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Aaron Knepp

Elementary/middle school teacher. Lived in Japan for a few years. Avid listener to music, books, and the like. All this to say I have a wide appreciation for all types of literature from books for young adults and kids to sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction, world literature, etc.

Allentown, PA | Member Since 2012

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  • One Shot: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2440)
    Performance
    (1703)
    Story
    (1721)

    Six shots. Five dead. One heartland city thrown into a state of terror. But within hours the cops have it solved: a slam-dunk case. Except for one thing. The accused man says: "You got the wrong guy". Then he says: "Get Reacher for me". And sure enough, from the world he lives in - no phone, no address, no commitments - ex-military investigator Jack Reacher is coming. In Lee Child's astonishing thriller, Reacher's arrival will change everything - about a case that isn't what it seems, about lives tangled in baffling ways, about a killer who missed one shot - and by doing so gives Jack Reacher one shot at the truth.

    Carol says: "Reacher said..."
    "Great story, writing, not so much."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Repetitive language! Apparently, every time someone chooses not to say anything, Child feels obligated to let you know. "Reacher was silent." "Reacher said nothing." For a book with such a good story, wow did that ever annoy me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final showdown was well done.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't get me wrong, this was a very interesting story. The narrator did a fine job as well, though he's not the best with female voices. If it weren't for the repetitive phrases that felt like lazy writing, I would have been happy with this purchase. It was just too much though. If you have the chance to borrow it from a library or something, I'd recommend that, but I can't suggest you purchase it if you like solid prose.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Soon I Will Be Invincible: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Austin Grossman
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo, Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (962)
    Performance
    (469)
    Story
    (469)

    Doctor Impossible, evil genius and diabolical scientist, has tried to take over the world in every way imaginable, but this time is going to be different. He'll have to contend with Fatale, however, a rookie superhero on her first day with the Champions, the world's most famous superteam. She's a patchwork woman of skin and chrome, a gleaming technological marvel built for the next generation of warfare.

    Brad says: "Now that I have you at my mercy. . ."
    "Intriguing but ultimately disapointing"
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    I was very excited about reading this book. The idea of super heroes and villains battling it out has always been exciting to me. I've read all sorts of super hero stories including the big ones (Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, etc.) as well as non-Marvel/DC. That said, I enjoyed making my way through this book.

    It wasn't perfect, however. I had a few issues with the transition from page to voice. Not all of it was from production or actors. There's quite a bit of internal dialogue going on her, but it isn't separated very well from the actual dialogue. I had trouble knowing when someone was thinking something and when they were saying it out loud. Also, the two actors, though both doing a very good job during their respective parts, didn't pronounce things the same. This could be forgivable, if it weren't key characters from the story being pronounced differently. It just really took away from the immersion.

    My biggest problem with the book though was in the seemingly lazy writing at parts. I needed to re-listen to a few parts because it just didn't make sense. The villain is loosing to a magician and then he just leaves and declares that he knew they were illusions all along? It just felt like the author didn't know how to end scenes such as this so he just cut his losses.

    Again, I enjoyed the book overall. I would definitely listen to a sequel, but it has a lot of room for improvement.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Stephen Chbosky
    • Narrated By Noah Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1969)
    Performance
    (1790)
    Story
    (1812)

    Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love.

    FanB14 says: "Intelligent, Absorbing Coming of Age Story"
    "An incredibly well written book!"
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    If you could sum up The Perks of Being a Wallflower in three words, what would they be?

    Inside youth's mind


    What other book might you compare The Perks of Being a Wallflower to and why?

    As dramatic and tragic as Green's A Fault in Our Stars. Chbosky captured the mind of a hurting youth better than anyone I've ever read.


    Which character – as performed by Noah Galvin – was your favorite?

    He was a wonderful main character/narrator!


    If you could take any character from The Perks of Being a Wallflower out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The entire ensemble. So many interesting stories and personalities.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read for anyone who works with youth. Hard to hear at times, but you get connected with the main character better than most books I've read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10417)
    Performance
    (9701)
    Story
    (9702)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Incredible Debut!"
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    If you could sum up Ready Player One in three words, what would they be?

    Brave Nerd World


    What other book might you compare Ready Player One to and why?

    I compare it more to movies like Goonies and Running Man or games like .Hack. It is kind of in a league of its own.


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

    He is always good. He may not be an "A-list" actor, but he is able to infuse humor and drama any time it's necessary.


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

    I wouldn't say extreme, but I managed to rack up a hefty library fine because I just couldn't return it before finishing. Very few books would I listen to from the library and still purchase just to have on hand!


    Any additional comments?

    If you're a child of the 80's, grew up playing video games, or just a fan of mildly dystopian future stories, you'll love this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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