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Crystal Wilson

north carolina | Member Since 2012

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  • 14 reviews
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  • 172 titles in library
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  • Restless Souls: The Sharon Tate Family's Account of Stardom, the Manson Murders, and a Crusade for Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Alisa Statman, Brie Tate
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss, Gabra Zackman, Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (53)

    The gruesome murders of the beautiful and talented actress Sharon Tate, her unborn child, and four others that same night at the hands of the notorious “Manson family” rocked the nation. As one of the most horrific crimes in modern history, these atrocities, the trial, and the subsequent conviction of Charles Manson and his followers caused a media sensation, spawning movies, documentaries, and best-selling books, including the classic Helter Skelter.

    keith says: "A story of love and passion"
    "Wow the things people on the outside don't know"
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    If you could sum up Restless Souls in three words, what would they be?

    Sad, Compelling, Touching


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Restless Souls?

    When you hear how much the survivors had to stick up for their point of views


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Doris Tate


    If you could give Restless Souls a new subtitle, what would it be?

    The story of the pursuit for truth


    Any additional comments?

    Its amazing what you find out in a backstory. It took along time for this side of the story to come out but the facts revealed are both frightening and sad.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Soul: Jane Yellowrock, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (151)

    Jane Yellowrock is a vampire killer for hire - but other creatures of the night still need to watch their backs....When the Master of the city of New Orleans asks Jane to improve security for a future visit from a delegation of European vampires, she names an exorbitant price - and Leo is willing to pay. That’s because the European vamps want Leo’s territory, and he knows that he needs Jane to prevent a total bloodbath.

    Crystal Wilson says: "U always surprise me"
    "U always surprise me"
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    Would you listen to Broken Soul again? Why?

    I will listen to it multiple times. First relisten in case I missed something. Then because I love Faith's books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That Bruiser finally get Jane's attention n that she excepts it.


    What about Khristine Hvam’s performance did you like?

    Khristine Hvam is Jane, when I hear her voice I see Jane. She makes very few pronounciations errors. I love her voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I do to every book in this series. Faith does that to you. You can't help but feel what Jane feels.


    Any additional comments?

    The hardest thing is waiting for the next book. So you will revisit the other books. But you continue to enjoy the story. Jane, Beast, Bruiser, Ely, Alex, Leo, Rick, someone has ur heart. Books can be addicting and Jane Yellowrock is too. Thank you Faith.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Boy's Life

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By George Newbern
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Zephyr, Alabama, is an idyllic hometown for eleven-year-old Cory Mackenson - a place where monsters swim the river deep and friends are forever. Then, one cold spring morning, Cory and his father witness a car plunge into a lake - and a desperate rescue attempt brings his father face-to-face with a terrible, haunting vision of death. As Cory struggles to understand his father's pain, his eyes are slowly opened to the forces of good and evil that surround him.

    Kim Venatries says: "A Feast for the Senses!"
    "Finally Unabridged"
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    What did you love best about Boy's Life?

    The adventures of the young Cory and his world.


    What other book might you compare Boy's Life to and why?

    I can't think of any book that compares to Boy's Life. Its that amazing.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by George Newbern?

    Here I wasn't happy. I have the abridged version with Richard Thomas n hoped he'd do the unabridged. The narrator didn't use a southern accent of that place and time. And his mispronouncation words was a disappointment. Like he pronounced Chile as Chil
    (Ch-eye-l) when its pronounced Chilly.


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

    When the main character Cory went to sit at his friends grave.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an amazing story about a time in life when the world is an amazing place filled with magic. When you and your friends have great adventures. It makes you wish you were there too.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mercy Blade: Jane Yellowrock, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1617)
    Performance
    (1362)
    Story
    (1362)

    Jane, a shapeshifting vampire-hunter-for-hire, crosses paths with a stranger who has arrived in New Orleans, enlisted to hunt vampires who have gone insane - or so he says.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Still Going Strong!"
    "mercy"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    This wasn't my fave book. Rick remains a man whore n Jane takes it. I know she has issues but dam.


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

    I love Jane n beast. I was hooked after the first book. I was just disappointed.


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

    Always! The author is amazing n talented.


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

    The narration is always good.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I'd like to set Rickybo on fire n put him out with a fork.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harvest Home

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Thomas Tryon
    • Narrated By Jonathan Yen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (47)

    After watching his asthmatic daughter suffer in the foul city air, Theodore Constantine decides to get back to the land. When he and his wife search New England for the perfect nineteenth-century home, they find no township more charming, no countryside more idyllic than the farming village of Cornwall Coombe. Here they begin a new life: simple, pure, close to nature - and ultimately more terrifying than Manhattan’s darkest alley.

    Darryl says: "more literate than horror and solid"
    "Couldn't put it down"
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    What did you love best about Harvest Home?

    It's creepy under tone


    What did you like best about this story?

    You can't see what's coming next.


    What about Jonathan Yen’s performance did you like?

    Very well told


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

    When Mr Constantine saw the scarecrow of Worthy Pettinger


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Watership Down

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Richard Adams
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2881)
    Performance
    (2183)
    Story
    (2198)

    Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.

    B. Cable says: "Still one of the best!"
    "Fond Memory"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    My best friends mom read this when I was 13. She would read us parts n I couldn't wait till I had my own copy. So it was nice to listen to it decades later. I liked the writers intro, it's sets a pace to the story.


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

    No not ready


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

    Very much so. You can visualize things like the farm n the general.


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

    Nothing he was great


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Running with the Demon: Word and the Void, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (62)

    On a very hot Fourth of July weekend, two strangers appear in Hopewell, Illinois, in the middle of a bitter steel strike. One, a Demon of the Void, will use the angry steel workers to attain his own terrible ends. The other, a Knight of the Word, dreams about a nightmarish future and spends every waking moment desperately trying to change its course. The fate of the town and, ultimately, of humanity depends on one exceptional 14-year-old girl, the only one who can see the otherworldly creatures that have begun to invade her home town.

    Crystal Wilson says: "its finally here"
    "its finally here"
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    What made the experience of listening to Running with the Demon the most enjoyable?

    I love Terry Brooks n this was a nice step away from the Shanara series. Its a good story that draws u in.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The battle between good and evil.


    Which character – as performed by George Wilson – was your favorite?

    John Ross


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

    No. I have to work but it was listened to everyday.


    Any additional comments?

    Waiting on installments 2 n 3. A Knight of the Word n Angel Fire East. I hope I don't have to wait long.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Black Arts: Jane Yellowrock, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1029)
    Performance
    (950)
    Story
    (948)

    When Evan Trueblood blows into town looking for his wife, Molly, he’s convinced that she came to see her best friend, Jane. But it seems like the witch made it to New Orleans and then disappeared without a trace. Jane is ready to do whatever it takes to find her friend. Her desperate search leads her deep into a web of black magic and betrayal and into the dark history between vampires and witches. But the closer she draws to Molly, the closer she draws to a new enemy - one who is stranger and more powerful than any she has ever faced.

    Maureen says: "Another great book. Go Faith!"
    "Great read"
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    What made the experience of listening to Black Arts the most enjoyable?

    Amazing characters n plots. Story draws you in. I like the fact that the niece turns out to be alive/undead.


    What other book might you compare Black Arts to and why?

    They only compare to others in the series. I also like C.E. Murphy but Faith Hunter is a fabulous story teller.


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

    I've only heard her in this series and associate her voice with Jane.


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

    Jane is killer only.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great series story. You wait for the next installment with anticipation and frustration. You're always wowed by where the story goes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6735)
    Performance
    (5961)
    Story
    (6017)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Keith says: "Worth the wait!"
    "Wow hearing it is better than reading it"
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    Would you listen to The Stand again? Why?

    I have. You can never truly put a book to film. But with the audio book you get what you wanted from the movie.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The detail. You get such a deep look inside each character. And in the end there is hope.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When they rescue the women from the men who have been abusing them.


    If you could take any character from The Stand out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Nick because though he himself is suffering. He tries so hard to look out for others.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3568)
    Performance
    (3165)
    Story
    (3169)

    Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she'd rather not know. And now that she's an adult, she also realizes that some things that she knows about, she'd rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one. There's a thing or two she'd like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town.

    pewter says: "Who, What, and Why"
    "Tying up loose ends"
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    What made the experience of listening to Deadlocked the most enjoyable?

    The same narrator thru out the entire series


    What other book might you compare Deadlocked to and why?

    Dead until dark because you have a beginning and here you see the end coming


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

    Yes. Great there was only one book where hear voice was off a little.


    Who was the most memorable character of Deadlocked and why?

    Claude because his true colors finally came out and boy what an a**hole


    Any additional comments?

    It was clear that she was tying up loose ends. Which made you not want to reach the end. Lots of characters make some kind of appearance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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