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Andrew Michael Schwarz

I devour books like a trash compactor.

Seattle | Member Since 2012

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  • 4 reviews
  • 17 ratings
  • 157 titles in library
  • 27 purchased in 2014
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  • Instructions

    • UNABRIDGED (4 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    Trust dreams, trust your heart, and trust your story. A renowned storyteller whose words have transported readers to magical realms guides a traveler safely through lands unknown and yet strangely familiar...and home again.

    Marie says: "And they say life doesn't come with instructions!"
    "Wasn't what I expected"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I suppose this could be considered cute. A magical journey condensed into 3 minutes. In the end I wanted more. More insight, more writing, more everything.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    So so


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    He narrows down the tropes of a fantastical adventure. Things you might find in any story. So in that it was enchanting.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing wrong with that


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I wanted something more substantial from the Master.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flowers in the Attic

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By V.C. Andrews®
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (478)

    This best-selling thriller has captivated over 4.5 million readers of all ages; V.C. Andrews’ fans know her mixture of vivid characters and ominous moods is highly addictive. Flowers in the Attic is the first book in a gripping series featuring the Dollangagers - a family haunted by a remorseless, demonic history. This tale of obsession, also made into a haunting movie, has made V.C. Andrews’ name synonymous with the best in dark suspense.

    Marthe says: "Awesome!"
    "Didn't expect to be drawn into the series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Flowers in the Attic in three words, what would they be?

    You want revenge


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes for most of the novel. There were a few spots where I thought it was kind of slow, but overall that just added to the suspense.


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

    She really made the characters feel the emotion.


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

    Yes, but its a spoiler and so I shouldn't write it here.


    Any additional comments?

    VC Andrews is one of my new favs and I went on and bought the second book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7082)
    Performance
    (6284)
    Story
    (6348)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Keith says: "Worth the wait!"
    "Not cool"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Stand? What did you like least?

    The first part really sets this book up for a huge epic. King's detail as to how the world ends is fantastic. I think everyone agrees with that. So, okay we agree to make the journey...all 50 hours of it. Unabridged. We follow these characters to the bitter end and for what? An end that DOES NOT satisfy.


    Would you recommend The Stand to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. Well, the first part yes. The rest no...just too disappointing.


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

    No, but Grover was awesome.


    Was The Stand worth the listening time?

    No, regrettably.


    Any additional comments?

    The end was such a rediculous let down. You just know King didn't know how to end it so just wrote something.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13156)
    Performance
    (10759)
    Story
    (10882)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Well grounded world but characters lack action"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Name of the Wind?

    How well fleshed out the world is and the main characters ingenuity. Also the magic system is so good you think you can learn and master it.


    What was most disappointing about Patrick Rothfuss’s story?

    Just the lack of action and suspense. His character Qvouthe makes a lot of assertions about himself but is not so forth coming to show it.


    Did Nick Podehl do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He did but I felt he over acted. The narrator became more prominent than the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Too long for that


    Any additional comments?

    I found myself irked by the narrators characterization and wondered if this colored my enjoyment of the book. Also the main character seemed a little too full of himself. Would have liked more danger.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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