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Dee

Los Angeles, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 5 reviews
  • 10 ratings
  • 56 titles in library
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  • Grimspace: Sirantha Jax, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Ann Aguirre
    • Narrated By Suzanna Duff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (74)

    As the carrier of a rare gene, Sirantha Jax has the ability to jump ships through grimspace - a talent which makes her a highly prized navigator for the Corp. Then a crash landing kills everyone on board, leaving Jax in a jail cell with no memory of the crash. But her fun's not over. A group of rogue fighters frees her...for a price: her help in overthrowing the established order.

    Suzannah says: "AARGH"
    "lazy writing, not great casting"
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    Perhaps this would have been better in paper. I've listened to about an hour and a half of this, and I won't go further. The main character is supposed to be in her 30s, but the narrator sounds like a petulant 13 year old who can't say anything without a sarcastic slant. The male characters all sound female, and what I think are supposed to be British accents are terrible.
    As for the story: the heroine's personality and behavior are inconsistent, but oddly certain thoughts are just repetitive. There is lack of creativity, and the characteristics of the future are forced and trite as are the relationships. It's as if the author couldn't let the world just be discovered. It's thrown out of the bag, uninspired, boring, and lazy.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde: Free First Chapter

    • UNABRIDGED (24 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (115)

    In 1972, Richard Forthrast, the black sheep of an Iowa farming clan, fled to the mountains of British Columbia to avoid the draft. A skilled hunting guide, he eventually amassed a fortune by smuggling marijuana across the border between Canada and Idaho. As the years passed, Richard went straight and returned to the States after the U.S. government granted amnesty to draft dodgers. He parlayed his wealth into an empire and developed a remote resort in which he lives.

    David says: "Not quite Cryptonomicon"
    "Love Neal, but..."
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    First, great story, great narration.
    Now - I've read most of Stephenson's books. When I finally got to Anathem, I just couldn't hang. It seems the words are just there to attract more words... words words words. His past lengthy books had substance, whereas now they seem to include irrelevant non-interesting tangents and the story is sprinkled in. Or maybe I'm just growing impatient. Either way - Reamde seems a great story, but the needless attention to irrelevant detail is too much, and at times completely unbelievable in the context of a story. Who is going to spend hours going through the history of internet computing to some mafia guy who just wants his $? And why is it that a foreigner knows some English idioms, but can't seem to remember to use pronouns here and there? It's all just a bit forced. In short,
    I like the story, but can't listen to it for how long it takes to get through some time-wasting detail. I'll have to read this one so I can skip parts. Yes! I admit, I skip some words here and there in books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10321)
    Performance
    (5230)
    Story
    (5265)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Venita says: "Lenghtly but good, ending was rushed"
    "My first Stephen King novel, and hurray!"
    Overall
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    Well, I did start to listen to the Dark Tower series, but I wasn't thrilled with the narrator and never got passed 2 hours. I never read the other books because as a kid, the films scared the sh*t out of me, and I knew books were, well, more effective.

    So anyway... this one didn't seem a horror story in the way my inner child remembers King stories.

    I will admit, I was not thrilled with one of the major plot points in this book because I thought it was just redundant and lazy (Sorry Stephen King!). But without it, the story wouldn't be the story. And after a little bit, I bought it hook-->sinker because the characters around it are just so good. I also thought "Holy moly, how many people have to [spoiler] before the story starts!?" Nevertheless, I was pleasantly captivated by the story and looked forward to long car and bus rides.

    The narrator does a fantastic job of distinguishing characters, and really evokes emotion with each. Definitely a top narration. Cheers to Raul Esparza! I was also captivated by the character development and the interpersonal relationships King dreamed up. I was mildly unsatisfied with the [spoiler] of the villain, but it's not a huge deal. The conception of the [spoiler] was creative and unique, and I sort of wished it wasn't only part of the end. But I know the story really isn't about [spoiler] but about the people of the town. AND SMACK, that really happens!? I mean, it's alluded to, but really? I really like authors that just go all out like they promise, and Stephen King does. Probably like he usually does, but I wouldn't know about his previous books. So I downloaded The Stand, and saved the Dark Tower series to read in print. No, I still won't read Cujo no matter what.

    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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22645)
    Performance
    (14022)
    Story
    (14168)

    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"
    "Just love this story"
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    This story is so captivating. While the narrator for Ender is great, I cannot stand the woman they chose to narrate Valentine. Sounds like the world is ending in every painful word she says.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9974)
    Performance
    (7448)
    Story
    (7488)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "In a word, painful."
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    This is pretty bad, and I feel like I wasted money. It's overly pedantic. Other reviews have it right with this being a cheapish romance story badly cloaked in fantasy. The narrator does a good job, but doesn't save the story. The integration of history and urban fantasy is obviously contrived, overdone. I can't finish it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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