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Kris

Australia | Member Since 2012

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  • 26 reviews
  • 89 ratings
  • 318 titles in library
  • 5 purchased in 2015
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  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3130)
    Performance
    (2861)
    Story
    (2885)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
    "Near perfect story for an excellent performance"
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    I liked Dracula when I read it a while ago, and it was brilliant to listen to this performance. The diary format of the book makes it perfect for an audiobook, and this all-star cast did a fantastic job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth Is Missing

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Emma Healey
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (150)

    In this darkly riveting debut novel - a sophisticated psychological mystery that is also an heartbreakingly honest meditation on memory, identity, and aging - an elderly woman descending into dementia embarks on a desperate quest to find the best friend she believes has disappeared, and her search for the truth will go back decades and have shattering consequences.

    Amber says: "A contemporary mystery for non-mystery lovers."
    "Sweet, sad and intriguing"
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    I don't know if this is what it's really like to have Alzheimer's, but it's a very good guess.
    The author does a wonderful job of weaving past and present mysteries together. And Davina Porter is marvellous, as usual.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with All the Gifts

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By M. R. Carey
    • Narrated By Finty Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1780)
    Performance
    (1629)
    Story
    (1632)

    Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

    Megan says: "Worth it, 10x over!"
    "A new take on an old concept"
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    I don't want to spoil the story line at all, but this is a great addition to a popular genre. I loved the story and the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Strain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2686)
    Performance
    (1590)
    Story
    (1599)

    The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

    Flavius says: "Hokey But Fun"
    "Dracula & Blade without the hero(ine)"
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    I felt like there were a few too many different storylines and characters. I don't mind some converging storylines, but there really were quite a lot in this book.

    It had a bit of a Dracula-ish vibe with way the story unfolded (from different perspectives) and because of the presence of the "master" character. The monsters were more like the vampire evolution in Blade. Despite these similarities the story was not as good as either; it lacked a strong hero or heroine like Mina Harker or Blade, and I wasn't drawn in enough to really care what happened to the characters. I was interested enough in the story to finish the book, but that's about it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fragments: Partials, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Dan Wells
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (404)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (363)

    Kira Walker has found the cure for RM, but the battle for the survival of humans and Partials is just beginning. Kira has left East Meadow in a desperate search for clues to who she is. That the Partials themselves hold the cure for RM in their blood cannot be a coincidence - it must be part of a larger plan, a plan that involves Kira, a plan that could save both races. Her companions are Afa Demoux, an unhinged drifter and former employee of ParaGen, and Samm and Heron, the Partials who betrayed her and saved her life, the only ones who know her secret. But can she trust them?

    Aser Tolentino says: "A Time for Hard Choices and Growing Up"
    "Loved it"
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    I loved this book. I'm now listening to the next in the series.

    I enjoyed Partials, the first in the series. Fragments delves much deeper into the background of this post-apocalyptic world and what brought them there, as well as exploring the world further. I loved it and was drawn right in.

    The narrator doesn't have a huge character range; I felt like a lot of the men and older characters sounded very similar and rather nasally, but that's bearable and I love Kira, who does a large chunk of the talking.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divided Kingdom

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Rupert Thomson
    • Narrated By Glen McCready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Somewhere in the United Kingdom, an eight year old boy is removed from his home in the middle of the night. He is a victim of an extraordinary experiment. In an attempt to reform society, the government has divided the population into four groups, each group representing a different personality type.

    Kris says: "Not what I expected"
    "Not what I expected"
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    This book really wasn't what I expected and didn't interest me as much as I'd hoped, but it was engaging enough.

    It has a similar air to 1984 and Brave New World: control of society, looking at humanity, indulging in the forbidden...

    I thought that a book written as recently as this might have a more scientific premise: their society is split up by humours (ie the hundreds-years old medical theory), which was a pretty unbelievable premise, but beyond that the analysis of the human condition and finding of self was interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Other

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Thomas Tryon
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    Holland and Niles Perry are identical thirteen-year-old twins. They are close, close enough, almost, to read each other's thoughts, but they couldn't be more different. Holland is bold and mischievous, a bad influence, while Niles is kind and eager to please, the sort of boy who makes parents proud. The Perrys live in the bucolic New England town their family settled centuries ago, and as it happens, the extended clan has gathered at its ancestral farm this summer to mourn the death of the twins' father in a most unfortunate accident.

    Darryl says: "Wish I could read it again for the 1st time"
    "The end was interesting"
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    It took two thirds of the book to actually get interesting. The story seemed to meander for a good 7 hours before it finally had some movement. I found the narration to be satisfactory apart from the main character sounding very whiny. Maybe as a pre-adolescent child he might have been a bit whiny, but it's a bit annoying to listen to given that he is the main speaker; I'd be happy to listen to him again as long as he's not reading children. I can't really recommend this book; I'm surprised it featured on the Audible front page so much.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Mary Shelley
    • Narrated By Dan Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (389)

    Narrator Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) presents an uncanny performance of Mary Shelley's timeless gothic novel, an epic battle between man and monster at its greatest literary pitch. In trying to create life, the young student Victor Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, setting into motion a long and tragic chain of events that brings Victor to the very brink of madness. How he tries to destroy his creation, as it destroys everything Victor loves, is a powerful story of love, friendship, scientific hubris, and horror.

    Nancy says: "A great listen"
    "What a whinger!"
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    I thought with the enduring nature of this tale, and my enjoyment of the similarly enduring Dracula, that I'd enjoy this book, but I found it pretty boring. Victor Frankenstein is such a whinger, and spends a good proportion of the book describing the scenery of his travels, which does very little to advance the story.

    That said, I'm glad to have read/listened to the original tale and pondered its commentary on society and human nature...

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Stolen Life: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jaycee Dugard
    • Narrated By Jaycee Dugard
    Overall
    (1443)
    Performance
    (1084)
    Story
    (1084)

    "In the summer of 1991 I was a normal kid. I did normal things. I had friends and a mother who loved me. I was just like you. Until the day my life was stolen. For eighteen years I was a prisoner. I was an object for someone to use and abuse. For eighteen years I was not allowed to speak my own name. I became a mother and was forced to be a sister. For eighteen years I survived an impossible situation. On August 26, 2009, I took my name back. My name is Jaycee Lee Dugard. I dont think of myself as a victim. I survived...."

    Daniel says: "Terrific"
    "Devastatingly real"
    Overall
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    It is devastating that what happened to Jaycee really happens. But it's good to hear her story in her own words, and encouraging to hear about her love for her daughters and hope for their lives going forward.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2233)
    Performance
    (2056)
    Story
    (2052)

    Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

    Marvin says: "New diet trend, become a zombie!"
    "How can you not love Angel?"
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    I wasn't sure about this book at first; it strays pretty far from traditional zombie lore. However, the story hangs a lantern on that fact, and it is so well told and narrated. This book has so much character, I couldn't help love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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