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Keon

San Antonio, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Paper Towns

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (870)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (723)

    Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life - dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge - he follows.

    Jeremy says: "Green is Always Good, But Paper Towns Not Best"
    "Two People In One."
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    Would you listen to Paper Towns again? Why?

    Yes. I love books that make me think and this one was very good at making me do so.

    Every time you meet some one there are two people. Who you think they are and who they actually are. The more you simplify their features, the less about them you actually know.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Margo because she's very cryptic. Who she is and isn't are important to the story and makes the story special. Is Margo the fun loving, outgoing girl everyone thinks she is? Is she the introspective girl we find out she can be? Is she both? Neither?

    All of those questions make the crux of the story.


    What about Dan John Miller’s performance did you like?

    He really only needed to do the main character's voice perfectly and he did a great job. We spend a lot of time in Quentin's head so it had to be perfect.


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

    Yes. It made me think very deeply. Is life a tragedy in which we learn the most about the people closest to us just as we take different paths? I still don't know.


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  • Star Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jerry Spinelli
    • Narrated By John Ritter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (60)

    From the day she arrives at quiet Mica High in a burst of color and sound, the hallways hum with the murmur of "Stargirl, Stargirl." She captures Leo Borlock's heart with just one smile. She sparks a school-spirit revolution with just one cheer. The students of Mica High are enchanted. Then they turn on her.

    laurie says: "So wonderful..."
    "Short but sweet."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's a fun romp in the ideas of love and individuality.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Star Girl. She's the only one in the story who "gets it". She understands life so easily.


    Which character – as performed by John Ritter – was your favorite?

    Leo because he is so full of doubt and he learns so much about life and what it means to be yourself. I think John really let Leo's self-loathing shine at important parts of the story. It's pretty difficult to pull off, as well as vital to the story and I thought John Ritter was great.


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

    She was part star and part girl. She was all different.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fantastic book. It's got so much to say and even though it's short it says everything it set out to. Not many books can say that.

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  • The Well of Ascension: Mistborn, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6261)
    Performance
    (4240)
    Story
    (4273)

    The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler - the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years - has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

    Robert says: "It keeps getting even better"
    "A Little Political Intrigue Never Hurt Anyone."
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    Where does The Well of Ascension rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's about middle of the pack. While I like Brandon Sanderson quite a bit, he stories do tend to be overly lengthy at times. They could be a bit more concise but, instead are overly wordy. Instead of packing a punch they end up giving a decent tap as a result.


    What other book might you compare The Well of Ascension to and why?

    It's not a direct comparison but, I thought this book had a lot in common with Feed (the first book in the Newsflesh trilogy) because of how intertwined politics were in both stories. You get to see in both books how policies set in motion can have a profound effect on events.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Kramer – was your favorite?

    I thought Elend was voiced well. I thought Michael really captured Elend's doubt as a leader as well as his confident moments. It was a good blend.


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

    It was when Sazed realized he loved Tindwyl. He's easily the book's most relatable character because he has so many doubts about his strength as a person, his belief in his faith, and whether or not anyone could love him. He's so human and when expresses his love for Tindwyl it adds another level and layer to him.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a solid book. It has a lot of charm and character. I do wish Brandon Sanderson used another synonym for "flushed" (as in blushing) because when you hear that Vin "flushed" for the hundreth time it starts to get grating.

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  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9572)
    Performance
    (8772)
    Story
    (8825)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Love/Life Is Bittersweet."
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    Where does The Fault in Our Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I can't say exactly but, it's certainly one of the better ones. Engaging from start to finish all the while making very sharp observations about real life.


    What other book might you compare The Fault in Our Stars to and why?

    John Green's other book, Paper Towns. The characters in both books are extremely enjoyable.


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

    I haven't but, she was brilliant and her performance made the story that much more gut wrenching.


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

    Yep but, it's a spoiler so I can't really say.


    Any additional comments?

    It may be considered "young adult" but the observations of life and why good things and bad things happen to us are poignant and really good learn for all ages.

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  • Delirium

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    Overall
    (1832)
    Performance
    (1554)
    Story
    (1555)

    "Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't."

    Joyce E McBride says: "Wonderful"
    "Strong Start. Weak Finish."
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    Would you try another book from Lauren Oliver and/or Sarah Drew?

    From Lauren Oliver? Maybe. She writes very well but the story got very weak at the end.

    Sarah Drew? Definitely. She's amazing in this.


    What could Lauren Oliver have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The story got incredibly predictable coming down to the end. The romance in it felt very forced and it was too sappy for words. Some of the cheesiest things are done and said, most of them are cliches and it was very upsetting considering the start of the story.

    At the beginning the concept is fresh. Love outlawed? Tell me more! The story sort of devolved though into a parade of young adult fiction tropes and it was just hard to listen to. I think Oliver is a good writer though she just needs to be unpredictable. If she took the story to a place I didn't expect this becomes a 5 star story.


    What about Sarah Drew’s performance did you like?

    She does emotions very well. Hope, anguish, and love are all represented convincingly.


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

    Not even for free. Too predictable.


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  • Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - and Keep - Love

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Amir Levine, Rachel S. F. Heller
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    Overall
    (683)
    Performance
    (589)
    Story
    (583)

    Is there a science to love? In this groundbreaking audiobook, psychiatrist and neuroscientist Amir Levine and psychologist Rachel S. F. Heller reveal how an understanding of attachment theory - the most advanced relationship science in existence today - can help us find and sustain love. Attachment theory forms the basis for many best-selling books on the parent/child relationship, but there has yet to be an accessible guide to what this fascinating science has to tell us about adult romantic relationships - until now.

    Grace says: "Great book. Very illustrative."
    "What makes relationships tick?"
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    What did you like best about Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - and Keep - Love? What did you like least?

    I loved the information and the science behind it. I wish that it went a bit more in depth though.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The information was great and insightful.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There's a part in the book where he gives an example of an attached relationship that's very insightful


    Could you see Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find - and Keep - Love being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It could be a documentary. If Walter Dixon did the narration that would be great.


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  • Blindsight

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Peter Watts
    • Narrated By T. Ryder Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (98)

    Set in 2082, Peter Watts' Blindsight is fast-moving, hard SF that pulls readers into a futuristic world where a mind-bending alien encounter is about to unfold. After the Firefall, all eyes are locked heavenward as a team of specialists aboard the self-piloted spaceship Theseus hurtles outbound to intercept an unknown intelligence.

    James says: "Compelling modern hard sci-fi"
    "What's so great about people?"
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    Where does Blindsight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Siri Keeton because I can relate to him (sort of). He's an outcast even among outcasts. I also enjoy the very mechanical way in which he views people. I understand that, though Siri , due to his radical hemispherectomy takes it to the nth degree.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the characters start to question the importance of sentience. Sent chills down my spine.


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

    Yes. It made me think. Hard. I was brooding all day after this one. It put my brain to work as I tried to sort out my feelings on it. What am I? Am I meaningless? Could my intelligence survive without my consciousness?

    It really made me think.


    Any additional comments?

    There are so many ideas batted around in this story that it will be worth a second, third, and even fourth read.

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  • I, Claudius

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Robert Graves
    • Narrated By Nelson Runger
    Overall
    (1367)
    Performance
    (664)
    Story
    (669)

    Here is one of the best historical novels ever written. Lame, stammering Claudius, once a major embarrassment to the imperial family and now emperor of Rome, writes an eyewitness account of the reign of the first four Caesars: the noble Augustus and his cunning wife, Livia; the reptilian Tiberius; the monstrous Caligula; and finally old Claudius himself. Filled with poisonings, betrayal, and shocking excesses, I Claudius is history that rivals the most exciting contemporary fiction.

    Chris says: "Unsurpassed, addictive brilliance"
    "One Man, A Lot of Drama"
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    If you could sum up I, Claudius in three words, what would they be?

    Trust No One.


    What other book might you compare I, Claudius to and why?

    I would compare I, Claudius to A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. The main similarity between the two stories is the bevy of political intrigue. The lies, deceit, and murders all intersect with power hungry people.


    What about Nelson Runger’s performance did you like?

    Everything. Each character came to life, especially Claudius.


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

    The Most Powerful Ugly Duckling (it's not a great one but it matches the story)


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  • Falling Free

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (732)
    Performance
    (516)
    Story
    (525)

    Leo Graf was just your average highly efficient engineer: mind your own business, fix what's wrong, and move on to the next job. But all that changed on his assignment to the Cay Habitat, where a group of humanoids had been secretly, commercially bioengineered for working in free fall. Could he just stand there and allow the exploitation of hundreds of helpless children merely to enhance the bottom line of a heartless mega-corporation?

    Kelly Howard says: "if you want the books in order..."
    "Great Sci Fi That Probes Ethical Dilemma"
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    Where does Falling Free rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top. It's a very engaging story. I like the topics covered in the story. Can synthetic life count as human? What if it doesn't look human? If you made it does that make it yours even if it's sentient? All of these questions encircle the story and Lois does a great job exploring all of them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Leo Graf because he is confronted with several hard decisions and watching him come to the correct choice was very entertaining.


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    Leo again. Grover makes Leo sound as flustered as anyone would be, given the situation. His voice is kind of nasal which is also humorous.


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

    When Leo asks himself what one man can do to create change, and decides that the answer is 'more'. Whatever you are doing to create change you can do more. It was very touching.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was masterful all the way around.

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  • Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By James Thurber
    • Narrated By Ben Stiller
    Overall
    (2787)
    Performance
    (2479)
    Story
    (2510)

    Mild-mannered Walter Mitty is a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. This well-known and beloved tale has launched its famous protagonist into the cultural lexicon, warranting his inclusion in English-language dictionaries and countless anthologies. Stiller's imaginative performance as Mitty is the perfect re-introduction to the classic character and a great preface to the upcoming film, for longtime fans and new listeners alike.

    Dave says: "We Only Live Once. Or Do We?"
    "For those with their head in the clouds."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print but the story is so relatable that it's probably the same.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Walter Mitty, obviously. He's always got something going on in his head. I can relate to that so well, it's scary. I'm sure other day dreamers will love him as well.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not to spoil any impact, but Walter's response to his wife at the end of the story is extremely validating.


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

    The first time Walter's wife snaps him out of a day dream. It's very jarring and I understand how Walter felt, I think.


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