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Elizabeth

Elizabeth, Artist, Alaska...

Alaska | Member Since 2012

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  • 21 reviews
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  • 170 titles in library
  • 6 purchased in 2015
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  • The Reaper Virus

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Nathan Barnes
    • Narrated By Basil Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    Enjoy the end of the world through the eyes of a desk-bound civil servant. Nathan is a middle-aged father and husband working as a police dispatcher for the campus police of a large university in Richmond, Virginia. During late night working hours he gathers details on the R33PR Virus, dubbed the Reaper Virus, as it spreads from the far reaches of the globe into a pandemic that begins infecting the city around him. As the city rapidly succumbs to the Reaper Virus, Nathan becomes trapped at the police station while his family waits in their barricaded home.

    Mike Naka says: "decent zombie story"
    "Manages to make zombie gore boring."
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    I can't believe that this story---zombie apocalypse, of all things---was so boring! I gave up 3/4 of the way through. The writing is stilted and the author makes very awkward and obvious attempts to use "big words" to make the writing seem more literary. I felt kind of sorry for the narrator having to read this, but his performance was also stilted and fairly monotone.
    The author drags the story on and on with overly verbose descriptions of each zombie the main character sees. Okay, okay---black vomit, missing limbs, head twisted around---we got it! Enough already!
    Perhaps it wouldn't have been such a bad story if there were other narratives braided in, such as what the wife and kids were doing at home, what the fate of the dispatch center was, how his cop friend survived/didn't, etc.
    If you want a good ZomPoc story, 'Day By Day Armageddon' is a thousand times better.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Seeders: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By A. J. Colucci
    • Narrated By Janie Brookshire
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (53)

    George Brookes is a brilliant but reclusive plant biologist living on a remote Canadian island. After his mysterious death, the heirs to his estate arrive on the island, including his daughter, Isabelle; her teenage children; and Jules Beecher, a friend and pioneer in plant neurobiology. They will be isolated on the frigid island for two weeks, until the next supply boat arrives. As Jules begins investigating the laboratory and scientific papers left by George, he comes to realize that his mentor may have achieved a monumental scientific breakthrough....

    Matthew says: "I think I will go work out in the garden..."
    "Could've been so good...."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The premise for the story was great; empty island, mysterious plant blight, crazy scientist, stuck there for two weeks...

    Instead, the story just rambles on with very little character development or coherent plot structure. Things just seem to happen with very little actual story building.

    Biggest peeve: the main female character is portrayed as a very inconsistent and weak personality. What kind of woman would stay with a husband who hits their mentally challenged child, calling him a freak? The author immediately created a main character that we can't trust or even like much---so who cares what happens to her on the island.

    I gave up 2/3 of the way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Origin: A Technothriller

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By J. A. Konrath
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (455)

    When linguist Andrew Dennison is yanked from his bed by the Secret Service and taken to a top secret facility in the desert, he has no idea he’s been brought there to translate the words of an ancient demon. He joins pretty but cold veterinarian Sun Jones, eccentric molecular biologist Dr. Frank Belgium, and a hodge-podge of religious, military, and science personnel to try and figure out if the creature is, indeed, Satan. But things quickly go bad, and very soon Andy isn’t just fighting for his life, but the lives of everyone on earth.

    Christopher says: "what a trip"
    "A great listen! Story line keeps you guessing!"
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    A very fun listen with a surprising story line. Love books where I can't tell what is going to happen next (so rare!). Especially effective is the slow-reveal of character's histories. Also, is the creature evil or not? Keeps you guessing. Listened to this book several times since I purchased it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Swarm: Star Force, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By B. V. Larson
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4078)
    Performance
    (3737)
    Story
    (3744)

    Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.

    Lamonica Johnson says: "If Micheal Bay Wrote a Sci-Fi Novel..."
    "Sexist, militaristic alien action novel"
    Overall
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    Well paced, well-constructed alien invasion story which develops into a global battle with a militaristic feel. An engaging listen with a good narrator....BUT.....

    Okay---how many books are out there which start out so promising, only to introduce some female characters in an end-of-the-world setting who just sit around, passively waiting for the male characters to take action?? It's so tiresome and ridiculously sexist. This is yet another one of them. The story structure and pace was so promising, but with this one element, it just ruined it. Having a fierce-personality female character who becomes clingy and stupid broke my enjoyment in the story.
    I wonder if these writers even respect their wives/sisters/mothers/girlfriends....

    I returned it. So disapointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Junkie Quatrain

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel, Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1089)
    Performance
    (999)
    Story
    (1014)

    Six months ago, the world ended. The Baugh Contagion swept across the planet. Its victims were left twitching, adrenalized cannibals that quickly became know as Junkies. Civilization crumbled as people created isolated safe havens to hide from the infected... and the possibly infected. Now, as society nears a tipping point, lives will intersect and intertwine across two days in a desolate city.

    Tango says: "An awesome set of vignettes"
    "Great, down and dirty zombie story quickie"
    Overall
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    Peter Clines definitely has a knack for suspenseful story telling. Enjoyed the interweaving of the different characters and story lines in this one. Plausible details plus well-constructed writing make this a really good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadline: Virgil Flowers, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1113)
    Performance
    (995)
    Story
    (999)

    In Southeast Minnesota, down on the Mississippi, a school board meeting is coming to an end. The board chairman announces that the rest of the meeting will be closed, due to personnel issues. "Issues" is correct. The proposal up for a vote before them is whether to authorize the killing of a local reporter. The vote is four to one in favor.

    MJ says: "Best in this series"
    "Virgil Flowers, not so dark and grim"
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    Enjoyable addition to the Virgil Flowers storyline. Thankfully, not as dark and grim as some past novels. Sandford has backed off from the murder/horror a bit, which I'm thankful for. A few story lines woven together in this one. Interesting that the character of Flowers doesn't respond in a more empathetic or even sympathetic way to the abuse of the dogs---which other characters in the book do.
    Eric Conger is an excellent narrator for this series. Sandford books are good for multiple listens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (5921)
    Performance
    (4962)
    Story
    (4986)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Charles says: "Dark Places Indeed..."
    "Complex, riveting story with the PERFECT narrator"
    Overall
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    Gillian Flynn does it again! Thoroughly engaging novel with complex, interwoven story line. Regardless of darkness of characters and their actions, she writes in a way that we can empathize and see humanity in each character. Narrator is brilliant for this book---exceptional listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yesterday's Gone: Season 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Sean Platt, David Wright
    • Narrated By Ray Chase, R. C. Bray, Brian Holsopple, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (138)

    A group finds itself taking refuge at The Sanctuary, a religious compound with an enigmatic leader called The Prophet. A serial killer finds himself leading an unlikely group of survivors. A young man searches to prove himself to his group, and avoid being bullied ever again. A young child is called to perform another miracle at great personal cost. Every decision. Every action. Every dream. Every alliance. Every secret. Every betrayal.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Like... WHAT just happened?"
    "10 minutes in, I turned it off."
    Overall
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    Story

    Awful start to what I'd hoped would be a good follow up to Seaon #1. Right off the starting line, the story was atrocious and ridiculous---and the narration over the top/over-emoted. Enough is enough! Very disappointed. I had looked forward to the continuation of a really interesting story premise. Bombed it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jen Sincero
    • Narrated By Jen Sincero
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1445)
    Performance
    (1290)
    Story
    (1286)

    Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up twenty-seven bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good at times"
    "Surprisingly enjoyable"
    Overall
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    Sincery reiterates a lot of the self-help genre's methods, and madness, but seemingly with a fresh voice. She's witty, self-referential, admits her failings and is very, very human. Put in her voice, many of the activities/behaviors/ideas take on a new meaning.
    Definitely enjoyed it.
    Also---really appreciated her talking about the energy and vibrations of the world within us and between us. Call it God, call it the Force; I got it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2368)
    Performance
    (2181)
    Story
    (2178)

    Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

    Marvin says: "New diet trend, become a zombie!"
    "Good, clean, zombie fun!"
    Overall
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    It's a relief to find a zombie book that isn't all about death, destruction and gore. Sure, that's what the genre is all about, but this new take on it is really refreshing. The narrator did a brilliant job with accent and attitude and the story line just rollicks along. Thoroughly enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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