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Dianna

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Conrad, MT, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • I, Zombie

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen, Lucien Dodge, Mozhan Marno, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    This book contains foul language and fouler descriptions of life as a zombie. It will offend most anyone, so proceed with caution or not at all. And be forewarned: This is not a zombie book. This is a different sort of tale. It is a story about the unfortunate, about those who did not get away. It is a human story at its rotten heart. It is the reason we can't stop obsessing about these creatures, in whom we see all too much of ourselves.

    Mike Naka says: "why you DON'T want to be a zombie!"
    "True Human Endearment Story - Delicious POVs"
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    What did you love best about I, Zombie?

    I was absolutely enraptured at how Hugh Howey managed to take the most primal fears we all have as humans and warp them into reality. Without giving too much away, this series of short stories from many points of view, which belong to a much larger story that actually ends, steps us through the lives of real humans and how they are trapped inside their Zombie bodies and unable to stop their insatiable need for hunger and forward movement. Not only are they trapped, but in the real life everyday world scenarios of how people would be.

    Stuck in the lunch room at the office, on the freeway in a traffic jam, taking care of elderly parents and children. The list goes on and on as to how everyday situations turned into nightmares for these people.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of I, Zombie?

    One of the most memorable scenes to me was the mother and daughter caught up in a tree. There were two points of view on this particular scene. One from a character we have followed on the ground, and the other from the Mother and Daughter. The decision this mother had to make after days of being held captive in the tree was simply terrifying.

    SO many of these situations were excruciatingly difficult to tell, and to hear, but Hugh Howey truly makes you ask yourself... what would you do if it were you in that exact same situation?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There is a scene with a little girl in her shop where she and her parents lived. After they all turned, and the parents died, the little girl simply wishes to go outside but cannot until a human family breaks into their shop scrounging for food. I won't spoil the scene... let's just say the little girl is no longer alone and lonely.

    There is also an amazing story of a man who saves a baby. It is AWESOME!


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

    I truly identified with the character who kept talking about how she prepped for the end of the world and had even purchased a good pair of hiking boots so her feet would be protected. But that particular day when the apocalypse hit, she was in high heels. She also spends time trying to figure out what to call their group of zombies as they travel... are they a horde? a murder? She finally decided on a shuffle. You'll have to listen to how this poor gal has to go through life in painful shoes!


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not for the weak of mind nor stomach! Hugh Howey totally pushes through the threshold and comes out squeaky clean. Masterfully created in tacking this type of point of view. Definitely not just another Zombie story. In anything... if is a true human endearment story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Legions of the Dark: Vampire Nations Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Billie Sue Mosiman
    • Narrated By Marshall Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Della Cambian was a senior in high school when she was struck by the family curse; vampirism. With the aid of the ancient known as Mentor, and harried by an aging millionaire with dreams of immortality, Del must find a way to prevent an evil that could endanger every natural vampire on Earth. And what kind of vampire should she be? Does she have the innate violence to be a Predator? Does the future hold nothing but fear and loathing?

    Dianna says: "A Different Take on Vampire Mythos"
    "A Different Take on Vampire Mythos"
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    What made the experience of listening to Legions of the Dark the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed learning about the author's imagination about vampire naturals, predators, and cravens. A unique twist on the vampire mythos.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that it had several pairs of characters whose story lines weaved together nicely. Mentor was my favorite character. I look forward to hearing more about him in future books.


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

    The narrator has a very deep, dark, rich voice. Adds a level of texture to the story telling.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Minnie Goode
    Overall
    (1400)
    Performance
    (1275)
    Story
    (1273)

    This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

    Charles says: "Unique"
    "Unexpected Apocalyptic Story - Survival or Seeds?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book out to several people. Those who are interested in different venues for settings. This book takes place primarily underground in a huge silo under the regime of a very bad man anxious to kill his way to the top and the people who when they get to close to figuring it all out are sent outside to clean.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oh course our heroine is my favorite character. She is a no nonsense take charge bull in the china shop personality which manages to both save and endanger her life. Smart, sharp witted, quick thinker and a survivor.


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

    I have not heard any of her other stories. As her voice matures, the male voices will come easier to her. But overall she did a fantastic job. It is really hard to modify your voice - especially with this level of cast. Sorry to see so many people put down her performance, because voiceover work is very difficult! They should give it a go before being so harsh on her. Ultimately if the audio production could have afforded a male and female voice pair -that would have been the best case scenario.


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

    Everything Is Not What It Seems


    Any additional comments?

    Super story - completely out of the box thinking. If you are in the mood for something different with a lot of intensity but not a lot of scare - this is a fantastic book for you :)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6606)
    Performance
    (5879)
    Story
    (5879)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Enchanting ~ Delightfully Different"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Night Circus the most enjoyable?

    I truly enjoyed how the two main characters lives mirrored one another, but still stayed very unique unto themselves.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are so many different types of characters, it is hard to choose a favorite. This is the kind of book that makes you want to learn the back stories of everyone in it!


    Which character – as performed by Jim Dale – was your favorite?

    Jim Dale did a very good job of arranging the voices to be different, but yet didn't try to make his voice sound like a woman. Always a joy to listen to Jim.


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

    The World of Color Between Black and White


    Any additional comments?

    I hope to hear more books from Erin Morgenstern.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Host: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5266)
    Performance
    (2858)
    Story
    (2899)

    Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

    Keith says: "Great story in a genre only touched upon before"
    "Excellent! Definitely worth my time!"
    Overall

    I was a little unsure how this book would compare with her teen series, but I was VERY pleasantly surprised at the maturity in her writing and inner turmoil. Meyers has a way with understanding the nuances of human behavior and truly weaving all aspects of consciousness into a character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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