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Mariah

BOULDER, CO, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 105 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Raising Stony Mayhall

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Daryl Gregory
    • Narrated By David Marantz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1022)
    Performance
    (907)
    Story
    (909)

    In 1968, after the first zombie outbreak, Wanda Mayhall and her three young daughters discover the body of a teenage mother during a snowstorm. Wrapped in the woman's arms is a baby - stone-cold, not breathing, and without a pulse. But then his eyes open and look up at Wanda, and he begins to move.The family hides the child - whom they name Stony - rather than turn him over to authorities who would destroy him. Against all scientific reason, the undead boy begins to grow....

    Dave says: "The Undead Have Never Been So Fresh (or Funny)"
    "Entertaining and Fun...and that's about the extent"
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    I bought this book because of the October Zombie book sale. It was one of the few that looked like it would offer something different and interesting. It was definitely a different and refreshing take on the typical Zombie Apocalypse theme, and it was certainly entertaining, if not elevated literature. I would say that the book's tone reminded me a lot of the Sookie Stackhouse books--it got a lot into Zombie politics, culture, and philosophy. All in all, I liked it, but I'm glad I got it on sale.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Matthew Quick
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1879)
    Performance
    (1698)
    Story
    (1701)

    During his years in a neural-health facility, Pat Peoples has formulated a theory about silver linings. He believes that his life is a movie produced by God, that his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and that if he succeeds, his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

    FanB14 says: "Eagles Victory"
    "Even better than the movie!"
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    I was expecting this book to be pretty much the same as the movie, which I really enjoyed. The book follows a fairly different story arc than the movie, with less of an emphasis on the dance and the relationship with Tiffany, and more of an emphasis on Patrick's philosophy and recovery...and his love of the Eagles. The narrator was perfect--he captured Pat's boy-like manner, and also did a great accent for Cliff, the Indian psychologist. All in all a really great listen!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Robber Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (106)

    Margaret Atwood's The Robber Bride is inspired by "The Robber Bridegroom", a wonderfully grisly tale from the Brothers Grimm in which an evil groom lures three maidens into his lair and devours them, one by one. But in her version, Atwood brilliantly recasts the monster as Zenia, a villainess of demonic proportions, and sets her loose in the lives of three friends.

    Mariah says: "Captivating Story with Great Narration"
    "Captivating Story with Great Narration"
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    Margaret Atwood is my favorite author, and I was not disappointed with this book. I found the story interesting and unique, with great character development. I loved the voice and style of the narrator--she was perfect for the voices of all three main characters.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Moonlight Mile

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (143)

    Amanda McCready was four years old when she vanished from a Boston neighborhood 12 years ago. Kenzie and Gennaro risked everything to find the young girl - only to orchestrate her return to a neglectful mother and a broken home. Now Amanda is sixteen - and gone again. Haunted by their consciences, Kenzie and Gennaro revisit the case that troubled them the most. Their search leads them into a world of identity thieves, methamphetamine dealers, and more....

    Charles says: "Oh Dennis, what happened to you?"
    "Why, Jonathan Davis, Why??"
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    My main point of contention with this book was that the narrator attempted a Boston accent. After five books, you really get used to the way a person's voice sounds, and I liked his voice in all of the other Kenzie-Gennaro books. There was no need to change it up--it totally detracted from the story!

    As for the story, I thought it was just OK--a bit of a low note in one of my favorite series, but I did feel like it was nice to wrap things up and tie up some loose ends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10315)
    Performance
    (5224)
    Story
    (5259)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Venita says: "Lenghtly but good, ending was rushed"
    "Entertaining and Fun, but not Stephen King's Best"
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    Generally, it was a very entertaining read--it kept my attention to the end and I didn't feel like my time was wasted. It had all the elements of every Stephen King novel--bad villains, a supernatural environmental enemy (the dome, a super-plague, an unhinging dark tower, vampires, etc), a level headed and rather flat hero, a sassy and smart leading lady, clever spunky kids, and of course a staggeringly high body count.

    My main disappointment was that I was very interested in the premise of the book and I thought it was set up well--what would a town do if it was cut off from the rest of the world? I thought it was kind of an interesting look at the politics and environmental consequences (I even thought it might be a bit of a climate change parable...but I think that is reading too much into it). Then, after all of this complicated and interesting set up, there was big explosion and everyone died except for the good guys, who all survived and then figured out how to lift the dome and everyone lived happily ever after, the end. The ending felt like a real cop-out to me.

    In terms of the performance, I liked Raul Esparza's regular reading voice, but having gone to college in rural Maine, I was confused about some of the characters' accents. Jim Renny had a strong Southern drawl, Rusty Everett sounded like he was from California, and the children sounded like cartoon characters with head colds. I know Maine accents are hard to get right, but it seemed like an odd choice to give characters strong accents from other parts of the country. As always, if you can't do an accent, just don't...or find a narrator who can.

    1 of 1 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
    (5786)
    Performance
    (3719)
    Story
    (3731)

    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"
    "I knew it would make me cry...and it did"
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    Like all books about dogs, this book was heartbreaking. Why do all dogs have to die in the end???? No spoiler alert--you know right from the beginning that this is a retrospective. It wasn't exactly what I was expecting. Enzo was a much more serious and philosophical dog than many of his literary compatriots. Still, it was everything I was hoping for-sweet, funny, thought provoking, and of course, sad. I liked the narrator but I felt like his voice and tone added more gravitas to the story than was entirely necessary. He often sounded sardonic or annoyed when he referred to Enzo's doggiest aspects (getting his head scratched, playing fetch), which made Enzo devoid of any cuteness or playfulness. I think I would have viewed Enzo differently if I had read the book instead of listening. Still--a great read!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3543)
    Performance
    (1478)
    Story
    (1499)

    In I Am Legend, a plague has decimated the world, and those unfortunate enough to survive are transformed into blood-thirsty creatures of the night. Robert Neville is the last living man on earth. Everyone else has become a vampire, and they are all hungry for Neville's blood. By day, he stalks the sleeping undead, by night, he barricades himself in his home and prays for the dawn.

    Amazon Customer says: "Superb!"
    "Totally different take on a Vampire Story"
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    This book was not at all what I expected. It isn't anything like the movie, though I enjoyed both the stories of the book and the movie. I love vampire lore (huge Buffy fan here), but this was a totally new (new to me, I know the book was written in the 50s) and equally enjoyable take on the genre. This book went deeply into the scientific and psychological implications of a vampire apocalypse, which is a refreshing break from the more popular story line of humans falling in love with vampires and vice versa. I thought the reader was very good, though his woman voice was completely crazy. All in all, I was surprised and pleased!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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