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Aleeta R. Hall

Member Since 2012

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  • 10 reviews
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  • 129 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015
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  • Red Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Pierce Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2197)
    Performance
    (2017)
    Story
    (2028)

    Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

    Charles says: "It Got Better and Left Me Wanting More."
    "Too Similar to the Hunger Games"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    This is far too similar to the Hunger Games. The story line drug through a very boring spot during the castle/house medieval period. The lead character lost his appeal when he couldn't make decisions and the story line simply wallowed about. This left me wondering if I'm going to finish listening and not too interested in picking up the next one in line.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonflight: Dragonriders of Pern

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1293)
    Performance
    (955)
    Story
    (976)

    On the beautiful planet Pern, colonized for centuries, Land Holders and Craftsmen have traditionally tithed food and supplies to the dragonweyrs to which they are bound. In times past, the mighty telepathic dragons and their riders were the only protection from the dreaded, life-threatening Thread. Now those times may be returning....

    Suzanne says: "Anne Fan...Still"
    "Love the Dragonriders!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Dragonflight again? Why?

    I love Anne McCaffrey's stories. I have the whole series in hardback books. I have read and re-read them many times.


    Any additional comments?

    I was very disappointed in this recording. The performance was good and I am a fan of Dick Hill. However, the recording sounded like it had another track underneath it as I could hear a shadow voice behind the main sound track. Also, about mid-way of Part 1 the story flipped back and repeated itself for one scene. Don't know why this happened or why the sound track seems flawed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Terms of Enlistment

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Marko Kloos
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1178)
    Performance
    (1079)
    Story
    (1082)

    The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you’re restricted to 2,000 calories of badly flavored soy every day. You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service. With the colony lottery a pipe dream, Andrew chooses to enlist in the armed forces for a shot at real food, a retirement bonus, and maybe a ticket off Earth.

    DAVE says: "Solid military sci-fi."
    "Took Me A While"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Marko Kloos and/or Luke Daniels?

    Yes


    Would you recommend Terms of Enlistment to your friends? Why or why not?

    The first part of the audio book was all about military training and scenarios....I felt it took too long to find the "story". The second part is where the story actually begins and I enjoyed ever bit of the excitement and adventure. The books ends with a good opening for another book.


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No - I enjoyed this first experience. The narrator did a fine job - even with the female voices.


    Do you think Terms of Enlistment needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes - I want to know what happens to the characters from where the book left them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strangers

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1493)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (728)

    A handful of people. From different backgrounds, living in different towns and cities across America, they had nothing in common - except fear. Deep in the heart of a sprawling desert, a dark memory called out to them, drawing them to the Tranquility Motel - where the terrifying truth was waiting.

    Barry F. Stinson says: "Brilliant"
    "Fair Story - Too Long"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No - probably not. The basic story was good, but it took far too long to get to the conclusion. Too much time was spent on describing clothing :-(


    Has Strangers turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Mr Hill did a great job. Regardless of the length of the reading he never lost his momentum and he kept the characters separate and realistic.


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Naked Edge

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By David Morrell
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (69)

    Once they were boyhood best friends, playing in the woods near their homes, pretending to be soldiers surviving behind enemy lines. Grownup, they belonged to Delta Force and later worked as protectors for the world's best security company. Now their lives have taken drastically different paths, pitting them against one another, forcing them to play their boyhood game again, this time to learn who dies.

    Aleeta R. Hall says: "Mediocre, at best"
    "Mediocre, at best"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from David Morrell and/or Dick Hill?

    I dunno - maybe - this was my first book by Morrell.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Childhood rivalries and adult retribution. The action was too over the top! Almost too far fetched.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    This was not Dick Hill's best reading. Usually, he does a bang up job. And I've listened to many of his narratives...but this one was odd. His voice slurred often and the accents he tried were wrong. The female voices were "off". Maybe he was as bored with the story as I was.


    Do you think The Naked Edge needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Nope! Didn't much enjoy the characters....so I don't feel the need for a sequel.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mermaids Singing

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Val McDermid
    • Narrated By Graham Roberts
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (395)
    Story
    (398)

    The bodies of four men have been discovered in the town of Bradfield. Enlisted to investigate is criminal psychologist Tony Hill. Even for a seasoned professional, the series of mutilation sex murders is unlike anything he's encountered before. But profiling the psychopath is not beyond him. Hill's own past has made him the perfect man to comprehend the killer's motives. It's also made him the perfect victim. A game has begun for the hunter and the hunted.

    Barbara says: "Not for the squeamish"
    "Another - Not So Much"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What was most disappointing about Val McDermid’s story?

    The story line disintegrated into a porno/sex thing. I'm not fond of British mysteries to begin with and this story just didn't work for me.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator was good enough for the story.


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

    Got to the "yuck" part and just quit listening.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow White Must Die

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nele Neuhaus
    • Narrated By Robert Fass
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1399)
    Performance
    (1213)
    Story
    (1210)

    On a rainy November day, police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: a woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. According to a witness, the woman may have been pushed. The investigation leads Pia and Oliver to a small village, and the home of the victim, Rita Cramer. On a September evening eleven years earlier, two seventeen-year-old girls vanished from the village without a trace.

    C. Vincent says: "Great narrator, unbelievable, never-ending story"
    "Fail"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made Snow White Must Die better?

    Just my opinion...but this story was a fail.


    Has Snow White Must Die turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Robert Fass?

    No


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

    Not really. Took too long to get going...lost my interest quickly.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5806)
    Performance
    (3745)
    Story
    (3780)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Andy Spooner says: "A page-turner, no doubt, but..."
    "Will make you think..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of One Second After to be better than the print version?

    Outstanding story. It will draw you in. Makeyou think... And make you cry.


    What other book might you compare One Second After to and why?

    Alas Babylon


    Which character – as performed by Joe Barrett – was your favorite?

    Ginger


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The book has many moments.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Racing in the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Garth Stein
    • Narrated By Henry Leyva
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    Meet one funny dog - Enzo, the lovable mutt who tells this story. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: most dogs love to chase cars, but Enzo longs to race them. He learns about racing and the world around him by watching TV and by listening to the words of his best friend, Denny, an up-and-coming race car driver, and his daughter, Zo; his constant companion. Enzo finds that life is just like being on the racetrack - it isn't simply about going fast. And, applying the rules of racing to his world, Enzo takes on his family's challenges and emerges a hero.

    Ellen says: "Loved it!"
    "Lost my interest"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Racing in the Rain?

    Story just seemed to keep repeating the same basic scenario over and over. Felt sorry for the dog living in such an environment. Supposedly the story was written from the dog's point of view. Wound up bored with the human's emotions and hang-ups.


    What was most disappointing about Garth Stein’s story?

    Repetitive and no story line.


    What didn’t you like about Henry Leyva’s performance?

    No problem with the reader


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

    Disappointed and certainly won't purchase the next book in line.


    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search-and-Rescue Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Susannah Charleson
    • Narrated By Susannah Charleson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (144)

    After the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, Susannah Charleson was so impressed by the newspaper photo of an exhausted handler and his search-and-rescue dog that she decided to train a dog of her own. A dog lover and pilot with search experience herself, Charleson got Puzzle, a strong, bright Golden Retriever, who from the start, exhibited a unique aptitude for search-and-rescue work. But the puppy’s willfulness challenged even Susannah, who had raised dogs for years.

    #24 fan says: "Fascinating"
    "Fantastic!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Scent of the Missing in three words, what would they be?

    Love the dogs


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well written - well read - gives you an up close and personal look at SAR dogs and their partners.


    Which character – as performed by Susannah Charleson – was your favorite?

    Puzzle, of course!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When she got sick and had to struggle so hard to keep going. Strong woman!


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend this read / listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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