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C. Olivolo

California | Member Since 2012

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  • 81 titles in library
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  • The Return of the King: Book Three in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2957)
    Performance
    (2666)
    Story
    (2719)

    The Return of the King is the towering climax to J. R. R. Tolkien’s trilogy that tells the saga of the hobbits of Middle-earth and the great War of the Rings. In this concluding volume, Frodo and Sam make a terrible journey to the heart of the Land of the Shadow in a final reckoning with the power of Sauron. In addition to narrating the prose passages, Rob Inglis sings the trilogy’s songs and poems a capella, using melodies composed by Inglis and Claudia Howard, the Recorded Books studio director.

    Natalie says: "Finally!"
    "Masterful Performance"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Return of the King the most enjoyable?

    Rob Inglis did an amazing job.


    What other book might you compare The Return of the King to and why?

    The Lord of the Rings is a masterpiece in its own right but Rob Inglis brought it to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dragon Factory: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2140)
    Performance
    (1878)
    Story
    (1880)

    In The Dragon Factory, Ledger and his team from the Department of Military Sciences square off against two separate groups of corrupt scientists. The beautiful but twisted Jakoby Twins are creating transgenic monsters and genetically enhanced mercenaries for sale to the highest bidder. Their father, who takes evil to an entirely new level, is using cutting-edge science to complete the Nazi master-race program.

    crazybatcow says: "Without the lectures, it's a decent action novel"
    "Evil unfettered."
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    I like the characters. The vice president must have forgotten how Joe's team saved his wife. Ray Porter does a GREAT job. A bit of an unbelievable tale, though.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3897)
    Performance
    (3245)
    Story
    (3238)

    When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

    Kim Venatries says: "Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more."
    "SCARY!"
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    If you like a bit a science with your fiction, here you go. Quite the psychological thriller. I had to immediately get the next Joe Ledger book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11188)
    Performance
    (10154)
    Story
    (10176)

    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!!"
    "Edge of your seat! WOW!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of 14 to be better than the print version?

    Did not read it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Xela. She was quite a character, unusual, artsy, and smart.


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

    No but I would again.


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

    I don't know in one sitting but I certainly couldn't wait to get back to it!


    Any additional comments?

    This was a surprisingly exciting story enhanced by the talented Ray Porter. Twists and turns and heart-stopping action. Mysterious, too. What a treat!

    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
    (17305)
    Performance
    (15411)
    Story
    (15454)

    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?

    FanB14 says: "Amazing Amy"
    "A bit different from the norm."
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    What did you love best about Gone Girl?

    It didn't end as expected.


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

    So many twists and turns.


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

    They did an excellent job with the main characters as well as all the extra players.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a bit slow at first but worth the wait. It took a minute to understand the time sequence. I enjoyed it and wanted to hear what happened next...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9086)
    Performance
    (8166)
    Story
    (8300)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "An exceptional Audiobook!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hobbit to be better than the print version?

    Considering that these books have been favorites of mine for years, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the Audiobook and how much I enjoyed it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The different voices.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think I like it when the Bilbo sneaks away from the mountain to meet with the others and bargains away the Arkenstone.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Invisible Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1459)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (462)

    In the richest neighborhood of Minneapolis, two elderly women lie murdered in their home, killed with a pipe, the rooms tossed, only small items stolen. It is clearly the random work of someone looking for money to buy drugs. But as Davenport looks more closely, he begins to wonder whether the items are actually so small and the victims so random; if there might not be some invisible agenda at work here. Gradually, a pattern begins to emerge, and it leads him to...certainly nothing he ever expected.

    Sheryl Baumgart says: "Another great read"
    "Another creepy villain!"
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    If you could sum up Invisible Prey in three words, what would they be?

    Gasping, breath-holder


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lucas Davenport -- he felt bad about Gabriella and wouldn't let go. And, he drives that Porche.


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

    Richard Ferrone reads these stories and you don't listen thinking, that's Richard Ferrone. He has the ability to give each character an individual personality. Sometimes it's amazing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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