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Stephanie

I am a farrier and audiobooks really help time go by working alone. Audible makes it so much easier than using CD's!

wimberly, TX, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The God of Animals

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Aryn Kyle
    • Narrated By Lily Rabe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    When her older sister runs away to marry a rodeo cowboy, sixth-grader Alice Winston is left to bear the brunt of her family's troubles: a depressed, bed-ridden mother; a reticent, overworked father; and a rundown horse ranch. As the hottest summer in 15 years unfolds and bills pile up, Alice is torn between dreams of escaping the loneliness of her duty-filled life and a longing to help her father mend their family and the ranch.

    Cameo says: "Recommended"
    "tough country life"
    Overall

    As a lifelong horsewoman, raised in a dysfunctional family with very little money, I could understand all that came out in this story.
    There were even points, things that I thought of later that weren't waved in the face of the listener. I could see everything, like watching a film as I listened. The description of the girls showing horses was something to behold!
    Ah, if I could find something I liked so well everyday!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lady of Devices: A Steampunk Adventure Novel: Magnificent Devices, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Shelley Adina
    • Narrated By Fiona Hardingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (683)
    Performance
    (625)
    Story
    (626)

    At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire's talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where things have a regrettable habit of blowing up. When her father gambles the estate on the combustion engine and loses, Claire finds herself down and out on the mean streets of London. But being a young woman of resources and intellect, she turns fortune on its head. It's not long before a new leader rises in the underworld, known only as the Lady of Devices...

    Kitty Lagorio says: "Was it really just one book divided into four?"
    "Getting the others now!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would. I did rewind it a time or two just so I didn't miss anything.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The descriptions were lively and clear, but not over-long, at no time did I think "just get to it already!" I could really visualize the action while I worked.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Oh, in the lab, when she meets the scientist.


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

    Did it in a day, I had to stop it to talk to clients.


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad I can continue the series tomorrow. The only bad thing is I don't like the cover art, it's a poor depiction of Lady Clare.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7030)
    Performance
    (6516)
    Story
    (6531)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "A new way to rate"
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    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Sleep the most enjoyable?

    I do a LOT of audiobooks, and now I have a new way to rate. How many "Oh, ****!" moments are there? I can't keep count on Doctor Sleep. (I do NOT like the title but smarter folks than me picked it.)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Doctor Sleep?

    My head is still spinning. I can't tell you, there were many that made me stop what I was doing. I may listen to The Shining again and then this right after.


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

    I was just thinking, whoever got Will to do this was a genius, I love him in the James Lee Burke series but this may even be better. He really brought all the characters right into my head, without being overpowering at any time. No one was more of a standout, it was all very smooth and creepy in the right spots. (Wait, that hateful bitch may have been over the top a little but LOOK at her!)
    I got the shivers more than once.


    If you could rename Doctor Sleep, what would you call it?

    Ah HA! I'm not the only one, eh? Can I get back to you on this? Something to do with the train, maybe. Or the Overlook, I don't know. Lots to choose from.


    Any additional comments?

    I told 3 friends about it and in days I got notes back that they were totally hooked on it, wondering how they had missed this one. The title may have something to do with it. I gotta tell you, I was worried when the end of the second part was approching, I was not near my house and was afraid I had not put in the last part! I might have stopped shoeing and gone home, but it was on my player, disaster averted again.
    Off to listen to Duma Key again....maybe now my second favorite King book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11955)
    Performance
    (10864)
    Story
    (10889)

    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!!"
    "I found myself cringing at the beginning."
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    Where does 14 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I might put it in the top 10 percent. And I do LOT of audiobooks.


    What did you like best about this story?

    One brilliant line. It's worth the time just for that one line!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Wow, well, maybe the first bad dream, or the introduction of the wall? There were several times I stopped and re-wound to make sure what I was hearing!


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

    Nope, I wanted to piece it out and really enjoy it. It's very elaborate and complex, and full of great imagery. Don't miss a word, you guys.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm so glad I got it, I really would be surprised if anyone does not like it. I'm working from payday to payday, too, so the first part really got to me, and was hard to get through. I know that neighborhood, too, and thoroughly enjoyed that aspect. The idea of so many curious folks still in this world just kills me, it's a true adventure story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How To Survive a Horror Movie: All the Skills to Dodge the Kills

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Johnny Heller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (124)

    Seth Grahame-Smith delivers the definitive, essential guide to making it through a horror movie in one piece. As hilarious as it is useful (if you’re trapped in a scary flick, that is), How to Survive a Horror Movie covers all the bases. Trapped in a haunted house? Check. Stalked by an evil doll? Check. Wandering aimlessly through the remains of the old world as a plague of zombies sweeps over the planet? Check.

    Wil says: "Entertaining. What I expected"
    "Glad I didn't pay full price."
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    Would you try another book from Seth Grahame-Smith and/or Johnny Heller?

    Oh sure, I like the novels ok. Loved Lincoln. I was just expecting to really laugh out loud and it never got to that point.


    Would you recommend How To Survive a Horror Movie to your friends? Why or why not?

    probably not, unless they were already a fan.


    What three words best describe Johnny Heller’s voice?

    Unforgettable? Regular guy? I can't remember it being outstanding in any way.


    Was How To Survive a Horror Movie worth the listening time?

    So-so.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad I didn't pay full price, it was ok but not something I thought about later at all, didn't find it all that funny or interesting. And I LOVE the idea of it. Sorry!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3142)
    Performance
    (2935)
    Story
    (2942)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Mike Naka says: "bucket full of zombie juice"
    "I'm telling everyone about it."
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Zombie Fallout to be better than the print version?

    I think so, Sean captures Talbot, his timing is outrageous, and his voice sounds like I think Talbot looks. So often the narrator gets in the way but not in this series! I hope he enjoyed doing it as much as I like hearing him. Really, I wish I could express how much I enjoyed this one, raced to the second and now I'm going thru some of the other zombie ones I got on the sale. Very dull in comparison to my ear.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Zombie Fallout?

    Saving Henry, of course, and Tommy's revelation. I mean the first big one, his friend. (I forget which story is in which book, I'm glad to be doing this before I finish the series.) Being a bulldog person, having Henry in here just adds a full extra layer in my opinion.


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

    Just the next book in the series but I am going to look up more of his stuff, believe me. Hopefully it's not sappy romances....he is SO great doing Talbot.


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

    Probably when Bear did his thing, I don't want to give it away but if you are a dog person, you will fully appreciate it. I had to stop what I was doing and sit down for a minute.


    Any additional comments?

    I'ms so happy to have found this series, it's far FAR better than I could have expected. If you like a little humor and human flaws in your end of the world books, take a look here. I got better headphones so I could mow while listening, bathed dogs, shod horses, and just had a tough time turning it off! I hope you guys like it too. Where can I email Tufo?

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Automatic Detective

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    Overall
    (600)
    Performance
    (487)
    Story
    (489)

    Even in Empire City, a town where weird science is the hope for tomorrow, it's hard for a robot to make his way. It's even harder for a robot named Mack Megaton, a hulking machine designed to bring mankind to its knees. But Mack's not interested in world domination. He's just a bot trying to get by, trying to demonstrate that he isn't just an automated smashing machine, and to earn his citizenship in the process. It should be as easy as crushing a tank for Mack, but some bots just cant catch a break.

    L Lee says: "Wonderful Narration performance"
    "Not what I was expecting."
    Overall
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    Where does The Automatic Detective rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably in the bottom half, it was ok but I wouldn't listen to it a second time, I think. I can hardly remember it now.


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

    The reader was very good, I have to admit. I had not heard anything by him before.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kenneth Oppel
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (132)

    Victor and Konrad are the twin brothers Frankenstein. They are nearly inseparable. Growing up, their lives are filled with imaginary adventures... until the day their adventures turn all too real. They stumble upon The Dark Library, and secret books of alchemy and ancient remedies are discovered. Father forbids that they ever enter the room again, but this only peaks Victor's curiosity more. When Konrad falls gravely ill, Victor is not be satisfied with the various doctors his parents have called in to help. He is drawn back to The Dark Library....

    Debra says: "Chilling and oddly poignant"
    "Wish I had more info before purchasing."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I did not give a fig about any of the characters even by the end. The only saving grace was seeing the flashes of anger in Victor.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


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

    Nope, not now.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fun House: A John Ceepak Mystery, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Chris Grabenstein
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (367)

    What if a reality TV show like Jersey Shore set up production in the fictional seaside resort Sea Haven? What if hitting the gym, tanning, and doing a little laundry aren't the only things the contestants get into? By-the-book officer John Ceepak and his wisecracking young partner, Danny Boyle, have to babysit the buff and boozy kids partying it up in a Jersey shore rental house for TV’s summertime hit Fun House while simultaneously trying to stop the rowdy kids from breaking the law up and down the beach. But even Ceepak and Danny can’t stop one young cast member from being murdered—and others from being threatened with the same fate.

    BSquared67 says: "Ceepak and Boyle are worth waiting for"
    "I could just see 'em!"
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    If you could sum up Fun House in three words, what would they be?

    Take advantage now.


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

    Not so much as some of the others, but those were really outstanding.


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

    Ha! Those accents this time. Oh, what a hoot. I could picture every one of the characters in vivid detail, without being beaten over the head by the voices.


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

    I always have good laughs with Chris's books.


    Any additional comments?

    Just that I hope the series continues, I look forward to them very much.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • As the Crow Flies: A Walt Longmire Mystery, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1495)
    Performance
    (1317)
    Story
    (1309)

    Craig Johnson has won multiple awards and earned starred reviews from Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews for his New York Times best-selling Walt Longmire mysteries. Embarking on his eighth adventure in As the Crow Flies, Sheriff Longmire is searching the Cheyenne Reservation for a site to host his daughter’s wedding, when he sees a woman fall to her death. Teaming up with beautiful tribal chief Lolo Long, Walt sets out to investigate the suspicious death.

    B.J. says: "Simply one of my favorite series."
    "Fast 9 hours!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of As the Crow Flies to be better than the print version?

    I don't know, sometimes I wish I could see the printed word, but George just adds so much to the stories. Yes, I guess it's better, for me at least.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Action and the one liners. I'm not to the end yet and will listen to it again this week.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    The Bear is always wonderful. Walt talked a little more in this one, but he was forced into it!


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

    No way, I wanted to parcel it out and think about what I had just heard.


    Any additional comments?

    Craig can get more out of a line or two in describing a location, and it sticks in the mind. If he has told you about a place, you remember it. (Like that crummy motel a few books ago, oh man.)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3133)
    Performance
    (2817)
    Story
    (2828)

    Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Superheroes vs. Zombies? Sure, why not..."
    "Teen?"
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    What made the experience of listening to Ex-Heroes the most enjoyable?

    I was hoping for character developement but was dissapointed.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I guess the backstories were more interesting than the main one. On paper there was action, but somehow it never got going for me. Is that wrong to say?


    Have you listened to any of Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but I will probably look for them.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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