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Marjean

Marysville, WA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3809)
    Performance
    (2158)
    Story
    (2191)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "Nonstop extreme profanity and explicit sex"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Remove all of the profanity and explicit sex then improve the story.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The ending is in the 2nd book "Judas Unchained" and this whole review pertains to both books. There was too much action at the end and it was drawn out far too long.


    What about John Lee’s performance did you like?

    He was very good except that he seemed to relish the profanity and pronounced it a way that would have made it far more vulgar if that had been possible. In short, I did not like his performance overall.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story was interesting but not great.


    Any additional comments?

    The author has a very sick outlook on life. He doesn't believe marriage can or should last very long. He thinks people should get what satisfaction they can from a marriage then move on and that nobody will be hurt by this and that anyone who expects more is not realistic.

    He also obviously believes that everyone wants casual sex as often and with as many partners as it takes to satisfy and that almost everyone uses extreme profanity in almost every sentence or at least that they don't mind hearing others use it.

    I have been married for 48 years and our marriage just keeps getting better. Many of my personal acquaintances feel the same way. If the author were interested, I would be happy to help him set his life on a happier course.

    Why have none of the other reviewers on this entire website mentioned profanity and sex? If they think nobody cares they couldn't be more wrong! I am convinced that those who do care are a vast majority! Almost everyone I have ever known belongs to that majority. I can tolerate and even love those who do not belong to that majority but I would never choose to spend a great deal time with them.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All Clear

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren, Connie Willis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1413)
    Performance
    (897)
    Story
    (914)

    Three time-traveling historians are visiting World War II England: Michael Davies, intent on observing heroism during the Miracle of Dunkirk; Merope Ward, studying children evacuated from London; and Polly Churchill, posing as a shopgirl in the middle of the Blitz. But when the three become unexpectedly trapped in 1940, they struggle not only to find their way home but to survive as Hitler's bombers attempt to pummel London into submission.

    Brashear Robert Keith says: "joint review for Blackout and All Clear"
    "Best time travel story ever for me!"
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    Any additional comments?

    This story, which started in "Blackout" was slow and even boring at times, but it all came together in the last few hours of "All Clear" in such a satisfying way as to make it all much more than simply worthwhile. There have been many great stories of time travel, but never one so intelligent and believable as this.The characters are wonderful and you will be very sorry to leave them for good at the end of the story. Many of the characters will surprise you. This is an author that obviously loves people and is able to see more than just a little good in all of them. When it all ends, you will both be satisfied and wish there was more.It would be impossible to give too much praise to this narrator. I, for one, cannot believe a more talented narrator exists. Her ability to give a complete and different personality to every character is beyond belief and her complete command of all English accents cannot be matched! Through all of this, she always speaks clearly never making the listener struggle to understand a single word.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Calico Joe

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Erik Singer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (752)
    Performance
    (660)
    Story
    (655)

    Whatever happened to Calico Joe? It began quietly enough with a pulled hamstring. The first baseman for the Cubs AAA affiliate in Wichita went down as he rounded third and headed for home. The next day, Jim Hickman, the first baseman for the Cubs, injured his back. The team suddenly needed someone to play first, so they reached down to their AA club in Midland, Texas, and called up a 21-year-old named Joe Castle. He was the hottest player in AA and creating a buzz....

    Carolyn Hathaway says: "Baseball fans only"
    "Short but worth at least 2 credits"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Calico Joe to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but the audio could hardly have been better.


    What other book might you compare Calico Joe to and why?

    I've never read a book quite like it


    What about Erik Singer’s performance did you like?

    I can't put a finger on it. He just seemed perfect for the story. I have no idea how he would have done if he had to impersonate many characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A story of baseball and redemption (though the word redemption might give too much away)


    Any additional comments?

    A wonderful story in every way. Suitable for all ages and tastes.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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