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Liz King

Honolulu, HI, US | Member Since 2011

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  • The Masked Family

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Robert T. Jeschonek
    • Narrated By Randy Hames
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Meet Cary Beacon, a superhero in his own mind. Cary's mission to rescue his kidnapped stepkids leads him to Mexico, where he teams up with El Yucatango, a gonzo masked wrestler on a mission of vengeance. As Cary and El Yucatango fight the battle of their lives to save the kids, Cary's disappearance forces together his fractured family back home, torn apart by a fiery tragedy years ago. The parallel quests of Cary and his family link to an explosive moment in true-life history: the KKK's 1924 siege of the immigrant mining town of Lilly, Pennsylvania, which left a curse on the Beacon family.

    Liz King says: "Awful"
    "Awful"
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    What disappointed you about The Masked Family?

    Uninteresting storyline and characters. Awful, redundant prose. I rarely give up on a book, but the writing was so awful that I yelled in frustration at the author on several occasions and didn't even get through the first half.


    Has The Masked Family turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I'm not even sure what genre this is.


    Did Randy Hames do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, the narration was OK.


    What character would you cut from The Masked Family?

    All of them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10635)
    Performance
    (9619)
    Story
    (9704)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Time for Mr. Brown to find a new career"
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    What would have made Inferno better?

    A story line that made sense would be nice. A strict editor could have excised the repetitive parts, that would have shortened the book considerably. Mr. Brown could have a little faith in his readers - we aren't stupid, you know.


    What was most disappointing about Dan Brown’s story?

    Stupid, stupid story line, really bad writing.


    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael – was your favorite?

    None of them.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Inferno?

    I'd have cut about half the book. No, probably all of it. Lots of scenes, but mostly lots and lots and lots of repetitive sentences.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe Mr. Brown should try his hand at writing travel logs, or poetry, or selling insurance. His run as a crime/suspense writer is up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breakfast with Buddha: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Roland Merullo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (488)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (417)

    When his sister tricks him into taking her guru on a trip to their childhood home, Otto Ringling, a confirmed skeptic, is not amused. Six days on the road with an enigmatic holy man who answers every question with a riddle is not what he'd planned. But in an effort to westernize his passenger---and amuse himself---he decides to show the monk some "American fun" along the way.

    Mary McCarthy says: "a thoughtful and often hilarious journey"
    "A great listen for a mature audience!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Breakfast with Buddha to be better than the print version?

    Perhaps so. I think this would have been a very fast read, and the story deserves to be savored. I recommended it to my mother, who is reading it on a trip. It's supposed to last her until she gets home, and she's had to ration it in order to make it last. This book is such a delight, it would be easy to sit down and devour it whole. But, as I said, there's a lot of subtlety that isn't readily apparent, and it needs to be taken in at a leisurely pace. Having the audio recording ensures (at least for me, because I only listen in my car) that I had time to think about the story in between my commute times.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, who narrates the story in the first person, more or less. He's a regular guy, very easy to relate to.


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

    His voice is a great match for the main character.


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

    There were many moments that made me laugh out loud or smile broadly.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you - Audible, Mr. Merullo, and Mr. Rnnette, for such a delightful experience!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4394)
    Performance
    (3194)
    Story
    (3195)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "It's OK, but a slow story"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I can't quite figure out the point of this book. The characters are not terribly interesting, not much happens, there's not much in the way of insight so far (I haven't yet finished listening); it's a lot like real life. Maybe the end will surprise me; I hope so.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Ann Patchett? Why or why not?

    No, I'm pretty bored by this one. The prose is fine, the characters are logical, there's nothing wrong with it, but I'm never in a hurry to turn it on and start listening again.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    still waiting for a favorite scene


    Do you think State of Wonder needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (1341)
    Performance
    (659)
    Story
    (664)

    When Tiro, the confidential secretary (and slave) of a Roman senator, opens the door to a terrified stranger on a cold November morning, he sets in motion a chain of events that will eventually propel his master into one of the most suspenseful courtroom dramas in history.

    Karen says: "Great Naration, Great Book"
    "Dry history springs to life - exciting!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Imperium to be better than the print version?

    Imperium is a good audio choice, as it's fast-paced, straight forward, and I felt no need to "turn back the pages" to review earlier content.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was amazed at how many parallels there are between Roman Law and politics and our own. I loved the fact that what I thought would be dry (neither law nor politics are of great interest to me, nor is the Roman Empire, for that matter) ended up being one of the most riveting stories I've enjoyed this year. It's well written, it doesn't condescend to the audience, it's thoughtful, and I learned a lot.


    What about Simon Jones’s performance did you like?

    Excellent voice modulation for the different characters.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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