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Darnell

Single middle aged man enjoying audio books on the go! Interests are Information Technology, Smart Phones, and Tablets. Love geek speak!

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  • Space Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 50 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    Is it space travel that children dream of, or merely visiting other worlds? Todd had always set his heart on being an astronaut, but when he meets an alien and travels to another world, he doesn't use a spaceship; he just hangs out in his own back yard.

    Paul says: "Short and Strange"
    "Space Boy, a short young adult Sci Fi story"
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    If you could sum up Space Boy in three words, what would they be?

    Strong Family Bond


    What did you like best about this story?

    A young teen with problems, but evokes the aid of an adult to help solve them


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Finding the "worm hole" and dad pushing the nozzle of a garden hose in its invisible rectum to create a water trail to the other dimension.


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

    No extreme reactions to Space Boy. I just enjoyed the story overall


    Any additional comments?

    A nice short trip into fantasy, with a happy ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cemetery Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By David Bell
    • Narrated By Fred Lehne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (50)

    Four years after Tom and Abby's 12-year-old daughter vanishes, she is found alive but strangely calm. When the teen refuses to testify against the man connected to her disappearance, Tom decides to investigate the traumatizing case on his own. Nothing can prepare him for what he is about to discover.

    Carrie says: "Cemetary Girl: The ending vanishes like a ghost"
    "Cemetery Girl - A parents nightmare"
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    What did you love best about Cemetery Girl?

    The only part that comes to mind is when Tom and Abby argue about getting rid of the dog. Frostie brought comfort to Tom, as he felt he still had a little piece of Kaitlyn. Abby, on the other hand, felt a sense of loss every time she looked at the dog. There would be no compromise. Abby wanted the dog gone, and she made Tom fulfill her wish, even though it broke his heart. This seemed to be the central theme of the novel. Tom wanting to remember his little girl and save all her possessions in the hope she may return. Abby on the other hand wanted closure. She wanted to pack her daughter's things and give them away and have a mock funeral arrangement complete with tombstone, for closure. And finally for complete closure, she wanted to divorce Tom. This brought home the psychological effect of losing a child and how it affects the parents.


    What other book might you compare Cemetery Girl to and why?

    The Face Of Betrayal by Lis Wiehl, only because this novel involves a missing child. It has a political twist, but the effects on the parents are still devastating. The child was killed but the surprise ending reveals a dark secret in the family. Secrets also dovetailed Cemetery Girl. How long did the dad questioned his parenting? And how long did the mom secretly desire to get out of the marriage?


    Which character – as performed by Fred Lehne – was your favorite?

    Tom was my favorite character. He was a father like me, a father that made mistakes and a father that wished he could turn certain events back in time. His devotion to search for his daughter felt real along with the anguish of not getting answers as to what happened to his daughter, even when she returned.


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

    My reaction was that Tom felt completely alone. He had no close family member to give him comfort. His wife was estranged, not willing to forgive him for something that was out of his control. His daughter returns but acts as a stranger to her father, even despising him for finding her. The man was truly alone in his own household. I can identify with that, being a divorcee myself.


    Any additional comments?

    Cemetery Girl.... a very good but heartbreaking novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breeding Ground

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Sarah Pinborough
    • Narrated By Lyssa Graham
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
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    (11)

    Life was good for Matt and Chloe. They were in love and looking forward to their new baby. But what Chloe gave birth to isn’t a baby. It isn’t even human. It’s an entirely new species that uses humans only for food—and as hosts for their young.As Matt soon learns, though, he is not alone in his terror. Women all over town have begun to give birth to these hideous creatures, spidery nightmares that live to kill—and feed. As the infestation spreads and the countryside is reduced to a series of web-shrouded ghost towns, will the survivors find a way to fight back?

    Madeleine says: "Interesting Premise, Not Well Explored"
    "Breeding Ground.........Ground Breaking Terror!"
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    If you could sum up Breeding Ground in three words, what would they be?

    Terror, Treachery,Madness


    What other book might you compare Breeding Ground to and why?

    Breeding Ground dovetails H.G.Wells "The War Of The Worlds" and John Wyndham's "The Day of the Triffids" - In both scenerios mankind seems to have an unbeatable threat, trying to wipe out the human race.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene involved the character Nigel Phelps. A fellow survivor, Nigel betrayed the others and got what a bad guy deserves.


    If you could rename Breeding Ground, what would you call it?

    If I renamed this novel, it would simply be Breeding Ground.....the beginning. Sarah Pinborough's ending of the novel suggests a book two conclusion, which has not happened as of this writing.


    Any additional comments?

    Very good book! I enjoyed the story and liked the narration by Lyssa Graham. The story was told in the first person by character Matthew Edge, much like the story told by DR. Bennell in the 1950's movie "Invasion Of The Body Snatchers"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34530)
    Performance
    (25651)
    Story
    (26009)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    ""The Hunger Games" shows a cruel future"
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    "Hunger Games" is the first of a trilogy series that tells the story of Katniss Everdeen, a 16 year old average teen that became a tough hunter who puts food on her family's table, after her dad died in a mining accident. The problem is hunting is banned in District 12, in the country of Panem, where she lives with her mom and younger sister.

    To supplement the need for food, Katniss would apply for a "tesserae", a means for getting grain and oil to survive. The only downside of a tessera is the yearly Hunger Games, an event in which two "tributes" ( payment to the rulers ) are drafted from each district and forced to fight to the death. A tessera would increase your chance of being selected during the reaping. ( the selection process)

    The story gains momentum when Prim Everdeen, Katniss 12 year old sister, is selected at the reaping. Now Katniss is forced to volunteer in her place to save her young life. The Game makers agree, and Katniss will be trained for the games......

    I found this novels idea of a government forcing parents to send their children to fight to the death as a way of keeping order was revolting, yet believable. I was on pins and needles as they say as I followed Katniss through out the story, hoping that she could survive the games. Excellent novel!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10317)
    Performance
    (9608)
    Story
    (9610)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Loved Ready Player One!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ready Player One to be better than the print version?

    The audio version is better I think because the made the story exciting!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was James Halliday, the creator of OASIS himself. He played a small physical role in the novel, but his thoughts and ideas were intertwined through out the book.
    I felt like he really died and was able to live on thorugh the internet of the future.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the scene when the Gunters and the Sixers had a final fight for the third clue in the game for control of OASIS.


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

    I thought the moment when PARZIVAL realized that life with ART3MIS outside of the game was more desirable than inside was moving


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the 1980's theme play for control of OASIS. Players had to know all about era games, cars, music, and movies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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