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Cyndi

HAGERSTOWN, MD, United States

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  • 8 reviews
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  • 51 titles in library
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  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others
    Overall
    (2955)
    Performance
    (2801)
    Story
    (2805)

    World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

    Kim Venatries says: "A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED"
    "Good, but not what I was expecting"
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    Would you listen to World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition) again? Why?

    Wouldn't listen to this again, but was an interesting audiobook the first time through. Had no real preconceptions going in except for some movie ads..... I get the feeling the movie version is a whole different story than this audiobook. And it sucked that it was an abridged version and the jumping around from country to country, account to account was a bit disjointed for me. Don't go into this audiobook thinking you'll be following Brad Pitt around during heroic zombie battles to save his family....you'll be disappointed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1488)
    Performance
    (1301)
    Story
    (1304)

    Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

    Larry says: "What a great book."
    "Really Long...But Great"
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    Where does Helter Skelter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is probably one of the most interesting books I've listened to so far. I knew some history of the Manson family, but this books really pulls you in and you get to know everyone involved in the family. You just can't imagine the horror those victims went through...and the details of what the Manson family did to them all was unbelievable. Really horrible story, but what an explanation of the events!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22302)
    Performance
    (13702)
    Story
    (13844)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "Not a Big Sci-Fi Fan....Still Not"
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    Would you try another book from Orson Scott Card and/or Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison ?

    probably not. I have never really been into sci-fi but was told this book would change my perspective on that....and with the upcoming movie, I thought this would be great. Not my bag. My husband read the book and really like it, but it really didn't do much for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3079)
    Performance
    (2849)
    Story
    (2851)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "Enjoyable"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure - I am a huge Stephen King fan and although I felt this fell short of his normal perfection, it was still an enjoyable listen to this summer.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Joyland?

    Although the end was somewhat predictable, still had a bit of a twist.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6377)
    Performance
    (5669)
    Story
    (5665)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "mediocre at best"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book got so much hype before it came out claiming to be the next

    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
    (34917)
    Performance
    (25988)
    Story
    (26355)

    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 don't get the hype"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    different narrator would've helped, but still wouldn't get it up to a 4 or 5 for me.


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

    I just found the overall story uninteresting. I did not connect with any of the characters -- I tried the 2nd book in the series thinking I'll give it another chance for character development and better story....nope. Ditched the 3rd and moving on with my life. Waste of time listen for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17875)
    Performance
    (15892)
    Story
    (15849)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Pretty Cool Listen"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jake/George -- likable guy you'd want to hang out with.


    What three words best describe Craig Wasson’s voice?

    sucks as Sadie


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

    the end was a little corny...but I still LOVED it :) How do you not love anything Stephen King has his hands on?


    Any additional comments?

    I have loved Stephen King stories since I was a kid. Though I'm partial to his more horrific novels, this one was a nice change. I felt like I was actually running around with Jake/George throughout the story it was so realistically told (typical Stephen King drawing me so deep into his stories I have nightmares....I LOVE it!). The narrator was a bit annoying as Sadie but it did not distract me much from the overall enjoyment of the story - though he was a great voice for Jake/George. Stephen King is a genius and thank him for continuing to produce such brilliant work. Listen to his afterword at the end of the story...has some nice dedications and more insight into the topic of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lionel Shriver
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (476)

    Eva never really wanted to be a mother - and certainly not the mother of a boy who ends up murdering seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and a much-adored teacher who tried to befriend him, all two days before his 16th birthday. Now, two years later, it is time for her to come to terms with marriage, career, family, parenthood, and Kevin’s horrific rampage, in a series of startlingly direct correspondences with her estranged husband, Franklin.

    aaron says: "A smart, chilling story. Told in a very unique way"
    "amazing"
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    What made the experience of listening to We Need to Talk About Kevin the most enjoyable?

    what an interesting perspective this story is written from - so different than the other books I've read lately. Great character development and you really have feelings towards the characters..good and bad.


    Any additional comments?

    definite must read. I cant wait to get in my car each day to hear a little more!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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