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Angela

COLLIERVILLE, TN, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (743)
    Performance
    (692)
    Story
    (698)

    Warning: You may have a huge, invisible spider living in your skull. This is not a metaphor. You will dismiss this as ridiculous fearmongering. Dismissing things as ridiculous fearmongering is, in fact, the first symptom of parasitic spider infection - the creature secretes a chemical into the brain to stimulate skepticism, in order to prevent you from seeking a cure. That’s just as well, since the “cure” involves learning what a chain saw tastes like. You can’t feel the spider, because it controls your nerve endings.

    Cassandra says: "Holy Velvet Jesus Painting, My Jimmies Are Rustled"
    "Great concept, but execution was just "ok""
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I love the concept for this series. All the ingredients are good, but the story isn't as strong as I'd like. I did like the narrator, and I thought he did a good of giving the story that "bro" vibe that the author was going for. Overall, it was ok, but I'd probably pass on it in the future.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending was interesting. A few times I found myself going, the characters aren't doing what a logical person in that situation would do. Which is my internal "author-is-forcing-a-scenario-on-the-reader" sensor going off.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really liked the description of the bad guys. The author really knows how to drum up a good monster.


    Do you think This Book Is Full of Spiders needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Like I said, I loved the ingredients to this series and I keep hoping that the next book gets it right. I do hope this story has a sequel and that it gets things right next time.


    Any additional comments?

    In the book, Amy (the girlfriend of the Protagonist) sucks. I hate her. Everyone moment she whined about the situation was like a cheese grater on my ears.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4681)
    Performance
    (4381)
    Story
    (4399)

    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"
    "Well, that was an unexpectedly good book!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Steelheart to be better than the print version?

    No clue. I just listened to it so I can't compare it to the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    David. He was the protagonist and it would be weird not to chose him.


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

    Haven't listened to any other Macleod Andrew performance. He was pretty good.


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

    Probably something like "shit just got real" or some other nonsense.


    Any additional comments?

    Ok - those other review topic prompters were crap. Here is all you need to know. This is a really good book. I've gone through about a dozen or so "mediocre" books recently looking for something this good. You should get it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (9834)
    Performance
    (8936)
    Story
    (8950)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Passable story"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book felt like a project that was missing some parts. The story revolved around the weirdness of the building, giving the reader some puzzles to play with. Some of the items introduced to the reader really didn't go anywhere - it just felt like filler. And then the shift at the end was a bit abrupt, as the ending.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The Narrator sounds exactly like Brian the dog off Family Guy. I couldn't stop picturing Brian talking to me or waiting for Stewie to show up.


    Do you think 14 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    Here is how I rank this book among some current entries in the paranormal fantasy genre:

    1. Dresden series by Jim Butcher
    2. Monster Hunter series by Larry Correia
    3. Iron Druid series by Kevin Hearne
    4. John Dies at the End by David Wong
    5. 14 (This Book)
    6. This book is full of spiders by David Wong

    I put it toward the bottom. It was slow and didn't seem to know where it was going. I mean it was ok, but nothing I'd get excited about and I don't think I'll read his other stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lawrence Wright
    • Narrated By Morton Sellers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (999)
    Performance
    (892)
    Story
    (880)

    A clear-sighted revelation, a deep penetration into the world of Scientology by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the The Looming Tower, the now-classic study of al-Qaeda’s 9/11 attack. Based on more than 200 personal interviews with both current and former Scientologists - both famous and less well known - and years of archival research, Lawrence Wright uses his extraordinary investigative ability to uncover for us the inner workings of the Church of Scientology.

    Chris Reich says: "Scared the Hell Out of Me"
    "Gripping in a clinical way"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Going Clear to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version, but I really liked the narration by Morton Sellers. It was very clinical, in that way Forensic Files or New Detectives was clinical.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Paul Haggis. He is this wonderfully, amazing yet screwed up guy. I loved the fact he didn't bow to anyone (including his church's leaders), but I felt terrible for his family struggles.


    What does Morton Sellers bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration is dry and clinical, and I love that. Like I mentioned earlier, it feels much more documentary than infomercial.


    If you could give Going Clear a new subtitle, what would it be?

    Mission Impossible IV: Revenge of the Psychiatry


    Any additional comments?

    Fun Topic, Good Narration, Lots of "Wow, that's crazy" moments.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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