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Wendy

wendellg

TEMPERANCE, MI, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Forbidden

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Ted Dekker, Tosca Lee
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (224)

    New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker teams with Tosca Lee to create this gripping thriller set in a desolate future. Many years have passed since civilization's brush with apocalypse. The world's greatest threats have all been silenced. There is no anger, no hatred, no war. There is only perfect peace... and fear. But a terrible secret has been closely guarded for centuries: Every single soul walking the earth, though in appearance totally normal, is actually dead, long ago genetically stripped of true humanity.

    Donna Stieglitz says: "Don't miss out on a great book!"
    "Forbidden from 4 stars"
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    To me this book was just average. I really wanted to like it, but so unbelievable and just seemed to fall flat nearing the end. It was fast and easy read, but not a book I was engrossed in or felt connected in any way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Survivor in Death: In Death, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (895)
    Performance
    (609)
    Story
    (610)

    No affairs. No criminal connections. No DNA. No clues. Eve Dallas may be the best cop in the city - not to mention having the lavish resources of her husband Roarke at her disposal - but the Swisher case has her baffled. The family members were murdered in their beds with brutal, military precision.

    Cherita says: "Rocks!"
    "Just can't get enough"
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    There is something about the J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts) In Death Series that I can't put my finger on. It intrigues me somehow. The format is repeated in each and every story and the characters never seem to lose their edge. Sometimes a character can become stale after so many books into a series, but not the In Death Series. Susan Ericksen is the voice of Dallas. There were a couple books I think she had a cold or wasn't into it, but definitely back in top form, because Peabody is Peabody, Dallas is Dallas and Rorke is Rorke. I don't know exactly why, but I am hooked! Oh I know because I have to know who the candy thief is! Anyone know if we ever find out?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phantom

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (634)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (530)

    When Harry left Oslo again for Hong Kong - fleeing the traumas of life as a cop - he thought he was there for good. But then the unthinkable happened. The son of the woman he loved, lost, and still loves is arrested for murder: Oleg, the boy Harry helped raise but couldn't help deserting when he fled. Harry has come back to prove that Oleg is not a killer. Barred from rejoining the police force, he sets out on a solitary, increasingly dangerous investigation that takes him deep into the world of the most virulent drug to ever hit the streets.

    Fran Murphy says: "Jo Nesbo hates Harry Hole"
    "Phantomismal for me - is that a word?"
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    I don't know why I just could not get into this as much as the other Harry Hole books by Jo Nesbo. I love his style of writing, love the characters, love the narration for all the others, but this one for some reason I just stopped about 3/4 of the way through and could not pick it back up. Same narrator, same characters, same writing style - so why I couldn't hold onto the story I just can't say. I ALWAYS recommend Jo Nesbo and the Harry Hole series though. I'll try again after listening to another book, maybe it was just my mood when I started?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22049)
    Performance
    (13474)
    Story
    (13614)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Juvenile Game"
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    I tripped across this book and then noticed that it will be made into a movie. If they get it right believe this will be a nice action packed movie with a great sci-fi edge with the right special effects. As for the book it was easy to listen to and the narration was spot on with variations to identify some of the characters and even female voice for easier identification of Ender’s sister. The hard part was believing that “children” at such a young age were performing the activities portrayed. In my mind when they would say an age I would conjure up in my mind more of a teenager. My 6 year old was trying to figure out how to tie shoes and spell and couldn’t imagine anyone at that age strategizing a battle plan or following directions in such a mature manner. Of course these children were “bred” for the task, but still came off a bit too young to me. The end I felt it was a bit hurried along to wrap up life with Ender. It's not in the same league as War Games, but close enough. The last 1.5 hours is Chapter One for the next book, so shorten the listening time for Ender’s Game. All in all I did enjoy it and found myself wanting to listen, which in my eyes is the mark of a good book regardless of some points I couldn’t justify, but hey it’s sci-fi!

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

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Dustin Thomason
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders, Noel Rodriguez, Dustin Thomason
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (231)

    For decades, December 21, 2012, has been a touchstone for doomsayers worldwide. It is the date, they claim, when the ancient Maya calendar predicts the world will end. In Los Angeles, two weeks before, all is calm. Dr. Gabriel Stanton takes his usual morning bike ride, drops off the dog with his ex-wife, and heads to the lab where he studies incurable prion diseases for the CDC. His first phone call is from a hospital resident who has an urgent case she thinks he needs to see.

    cristina says: "Three stars, but enjoyable"
    "Would it matter?"
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    I don't know that I would spend a credit on this book again. It was just OKAY. It was unbelievable and I didn't feel I really cared if the world ended or not from a book point of view. I did finish the book and at the end just said "Ugh-okay." It wasn't a book that I really WANTED to listen to and I prefer those that take me into the story. This one not so taken in as I was curious where they were going. Where they went was not very well thought out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (25066)
    Performance
    (18956)
    Story
    (19018)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Watched and Read"
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    Happened across the series on HBO, and after the first couple episodes I was HOOKED. But nothing is as good as the book right? RIGHT! Although the tv series is excellent the book brings in all of the details and more. There are many story plots that combine to make the whole a perfect example of how writing should be done. The book can be brutally raw when it comes to life in the kingdoms, but that all that combines to make the landscape and environment their own characters. I find myself transported into the story and secretly hoping for some outcome that never fails to leave me surprised. I have really enjoyed this tale. So much so that I'm on Book 4 and have Book 5 waiting and still not tired of the tale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3272)
    Performance
    (1055)
    Story
    (1060)

    One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

    Robert says: "A Classic"
    "Spin for the Mind"
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    It's been awhile since I've read a book that captured my interest and interested my mind. The science was believable and incredibly detailed. I was interested in the characters and truly enjoyed the way it moved from present to past and back, teasing the reader with glimpses of what was to come. When, oh my how did that happen? As always Scott Brick delivered. He is so easy to understand and his delivery brings the story to life. For me this was definitely a 5 all the way around. Just sorry I didn't find this book before now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17675)
    Performance
    (15715)
    Story
    (15668)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Loved the King"
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    I really loved this story, the only reason I didn't give it a 5 was because I felt the last bits were a bit weak, kind of like it fell off at the end for me. Hurry go back, hurry write the ending...I don't know what it was, but up until that point, which was a long way into the story I was mesmerized and couldn't wait to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (838)
    Performance
    (656)
    Story
    (656)

    A young woman is murdered in her Oslo flat. One finger has been severed from her left hand, and behind her eyelid is secreted a tiny red diamond in the shape of a five-pointed star - a pentagram, the devil’s star. Detective Harry Hole is assigned to the case with his long-time adversary Tom Waaler and initially wants no part in it. But Harry is already on notice to quit the force and is left with little alternative but to drag himself out of his alcoholic stupor and get to work. A wave of similar murders is on the horizon....

    J.R. says: "New Steig Larsson? Hah! The new Raymond Chandler!"
    "Read on"
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    I first tripped across The Snowman and really loved the story, so natural progression was to read this one. I think there were some parts that dragged on a bit more than The Snowman, but the book kept my interest to the very end. Very much worth the read for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4376)
    Performance
    (2077)
    Story
    (2099)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "Extended the interest"
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    Several stories for the price of one, the Chicago Worlds Fair, buildings and people behind it, as well as the serial killer. Not only are the people a character, but the buildings and grounds feel as if they are characters themselves. I found myself googling information and pictures about Holmes, the Chicago Worlds Fair and the people behind the creation of the grounds and buildings while listening to the story, and after. It brought me in and drove me to want to know more. It really extended the story for me. I will definitely read/listen to this book again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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