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Julia

COLUMBUS, OH, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 227 titles in library
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  • Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles: A Radio Dramatization

    • ORIGINAL (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By The Colonial Radio Players
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (120)

    The people of Earth are preparing for war - a war that could potentially destroy the planet. Explorers are sent to Mars to find a new place for humans to colonize. Bradbury's Mars is a place of hope, dreams, and metaphor, where a fine dust settles on the great empty cities of a silently destroyed civilization. It is here the invaders have come to despoil and commercialize, to grow and to learn - first a trickle, then a torrent, rushing from a world with no future toward a promise of tomorrow. The Earthman conquers Mars... and then is conquered by it.

    Dante says: "Wonderful, Absolutley Wonderful"
    "Breathtakingly Bad"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The acting sounded amateur, and the sound effects were so bad it was laughable. I was glad this one was short.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mean Streak

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (441)

    Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her. While police suspect Jeff of "instant divorce," Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won't even tell her his name.

    Amazon Customer says: "Ms. Brown's book far exceeds usual quality."
    "Trashy Romance Novel"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Do not waste your time with this lousy book. I will ask for a refund on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2880)
    Performance
    (2570)
    Story
    (2556)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Liked everything about this one!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story is interesting and thought-provoking; the protagonist was genuine and likeable; there were lots of plot twists; and it takes place during an intriguing time & place. If that's not enough, this may be the best narration I've ever heard, and I've listened to close to 100 audio books. Edoardo Ballerini does much more than just read the book--he performs it brilliantly!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2406)
    Performance
    (2002)
    Story
    (2014)

    Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant believes that she will be murdered in four days. And she wants Boston’s top detective to handle her death investigation. It will be up close and personal. No evidence of forced entry, no sign of struggle. Charlie tells a chilling story: Each year at 8:00 p.m. on January 21, a woman has died. The victims have been childhood best friends from a small town in New Hampshire; the motive remains unknown. Now only one friend, Charlie, remains to count down her final hours.

    Vanessa says: "OK but not her best by a long shot"
    "Cheesy dialogue spoiled it for me."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I wonder if Lisa Gardner has any experience working outside of the home. My guess is that she does not. Most of the dialogue between detectives/officers is completely unbelievable. Some of the things D.D. says to her coworkers sound more like what a mom would say to a teenage son or daughter.

    As to the performance, Kristen Potter did a nice job with the Boston accents. She has an expressive voice, making her a good narrator.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Katherine Boo
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (697)
    Performance
    (596)
    Story
    (606)

    Annawadi is a makeshift settlement in the shadow of luxury hotels near the Mumbai airport, and as India starts to prosper, Annawadians are electric with hope. Abdul, a reflective and enterprising Muslim teenager, sees “a fortune beyond counting” in the recyclable garbage that richer people throw away. Asha, a woman of formidable wit and deep scars from a childhood in rural poverty, has identified an alternate route to the middle class: political corruption.

    Dr. says: "An Antidote for Shantaram"
    "Great Idea, Not Well Executed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I listen to audio books all the time, so I'm used to listening to stories, and I found this one very difficult to follow. The story jumps around a lot. If Katherine Boo had worked with a professional novelist, the result might have been better. And the monotone narration didn't help.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Child 44

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Tom Rob Smith
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1813)
    Performance
    (692)
    Story
    (691)

    It is a society that is, officially, a paradise. Superior to the decadent West, Stalin's Soviet Union is a haven for its citizens, providing for all of their needs: education, health care, security. In exchange, all that is required is their hard work, and their loyalty and faith to the Soviet State. But now a murderer is on the loose.

    Melvin says: "Terror from all sides."
    "One of My Top 10 Books of All Time"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I listened to this audio book before going to work in the morning, and it made me late a few times. It's so gripping, it's hard to turn it off! The characters seem very real - they're complex individuals (not black & white). The story is made up of various subplots, which are eventually woven into an important central theme. It's been a while since I've enjoyed a book as much as this one. Nice job, Tom Rob Smith! As to the narration, Dennis Boutsikaris has a voice that I find easy to listen to, and he does nice Russian accents, without overdoing it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flashback

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Richard Davidson, Bryan Kennedy, Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (98)

    The United States is near total collapse. But 87% of the population doesn't care: they're addicted to flashback, a drug that allows its users to re-experience the best moments of their lives. After ex-detective Nick Bottom's wife died in a car accident, he went under the flash to be with her; he's lost his job, his teenage son, and his livelihood as a result. Nick may be a lost soul, but he's still a good cop, so he is hired to investigate the murder of a top governmental advisor's son.

    Jeffrey says: "Outstanding, haunting work from a master of sci fi"
    "I can't finish it. It's that bad."
    Overall

    I'm afraid to quote, paraphrase, or summarize this book, for fear of the author's views being taken as my own. If you hate all democrats, Japanese, Muslims, and Mexicans, you might like this book. If I could get past the racism and politics, I'd be reading a book about unlikeable jerks. I've endured over 5 hours of it, and I can't take it anymore. I'm deleting this one from my library.

    11 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Heart-Shaped Box

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (2065)
    Performance
    (954)
    Story
    (952)

    Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

    Lesley says: "Yikes! Five stars for fright"
    "Good Story Badly Narrated in Mr Rogers Voice"
    Overall

    It's unfortunate that this one is so badly narrated. I liked the story line, but I was so annoyed by Stephen Lang's inability to do accents, I had a difficult time getting through it. Most of his characters sound just like Mr Rogers. I would recommend buying the book IN PRINT, or trying a different audio book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Maxine Fuentes says: "Wonderful"
    "A Really Great Read/Listen"
    Overall

    I thought I knew where it was going, but I was completely surprised by the ending. I love it when an author comes up with a new story line. Besides being new and unpredictable, this book really makes you think. It stays with you (in a good way). As to the narration, the only part that I found annoying was OWEN MEANY'S LOUD VOICE. I realize, though, that his annoying voice is part of the story, so it makes sense that it should be read that way. Try not to let this bother you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany Part 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (947)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Julia says: "A Great Listen"
    "A Great Listen"
    Overall

    I thought I knew where it was going, but I was completely surprised by the ending. I love it when an author comes up with a new story line. Besides being new and unpredictable, this book really makes you think. It stays with you (in a good way). As to the narration, the only part that I found annoying was OWEN MEANY'S LOUD VOICE. I realize, though, that his annoying voice is part of the story, so it makes sense that it should be read that way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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