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Grey Todd

San Francisco, CA | Member Since 2006

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  • 26 purchased in 2014
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  • Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7476)
    Performance
    (2893)
    Story
    (2953)

    About three things I was certain. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him, and I didn't know how dominant that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

    Mitch says: "My Not-So-Guilty Pleasure"
    "Tedious Teenage Dreck"
    Overall

    I bought this based on the hype, thinking I would find out what all the younger set are talking about. I also have the book itself. The book is derivative and terribly written. The author overuses adverbs, with far too many sentences ending in , "he said, angrily... or, he said [insert adverb here]". The story itself is teenage girl fantasy material. I don't mind suspension of disbelief, but it makes no sense to me how a 100-year-old vampire would have any genuine interest in the teenaged main character.

    The bad book is further worsened by a terrible reader, who sounds like a kid in a high school class reading aloud for her teacher.

    Skip the whole thing.

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • The Luminaries

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Eleanor Catton
    • Narrated By Mark Meadows
    Overall
    (942)
    Performance
    (809)
    Story
    (826)

    It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

    Melinda says: "Not So Luminous"
    "Great book made even better by epic performance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I found the audio book narrator, Mark Meadows, to be marvelous! His ability with accents and in particular his delicious interpretation of Lydia was inspired, and his excellent character distinctions did a great deal to help my own understanding of, and ability to differentiate between the many characters. Bravo, sir!


    Any additional comments?

    This is an exceptionally well-written book, but fair warning, it has a complicated, non-linear plot requiring (on my part) taking notes on the characters, places, times and relationships both revealed and secret between each of these elements.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4564)
    Performance
    (2034)
    Story
    (2022)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Doesn'tt seem to translate well to audio."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Room to be better than the print version?

    No.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    [Minor Spoiler] The grandmother and step-grandfather, as they struggled to help Jack adjust to being without his mother.


    What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?

    Too cartoonish (Jack)


    Any additional comments?

    My main issue with the audio version was the characterization of the main voice, 5-year-old Jack. The actor chose a voice that I found too cutesy, like watching a Rugrats cartoon. It just never sat right with me. I highly recommend listening to a sample before buying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anna Karenina

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Leo Tolstoy
    • Narrated By Judy Franklin
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (54)

    It tells of the love affair between Anna and Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and must endure the hypocrisies of society. Set against the backdrop of nineteenth-century Russia, faith is challenged, bonds are broken, love dies and is reborn.

    Amazon Customer says: "Very Pleased"
    "Disappointing reader"
    Overall

    I plan to download the book again but need a different narrator: After about 90 mins I just found that the reader's style was not up to par. She makes reading mistakes and stutters through the text ... including what comes off as a hesitation at some of the Russian names.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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