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READFIELD, ME, United States | Member Since 2008

  • 5 reviews
  • 152 ratings
  • 351 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • MaddAddam: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Bob Walter, Robbie Daymond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Months after the Waterless Flood pandemic has wiped out most of humanity, Toby and Ren have rescued their friend Amanda from the vicious Painballers. They return to the MaddAddamite cob house, newly fortified against man and giant pigoon alike. Accompanying them are the Crakers, the gentle, quasi-human species engineered by the brilliant but deceased Crake. Their reluctant prophet, Snowman-the-Jimmy, is recovering from a debilitating fever, so it's left to Toby to preach the Craker theology, with Crake as Creator.

    Darryl says: "weakest of the trilogy"
    "The 3rd in a true trilogy"
    Would you listen to MaddAddam again? Why?

    Eventually. For now I am just reflecting.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Toby, as she was the main narrator, and Black Beard, because in the end, this was his story.

    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The differert voices reflected the different personalities.

    If you could rename MaddAddam, what would you call it?

    I'd leave it MaddAddam

    Any additional comments?

    Other reviewers have commented that the books in the trilogy could stand on their own, and that may be so. But one reviewer had mentioned that the books all fit together, sort of like the Ender saga,and so that is how I read them, and I agree with that. Start with book 1 and read them sequentially. This is a fine finish to the trilogy. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Lily Koppel
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    As America's Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. Together with the other wives they formed the Astronaut Wives Club, meeting regularly to provide support and friendship. As their celebrity rose - and as divorce and tragic death began to touch their lives - they continued to rally together, and the wives have now been friends for more than fifty years.

    Steve says: "So-So Story, Painful Performance"
    "awful reader"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The reader should have learned how to pronounce the astronaut's names. This was basic.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Full Cast Recording

    Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that reimagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic.

    Amazon Customer says: "A fresh new way to enjoy the story"
    "delightful surprise"
    Where does Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's as good as any of those that I've given 5 stars to.

    What other book might you compare Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay to and why?

    The original Ender's Game, and the whole lot of the Ender's series. I've listened to them all as audiobooks, as long ago as I actually have some on cassette tape still!

    I was skeptical at first as many "full cast" recordings are not as good as the original books, if the originals are well read.

    I watched Card discussing how this recording would be different, if not better, than the original, so I decided to give it a shot. I really enjoyed that many of the original readers were used on this project as well.

    This was certainly the best full cast recording of a book I've listened to, and on a par with the other audio Ender books. It is just different enough to make it a worthwhile read, and I really am glad I listened to it.

    Which character – as performed by Full Cast Recording – was your favorite?

    I appreciated the "old voices" from the other Ender books which I loved.

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

    It was and I did!

    Any additional comments?

    If this is your first foray into the "Ender-verse", enjoy. If you are a long time reader/listener, I suspect you will enjoy this version as well. It was certainly worth using a credit on it. I'm glad I did experience it, and it's different enough from the original Ender's Game to keep one interested.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn Richardson says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "read it"

    This is an exceptional read. The Kite Runner and books by Bryce Courtenay read by Humphrey Bower opened my ears (and mind) to the joy that an audio book can actually be better than the print version. The story is great, character development great, and the author actually knows how to craft an ending. The reader is wonderful, I was saddened to see he didn't have many other books he'd read. As for the story, it is one of familys, one of different cultures, one of medicine. All of which well executed. I've never written a review before, felt I had to after reading this wonderful book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "sorry, but true"

    Interesting characters, love the narrator, but it ranks right up there with Edgar Sawtelle, for endings. Crappy book, don't waste your time. I felt very ripped off after listening to it, even after reading the previous reviews. OK, I was warned, but I held out hope.....

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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