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  • The English American

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Alison Larkin
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (979)
    Performance
    (329)
    Story
    (335)

    When Pippa Dunn, adopted as an infant and raised terribly British, discovers that her birth parents are from the American South, she finds that "culture clash" has layers of meaning she'd never imagined. Meet The English American, a fabulously funny, deeply poignant debut novel that sprang from Alison Larkin's autobiographical one-woman show of the same name.

    Michael says: "Outstanding"
    "Disappointingly boring-kind of lacking plot"
    Overall

    I just could not finish this book. I tried and tried. I got halfway through, but most of that was a struggle. The author was also the narrator, and she was a very good narrator. But there was no arc to the story. It was like a bunch of little steps, one bit after another, but no plot, no storyline, almost no conflict or mystery or anything to grab you. It was just kind of bland and boring. And there were many miss opportunities for ... I don't know what to call it, maybe deeper analysis, or discussion of implications, but most of them were missed.

    If I remember correctly, this is a novel based on true experience. Maybe that's the problem. There were a lot of irrelevant and boring details that might have been interesting if this were the memoir of a remarkable, unusual or famous person, but were boring as part of a novel.

    Sorry, Alison. If the person in the book is anything like you, then you seem like a delightful, funny, and interesting person. But the book itself isn't doing it for me.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Swarm: Star Force, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3683)
    Performance
    (3371)
    Story
    (3381)

    Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

    Lamonica Johnson says: "If Micheal Bay Wrote a Sci-Fi Novel..."
    "Plot holes, unbelievable characters"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Swarm better?

    Creation of believable characters, removal of plot holes


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

    He was pretty good at the accents, voices, and keeping them straight. He also brought energy and life to the story.


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

    Exasperation, pain, offense


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted to like this book enough to finish it. I really really did. For so many reasons. But I was suffering. I was suffering too badly to continue to suffer, after getting at least 65% through the book. I love sci-fi, and I love speculative stuff and I can suspend disbelief for weird or new or even scientifically inaccurate stuff, so long as it's believable within its world. But so much of the human interactions here were completely unrealistic. The most prominent female character was inconsistent AND embarrassing. Forget the Bechdel test - the two female characters never spoke to one another and the main one never seemed to worry about anything other than a man no matter who she was talking to. Here's a great quote I remember from shortly before I quit the book "I could tell she wasn't going to give me any more sugar just then, so I decided not to beg for it. Women don't respect that." I won't even try to go into the plot holes that were so numerous my brain was feeling like the proverbial swiss cheese, just trying to keep track. I wasn't expecting high literature from this book, but this book was just too bad for me to continue.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11864)
    Performance
    (8708)
    Story
    (8707)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Pretty fun"
    Overall

    This was a pretty fun book. Like many other listeners, I found the author's sighing and breathing into the microphone excessive and distracting at times, but it didn't ruin the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7022)
    Performance
    (4978)
    Story
    (4968)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Flat. Predictable. Disappointing"
    Overall

    I got just over two hours into this 13-hour book before I gave up. The book has such an intriguing setup - an Irish girl arrives without parents in the US in the 18th century and is sent as a servant girl to live with the black slaves on a plantation. But the execution of the story is disappointing. The characters are one- or at best two-dimensional, saying things and behaving in ways that are more like cartoons than real people, though the book takes itself quite seriously. Plot turns are both predictable and often unbelievable, seeming manufactured by the author, rather than making sense. The author pays close attention to some details (like what food is prepared) but less to others (why is a 7 year old lost on a snowy day all day but doesn't need any warming up when she's found? How much time has gone by between scenes? What motivates the characters?). Both narrators here are excellent, but the book is a sad contrast to The Help, which shares one of the narrators.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Paranoia: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1574)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (417)

    Adam Cassidy is twenty-six and a low level employee at a high-tech corporation who hates his job. When he manipulates the system to do something nice for a friend, he finds himself charged with a crime. Corporate Security gives him a choice: prison or become a spy in the headquarters of their chief competitor, Trion Systems.

    Karen says: "Clever and interesting."
    "Quite Disappointing"
    Overall

    After listening to and really enjoying "Company Man," I came back for more J. Finder. But this book was such a disappointment in comparison. The characters behaved unrealistically, and there was never a good sense of how much time has passed. It was too unbelievable. Plus, Scott Brick's reading was very tedious - he seemed to only have two emotions in this book: shock and disgust. Don't really recommend this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skinny Dip

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    Overall
    (2408)
    Performance
    (647)
    Story
    (658)

    When Chaz Perron's wife discovers that he is running a scam (posing as a marine biologist to doctor water samples so that an agribusiness tycoon can continue illegally dumping fertilizer into the Everglades), he pushes her overboard from a cruise liner. Unlucky for Chaz, Joey survives clutching a bale of Jamaican pot. Rescued from the Atlantic by a former police officer, Mick Stranahan, she decides not to report him but instead haunt and taunt him, with Mick's help, by playing dead.

    Phillip says: "Summer's Best Read"
    "Very entertaining!"
    Overall

    I had no idea what to expect from this book. It was quite enjoyable. Lots of very colorful characters -- that was the best part. The plot was silly, somewhat unpredictable, and fun to follow. A very fun listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Company Man

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (727)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (170)

    Nick Conover, the son of a factory worker, is the CEO of a major corporation in a company town. Nick, once the most admired man in Fenwick, Michigan, is now, having presided over massive layoffs, the most despised. A single parent since the recent death of his wife, he's struggling to insulate his 10-year-old daughter and angry 16-year-old son from the town's hostility.

    James says: "Nail-biting suspense"
    "Surprisingly complex"
    Overall

    I was expecting a standard crime story with flat characters who behave predictably unrealistically. Instead, this was complex, with real characters, a multi-faceted plot, and lots to think about. I found myself listening at every moment, wanting to continue with the story. My only criticism is that Scott Brick didn't do as much as he could to differentiate characters by their voices.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Transmission

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Hari Kunzru
    • Narrated By Hari Kunzru
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Transmission, Hari Kunzru's new novel of love and lunacy, immigration and immunity, introduces a daydreaming Indian computer geek whose luxurious fantasies about life in America are shaken when he accepts a California job offer.

    Don says: "Thoroughly Enjoyable"
    "Wonderful book"
    Overall

    This was a wonderful book ... almost a "bonfire of the vanities" for the current tech world, only with some more personal aspects. The author was a fantastic narrator, and the book was fun and exciting. I enjoyed it tremendously.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • McSweeny's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales (Unabridged Selections)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Michael Chabon, Stephen King
    • Narrated By Kevin Gray
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Michael Chabon, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, has joined forces with the editors of McSweeney's Quarterly Concern to create a collection of action-packed short stories by some of today's most talented names in literature.

    Amazon Customer says: "M2T3=Great Entertainment"
    "Read Carefully"
    Overall

    Please note that this is "unabridged SELECTIONS," not an unabridged book. Of the 8 stories in here, only 2 were excellent. 4 were okay, and 2 of the stories were incomprehensible or pointless. I'm disappointed in this audiobook.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Life of Bees

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Sue Monk Kidd
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    Overall
    (2610)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (358)

    Lily Owens has shaped her entire life around one devastating memory - the day her mother was killed. When she and her "stand-in-mother," a fierce-hearted black woman named Rosaleen, are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily enters a secret world of bees and honey, and of the Black Madonna who presides over this household of strong, wise women.

    France says: "Secret Life of Bees"
    "Wonderful"
    Overall

    This story was well-written, with good language and imagry. What really made this particular book amazing, though, was the narrator. Here is a definite case where reading the book itself would have been a completely different (less-fulfilling?) experience than hearing Lamia bring the story alive.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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