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Java junkie

Iowa, US | Member Since 2014

  • 4 reviews
  • 27 ratings
  • 232 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Megan says: "Worth it, 10x over!"
    "Fantastic narration!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! The story was very suspenseful -- and different from what I expected. The narration was fantastic....definitely enhanced the book!

    What other book might you compare The Girl with All the Gifts to and why?

    The Hot Zone by Richard Preston....with an added touch of The Walking Dead (TV Series). It was very suspenseful and had the medical research components (even though I'm comparing non-fiction to fiction)

    What about Finty Williams’s performance did you like?

    I loved her voice. She did a nice job reading it, but's just a pleasant voice.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, but it's suspenseful.

    Any additional comments?

    This was branching out for me...not my normal genre. It was great!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Now I See You: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nicole C. Kear
    • Narrated By Nicole C. Kear

    At nineteen years old, Nicole C. Kear's biggest concern is choosing a major - until she walks into a doctor's office in midtown Manhattan and gets a life-changing diagnosis. She is going blind, courtesy of an eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa, and has only a decade or so before lights-out. Instead of making preparations as the doctor suggests, Kear decides to carpe diem and make the most of the vision she has left. She joins a circus school, tears through boyfriends, travels the world, and through all these high jinks, she keeps her vision loss a secret.

    Ria Brand says: "Not bad"
    "Such a surprise find -- great summer read!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Now I See You to be better than the print version?

    Maybe not better, but every bit as good. I thought the narrator did a fantastic job.

    What did you like best about this story?

    So many things! The author took a serious topic and educated me without ever making it feel like a lecture -- in fact, much of the book was very funny! She is so down-to-earth. After several of her stories (especially the parenting ones) I found myself thinking, "That would sooo happen to me."

    Which scene was your favorite?

    I didn't have a favorite scene, but I loved the overall tone of the book. Her parenting stories were my favorites. I also really loved her dedication to (and enthusiasm for) the research her specialist was doing....sometimes we forget what an important role that plays in our healthcare advances.

    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Never judge a book by its cover. :) I almost didn't start this one because I thought it might be too serious a book for a summer vacation. I was so wrong. I just loved it!

    Any additional comments?

    Nicely done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder on Potrero Hill: A Peyton Brooks' Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By ML Hamilton
    • Narrated By Kelley Hazen, StorytellerProductions
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Peyton knows the first suspect is always the husband, but Jake Ryder isn't acting like a typical suspect. Jake truly loved his wife. So what went wrong? Stepping into the circle of the social elite, Peyton finds that things work differently when you're at the top. And Jake Ryder seems to be caught in the epicenter. Ultimately, Peyton finds that you never know what darkness lurks in the human mind and that some will murder to keep that darkness hidden.

    Gala says: "Excellent audio version"
    "Very predictable, but not terrible"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator's accents were painful. The worst Hispanic accent I think I've heard from an audio book.

    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was as I predicted, but satisfying.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Kelley Hazen and StorytellerProductions ’s performances?

    Probably not.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Murder on Potrero Hill?

    The back-and-forth between Jake and Peyton when they meet up at the grocery store seemed to go on FOREVER. Also, these police officers were just too incompetent to be believable. I almost gave up on the book in the early chapters, but it did improve.

    Any additional comments?

    I recommend reading it instead of listening.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

    Barry says: "One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable."
    "Full of suspense...without the nightmares"
    What did you love best about Lightning?

    Great story. I love to be a little creeped out without the book being so scary or graphic that I can't get to sleep at night.

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


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Christopher Lane?

    Probably, but I didn't love what he did with his voice for Thelma and Ruth. Very good at voicing suspense....not the best voice for imitating teenage girls.

    Any additional comments?

    Great listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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