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Wendy

LARAMIE, WY, United States

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  • 9 reviews
  • 26 ratings
  • 71 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014
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  • The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Avi
    • Narrated By Alexandra O’Karma
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (63)

    Avi’s swashbuckling tale of murder and mutiny on the high seas has a fascinating twist: the heroine is a 13-year-old girl. In 1832, Charlotte Doyle boards a ship bound for America and is caught in a battle between a mad captain and his ruthless crew. If you’re looking for an action-packed adventure story for girls, you’ll find it in The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle.

    Danielle says: "Horrible performance; Great book"
    ""Like" button"
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    Classic YA novel. I read this in my pre-teen / teen years, and I still like it now in my 30s.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Broker

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1440)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (368)

    In his final hours in the Oval Office, the outgoing President grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away in a federal prison. What no one knows is that the President issues the pardon only after receiving enormous pressure from the CIA. It seems Backman, in his power broker heyday, may have obtained secrets that compromise the world's most sophisticated satellite surveillance system.

    Amazon Customer says: "Why all the bad reviews?"
    "Typically entertaining Grisham"
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    Like other Grisham titles, 'The Broker' is a nice mini-vacation into suspense, action, and a shady world full of lawyers and politicians. My favorite aspect of this particular novel is the protagonist's immersion into Italian culture (particularly food!). The technology in the story has a dated feel -- the high-tech Smart Phone used by Bachmann to elude the bad guys and communicate with his son is yesterday's new toy, not today's -- but so what. I don't read these stories for the technology so much as for the hide-and-seek suspense, anyway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11033)
    Performance
    (10284)
    Story
    (10289)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Great Sci-Fi Treasure Hunt"
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    What did you love best about Ready Player One?

    Nice construction of a futuristic America. An exciting treasure-hunt through an online universe. The main villians are not anything you haven't experienced before in books or movies, but the author does a good job in building the tension between them and the heroes of the story. Lots of 80's trivia and I have to admit, I grew up in the 80's and am familiar with a lot of the references. I think the story is strong enough to keep the interest of a person who has less of an association with that decade, but a person who has absolutely no interest in the 1980's (and 70's) should avoid this book. The protagonist follows the very satisfactory and familiar story-arc of a high school student with low prospects and no money, thrust into sudden fame and danger by his involvement in something much bigger than himself. The larger message about a generation made isolated and antisocial by technology is well-done but made easier to swallow because the author so obviously understands and enjoys the things that the geeky main characters enjoy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Rachel Joyce
    • Narrated By Jim Broadbent
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3109)
    Performance
    (2770)
    Story
    (2776)

    Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack is a letter addressed to Harold from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in 20 years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person.

    FanB14 says: "Wonderful Walkabout"
    "Quirky, sad, and lovely"
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    What did you love best about The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry?

    I tend to avoid stories that I know will make me cry, but this one had such a great premise that I listened to it anyway. Who hasn't taken a walk or driven down a road and felt the urge to just keep going? I know I have. This story did make me cry, as I expected it would, but it was just lighthearted and oddball enough to keep me smiling as well.


    19 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Tigers in Red Weather: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Liza Klaussmann
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (131)

    Nick and her cousin Helena grew up in a world of sun bleached boat docks, tennis whites, and midnight gin parties at Tiger House, the family home on Martha's Vineyard. In the wake of the Second World War, the two women are on the cusp of starting their "real lives": Helena is off to Hollywood and a new marriage to the charismatic Avery Lewis, while Nick is heading for a reunion with her own husband, Hughes Derringer, about to return from the war. The world seems rife with possibility, but the gilt soon begins to crack.

    glamazon says: "Not for Kittens in Fair Weather"
    "Not compelled to finish"
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    I may finish this one, or I may not. If not for the reference to F. Scott Fitzgerald in the book summary or the lovely cover art, I wouldn't have taken a chance on this story. Having listened to about 45 minutes of it, I don't think the Fitzgerald comparison is earned. It's been a while since I've read Fitzgerald, but what I remember was his ability to write vivid descriptions of the world his characters lived in. Klaussmann has plenty of descriptions, but mainly it's clothing, perfume, and drinks... This sounds like a weak complaint, but when Nick's outfit and hair is described, followed by a bit of a sex scene or thoughts about sex, it feels like just another romance novel. Not my favorite genre.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kings of Infinite Space

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By James Hynes
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (79)

    James Hynes is the author of three New York Times Notable Books of the Year. That same publication praises Kings of Infinite Space as “unspeakably funny!” This offbeat novel satirizes an experience ubiquitous to modern times—office life. With a defeated sigh, ex-college professor Paul Trilby faces the downward spiral that is his existence. After his wife and three subsequent girlfriends dump him, and he loses just as many jobs, he’s sure he’s a pawn in some vast conspiracy.

    Richard Delman says: "90% heaven, 10% hell."
    "A fun listen, even with the weak ending"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If the movie "Office Space" had a baby with the tv show "The X-files", this would be it. The work-place angst and the eerie atmosphere of misplaced ceiling tiles and ghostly desk-jockies is completely enjoyable. The main character is a snob and a stereotype, but he doesn't realize it. There were times when I wanted to slap him, but on the whole I enjoyed following him through this tale. All that said, I probably won't listen to this a second time. Like many of the X-Files' "Monster of the Week" episodes, the secret behind all the creepy happenings is not incredibly interesting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plastic Ocean

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charles Moore, Cassandra Phillips
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
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    (21)

    A prominent seafaring environmentalist and researcher shares his shocking discovery of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the Pacific Ocean, which inspired a fundamental rethinking of the Plastic Age and a growing global health crisis.

    Wendy says: "interesting and educational"
    "interesting and educational"
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    Where does Plastic Ocean rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A great introduction to one of today's major environmental problems. The author smoothly intertwines a story about a personal research project with a history of the plastics industry in the U.S. and abroad. Well worth the purchase.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Selection: The Selection Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1400)
    Performance
    (1269)
    Story
    (1281)

    For 35 girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth... to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels... to live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want.

    Amazon Customer says: "You might want to wait... if you hate cliffhangers"
    "Meh."
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    What would have made The Selection better?

    I love twists on fairy tales, and I am fascinated by reality shows. The combination of the two promised more than what was actually delivered in 'The Selection.' Where to begin on my issues with this story ...

    1. This is a trilogy??? Really?? I'm surprised the editors found enough plotline in what I just listened to to print this first book on its own.

    2. Predictability ... Wake me up when Mer and Aspen are rescued from being executed for having relations inside the palace. I'm guessing the rebels will succeed in one of their attacks at a convenient moment.

    3. The characters and the setting were just flat. The world-building could've been done so much better. I could go on, but I don't feel like it. Save your audible credit for something else.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Once and Future King

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By T. H. White
    • Narrated By Neville Jason
    Overall
    (1380)
    Performance
    (1156)
    Story
    (1156)

    The complete "box set" of T. H. White's epic fantasy novel of the Arthurian legend. The novel is made up of five parts: "The Sword in the Stone", "The Witch in the Wood", "The Ill-Made Knight", "The Candle in the Wind", and "The Book of Merlyn".

    Robert says: "My favorite book this year."
    "promising start, disappointing overall"
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    What did you like best about The Once and Future King? What did you like least?

    2.5 stars out of 5. The beginning of this book is familiar to anybody who has seen the Disney movie "The Sword in the Stone." I loved the concept of Merlyn as a person moving backwards through time. His meeting with Arthur as a boy was poignant because of that -- To Merlyn, it was the last time they would meet, while to the Wort, it was only the first.

    The characters of Lancelot and Guenever were well done, as was that of Kay, Arthur's foster brother. Actually there were many characters I enjoyed in this book. The reason for my low score lies mainly in the ending, which involved a long-winded Animal Council about how people ought to manage themselves. I disagreed with some of the arguments and found them boring and heavy, something similar to the 50 page speech delivered by John Galt towards the end of 'Atlas Shrugged.' I'm not opposed to philosophical discussion, but there are better ways to handle it in a story, in my opinion.

    Oh, and I thought the witches -- Morgause et. al -- were weakly portrayed. The most you could say for them was they had some pretty weird house-building ideas and they seduced a lot of men. Even their witchcraft / connection to the faerie realms was poorly explored. For a MUCH more interesting story about them (and a great portrayal of all the female characters in the Camelot story) check out "The Mists of Avalon."


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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