You no longer follow Tan A. Summers

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Tan A. Summers

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Tan A. Summers

tanasay

Bountiful, UT USA | Member Since 2006

32
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 12 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 71 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
0

  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By John Green, David Levithan
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews, Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1027)
    Performance
    (815)
    Story
    (824)

    One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

    FanB14 says: "Another John Green Hit"
    "One of the best performances I've listened to"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a cleverly written book, and the readers are outstanding. I wish Tiny's musical were real so I could see it now that I've heard some of the songs. The book looks at the problems of love and friendship in a high school setting. However I have to warn conservative readers that one of the book's threads is about homosexual love. It's tastefully done, but it's there. If that's going to bother you, read one of the authors' other books.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • The Atlantis Gene: The Origin Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By A. G. Riddle
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1103)
    Performance
    (1003)
    Story
    (1001)

    Seventy thousand years ago, the human race almost went extinct. We survived, but no one knows how.

    Until now. The countdown to the next stage of human evolution is about to begin, and humanity might not survive this time. The Immari are good at keeping secrets. For 2,000 years, they've hidden the truth about human evolution. They've also searched for an ancient enemy - a threat that could wipe out the human race. Now the search is over.

    january says: "Pretty bad, but not the worst I've ever read"
    "The dumbest book I ever read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not sure. Maybe people who like blowing things up. I can check with the family demolitions expert.


    What could A. G. Riddle have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Maybe the author could have decided ahead of time what kind of book he wanted to write. I couldn't tell if it was adventure, science fiction, romance, or a thriller, and I don't think A.G. Riddle knew either.


    Did Stephen Bel Davies do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, I think the reader was fine. He has a little bit of a lisp, and that was annoying with some characters but cute with others.


    What character would you cut from The Atlantis Gene?

    Maybe 2/3 of the Nazis could go.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Riddle, a low violin is called a cello, and a dancing room is generally called a ballroom.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anita

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Keith Roberts
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    Overall
    (378)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (345)

    Meet Anita Thompson: she's young, she's lovely, she's clever, and she's a witch. A real one. Anita lives in two worlds: the modern world of supermarkets and sports cars, radio and rock-and-roll, where she is a thoroughly modern girl with a thoroughly modern interest in boys and fast living and her own independence. But she also lives in the ancient and rustic world of traditions, cauldrons, and familiars.

    troy says: "I would buy you this book! (if i could afford too)"
    "Best teen-age witch stories"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Anita?

    The author's world is consistent and the characters believable in the framework of that world, Gran an old-fashioned witch out of fairy tales, and Anita a typical 80's girl despite her magic powers.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Anita?

    The last chapter.


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

    The voices are wonderful--I wouldn't have a clue how Gran or John Strong should sound.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The outcome of the Sandpiper chapter made me at least smile.


    Any additional comments?

    These are traditional witches in the pre-Harry Potter, Satan-worship mold. Readers who are bothered by that, please avoid; but it's done in a light-hearted way, mainly just the oaths are reversed. It didn't bother me! And Anita is a lusty witch; nothing is explicit, but there is some innuendo.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Case of Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1473)
    Performance
    (1269)
    Story
    (1281)

    A high-profile attorney in the middle of a leave of absence following a personal tragedy is drawn back into the legal arena amidst a media firestorm when he agrees to represent a popular rap artist accused of brutally murdering his pop star girlfriend. With its powerful voice, pause-resisting tension, and strong cast of characters, Adam Mitzner’s novels are reminiscent of such best-selling authors as Scott Turow and John Grisham.

    cristina says: "Excellent"
    "Awesome attorney novel!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up A Case of Redemption in three words, what would they be?

    A court case from the first meeting with the client until the denouement. A love story, same. Great plotting.


    What other book might you compare A Case of Redemption to and why?

    It's kind of like John Grisham novels in that the author seems to know his way around the legal arena.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The confrontation at the end.


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

    I can't say without spoiling.


    Any additional comments?

    I was gripped from beginning to end. I have several half-finished books on my iPod, so this is not always the case. I suspect that an attorney would be bored by the amount of detail, but I thought it was interesting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9539)
    Performance
    (8655)
    Story
    (8727)

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    linda says: "Well, I don't know what I was expecting"
    "Aaaaarrrrggghhhh!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Inferno? What did you like least?

    Dan Brown seems to do good research on history and art, and he puts together interesting plots; but when will he learn how to write? I wish I had counted every time he used "sense" instead of "thought," "realized," "understood," "felt," or any of a dozen other more appropriate words. He did actually use the word correctly once near the end of the book, but by that time it had been so overworked it didn't have any impact.

    To give the guy credit, he did use the word "iconology" a couple of times. He is probably kicking himself that he didn't know that one when he wrote "The Da Vinci Code."


    What could Dan Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Instead of throwing out a number--this character has an IQ of 208--he could write her smarter. She could do more than parrot whatever Bob says.


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

    Fine.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably.


    Any additional comments?

    Somebody remind me to get the abridged version of Mr. Brown's next book. That should give me at least 50% fewer incorrect uses of "sense."

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Ship of Destiny: The Liveship Traders, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (425)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (298)

    As Bingtown slides toward disaster, clan matriarch Ronica Vestrit, branded a traitor, searches for a way to bring the city's inhabitants together against the Chalcedean threat. Meanwhile, Althea Vestrit, unaware of what has befallen Bingtown and her family, continues her perilous quest to track down and recover her liveship Vivacia from the ruthless pirate Kennit.

    Lore says: "Wraps it all up nicely."
    "Story comes together"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Only to a dedicated fantasy reader.


    What other book might you compare Ship of Destiny to and why?

    It is a teensy little bit Pernlike because there are dragons and people dedicated to them.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    This narrator just isn't my favorite.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No! I had periods of being sick of it.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel as if many of the characters started developing personalities they didn't have in the first two books. Kennit actually became pretty interesting. I still waiting on Althea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ship of Magic: The Liveship Traders, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (35 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robin Hobb
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (667)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (445)

    Bingtown is a hub of exotic trade and home to a merchant nobility famed for its liveships---rare vessels carved from wizardwood, which ripens magically into sentient awareness. The fortunes of one of Bingtown's oldest families rest on the newly awakened liveship Vivacia. For Althea Vestrit, the ship is her rightful legacy unjustly denied her---a legacy she will risk anything to reclaim.

    Lorena says: "Something altogether new"
    "I can't figure this book out"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I loved Robin Hobbs's Assassin books so much that I wanted to read more of her books set in that world. The characters were interesting and their motivations made sense. In this book the characters don't make sense at all. I feel as if the author just conceived the characters as stick figures and then tried to throw in a few inconsistencies to round them out. And the reaader drives me nuts. Maybe I should try listening at a faster speed to see if she sounds better.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I still like the world Robin Hobbs has created.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Anne Flosnik’s performances?

    I guess I don't have a choice, since I have decided to stick it out and listen to the rest of the liveship books.


    Could you see Ship of Magic being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, I don't think it would work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3925)
    Performance
    (3427)
    Story
    (3395)

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Just too many words"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I felt that 1Q84 was a waste of time and couldn't finish it. The book has an interesting premise and I even like the characters, but it just goes on and on. The author repeats himself terribly--every now and then he even puts in a plot summary, as if realizing that he has written so much trivia that the reader may have forgotten what was going on a hundred pages ago. The author also spends way too much time discussing body parts and sex. He can't relay a conversation between Tengo and his girlfriend without a penis as a prop. I wish someone who made it through to the end of the book would let me know how everything resolved, because the Wikipedia plot summary I found was a little sparse. But even if it means never knowing, I just can't sit through any more descriptions of Tengo's erections.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the readers were very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9179)
    Performance
    (6702)
    Story
    (6742)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Twilight Meets Jurassic Park"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Paranormal romance plus genetics: slightly less silly than most.. The writing is OK and the characters not quite as painfully juvenile as some.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hope: A Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Shalom Auslander
    • Narrated By Shalom Auslander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (67)

    The rural town of Stockton, New York, is famous for nothing: No one was born there, no one died there, nothing of any historical import at all has ever happened there, which is why Solomon Kugel, like other urbanites fleeing their pasts and histories, decided to move his wife and young son there. To begin again. To start anew. But it isn't quite working out that way.

    Tan A. Summers says: "Darkly humorous and a little disturbing"
    "Darkly humorous and a little disturbing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I grew up horrified by the Holocaust. I read Anne Frank when I was in junior high. In high school I read a three-volume documentary of antisemitism throughout history. I have to admit that I didn't know what to think about a book whose theme is, "never forgetting the Holocaust is not the same as talking about it all the time." I'm not sure even now that it's OK for a non-Jew to think this book is funny. OK, I admit it. I think it's funny. But I'm a little uncomfortable with thinking that.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.