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Alicia

Austin, TX United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Exoskeleton: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Shane Stadler
    • Narrated By Patrick Conn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (122)

    A convicted felon is given a choice following his sentencing: serve a 25-year conventional prison sentence...or spend 365 days in a new, experimental corrections program. He opts for the experimental program, only to realize he has made a horrible mistake. A dark tale of science spun dangerously out of control, Exoskeleton will leave even the most jaded of listeners quaking in their boots.

    Molly says: "Exoskeleton - now I get it"
    "Torture, torture, and more graphic torture"
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    Would you try another book from Shane Stadler and/or Patrick Conn?

    Probably not.


    What was most disappointing about Shane Stadler’s story?

    It was A LOT of torture with a little bit of stoner philosophy thrown in. Most of the torture is not very imaginative. A main philosophical point is made fairly early on (I won't reveal it and spoil the book), but it takes hours before the next point is made.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator frequently mispronounced common words. His voice often sounded robotic. The production value was also terrible - there was a lot of hissing and pops, particularly between chapters.


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

    For fans of the torture genre, or people not familiar with common philosophical themes surrounding torture, it may provide some food for thought.


    Any additional comments?

    No judgement of personal tastes nhere, but torture horror is not my cup of tea. If it's yours you may enjoy this book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (583)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (544)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Marci says: "It was good, not great"
    "It started off interesting..."
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    What disappointed you about The Girl with All the Gifts?

    It was an interesting premise, but it became a survival story in the middle and I lost interest.


    Would you ever listen to anything by M. R. Carey again?

    Probably.


    Did Finty Williams do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Williams is particularly good at narrating the main character's voice. The other voices are well-performed and not distracting.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Girl with All the Gifts?

    Some of the fighting in the middle. I think seeing a ton of horror movies and reading quite a few horror novels have ruined me on standard horror action.


    Any additional comments?

    I may try and finish this at a later date. I enjoyed the premise and feel that the author did a good job of staying in the lead character's voice. There's a lot of promise here, I was too bored in the middle to stick with it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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