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B. Finlay


  • 3 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 258 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • Stoneheart: The Stoneheart Trilogy, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Charlie Fletcher
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A city has many lives and layers. London has more than most. A 12-year-old boy named George Chapman is about to find this out the hard way. On a school trip he's punished for something he didn't do. In a tiny act of rebellion, he lashes out at a small carving on the wall - unexpectedly breaking it off. And then something horrible does happen: a stone pterodactyl unpeels form the wall and starts chasing him. George is already running before his mind starts trying to tell him that this is impossible!

    MJ Dulmage says: "Fantastic Story, Great Narrator!"
    "Great Narration!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Stoneheart to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version, but I imagine the audio is better only because Jim Dale narrates in such a way that brings stories to life.

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

    I have greatly enjoyed Jim Dale's performance of the Peter and the Starcatcher Series. This narration is just as good. He is excellent at differentiating between characters and when the children talk and eat, I have to laugh out loud at his performance. Dictionary is an especially interesting character that Jim Dale portrays.

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

    When George remembered his last interaction with his father, I was brought to tears. It reminds me of my mother and really touched my heart.

    Any additional comments?

    This is a wonderful story! The detail and interactions of the characters and their surroundings really amaze me. I enjoyed the author's metaphors and descriptive prose. The phrase "No you don't!", was used quite often and that did bug me a little bit. Otherwise, I am very happy that I purchased this book and plan to get the rest of the series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Judy says: "What a let down!"
    "Take heed! This was awful! Not like the first 2."
    Any additional comments?

    I honestly cannot believe that this book was written by the same author for the same series. When I began to listen, I immediately felt something was "off". I could not get into the story like I could with the previous books at all. I had to try to pay attention to the story, but it became very difficult and I almost did not finish the book. I wish I hadn't.

    The science in this science fiction was truly fiction. As someone very familiar with DNA, inheritance, & mutations, I was gobsmacked at the lack of any kind of basic research done by the author. To be the main reason (and a shoddy one at that) for the "experiment", Roth could at least tried to understand basic genetics. This whole trilogy feels like nothing but a sham!

    The writing was such that even with a male and female narrator one could barely tell the difference between Tris and Four. Sentence structure was so short and basic at time, I felt like I was listening to an elementary primer. Really, I don't know what happened here.

    Ugh! I don't think I have ever been so disappointed in a trilogy in my life. It's possibly the worst ever. I'll be skipping the movie, for sure.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Spider's Bite: Elemental Assassin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    They call me the Spider. I'm the most feared assassin in the South -- when I'm not busy at the Pork Pit cooking up the best barbecue in Ashland. As a Stone elemental, I can hear everything from the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet to the vibrations of the soaring Appalachian Mountains above me. My Ice magic also comes in handy for making the occasional knife. But I don't use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride.

    Brian Rygaard Jensen says: "How I got to loathe the story"
    "Slow, predictable, monotonous, and contrived"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Action and sex scenes were about as exciting as watching grass grow. The narration was monotone and soft, though clearly spoken. I felt no emotions when listening to this book.

    What was most disappointing about Jennifer Estep’s story?

    The storyline, while promising, is very predictable. The descriptions of eye color and other adjectives are overusd, as well as the words b*tch and f--k.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her voice was soft and monotone. I felt little difference with character shifting and could not differentiate between anger, sadness, or elation.

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

    The storyline is compelling and I see a lot of promise in it. Gin is a complex woman who I feel will grow into a brilliant character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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