged Heinlein"
    "A Great book on many levels"
    Overall

    First, as others have stated, the only thing this book has in common with the movie is the Title. This is a great sci-fi read which delves deep into ideas about the human condition, its ideals and its faults. If you have ever served in the armed forces - this is a must read! It will make you laugh and make you cry - the insights and believalbility of the main character are just that good.
    Please don't think that this a purely "cerebral" book. There is plenty of action as well as character development to round out this story and make it a well rounded excellent piece of fiction - a true classic!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Curse of Chalion

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Lloyd James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2138)
    Performance
    (946)
    Story
    (954)

    Amidst the decaying splendor and poisonous intrigue of Chalion's ancient capital, Cazaril is forced to confront not only powerful enemies but also the malignant curse that clings to the royal household, trapping him, flesh and soul, in a maze of demonic paradox, damnation, and death for as long as he dares walk the five-fold pathway of the gods.

    Terri says: "What makes a hero... LMB knows"
    "I picked this book on a whim-and WOW"
    Overall

    I chose this title because it was the "editor's pick". I was somewhat hesitant with the choice after reading the "Editorial Review"; therefore, I put it on the back burner for a while before finally breaking down and giving it a try. Wow, was I in for a surprise. I thought the book was wonderful! The characters and story are well drawn and believable (fantasy from an author who obviously has studied history - this always makes for a better spun yarn, i.e. Robert Jordan, George R.R. Martin, Tolkein etc.). The narrator does an excellent job as well, which can also make or break a book. Overall this is a great fantasy with something for everyone: war, romance, intrigue, magic, and mystery.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Primary Inversion: A Novel of the Skolian Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Catherine Asaro
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (129)

    The Skolian Empire rules a third of the civilized galaxy through its mastery of faster-than-light communication. But war with the rival empire of the Traders seems imminent, a war that can only lead to slavery for the Skolians or the destruction of both sides. Destructive skirmishes have already occurred. A desperate attempt must be made to avert total disaster.

    Victoria says: "Good Narrator and a Good Story"
    "Good Narrator and a Good Story"
    Overall

    I am a fan of science fiction and fantasy novels. In addition I enjoy novels with strong character development (i.e. George R.R. Martin, Robert Heinlein, Robert Jordan etc.). This book was an enjoyable listen- not as fully developed as books by the afore mentioned authors, but a "lighter read". The Narrator was excellent; the plot easy to follow with just enough sci-fi, political intrigue, romance, and action; and the characters believable and enjoyable. If you are looking for a novel that contains these elements but is not highly complex, I would definitely recommend this book-you won't be disappointed.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • State of Fear

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (2080)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (511)

    Once again Michael Crichton gives us his trademark combination of page-turning suspense, cutting-edge technology, and extraordinary research. State of Fear is a superb blend of edge-of-your-seat suspense and thought provoking commentary on how information is manipulated in the modern world.

    F says: "Did I read the same book as some of you?"
    "Poor story and character development"
    Overall

    Compared with Crichton's other works, this book was a total let-down. The characters are very poorly developed (and unlikable - to the extent that it is possible to care about any of them). The plot is completely unbelievable-the story catapults the characters all over the globe and through one "fast paced adventure" after another without any cohesive agenda (unless you consider the author's thinly veiled "political agendizing"). This book was a total disappointment-it just did not measure up to what I've come to expect from an excellent writer like Michael Crichton.

    8 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Supernaturalist

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Chiwetel Ejiofor
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (64)

    In the future, Cosmo Hill breaks out of an orphanage with the help of the Supernaturalists, a motley crew of kids who all have the same special ability as Cosmo: they can see supernatural Parasites, creatures that feed on the life force of humans. The Supernaturalists patrol the city at night, hunting the Parasites in hopes of saving what is left of humanity in Satellite City. Or so they think. The Supernaturalists soon find themselves caught in a web far more complicated than they imagined

    Stephen says: "lots of conflict, good pace"
    "Great story, horrible Narrator"
    Overall

    I was able to listen to about half of this book, before I gave up. The narrator's complete lack of intonation and its variance ruined the story for me (Imagine a repeated rythm...up, up, down, down, up, up, down, down...this is the the narrator's "reading style". It rather reminded me of droning calculus lectures from college-at least they had overheads!). I would highly recommend all of Colfer's works on audible with this one exception. Take a pass and "read" the book.

    4 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Taking

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Ari Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (136)

    On the morning that will mark the end of the world they have known, Molly and Neil Sloan awaken to the drumbeat of rain on their roof. It has haunted their sleep, invaded their dreams, and now they rise to find a luminous silvery downpour drenching their small California mountain town. A strange scent hangs faintly in the air, and the young couple cannot shake the sense of something wrong.

    Jaimie says: "And the point was...?"
    "Off the Soapbox, please...."
    Overall

    I have read every one of Dean Koontz's books - I can't believe he is capable of spinning such drivel. This book tops the list of "The Worst Books I've Ever Read/Heard". This book lacks plot and character development, however it is full of trite conflicts (the use of the word "conflict" is a compliment) and an insipid over-dramatized "message of personal importance" from the author. If you want to be bored to tears, never "know" or empathize with the characters, and ultimately be beaten over the head with an almost evangelical personal message from the author - then this is the book for you.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Face

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1308)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (254)

    He's Hollywood's most dazzling star, who is worshiped by millions and hated by one twisted soul. His existence is under siege as a series of terrifying, enigmatic "messages" breaches the security systems of his Bel Air estate. The boxes arrive mysteriously, one by one, at Channing Manheim's compound. Manheim's security chief, ex-cop Ethan Truman, is used to looking beneath the surface of things. But until he entered the orbit of a Hollywood icon, he had no idea just how slippery reality could be.

    Peggie says: "Entertaining"
    "Who wrote this book?"
    Overall

    I have read almost all of Dean Koontz's works-and loved them. His characters usually have so much depth. Lately, however, I'm beginning to wonder if he isn't using a Ghost Writer. WIth that said, this book is somewhat entertaining-however, I would recommend you choose something else. The worst part was the narrator. He whines through the reading in a horrendously nasal voice-agonizing! I almost decided not to listen to the book after the first 5 minutes based on this alone. I will never purchase another book spoken by ths narrator. Don't bother buying "The Taking" either. I just finished reading this book and it was terrible. It had about as much depth as a plate glass window.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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