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  • Dance of Death: Pendergast, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (578)
    Performance
    (513)
    Story
    (511)

    Two brothers. One, top FBI Agent Aloysius Pendergast. The other, Diogenes, a brilliant and twisted criminal. An undying hatred between them. Now, a perfect crime. And the ultimate challenge: Stop me if you can.

    Nancy says: "Excellent story!"
    "Very fun ending for the series"
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    What did you love best about Dance of Death?

    It was exciting and dramatic, even though it is often 'over the top'


    Would you be willing to try another book from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child ? Why or why not?

    Yes, for a light and fun read with fast moving storylines.


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

    The excellent narration makes the characters and action more vivid


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Altered Carbon

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Richard K. Morgan
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3251)
    Performance
    (1467)
    Story
    (1475)

    In the 25th century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person's consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or "sleeve") making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen.

    Jake Williams says: "Altered Carbon"
    "Long drawn out story with no appeal"
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    Would you try another book from Richard K. Morgan and/or Todd McLaren?

    No


    Has Altered Carbon turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    His narration seemed too casual and disintrested


    Was Altered Carbon worth the listening time?

    No, the story moved too slowly. Also, I found myself not caring "whodunnit" - not caring about what happens to any of the characters either.


    Any additional comments?

    The protagonist and all other characters are paper thin and lack motivation. In the futuristic world the story takes place in, you get the feeling life is about nothing more than 'going through the motions'. I was really disappointed. The only thing positive about listening to the portion of this book that I was able to get through is that the view of a world where our bodies are only 'sleeves' is an interesting foundation for a good deal of philosophical thought or discussion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10370)
    Performance
    (5631)
    Story
    (5663)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Read it before seeing the movie & loved both"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    If you saw the movie and loved it, you should give this a try to look deeper into the character and dive deeper into the fantasy. If you haven't seen the movie, read this first - enjoy them equally for different reasons.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6848)
    Performance
    (3217)
    Story
    (3222)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Should have, would have, could have been better"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There are some interesting concepts in here and the characters ALMOST get fully developed but the story wanders around a little aimlessly at times and the main characters are not well defined for the most part. He really should have spent more time with "the girl" (you'd know what I mean if you do read it), writing more from her point of view. I'm on the fence as to whether I'll listen to the next one in the series. If you really like the post-apocalyptic vampire genre, it is a fun read - maybe even better, though, in the abridged version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4745)
    Performance
    (2154)
    Story
    (2162)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Audiophile says: "An Epic Medical Novel"
    "Should be a third the size"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    My main complaint about this book is how it drug on in the first full third of the book with descriptions and back stories so random and self indulging that I skipped huge parts of the book - especially the first third of it - and that made it better. The main character was a bit strange and not as likable as he should have been. Overall, though, it is a fairly interesting story and the setting and background is quite unique.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Only moderately.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    At times he does but the author loses sight of the action of the story and the plot at times.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    The narrator was quite excellent - one aspect of this book that didn't need improvement.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magicians: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2491)
    Performance
    (1776)
    Story
    (1778)

    Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

    Ki says: "Not an average book"
    "like literary torture"
    Overall

    I managed to get through it but mostly regret it. The author rips off Harry Potter mixed with Narnia but in a way that says that even magical worlds are dreadfully mundane and unfair. The main character is so dreadful, wishing him and all of his friends horrible ugly deaths was the only reason I kept listening to the end. The author and the narrator embody such boredom and disenfranchisement attitude throughout the book, its almost a satire of itself. There is really no plot throught most of it and then when one appears, it is an exact replica of Narnia but seen through the eyes of some sadistic warped lense. Its truly horrid!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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