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Carrie Matteucci

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Hayward, CA | Member Since 2010

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  • 36 ratings
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  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35677)
    Performance
    (26694)
    Story
    (27073)

    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"
    "I couldn't put it down."
    Overall

    I loved this book. The subject matter was a real turn off untill I started listening and then I was hooked!! A dictorship and a revolution ingnighted by a young girl. Read all three books!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20111)
    Performance
    (18009)
    Story
    (18072)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "My Friend really liked it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    My Friend really liked it, but I felt like it was all a bit improbable. The ending left me feeling hopeless. It defiantly has intrigue and twists and turns, just a bit depressing for me.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Gillian Flynn? Why or why not?

    Maybe


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    They were both good.


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

    I doubt it.


    Any additional comments?

    I just prefer something a little more up beat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Casual Vacancy

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J. K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Tom Hollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2977)
    Performance
    (2615)
    Story
    (2641)

    When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

    cristina says: "I was surprised by how much I liked it"
    "So dissapointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    A very sad depressed person that wants to listen to a depressing story.


    Has The Casual Vacancy turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I loved JK Rowlings Harry Potter books. This is not it. The end of the book is such a let down. I feel like I suffered through it for nothing.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tom Hollander’s performances?

    The narrator was fine, just didn't add anything to make me want to listen to another of his books.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I just kept waiting for the story to have a plot or a reason. It just went on and on and then ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16864)
    Performance
    (13293)
    Story
    (13369)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "Bloody and Shocking!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to A Storm of Swords again? Why?

    I don't know if I would listen to it again soon. When the TV Series comes back out I might revisit it. It is very wordy and goes on a bit.


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

    You can not believe the twists and turns the plot takes. Some great moments turn into absolute horror and some horrible moments turn into a good change of events for your favorite Characters.


    What about Roy Dotrice???s performance did you like?

    I don't think anyone could do much better, this is a very difficult book and he does an amazing job. You really feel the era through his voice.


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

    The bloody wedding, I shall say no more!


    Any additional comments?

    I am downloading the next book right now, so I think you can imagine I have been enjoying the series!

    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
    (26882)
    Performance
    (20646)
    Story
    (20729)

    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"
    "The story is a bit hard to follow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Each Character goes by many different names and it made it difficult to keep track of which character was talking or being talked about. Honestly I watched the series around the same time I was reading the book and it helped immensely to keep track of what was happening and who was who. The story does draw you in eventually and the end really makes you want to read the next book. So even though I gave it only a 3 I will get the next book to see what happens.


    Would you recommend A Game of Thrones to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, if they are good readers. However, I would use the disclaimer that it can be confusing.


    Did Roy Dotrice do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narrator was good but not great.


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

    I already have.


    Any additional comments?

    Not for young readers

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4478)
    Performance
    (3915)
    Story
    (3970)

    Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can.

    Robert says: "All the reviews had me worried for nothing!"
    "The "Inheritance" series is one of my favorites!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Inheritance?

    Gerard Doyle is superb in his performance! You do not even need him to tell you which character is speaking, you can tell just by listening.

    In this epic saga we finally get to meet the terrible Galbatorix. The culmination of a much speculated battle with all of the races involved. I loved this whole series, but I have to say my favorite book was Eldest when he changes and becomes more elf like. That is where I was a little disappointed in this last book because I wanted him to marry Arya. The ending was a surprise, but as he says in his interview afterwards, it leaves him open to a sequel.


    What other book might you compare Inheritance to and why?

    The entire series is as good as the hunger games and almost as good as Harry Potter.


    Have you listened to any of Gerard Doyle???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have not.


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

    It made me laugh and cry and my stomach churn at some of the horrible scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this series, one of my all time favorites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28043)
    Performance
    (21807)
    Story
    (22019)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "A must read!"
    Overall

    I think like all things great you are always a little let down at the end. Although I enjoyed this book very much. I wanted a better ending.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30381)
    Performance
    (23463)
    Story
    (23644)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Good to the last word!"
    Overall

    I think I liked this book the best because it was the center of the story and I couldn't wait to hear each word. Be warned it ends abruptly and will make you run out and buy Mocking Jay as fast as you can!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Roseannearchy: Dispatches from the Nut Farm

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Roseanne Barr
    • Narrated By Roseanne Barr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (58)

    Roseanne Barr is a force of nature. Whether taking the sitcom world by storm, challenging accepted social norms, or battling the wild pigs inhabiting her nut farm in Hawaii, she is not to be trifled with. In this audiobook, Roseanne unleashes her razor-sharp observations on hypocrisy, hubris, and self-perpetuating institutions of questionable value - as well as menopause, pharmaceuticals, and her grandkids. And she's as controversial, original, and funny as ever.

    Amethyst says: "If "My Lives" left you wanting more......"
    "Irreverent, deliciously funny!!"
    Overall

    I have to say I enjoyed this book immensely. I couldn't stop listening to it all the way to the very end. I laughed at myself and enjoyed hearing all the hard times she went through. It made me feel so not alone. I never really new Roseanne, but now that I do I
    wish I could spend an afternoon on the "Nut Farm" talking with her and drinking wine
    and enjoying the "Mule" watching the pigs!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27520)
    Performance
    (14121)
    Story
    (14171)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "The naration was awesome!"
    Overall

    Although the story is nothing new, the characters draw you in and the Naration is amazing. I felt transported back to Mississippi and felt like I knew all the people involved. I really enjoyed this book and will listen to it again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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