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Richard

Lebanon, PA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Blood Wager: Blood Destiny, #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Connie Suttle
    • Narrated By Traci Odom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (450)
    Performance
    (414)
    Story
    (414)

    Lissa's life as a vampire begins on the day her husband is removed from life support. Turned by rogues who wager her life, Lissa is running from her maker who is determined to kill her, hunted by the Council who has branded her a rogue and blackmailed by werewolves, who utilize her newly developed talents for their own gain.

    Robin in Vermont says: "A compelling read!"
    "Enjoyable listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Blood Wager to be better than the print version?

    I best enjoy a book by reading along with the listen. This was an exceptional book to complete this way, even though I only used the print version about 75% of the time. I really enjoyed listening to Traci Odom, with her inflections of voice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The interaction between 'Lissa and Gavin and how he wanted to protect her without her knowing it, even though he thought she was going to be eliminated by the "council". He was falling for her and did not want to admit it.


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

    Never listened to Traci Odom before.


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

    The beginning was slow, but after the first third of the book, it was tough to put it aside.


    Any additional comments?

    When will the next book in this series be available? Keep the same narrator!

    1 of 2 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
    (3688)
    Performance
    (1910)
    Story
    (1933)

    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.

    Kenneth says: "Worth The Wait"
    "A great step along the trail"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I am never tempted to listen to a book in it's entirety a one time, especially one of this length.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to the whole "Dark Tower" series over a three week period. A little long, but an excellent story. This was my second listen to the whole series. Steven King's descriptive writing is excellent, this is what makes the books long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Valentina De Angelis
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (83)

    There's one last chance to save the world in Maximum Ride: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports, the closing chapter of James Patterson's thrilling trilogy. The time has arrived for Max and her winged "Flock" to face their ultimate enemy and discover their original purpose: to defeat the takeover of "Re-evolution", a sinister experiment to re-engineer a select population into a scientifically superior master race - and to terminate the rest.

    Dan says: "A different twist for Patterson"
    "One chapter in a great fantasy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Maximum Ride to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the print version. I listen to audio books due to an eye problem.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Max is a good lead character, but the supporting roles of the "flock" are good. Many of the interactions that are emphasized are similar to relations between teens.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Anderson Tapes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Lawrence Sanders
    • Narrated By L. J. Ganser, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    This novel represents the first appearance of Lawrence Sanders' most famous character, Edward X. Delaney, and the masterpiece of murder and suspense that launched Sanders' career. This suspenseful classic is brought to life by a full cast, including L. J. Ganser, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett, Zoe Hunter, Gabra Zackman, Lauren Fortgang, Kevin T. Collins, Josh Hurley and Peter Ganim.

    Dave Cole says: "Poorly Suited to Audio Format"
    "Disappointing after:"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    After listening to the 1st and 2nd "Deadly Sin" it was like, this book was not as well written or organized. It was not terrible, just not as good as the "Deadly Sins" books. It was as if this was the first book Sanders had published.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Lawrence Sanders? Why or why not?

    Yes, as I said, I read this out of order. I will listen to the "Deadly Sins" series.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fire Study

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1258)
    Performance
    (488)
    Story
    (493)

    When word that Yelena is a Soulfinder - able to capture and release souls - spreads like wildfire, people grow uneasy. Already Yelena's unusual abilities and past have set her apart.

    DKay says: "More please"
    "Repeat listener"
    Overall
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    Story
    If you could sum up Fire Study in three words, what would they be?

    Excellent story continues


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mystery and counter intelligence is more important to me than the magic.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The barn fire and it's aftermath.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    All is not as it appears.


    Any additional comments?

    Once you start, you must listen to all three "study" books. This is the third time I have read or listened to the series. I catch additional nuances during each read/listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Witch & Wizard: The Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Jill Dembowski
    • Narrated By Elijah Wood, Spencer Locke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (288)

    Whit and Wisty Allgood have sacrificed everything to lead the resistance against the merciless totalitarian regime that governs their world. Its supreme leader, The One Who Is The One, has banned everything they hold dear: books, music, art, and imagination. But the growing strength of the siblings' magic hasn't been enough to stop the One's evil rampage, and now he's executed the only family they had left. Wisty knows that the time has finally come for her to face The One. But her fight and her fire only channel more power to this already invincible being.

    Cynthia says: "GREAT LISTEN"
    "Good, not great"
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Witch & Wizard: The Fire the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the continuation of the overall storyline.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The learning curve of the kids learning to control their powers. You didn't know where the next use of their power would take them.


    Which character ??? as performed by Elijah Wood and Spencer Locke ??? was your favorite?

    Both were good, I would not pick one over the other.


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

    No!


    Any additional comments?

    I was disappointed with the writing. Patterson has books that are written a lot better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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