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Katie E. Martens

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katie | Member Since 2010

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  • A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Adam Makos
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (1130)
    Performance
    (1029)
    Story
    (1042)

    Four days before Christmas in 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail - a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber with the squeeze of a trigger.

    JerryL says: "An Absolutely Incredcredible Audiobook!"
    "Absolutely unforgettable- riveting!"
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    Where does A Higher Call rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top ten for sure. I'll be recommending it to everyone I can!


    What other book might you compare A Higher Call to and why?

    Lone Survivor - another harrowing true account, although a VERY different type of story and type of war. But both leave you breathless


    What about Robertson Dean’s performance did you like?

    He's very steady, almost calming. You feel like your Grandpa is telling you a story, and just feel at ease, even in the tense parts. His accents are well done and his intonation is spot on. Great performance!


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

    Each of the battle sequences were impossible to turn off. I would sit in my car ( I listen on commutes) for up to an hour, sometimes in horrible southern Louisiana heat!, just to finish that particular episode. Knowing it was a true story, and listening to what these men went through, was just incredible


    Any additional comments?

    My husband and I are both in the Navy, my husband is special forces and has seen much more combat than I ever will. This story though, is more than either of us could ever dream. It's a world in the past, WWII era, and the story brings it to life in a new way. You come to understand how the fighters on both sides were feeling, how they and the civilians suffered. All with heroism, adventure, and humility along the way. An absolutely incredible book that I will never forget.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Okay for Now

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Gary D. Schmidt
    • Narrated By Lincoln Hoppe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (64)

    As a 14-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him. So begins a coming-of-age masterwork full of equal parts comedy and tragedy from Newbery Honor winner Gary D. Schmidt. As Doug struggles to be more than the skinny thug that his teachers and the police think him to be, he finds an unlikely ally in Lil Spicer, a fiery young lady who smelled like daisies would smell if they were growing in a big field under a clearing sky after a rain.

    Katie E. Martens says: "Funny, smart, sweet, and sad all at once"
    "Funny, smart, sweet, and sad all at once"
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    Where does Okay for Now rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 15


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Doug, the skinny thug, of course!


    Which character – as performed by Lincoln Hoppe – was your favorite?

    Doug again, though he does a great job with all of them


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Oh wow I'm not creative enough for this question, but maybe something like: "A skinny thug's guide to surviving Junior High, and family."


    Any additional comments?

    I was so glad to see a follow on book to Schmidt's "Wednesday Wars" (Which is an absolutely perfect story and should be read by everyone!), and a lot of the same elements were present in this book. Just as in Wednesday Wars, the characters immediately come to life and you can't help but truly love, or completely despise, them. Schmidt writes with impeccable wit and charisma, and laughs come quickly and easily. This book had some darker and sadder elements than Wednesday Wars, and was a little more far-fetched in some of the resolutions. But over all it was a great listen and I wish I had more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Monster: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    Overall
    (580)
    Performance
    (499)
    Story
    (496)

    Meet Monster. Meet Judy. Two humans who don't like each other much, but together must fight dragons, fire-breathing felines, trolls, Inuit walrus dogs, and a crazy cat lady - for the future of the universe.

    Charles says: "Entertaining, but Overly Rushed"
    "Hope he makes a sequel!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Monster the most enjoyable?

    The story line had a lot of great little surprise twists and references. It was fun to never quite now what would pop up next. (Lotus, Ed, and the cats was a hoot!)


    What other book might you compare Monster to and why?

    Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi. They're both in an almost-real setting, with just some minor sci-fi twists. They both have wonderfully engaging characters and fast moving action with a lot of laughs.


    Which character – as performed by Eric Michael Summerer – was your favorite?

    Ed!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I enjoyed taking it on long walks and jogging. Though it was often hard to turn it off, I enjoyed being able to pick it back up the next day.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fuzzy Nation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton, John Scalzi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4335)
    Performance
    (3825)
    Story
    (3826)

    In John Scalzi's re-imagining of H. Beam Piper's 1962 sci-fi classic Little Fuzzy, written with the full cooperation of the Piper Estate, Jack Holloway works alone for reasons he doesnt care to talk about. Hundreds of miles from ZaraCorps headquarters on planet, 178 light-years from the corporations headquarters on Earth, Jack is content as an independent contractor, prospecting and surveying at his own pace. As for his past, thats not up for discussion.

    Samuel Montgomery-Blinn says: "Short, sweet, and satisfying storytelling."
    "Laugh out loud funny!"
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    What did you love best about Fuzzy Nation?

    You really envision yourself in the setting of this story; the characters (especially the lead and the fuzzies!) are great. The relationship with the lead character and his "animal" companions had me laughing out loud. Scalzi also goes beyond humor though to build a compelling and emotional story. Excellent book!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the first appearance of the Fuzzy (...then I realized I don't have a cat, and cats don't usually stand on two legs)


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • John Dies at the End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1977)
    Performance
    (1802)
    Story
    (1821)

    STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

    Amazon Customer says: "Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win."
    "Great fun!"
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    Where does John Dies at the End rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5


    What other book might you compare John Dies at the End to and why?

    The Stupidest Angel, by Christopher Moore; more kind of dark humor with lots of very endearing, kind of wacky, characters and a very quick moving plot.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen R. Thorne – was your favorite?

    Dave


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    They already made it a film!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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