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Tamica

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Tucson, AZ, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Gripping Hand

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jerry Pournelle, Larry Niven
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (625)
    Performance
    (546)
    Story
    (557)

    Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, award-winning authors of such best sellers as Footfall and The Legacy of Heorot, return us to the Mote, and to the universe of Kevin Renner and Horace Bury, of Rod Blaine and Sally Fowler. There, 25 years have passed since humanity quarantined the mysterious aliens known as Moties within the confines of their own solar system. They have spent a quarter century analyzing and agonizing over the deadly threat posed by the only aliens mankind has ever encountered - a race divided into distinct biological forms, each serving a different function: Master, Mediator, Engineer, Warrior.

    James says: "The sequel matches the first book"
    "Just not as good as the first"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't know who would enjoy this book after the first one. It was a fairly miserable sequel.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven again?

    Probably not.


    What aspect of L. J. Ganser’s performance would you have changed?

    The performance wasn't that bad, the story was the problem.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really. Too silly on an ending, the characters got weak.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I'd liked it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Close My Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Sophie McKenzie
    • Narrated By Marisa Calin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    It's been eight grief-filled years since Geniver Loxley lost her daughter, Beth. Once a writer, Gen has settled into a life of half-hearted teaching while her husband, Art, makes his name and their fortune - and pressures her into yet another round of IVF. For Gen, battle-scared from years of failed attempts to get pregnant with a second baby, this feels like a cruel attempt to replace Beth. Life without her child is inconceivable, unbearable - but still it goes on. And then a woman arrives on Gen's doorstep, saying the very thing she longs to hear: that her daughter was not stillborn, but was spirited away as a healthy child....

    Tamica says: "Horrible story, not worth the time"
    "Horrible story, not worth the time"
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    I always feel like such a jerk giving a horrible review. The author put a lot of time and effort into the book as did the narrator. That being said, I am livid that I spent time listening to this book. It has to be one of the most horrible books ever written. The story was extremely predictable. The main character was devastatingly stupid, written as though she was a man's caricature of a woman. There was nothing that grabbed my attention. It was slow, dull and miserable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just What Kind of Mother are You?

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Paula Daly
    • Narrated By Laura Brattan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (50)

    Lisa Kallisto is the not-so-perfect model of the modern woman. During an impossibly hectic week, Lisa takes her eye off the ball for a moment and her world descends into a living nightmare. Not only is her best friend's thirteen-year-old daughter missing, but it's Lisa's fault. To make matters worse, Lucinda is the second teenage girl to disappear within the past two weeks. The first one turned up stripped bare and abandoned on the main street after a horrible ordeal. Wracked with guilt over her mistake, and after having been publicly blamed by Lucinda's family, Lisa sets out to right the wrong.

    Delah says: "Really Really Good"
    "Excellent performance"
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    What did you love best about Just What Kind of Mother are You??

    I liked the performance the best. The narrator was absolutely amazing.


    What other book might you compare Just What Kind of Mother are You? to and why?

    I don't really know. It was something of a thriller, a little predictable but still a really good story. Funny in places, touching in others.


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

    Yes. It was really engaging and because of the narrator I felt like I was listening to a movie. Very good job.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 20th Century Ghosts

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (204)

    Imogene is young and beautiful. She kisses like a movie star and knows everything about every film ever made. She's also dead and waiting in the Rosebud Theater for Alec Sheldon on an afternoon in 1945...Arthur Roth is a lonely kid with big ideas and a gift for attracting abuse. It isn't easy to make friends when you're the only inflatable boy in town.

    Kasey says: "Wonderful and recommended"
    "I really liked it!"
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    If you could sum up 20th Century Ghosts in three words, what would they be?

    Made me think.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 20th Century Ghosts?

    The button boy story was absolutely phenomenal. A great story in an excellent story. I really enjoyed the whole book, some stories more than others but that one was my absolute favorite.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator sounded like he had a cold or something. He had a bit of a whiny voice in some parts.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book. I liked the way that each story was so very different than the one before it. It was a truly good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reconstructing Amelia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Kimberly McCreight
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (471)

    When Kate, single mother and law firm partner, gets an urgent phone call summoning her to her daughter's exclusive private school, she's shocked. Amelia has been suspended for cheating, something that would be completely out of character for her over-achieving, well-behaved daughter. Kate rushes to Grace Hall, but what she finds when she finally arrives is beyond comprehension. Her daughter is dead.

    FanB14 says: "Gossip Girl"
    "Predictable, juvenile and condescending"
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    What disappointed you about Reconstructing Amelia?

    This book is for perhaps middle school children who blame their parents for their mistakes. It was a pretty bad read. The story line was extremely predictable. Anyone who is surprised by any of the “twists” in this book has probably not finished elementary school as of yet. For anyone who is of an age that has two numbers in it this was a total snooze fest. For any working mothers do not, I repeat, do NOT get this book. It will piss you off to no end. The only thing that I got out of this book is that Kimberly McCreight thinks that working mothers are the scum of the earth who don’t properly care for their children.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By A. S. A. Harrison
    • Narrated By Karen White, Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (595)
    Performance
    (532)
    Story
    (534)

    Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater; she lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds; she likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps; she has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept.

    Emily says: "Good... but not quite like the description..."
    "Ok I guess......"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really. I wish I'd read it insted of listening to it. The narrators were horrible. The voices were annoying and the back and forth when different people were talking was tedious.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The narrators.


    What didn’t you like about Karen White and Donald Corren ’s performance?

    Donald was bland and blah. There was also a weird clicking noise going on there.


    Do you think The Silent Wife needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. I'm so over it.


    Any additional comments?

    Who compared this to Gone Girl and were they smoking crack when they did it?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11977)
    Performance
    (10446)
    Story
    (10488)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "WHAT?"
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    What disappointed you about A Dance with Dragons?

    I listened to and read books 1-3, just read book 4 and am trying to listen to and read book 5. There is NO way that I am listening to the rest of this book. The voices are off, the names are not even pronounced the same way as before. This is miserable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Dance with Dragons?

    All of the memories of listening to it suck.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator changed the way things are pronounced, the voices used, everything. It is not worth listening to.


    What character would you cut from A Dance with Dragons?

    The narration.


    Any additional comments?

    Redo this narration.

    1 of 1 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24867)
    Performance
    (18770)
    Story
    (18831)

    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"
    "so many errors!!!"
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    Would you try another book from George R. R. Martin and/or Roy Dotrice?

    The book is very interesting. I really enjoyed it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There is a lot of action and the story is fascinating. There is a lot of character development and each person has a distinct voice.


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

    The accents


    Any additional comments?

    There are far too many errors with the reading, things being read twice, things like that. Very distracting and frustrating.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2914)
    Performance
    (2503)
    Story
    (2517)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "Excellent performance, somewhat predictable story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret Keeper to be better than the print version?

    Having not read the print version I don't know.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kate Morton? Why or why not?

    I would try another one, the story was entertaining.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The bomb scene


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    When is a secret best left a secret?


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this story. As I said it was a little predictable but I enjoyed it. I liked the scenes moving between the mother and daughters lives and the way that the sisters interacted. It was very well read with distinguishable characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (4000)
    Performance
    (2558)
    Story
    (2587)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "Powerful and moving"
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    Where does The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of the best books I've listened to in quite a while.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The author. She made it very clear her devotion to the truthfulness of the story. I love that she became a character in her own story.


    What about Cassandra Campbell and Bahni Turpin ’s performance did you like?

    It sounded like there were many other performers. They did a great job narrating.


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

    I don't want to give any spoilers but the autopsy was rough for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd highly recommend this book. It was captivating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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