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Elizabeth

Braintree, MA, United States | Member Since 2003

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  • Star Trek: Federation

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Judith, Garfield Reeves-Stevens
    • Narrated By Mark Lenard
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Past and present collide and the fate of the universe hangs in the balance when, at long last, one story intertwines both crews of the Enterprise! Kirk and his crew must rescue a scientist before his evil captor can use him to conquer the galaxy, while 99 years away, Picard's crew is headed for a black hole that holds the key to the future of the Federation!

    Tim says: "Wow"
    "Good but preposterous"
    Overall

    Overall this was an enjoyable listen and Mark Lenard is an excellent reader. However, you can tell there is a lot left out (poor abridgedment? do they have to be under 3 hours?) Also, while you have to put aside some plausibility with any ST novel, traveling into a black hole is not recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34690)
    Performance
    (25787)
    Story
    (26153)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Not for my demographic"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Hunger Games? What did you like least?

    It was an interesting story, set in the future in very desparate, hardscrabble times. It makes you grateful for the plenty that we have now. I did not like the idea of sending children to die for other's entertainment.


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

    Katniss is a great role model for teen girls, a doer and a provider, compassionate yet strong.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes the narration was great. I often have trouble with female narrators but she was very clear and easy to understand.


    Was The Hunger Games worth the listening time?

    Wish I'd gotten the abridged.


    Any additional comments?

    Not really written for my demographic (middle-aged) but I could feel for the teen angst and there was a bullying subtext from the ones who had been trained for these games all their lives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, and the Unique Child who Became Theodore Roosevelt

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (96)

    Winner of the 1982 National Book Award for Biography, Mornings on Horseback is the brilliant biography of the young Theodore Roosevelt. Hailed as a masterpiece by Newsday, it is the story of a remarkable little boy, seriously handicapped by recurrent and nearly fatal attacks of asthma, and his struggle to manhood.

    Michael O'Brien says: "Great!"
    "The T.R. you never knew"
    Overall

    If you're expecting a book on Teddy Roosevelt as president and his exploits as president, "bully", the panama canal, etc, this isn't it. But is is a great book on his family and family life, from birth to death, it gets into his character, what made him who he was. I thoroughly enjoyed it, McCullough is excellent historical non-fiction. And the changes between a man and woman narrators keeps it interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Impact

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1179)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (366)

    A brilliant meteor lights up the Maine coast and two young women borrow a boat and set out for a distant island to find the impact crater. A scientist at the National Propulsion Facility discovers an inexplicable source of gamma rays in the outer Solar System. He is found decapitated, the data missing.High resolution NASA images reveal an unnatural feature hidden in the depths of a crater on Mars and it appears to have been activated. Sixty hours and counting.

    adam says: "Not good"
    "Offensive in so many ways"
    Overall

    If this book had a movie rating it would be "R 3/4". There is much more fiction than science, starting off with, the Andromeda Galaxy is not in Orion, it's in Andromeda! Not only that, both of these constellations would be out of sight and behind you when facing the ocean on the Maine coast late at night at that time of year. I thought maybe she pointed the telescope at Orion just to orient it but no, later she was still pointed at Orion, looking at the galaxy. Argghh! Do your homework! There is too much profanity for my taste, drug use, lewdness and references to our heroine as a "jungle bunny". I don't care how corse the character is that said it, it's not acceptable. For that this is off of my player and deleted from my drive, after only a few chapters. I couldn't take anymore.

    13 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • The Demon in the Freezer

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Richard Preston
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (134)

    "This book will give you nightmares," cautions The New York Times. Richard Preston takes us inside the ongoing war against bioterrorism, investigating the anthrax attacks of October 2001 and the potential for a future bio-attack using smallpox or, worse yet, a new superpox virus resistant to all vaccines. "As exciting as the best thrillers, yet scarier by far, for Preston's pages deal with clear, present and very real dangers," says Publishers Weekly.

    John S. Atherton says: "Pretty interesting listening in a horrific way"
    "Yikes!"
    Overall

    I've enjoyed Preston's other fact-based thrillers like the Hot Zone. This one continues the biological threat theme in great style. Well-told, great details, holds your attention. Scary story about the real-life threat of smallpox and anthrax. Graphic descriptions not for the faint of heart (or stomach)!
    The reader's voice projects well and is clear even over road noise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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