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Susan

Niskayuna, NY, United States

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  • Dreamfever: Fever, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1598)
    Performance
    (847)
    Story
    (854)

    He has stolen her past, but MacKayla will never allow her sister's murderer to take her future. Yet even the uniquely gifted sidhe-seer is no match for the Lord Master, who has unleashed an insatiable sexual craving that consumes Mac's every thought - and thrusts her into the seductive realm of two very dangerous men, both of whom she desires but dares not trust.

    Karen says: "a little odd"
    "missed previous narrator"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the book, but didn't like the female narrator. She had trouble keeping up the character's southern accent. Joyce Bean did a much better job.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Chris Cleave
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1447)
    Performance
    (731)
    Story
    (731)

    British couple Andrew and Sarah O'Rourke, vacationing on a Nigerian beach in a last-ditch effort to save their faltering marriage, come across Little Bee and her sister, Nigerian refugees fleeing from machete-wielding soldiers intent on clearing the beach. The horrific confrontation that follows changes the lives of everyone involved in unimaginable ways.

    Katerina says: "Good book, well told"
    "inauthentic"
    Overall

    Little Bee is another example of a white western male trying to approximate the voice of a black African teenager and falling short. He infuses the main character with a condescending "native wisdom", making her seem both primitive and deeply wise. Little Bee comes out with a pithy aphorism on every other page, and indeed, it is the poor, native, black girl who ends up teaching a lesson to the "sophisticated" white woman. This whole dynamic both annoyed and disturbed me. I was also annoyed by how blatantly the author tried to manipulate the reader's emotions by presenting in graphic detail one horrifyingly tragic moment after another - a rape - a murder - a prison experience - a grieving child flinging himself into an open grave - two suicides - the loss of a child. By the end, I was tired of being horrified.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 56 mins)
    • By Jeff Kinney
    • Narrated By Ramon De Ocampo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (134)

    Sixth grader Greg Heffley doesn't understand his annoying younger brother, obnoxious older one, or well-meaning parents. But he knows enough to record his daily thoughts in a manly journal - not some girly diary. In a unique novel brimming with laugh-out-loud moments, Greg chronicles his first turbulent year of middle school.

    Catherine says: "You need the cartoons!"
    "wrong reader"
    Overall

    This is a great book, but the recording had some problems. First the narrator sounded way too old to be reading in the voice of a sixth grader. His delivery was very stiff and he read way too fast! I'm all for reading at a nice clip, but this felt rushed. I am a teacher and wanted something for a student to listen to as he read along, but my student couldn't keep up and kept having to stop and back up. I know the cartoons are hard to deal with as a narrator - do you pause for kids who have the book or just keep reading for those who don't? The production team obviously decided not to pause or even slow down and sometimes even paraphrased the jokes, which didn't really work. Wonderful book, but not a great recording.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Ghost War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Alex Berenson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (734)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (393)

    CIA agent John Wells returns, in a novel that reaches beyond today's headlines to foretell dangers yet to come, from the author of The Faithful Spy.

    Matthew McLelland says: "One of Berenson's best"
    "missing chapters"
    Overall

    I think there is a problem of missing chapters. At the end of part one, the story suddenly skips forward. Did anyone else notice this?

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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