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Lynn

NEW YORK, NY, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Scarlet: The Lunar Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (853)
    Performance
    (789)
    Story
    (787)

    Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the best-selling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison - even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life.

    Jennifer says: "Not sure if fault lies in performance or story"
    "Great follow up...and just in time"
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    What did you love best about Scarlet?

    After reading Cinder, and with the way it ended without resolve, I was frustrated and teased and wanted more. I grew so attached to Cinder and Prince Kai and I wanted then to find happiness, and give the Queen her due. Luckily Scarlet was available and I jumped into that right away. Scarlet did not disappoint.

    The new characters, Scarlet and Wolf, are a great addition to the ensemble already created by Marissa Meyer. The story is just as enveloping and intriguing.

    Rebecca Soler's reading is still solid and what's important was her unaffected ability to differentiate the tone and voice of each character.

    Unfortunately, this book also ended without resolve and now I have to wait until the next installment. For me, an unseasoned reader of series books, I'm not comfortable with no resolution at the end of the book. I would like to have had some resolution and some cliffhangers.


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  • Hell's Corner

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2358)
    Performance
    (995)
    Story
    (1002)

    John Carr, aka Oliver Stone-once the most skilled assassin his country ever had-stands in Lafayette Park in front of the White House, perhaps for the last time. The president has personally requested that Stone serve his country again on a high-risk, covert mission. Though he's fought for decades to leave his past career behind, Stone has no choice but to say yes. Then Stone's mission changes drastically before it even begins. It's the night of a state dinner honoring the British prime minister.

    Ramon says: "Great story with nice twists"
    "Overly dramatic for a read."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    For an easy, fast read that doesn't require too much thought, for a plane right this is perfect as a book. The story moves quickly enough to keep interest.


    Would you be willing to try another book from David Baldacci? Why or why not?

    Probably not.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ron McLarty and Orlagh Cassidy ?

    The narrators were not cast properly. Ron McLarty sounded like he was a pretentious college professor giving a lecture, even when the characters were conversational, and casual. Orlagh Cassidy was OK, but not convincing, even when she had an English accent.

    I think someone like Gwyneth Paltrow could have worked for the female voices and Hugh Jackman for the male voices. At least he would have tried to have an English accent when portraying MacEvoy.


    Was Hell's Corner worth the listening time?

    Not a complete waste.


    Any additional comments?

    The worst feature about this listen is the sound effects. Not necessary and incredibly distracting. In fact annoying. For me listening to a book is a replacement to the reading. Adding sound effects kills the use of my own imagination for the scene as well as takes away from the story itself.

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