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Branden

Lafayette, LA, United States

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  • 11 reviews
  • 18 ratings
  • 328 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014
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  • Angels and Demons

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (6288)
    Performance
    (1866)
    Story
    (1892)

    World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a cryptic symbol seared into the chest of a murdered physicist. What he discovers is unimaginable: a deadly vendetta against the Catholic Church by a centuries-old underground organization, the Illuminati. Desperate to save the Vatican from a powerful time bomb, Langdon joins forces in Rome with the beautiful and mysterious scientist Vittoria Vetra.

    Phillip says: "I couldn't put it down...5 STARS"
    "Sorely disappointed..."
    Overall

    I liked the historical aspects (accurate or not), and the idea of science and religion juxtaposed, but some of the characters' motivations were thoroughly laughable. In addition, the epiphanies that "solve" the riddles of each clue are not only unbelieveable, but they come only after an agonizing period of you yelling at the protagonist because you have already figured out what his next move should be. I have no desire to read more Dan Brown if this is his idea of a publishable plot.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Armor

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By John Steakley
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    Overall
    (1071)
    Performance
    (680)
    Story
    (685)

    The planet is called Banshee. The air is unbreathable, the water poisonous. It is the home of the most implacable enemies that humanity, in all its interstellar expansion, has ever encountered. Felix is a scout in A-team Two. Highly competent, he is the sole survivor of mission after mission. Yet he is a man consumed by fear and hatred.

    George Dean says: "An intense and unusual work, wonderfully performed"
    "Yes!"
    Overall

    I really liked John Steakley's writing style, and Tom Weiner's narration interpreted that style perfectly. If a sequel is ever written, I won't hesitate to read it. I will definitely read his other novel Vampire$. I hope he writes more novels. I'm a fan after just one book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Dawning of Power Trilogy: Call of the Herald, Inherited Danger, Dragon Ore

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Brian Keith Rathbone
    • Narrated By Brian Keith Rathbone
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Echoes of the ancients' power are distant memories, tattered and faded by the passage of eons, but that is about to change. A new dawn has arrived. Latent abilities, harbored in mankind's deepest fibers, wait to be unleashed. Ancient evils awaken, and old fears ignite the fires of war. In times such as these, ordinary people have the power to save the world...or destroy it.

    CJ says: "Narrator Ruins Book"
    "On the fence"
    Overall

    The plot is okay. The writing is mediocre. The narration is bad. It is another case in point that authors are not usually very good narrators, even for their own works. All that said, if you like getting a lot of material for just one credit, try it out. You kind of become numb to the narration after a while and can listen to the story, which is not great, but it will kill some idle hours.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Dennis Boutsikaris, Rosalyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2797)
    Performance
    (1146)
    Story
    (1159)

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    Branden says: "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    "Phenomenallly detailed..."
    Overall

    I LOVED this book. It is chock full of historical detail, which, I believe, took the author years to research. The multi narrator format took a little getting used to. I wasn't crazy about Joanne Whaley's voice; it grates on me. It's worth persevering, though.
    A few pointers:

    *If you're looking for a "vampire" book, beware. The book is more focused on the history and activity of Dracula than on a bloodsucking rampage.

    *If you are bored by detailed descriptions of places and history, you probably want to read the abridged or skip the book altogether.

    *If you have difficulty understanding foreign accents, beware. There are many nationalities depicted in the book.

    *If you're expecting an action-packed plot twister, this isn't your book.

    *This book was made to be savored, not gulped down.

    46 of 46 people found this review helpful
  • Mister B. Gone

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Clive Barker
    • Narrated By Doug Bradley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    The demon, known only as "Jakerbok", is a major force of evil then and now. He taunts the listener to "Burn this audiobook" throughout this satanically autobiographical monologue, for he has embedded his very self inside each word....as a long-dormant vehicle for the dark forces to finally conquer all things good and holy in this world.

    Amanda says: "Great but a little nagging.."
    "Listen to him...burn this book!"
    Overall

    I had read the Abarat books by Clive Barker, so I was eager to read this one. The plot synopsis sounded wonderful, so in I plunged. It was terribly gory in a needless sort of way. It was also not too witty or fun. I kept wondering if Clive was having a laugh, and maybe that "burn this book" was a hint to readers that nothing much was going to happen, so we might as well burn the damn thing.
    On a more positive note, I liked the narrator, and would love to hear him sink his teeth into something substantial.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • 3rd Degree: The Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Andrew Gross
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (938)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (315)

    Detective Lindsay Boxer is jogging along a beautiful San Francisco street when a fiery explosion rips through the neighborhood. A town house owned by an Internet millionaire is immediately engulfed in flames, and when Lindsay plunges inside to search for survivors, she finds three people dead. An infant who lived in the house cannot be found; and a mysterious message at the scene leaves Lindsay and the San Francisco Police Department completely baffled.

    Sherry says: "Patterson can't be outdone"
    "Is it over yet?"
    Overall

    I Got the first four Womens' M.C. books as a package. Had I known how formulaic and uninspiring they would prove to be, I would have skipped the whole lot. Adding to my disappointment was Carolyn McCormick's narration. I LOVED her as Dr. Olivette on Law and Order in early seasons, so I really expected a good read. I was sorely disappointed. Her inflection and emphasis are so wrong so much of the time it's distracting. I recommend avoiding this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodsucking Fiends: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (2369)
    Performance
    (1202)
    Story
    (1226)

    A striking red-head, 20-something Jody is attacked and transformed into a vampire while walking home one night in downtown San Francisco. Befriending 19-year-old Tommy, Jody tries to understand her new undead life, but trouble finds her when the cops start suspecting Tommy of being a local bloodsucking serial killer.

    SHEILA says: "Bloodsucking FUN!"
    "Super fun"
    Overall

    This book was fun and funny. The writing was clever and the narrator was really good. I really look forward to reading the sequel.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I, Coriander

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sally Gardner
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Coriander Hobie, born in 1643, has a remarkable tale to tell, the tale of a childhood touched by unexplained bits of wonder, but too soon marked by tragedy. After her beloved mother dies and her father is forced to flee London, Coriander is left at the mercy of a stepmother full of cruelty.

    Lynette says: "What a fantastic Tale!"
    "Really good"
    Overall

    I enjoyed the book very much. The baddies ARE really bad--it's a fairy tale. Juliet Stevenson is great, as usual. It's a good "empowerment" book for young girls, I think. Coriander is definitely ahead of her time as an educated, independent female in the 1600's. It's quite an entertaining read. Maybe not for young kids; there is some real "evil stepmother" type mistreatment that could be disconcerting. But, then, Grimm's and most other fairy tales are the same.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil Latch

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Sonya Hartnett
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    He draws her close, envelops her as if with wings. She does not resist him or the kisses over her face when he tilts her chin up; she lets him, exposing the flesh of her throat. When she goes home that day she will wear the marks of the devil, the clinging smell of oil, the bruising of her neck.

    Dana says: "slightly confusing"
    "Riveting...?"
    Overall

    I was on the edge of my seat, for about 30 minutes. The main character IS creepy. Nothing happened. After that it was an excruciating test of will to continue reading, hoping that SOMETHING would happen. Maybe in a second? Maybe in a minute? Good grief! This was an exasperating, unsatisfying read. Also, there was an audio tag saying it was Audible Kids. I don't think some of the language makes it appropriate for kids of any age.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula (Blackstone Edition)

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Robert Whitfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (192)

    In 1897, at the age of 50, Bram Stoker was touring manager to the actor Henry Irving and was enjoying a modest success as a journalist and writer. Publication in that year of Dracula was to bring him international and lasting fame.

    Katrina says: "Still Scary Two Centuries Later"
    "Good narration"
    Overall

    Dracula has always been one of my favorite novels. If you've already read the novel and are looking for a good audio version, I recommend this one. The characters really come to life with the narration. If you're a fan of Dracula/vampire films and are looking for a similar book, remember Dracula was published in 1897. This is every bit a Victorian novel, and is thoroughly imbued with the sensibilities, language, and sociology of the period. If you're looking for action, blood, and rip-roaring carnage, this is not the place to find it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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