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Julia

Austin, TX, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Windup Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3442)
    Performance
    (1838)
    Story
    (1850)

    Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

    Marius says: "Al Gore nightmare meets Blade Runner."
    "Excellent dystopian novel"
    Overall

    Have patience; it's worth the read/listen. I loved the flawed characters and how believable this version of our future is.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Death on a High Floor

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charles Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (651)
    Performance
    (572)
    Story
    (575)

    On the 85th floor of a glittering high-rise in Los Angeles, Robert Tarza steps into the lobby of the Marbury Marfan law firm to discover his partner Simon Rafer lying in a pool of blood - an ornate dagger plunged into his back. Robert had worked with Simon for decades, and their relationship was fraught with conflict. But he never imagined he would wind up as the prime suspect for his colleague’s murder. As the evidence stacks up against him with frightening speed, he quickly falls from his respected position to that of a criminal dragged through the tabloids.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Excellent Mystery, Brilliant Narration"
    "Very enjoyable"
    Overall
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    Would you listen to Death on a High Floor again? Why?

    No, I don't listen to books more than once.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, Robert. His wry observations made the book for me.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Lane – was your favorite?

    Robert, but the narrator captured everyone well.


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

    It wasn't an extreme reaction, but it certainly made me laugh. It's not really a comedy but there are plenty of chuckles.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't usually enjoy legal thrillers, but I did like this one. It's a classic story of someone wrongly accused, but with fun twists and turns.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Farm

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By James Langton, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (101)

    The new international bestseller from the author of phenomenal Child 44 trilogy... The Farm. If you refuse to believe me, I will no longer consider you my son. Daniel believed that his parents were enjoying a peaceful retirement on a remote farm in Sweden. But with a single phone call, everything changes. Your mother...she's not well, his father tells him. She's been imagining things - terrible, terrible things. She's had a psychotic breakdown, and been committed to a mental hospital. Before Daniel can board a plane to Sweden, his mother calls: Everything that man has told you is a lie. I'm not mad... I need the police... Meet me at Heathrow. Caught between his parents, and unsure of who to believe or trust, Daniel becomes his mother's unwilling judge and jury as she tells him an urgent tale of secrets, of lies, of a crime and a conspiracy that implicates his own father.

    Stefanie says: "Don't Waste Your Time"
    "Good commuter listen/sad story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Farm? What did you like least?

    I liked the main character's relationship with Mia. The book was an easy listen/read. I enjoyed Suzanne's voice more than James' though he did a fine job.


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

    I assumed early on that was the likely outcome.


    Have you listened to any of James Langton and Suzanne Toren ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have not


    Do you think The Farm needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, the story has been told.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the author brought up some issues that need to be addressed. I've known people like the main character. The acts perpetrated on her are life altering. Overall, it was sad. Her story is real. If you read it, know that it's not an exaggeration. This happens to real people. Can't say more without adding spoilers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sub-Human: Post-Human Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By David Simpson
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    Before he was Old-timer, he was Craig Emilson, a young doctor, sucked into military service at the outbreak of World War III. Enlisting to become a Special Forces suborbital paratrooper, Craig is selected to take part in the most important mission in American military history - a sortie into enemy territory to eliminate the world's first strong Artificial Intelligence. The mission is only the beginning of Craig's story, and for the story of humanity as well, as they accelerate towards a world that is post-human.

    thomas says: "Highly Entertaining"
    "Too much gore"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not.


    Would you ever listen to anything by David Simpson again?

    Maybe


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

    I wouldn't have read this book. The narration helped.


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

    Doubtful


    Any additional comments?

    The premise has endless potential. The author chose to continually focus on how a super soldier could torture and kill. I expected some of that, but that's about all there was. I kept waiting for this book to take off, but realized that's just what the book is - light on ideas or insights and heavy on gore.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (6354)
    Performance
    (5787)
    Story
    (5795)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Zzzzzz"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Apparently, a lot of people liked this book. Read their reviews and see if it's for you. I got 7 hours into it before quitting. In those 7 hours there was no action. Really, none. It seemed like the author wanted to convey how boring PI work can be. I liked the main character but not enough to keep listening, hoping something might happen.


    What could Robert Galbraith have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    She could have added SOME action early on, she could have made me care more about the victim early on, and she could have edited some of those long, rambling sentences that served no plot purpose.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Scenes with his sidekick, Robin.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Cuckoo's Calling?

    The scene where he interviewed the cop in the bar was deadly boring.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Monday: Frieda Klein, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nicci French
    • Narrated By Beth Chalmers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (383)

    Frieda Klein is a solitary, incisive psychotherapist who spends her sleepless nights walking along the ancient rivers that have been forced underground in modern London. She believes that the world is a messy, uncontrollable place. The abduction of five-year-old Matthew Farraday provokes a national outcry and a desperate police hunt. And when his face is splashed over the newspapers, Frieda cannot ignore the coincidence: one of her patients has been having dreams in which he has a hunger for just such a child.

    William says: "Terrific!"
    "Couldn't get into this book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Nicci French and/or Beth Chalmers?

    No


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

    Narrator was ok; just didn't like the story.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Didn't like the main character enough to care what happened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Conspiracy of Faith: Department Q, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jussi Adler-Olsen
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (667)
    Performance
    (588)
    Story
    (599)

    Detective Carl Morck has received a bottle that holds an old and decayed message written in blood. It's a cry for help from two young brothers, tied and bound in a boathouse by the sea. After floating in the ocean for years before turning up, the bottle sat forgotten, unopened, on a police department windowsill, before the seal was cracked and the gruesome message, written in Danish, was analyzed. Could it be real? Who are these boys, and why weren't they reported missing? Could they possibly still be alive?

    Robert says: "Jussi's Stories Just Get Better- Need More Dept Q!"
    "I love Dept. Q books!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to A Conspiracy of Faith again? Why?

    No, I don't listen to books more than once.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Conspiracy of Faith?

    The ending, but the entire book is good.


    Which character – as performed by Graeme Malcolm – was your favorite?

    Carl Morck


    Any additional comments?

    Try one of these in the series. There is sufficient humor to make the characters believable, but not so much that it detracts from the story. The bad guys are dark but the stories aren't so dark they're depressing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Knots and Crosses: Inspector Rebus, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Ian Rankin
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (106)

    Detective John Rebus' city is being terrorized by a baffling series of murders…and he's tied to a maniac by an invisible knot of blood. As the ghoulish killings mount and the tabloid headlines scream, Rebus cannot stop the feverish shrieks from within his own mind. Because he isn't just one cop trying to catch a killer - he's the man who's got all the pieces to the puzzle…

    Julia says: "Admit that I didn't finish it"
    "Admit that I didn't finish it"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend listening to this book as narrated. The story might be Ok, it not a little slow.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Faster pace, more likable main character, better narrator.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The voices of several characters sound like pirate voices. And when he tried to do the daughter's voice, it made me laugh it was so bad. The narration was too distracting.


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

    If I didn't have to drive anywhere.


    Any additional comments?

    I might try another by this author if a different person narrated it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Daniel O'Malley
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1933)
    Performance
    (1748)
    Story
    (1750)

    Myfanwy Thomas awakes in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, her only hope of survival is to trust the instructions left in her pocket by her former self. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization - and this person wants her dead.

    Ethan M. says: "Harry Dresden meets English bureaucracy"
    "Narration got in the way of the story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I must confess that I couldn't continue listening to this book.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator has a lilting, iambic pentameter style that might work well for children's poetry or fairy tales but not for a 17 hour narration. I typically listen to audiobooks on my hour-long commute. I could really only take a few minutes of that voice every day without needing an espresso. I don't want to be lulled to sleep; I want inflection, emotion, and so on. The story seems interesting and I might read it someday, but I will not listen to it as narrated by Susan Duerden.
    Just to be clear, it had nothing to do with the accent. Although I am an American, I have listened to many narrators from England and usually enjoy them.


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to hear this narrated by someone else. It seems like an interesting story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10424)
    Performance
    (9709)
    Story
    (9709)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Fun read/listen."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Ready Player One the most enjoyable?

    The main character is a believable guy and the pacing of the story is perfect.


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

    Wil does a great job, as usual.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It was a sweet moment when Wade and "H" met in person the first time.


    Any additional comments?

    I rarely enjoy a book this much. I actually looked forward to my long commute so I could dive back into the story. I am probably much older than others who might be drawn to this type of story. I have never played any role playing video games and always wondered what the draw was for my son and his friends. The descriptions of the Oasis were very well done, the characters were compelling, and the story moved at a good clip.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Calculated in Death: In Death Series, Book 36

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1526)
    Performance
    (1344)
    Story
    (1345)

    On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a woman lies dead at the bottom of a brownstone’s basement steps, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better. A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesn’t seem the type to be on anyone’s hit list. But when Eve and her partner, Peabody, find blood inside the brownstone, she knows Marta’s murder is the work of a killer who’s trained, yet not professional or smart enough to remove all the evidence.

    Jessica says: "Still a fan!"
    "More holes than a piece of Swiss cheese"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Calculated in Death? What did you like least?

    When Eve was actually investigating


    What was most disappointing about J. D. Robb’s story?

    It amazed me that it took this so-called detective over 2/3 of the book to think to interview the person that I figured she would interview first. I guess J. D. Robb has quite a following, based on the positive reviews but I found it plodding and boring. I think this genre of not-quite-romance but not-quite-mystery is popular among some readers/listeners. If you like a fast paced book with a believable detective, look elsewhere.


    What three words best describe Susan Ericksen’s performance?

    OK, slow, average


    Did Calculated in Death inspire you to do anything?

    Never download another J. D. Robb book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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