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Berkeley, CA, United States | Member Since 2013

  • 3 reviews
  • 3 ratings
  • 234 titles in library
  • 115 purchased in 2014

  • The Colony

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By F.G. Cottam
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For over a century, the New Hope Island vanishing has tantalized the world. How did 150 people disappear from a lonely Hebridean island, leaving no trace and no clues? Media magnate Alexander McIntyre decides to solve the mystery, and gathers a team of experts to mount an expedition to the island. He hopes running the story as a rolling exclusive will revive the fortunes of his flagship news-stand title. He hopes to find conclusive answers to questions that have teased a curious world for decades. And he wants his own secret theory triumphantly vindicated.

    Amanda says: "Solid atmospheric horror"
    "I wish I could give it more stars!"
    If you could sum up The Colony in three words, what would they be?

    Satisfying Ghost Story!!!

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Colony?

    Amazing job of presenting the EVIL presence(s). A wonderful modernization of Lovecraftian suspense and satisfaction of morbid curiosity.

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

    He's perfect. He does wonderful, subtle accents and his pacing is perfect accompaniment to the tightly crafted story

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

    Could hardly put it down.

    Any additional comments?

    It's so incredibly rare to read a ghost story that both scares and satisfies. I write very few reviews but this book is so good I guarantee that anyone who likes the suspense genre will be glad they found this one!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kings of the North: Legend of Paksenarrion, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Peace and order have been restored to the kingdoms of Tsaia and Lyonya, thanks to the crowning of two kings: Mikeli of Tsaia and, in Lyonya, Kieri Phelan, a mercenary captain whose royal blood and half-elven heritage are resented by elves and humans alike. On the surface, all is hope and promise. But underneath, trouble is brewing. Mikeli cannot sit safely on his throne as long as remnants of the evil Verrakaien magelords are at large.

    Morris says: "Absolutely worthless"
    "Almost ruined by poor reading"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This being the fifth in the paladin series, I am irretrievably hooked. Susan Ericksen's reading is really decreasing my pleasure, though.

    What did you like best about this story?

    It's written for adults who like sword and sorcery, not children, and as such does not stint on details of fighting, war, politics and death of good characters. Plenty of detail but unlike Game of Thrones, doesn't spend hundreds of pages of people travelling without incident.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Susan Ericksen’s performances?

    I HAVE to listen to her read the last two books of the series but I resent it. She reads like she's reading to 6-year-olds. It's strange that she's pretty good on the dialogue but horrible on the narration. I think six-year-olds would be insulted by her condescending tone.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Sure. But it would have to be six movies at least.

    Any additional comments?

    Please share my comments on Susan Ericksen with her because I will really avoid her after I finish this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • FREE The Gray Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder

    Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

    Rollin says: "Gripping, unremitting action"
    "You get what you pay for"
    What disappointed you about FREE The Gray Man?

    The politics are racist and fascist. The story is obvious and overblown with a lot more tell than show. The testosterone levels may give you acne. The reading is melodramatic.

    What could Mark Greaney have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    More thought less ethnocentrism.

    What three words best describe Jay Snyder’s performance?

    Mistake-free, smooth, melodramatic.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from FREE The Gray Man?

    All of the exposition.

    Any additional comments?

    This story follows the current fashion of making MNCs (author's acronym: multi-national corporations) the ultimate villains stoically committing the most heinous crimes for profit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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