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Erin

New York, NY, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Sleep Donation: A Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Karen Russell
    • Narrated By Greta Gerwig
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    A crisis has swept America. Hundreds of thousands have lost the ability to sleep. Enter the Slumber Corps, an organization that urges healthy dreamers to donate sleep to an insomniac. Under the wealthy and enigmatic Storch brothers the Corps' reach has grown, with outposts in every major US city. Trish Edgewater, whose sister Dori was one of the first victims of the lethal insomnia, has spent the past seven years recruiting for the Corps. But Trish's faith in the organization and in her own motives begins to falter.

    FanB14 says: "Clever Insomnia Epidemic Diary"
    "Good story, terrible reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story itself is quite good, but the narration really lets it down. It reminds me of small children reading out loud, hesitant, choppy, the occasional wrong emphasis. There is almost no attempt to make the voices distinct, which makes it difficult to know which character is speaking.

    I've seen Gerwig in films and she is a talented actress, so it seems odd that the skills don't carry over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edge of Tomorrow (Movie Tie-in Edition): All You Need Is Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Hiroshi Sakurazaka
    • Narrated By Mike Martindale
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (173)

    When the alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his 158th iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally - the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji's escape or his final death?

    Benavin Stanciano says: "Military Sci Fi Grind at it's finest"
    "Good story, but the wrong reader"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed the story quite a bit, the descriptions of it as a sci fi twist on Groundhog Day aren't far off the mark. It was entertaining, fast paced, and with a surprising amout of humor.

    My one issue is that the reader is all wrong. He doesn't do a bad job with the story, but the narrator is a teenage boy fresh out of high school. The reader is a gravel voiced middle age man, and doesn't try to modulate his voice accordingly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Dead of Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Goss
    • Narrated By Clare Corbett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    ‘The Dead are not alone. There is something in the mist and it talks to them.' In a remote clinic in 18th-century Italy, a lonely girl writes to her mother. She tells of pale English aristocrats and mysterious Russian nobles. She tells of intrigues and secrets, and strange faceless figures that rise from the sea. And she tells about the enigmatic Mrs Pond, who arrives with her husband and her physician. What she doesn’t tell her mother is the truth that everyone knows and no one says that the only people who come here do so to die.

    Erin says: "Interesting idea, but charactes are unrecognizable"
    "Interesting idea, but charactes are unrecognizable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The overall idea for the story is a good one, however Goss seems to have written for characters who are totally different from the ones seen on screen. In the book the Doctor appears to really hate Rory, berating Amy for choosing to marry him, and generally treating him far worse than 9 or 10 ever acted towards Mickey. Further, the Doctor make a few homophobic cracks about Rory being a male nurse.

    Its odd since I've liked the other stories Goss has written.

    On the positive the reader is very good, able to pull off a child and older woman's voice equally well. Her Amy is very good too. Too bad about the rest of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Diviners

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Libba Bray
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (199)

    Something dark and evil has awakened.... Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City - and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It's 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfeld girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult. Evie worries her uncle will discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far.

    Amazon Customer says: "A delightful surprise."
    "Fun supernatural mystery"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The author does a good job fleshing out each of the different characters and giving them a unique voice. Evie in particular is good example of how to do a flawed protagonist (she can be quite selfish, short sighted and even annoying at times) who is still heroic. Of all of the point of view characters so far I’ve enjoyed Memphis and Theta the most. Hopefully in the next books Mabel, Henry and Sam (not to mention the Chinese waitress) will get a little more attention.

    Be warned that a lot of the mysteries surrounding the characters are not resolved, and are being saved for future books.

    Overall the reader is good giving the characters distinct voices.One problem though is that she should really brush up on her pronunciation. There are quite a few words she just doesn’t say correctly (rifling in particular is used often enough in the book to be very annoying).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3981)
    Performance
    (2927)
    Story
    (2951)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "Great sci-fi blockbuster"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Scalzi's book takes many of the well worn ideas of sci-fi and gives them a new spin. The elderly of Earth are recruited into the Colonial Defense Force with the promise that the few who survive will get a chance at a new life.

    Perry, our narrator, is a well written and sympathetic character as are the rest of the "Old Farts Club". Things like faster than light travel and contact with aliens are done in a smart and interesting way. It isn't literary fiction, more like a really well put together blockbuster. The book is by turns sad, exciting, thoughtful, romantic, and hilarious. Its such a cliche but it can make you laugh and make you cry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent Land: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Graham Joyce
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    In the French Pyrenees, a young married couple is buried under a flash avalanche while skiing. Miraculously, Jake and Zoe dig their way out from under the snow - only to discover the world they knew has been overtaken by an eerie and absolute silence. Their hotel is devoid of another living soul. Cell phones and land lines are cut off. An evacuation as sudden and thorough as this leaves Jake and Zoe to face a terrifying situation alone.

    Linda B says: "A sad, sweet love fantasy"
    "Well written mix of horror and fantasy"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story could easily be a very long Twilight Zone episode, a couple survive being buried in an avalanche and return to the hotel to find everyone missing. After attempts to leave and contact the outside world they reach the obvious conclusion.

    The author does a good job describing Zoe’s emotions, and all of the details of the setting. The slowly increasing tension and additions to the mystery are well handled.

    My one complaint would be that he overuses a major soap opera cliché. The one where two people are talking and one tells the other “I have something really really important to tell you, that I must tell you now” and then they get interrupted. After the interruption passes, the other person (unlike any human being ever) doesn’t then ask what they were going to say. That happens at least three times. It can be frustrating, but not enough to ruin the story.

    The reader is ok overall, but more than a few times doesn’t really distinguish between the two characters. In some of the conversations they have it can be difficult to tell which of them is speaking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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