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G. K. Youngblood

Los Angeles, Ca United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 4 reviews
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  • 114 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2014
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  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5777)
    Performance
    (5274)
    Story
    (5308)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    RaisinNut says: "A story about LIFE, not death..."
    "YA at its finest"
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    What did you love best about The Fault in Our Stars?

    I loved that this was a story written at the level of a teenager but it completely runs contrary to the sparkly vampire trend in YA. It was haunting and sad at times but always beautiful.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen Greenblatt
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (785)
    Performance
    (667)
    Story
    (664)

    Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late 30s took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic by Lucretius—a beautiful poem containing the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles.

    Ethan M. says: "Very compelling history, a less compelling thesis"
    "Pompous"
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    What would have made The Swerve better?

    There are two stories here. The first is an interesting story about a book hunter tracking down a lost tome. The other is an anti-religious diatribe. The former is compelling, the latter is heavy handed and inaccurate. The way the author frames Christianity in the first 1500 years would lead a read to believe they were all pleasure hating masochists. It is in this obvious disdain for religion that his credibility as intellectual guide through the ages is compromised.

    What could have make The Swerve better? Focus on the first story.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4874)
    Performance
    (4091)
    Story
    (4090)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "Second Half Better Than The First"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ghost Story to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed listening to the audio but the regular reader, James Marsders, was missed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Harry has been on a long descent into evil. His "do whatever it takes" attitude is challenged in this book. His character's development in light of seeing what he leaves in the wake of his past destruction it interesting to follow. Also, Molly comes into her own in this book and that is a BLAST to watch.


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

    Yes, but lets face it. The book is 18 hours long or something like that. One sitting is not an option.


    Any additional comments?

    It gets better. The first act of this book is depressing, and the changes at the end of CHANGES, book 11 in the series, are so dramatic it is hard to think there will be another book or that anything that even resembles Harry Dresden's world can remain. But at the end when the mystery is unraveled the book comes to a wholly satisfying conclusion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (4719)
    Performance
    (4279)
    Story
    (4289)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Made me a fan"
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    Would you listen to Hard Magic again? Why?

    I would probably not listen to it again anytime soon, just because I have books I want to listen to that I have not gone through once.


    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    His voice acting brought the story to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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