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ABLOCH

Stroudsburg, PA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4191)
    Performance
    (3867)
    Story
    (3895)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Teddy says: "I hate it when this happens"
    "Boooooo... I expected far better."
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    Is it just me or is everyone writing their storylines in anticipation of a movie deal?

    The trilogy was never EXCEPTIONAL; however, it was entertaining UP until this book. I had high hopes for this third installment, and even though I knew Tobias would play a significant role in the last book (I didn't *like* the voice talent for Tobias), it was disappointing the author seemed to take the easy way out by writing 'he said, she said - he does, she does' scenario to the storyline's main characters. The dialogue was stiff and too simple for seemingly noble characters, as it had been in the first two books, and I anticipated it would improve. It didn't. I just wish the characters weren't so boring and one dimensional.

    The storyline did make a dramatic upturn with its heart-tugging ending. As painful as it was to commitment to the book in its entirety, I was saddened by the end. It wasn't a surprise 'a-ha' ending; nevertheless, it was the only instance in the entire third book the author really wrote a picture so clear, I cried... :(

    Collectively, the story told throughout the trilogy could make a movie I'd be interested in seeing, but I'd rather see adaptations of stories to movies than reading screenplays in book form.

    Boooooo... I expected far better, and am I really disappointed the author just didn't take better care of her characters. I really had high hopes for all of them.

    31 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • Click-Clack the Rattlebag: A Free Short Story Written and Performed by Neil Gaiman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (1844)
    Performance
    (1694)
    Story
    (1695)

    "Click-Clack the Rattlebag", a subtle, witty, deceptive little tale, is your Halloween treat from Neil Gaiman and Audible, FREE through October 31. It's not available anywhere else, and for a limited time, each download from Audible benefits educational charities at DonorsChoose.org. Lock the doors, turn off the lights, and enjoy!

    Acacia says: "WHY WHY WHY"
    "Clever, clever story!"
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    Refence point:

    I have a 5 year old tolerance for gore and spook, as I still believe there ARE scary things that lurk in dark places! I did, however, download "Click-Clack the Rattlebag" for the charity contribution, and am so glad I did! This twelve minute masterpiece rattled my cage enough that I missed the ending the first time (ummm, told ya I'm a scare-dy cat!) and got the ending on the third listen. The production and author performance was equally excellent.

    Loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plan B: A Nick Heller Story

    • UNABRIDGED (46 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (686)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (360)

    An original short story by Joseph Finder, New York Times best-selling author of Buried Secrets and Vanished. "Plan B" finds private spy Nick Heller in Barcelona, Spain, on a rescue mission. The target: a walled compound with state-of-the art-security. The object: a teenage girl, held against her will.

    laall says: "Where's the rest?"
    "Nick's My Hero!"
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    This was my first Finder selection, and I'm glad it was! Finder's character creation's always spot on - real and believable; and Holter Graham's rich, robust voice rounds out my mental image of 'Nick'.

    Loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paranoia: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1505)
    Performance
    (354)
    Story
    (354)

    Adam Cassidy is twenty-six and a low level employee at a high-tech corporation who hates his job. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime. Corporate Security gives him a choice: prison or become a spy in the headquarters of their chief competitor, Trion Systems.

    Karen says: "Clever and interesting."
    "UGH..."
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    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mezmerizing voice! Had to be careful now and again from becoming too comfortable listening while driving.


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

    I suspected the ending pre half way through the book, and discounted because it was too obvious. Hearing the ending I had come up with made me want to wretch - literally! It's been awhile since I felt cheated at the ending of a story, and this is how I felt - cheated! Or... glass half full, I should have felt I was a genius for having figured out such an elementary ending.

    The story line is so unbelievably out there, it could go nowhere other than where it did. The first Finder novel that left me wishing I had stopped before the ending.


    Any additional comments?

    Joseph Finder novels are a recent find of mine. I devoured Company Man and the Nick Heller series and loved them all. Though disappointed in the ending of Paranoia, his character development of Cassidy is right on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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