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Rose

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  • Flight: A Quantum Fiction Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Vanna Bonta
    • Narrated By Vanna Bonta
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Mendle Orion is a writer who lives at the intersection of fiction and reality. He idealizes love and cynically rails against a world that wastes his dreams. The man's life is forever changed the day he meets a mysterious young woman with intense blue eyes and total amnesia who looks at urban life as though she's seeing it for the first time.

    FRANCISCO says: "Up There With Great Forever Books"
    "Wonderful ideas, badly executed"
    Overall

    I'm keeping this for its ideas and the way they were expressed. But...yee gods, it is _badly_ written. Flat out. Listening to it instead of reading it makes it a little more bearable, so you can get to the philosophical bits. But...really, she probably should've just wrote it as philosophy and not SF.

    2 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • VangoNotes for Art History, 3/e, Vol. 1

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Marilyn Stokstad
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer, Christian Rummel, Ellen Archer
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    You're busy. We get it. With VangoNotes you can study "in between" all the other things you need to get done. VangoNotes gives you the confidence you need to succeed in the classroom. They're flexible; just download and go. And, they're efficient. Use them in your car, at the gym, walking to class, wherever. Get yours today and start studying.

    Sarah says: "Pretty nice to have"
    "Unpleasant reader and not useful"
    Overall

    I didn't find this useful in my studies, largely because I couldn't stand the reader/speaker. She was so fake and cheerful that I couldn't bear to listen. Eww!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7361)
    Performance
    (2794)
    Story
    (2849)

    About three things I was certain. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him, and I didn't know how dominant that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

    Mitch says: "My Not-So-Guilty Pleasure"
    "Terrible"
    Overall

    If I could give this zero stars, I would. The writing is TERRIBLE, the plot is nonexistent, and the main character is just a Mary Sue. I couldn't even get halfway through it. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, even my worst enemy.

    9 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Ties Book One: The Turning

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Armintrout
    • Narrated By Elenna Stauffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (974)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (308)

    I'm no coward. I want to make that perfectly clear. But after my life turned into a horror movie, I take fear a lot more seriously now. I finally became Dr. Carrie Ames just eight months ago. Then I was attacked in the hospital morgue by a vampire. Just my luck.

    David says: "Meh"
    "Couldn't finish it"
    Overall

    I found it to be very badly written. It's...smut, filled with plot and character inconsistencies. And really, really stupid characters.

    I couldn't finish the first third. Not so much a vampire story but a bodice-ripping romance with some vampires thrown in.

    Eugh!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9170)
    Performance
    (4876)
    Story
    (4945)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Pleasant experience"
    Overall

    This was my first time reading Dune. I would've vastly preferred a standard reading. The voices were confusing, and I could've sworn there were inconsistencies in who voiced whom in some scenes (whether it was the character or the narrator).

    But for what it is, it's very nicely done.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Eyre Affair: A Thursday Next Novel

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jasper Fforde
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Sastre
    Overall
    (816)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (128)

    Great Britain, circa 1985: time travel is routine, and literature is taken very, very seriously. England is a virtual police state where an aunt can get lost (literally) in a Wordsworth poem and forging Byronic verse is a punishable offense. All this is business as usual for Thursday Next, Special Operative in literary detection. But when someone begins kidnapping characters from works of literature and plucks Jane Eyre from the pages of Bronte's novel, Thursday is faced with the challenge of her career.

    Susan says: "What a gem!"
    "Loved"
    Overall

    Enjoyed it immensely. Didn't realize it was Abridged (which is why I rate it 4/5 -- HATE abridged)!!! Hope an unabridged version comes out.

    Now I want to go back and actually read Jane Eyre. XD

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • A Mortal Bane

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Roberta Gellis
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    Magdalene la Batarde is the madam of the Old Priory Guesthouse in Southwark. She and her women are expected to engage in a number of sinful activities, but bloody murder isn't one of them until Baldassare, the messenger, dies. Though Baldassare isn't a regular client of the Old Priory Guesthouse, Magdalene and her women refuse to allow his death to go unavenged. Of course, their efforts aren't completely altruistic.

    Jim says: "Delightful"
    "Interesting premise"
    Overall

    Very interesting premise. Unfortunately, the author overuses phrases...if I hear the word "whore" one more time, I think I'll scream. >.<

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Atul Gawande
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (113)

    Atul Gawande explores how doctors strive for best performance in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. His stories of diligence and ingenuity take us to battlefield surgical tents in Iraq, to labor and delivery rooms in Boston, to a polio outbreak in India, and to malpractice courtrooms around the country. He discusses the ethical dilemmas of doctors' participation in lethal injections, examines the influence of money on medicine, and recounts the astoundingly contentious history of hand washing.

    Bonneville says: "Unfocused & Rambling"
    "Inspiring"
    Overall

    As a pre-med student, this was a treasure. Even for the general public, this text has some truly remarkable messages and information.

    Some sections are a little number-heavy, but the core is well worth it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Morbid Taste for Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ellis Peters
    • Narrated By Stephen Thorne
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (25)

    In the 12th-century Benedictine monastery of Shrewsbury, Brother Cadfael has settled down to a quiet life in charge of the herbarium after an adventurous, and far from monastic, youth. But when his prior determines to acquire the bones of a saint from a remote Welsh village, Cadfael's worldly experience becomes vitally important. It is fortunate indeed that his skills as a herbalist are matched by his prowess as a detective, since the obstacles to the expedition include murder.

    Erin says: "Classic Mystery"
    "Imperfect Quality"
    Overall

    The book is wonderful as ever, and the reader does a good job with accents and the voices of characters of the opposite sex. ...but from time to time, there's an odd shift in the quality of the recording, making it clear where recording sessions began and ended. Not disturbing enough for me to recommend against it, however.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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