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Oil Trough, AR, United States | Member Since 2009

  • 4 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 150 titles in library
  • 3 purchased in 2014

  • Code: A Virals Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs, Brendan Reichs
    • Narrated By Cristin Milioti
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Virals are put to the ultimate test when they find a geocache containing an ornate puzzle box. Shelton decodes the cipher inside, only to find more tantalizing clues left by "The Gamemaster". A second, greater geocache is within reach - if the Virals are up to the challenge. But the hunt takes a dark turn when Tory locates the other box - a fake bomb, along with a sinister proposal from The Gamemaster. Now, the real game has begun: another bomb is out there - a real one - and the clock is ticking.

    Ken says: "Beathtakingly fast, stunningly crafted"
    "Beathtakingly fast, stunningly crafted"

    Code, the 3rd book in the Virals series, did not disappoint as a story or as a continuation. By itself, Code is a whirlwind thriller full of science, deduction, betrayal, danger, and frighteningly real characters. As a continuation, Code fed just enough new information into the ongoing mystery of the Virals' existence to keep me interested without leaving me hanging (much).
    What I liked the best about the Virals series is that Kathy Reichs (and now helped by Brendan Reichs) is not afraid to take risks with the main characters. They are mercilessly put through trials by fire, trials by emotional ruin, and trials of conscience, and each time, they rise to the occasion and deliver amazingly.
    My favorite part of Code itself...? The Gamemaker. Without revealing too many spoilers, the Gamemaker was fascinatingly cunning, ruthlessly determined, and psychologically terrifying. He wasn't your typical YA villain who pushes the young protagonists into a dark closet, leaving them plenty of time to escape. Not at all. He was evil and dark and hunted his prey like a wolf hunts a rabbit.
    I also really enjoyed getting to see the Virals all growing up a little. That must be a very hard trick to pull, because very few authors do it well, if they do it at all. But the authors of Code did it very well, blending newfound maturity with expanded responsibility and newfound feelings that are very real and well-known to anyone who's ever been a teenager.
    The return of narrator Cristin Milioti also makes me very happy. She reads the voice of Tory perfectly, and I love the well-planned special effect that are thrown in at just the right moment.
    5/5 would listen again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

    Darwin8u says: "Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured"
    "A Fabulous and World-shaking Book"
    Would you listen to The Great Gatsby again? Why?

    Yes! The story was one of timeless importance and full of intricacies that can be enjoyed over and over again.

    What did you like best about this story?

    The gradual revealing of why the characters' feelings led them to do what they did.

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

    Haven't listened to any others, but this one was very good!

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

    "The hope of one man is the downfall of another. "

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Castrovalva

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Christopher H. Bidmead
    • Narrated By Peter Davison

    Still weak and confused after his fourth regeneration, the Doctor retreats to Castrovalva to recuperate. But Castrovalva is not the haven of peace and tranquillity the Doctor and his companions are seeking. Far from being able to rest quietly, the unsuspecting time-travellers are caught up once again in the evil machinations of the Master. Only an act of supreme self-sacrifice will enable them to escape the maniacal lunacy of the renegade Time Lord.

    Ken says: "A great story..."
    "A great story..."

    Castrovalva is certainly NOT a typical Doctor Who story! It contains twists and turns, and there is always a dark figure lurking in the background. Still it is very well written, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone. All the mathematical phraseology, evidently meant to confuse, is very well explained. The action comes on in spurts and keeps you interested until the rather bittersweet ending. All in all, this is a great Doctor Who story. The only thing I could say is that the description on is rather inaccurate.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who and the Giant Robot

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Terrance Dicks
    • Narrated By Tom Baker

    "Look, Brigadier! It's growing!" screamed Sarah. The Brigadier stared in amazement as the Robot began to grow...and grow...swelling to the size of a giant! Slowly the metal colossus, casting its enormous shadow upon the surrounding trees and buildings, began to stride towards the Brigadier. A giant metal hand reached down to grasp him.

    Ken says: "I loved Doctor Who--Robot!!"
    "I loved Doctor Who--Robot!!"

    Doctor Who and the Giant Robot was an excellently written and well performed audiobook. If you like a good, classic Doctor Who story, this is the ONE for you! The narrator is a very good reader with a very calming voice that really lets you fall into the story. I was sad when it ended! I would definitely recomend this book to anyone that likes Doctor Who. Also, if you are curious about Doctor Who and what to know what it's like, this would be an excellent story to begin with. Again, this is a very classic story in true Tom Baker (The actor that played the Doctor as well as narrated this story) form.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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