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Carrie

Calgary, Alberta, Canada | Member Since 2008

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  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4351)
    Performance
    (1624)
    Story
    (1635)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "The best credit I've spent!"
    Overall

    This is absolutely one of the funniest books I have ever read or listened to! The story manages to be heartwarming and edgy at the same time, and the narrator puts in an amazing performance. I don't even know how many times I've listened to this book in the few months since I downloaded it, but I still laugh every time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Real

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Katy Evans
    • Narrated By Charlotte Penfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (668)
    Performance
    (621)
    Story
    (625)

    One night was all it took, and I forgot everything and anything except the sexy fighter in the ring who sets my mind ablaze and my body on fire with wanting. Remington Tate is the strongest, most confusing man I've ever met in my life. He's the star of the dangerous underground fighting circuit, and I'm drawn to him as I've never been drawn to anything in my life. I forget who I am, what I want, with just one look from him. When he's near, I need to remind myself that I am strong - but he is stronger.

    Jordy says: "5 SERIOUSLY SMOKING HOT INTENSE STARS!!! "
    "Did I miss something?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about Real?

    Where do I start? I was extremely disappointed with all the characters; I didn't find any of them even the least bit compelling. The main female character (I just finished listening to this book two days ago, and I already can't recall her name) seemed like she could have been interesting if there had been any time devoted to fleshing out her back story, other than just reminding the reader over and over that her Olympic dreams had been crushed by an injury. I found Remy just ridiculous, especially after the big "reveal" that was supposed to explain and excuse his behaviour. Actually, there was no time spent developing any of the characters in this book. They all seemed extremely one dimensional to me, and I honestly didn't care what happened to any of them. And I won't even start on the pathetically weak side story of the main character's sister.

    I found myself often literally rolling my eyes while listening to this book. And I do mean literally, unlike when the author wrote that the character "literally" had a ball of fire in her throat! Not only is that poor writing, it's also lazy editing. I also found the author's frequent use of the word "tummy" strange and distracting. In the middle of a passage describing how the character is "instantly soaking through [her] panties" and using such fairly raunchy language as "pussy" and "cock" she'll suddenly reference a feeling in her "tummy". This my seem trivial, but to me it sounded very juvenile and off-putting. I'm not a prude and it was not the more adult language that bothered me, it was the incongruity that bothered me. This is just one example of how the writing pulled me out of the story and had me thinking more about the writing instead of what had been written.

    I forced myself to listen to the end, thinking that it must get better as it was so highly rated, but I was sadly mistaken. I have listened to hundreds of Audio books, and I certainly don't mind a bit of romantic escapism now and then, but this is the first time I will be taking advantage of Audible's return policy.

    SPOILERS:
    I am an RN and worked on a psychiatric unit for many years. My favourite patients to work with were actually bipolar patients in the manic phase. I had no idea when I downloaded this book that there was any link to bipolar disorder, and I was (again) extremely disappointed to discover that the author had chosen to base a huge amount of the book on this disorder, with what appeared to be little to no research done on this interesting diagnosis. Eyes changing colour during different phases of the illness due to different gene expressions?? Please. And Remy only very loosely resembled any manic patient I have ever worked with. If anyone is interested in a much more accurate depiction of an unmedicated person with bipolar disorder in a manic phase, please watch Brad Pitt's portrayal of Jeffrey Goines in 12 Monkeys. I am a huge advocate for mental health and for de-stigmatizing these conditions, but I don't think trivializing the extreme consequences this disorder can have when left unmedicated is doing anyone any favours. Proper diet and exercise will certainly help, but only so much. Of course, there is much more that I could say on this subject, but this isn't really the place. Again, for anyone interested in this subject, I beg you to do some research on your own. And preferably more than the two minute internet search that the main character did on the condition that the love of her life will be dealing with for the rest of his life!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I think I need a well written book with a strong female character to cleanse my palate. Perhaps something entirely different altogether, like the fabulous Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Or anything from one of my all-time favourite series, the Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I don't think the narrator necessarily detracted from the book, but I don't think she really brought anything to it either. Adequate would be the highest praise I could give.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Strangers

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1435)
    Performance
    (672)
    Story
    (674)

    A handful of people. From different backgrounds, living in different towns and cities across America, they had nothing in common - except fear. Deep in the heart of a sprawling desert, a dark memory called out to them, drawing them to the Tranquility Motel - where the terrifying truth was waiting.

    Barry F. Stinson says: "Brilliant"
    "Dissapointed"
    Overall

    I usually really enjoy novels by Dean Koontz, but I found that I couldn't wait for this one to be over. This book wasn't actually bad, just uninteresting. And the narrator didn't help things with his slightly ridiculous style.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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