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Chris

Edmond, OK, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 52 titles in library
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  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30586)
    Performance
    (23643)
    Story
    (23830)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Not Great because of reader"
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    I like (not love, like Book 1) the story and character but the reader Carolyn McCormick puts too much of herself into Katniss. Her emotional renditions seem unauthentic and whiny quite often. I actually began to cringe when I felt she was ruining a given part, which increased in frequency over time. Also, I feel the story and situations become predictable in the 2nd and 3rd book of the trilogy. I found myself wondering what the story would be like if reading and avoiding the overlay of the reader (too heavy in general).

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonsong: Harper Hall Trilogy, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Sally Darling
    Overall
    (1198)
    Performance
    (678)
    Story
    (701)

    Dragonsong is the spellbinding tale of Menolly of Half Circle Hold, a brave young girl who flees her seaside village and discovers the legendary fire lizards of Pern. All her life, Menolly has longed to learn the ancient secrets of the Harpers, the master musicians of Harper Hall. When her stern father denies her the chance to make her dream come true, Menolly runs away from home. Hiding in a cave by the sea, she finds nine magical fire lizards who join her on a breathtaking journey to Harper Hall.

    Euryleia says: "One of my favorites"
    "Much better than expected"
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    I just finished a few books in a Lequin series. I was expecting something like that. The difference is none of the ad nauseum scenic descriptions, more forward movement in the tale, and none of "I wish this book were over so I could get the point". I love scenery, especially in imagination, and McCaffrey does a better job in a digestible amount of words. The characters, though obviously in a fantasy world, are much like people I know and struggle with. To me, the sign of a great author is one who blends fun with reality, so that when we read we are entertained and moved, or inspired, or driven to thought about our own life. I'm finding this book entertaining and thought provoking, and I walk away from each listening time filled with pictures of another world, and thinking about emotions and schemas in my life. I anticipate each listening time with a sense of joy, as opposed to "I hope this is the time it becomes really, really interesting and moving".

    In my opinion, this book has depth, reflection, well developed emotional themes, interesting and varied characters, and an engaging, multi-level, story line.

    Almost forgot, the narrator is very engaging and interesting, and seems made for the period. But she almost sounds as though she has a vocal impediment or strain. It takes a little getting used to, maybe like listening to Katherine Hepburn in her later years. It doesn't interfere, and it's feminine, obviously, like the main character, so she works well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane: Underland Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (282)

    Gregor is summoned back to the Underland by the terms of a second prophecy. Spies have reported the sighting of a Rat King, a character who has been legendary since the Middle Ages. Recognizable by its tremendous size and snow-white coat, the Rat King is destined to bring a World War to the Underland. Gregor eventually comes face to face with the Rat King, and to his surprise, he finds he is unable to kill this creature. His heart tells him he's making the right decision.

    A User says: "just love"
    "Good not great"
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    Ok, someone compared this to Harry Potter. In my opinion Suzanne Collins doesn't have the depth of soul of Harry's author. She can't explore characters the way Rowling does, and setup such amazing acts of friendship. Gregor books are good, and a great setting and story, but for me, the 2nd book was only 1/2 as good as the first. I did cry, and cheer, and laugh out loud, but then was feeling stale, and seeing very similar trends in the Bane (2nd) book. I was sad about that. Teh Narrator is amazing, but RipRed had a very different voice and character in the Bane book. Weird. He was my favorite Character. I realize this is all personal, but I promise these books are not on par with Potter. Don't expect that and it's a good read and fun tale that is easy to get lost in.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician's Elephant

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate DiCamillo
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (70)

    When a fortuneteller’s tent appears in the market square of the city of Baltese, orphan Peter Augustus Duchene knows the questions that he needs to ask: Does his sister still live? And if so, how can he find her? The fortuneteller’s mysterious answer (An elephant! An elephant will lead him there!) sets off a chain of events so remarkable, so impossible, that Peter can hardly dare to believe it. But it is - all of it - true.

    Lucinda says: "WONDERFUL!"
    "Good, but not her best"
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    This book has the usual deep meanings that Kate Dicamillo imparts. The heart warming and mysterious stuff. But it feels emotionally, and message-wise too much like a rewrite of her other books. I did enjoy it though, very much. But it just wasn't original and each page fascinating and moving, like Edward Tulane for instance. Kate's books are so deep and the reader is so good, though, that you do get transported into this inner world of the book, so maybe if I was emotionally in a different place, or different events in life, It would have hit me harder.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, and the Unique Child who Became Theodore Roosevelt

    • ABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By David McCullough
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (105)

    Winner of the 1982 National Book Award for Biography, Mornings on Horseback is the brilliant biography of the young Theodore Roosevelt. Hailed as a masterpiece by Newsday, it is the story of a remarkable little boy, seriously handicapped by recurrent and nearly fatal attacks of asthma, and his struggle to manhood.

    Michael O'Brien says: "Great!"
    "Tedious (no pun intended, really)"
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    It moves too slow. Way too much detail for enterntainment. Fun in parts. Takes a long time to warm up. Obviusly, very well researched. Great for history buffs. Dry as a bone in most parts. The male reader doing a southern accent is enough to make me angry and want to turn it off. It would have been fine to do no rendition of accent. Then all the sudden when the female read, the whole feeling of the book changed. The man's voice feels like a dry, dull, boring teacher. The women put emotion into it, and I actually felt something. This book has no emotional impact until the woman reads. If you like reading a newspaper, then you may like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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