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Jay

Huntingdon, PA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 10 reviews
  • 59 ratings
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  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • Pathfinder: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2547)
    Performance
    (1892)
    Story
    (1907)

    Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

    DJM says: "Entertaining and Irritating."
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    I'm a fan of several of Card's previous books and like stories involving time travel, but I found the discussion of time travel in this book tedious and the main character too perfect. The switching between narrators didn't help. I won't buy the sequel. Two-and-a-half stars if that were possible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Free Lunch

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Spider Robinson
    • Narrated By Spider Robinson
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Mike and Annie, refugees from the world outside, find a home underground, behind the scenes of Dreamworld, a theme park where hope exists as it does nowhere else. But Dreamworld is threatened by a jealous competitor who kills what he can’t have. As if this were not trouble enough, the two discover that each day there are more of the “trolls” who maintain Dreamworld than there were the day before. As the trolls continue to multiply, they must discover why, or it could mean the end of Dreamworld - and the real world.

    Carol says: "Facinating Mystery"
    "Pleased to Meet You"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Usually I'm not a fan of authors reading their books, but Robinson does a good job. I very much enjoyed the story and will be happy to spend more of my credits for his books. Just when you think you'll never find another good book, there it is...like finding an egg a week after Easter.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (9796)
    Performance
    (8899)
    Story
    (8911)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Two-thirds Ain't Bad"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Someone else compared this book to "Lost," and I'll agree: Great at the beginning, but the last third...I just couldn't stretch my belief that far, although I wanted to. Great characters, great dialogue, great narrator. Overall, worth the purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anna Dressed in Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Kendare Blake
    • Narrated By August Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (47)

    Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead. So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now armed with his father's mysterious and deadly atheme, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay. Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage.

    Jay says: "Alas"
    "Alas"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I really wanted to like this book because I have a hard time finding new good books for my high school library. Unfortuately for this book, I listened to it right after listening to Terry Prachett's "I Shall Wear Midnight," which is outstanding. "Anna" is just time-killing brain candy; although that's sufficient for some students. The reader of "Anna" focuses so much on pronunciation that he sounds robotic, and he's not very good at creating different voices. In short: don't expect much.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Christmas Blizzard

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Garrison Keillor
    • Narrated By Garrison Keillor
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    A wealthy and depressed man (thanks to the economy, he's not quite rich enough to expand his cache of paintings by Vincent Van Guy, the famed Dutch realist) bound for Christmas in the tropics is abruptly summoned home to North Dakota to visit an ailing aunt. He arrives just in time to be trapped there by a blizzard. The electricity goes out, and when it does, figures from his childhood appear, and historical figures too, for a festive candlelit holiday.

    Eileen says: "True Meaning of Life not just Christmas"
    "Say It Ain't So"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I never thought I'd say this about something written and spoken by Garrison Keillor, but I just wanted this book to end. Lots of words but no story...and no magic.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6506)
    Performance
    (2902)
    Story
    (2899)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Talk, talk, talk, talk, talk"
    Overall

    More is not better...this book would have been better at half the length. Endless descriptions that had me yelling at the stereo to move the story along. And, despite all the words, I never grew to care about the characters. Two-and-a-half stars for me.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3689)
    Performance
    (2594)
    Story
    (2627)

    When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

    Teddy says: "2 Stars because it actually gets worse...."
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    Teens who liked the Twilight series might like this, but it seemed unoriginal to me; you'll probably recognize elements of other books. The narrator was more of a reader than a performer. For me, something to get through rather than something to look forward to.

    12 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Hearts in Atlantis

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King, William Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (925)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (395)

    All the stories in this collection from Stephen King are related to the Vietnam War. King fans will recognize echoes of The Dark Tower series in the collection's first story, "Low Men in Yellow Coats." As the characters develop over the next four stories, King's version of the Vietnam War becomes one of his most frightening tales ever.

    Steve says: "Touching, Funny - Amazingly well written and read."
    "Stories overcome narrations"
    Overall

    Eventually I accepted William Hurt's narration and put up with King's because the stories, especially the first one, sucked me in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adoration of Jenna Fox

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Mary E. Pearson
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (86)

    Who is Jenna Fox? Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a coma, they tell her, and she is still recovering from a terrible accident in which she was involved a year ago. But what happened before that? Jenna doesn't remember her life. Or does she? And are the memories really hers?

    A. J. Mcdonald says: "Great YA Fiction"
    "Thought provoking but..."
    Overall

    I usually look forward to listening to a book during my commute, but, for whatever reason, I had to force myself to follow this one to the end. The narrator was good, the story made me think about what it means to be "human," but...I don't know...just couldn't get excited about it.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Magicians: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2283)
    Performance
    (1585)
    Story
    (1586)

    Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

    Kyle says: "Not an average book"
    "First half good"
    Overall

    I was captivated by the first part but started losing interest when the magic button entered the scene. I didn't know what to make of the conclusion other than it wasn't very satisfying...a is-that-it? ending. No complaints regarding the narrator.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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