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SandykUtah

Murray, UT, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Member of the Wedding

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Carson McCullers
    • Narrated By Susan Sarandon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (183)

    The best way to experience this classic of the American South is by joining five-time Academy Award nominee and Best Actress winner Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking, Thelma & Louise) as she guides the listener on a journey through the anguish of adolescence and isolation.

    FanB14 says: "It's a Classic People"
    "Wasn't my cup of tea"
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    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have no idea.


    Has The Member of the Wedding turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    What three words best describe Susan Sarandon’s performance?

    so-so, uninspiring, average (I would listen to other stories narrated by her, however. I just don't think she had much to work with here.)


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

    Bored. The pace was very slow.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't finish the story. That's how bored I was with it. I made it about halfway through and then decided to not waste anymore time waiting for it to get better.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3288)
    Performance
    (2916)
    Story
    (2926)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "I didn't finish it, technical and boring"
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    Have you ever been talking to a person that seemed to have an interesting story to tell you but got too caught up in the tiniest details and you find yourself rushing them to try to help get them to their point? This book is just like that but for 14 hours!!!

    The book started out pretty good but by the 20th chapter or so, listening to urls read to me with what seemed to be endless series of dots and hash marks, phone numbers, and computer codes, I started to notice that I needed to really fight to pay attention. These details seemed to be added during stories that could have been interesting but instead added filler where it wasn't needed. I decided to cut bait and move on before I finished it. I don't recommend this book in the audio format. It may be a better read in book format as then one can at least scan over all the technical detail if that person really doesn't care to know the phone numbers this guy dialed and the websites he visited in 1990.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9984)
    Performance
    (9044)
    Story
    (9116)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    George says: "Struggled to finish"
    "Good, not awesome"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I listened to the story quickly and didn't find it to be as great as the first book but it was a good follow up. I liked it because it picked up right where the first left off with no time lapse at all. Many loose ends were tied up right away, as well, to make room for the new story that was unfolding. It's a very fast read. I gave it three stars however because there were a lot of characters introduced and keeping the names straight was a little hard to manage in the audio format. The main characters seemed to have personality disorders in this book as compared to the first. There wasn't a lot of consistency in how they were portrayed and the mood swings weren't explained by anything that was happening in the story. Overall, it was a good read, not the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (15568)
    Performance
    (14087)
    Story
    (14180)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Great story, worth the time"
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    Performance
    Story

    This story first seemed to be a copy of The Hunger Games but as it went on, the similarities really didn't matter and the story took on a life of its own. The book is written for younger crowd than me, I assume. The writing was simple and there was a lot of back and forth between the characters that simply annoyed me but fit within the story. Once I got past that, I definitely got into it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17235)
    Performance
    (15308)
    Story
    (15261)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Starts great, ending...not so much."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was litterally on the edge of my seat from the very first chapter. I couldn't wait to hear what happened next. That was up until about 2/3s through the book. In the story the principal character must wait and let time pass before he can act on events he knows will happen. The writer makes us wait with him with boring day to day detail of humdrumness. When the events finally unfold, the story picks up again. When I thought the story should have been over but there were 2-3 hours left on the audio, I knew I was in for another slow ride. The story had about 3 different endings or places where the story could and should have stopped but didn't. I liked the story overall but this could have used a lot of editing. The actor was wonderful and had a way of keeping me in the game. If the reading had not been as good, I would have bailed on the story for sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6665)
    Performance
    (5058)
    Story
    (5138)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "What a spin on history!"
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    Story

    I knew what the story was about prior to listening to the book (The title alone is pretty telling!) however their were quite a few twists I didn't expect. The only thing that puzzled me was that the opening of the book started with a character that was not revisited again in the end. I'm puzzled by that but it didn't take away from the story at all. The actor was good, too. I also enjoyed the interview with the writer at the very end. I'm waiting for the movie now to see how the screenplay goes as the writer of the book wrote the screenplay.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34107)
    Performance
    (25269)
    Story
    (25611)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "I L-O-V-E-D this story."
    Overall
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    The story was fast-paced and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. The actress reading the story did a lovely job and her pace was pitch perfect. I am not a "young adult" as is the target audience for this story however I was absolutely engrossed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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