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  • Practical Demonkeeping

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (768)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (398)

    In Christopher Moore's ingenious debut novel, we meet one of the most memorably mismatched pairs in the annals of literature. The good-looking one is one-hundred-year-old ex-seminarian and "roads" scholar Travis O'Hearn. The green one is Catch, a demon with a nasty habit of eating most of the people he meets.

    Martin says: "Gets better as it goes ......"
    "Terrible!"
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    Would you try another book from Christopher Moore and/or Oliver Wyman?

    I have tried several. I like his style, but man, it's hard to get on board with several of his storylines. This one was pretty bad.


    What could Christopher Moore have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I like that he takes really extreme things and puts them in mundane situations. In the case of this book, though, I didn't like any of the characters.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Oliver Wyman’s performances?

    I HATED his voicing of the demon. It was so irritating.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Practical Demonkeeping?

    Oh geez, over half of it. Too convoluted.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Matthew Quick
    • Narrated By Noah Galvin
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (216)

    Today is Leonard Peacock's birthday. It is also the day he hides a gun in his backpack. Because today is the day he will kill his former best friend, and then himself, with his grandfather's P-38 pistol. But first he must say good-bye to the four people who matter most to him: his Humphrey Bogart - obsessed next-door neighbor, Walt; his classmate Baback, a violin virtuoso; Lauren, the Christian homeschooler he has a crush on; and Herr Silverman, who teaches the high school's class on the Holocaust.

    L. Gutman says: "Required reading for humans"
    "Almost...but not quite"
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    What disappointed you about Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock?

    There was too much going on. I couldn't focus on Leonard, and I really wanted to--he was a compelling character, but there were too many strings, too much to follow.


    Has Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I like reading YA novels, and I especially like to try to find good male narrators.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The reader was fine. It wasn't him, it was the story.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was just uncomfortable at the end. It was an unusual shift in the genre, at least in my experience, but it wasn't really handled well. I feel like the emotions were not given full breadth.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MaddAddam: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Bob Walter, Robbie Daymond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (395)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (352)

    Months after the Waterless Flood pandemic has wiped out most of humanity, Toby and Ren have rescued their friend Amanda from the vicious Painballers. They return to the MaddAddamite cob house, newly fortified against man and giant pigoon alike. Accompanying them are the Crakers, the gentle, quasi-human species engineered by the brilliant but deceased Crake. Their reluctant prophet, Snowman-the-Jimmy, is recovering from a debilitating fever, so it's left to Toby to preach the Craker theology, with Crake as Creator.

    Tery says: "dystopian heaven"
    "So Good!"
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    If you could sum up MaddAddam in three words, what would they be?

    Haunted but Hopeful.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Toby is my favorite character, followed closely by Blackbeard.


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

    Toby's voice is so patient, so, well, motherly. She is tired, and that is conveyed, but she's not sarcastic and she isn't apathetic. The tenderness with which she treats the "crakers" is truly heartening. I loved these parts of the book.


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

    Life finds a way...


    Any additional comments?

    This was the final installment of an excellent trilogy. The narrator highlighted the storyline and I really enjoyed it. Highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2448)
    Performance
    (2242)
    Story
    (2244)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "Disappointing..."
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    What would have made Dead Ever After better?

    It feels like Charlaine Harris just phoned it in. A whole lot of nothing happens for hours, and then it get rushed and everything is shoved into a little box with a cheap bow.


    What could Charlaine Harris have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Actually focus on the vampires. We've spent 12 books with them, and this is the end?


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

    I LOVE Johanna Parker's voice. She does a great job of portraying Sookie.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dead Ever After?

    Most of the middle.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Secret: Harper Connelly Mysteries, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    Overall
    (917)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (449)

    Lightning-struck sleuth Harper Connelly and her stepbrother Tolliver take a break from looking for the dead to visit the two little girls they both think of as sisters. But, as always happens when they travel to Texas, memories of their horrible childhood resurface.

    Linda says: "Really liked it!"
    "Kinda gross..."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I like the narrator's voice. I've bought several in this series because of that. The voice fits the storyline. However, the story in this sequel, was ridiculous.


    What could Charlaine Harris have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    **Spoiler** Maybe not have the brother and sister get married? I don't know. Seems like a no-brainer.


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

    I think she portrays the character's personality--kind of uptight but also calm. The mood she creates works for the character, Harper.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Grave Secret?

    Once again, I could do without the gratuitous "I'm having sex with my brother" scenes. Really? That ruined the whole series for me, so I guess I'm glad this was the last one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shades of Earth: An Across the Universe Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Beth Revis
    • Narrated By Tara Carrozza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceship Godspeed behind. They're ready to start life afresh - to build a home - on Centauri-Earth, the planet that Amy has traveled 25 trillion miles across the universe to experience. But this new Earth isn't the paradise that Amy had been hoping for. Amy and Elder must race to uncover who - or what - else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together. But as each new discovery brings more danger, Amy and Elder will have to look inward to the very fabric of what makes them human on this, their most harrowing journey yet.

    Brian says: "Male reader in mid 40's"
    "Across the Universe was so much better"
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    What disappointed you about Shades of Earth?

    The story. They land on the new planet, and the frozen people wake up and take over? Really? They are outnumbered and yet they call all the shots. After everything that happened in Across the Universe, you'd think it would be different.


    Has Shades of Earth turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all. I liked the first book, but not this one. Sequels aren't usually as good, in my opinion.


    What didn’t you like about Tara Carrozza’s performance?

    I really enjoyed both narrator's voices.


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

    Sure. I liked Amy, but I found her to be more of a pawn of the two boys as opposed to her own person. She doesn't have the investigative spark that she had on the ship.


    Any additional comments?

    This had so much potential. It's sad. The first book, though, is really good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Warm Bodies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Isaac Marion
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (828)
    Performance
    (768)
    Story
    (765)

    R is a young man with an existential crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. His ability to connect with the outside world is limited to a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend, Julie.

    Tabitha says: "Incredible!"
    "This was...OK"
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    Would you try another book from Isaac Marion and/or Kevin Kenerly?

    Probably not.


    Has Warm Bodies turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I generally like zombie books. I'm a fan of the genre, and I was excited about this new twist on the typical storyline. It was a little too juvenile for me. The teen romance parts undermined the philosophical moments R has throughout. The scene with zombie "sex" was also pretty weird.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The voice was a little whispery, which sometimes enhanced the work, but it also made it slow and it conveyed a tone that didn't always seem to fit. The voice shift for Julie was particularly difficult to enjoy.


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

    I think R has a lot of thoughts about what it means to live as a human. These moments are pretty deep, and I enjoyed them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1991)
    Performance
    (1817)
    Story
    (1803)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Cassandra says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "You'd think..."
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    What disappointed you about The Wind Through the Keyhole?

    I did not enjoy Stephen King's narration. I like the other Gunslinger books, and have listened to most of them. I got to this one, and I couldn't get past his voice. It was grating.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I just couldn't take the nasal voice. You'd think that I'd be excited to hear King read his own work, but I was so disappointed. I really like the story, but I was distracted by the voice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Minnie Goode
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (912)
    Performance
    (837)
    Story
    (835)

    This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

    Think about this says: "I was consumed by this story!"
    "Different take on the same ole..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) to be better than the print version?

    I wouldn't say better, but it was definitely on par. I really like the narrator's voice, and I feel like it complemented the story very well.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Like everyone (probably), I loved Juliette. She was a really strong female character with intelligence, bravery, and a lot of character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the physical description of the silo itself. I could envision the floors and the staff.


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

    The scene with Lucas trying to map the stars "up top." For some reason, that really made me feel the sadness of their inability to be outside.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a surprisingly good book. I read a lot of negative reviews, but decided it sounded interesting enough to give it a try. I'm glad I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Dies at the End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1299)
    Performance
    (1180)
    Story
    (1193)

    STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

    Cassandra says: "Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win."
    "Wish he'd died sooner..."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really. It had interesting moments, but overall, it was just kinda gross and uninteresting.


    What was most disappointing about David Wong’s story?

    Just too bizarre which seemed to be bizarre for the sake of being...bizarre. Seemed really incoherent at times. Just couldn't follow.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I did have moments where I enjoyed David's narrative. Some of his stream of consciousness was really clever.


    Could you see John Dies at the End being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I tried to watch it, to see if maybe it was just the audio version that turned me off, but nope, it was the story in general. Just not for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I was kind of sad that I didn't like it since so many of my friends do. Just wasn't my cup of tea.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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