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sharon

wallingford, PA, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 288 titles in library
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  • Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Perry Moore
    • Narrated By Michael Urie
    Overall
    (837)
    Performance
    (593)
    Story
    (599)

    In the story comic book legend Stan Lee calls "spellbinding" and "totally original," Thom Creed has secrets. For one, like his father, he has super powers. Also, he's been asked to join the League—the very organization of superheroes that spurned his dad. Then there’s the secret Thom can barely face himself: he's gay. But becoming a member of the League opens up a new world to Thom. There, he connects with a misfit group of aspiring heroes, including Scarlett, Typhoid Larry, and Ruth, a wise old broad who can see the future. Like Thom, these heroes have things to hide....

    Robert says: "Give it a listen!"
    "READ THE BOOK -- Its great --- teens should read i"
    Overall

    I LOVED this book. I thought I would try a book that was a bit outside of my norm (I usually go for the Stephanie Plum type books). But I wanted to see what a book with an openly gay main character would be like. And other than it being a driving plot vehicle, it was not a turn off. Since I have a person very close to me who is gay, I wanted to see if their world was really different than mine (nope, its not -- except for the super hero part!) :)
    Listen to it. Its great. I would recommmend it to teenagers -- especially those who are struggling with their sexuality or know people who are struggling.
    I cried at the end. I will definately look for more books by Perry Moore.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Zodiac

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Ax Norman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (159)

    Sangamon Taylor's a New Age Sam Spade who sports a wet suit instead of a trench coat and prefers Jolt to Scotch. He knows about chemical sludge the way he knows about evil -- all too intimately. And the toxic trail he follows leads to some high and foul places.

    Edie Snow says: "Love that dirty water!"
    "Ok, but only so - so"
    Overall

    I think this book will make a great movie one day -- and it will probably make alot more sense to me then. But until then, I'm leaving this on my (imaginary) 'why did I buy this book' pile.
    Its not that well written. It took me a good 2 hours (at least) to get 'into' the book. I did learn alot about scientific stuff (specifically chemicals) and how they affect the environment/water. It does have action in it, some suspense, alot of the main character's thoughts.

    I liked the characters. I liked the plot IDEA, but it did not keep me involved (especially at the beginning). On a desert island, it would be an adequate book to read, but I think that there are other books out there that deserve your $$/credits more.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • So You Want to Be a Wizard: Young Wizard Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Diane Duane
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (247)

    Because she insists on fighting with words instead of her fists, 13-year-old Nita is regularly tormented by a gang of classmates. One day, running to escape their blows, she hides in the only safe place nearby: the library. When a book about wizardry catches her eye, Nita finds the help she needs in its pages. As she moves from chapter to chapter, Nita learns more sophisticated spells. Soon, stepping through a worldgate, she enters a shadowy city swirling with vicious taxicabs and carnivorous fireplugs.

    Diana says: "Not quite Harry Potter ... better"
    "Please don't waste of a credit"
    Overall

    1) it was boring. I finally gave up on it -- it kept putting me to sleep (so buy it if you have insomnia!!). I finally gave up on it - and I finish basically all books I buy.
    2) it is NOT like Harry Potter books, other than its about a couple of kid wizards
    3) its not funny. its not 'riveting'. its not interesting.
    4) normally I don't comment on narrators, but this one didn't do it for me at all.
    Please don't waste a credit!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tourist Season

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Carl Hiaasen
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    Overall
    (678)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (203)

    Tourist season is swinging into high gear in Miami. So are the activities of a bizarre terrorist group determined to keep the hapless "snowbirds" away. Armed with bombs, weed, and jumbled credos, they move toward their grand target, the Orange Bowl Parade, with plans to bring Miami and its tourist trade to a halt.

    Glenn says: "Not his best"
    "PLEASE DON'T DO IT"
    Overall

    I have listened to alot of Carl Hiaasen's books and enjoyed them all. I was SOOO disappointed with this one. It never 'grabbed' me -- i just trudged through it. Don't waste a credit on this one. I can recommend Hoot, Flush, Scat (all 3 for kids - but they are good for adults too), Skinny Dip, and Nature Girl.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • A Cedar Cove Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (117)

    Mother-to-be Mary Jo Wyse arrives in Cedar Cove on Christmas Eve, searching for her baby's father. David Rhodes had said he'd be in town. But he isn't. Which leaves Mary Jo stranded, pregnant and alone. And there's no room at the local inn....

    Heather says: "loved this book"
    "Don't bother"
    Overall

    Didn't realize that it was going to have such a overt Christian theme. Its rather a trite story and just didn't 'grab' me. Don't waste a Credit.

    3 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Naughty Neighbor

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    Louisa Brannigan is a no-nonsense, hardworking press secretary, fighting her way to the top of Capitol Hill, with no help from her annoying neighbor, Pete Streeter. He receives phone calls all night long, he steals her morning paper, he thinks jeans are formal wear, and worst of all he's involved Louisa in the disappearance of a pig.

    sharon says: "don't waste a credit!!!"
    "don't waste a credit!!!"
    Overall

    AWFUL. AWFUL. AWFUL. The narrator does her best -- she is very good. But the material isn't there. The book is jumpy. It doesn't flow. The characters aren't developed. Suddenly everyone is in love -- but you don't believe it. I was extremely disappointed. Not at all like her later books (which I love)

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3602)
    Performance
    (2071)
    Story
    (2085)

    For two thousand years, cadavers have been involved in science's boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. They've tested France's first guillotines, ridden the NASA Space Shuttle, been crucified in a Parisian laboratory to test the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, and helped solve the mystery of TWA Flight 800. For every new surgical procedure, from heart transplants to gender reassignment surgery, cadavers have been there alongside surgeons, making history in their quiet way.

    Matthew says: "Darn funny if you're open to the idea."
    "Don't eat while you listen"
    Overall

    While I did learn a great deal about the dead, I can't say that I would recommend this listen to anyone else. I found it repulsive and gory at times and just TOO MUCH. For some reason I stuck it out to the end -- unsure why. I'm not that squeamish, but it really did get to me -- especially towards the end when they talk about eating mummies. The speaker does a great job. She delivers in a very 'every day' voice that takes away alot of the gory (no Vincent Price here). There is humor in this book and she delivers it well, but its just too 'out there'. It was a waste of a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tied Up in Tinsel: A Roderick Alleyn Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ngaio Marsh
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (32)

    Holed up at Hilary Bill-Tasman's manor estate for Christmas, Troy Alleyn is to paint the man's portrait and, while she's there, view the Druid Christmas pageant. Along with a pack of eccentric guests, Troy enjoys the festivities, until one of the pageant's players mysteriously disappears into the snowy night

    C. Telfair says: "Classy Classic"
    "Just couldn't get into it"
    Overall

    I love mysteries -- especially English ones -- but I just could NOT get into this one. Don't bother.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful

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