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Kelly

Raleigh, North Carolina | Member Since 2014

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  • Chasm City

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2242)
    Performance
    (1869)
    Story
    (1870)

    The once-utopian Chasm City - a domed human settlement on an otherwise inhospitable planet---has been overrun by a virus known as the Melding Plague, capable of infecting any body, organic or computerized. Now, with the entire city corrupted - from the people to the very buildings they inhabit---only the most wretched sort of existence remains. The stakes are raised when Tanner Mirabel's search brings him face to face with a centuries-old atrocity that history would rather forget.

    Tango says: "Enter Revelation Space HERE"
    "Absolutely love this universe."
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    Alastair Reynolds blew me away with this space opera, and I've read the series 3 times now. He creates entire genres of humans. Different worlds and whole new enemies and dangers. Chasm City is an amazing back story for a few planets in the universe. John Lee is the best narrator!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower VII

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12542)
    Performance
    (9944)
    Story
    (9970)

    All good things must come to an end, Constant Listener, and not even Stephen King can write a story that goes on forever. The tale of Roland Deschain's relentless quest for the Dark Tower has, the author fears, sorely tried the patience of those who have followed it from its earliest chapters. But attend to it a while longer, if it pleases you, for this volume is the last, and often the last things are best.

    Lori says: "Amazing - a must have.."
    "Meh, I read it to finish the series."
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    Poor Dark Tower series. There was souch promise. Ruined my ideas for Walter. Whatever, maybe one day I'll forget I read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12688)
    Performance
    (9439)
    Story
    (9523)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Cool, but complicated"
    "I am now a Stephenson fan!"
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    I put off reading Stephenson for years, and I'm so happy I've finally decided to read them. This book was fun from beginning to end. I wish I was part of the family with Uncle Enzo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28224)
    Performance
    (26006)
    Story
    (25917)

    Welcome to Derry, Maine. It's a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real. They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made 28 years ago calls them to reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city's children.

    Nicole says: "A Classic with a Top-Notch Performance!"
    "Great read."
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    The narration and speedy development was great. I love character development, and I thought Weber did a good job creating each.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14817)
    Performance
    (10639)
    Story
    (10626)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Calmeridian Tink says: "Ruined Me..."
    "Great beginning. Bleh ending."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Would I recommend this book to a friend? I would recommend reading the beginning of the book 100%. When the time switch happens, the book killed itself in my opinion.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    How would I change the story to make it more enjoyable? I don't know what I would have done to save the ending of this book.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    What I liked about the performance was the difference narrators. I enjoy narration by different people to voice male and female characters.


    Did The Passage inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to view vampires in a different way. They only use the word "vampires" a few times, but Cronin's take on historically accurate ways to kill / handle vampires is cool.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book until the time switch. I recommended it so much. I was calling my reading partner every other day to say how cool the book was. After the time switch, I never called him again. I was sorely disappointed in the next few books. From what I've read online, you either love this book or hate it. If you don't enjoy it after the time switch, stop reading and save yourself the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Isle: Ex-Heroes, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett, Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3168)
    Performance
    (2922)
    Story
    (2911)

    The heroes are overjoyed when they discover another group of survivors living on a manmade island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. But there's something very, very wrong with this isolated community and its mysterious leader - a secret that could put every survivor in the world at risk.

    Lore says: "The superheroes head out to sea."
    "Very cool universe!"
    Overall
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    It's interesting to read the Ex books, because I never know who they're going to introduce. There were a few random flashbacks, but I enjoyed the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magician King: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8563)
    Performance
    (7678)
    Story
    (7684)

    Quentin and his friends are now the kings and queens of Fillory, but the days and nights of royal luxury are starting to pall. After a morning hunt takes a sinister turn, Quentin and his old friend Julia charter a magical sailing ship and set out on an errand to the wild outer reaches of their kingdom. Their pleasure cruise becomes an adventure when the two are unceremoniously dumped back into the last place Quentin ever wants to see: his parent's house in Chesterton, Massachusetts.

    Douglas says: "King Grossman the Magician"
    "The second Magicians."
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    The second installment had a good twist and plot. I'm still not convinced this was an ideal narrator, but I still enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lock In (Narrated by Wil Wheaton)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10247)
    Performance
    (9589)
    Story
    (9575)

    Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

    Alexis says: "Fun! Things you might want to know:"
    "Interesting read."
    Overall
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    It had twists, and I enjoyed the solutions. I enjoy Will Wheaton. I think a 2.5hr bonus was added to make the book seem longer than it was, but I did appreciate a little backend to the story. Good read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wise Man's Fear: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 2

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42426)
    Performance
    (38444)
    Story
    (38503)

    Robert says: "Well worth your time"
    "Great book and great narration!"
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    This was a great book and perfectly performed narration! I highly recommend it to anyone!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Christy Romano
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4480)
    Performance
    (4220)
    Story
    (4213)

    In a prosperous yet gruesomely violent near future, superhero vigilantes battle thugs whose heads are full of supervillain fantasies. The peace is kept by a team of smooth, well-dressed negotiators called The Men in Fancy Suits. Meanwhile a young girl is caught in the middle and thinks the whole thing is ridiculous. Zoey, a recent college graduate with a worthless degree, makes a reluctant trip into the city after hearing that her estranged con artist father died in a mysterious yet spectacular way.

    Claudia H says: "This whole city is a butt that farts horror."
    "Entertaining read with a few twists."
    Overall
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    Wong wrote a very entertaining idea for a future city of extreme wealth. I enjoyed it a lot, because it played on my imagination. I could picture the luxury and filth of the city. The narration was decent and I would recommend this book as a quick read. Nothing made me get super pumped.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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