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Lana Carter

FARGO, ND, US | Member Since 2009

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  • Halo: First Strike

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Eric Nylund
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (518)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (344)

    Halo has been destroyed, and the threat it posed to sentient life neutralized. But victory has come at a terrible cost for the UNSC. Thousands of valiant soldiers fell in the battle to prevent the alien construct from falling into the enemy's clutches. Now, everything depends on the Spartan known as the Master Chief.

    Mike says: "Supprised"
    "Unless you're a heavy gamer, skip it!"
    Overall

    I was initially excited to listen to this book. My husband plays the video games and I enjoy watching him play the campaign, watching the story line unfold. I was hopeful that the book would give me more of the backstory on Master Chief and his crew. I was disappointed.

    The prose is so thoroughly saturated with technical jargon to the point that I couldn't follow most of it. There was little character development and the story never seemed to get going.

    The narrator was difficult to listen to as his voice was pretty monotone with little distinction between characters.

    The quality of the recording was horrible going from so soft I couldn't hear what was being said to so loud that I had to turn the stereo down. It seemed that there was no happy medium. It was easy to tell where they had stopped recording and picked up the next time...very distracting.

    Unless you're a hardcore Halo enthusiast who already understands every facet of the Halo universe, skip this. It's not sci-fi for the sci-fi fan, it's fan fic for the Halo fan.

    2 of 11 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
    (5359)
    Performance
    (2943)
    Story
    (2985)

    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"
    "GREAT book!"
    Overall

    After I finished the Twilight series and did a little reading into how Stephenie Meyer approaches writing, I wasn't sure how she was going to capture the same magic she had with Edward and Bella, but this book proved the Meyer is the real deal.

    "The Host" started a bit slower than her other books, but once it got going, it was a great ride! The character development was fantastic and the story took a unique approach to the sci-fi genre.

    Kate Reading's narration was clear and full of expression. Her characters were distict and easily identified. It would have been easy to muddle characters as closely related as Wanda and Melanie, but it was always very evident which was speaking.

    My only complaint about this book was the way it ended so abruptly. As soon as the end came, my whole family sat staring at the stereo, saying "Really, that's IT?" I'm waiting and hoping for a second installment to see what happens next.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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