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Chicago, IL | Member Since 2007

  • 4 reviews
  • 111 ratings
  • 956 titles in library
  • 23 purchased in 2015

  • Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Hope Edelman
    • Narrated By Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this remarkable dual memoir, film legend Martin Sheen and accomplished actor/filmmaker Emilio Estevez recount their lives as father and son. In alternating chapters—and in voices that are as eloquent as they are different—they narrate stories spanning more than 50 years of family history, and reflect on their journeys into two different kinds of faith.

    CyndiLooWho says: "Hartwarming and Captivating but Fix the Audio!"
    "Over written."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. But you have to get over the cliches. Every sentence is over-written and made me cringe. But I just kept in my mind that these are not book authors. I just wish that their memoirist would have guarded them against dramatizing each and every sentence. I just wanted to learn more about them. But I felt many times that I was reading an over-written play.

    Could you see Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Oh goodness no. If it was a movie, imagine the dramatic rises and swells in the music, for every sentence. Every utterance was dramatic and important. Gads.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • You Slay Me: Aisling Grey, Guardian, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat

    You Slay Me is a lusty romance novel with amusing supernatural undercurrents. When courier Aisling Grey is dispatched to Paris to deliver a priceless dragon statue to a rich and eccentric female collector, she finds the intended recipient the apparent victim of a demonic ritual. And that's just the beginning of Aisling's discoveries.

    E. Moore says: "You Slay Me, With Dry Mouth"
    "Not interesting"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I thought it would be funny, but I think the humor is amateurish. I'm not laughing.

    What was most disappointing about Katie MacAlister’s story?

    It's too simple, and no humor. It attempts to be funny, but I don't get it.

    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I usually like Barbara Rosenblat - especially when she narrates for Nevada Barr. I think that I'm so used to hearing her in a non-fantasy role, that this was too much of a stretch for me.

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I hate to put down a book, so I'm going to try and finish, but this may be one that I just let go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I selected this book because it sounded interesting, and I also really do enjoy Bronson Pinchot as a narrator. The story has a great pace and pulls you in.

    What about Bronson Pinchot’s performance did you like?

    Absolutely everything.

    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and no. I Didn't want it to end, so I spread it out over several days. But it was very hard to put down.

    Any additional comments?

    If you are at all intrigued by the description, you should listen to this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Better narrator may have helped"
    What would have made Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter better?

    I wanted to like this book. But the narrator didn't allow me to do that. I may try to read a hardcopy later to see if the story stands on its own.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Holst’s performances?

    No. He has a stilted reading style. He sounds like I'm sure I would sound to someone if I were to read it aloud. He sounded like an amateur.

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

    I liked the premise.

    Any additional comments?

    I wish that audio books could be done by more than one reader, and you could choose your favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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