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Jen

Nokesville, VA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Eve

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Anna Carey
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (307)

    Sixteen years after a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth’s population, the world is a perilous place. Eighteen-year-old Eve has never been beyond the heavily guarded perimeter of her school, where she and two hundred other orphaned girls have been promised a future as the teachers and artists of the New America. But the night before graduation, Eve learns the shocking truth about her school’s real purpose - and the horrifying fate that awaits her. Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive.

    Amanda says: "Loved It! But heartbroken! Must read!!!"
    "Mixed Review - Ambivalence"
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    After finishing Eve a few days ago, I find that I'm still ambivalent about it. I found the premise interesting and the writing was good. But I found the implementation of the plot lacked a bit. It's nothing specific that I can put my finger on - just that some of the ideas didn't hold up well.

    That said, the narrator was excellent. I think if I had read the dead tree version that my review would not have gotten to 3 stars. Tavia Gilbert's superb narration elevated the story for me.

    I do plan to listen to the sequel, mostly out of curiosity to what happens with the characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1368)
    Performance
    (1285)
    Story
    (1273)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "Worth the Wait"
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    There is no narrator finer than the divine Ms. Porter. All characters have their own distinct voices. There is never any confusion about whom is speaking and that is quite a feat. She gets 5 stars alone.

    I quite enjoyed the book. I love the people and their journey through and across time here in early America and in Scotland. This is a solid continuation of the Jamie Fraser clan story.

    Strong and blunt language and sexual content throughout. But Outlanders already know this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Richard Armitage
    Overall
    (228)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (215)

    It is a tale of ghosts, of madness, of revenge - of old alliances giving way to new intrigues. Denmark is changing, shaking off its medieval past. War with Norway is on the horizon. And Hamlet - son of the old king, nephew of the new - becomes increasingly entangled in a web of deception - and murder. Beautifully performed by actor Richard Armitage ("Thorin Oakenshield" in the Hobbit films), Hamlet, Prince of Denmark takes Shakespeare’s original into unexpected realms, reinventing a story we thought we knew.

    Robert says: "Fantastic whether you like Shakespeare or not!"
    "Thoroughly Enjoyable"
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    Shakespeare purists may not appreciate this novelization of the classic Hamlet. For those of us who struggle a bit with reading Shakespeare, this is a great adaptation of a classic tragedy.

    Richard Armitage is superb as narrator. His flawless voice characterization of each person is brilliantly done, with his acting background serving well, too. I wish he would narrate more audiobooks. He is awesome.

    I highly recommend Hamlet, Prince of Denmark.

    2 of 2 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
    (9975)
    Performance
    (9280)
    Story
    (9281)

    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"
    "Fun Entertainment Even for the Non-Gamer"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who is nostalgic for the 1980s and possibly into gaming. That said, I am not a gamer at all, but I still enjoyed the book a lot.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ready Player One?

    Too many to name - all of the references to 80s music, movies, TV, etc.


    Which character – as performed by Wil Wheaton – was your favorite?

    Wheaton did a good job with the narration overall. Since this was a first person story, I didn't expect character voices as much as I would with narration from other POVs. He did do a great job of reading.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I can't explain it without it spoiling.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the book and I thought Wil Wheaton did a great job as narrator.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Slaughterhouse-Five or The Children's Crusade: A Duty Dance with Death

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kurt Vonnegut
    • Narrated By Ethan Hawke
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2417)
    Performance
    (1124)
    Story
    (1138)

    Kurt Vonnegut's absurdist classic introduces us to Billy Pilgrim, a man who becomes 'unstuck in time' after he is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore. In a plot-scrambling display of virtuosity, we follow Pilgrim simultaneously through all phases of his life, concentrating on his (and Vonnegut's) shattering experience as an American prisoner of war who witnesses the firebombing of Dresden.

    William says: "What more can be said?"
    "Trippy And Powerful"
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    Trippy. Powerful telling of the experiences of Billy Pilgrim during WWII and his survival of the firebombing of Dresden. And then there's Tralfamadore.

    Great book.

    So it goes.

    ETA: I listened to the audiobook narrated by Ethan Hawke. He did a great job with it. The bonus was a 12 minute interview/conversation with Vonnegut and his lawyer/friend. I enjoyed Vonnegut's explanation that he was not Billy Pilgrim, but that he was based on a real soldier who died in the war. And then they talked about their war experiences a bit, which was cool, and the long-range impact of certain books like Slaughterhouse-Five, and the movie adaptation (which Vonnegut thought was great).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Going Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1284)
    Performance
    (1175)
    Story
    (1181)

    If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

    Randall says: "A page turner, if. . ."
    "Not My Favorite"
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    My feelings are mixed - there's a part of me that enjoyed the overall story, but there were a lot of moments that caused snorts of disbelief and heavy eye rolling. And the narrator was not my favorite.

    If you're into the doomsday prepper thing you might enjoy this one. It did get me thinking that we should prepare for disaster a bit more, so it was helpful for real life.

    I'm on the fence about reading the next books, leaning toward not bothering.

    Actual rating is closer to 2.5 stars than a full 3

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Question of Honor: Bess Crawford, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Charles Todd
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    In the latest mystery from New York Times best-selling author Charles Todd, World War I nurse and amateur sleuth Bess Crawford investigates an old murder that occurred during her childhood in India, a search for the truth that will transform her and leave her pondering a troubling question: How can facts lie? Bess Crawford enjoyed a wondrous childhood in India, where her father, a colonel in the British Army, was stationed on the Northwest Frontier. But an unforgettable incident darkened that happy time....

    Kathi says: "This series just gets better and better!"
    "Enjoyable Mystery"
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    Part of why I enjoy the Bess Crawford mysteries is that for me she has an actual voice - Rosalyn Landor.

    These fun books are not great literature, but they are a nice way to pass your reading/listening time. And the mysteries are intriguing enough to keep my interest.

    1 of 1 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
    Overall
    (2750)
    Performance
    (2424)
    Story
    (2422)

    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"
    "Maybe Better Than The Passage"
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    I liked The Passage (book 1) enough to move on to The Twelve (book 2). This is not my normal genre, but the story and characters were written well enough to keep me in it. The Twelve is a gory book - if you don't like horror, then do not read this. I listened to the audiobook and some of the scenes had me cringing as I drove to and from work.

    Now I guess I'm with the rest of the fans who are waiting for book 3 to come out.

    4 stars for audiobook narrator Scott Brick. The book itself would get 4 stars, but it was a bit to gory for me, so I dropped it by a star. That said the story is solid and moved well in this middle book - 4 stars for the story itself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rise: An Eve Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Anna Carey
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (100)

    When she lost her soul mate, Caleb, Eve felt like her world had ended. Trapped in the palace, forced to play the part of the happy, patriotic princess of The New America - and the blushing bride of her father's top adviser - Eve's whole life is a lie. The only thing that keeps her going is Caleb's memory, and the revolution he started. Now, Eve is taking over where Caleb left off. With the help of Moss, an undercover subversive in the King's court, she plots to take down The New America, beginning with the capital, the City of Sand.

    S. A. Sutphin says: "terrrible ending"
    "Disappointing"
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    Eve (book 1) was pretty good. Once (book 2) was OK. Rise (book 3) was an utter disappointment.

    The Eve trilogy had potential to be much more than it was. That the last book was so bad really taints the whole story for me.

    I don't recommend it. Don't waste your credit.

    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
    (6851)
    Performance
    (3220)
    Story
    (3225)

    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..."
    "Almost Like Two Books"
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    I wish we could do half stars. It's really a 3.5 star overall rating on The Passage for me. I loved the first third or so. Then came the change up, which threw me. Then I got sucked into what felt like a new story. It did eventually all come together - the circle closed. And set up book 2. I still don't know if I'm aggravated by that or happy.

    I can't even begin to explain this book without spoiling it completely. But it is quite gory horror through most of the latter 2/3. And I'll leave it at that.

    Also, my new vocab word is "subsumed." Cronin used it a lot. I need to use it soon.

    As for Scott Brick, this is only the second book I've listened to that he narrated. I'm not the huge fan like some others, but he is very good. It took a while for me to get used to his sing-song-y style. His pacing is great, though, and he knows how to build tension.

    The other two narrators, Adenrele Ojo and Abby Craden, were my favorites, though. The addition of those diary interludes not only gave us a sense for those female characters but also moved the story along well. Cronin gets high marks from me on that method of his storytelling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Requiem: Delirium Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (792)
    Performance
    (728)
    Story
    (726)

    This exciting finale to Lauren Olive's New York Times best-selling Delirium trilogy is a riveting blend of nonstop action and forbidden romance in a dystopian United States. Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has transformed. The nascent rebellion that was underway in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight. After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven.

    Katheryne says: "Where there is love there is freedom..."
    "Solid Conclusion to the Series"
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    If you ask me, the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver is better than The Hunger Games series. Don't get me wrong, I love The Hunger Games. But I think that the Delirium series is deeper. I think that Oliver writes better characters. Even the secondary characters are richer, more real, living. There's plenty of action, conflict, peril, but there's feeling and growth and purpose, too.

    Requiem is a solid conclusion to Lena's story, her journey. It picks up where Pandemonium left off and keeps on moving. What I appreciate is that it constantly moves forward - the resistance and the relationships all progress to the great denouement.

    I listened to the audio book, which was read with such greatness by Sarah Drew. If you like to listen to audio books, you can't get a better narration. Drew is a perfect YA narrator.

    One thing - there is profanity in this one, more than in the previous two books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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