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Patricia A. Cross

Cortland, NY, US

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  • The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Robert Kirkman, Jay Bonansinga
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (524)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (485)

    The zombie plague unleashes its horrors on the suburbs of Atlanta without warning, pitting the living against the dead. Caught in the mass exodus, Lilly Caul struggles to survive in a series of ragtag encampments and improvised shelters. But the Walkers are multiplying. Dogged by their feral hunger for flesh and crippled by fear, Lilly relies on the protection of good Samaritans by seeking refuge in a walled-in town once known as Woodbury, Georgia. But Lilly begins to suspect that all is not as it seems....

    coreybeth says: "Buy it NOW awesome series!! More please!"
    "enter the mind that is going insane"
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    Although this does not match the other versions of this apocalypse that Kirkman has created, it holds strong. This book, like the comic and TV show explores the characters that may be created if zombies arose.
    I think RK is trying to work out the best way to get this nightmare out of his head. He is doing very well in my humble opinion.

    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
    (34871)
    Performance
    (25948)
    Story
    (26313)

    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"
    "Series that cannot be missed"
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    If you like this genre, you cannot pass up the hunger games. It has everything, overcoming poverty, action, love triangle and lovable drunk.
    I believe this works so well because we can all relate to most aspects of this and the other 2 books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calculating God

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1936)
    Performance
    (1329)
    Story
    (1342)

    In this Hugo-nominated novel, an alien walks into a museum and asks if he can see a paleontologist. But the arachnid ET hasn't come aboard a rowboat with the Pope and Stephen Hawking (although His Holiness does request an audience later). Landing at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the spacefarer, Hollus, asks to compare notes on mass extinctions with resident dino-scientist Thomas Jericho.

    Ione says: "Interesting book, very enjoyable narration"
    "RJ Sawyer ROCKS!"
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    All of Robert's books are fantastic! I love how he uses science with a twist to enforce his tales.
    I expected Calculating God to be one sided. I came in with one expectation, and left unsure of how I think. I believe that meeting a being from another world would radically shake up our thoughts of God, but I did not expect the twist RJS puts on this.
    Well done!

    1 of 2 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
    (3001)
    Performance
    (2804)
    Story
    (2814)

    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"
    "From an "everyman""
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    This book could have been a story told in any bar anywhere. The characters are not especially gifted. They are just your neighbors dealing with zombies.

    I liked this book for that. I have never seen another zombie book handled like this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Craig Ferguson
    • Narrated By Craig Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1661)
    Performance
    (1047)
    Story
    (1045)

    In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. Along the way he stumbles through several attempts to make his mark - as a punk rock musician, a construction worker, a bouncer, and, tragically, a modern dancer.

    Diane says: "Unabashedly Honest"
    "I love a funny man"
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    Hang in there Craig. We all love you

    Your story is charming. It was a great read for a long road trip

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6778)
    Performance
    (5159)
    Story
    (5239)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Totally could be true!"
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    I have already confessed that I love books that interweave real history with the implausible story.
    Almost all ground is covered by this story. The author did well interweaving the facts of Lincoln with the Vampire Myth. It actually made better sense of the civil war, than the real reasons.
    The movie let me down as expected, but this book was charming.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swarm: Star Force, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3583)
    Performance
    (3280)
    Story
    (3288)

    Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

    Lamonica Johnson says: "If Micheal Bay Wrote a Sci-Fi Novel..."
    "Smart Read"
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    This author is clever to find a way to grant characters extreme powers, without having to explain the science. I liked the cleverness of the characters, and there was some conflict of power controls, but I felt is was whitewashed over.

    It almost feels like it was written to explain things needed in the next series of books. I liked the explaining part, but the first attack adventure was hard to follow, and turned me off completely on picking out other books in this series.

    I need more human interaction and less bang bang action.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Arcadia Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Carol Goodman
    • Narrated By Jen Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (251)

    In debt after her husband's unexpected death, Meg Rosenthal secures a job as a teacher at an upstate New York boarding school. Leaving suburban Long Island, Meg and her teenage daughter, Sally, embark on a new life in Arcadia Falls, a beautiful but isolated small town and the inspiration for a number of magically eerie fairy tales.

    Lenne says: "Decent book...horrible reader"
    "I want to LIVE here"
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    The entire time I read this book I was picturing myself and my daughter facing the world. Sometimes when you loose everything and run away, you are following fates plan to bring you TO a place you need to be.
    This book was predictable, yes, but in a warm way. The story was written well, and the characters are real feeling. But that could be me, because as I said it has an air of similarity to my own life with my daughter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne of Green Gables

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lucy Maud Montgomery
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (476)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (281)

    When Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert of Green Gables send for a boy orphan to help them out at their farm, they mistakenly get Anne Shirley, a feisty, independent but warm-hearted 11 year-old girl. Fortunately her sunny nature and quirky imagination win the hearts of her reluctant foster parents and everyone in the community. But not a day goes by without some memorable adventure or prank in the tragicomedy of her life.

    David says: "Magical"
    "Charming palette cleanser"
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    Sometimes you need a palette cleanser of a book, before going on to another that enchants you. This is a good palette cleanser.
    The story is as old as time. A poor character, with a great attitude conquers life's struggles and finds in the end that simple life and family are most important.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roads Less Traveled: The Plan

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By C. Dulaney
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (162)

    Ask yourself this: If the dead rise tomorrow, are you ready? Do you have a plan? The dead rose, and the living quickly realized that Hollywood-style tactics were the quickest way to find yourself one of the walking dead. Kasey, a strong-willed loner from West Virginia, and Ben, a college student from Pennsylvania, have shared an unlikely friendship over the years. And their bond is stretched to its limits when society collapses under a tide of zombies. But Kasey has something she likes to call The Zombie Plan.

    Tilo says: "Perfect! Highly Recommended!"
    "Character depth in question"
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    I liked this book. I like zombie stories because they usually dig deep into the mind of characters and show me things I want to know.
    That being said, the main character in this book has lots of missing pieces I would like to know. How did she get to where she lives... what is her connection with the distant friends. Why would they discuss zombie survival. Where is her feelings on lost love ones before the book starts. What was her life like before the zombies.
    It's like you came in 15 minutes after the movie started. From that point on, it worked much better. I liked the interactions of all characters and the story plot.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Descendants

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kaui Hart Hemmings
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (790)
    Performance
    (681)
    Story
    (685)

    Matthew King was once considered one of the most fortunate men in Hawaii. His missionary ancestors who came to the islands were financially and culturally progressive - one even married a Hawaiian princess, making Matt a royal descendant and one of the state’s largest landowners. But now his luck has changed. His two daughters are out of control - 10-year-old Scottie has a smart-ass attitude and a desperate need for attention and 17-year-old Alex is a recovering drug addict.

    Michael says: "Not Sappy instead honestly elicits tears & laughs"
    "Did not know what to expect"
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    I mentally pictured George Cloonie during this entire book. That raised the enjoyment level quite high.
    The story was limited, but the book was enjoyable and simple. Characters were predictable but charming. If you need a pleasant read....Hawaii setting did not hurt.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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