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Norma

Concord, MA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Revival: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By David Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1946)
    Performance
    (1789)
    Story
    (1801)

    In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

    Thug4life says: "Not fit for a King"
    "Not a great King book just ok"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about Revival? What did you like least?

    The intrigue concerning the Reverand's obsession with electricity and what would be the end result. Unfortunately this is not well developed throughout the story. Too much is spent on unimportant events that really do not impact the story.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The expectation that something really interesting was about to happen at some point with the special electricity. But the ending is really anticlimatic although rather disturbing. I'm not sure if King was trying to say that one's obsession will destroy you or don't venture to deep into areas you are not supposed to.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The opening scene with Jamie playing with the soldiers and the Reverend engaging him with conversation about war strategy in a non-condescending way. Very charming.


    Could you see Revival being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It should not be made into a movie period.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is way too long and not very cohesive. Often I was wondering when something would happen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spark: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By John Twelve Hawks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Jacob Underwood is a contract employee of the Special Services Section, a shadow department in the faceless multinational corporation DBG. Jacob is not a businessman...he is a hired assassin...and his job is to neutralize problems deemed unacceptable by the corporation. Jacob is not like other employees, nor is he like other people. Suffering from Cotard's syndrome - a real condition that causes people to believe they are dead - Jacob perceives himself as nothing but a Shell with no emotion...

    D says: "Engaging"
    "It's what makes humans unique"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely wonderful story about the human spirit and the forces that attempt to crush it.


    What other book might you compare Spark to and why?

    Fahrenheit 451. The breaking from conforming to the code of the fire man to one of supporting those who cherish books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Underwood decides that Emily is now his center of his circle and must save her


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    At the end of the book when Emily is about to leave with Sean she hugs him and he in turn hugs her.


    Any additional comments?

    John Twelve Hawks has the ability to intertwine messages of humanity and freedom in a brilliant story that is written which such depth of character and situations. Absolutely loved every minute. Hope there is more to come.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Poseidon's Arrow: A Dirk Pitt Novel, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Dirk Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (879)
    Performance
    (755)
    Story
    (759)

    It is the greatest advance in American defense technology in decades - an attack submarine capable of incredible underwater speeds. Nothing else in any other nation’s naval arsenal even comes close. There is only one problem: A key element of the prototype is missing - and the man who developed it is dead. At the same time, ships have started vanishing mid-ocean, usually never to be found again, but when they are, sometimes bodies are found aboard... burned to a crisp.

    Karen says: "Another great adventure for Dirk"
    "Repetitive and annoying"
    Overall
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    What would have made Poseidon's Arrow better?

    Stop with them being captured all the time. Absurd situations that are filler rather than continue the story line. I think a third of the book could have been cut.


    Has Poseidon's Arrow turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Scott is always excellent.


    What character would you cut from Poseidon's Arrow?

    Ann was supposed to be a strong character but was actually very weak.


    Any additional comments?

    It starts off very good but rapidly declines as things don't make sense and the dialogue is very qeak

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eye for an Eye: A Dewey Andreas Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Ben Coes
    • Narrated By Peter Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (703)
    Performance
    (633)
    Story
    (634)

    In Ben Coes' latest, Eye for an Eye, Dewey Andreas faces the toughest odds of his life as one of China's most powerful men has decided to do whatever he must to take down Dewey - and inflicts a horrifying loss. Andreas - former Army Ranger and Delta - is a man of great skills and cunning. His opponent, Fao Bhang, is ruthless, determined, and with no limit to the assets at his disposal. In this conflict, there are only two possible outcomes. And only one Dewey Andreas.

    Anthony says: "Another Impossible Hero"
    "Great story until the rediculous ending"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend this book because the author did not write a plausible conclusion to the story.


    What was most disappointing about Ben Coes’s story?

    Mission impossible style to the conclusion which really disappoints.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Charm School

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1705)
    Performance
    (950)
    Story
    (942)

    Something very strange -- and sinister -- is going on in the Russian woods at Borodino. In a place called Mrs. Ivanova's Charm School, young KGB agents are being taught by American POW's how to be model citizens of the USA. The Soviet goal -- to infiltrate the United States undetected. When an unsuspecting American tourist stumbles upon this secret, he sets in motion a CIA investigation that will reveal horrifying police state savagery and superpower treachery.

    Char says: "Incredibly Good"
    "Probably the best spy novel I've ever read"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about The Charm School?

    The complexity of the story just astounds me. It begins with what appears to be a simple story of a kid traveling in Russia in his TransAm. and winds up unraveling the greatest secret of all.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Scott Brick is an exceptional reader. Each character has a unique and distinctive voice. He is able to pull you into the story with his amazing dramatic performance.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended to anyone who loves a great piece of fiction with a real world flavor .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Option to Kill: A Nathan McBride Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Andrew Peterson
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1456)
    Performance
    (1270)
    Story
    (1283)

    When Nathan McBride receives a text message from someone who claims she’s been kidnapped, it triggers a deadly chain of events that has the potential to haunt him for the rest of his life. Nathan will soon learn that nothing from his past could ever prepare him for the crisis he’ll soon be facing. The girl’s name is Lauren and she’s just 12 years old.

    Carla says: "An Outstanding Story with Engaging Characters"
    "Great story - loved it"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Initially it was difficult to identify McBride since I'm so used to hearing Dick Hill narrate Jack Reacher books but after a while it was fine. The bonding he develops in the book with Lauren, a 12 year old girl, really adds to the story development. Really great book and will read the others too.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • State of Wonder: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Hope Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4448)
    Performance
    (3238)
    Story
    (3241)

    Research scientist Dr. Marina Singh is sent to Brazil to track down her former mentor, Dr. Annick Swenson, who seems to have disappeared in the Amazon while working on an extremely valuable new drug. The last person who was sent to find her died before he could complete his mission. Plagued by trepidation, Marina embarks on an odyssey into the insect-infested jungle in hopes of finding answers to the questions about her friend's death, her company's future, and her own past.

    F. B. Herron says: "Do yourself a favor and listen to this book!"
    "Poor excuse for novel on medical research"
    Overall
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    What would have made State of Wonder better?

    Eliminate the pseudo science and terrible characters


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Confusion about why this book was published. It's completely nonsensical and poorly written.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3761)
    Performance
    (3269)
    Story
    (3272)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Do aliens really have a sense of humor?"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Original take on the first contact with aliens. Joshua can reallly let loose with the one liners.


    Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Excellent performance. Nails each character perfectly.


    Any additional comments?

    At first I thought this was going to be a little too off beat for me but as I got into it the story really does move in the right direction. I like the harsh realities of being a Hollywood agent and the whole Hollywood culture as it impacts the whole world.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Terminal Freeze

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (862)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (306)

    In this riveting new thriller, Lincoln Child weaves together a stunning Arctic landscape, a terrifying mythic creature, and a pervasive mood of chaos and fear. With Terminal Freeze, Child demonstrates why he has become a major best-selling author, and why his novels electrify and enthrall so many.

    Lee says: "a gourment meal for us lovers of horror fiction"
    "Disappointing and obvious conclusion"
    Overall

    Child's book Deep Storn is a brilliant scifi novel that is hard to put down. Terminal Freeze is just one big disappointment. It's more an attempt at horror than scifi. Unfortunately the build up is poorly done. The plot is way too obvious. It just lacks any depth. Hope the next one is more like Deep Storn.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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