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Anne

Portland, OR, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Something Wicked This Way Comes & A Sound of Thunder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (208)

    In Bradbury's unforgettable modern Gothic masterpiece, Something Wicked This Way Comes, something evil arrives in a small Midwestern town on the crest of the wind one autumn night. A "dark carnival" with frightening attractions and supernatural characters sets up stakes. It is up to two 13-year-old boys, James Nightshade and William Holloway, to figure out a way to save the souls of the town.

    Sarah says: "Ageless"
    "Even a bad narrator can't ruin Ray Bradbury"
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    What did you like best about Something Wicked This Way Comes & A Sound of Thunder? What did you like least?

    The best thing is the insightful and poetic nature or Ray Bradbury's writing. It shines through even under stilted narration.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Stefan Rudnicki?

    No. His attempts to render the voices of women and children are comical at best ... unintentional parody at worst. The voice of Miss Foley is just ridiculous. I didn't know whether to laugh or be offended by the mocking quality of it.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dead In the Family: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #10

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (4202)
    Performance
    (1974)
    Story
    (1980)

    Finally settled with Viking vampire Eric, Sookie finds normalcy just as chaos surrounds her. Sookie’s former lover Bill, her boss Sam, and even Eric are struggling with family problems. Then things get really interesting when the werewolves tell Sookie an ominous presence is lurking.

    BRANDON says: "Harris or FanFic?"
    "Harris taking no risks aka Sookie never learns"
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    The thing that bothers me about this book is Sookie doesn't appear to have learned anything from her horrific experiences during the Fairy War- her loses were HUGH, not to mention the torture was more than any she has been through in the past. I would expect her to be emotionally wrecked and the book to be underpinned by her emotional struggles to come to terms with all that's happened to her. Instead she is just a bit depressed and seems to snap out of it pretty quickly with out much explanation.

    In the first books, she was naive and trusting and there was always a credible reason why she took the risks she took. She dated a vampire, even though she thought fang bangers were pathetic and knew they often ended up dead, because she had no other choice. If she didn't try something she would end up alone and lonely without ever experiencing love, sex, or life outside Bon Temps. She doesn't have the excuse of naivete any more yet she still makes the same dumb choices she made in the past... over and over again. She has always seemed like a stereotypical abuse victim to me but I thought she was growing beyond that.

    Let's take the scene where Alcede tells her to drink the yellow liquid. He's a complete jerk about it and is prepared to risk her life without even telling her why. The whole thing is just a silly plot contrivance and makes no sense. He expects her to fall inline and she does. She's angry but she does it anyway without any credible reasons for taking on the risk.

    I can forgive the contrivance here but I feel Harris took the safe way out. Sookie did it AND there were no consequences. I would have liked to see her refuse to do it. But in either case without consequences the whole scene could have been left out. All kinds of hell should have broken loose and Sookie should have had to deal with the combined fall out of that and the Fairy Wars. Harris missed a great opportunity to advance Sookie's character arc. Instead the author jumps to yet another predictable thread where Sookie does the usual things and isn't any better or worse for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25513)
    Performance
    (19367)
    Story
    (19434)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "All 6 books need to be edited"
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    What did you love best about A Game of Thrones?

    I like the way fantasy elements like dragons and magic are not the focus of the story. It's a "real" world that happens to contain dragons and magic. I also like how "big" the story is ... three story lines woven together and artfully done.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Dotrice is so overrated! All the characters sound like old men whether they are young women, young men, or children ... I can never forget the narrator and just listen. There are lots of narrators who make me forget who they are but he is not able to do that. Also, he has a way of spitting and slurping that I found disgusting to listen to. If the story were not as good as it is I would have stopped listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel like the book could be edited way down. 90% of the character physical description could be cut and left to the imagination of the reader. If it is not necessary to the story or unusual in some way (such as blood of the dragon having silver hair and lavender eyes or King Robert's bastards being dark while his "legitimate" children are blonde/blue) leave it out. Martin also has a tendency to repeat lines over and over again ... "he/she/we/they were not wrong" must be repeated 50 times. It's irritating especially since there are 6 of these books to slog through. Same goes for food/meal and clothing descriptions. It's cool the first few time to read about the unusual food and elaborate feasts but it becomes tedious later on. Who cares if they ate Swan or Duck or if the meal began with Beef Barley soup and ended with Lemon Cakes. A little would suffice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2263)
    Performance
    (2066)
    Story
    (2048)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "Please redo with professional narration!"
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    Would you be willing to try another one of Stephen King’s performances?

    I'm listening to his book on writing but it's not an epic tale it's a craft book.


    Any additional comments?

    Just thought the sentiment was worth repeating ... Mr. King, Do not narrate your work. You are a master storyteller and I love your books. But, alas, you are not a narrator.

    1 of 2 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
    (34893)
    Performance
    (25966)
    Story
    (26333)

    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"
    "What's up with the narrator?"
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    Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In between ... it's a good story if a bit formulaic. Poor choice of narrator but not bad enough to ruin the book. Entertaining but not overly memorable. Bare in mind it's for the Young Adult audience and set expectations accordingly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's an original idea ... the hunger games ... wish I had thought of it :)


    Would you be willing to try another one of Carolyn McCormick’s performances?

    I did listen to the rest of the series even though Carolyn McCormick's narration was ... uh ... weird. Where in the United States does anyone speak like that? What's that accent? It was off-putting but not so off-putting to stop me from listening to the series. Still I will not start another book where she is the narrator.


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

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23256)
    Performance
    (9879)
    Story
    (9950)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Boring, gloomy and hard to get into ..."
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    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting thing is the girl and how she came to be the way she is but the details of that don't come out until the later books.The least interesting is the character of Mikael Blomkvist, his personal life/history, and time spent with Henrik Vanger ... unfortunately that's most of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't get the fuss around these books. I started and stopped the print version a number of times and almost gave up altogether. It was the audio book that allowed me to finish because I could do other things while listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Keith Richards, James Fox
    • Narrated By Johnny Depp, Joe Hurley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2525)
    Performance
    (1370)
    Story
    (1363)

    Now at last Keith Richards pauses to tell his story in the most anticipated autobiography in decades. And what a story! Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records in a coldwater flat with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones, building a sound and a band out of music they loved. Finding fame and success as a bad-boy band, only to find themselves challenged by authorities everywhere....

    Jesse says: "Ins and outs"
    "An old man spinning yarns about the old days ..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    only his old days happen to include the birth of the worlds greatest rock and roll band.

    I recommend it to anyone interested in 50s and 60s history. So many RnR bios are nothing but strippers, drug rehab, and infighting ad nauseam. Keith captures his life and times along with his love of music ... like sitting on the porch with an old man spinning yarns about the old days.


    Any additional comments?

    A few people complained about the change in narration. I liked it ... Joe Hurley sounds like Keith and adds life to the narration where Johnny Depp is a little flat. I'm a big Depp fan so was disappointed ... he's a great actor but not necessarily a great narrator. Still I love this book and have listened to it more than once.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reaper: Free Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 52 mins)
    • By Rachel Vincent
    • Narrated By Anthony Haden Salerno
    Overall
    (678)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (214)

    Tod Hudson was a typical teenager. He liked girls, sports, food and tolerated his younger brother, Nash. In fact, he had his whole life in front of him--and due to his bean sidhe heritage, it was going to be a very long life indeed. And then the car accident occurred.

    Dorothy says: "Reaper"
    "eh. didn't love it; didn't hate it ..."
    Overall

    No new twists to reaper lore ala Dead Like Me and Supernatural. The twist may be the introduction of Bee-on-she to the mythical creature parade in literature but it didn't grab my interest. Better than many free books I've read/listened too but still somewhat bland.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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