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Natalie

LEES SUMMIT, MO, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Monster Hunter International

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7204)
    Performance
    (6367)
    Story
    (6361)

    Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

    Mariya says: "Killin’s my business and business is fine"
    "Twilight for boys"
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    This book is a romance. Only maybe 35% of it is action and monster fighting. The remaining 60+% of this book is the main character obsessing and creeping over the first female character he meets. Every action the main character does with her in mind.
    This is the first book in which I loathed the main character. He is a Mary Sue (Marty Stu?) So you can imagine that he narrates himself as a good and nice guy. He is a real creep and a bully! As soon as the main character learns that the main girl as a boyfriend he sets out to harass and undermined her boyfriend. Like a bully he sets out to get everyone in the book and the reader set against her boyfriend too.
    The narration is from the point of view of the main character. And throughout the narration he is always trying to find ways to put her boyfriend in a bad light. If the reader steps out of the main characters aggressive point-of-view we can see that the main characters disliking of her boyfriend is only be cause he is her boyfriend. Not because of her character's character. The main character automatically sees her boyfriend as a rival to be destroyed. His narration taints any opinion he has on her boyfriend.
    At one point the main character attacks her boyfriend in a way that threatened his life. The main character believed that her boyfriend abandoning him during a difficult situation as a first attack on himself. However, her boyfriends action makes a great deal of sense for the situation that they were in. Despite her boyfriend apologizing, the main character physically and mentally attacks her boyfriend. I should also mention that her boyfriend is a senior and a veteran to their trade. His hatefulness toward her boyfriend does not end until they break off their relationship.
    I don't understand how anyone could read this and not get sick of how continuously the main character mentions the girl he is obsessed about. I am not over-exaggerating when I say his apparent lives for her was more in the stalking, creepy, obsessive way. She even tells him that she is not interested and that she is in a relationship. So he sets off to woo her heart by destroying her boyfriend. Seriously, every action and thought the main character has is because of her.
    The woman in question doesn't pay much of a role other than being a trophy for the main character. Her character is left wanting in development. She is very generic (Mary Sue). She had an alright story before the main character came along. Then it was all about him showing off for her.
    The monsters in the book were cheesy but fun. I did enjoy the story of the main bad guy and his development. Although, all powerful beings can get a little dull. The monsters are really hard to kill. Like, all of the monsters are really hard to kill.
    This book has potential. I would be willing to give it a reread if the author would rewrite the book completely without the love interests. Boy gets girl stories are such an irritating snore. This book is a romance with some action thrown in. The narration was very good. The book I would not recommend.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5809)
    Performance
    (3739)
    Story
    (3751)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: If you’ve ever loved a dog - or even patted a dog - this book, told from the perspective of man’s best friend, will tug at your heartstrings...and won’t let go until long after Welch performs the last word. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master.

    FanB14 says: "Artful Surprise"
    "One bad thing after the other"
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    I felt the story and character (the dog) were lacking. The dogs character was overly humanized for my taste and too simple to boot. I really had to grind my teeth to finish. It's one of those stories where it's one bad thing takes place after the other but it somehow gets made up at the end. Not my favorite way to go. Plus, with my experience in animal behavior, the dogs logic and reasoning at times was silly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11636)
    Performance
    (10571)
    Story
    (10593)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Turned out book was a real drag..."
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    I picked this book up because of the reviews. I wish I hadn't wasted the point though. As soon as the book started I could tell I did not care for the style the book was written in. But, I continued to listen, hoping it would get better. When the story started to become more emerged into the plot and mystery, it became interesting enough to be tolerable. However, that didn't last at the end. At the end, I was grinding my teeth as I waited (hoped) the story would end. The characters were dull and similar after getting introduced to them. It was very predictable and cliche. For example, the groups in trouble. Only one guy knows how to fix the mess they are end. He begins to explain what they need to do in order to fix their mess before it's too late and the world is destroyed. But, when he reaches the information that everyone needs to know, he surprisingly gets dragged away before he can finish saying it! Oh plot twist!
    I'm being a bit harsh though. The book had it's interesting points. I really enjoyed the unraveling mystery of the building. There were even a few points that had me laughing. It... Just flopped pretty bad at the end. Not to mention I really did not care for the style of the writing.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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