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L. Knowles

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  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35940)
    Performance
    (26939)
    Story
    (27324)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "A wonderful creative book"
    Overall

    Such an interesting morality tale, filled with description, tragedy and characters. This is the best book in the series. I didn't realize it was juvenile fiction, and it really didn't matter. This is a book that is entertaining for adults. I thought the narration was wonderful, and the characters realistic and sufficiently complex. There is enough fantasy in this to be interesting to those who like to read stories that are "other worldly" but it is not a true fantasy, so those who like active drama will like it too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Fleet: Dauntless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jack Campbell
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Jack Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5046)
    Performance
    (3535)
    Story
    (3569)

    Captain John "Black Jack" Geary's legendary exploits are known to every schoolchild. Revered for his heroic "last stand" in the early days of the war, he was presumed dead. But a century later, Geary miraculously returns from survival hibernation and reluctantly takes command of the Alliance fleet as it faces annihilation by the Syndics.

    Appalled by the hero-worship around him, Geary is nevertheless a man who will do his duty. And he knows that bringing the stolen Syndic hypernet key safely home is the Alliance's one chance to win the war. But to do that, Geary will have to live up to the impossibly heroic "Black Jack" legend.

    crazybatcow says: "Perfect example of decent military sci-fi"
    "Boring story with flat narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love a good war story, even a good fight in space, but this book is just dull. The storyline is flat, just a plain old good guys running from bad guys story. I kept waiting for more - a backstory, a twist, but it never came. And the main character is nearly one dimensional.
    The narration is really poor. Female voices are high pitched and with a terrible sort of faux-British accent. It made them unaccessible and hard to differentiate.
    Sadly, this is just not a good book - not worth the credit at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3058)
    Performance
    (2708)
    Story
    (2712)

    In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

    Amanda says: "Expanding The Story In Every Direction"
    "Sequel lacks punch and excitement of The Passage"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really enjoyed the Passage, but The Twelve just doesn't stack up. The characters that were developed in the first book seemed thin and generally not as interesting as in the first book. I just didn't care about them in this book.
    Scott Brick's narrative style of making most sentences full of breathy emotion was particularly annoying in this rendition.
    The plot is not tightly written and so highly fragmented between characters, flashbacks, switches of venue, that it's hard to feel attached to the characters from scene to scene.
    If there was a third installment I wouldn't read it. But I recommend the Passage which is original, much tighter and with much better character development.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21020)
    Performance
    (18850)
    Story
    (18917)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Unpleasant story and unpleasant characters"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. It just isn't either exciting or fun to read. I liked the twisty plot, but the characters are not pleasant to learn about and it's a frustrating story.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Gillian Flynn? Why or why not?

    Nope. I read another review that said she's famous for creating dark unlikeable characters. Well that about sums it up. I like mysteries, complicated, fallible characters, but don't like to be "surrounded" by completely unlikeable, selfish and cruel people.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

    They were both fine. She was slightly better than he was, but Nick is more of a cypher than Amy.


    Was Gone Girl worth the listening time?

    Although it was entertaining, it really did drag a bit and sometimes there was just too much detail. I think it could have been about 2-4 hours shorter.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18857)
    Performance
    (12959)
    Story
    (12855)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Trashy bodice ripper filled with torture and rape"
    Overall

    I thought that this might be an interesting story and buried in here is an interesting premise of time travel, but I am sorry I didn't read the reviews before I bought. The book starts out well, but soon the heroine gets beaten by the romantic lead and ends up agreeing he was right to do so. The heroine is almost raped three times, kills several men and a wolf with her bare hands and the hero is repeatedly raped by a male and tortured. Complete waste of time and badly written. I cringed when I was listening most of the time.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Grays

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Whitley Strieber
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (128)

    Millions of people are confronting aliens that authorities say do not exist. Now Whitley Strieber, author of the #1 best seller Communion, which detailed his own close encounters, returns with The Grays, a mind-bending journey behind the curtain of secrecy that surrounds the subject of aliens. This audiobook will make you think deeply, not only about the mystery of who the Grays are, but who exactly we are.

    L. says: "EXCELLENT listen"
    "Something new and interesting!"
    Overall

    This book is really fun to listen to. It is tightly written and well narrated. The plot is well developed and the characters are complex. Best of all, this is an original piece of fiction. I do love finding something that is unpredictable and this was. Enjoy this interesting view of Earth, humans and the universe we inhabit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Fate

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Brad Meltzer
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (724)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (224)

    In six minutes, one of us would be dead. None of us knew it was coming. So says Wes Holloway, a once-cocky and ambitious presidential aide, about the day that changed his life forever. On that Fourth of July, Wes put Ron Boyle, the chief executive's oldest friend, into the presidential limousine. By the time the trip came to an end, Wes was permanently disfigured, and Boyle was dead, the victim of a crazed assassin.

    Nick says: "Too Much Psychobabble"
    "flat characters and whiny protagonist"
    Overall

    This book is just not fun to listen to. As many other reviewers note, the protagonist is so whiny and self-pitying that it's hard to care what happens to him. The other characters are flat and the plot, which could have been interesting, is hard to follow and not well developed. The narration is also only mediocre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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