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  • 5 reviews
  • 11 ratings
  • 326 titles in library
  • 20 purchased in 2015

  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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"
    "Intriguing futuristic social commentary."

    This work was my first introduction to Collins’ work and did I enjoy this. I had thought I’d listen while I did house work, you know background story “noise.” Boy was I surprised, I couldn’t quit listening, I had to listen straight through. Good thing I loaded this on my phone so I could have it with me everywhere until I’d finished the “book.” The social comment, I believe the underlying premise of this work, centers (in my opinion) around what happens when psychopaths and sociopaths have the best survival skills. What is stunning was the recognition that the story is fiction, the fear, dominance, and detachment necessary for this fictional society to exist are already manifesting in our current, real word. Read and be very afraid. And yes, I did buy the other two books in this series of three.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tomb: Repairman Jack #1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By F. Paul Wilson
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett

    Much to the chagrin of his girlfriend, Gia, Repairman Jack doesn't deal with electronic appliances. He fixes situations for people, often putting himself in deadly danger. His latest project is recovering a stolen necklace, which carries with it an ancient curse that may unleash a horde of Bengali demons. Jack is used to danger, but this time Gia's daughter Vicky is threatened. Can Jack overcome the curse of the yellow necklace and bring Vicky safely back home?

    Elena says: "Pretty good story"
    "Kept my ears wanting more!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Tomb the most enjoyable?

    Great story, well written, fast paced, and characters I came to care about.

    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot, while fiction and rather "dark," was just realistic enough to be mesmerizing. I loved how over the course of the story we learn just enough about "Jack," to root for him when he needed it most! Jack is a "soft," "tough" guy -- as you listen to the story you'll understand this description of him better. I had never heard about this author or his series of books about Repairman Man Jack, by luck of the draw I decided to give this book a try. I assure you I will be listening to every one of his books in this series. I LOVED it.

    Have you listened to any of Joe Barrett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first time hearing of both this story and it's narrator Mr. Joe Barrett. Mr. Barrett is great and I think his performance contributed significantly to the "life" and "feel," of the characters and the overall story.

    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Repairman Jack is not for your ordinary tinkering: extraordinary repairs only need apply.

    Any additional comments?

    Loved this, will definitely listen to all the books related to Repairman Jack. I love this series as much as I did the "Oregon Files."

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Walter M. Miller
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner

    Winner of the 1961 Hugo Award for Best Novel and widely considered one of the most accomplished, powerful, and enduring classics of modern speculative fiction, Walter M. Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz is a true landmark of 20th-century literature—a chilling and still-provocative look at a postapocalyptic future.

    Joel D Offenberg says: "A Classic"
    "Overrated as a classic - not worth listening to."
    What disappointed you about A Canticle for Leibowitz?

    One of the worse books I have ever had the misfortune of trying to listen to. This book is poorly organized, too long for the topic, way too much interspersion of Latin for the majority of us who do not know Latin, thus taking us out of the story. The “jumping around” in both story time lines and character “flashbacks,” made the underlying point of the story almost impossible to figure out.

    What was most disappointing about Walter M. Miller’s story?

    Basically a good story premise, all that is has come before and “man” is not necessarily who we have been told we are. However, the convoluted and abbreviated, multiple interjections of fact and metaphysical conspiracy theories related to allegedly Roman Catholic knowledge withholding rendered obtuse, uninteresting, and unimaginative.
    Not worth listening to even if free.

    What about Tom Weiner’s performance did you like?

    My first time hearing one of Tom Weiner's performances. I think Tom did a great job with an atrocious story.

    Any additional comments?

    I would like to see the plot of this story done in a creative and intelligible way, this could be an explosive, powerful, and thought provoking story line.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Silent Sea: A Novel of the Oregon Files

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler, Jack Du Brul
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On December 7, 1941, five brothers exploring a shaft on a small island off the coast of Washington State make an extraordinary discovery, only to be interrupted by news of Pearl Harbor. In the present, Cabrillo, chasing the remnants of a crashed satellite in the Argentine jungle, stumbles upon a shocking revelation of his own.

    Bill says: "Another Riveting Tale!"
    "Rush to the final earth land frontier."

    Well, Cullser and Du Brul have done it again, written a contemporary fiction that probably has already happened. I won’t give the plot away, but there is plenty of political intrigue, and guess which of the crew has gets to have a “sideline” budding crush. I love the fact that the “love attraction” did not take away from the story in any way, but it was fun realizing that the crew really are humans. Great story plot, good blend of back-story leading to the current mission of the Oregon. Keep the stories coming and I’ll keep reading and listening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Excellent concept gratuitous gore."

    This is one book that I suggest you get the “hard copy” and at least browse through it first, then buy to listen if you prefer audio books. I understand this book is about vampires in America, but the detailed, progressively horrific gore with each account is over the top. This work, in whatever format, in my opinion, should come with a warning about the graphic nature of the gore. I think the story could have been at least as enjoyable, if not more, and would be appealing to a much wider audience.

    There is no way I would recommend this to anyone I know – ever. Too bad because the concept, and “story itself” was creative, plausible (for all those who believe in vampires) and woven with skill through documented historical events.

    Sometimes, leaving to the reader/listener’s imagination is the best suspense there is with the right “set up.” At least there is “fast forward” capabilities with listening to the audio, but it makes for very “choppy” listening.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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