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WICHITA FALLS, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 3 reviews
  • 39 ratings
  • 623 titles in library
  • 24 purchased in 2015

  • Everything That Rises Must Converge

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Flannery O’Connor
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot, Karen White, Mark Bramhall, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This collection of nine short stories by Flannery O'Connor was published posthumously in 1965. The flawed characters of each story are fully revealed in apocalyptic moments of conflict and violence that are presented with comic detachment.

    Ryan says: "Pride goeth before the fall"
    "So very dark...."
    Would you listen to Everything That Rises Must Converge again? Why?

    Yes, the stories are strong, and the performances are excellent.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Everything That Rises Must Converge?

    A couple of the stories have eerie, disconcerting climaxes, but to describe them would be telling.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite story was "The Enduring Chill," which features a few very funny scenes in which the tortured writer struggles with the fact that he is likely uncreative.

    Who was the most memorable character of Everything That Rises Must Converge and why?

    Mrs. Turpin of "Revelation." Here's a woman who thinks she knows herself body and soul. but she's terrifyingly wrong.

    Any additional comments?

    This story collection is very dark. People hope greatly, and fail terribly. There aren't any winners, only tension, and confrontations where everyone loses. There is a theme of bone-deep misunderstanding, of people across generation and color not being able to see each other clearly. I would recommend perhaps breaking it up if you're of a more optimistic persuasion.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

    FanB14 says: "Adequate for Adults"
    "Sounds great, right? Run away now!"
    Would you try another book from Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl and/or Kevin T. Collins?

    No, and no. You could not pay me to read the next book in the series, and as bad as I felt this was, I think the audio production hurt it too.

    Has Beautiful Creatures turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Southern Gothic? Not at all. Young Adult? Probably. This book was like playing YA-trope bingo. Absent parents, insta-love, etc. I think I'll have to take a few weeks break before I read another YA.

    What didn’t you like about Kevin T. Collins’s performance?

    The drawl. The terrible, terrible laid-on-only-for-dialogue drawl, sometimes in adorable falsetto.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Beautiful Creatures?

    Is this a trick question? What wouldn't I have cut? You could basically pick any scene in Twilight and have a near analogous one in Beautiful Creatures. That's not a complement. If I had to pick the biggest loser though, it would be the gym inquisition, followed closely by the bloated ending.

    Any additional comments?

    This is an overlong, unoriginal mess with lackluster characters. I finished it because I don't like quitting books, but last five hours had me sighing and wishing desperately that it were over.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Superheroes vs. Zombies? Sure, why not..."
    "Comic Book Seeks Illustrator"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Nope. Superheroes and zombies are not as cool as you'd think. What's awesome about zombies is the terror of conversion or of being eaten alive. If you're impervious, it's rather less interesting. Additionally, it's full of comic book stereotypes, but not self-aware enough to make it a celebration of those tropes instead of just displaying a distinct lack of originality. There's very little depth here, and if I'm going to read a comic book, I'd at least like to be able to look at the pretty pictures.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Peter Clines again?

    I don't think I would. Plot holes drive me crazy, and Clines is not very good at avoiding them.

    Have you listened to any of Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't recall previously listening to a book read by either of them, but I think that they mostly did a good job. I did find that Kristine Hvam's higher-pitched terror voice was a little too shrill for my ears. I winced a few times.

    Was Ex-Heroes worth the listening time?

    Maybe. I didn't hate it, but I think I wanted it to deliver a lot more solidly than it did.

    Any additional comments?

    I did hate how utterly interchangeable the humans were. He really could have named them Human 1 through Human 7, and it wouldn't have made a difference in their treatment or personalities. They were the superhero book equivalent of red shirts, just there for violence fodder.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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