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Mary

Hampden, ME, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • Impulse

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Steven Gould
    • Narrated By Emily Rankin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (175)

    Cent has a secret. She lives in isolation, with her parents, hiding from the people who took her father captive and tortured him to gain control over his ability to teleport, and from the government agencies who want to use his talent. Cent has seen the world, but only from the safety of her parents' arms. She's teleported more than anyone on Earth, except for her mother and father, but she's never been able to do it herself. Her life has never been in danger. Until the day when she went snowboarding without permission and triggered an avalanche. When the snow and ice thundered down on her, she suddenly found herself in her own bedroom.

    Edward says: "Just too COOL and FUN"
    "Like being stoned to death with popcorn !"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If I had a teen of 16 - 18 years old I might suggest it to them - - after the homework was done. This is not a book for an older person.


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8464)
    Performance
    (7695)
    Story
    (7755)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Livia says: "Formulaic and Hard to Finish...."
    "Where was ye Editor ?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Inferno in three words, what would they be?

    good - not great


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Inferno?

    the switch between Ferris and Brooks


    Which character – as performed by Paul Michael – was your favorite?

    no fav.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    The last third of the book needs an Editor's pen to tighten it up. Drags in several places with unneeded details.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1899)
    Performance
    (1700)
    Story
    (1681)

    Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

    Oceana says: "My favorite Reacher story yet"
    "TOO Reacher"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This version of Reacher was way TOO Reacheresque ! Shallow plot line and peremptory ending. Perhaps written too quickly with out much thought.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (9776)
    Performance
    (8880)
    Story
    (8892)

    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!!"
    "14 instills fear as it broadens its grasp"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The scene appears simple - just an apartment house - and then it pulls you in and in. Cline slowly increases the mystery and at the same time we learn about our own fears as the characters learn about their surroundings. I felt at home in this story because it has parallels with my favorite "American Gods."


    What does Ray Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ray Porters subtle shifts during this fast paced mystery are so well done that he enhances the mystery and he brings out the fear .


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe Cline will team up with Gaiman soon ?

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3213)
    Performance
    (2812)
    Story
    (2844)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "Bait and Switch"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Reamde? What did you like least?

    The performance of the characters by the reader was good and the book was WAY too long.


    What was most disappointing about Neal Stephenson???s story?

    This is the classic


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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