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Member Since 2011

  • 16 reviews
  • 72 ratings
  • 378 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015

  • The Plague Dogs: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Richard Adams
    • Narrated By Ralph Cosham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After being horribly mistreated at a government animal-research facility, Snitter and Rowf escape into the isolation—and terror—of the wilderness. Aided only by a fox they call “the tod,” the two dogs must struggle to survive in their new environment. When the starving dogs attack some sheep, they are labeled ferocious man-eating monsters, setting off a great dog hunt that is later intensified by the fear that the dogs could be carriers of the bubonic plague.

    Jefferson says: "Canine Spartacus and Fool in the Lake District?"
    "Solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short"
    Would you be willing to try another book from Richard Adams? Why or why not?

    Yes! Because of this and "Watership Down"

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Only if the dogs did carry an engineered plague.

    Any additional comments?

    I did not finish this book.

    This review takes its title from a quote by Thomas Hobbes. He was talking about man, but it is my belief this quote totally applies to this book's 2 protagonists.

    I enjoyed it up to a point, but about 75% of the way through it I had to put it away because I knew the ending was never going to be a happy one. No, I don't always need a happy ending, but their lives had been so bitter, so awful that I felt the need for respite. Humans do not come off well in this book, though probably realistic.

    I kept thinking, "I wish they did have a plague, and that they were spreading it all over Britain. All these horrible people deserve it, and at least their short, bitter lives would have been avenged." Alas that Richard Adams didn't go that far.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Living in the shadow of "The Shining""
    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Sleep the most enjoyable?

    Will Patton's narration. I swear, I think he could read the telephone book and make it interesting! The story was pretty good, too, but Mr. Patton's narration was superb!

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Doctor Sleep?

    Rock bottom with Dan Torrence. "Candy!"

    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Everything! He was deep into creepy when he needed to be, easy to differentiate between characters, good pacing, excellent story-telling. I would listen to just about anything Mr. Patton cares to read.

    Any additional comments?

    There are some genuinely creepy passages in this book, but it cannot possibly live up to its predecessor, a fact that the author himself admits in the afterword. That being said, it is a good story, moved along at a good pace, kept me interested, held my attention. I felt that Mr. King could have really upped the stakes, though, with the tension and the horror. There was ample opportunity, but it felt like King pulled his punches, perhaps because of how beloved his characters are?

    Definitely worth buying and listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Cynthia says: "Shadows Dissolved in Vinegar"
    "Into the Mystic"
    If you could sum up The Ocean at the End of the Lane in three words, what would they be?

    "For whatever we lose (a you or a me) It's always ourselves we find in the sea." E.E. Cummings

    Which character – as performed by Neil Gaiman – was your favorite?

    Old Mrs. Hempstock. She would be a lot of fun, I think.

    If you could take any character from The Ocean at the End of the Lane out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Letty - immutable and steadfast, but quick to laugh with a warm hand to hold. The best friend every child should have.

    Any additional comments?

    This book is beautiful and devastating all at once. At first I thought it was going to be the lush, delicious blanket of warmth Neil Gaiman has served up so well in the past, like in The Graveyard Book. But this is no children's book, not in the least. At one point I found myself shouting at the book in anger; at another point I was driving down the highway with tears streaming down my face.

    Obviously I am a huge fan of Mr. Gaiman's, and I highly recommend this book.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others

    World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

    Kim Venatries says: "A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED"
    "Will never pre-order again"
    Would you listen to World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition) again? Why?

    I love this book. I mostly love the audio book. I know I will listen again and again, simply because it is so moving and powerful. However, when I pre-ordered this book it was advertised as "unabridged", which is not quite the truth.

    1 week later I now get an email stating "... This is an Abridged book, but when you made your purchase, it may have been listed as "Unabridged" on our site, which was in error. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused." Also, chapter 3 has a fairly huge gap in it that readers have picked up on but no one who put the book out seems to be addressing.

    Had I known this was still an abridged version of the book, would I still have bought it? Maybe, depending on what had been written about it. I mean, I love this book, so yes, I probably still would have bought it knowing that more of it had been recorded. I just hate being lied to.

    87 of 95 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Policeman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ben H. Winters
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway? Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. There’s no chance left. No hope. Just six precious months until impact. The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. The economy spirals downward while crops rot in the fields. Churches and synagogues are packed. People all over the world are walking off the job - but not Hank Palace. He’s investigating a death by hanging.

    Amazon Customer says: "There was trepidation ..."
    "Clear-eyed, rousing, and poignant"
    Where does The Last Policeman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the better audiobooks. On a scale of 1 to 10, definitely a 9+

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Policeman?

    The initial discovery of the body.

    What about Peter Berkrot’s performance did you like?

    Easily differentiated between characters. Nice variation without being shrill.

    Any additional comments?

    Apparently this is the first book in a trilogy. I'll definitely be buying the 2nd & 3rd books! I want to hear what happens to these characters.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • White Horse: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Alex Adams
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Thirty-year-old Zoe wants to go back to college. That’s why she cleans cages and floors at Pope Pharmaceuticals. If she can keep her head down, do her job, and avoid naming the mice, she’ll be fine. Her life is calm, maybe even boring - until the end of the world arrives and the president of the United States announces that humans are no longer a viable species.

    Rob Prindle says: "Like a Graphic Novel Turned Into an Audiobook"
    "O Rly?"
    Would you be willing to try another one of Emily Durante’s performances?

    I don't think I'd buy an audio book just because Ms. Durante was the narrator. She didn't bring much to the table, so far as I could tell.

    Any additional comments?

    Maybe I'm just getting old and cranky, but I do enjoy a well written book. I am 2 chapters into White Horse and once again I find I have bought a very poorly written book. My gut feeling is to walk away from it. So far it's been listening to the main character talking to herself in her head and then cutting to an incredibly unrealistic action scene where she grabs some rapist in mid-thrust by the scrotum to stop him.

    Uh, yeah. Right. I'd like to know the self-defense class the author took to learn that particular move.

    I will attempt to read on, but I am holding out very little hope.


    I made it about 2 more chapters into the book, but found the whole thing so ridiculous that I just stopped. Life is too short for dumb books. How did it get such good reviews out of Kirkus & Huffington Post, I haven't a clue.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Those Who Went Remain There Still

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Cherie Priest
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Eric Michael Summerer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Heaster Wharton is dead, and his passing might mean an end to hostilities between the Manders and the Coys. If the the elderly patriarch showed the kindness and foresight to split his land cleanly between his feuding descendants, then a truce could be arranged. But his final request is a strange one, delivered across the country to the straggling remnants of his tribe. Representatives from both families must visit a cave at the edge of his property in the hills of Kentucky.

    AlaskaReader says: "Horror Story with Daniel Boone"
    "Folk horror"
    Would you listen to Those Who Went Remain There Still again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to this again. It's a terrific horror story!

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Coy. I think he was one of the more fleshed out characters, as well as one of the narrators. I also liked the character of Granny Gayle; she kinda reminded me of Ma Kettle, but she did almost boarder on being a stereotype.

    What about Marc Vietor and Eric Michael Summerer ’s performance did you like?

    Many of the characters were similar, especially since many of them came from the same family, from the same part of the Kentucky backwoods. It would have been very easy for all of these characters to sound the same, but the voice actors differentiated between these characters quite clearly.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, I didn't laugh or cry. I did talk to the characters somewhat, but I tend to do that during horror stories, because I care about the characters.

    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book very much. It rattles along at a good pace, and ends, I think, much too quickly. And I was thoroughly creeped out. Be forewarned: I am fairly easily creeped out if the story is good. If the story or writing is bad, I'll drop out of a book in a heartbeat. This one kept my interest so well I listened to it at home on a Saturday, instead of during my long commute.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "Gripping Sci Fi"
    If you could sum up The Windup Girl in three words, what would they be?

    Greenhouse Thug Life

    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Davis was an excellent narrator, esp. considering the myriad of characters he brought to life: male and female, young and old, of various nationalities. I enjoyed listening to him immensely.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The future is moist. Bring towelettes.

    Any additional comments?

    I had resisted reading this book for a while because it seemed like a hipster vision of the future, all politically correct and probably hopeless. And for the first few chapters, I wasn't sure that I liked it. But as the main character was finally introduced, I began to care, and to believe in the world created by the author more and more. Finally, I couldn't wait to hear what happened next.

    I will warn listeners that this book contains some scenes depicting the debasement and abuse of women that are very disturbing. Nobody comes out clean at the end, though I did find the end very satisfying. In fact, I will be seeking out more books about this world.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Blackout: The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Mira Grant
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen, Michael Goldstrom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Now, the year is 2041, and the investigation that began with the election of President Ryman is much bigger than anyone had assumed. With too much left to do and not much time left to do it in, the surviving staff of After the End Times must face mad scientists, zombie bears, rogue government agencies - and if there's one thing they know is true in post-zombie America, it's this: Things can always get worse. Blackout is the conclusion to the epic trilogy that includesFeed and Deadline.

    David says: "Zombie. Grizzly. Bear."
    "Not with a bang but a whimper"
    Would you be willing to try another book from Mira Grant? Why or why not?

    Yes I would, provided the synopsis was something that I was interested in. I enjoyed most of this series, just thought the last half of the last book fell kinda flat.

    What does Paula Christensen and Michael Goldstrom bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I enjoyed the juxtaposition of the 2 narrators! Lent a little more drama to it, which was needed by the end.

    Could you see Blackout being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, I would like seeing it made into a TV series, starring Jane Levy and Aaron Paul.

    Any additional comments?

    I snapped this book up as soon as I knew it was out, and I was not disappointed with the first half of the book! The last half dissolved into a watered-down conspiracy theory mess, with a heretofore unknown gov't agency riding is as the Cavalry.

    Overall excellent series. I just wish the author had made the ending as striking as everything leading up to it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Anthony says: "best series ever...really!"
    "Zombies, meh"
    Would you try another book from Mark Tufo and/or Sean Runnette?

    Mark Tufo, no. Sean Runnette, yes.

    What could Mark Tufo have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Tried a little harder.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    It was all fairly pointless, so I really don't have a favorite scene.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The humor was of the bad Adam Sandler/David Spade variety, so if you like that then it's got that going for it.

    Any additional comments?

    This book isn't horrible. It isn't horror, either, or funny, or well written. It does, however, have zombies in it.

    I was hoping for another good zombie series like Mira Grant's Newsfeed series. This is definitely NOT it. The characters were less than deep, the women even more stereotypical than others. The plot was choppy, with enough holes to drive Mr. Tufo's jeep through. The humor was of the Adam Sandler variety, so if you like that then it's got that going for it.

    I listened to the audio book version of this because I have a long commute to work & back. The narrator was great, did a good job with what he had to work with. But just before the halfway mark I found myself fast forwarding thru the "comedy" and the absolutely unnecessary background info. However, I was hooked enough to listen to the end, and given some of the books I've tried listening to recently, that's saying something. That's why I rated it 2 stars instead of 1.

    Honestly, I've been looking for good zombie books like World War Z and the Newsfeed series. After listening to this, I am still looking.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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