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Sarah

MANHATTAN, KS, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Bling Ring: How a Gang of Fame-Obsessed Teens Ripped Off Hollywood and Shocked the World

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Nancy Jo Sales
    • Narrated By Kathleen Mary Carthy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (54)

    Over the course of a year, the members of the now infamous Bling Ring allegedly burglarized some of the biggest names in young Hollywood. Driven by celebrity worship, vanity, and the desire to look and dress like the rich and famous, these seven teenagers made headlines for using Google maps, Facebook, and TMZ to track the comings and goings of their targets. Many of the houses were unlocked. Alarms disabled. A "perfect" crime - celebrities already had so much, why shouldn't the Bling Ring take their share?

    readergal says: "great narration"
    "Boring and preachy, "Kids These Days" ad infinitum"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This was clearly slapped together in anticipation of a movie based on the original Vanity Fair story. To make it a full-length book, the author added a lot of sanctimony and pseudo-introspection. Example: instead of saying "Sofia Coppola's films have all treated the questions of fame and pathos, in different contexts" the author first reports ignorance of Coppola's work, spends a lot of time explaining said work, giving the Coppola's background, providing a ridiculously detailed description of the director and her family, and then says "I guess it makes sense that she'd want to option my Vanity Fair article." The book is bloated with inexpert and rambling musings on adolescent materialism and celebrities, making it much more about the author's opinions and reflections on The Bling Ring rather than, actually being ABOUT the Bling Ring. I had to go online and do my own reading to actually learn the story about what happened, since this book is mostly a hugely pedestrian account of how "kids these days" and "get off America's lawn you entitled brats" and blah blah blah.


    What was most disappointing about Nancy Jo Sales’s story?

    Everything.


    What does Kathleen Mary Carthy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She's a good narrator. There's not much she can do to save the book.


    Was The Bling Ring worth the listening time?

    Nope. I got about halfway through and it became a tedious chore to get through the last half, I only gamely attempted it because I thought it might get interesting at the end. No such luck.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a subject that deserves a more well-told story; after the trials are over and the participants can become the actual subjects of a story about their crimes (this book is really more about Nancy Jo Sales' opinions on society and youth at large) someone will write a book about what happened which focuses at greater length on the social dynamics within the group itself and a more detailed view of the crime spree from the perspective of those who engaged in it. I am looking forward to the movie, because I'm certain that Coppola will do more justice to the texture and context of the story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Strain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2470)
    Performance
    (1388)
    Story
    (1398)

    The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

    Flavius says: "Hokey But Fun"
    "Terrible monotonous narration = dull storytelling"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Ron Perlman is a great character actor and I always enjoy seeing him onscreen, but this is not his jam. He sounded so bored and it was so dull that I kept zoning out and having to rewind the book. I eventually gave up and will just read it when I can, which is less often than I'm able to listen to audiobooks (which I do while driving, doing errands/housecleaning/etc., cooking, etc.). Also, he pronounces Ephraim and Eph as "Eeef" which I realize is a valid pronunciation in some regional accents, but eef. Eeeeef. OMG SAID EEEEEF. When it's not a boring narration, it's an annoying narration.


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

    The Stand, Salem's Lot.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ron Perlman’s performances?

    Yes? I'm really not sure. It would depend on the book.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I'm watching the show now. They don't call Ephraim "Eef", they call him "F" -- I guess that's an improvement.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Douglas Starr
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (146)

    A riveting true crime story that vividly recounts the birth of modern forensics. At the end of the nineteenth century, serial murderer Joseph Vacher, known and feared as “The Killer of Little Shepherds,” terrorized the French countryside. He eluded authorities for years - until he ran up against prosecutor Emile Fourquet and Dr. Alexandre Lacassagne, the era’s most renowned criminologist.

    Praetor says: "Masterly introduction to modern forensic science"
    "Will be reading the book instead of listening."
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    Would you try another book from Douglas Starr and/or Erik Davies?

    I think the book will be interesting - I'm looking forward to it. I would not under any circumstances get another book read by Erik Davies.


    What didn’t you like about Erik Davies’s performance?

    The reader (Erik Davies) reads... so... slowly... that... I... am... going... nuts. Plus, he has the truly snortworthy, eye-roll inducing habit of pronouncing "Paris" as "Pa-reeee" every time he says it, and he's reading this book in English. If you had a friend who went to Paris and insisted on referring to it as "Pa-reee" when telling you a story about her time there, what would you think of that? And if that was happening several times in every sentence? And if she was talking so slowly that you felt like making the "come on, come on" gesture at her? I mean, I've *lived* in Paris, been an actual ex-pat with a job and everything, and I do NOT call it "Pa-reee" when it comes up in conversation in English. Absolutely twee and pretentious. The level of tryhard on his french-fried pronunciation of any proper nouns reminds me of Garrison Keillor's hilarious maitre-d' at the Cafe Boeuf. Seriously awful and terribly jarring. Even French people pronounce "Paris" as "Pa-riss" when they are speaking English, just like I would call Chicago "Shee-CAH-go" if I said the name of the city while speaking French. Why switch in and out of essentially two languages the whole time, other than to be obnoxious and make yourself harder to understand? Ugh.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I hope to enjoy the book, but the performance was irredeemable.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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