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I have never ever heard of this book and found it when I did a search for audiobooks narrated by Kate Rudd. You know Kate! She narrated The Fault In Our Stars! I loved her work with that book so much it made me purchase this one solely based on her work (and the price of course).
This story centers around Sarah Striker, a young high school graduate who moves to San Francisco to make some money to help pay for her father's cancer treatment. At the time of her leaving Kansas City, Mo. San Francisco is on the verge of the 90's internet boom and there are new and exciting things popping up everywhere. Like cafe's offering internet and computer usage.
This story was not a huge hit for me. There were a few things I was not really into. Most of the male authors I have read that write from a female perceptive seem to get women. Really get them in an errie kinda way. It's like they become a women while writing the book. I didn't have that feeling at all with this book. Sarah just seemed to be so one dimensional and have no real interest. She just hung out with friends who had interesting drug habits and almost surreal lives. I found it hard to connect with her and I really wanted to. Also, I am not really into the young drug addicts slowly killing themselves stories. (a la Trainspotting). Those kinds of characters are everywhere in this book and in Sarah's life. Is that normal for a non-drug using 18-ish young girl from Missouri to get hooked into that crowd and stay clean the whole time?
There were some great points to this story. Really! One, the overall topic of where and who created ADD as well as the behind the scenes of the big pharmaceutical companies was extremely interesting. I have to say now I don't look at their commerical the same way anymore. I have no idea if the author based the story point on real information but it seems real to me. Second, Kate Rudd (narrator) did a good job. In the beginning of the book she was not as "ON" as she was toward the middle and end of the audiobook. So far, The Fault In Our Stars is by far her best.
I will be looking at other audiobooks by her.
This was my first book by this author Carl Weber who has about 20 books to his resume. The man in 3B is hot and seems to catch the eye of every single female in his new building. Who is this man? Daryl Graham and he has a ankle bracelet not from a jewelry store but from the county. Daryl loved Krystal years ago. Daryl is good looking and well respected by the thugs in the neighborhood. That's it! That is all I found out about him in this book. Oh Wait! One more thing. He wears a gold star of David around his neck. Ok. That's it!
A murder takes place in this book and every single person in the building is now a suspect. Each chapter you get to read various perspectives on a character's relationship to Daryl as they try to build their alibis. There is Avery, husband to Connie and a general awful verbally abusive man. Connie, his wife is overweight and tries to fix everything for Avery. Connie soon seeks out the help of Daryl to lose weight and Avery is pissed! There is Benny the newly 21 year old who looks up to Daryl to his fathers chagrin and distress. There is Krystal, daughter of Avery and her fiance. She broke Daryl's heart years ago and just moved into the building.
This book is just like Bewster's Place with the neighbors stories inter and co-mingling though out. Complete with love triangles and who is sleeping with whos? There is so much going on in this one. I think I would have enjoyed this read if there were not sooo many holes in the story. Like why does Daryl have so much respect from people? Why is he under house arrest? Others I can't write about without spoiling the end.
There was just way to much drama for my taste but I found the ending interesting. I didn't see it coming.
As for the narrators I thought they all did a good job. Not amazingly good but good! They were really trying to put emotion into their parts. For some reason the narrator that read for Krystal annoyed me and I am ok with it because the character did too!
It was just ok! The plot was just ok! The narrators were just ok!
I purchased this book last February (2012) at the Passion and Prose conference in Long Beach, Ca. where I meet Gail Carriger and she signed the book for me too! Why did it take me so long to get to this book? I have no idea! Everyone else has read it. Let me be the first to say "Shame on me!" I should have been done with the series by now.
Soulless is about a soulless spinster, Alexia Tarabotti who accidentally kills an attacking vampire. Yes! I said soulless as in without a soul. This is England and vampires, ghost and werewolves are apart of normal society with laws and societal rules governing them all. The accident causes Alexia to get involved in an few deadly and uncomfortable situations.
What's the deal with Alexia's soulless state? She was born without a soul and people born without a soul (preternatural) have the ability to cancel out others powers by touch. Vampire to regular person. Werewolf to regular person. Ghost? Not sure it didn't happen in the book so I am not sure if they become regular people too. Anyways, soulless people have to be registered with the BUR (a government agency that keeps track of the supernaturals in England) and Alexis is not. Her mom does not even know. Humm!
I really enjoyed the fun, comical, light heard characters in this book. Gail Carriger wrote each one of them extremely well.
This book has a bit of Cinderella in it too, which makes it so hilarious.
So why four stars and not five? Well, I have to say, if a character ask a question two or three times... shouldn't an author answer it somewhere, some how. "What' up with all the octopus motive everywhere?" How are you just going to ignore something like that. And two, this is completely me and I get it but still.....why is her dark skin soooo negative. I know the answer and I understand the time period but don't beat me over the head with it. DANG! I get it! She is not even dark. She olive due to her father being Italian. Got it! And that is why she can't get a man. OOKKKK!!!! *eye rolling* I am going to read the other books in the series cause I love Alexia so much. She is like a modern woman in her thinking, side comments and actions just stuck in a Victorian Era life.
Audiobook: 10 hrs and 52 mins
Narrator: Emily Gray
Again I did half read and half listen. This might be my new norm. Emily has a great voice and she seems to BE Alexia Tarabotti. I just wish they would have hired a male actor with a deep Scottish accent to be Lord Maccon when the book turns to his perspective.
WOW! This book was crazy. I am really going to try and not spoil this one for you. The story of Nick and "Amazing" Amy marriage is really well written with chapters from each of them. I am loving this writing style because it gives the reader a chance to see the same situation from two sometimes completely different views. Amy is "Amazing" Amy because her parents wrote a children's book series about a little girl called Amazing Amy and it was a huge success. With so many things about Amy's life coming up in the books, Amy was put into the spotlight growing up. I have to say that Amy is the character that makes you turn the page and think "OMG! No way!" Nick starts out as the typical American guy with his typical life and looks. But one (not saying what) situation changes that and what the reader thinks of him.
This book is a complete thriller from beginning to end with twist in the plot that you NEVER see coming. NEVER! I thought by the middle of the book I knew what was really going on then WHAM! There is a whole new twist that I didn't see coming.
I was shocked to end the book not trusting anyone in the novel. There is no one in the book that seems to be trustworthy, honest or without some kind of agenda. Most of the books I have read like this there is a superhero, knight in shinny amour, or a good cop at least that you can hold onto throughout the book, but not this one.
It's really hard to talk about this book without spoiling it for you. But I will say that you have to read it. This book will not disappoint you at all. Especially, if you like thrillers.
Audiobook: 19 hours and 11 minutes
Narrator: Julia Whelan (Narrator), Kirby Heyborne (Narrator)
I listen to the audiobook at the same time as reading the book. Julia and Kirby were excellent choices for narrators on this one and they did a great job. Honestly, I can't imagine anyone else reading the part of Amy but Julia. She was Amy! 100% though and though.
I didn't give this book a "Love It" because I love GREAT endings. The ending of Gone Girl was not complete for me. It just ended. I want more. I need some more things to be resolved. I want more! Not a sequel more but one more chapter that takes place 3 years from now would have satisfied me completely.
This book was a book of the month selection by my book club and I would have not read it with out it being brought to my attention. The Madman's Daughter is a story of Juliet Moreau. The last name sound familiar? It should because her papa is the famous Dr. Moreau of The Island of Dr. Moreau. Yep the same one. If you did not read it, don't worry you can still read this book and know what is going on. Juliet works as a maid at a medical college after her father leaves the family in the mist of a huge scandal to fend for themselves.
16 years old Juliet thinks her father is not dead despite the rumors when she runs into Montgomery, an ex-house servant of her family. This part was way to easy and feel into place to quickly for me. She just happens to find a small clue and runs to his hotel. BAM! There he is. WOW! That was easy. Anyways, Juliet quickly conveniences Montgomery to take her to her father. Once the author gets to the journey part of the story it gets good.
This audiobook has a lot of Victorian medical treatments and sensibilities that I thought were cute and very appropriate throughout the book.
As in most if not all YA books out now there is a love triangle. Yep, Juliet is (for most of the book) torn between Montgomery and Edward. I thought this one was well written because the reader feels a bit of her love for both and the confusion in picking one over the other. But I have to say that the whole boy issue seemed to be put in the story as an last minute item to make it YA. The book would have flowed better with out it.
Most bloggers/reviewer have labeled this book as horror but I don't see it the same way. To me Stephen King is horror and this was more of less kiddie scare due to the unseen monster that kills at random.
The narrator of this audiobook has a great young Scottish (?) accent that gives the book genuine quality.
I received this book from the publishing company's table at SCIBA (10/2012) and it sat on the shelf with the other ARC's. So let me say "Thank You" to the host of The Clean Sweep ARC Challenge for helping me get motivated to read a few of the books in the stack.
Now to the book.
Lissy Ryder is a grown, self centered, selfish, narcissistic, grown woman who is only concerned with what people will think about her at her high school class reunion. In the beginning of the book, Lissy Ryder loses her job, her marriage and kicked out only to end up in her parents house. A complete opposite of the mean girl everyone feared and emulated in high school. I really hoped to like Lissy but...dang!! How long in the book do I have to invest in the main character's bad behavior and self centered actions before they have their Ah Ha! moment. In this book you will have to read to the last three chapters before her eyes are really opened and she gets to see that her ways where not the "end all be all" she thought they were. Personally, I think that is too late in the book.
I have 50/50 thoughts on this read. Pro, it was funny. Con, there were way to many f-bombs. Pros, I liked a few of the supporting characters. Cons, I didn't like Lissy. Pro, good ending.
To help me get though this book at a quicker pace, I bought the audiobook to listen to while I was doing my commute and the narrator for me was a Con. The author narrated the audiobook and I have to say that the voice did not match the blond, starving for a burger Lissy that I imaged. AT ALL! The author has a rougher voice that sounded deep (not high pitched) and older. I imaged Lissy Ryder's voice to be closer to Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde. I think the author might have had her in mind too. Just saying...based off of her description. I think authors really know their material really well but actors and narrators know the craft of acting and not just reading the book to the listeners.
This book is very typical of a rich, shallow Caucasian woman figuring out life at the last minute. There was the brunette dowdy friend with kids and a mini-van. The over barring mother that caused her to be just like her. The father lacking a bad bone. And last but not least the enlighten one who helps her to be better. Husbands, boyfriends and small dog are also included.
And by the way why do we have to keep saying her full name though out the whole book. Slightly annoying.
There are so many books featuring slave narratives and fictional historical accounts of the antebellum south that seem to glorify the slave owners and not really give it to you like it really was. I mean think about Gone with the Wind. Who do you remember from the story the most? Who did you feel for the most?
In The Kitchen House an Irish child, Levinia is brought to a tobacco plantation to work as a slave to fulfill her indentured servitude. She is put in the care of Belle, a house slave (fathered by the Master) where she learns the ways of the Big House.
This story brings into light the horrors of slavery, the fearful situation freedom might bring, addiction and the emotional bonds that are created by non-blood related family members. The families in the story are a mixture of children born of rape, motherless teenage girls, women who see their children die and/or taken from them, and the men that love them all. I have to say, I love this story as a Black women because it shows the strength that African Americans had and still have. Black folks have endured generations after generations of some of the deepest evil and hate but choose love and acceptances. And like the relationship Mama and Papa have with Levinia, they choose to love her and accept her into their large family.
As Levinia grows she slowly learns her place as a white women in the early 1800's. I liked her character overall and thought she was well written but she did made me angry a few times. There is a scene when she sees something (I won't say what it was) and then she just forgets and moves on with her life playing with the babies. This situation happens more than once and I was angry at her for forgetting about it. Anyways, I love all the characters that Kathleen Grissom wrote. They were each unique and beautiful.
As for the narrators, they were both great. I wish they eliminated the long pauses here and there but overall they were outstanding. Having two women read the two perspectives was a great idea and gives the listener a better understanding of the story.
This was one of those audiobooks that had me glued to my seat in the parking lot listening before work. I was hooked the minute I started until the very end. Oh and what an ending it was!
This is a business book about the history about prices and our mindset about them. Being a sucker for Free (like most of us Bloggers) I thought this book would be a bit of a bore about all things...Free! But low and behold it was more than that. This book is more or less why and how the internet is building a generation of users and consumers based on Free. I'm being made into this freeloading consumer by the internet. LOL!
Chris Anderson explains the history of price and how Free has benefited several companies and backfired for others. Can you believe there are companies out there that are getting rich off of Free? Why? Basically, it is all about consumer perceptions.
I enjoyed listening to Chris Anderson narrator his book. The book has several examples of businesses and there journey towards Free and succeeding. There were several moments of the book that made me chuckle and think dang that is crazy interesting. After taking a few boring business classes, I found this book easy to understand and follow along.
After reading this I found that there are so many things I use in my daily life that are free. Or close to free. And I am not talking about air only.
This blog is on Blogger...Free!
Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook ....Free!
And let's not forget all the apps on my iphone...Free!
I could go on and on but I think you get the picture.
If you are online and you are ok with internet lexicon than you might have a small problem with this book. But I really liked it!
This is a classic pre-TV story just like the radio shows from the 40's and 50's. There are a few non PC (politically correct) descriptions of Asians here and there. The action and the narrator had me hooked. Great listen with sound effects and all! It was a blast from the past.
For this book I got both the audiobook and the e-book for FREE! So I got to read and listen at the same time. This was an introduction to the Chaos Walking Trilogy and I like how this story starts. I think I might get the series. I wish there was a little more information about Viola's parents but the story is well put together for a prequel. The narrator did a good job as well.
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