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Blackduck, MN, United States | Member Since 2009

  • 3 reviews
  • 113 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 28 purchased in 2014

  • Undeadly

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Michele Vail
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Molly Bartolucci wants to blend in, date hottie Rick, and keep her zombie-raising abilities on the down-low. Then the god Anubis chooses her to become a reaper - and she accidentally undoes the work of another reaper, Rath. Within days, she's shipped off to the Nekyia Academy, an elite boarding school that trains the best necromancers in the world. And her personal reaping tutor? Rath. Life at Nekyia has its pluses. Molly has her own personal ghoul, for one. Rick follows her there out of the blue, for another.…Except there's something a little off about him.

    Elizabeth says: "Love the sweet bite of this book!"
    "Interesting premise, disappointing execution."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't recommend this book. It ended up being pretty disappointing even though it sounded like an interesting idea.

    What was most disappointing about Michele Vail’s story?

    The main character seemed very immature for her age, and kept using all kinds of slang that was distracting and got to be very annoying as the story kept going.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene would have to be when Molly first uses her powers. The author did a very good job creating a picture of what was happening.

    Do you think Undeadly needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Considering the book ended on a cliffhanger, it probably could use a follow up, but I don't think I'll be reading it.

    Any additional comments?

    I bought this book when I got Warm Bodies, and actually enjoyed that a lot more than I originally expected to. Save yourself the time and money/credits and get that one instead.

    1 of 1 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.

    Teddy says: "I hate it when this happens"
    "Story takes a 90 degree turn and veers WAY off."
    Would you try another book from Veronica Roth and/or Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford ?

    I listened to and enjoyed the first two books in this series, so I would probably be willing to try another Veronica Roth book. Emma Galvin narrated both of those and I would listen to her in another book. I'd never listened to Aaron Stanford but he did well with narrating Tobias, female voices weren't spectacular.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Veronica Roth again?

    I might listen to another one of her books if the premise sounds interesting to me. I didn't love how she wrapped up this trilogy so I would proceed with caution.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    I didn't really enjoy any scenes in particular. The story felt like it was moving forward because it had to, stand out scenes didn't factor into that.

    Could you see Allegiant being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I'm not sure if this will succeed as a movie. Considering Divergent is being released it's not inconceivable, but the story felt kind of dull and muddled so I'm not sure how it would do as a movie or as a TV show.

    Any additional comments?

    I was disappointed overall by this book. I enjoyed Divergent, was mostly entertained by Allegiant, but this felt like it was so different from the other books in an unexpected way. I can get behind being surprised by a story and seeing where the author takes the story, but this one has felt like it's wandering aimlessly through a world of which I want no part.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Great listen, but chapter 42 is missing"

    I had a tremendous amount of fun listening to this book. I think I was on the edge of my seat through the whole thing, but it was entertaining suspense that made it impossible to stop listening. It definitely took an unexpected turn at the end, but if there were more stories set in this apartment building, I would happily read them since there are all kinds of ideas to be explored in this world.

    I've listened to Ray Porter read the Joe Ledger Series, and he definitely doesn't disappoint with this book. Every character had a distinct voice, and he does accents very well, even for female voices.

    I was disappointed to find Chapter 41 plays at the end of part one, and then again at the beginning of part two. Chapter 42 is nowhere to be found. I'm actually surprised more people haven't noticed this or at the very least mentioned it, since it leaves out a rather creepy element from the story! At first, I thought maybe this was intentional (42 is supposedly the answer to the ultimate question and there are MANY questions about this apartment building) but I sought out another copy and Chapter 42 was there.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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