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Maia

Roslindale, MA, USA | Member Since 2014

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  • 514 titles in library
  • 9 purchased in 2015
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  • The Cold Six Thousand

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (80)

    In The Cold Six Thousand, James Ellroy's most ambitious and explosive novel yet, he puts the whole of the 1960s under his blistering lens. The result is a work of fierce, epic fiction, a speedball through our most tumultuous time.

    Snoodely says: "Plausible history"
    "took some time"
    Overall

    It was painful getting to know the authors style, and i have to tell you I nearly turned it off in the first 5 chapters. The use of the three word sentences is annoying at first, but once I got into it, I could not turn it off. Really makes me look at historical events with a much more critical eye now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Return of the Asgard: The Valkyrie Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Erik Schubach
    • Narrated By Hollie Jackson
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (150)

    The Valkyrie Kara stood alone against the Ragnarok horde on Earth to ensure that the Asgard race and Valhalla could escape. For 5,000 years she has fought and evaded the Ragnarok race on Earth, just waiting for her people to return. A human woman, Kate, joins her fight, showing as much conviction and valor as any Valkyrie. Their friendship quickly becomes something more as they hold the line on Earth in battle, to herald the return of the Asgard.

    A. Sunmonu says: "great new series"
    "Wow. Just wow."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Erik Schubach and/or Hollie Jackson?

    Never even if you held a gun to my head.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Erik Schubach again?

    I would rather have all my teeth pulled out by anyone, at anytime.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Hollie Jackson?

    anyone


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

    Disappointment. I was so very full of hope. What else could a girl ask for? Valkeries? Lesbians? Asgard?! and yet this totally and completely sucked.


    Any additional comments?

    I have been listening to many different types of book for a long time. Sometimes you get a crap writer, but the reader is so entertaining, its still worth listening to. Sometimes the most monotone or worse, inappropriately peppy, reader can still make the right words sing and keep me in my car once I get where I have to go...
    This was the worst of two worlds. Not only was the plot flimsy, pretentious, patronizing and just plain "what the hell?" but the dialogue made "He-man and She-ra" look like Jane Eyre. There was no humor. There was no warmth. There was no chemistry. The lesbians shacked up and were soulmates before they even kissed!! WTF? I couldn't even get through half the book before I had to delete the entire Audible app just in case there was some stink of this book left on my iPhone.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wizard and Glass: The Dark Tower IV

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (4335)
    Performance
    (2500)
    Story
    (2532)

    In the fourth installment of The Dark Tower, Roland and his band have narrowly escaped the city of Lud and boarded Blaine, a train that will take them to, of all places, Kansas, where the ghost city of Topeka has been depopulated by a superflu and where, alongside Interstate 70, an emerald palace rises enchantingly. Before Roland and the companions of his ka-tet continue along the Path of the Beam, Roland must tell his companions the tale that defines him both as a man and hero.

    Dan says: "Another Awesome Saga for the Ka-Tet"
    "How can you top this?"
    Overall

    This was my first audible purchase, and the best thing i could have done! The writing was mesmerizing, the reading of it was top notch, and led to several hours of sitting in my car finding out how the chapter ended well after I had gotten to where I was going! I am not the biggest Steven King fan, but that guy does know how to tell a story! Invest in all of the Dark Tower books, Right Now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Templar Legacy

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Steve Berry
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (1106)
    Performance
    (585)
    Story
    (580)

    The ancient order of the Knights Templar possessed untold wealth and absolute power over kings and popes until the Inquisition, when they were wiped from the face of the earth, their hidden riches lost. But now two forces vying for the treasure have learned that it is not at all what they thought it was, and its true nature could change the modern world.

    Jane says: "Overall, a good read"
    "not a bad waste of time"
    Overall

    I think I would have enjoed this if I hadnt read the DaVinci book first. I can see how the author says it was copied, they are remarkably similar. However, I liked this hero better, and I liked the writing style more.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Home at the End of the World

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Michael Cunningham
    • Narrated By Colin Farrell, Dallas Roberts, Blair Brown, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Michael Cunningham's celebrated novel is the story of two boyhood friends: Jonathan, lonely, introspective, and unsure of himself; and Bobby, hip, dark, and inarticulate. In New York after college, Bobby moves in with Jonathan and his roommate, Clare, a veteran of the city's erotic wars. Bobby and Clare fall in love, scuttling the plans of Jonathan, who is gay, to father Clare's child.

    David says: "Great book, excellent recording."
    "make it stop!"
    Overall

    I was so turned off by the self-absorbed nature of these characters, I really did not care how it turned out. The reading style was ok, but the brogue for the man from America was cute at first, but then got annoying. Save your money.

    2 of 12 people found this review helpful

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