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Carl

Vernal, UT, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (5558)
    Performance
    (5052)
    Story
    (5064)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Just All Right"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book contained way too many cusses, which shows a slight un-intelligence of the author despite a somewhat clever story line. Also much to long for just an okay ending.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I liked the role the secretary played in the book, It was almost as if her importance was downgraded slightly.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Okay performance, not my favorite narrator but he did all right.


    Was The Cuckoo's Calling worth the listening time?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoy a good detective book, but this on was only okay. Not worth the hype the book got. J.K. Rowling should stick to Harry Potter as her books for "adults" have been terrible and this one mediocre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15140)
    Performance
    (13709)
    Story
    (13805)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Only Okay."
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    Would you try another book from Veronica Roth and/or Emma Galvin?

    No. Roth writings seem geared towards a female audience. And Galvin just didn't cut it as a narrator, seemed like she was to worried about punctuation and not performance.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Emma Galvin?

    Yes.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was okay. It seemed like it might be similar to "Hunger Games" but failed in comparison except maybe to the third one.


    Any additional comments?

    Lead Character was funny and hard to like, is she tough and fearless or is she a wimp. Hard to tell. At any rate I am a grown man and this book is definitely for a different audience, one a little younger and more female I think.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rebecca Skloot
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell, Bahni Turpin
    Overall
    (3883)
    Performance
    (2452)
    Story
    (2478)

    Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells, taken without her knowledge, became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first immortal human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than 60 years.

    Prisca says: "Amazing Story"
    "Interesting, but not enough to read."
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    Would you try another book from Rebecca Skloot and/or Cassandra Campbell and Bahni Turpin ?

    Not from Skloot. Her writing was biased and not even good at being biased as she tried her best to make people feel sorry for the Lacks family. It only made me not care about them. They come off a little self-pitying and whiny.


    Have you listened to any of Cassandra Campbell and Bahni Turpin ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The narration was pretty good.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks?

    The bit about the cells is interesting. The Lacks family is not.


    Any additional comments?

    I rate the book fairly low. Not my favorite non-fiction.

    0 of 0 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
    (9392)
    Performance
    (8525)
    Story
    (8590)

    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"
    "A massive failure."
    Overall
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    What would have made Inferno better?

    The book was long and boring. It seemed as if Dan Brown couldn't decide on Protagonists and Antagonists and so just kept switching them on a whim. It seemed like Brown was trying to be political and raise controversy as he might have with "The Davinci Code," but I doubt any one else got past all the tedium to get to the final bit about overpopulation.


    Has Inferno turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. In fact I quite enjoyed the other Robert Langdon books, this one just didn't have it. He either wrote because he was short on funds or his publicist made him, either way it just didn't seem like a lot was put in to it.


    What three words best describe Paul Michael’s voice?

    Not Too Bad.


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

    Total Disappointment. Also massive boredom.


    Any additional comments?

    The beliefs about overpopulation that are brought up in this book are ludicrous. If This is truly the way the W.H.O feels on it its no wonder the world is in the state it is.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (7435)
    Performance
    (5667)
    Story
    (5681)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "Loved Loved Loved it."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this book. Better than most coming of age Stories. It was fantastic. The narration was great and the story Superb.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Book Thief?

    The memorable Moments were the characters, Max, Rosa, Rudy, and my Favorite Hans Huberman.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    So many good scenes. And death as the Narrator draws them up very poetically.


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

    Yes. I am not an emotional being particularly when it comes to film and literature. But this one did get to me.


    Any additional comments?

    Just a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil in the White City

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Erik Larson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4233)
    Performance
    (1957)
    Story
    (1969)

    In a thrilling narrative showcasing his gifts as storyteller and researcher, Erik Larson recounts the spellbinding tale of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Also available abridged.

    D says: "A Rich Read!"
    "Great great book"
    Overall
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    Where does The Devil in the White City rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Good book. Intriguing story of two vastly different chicagoans and two vastly different Chicagos.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Two different plot lines were tied together very nicely.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Well read.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Just a good all around read for both lovers of fiction and non-fiction. It read almost like a fiction. Great interesting points. Something for everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    Overall
    (21291)
    Performance
    (12784)
    Story
    (12911)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Great Great Classic"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definately would recommend this. Even for people who are not Sci-Fi fans (I am not) this is an excellent, yeah and even more than excellent book. Written by one of the great authors of our time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ender, He is super Bad-A@# as the kids might say.


    Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison – was your favorite?

    Mazer Rackam


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

    Surprising ending, good twist, a very satisfying way to end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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