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Cynthia

West Hollywood, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28623)
    Performance
    (21876)
    Story
    (22015)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins"
    Overall

    Absolutely fantastic!! I loved the Hunger Games, I loved Catching Fire and I cannot wait for the third book of the trilogy!! Narration was rich and full, the story is strong, complex and compelling. These are the best books I've read in 20 years -- in fact for great fiction, I put them in the same category as Pat Conroy (The Prince of Tides) and Ken Follett IPillars of the Earth) -- yes I know -- the genre's couldn't be more different -- buy hey -- a great story is a great story!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5394)
    Performance
    (5150)
    Story
    (5158)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
    "FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS - UNBELIEVABLY GREAT!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Words of Radiance the most enjoyable?

    This is every bit as great as the first book. It is so complex, so diverse so extraordinarily imaginative that YOU SIMPLY CAN NOT STOP


    What did you like best about this story?

    In a world of magic, each and every character is fully drawn and completely believable. Each one of them is so involving and each one of them is flawed....but the chance of redemption is not out of reach. Some of the characters are noble and some are evil, but no one is completely one thing or another, everyone is nuanced as are we all. Brandon Sanderson is quite simply a genius. In a world in which it is said there are only seven stories...prepare yourself for the eighth one. As with all of Brandon Sanderson's works, these stories are so original, so completely singular that they become utterly enveloping. I can't wait for the next book in this series.


    What does Michael Kramer and Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    These two expertly bring the story to life. There is never any question about who is speaking or what their gender. As a rule I do not much care for more than one narrator in a book, but these two are the exception. Not only are their voices simply pleasant, but also their acting skills are superlative -- in short...whatever they narrate works. You forget you're listening to a narrative and just feel as if the characters are speaking directly to you.


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

    These books could NEVER be "a film" they would have to be a multi-year miniseries ala Game of Thrones.


    Any additional comments?

    $$ spent on ANYTHING written by Brandon Sanderson will ALWAYS be worth it! :-) <3

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Professionals

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Owen Laukkanen
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (185)

    Four friends, recent college graduates, caught in a terrible job market, joke about turning to kidnapping to survive. And then, suddenly, it's no joke. For two years, the strategy they devise - quick, efficient, low risk - works like a charm. Until they kidnap the wrong man. Now two groups they've very much wanted to avoid are after them - the law, in the form of veteran state investigator Kirk Stevens and hotshot young FBI agent Carla Windermere, and an organized-crime outfit looking for payback.

    Richard Delman says: "A thrilling new voice in thrillers"
    "Murder, Mayhem & a Wicked Sense of Humor!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Professionals the most enjoyable?

    The protagonists are well drawn and realistic...they could have been you or me on a really stupid day. Every time you think the story is predictable...it changes course. These kids get themselves into one impossible situation after another until the whole thing spirals out of control...and yet...they pull it off. And as it gets nuttier and nuttier, even the goons get funny in a sort of twisted Tony Soprano/Quentin Tarentino sort of way. BUT the underlay is serious...and ultimately sad. Even though you KNOW how its going to end...you don't believe it until the end...and even then...you may not have quite guessed it. I guess you'll have to listen to find out. It is well worth the time. This is a great story!


    What other book might you compare The Professionals to and why?

    What other book might I compare it to...I don't know. This is just really good writing and sound research. The story could have happened, just as written...unlikely, but possible, maybe not even unlikely. However although played out in different arenas, he is like Tom Clancy or Ken Follett or Daniel Silva in the quality of his story telling.


    Which character – as performed by Edoardo Ballerini – was your favorite?

    Ballerini is so good and the story creates such an array of interesting characters, that I can't choose one as my favorite. I have, however, decided that Ballerini is my new favorite male narrator. He really displays a full range of emotional vocabulary for each of Laukkanen's well-conceived characters - from deadpan to hysterical. Each voice was distinctive and there was never any confusion about who was speaking. And...he does a really, really good East Coast thug accent -- that one is really hard to do and in making the chief bad guy believable, he also humanized him. This book, this writer, this narrator...all top shelf -- Well Done -- top to bottom. I do have to say though, that I was more drawn to the kids then to Stevens and Windermere, I'm looking forward to the second book, hopefully Mr. Laukkanen has written another winner.


    Any additional comments?

    I had not heard of Owen Laukkanen before and took a chance because I like the genre and I was finishing up the last of Tom Clancy's books. Having just finished the Professionals, I would say that Owen Laukkanen has a new fan in me...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Patrick G. Lawlor, Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (133)

    For years, operative James Nash has performed ultra-covert "Black Ops" missions for The Agency, but when he decides to walk away from their dirty work, his corrupt bosses aren't about to let him go. After Nash is nearly assassinated, Troubleshooters team leader Lawrence Decker launches a skillful deception to neutralize the threat and protect his friend. With the FBI's help, Decker fakes Nash's death, then brings him to a safe house with his fiancee, Tess Bailey, to recover from his injuries.

    Molly says: "Incredibly satisfying and surprising!"
    "Gotta LOVE those Alpha Men"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dark of Night the most enjoyable?

    It's fun, it's sexy and what's really good about Suzanne Brockmann is that she has all kinds, types, looks of the men and women -- they're older, they're younger, tall, short, handsome, not so handsome but attractive, beautiful, pretty, not so pretty but attractive -- no dummies. The men are to die for...give me more Decker. Underneath all that great machismo, every one of these guys has ethics, compassion and a sense of fairness -- and all of them can carry on a conversation. I repeat, gotta love those Alpha men...thanks Suzanne.


    Which character – as performed by Patrick G. Lawlor and Renée Raudman – was your favorite?

    Decker.


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

    Tess and Jimmy's breakthrough. Sam's conversation with Jimmy over barbecue prep.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to every book in the series. There really is something for everyone in at least several of the books, if not all of them. Great escapist lit -- really good stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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