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Member Since 2010

  • 3 reviews
  • 53 ratings
  • 300 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2015

  • The Ghost Brigades

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Ghost Brigades are the Special Forces of the Colonial Defense Forces, elite troops created from the DNA of the dead and turned into the perfect soldiers for the CDF's toughest operations. They're young, they're fast and strong, and they're totally without normal human qualms.

    Randall says: "If you liked..."
    "Not the best for Reading aloud."

    The text is great fun and the narrator does a very good job. My one and only complaint is more about the John Scalzi's style of writing. His repetitive use of "he said", "she said" can very be passed while reading, isn't so easy to ignore when read aloud. It was noticeable the whole way through but only near annoying a few instances.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Simple but kind of worth going through."
    Would you try another book from Veronica Roth and/or Emma Galvin?

    Only if my fiance enjoys them. It's always nice to have another book to share.

    Would you recommend Divergent to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend it to people first starting to read as a hobby and don't mind this genre. It's an easy read and it's story is as basic as a TV show.

    What aspect of Emma Galvin’s performance would you have changed?

    Emma Galvin's performance doesn't need to change, she did a fine job.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    On my own no, but my fiancee made me... It didn't make for a good movie.

    Any additional comments?

    The lazy writing tricks are tough sometimes, for example: At the start of the book the main character walks around the world as if it's all new to her, as if she hasn't been living here her whole life. She even starts off looking in a mirror, so the writer can explain what she looks like. The forced secrets get cumbersome too, why can't anyone explain anything, because we need a mystery here, that is the definition of contrived. The most distracting, especially in the audio version is the complete lack of contractions, which instantly makes all conversations sound stunted.None of this will bother new readers. The story is good enough to push past them if you do see them, but barely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "This book is amazingly full of erroneous filler."

    Mysteries have never been something I greatly enjoy I did finish this one though.

    The author will spend chapters giving flat factual information histories and bios, that never amount to anything. The leading story arch is so slow to even be shown then even slower to move. There are no dynamic characters.

    What really killed it for me was the author???s insistence in presenting the most important scenes as recaps. He???ll open chapters with a spoiler. He???ll tell you Spain won the World Cup in the first line, then give you highlights, and fill a chapter or to with the names and bios for every player.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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