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Rock Island, IL, United States | Member Since 2010

  • 4 reviews
  • 76 ratings
  • 330 titles in library
  • 36 purchased in 2014

  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Terrible narrator."

    I had previously read the first two books in this series and I really wish I had saved my credit for the month & just read this one as well. The narrator reads the story in the cadence of a 6th grade girl reading unfamiliar text. She tries to give characters different speech patterns but fails miserably.

    Outside of the narrator, the story itself is pretty good. I'd save it for actual reading material instead of listening.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ship of Magic: The Liveship Traders, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Bingtown is a hub of exotic trade and home to a merchant nobility famed for its liveships---rare vessels carved from wizardwood, which ripens magically into sentient awareness. The fortunes of one of Bingtown's oldest families rest on the newly awakened liveship Vivacia. For Althea Vestrit, the ship is her rightful legacy unjustly denied her---a legacy she will risk anything to reclaim.

    Lorena says: "Something altogether new"
    "narrator leaves a lot to be desired"
    Where does Ship of Magic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I like the story, but the way the narrator draws out the last word of each sentence grates on my nerves. Especially when a sentence ends with the word "her" she really draws the words out, prounounces it more as haaaaaer. Drives me nuts. Otherwise I like the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Steven says: "Steven Pacey is magnificient."
    "So far so good"

    I'm about halfway through this book. I'm a service tech & listen to it while I drive from job to job. It makes my day fly by. Having a terrific narrator helps the story, but the story on it's own would be worth reading. I find myself looking forward to going to work so I can listen to more of the story, how the unlikely mix of characters are being pulled together into the same story line, and how I enjoy puzzling out the workings of the world the story place in. I do enjoy how it leaves you wonder how this all ties together & slowly leads you towards each character meeting up with the next. I went ahead & downloaded the following two books so can move right on with the story. Well worth the price (a bargain compared to the price of most audiobooks)

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "Pulls you in"

    This is the second Neil Gaiman book I have listened to on a road trip. This one outlasted the drive & at the end of my trip I found myself wishing the drive had been longer. Gaiman does a terrific jobh of narrating his story, after a while you no longer need the indicators of which character is speaking because he does the vocal inflections so well for each character. He pulls you into this world he has created very quickly & you are never totally released back into your own. Definitely worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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