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Lorelei Honeywolf

Life is too short to waste on bad authors.

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  • Battle Royale

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Koushun Takami, Yuji Oniki (translator)
    • Narrated By Mark Dacascos
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (125)

    As part of a ruthless program by the totalitarian government, ninth-grade students are taken to a small isolated island with a map, food, and various weapons. Forced to wear special collars that explode when they break a rule, they must fight each other for three days until only one "winner" remains. The elimination contest becomes the ultimate in must-see reality television. A Japanese pulp classic available in English-language audio for the first time, Battle Royale is a potent allegory of what it means to be young and survive in today's dog-eat-dog world.

    TCL says: "Not for those with a weak stomach!"
    "Slightly Monotone Narrative"
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    What made the experience of listening to Battle Royale the most enjoyable?

    I've read this book twice, hard copy and always wanted an audible version so I could listen at work. The fact that Mark Dacascos was able to pronounce the Japanese names extremely well, his voice was slightly monotone. However, for me, it was fine because I'd read the book before and hearing the action sequences rather than reading them made what was happening more clear.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Battle Royale?

    Kiriyama's ruthlessness as he took out two girls at close range. Yikes! That scene in the book and the movie always makes me cringe.


    What about Mark Dacascos’s performance did you like?

    His pronunciation of Japanese names.


    If you could take any character from Battle Royale out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Shinji Mimura ;)


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Shining

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1557)
    Performance
    (1447)
    Story
    (1467)

    Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

    Kristin says: "Don't expect the movie..."
    "Extremely well developed characters!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Shining the most enjoyable?

    Yes it was. While it starts off a little on the slow side, the reader soon realizes that they will be taken on a journey of the various character's internal thoughts and emotions regarding the other characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shining?

    The hedge animals. That's all I'm going to say. Oh and Mr. Halloran was a very sympathetic character.


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

    No, I haven't this is my first listening experience with him as a narrator.


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

    Suspense is the best word for it. The fact that I was listening to this book during a Nor'easter here in NY did add to the ambience. The way King writes and the way Mr. Scott narrates the internal dialogue of the character, I felt I was truly inside the characters' heads.


    Any additional comments?

    While the book did feel slow moving, I encourage prospective listeners to hang in there because King is building a psychological/emotional foundation for the three members of the Torrance family .. .then when they move into the hotel, you start to feel it unravel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goddess Test

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Aimée Carter
    • Narrated By Brittany Pressley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (106)

    It's always been just Kate and her mom - and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family, and the fear her mother won't live past the fall. Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld - and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests. Kate is sure he's crazy - until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride, and a goddess.

    Samantha says: "Twilight with Greeks instead of vampires"
    "Not Bad But Slow to Get Started"
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    If you could sum up The Goddess Test in three words, what would they be?

    Appearances are deceiving.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Henry was my favorite. I've seen another reviewer compare this book to Twilight and while I can see why they would say that, Henry is NO Edward. Henry has far more depth than Edward--who had the personality of a wet blanket. Carter takes a while to let us get to know Henry but once we see what's behind that guarded exterior, I liked him.


    What about Brittany Pressley’s performance did you like?

    She has a pleasant voice and was able to differentiate between the characters.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I would give this book a chance. It's different from what's out there and it's an intriguing take on the Hades/Persephone myth.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cesar's Way: The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Cesar Millan, Melissa Jo Peltier
    • Narrated By Cesar Millan
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (19)

    There are at least 68 million dogs in America, and their owners lavish billions of dollars on them every year. So why do so many pampered pets have problems? In this definitive and accessible guide, Cesar Millan, star of National Geographic Channel's hit show Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, reveals what dogs truly need to live a happy and fulfilled life.

    Michelle says: "Excellent Narration"
    "Great tips! Enjoyed Hearing from Cesar Himself!"
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    What did you love best about Cesar's Way?

    He tells about where he started from and how he got to America. . how he inherited his love for dogs from his grandfather.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cesar's Way?

    Getting to know him.


    What about Cesar Millan’s performance did you like?

    Hearing his story through his own lips rather than another narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    There were a few spots where the audio skipped or stuttered.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13826)
    Performance
    (12201)
    Story
    (12229)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Extremely Well Written . . Until the Ending!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I might.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It was slow to get into and get interested with the characters. The second part is where it really picks up. I think what detracted me was how self-centered/self-involved both Amy and Nick were with each other.


    What about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance did you like?

    It felt like they brought the characters to life; despite how despicable both characters were.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really no.


    Any additional comments?

    The end was a cop out on Nick's part, in my opinion. That's all I can say without spoiling it for prospective readers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kitty Raises Hell: Kitty Norville, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Carrie Vaughn
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (584)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (347)

    What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas...except when it doesn't. Kitty and Ben return to their werewolf pack in Denver only to discover an invisible evil that smells of brimstone and plays with fire has followed them home. Stalking the whole pack, it leaves a charred trail of ashes and death across the city. Kitty seeks help from Rick, the master vampire of Denver, as well as from the paranormal investigators on a popular reality television show.

    Tamara says: "My favorite so far :-)"
    "Plot okay, Narrator Sounded Bored"
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    Where does Kitty Raises Hell rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    On a scale from 1-10, I'd give it a 5. I was rather disappointed in the plot and just how naive and headstrong Kitty can be. Has she not learned anything from her past experiences?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Believe or not, Rick. While he may seem laid back or lackadaisical, he's been around for quite awhile so he's had more than enough time to study human nature. I like a character that doesn't give away their true nature up front.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I don't know. I'm sure it can't be easy to bring a book to life but Ms. Gavin came off as very flippant and bored. . or at least that's how she made Kitty sound.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Sadly, no.


    Any additional comments?

    I may stop reading this series because of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8446)
    Performance
    (7678)
    Story
    (7738)

    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.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Formulaic and boring"
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    What disappointed you about Inferno?

    After the Lost Symbol, I was hesitant to read another one of Brown's books but I thought since there was a large gap of time between Symbol and this one, I decided that maybe I'd give it a shot.

    Nope. Brown's writing falls flat for me; sad to say. I just could not get into it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Paul Michael?

    I don't know but Paul Michael was okay.


    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Night Pleasures: A Dark-Hunter Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    Overall
    (1087)
    Performance
    (604)
    Story
    (608)

    In Night Pleasures, Kyrian of Thrace - an immortal who protects humans from vampires - wakes up one morning handcuffed to the one thing that can scare him: a conservative woman in a button-down shirt. But Amanda Devereaux turns out to be his perfect partner for hunting down a deadly foe, and for helping him to regain his soul and learn that love doesn't have to bite.

    Erich says: "REALLY!!??"
    "Story's okay but Narrator Stinks!"
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    Would you try another book from Sherrilyn Kenyon and/or Carrington MacDuffie?

    It wasn't the author that was the problem, it was the narrator. Kyrian shouldn't have a Russian accent.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Night Pleasures?

    I don't know, I didn't finish it.


    What three words best describe Carrington MacDuffie’s performance?

    Somewhat monotone, just off. Her Southern accent was either too strong or too weak.


    Was Night Pleasures worth the listening time?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born in Death: In Death, Book 23

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (696)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (432)

    Technology has advanced in 2060 New York City, but childbirth has been the same since the beginning of time. And despite the brutal double homicide on Lieutenant Eve Dallas' caseload, she has to be there for her pregnant friend, Mavis, even if it means throwing the dreaded baby shower. But Mavis needs an even bigger favor now. Tandy Willowby, one of the moms-to-be in her class, has gone missing, just days before her due date.

    Sandra L. Jacob says: "I loved it."
    "Two Mysteries in One Book!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Susan Ericksen's narrative brings the characters to life. I LOVE her characterization of Roarke! Let alone Eve's voice. She sounds exactly how I hear her in my head! Lots of levity in between the two mysteries!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Eve and Roarke's reluctance to be Mavis's birthing coaches. That is HILARIOUS!!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene in the birthing class and the end. Too dang funny!


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

    This book made me laugh at many points, mainly thanks to Ms. Ericksen's "delivery". Pun intended!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Remember When (includes 'Big Jack': In Death, Book 17.5)

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts, J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (358)

    Laine Tavish is an ordinary woman living an ordinary life in the small town of Angel's Gap, Maryland, as the proprietor of Remember When, an antique treasures and gift shop. At least, that's what everyone in Angel's Gap thinks. They have no idea that she used to be Elaine O'Hara, daughter of the notorious con man Big Jack O'Hara. Or that she grew up moving from place to place, one step ahead of the law.

    trish says: "If you've read or listened to Big Jack don't buy!"
    "It's Okay, Expected Better"
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    If you could sum up Remember When (includes 'Big Jack': In Death, Book 17.5) in three words, what would they be?

    Through my own error, I read Big Jack first. Aside from that, I thought this was okay. Susan Ericksen does a great job as narrator as she does give each character their own voice. However, I'm noticing a pattern in Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb's character designs.

    Both Laine Tavish and Eve Dallas are strong, independent women who've had to overcome a rough childhood.

    The "Irish" con man or thief you can't help but like if not love.

    That lovable, good ol' local boy who helps the heroin.


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

    A little too neat and tidy for me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't recall any particular favorite.


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

    Can't think of one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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