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Krista

Wilbur, WA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Story of Earth: The First 4.5 Billion Years, from Stardust to Living Planet

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Robert M. Hazen
    • Narrated By Walter Dixon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (354)

    Earth evolves. From first atom to molecule, mineral to magma, granite crust to single cell to verdant living landscape, ours is a planet constantly in flux. In this radical new approach to Earth’s biography, senior Carnegie Institution researcher and national best-selling author Robert M. Hazen reveals how the co-evolution of the geosphere and biosphere - of rocks and living matter - has shaped our planet into the only one of its kind in the Solar System, if not the entire cosmos.

    Gary says: "Makes minerals interesting"
    "Twist on an old story."
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    A look at the changing Earth from the minerals up. I really enjoyed the book and narration. Haden does a very nice job at tying the chemistry of the inorganic and organic together.

    I love science non-fiction whether physics, biology or cosmology- and now geology finally. If you like geology or collecting rocks, this adds to the story of each rock. If you like learning about how the Earth and life began, this brings more detail into focus on the role minerals played and the effect of life on the minerals we see today.

    Easy to listen to and follow. I will definitely listen again to absorb even more. Walter Dixon narrated beautifully. I would look for more titles that he has read as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4047)
    Performance
    (2906)
    Story
    (2943)

    When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

    Teddy says: "2 Stars because it actually gets worse...."
    "Good start, the series does get better."
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    This is my second time through with this book. I listened to it when it first came out and had a hard time liking it a couple years ago. So, with the movie coming out - I wanted to see why the kids were looking forward to it. Maybe I didn't groove on it for other reasons the first time.

    As it is, the second time, I thought it was ok - a great story premise and likable characters however I often felt that the dialog was not realistic and often over done. Teens are sarcastic, but not every word to each other is witty or full of irony. I felt that a good portion of the time I was stuck in a creative writing class reading overly worked sentences.

    That being said, I can see why the books are popular mostly to The YA target audience and not so much for adults that like the YA genre. I like YA, the characters are usually fun, the themes are mature while the stories can retain some innocence.

    So I listened to the next two in the series. The author does show growth in her writing and crafting dialog in the series. At this point though after reading three, I've had enough for a while and may revisit the series at a later point. The narrator for this one is ok. But the switch for the next two helped - much better on different voices and she had a better interpretation (director might deserve the credit) of the scenes and dialog.

    Bottom line, a popular series with a girl as the lead, dealing with love, best friends, parents in peril, supernatural powers and evil villains.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Snow Child

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eowyn Ivey
    • Narrated By Debra Monk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1306)
    Performance
    (1141)
    Story
    (1128)

    Debut novelist Eowyn ivey’s experience living in the Alaskan wilderness brings a palpable authenticity to The Snow Child. Alaska in the 1920s is a difficult place for Jack and Mabel. Drifting apart, the childless couple discover Faina, a young girl living alone in the wilderness. Soon, Jack and Mabel come to love Faina as their own. But when they learn a surprising truth about the girl, their lives change in profound ways.

    Bonny says: "Magical, realistic and well worth listening to"
    "Wonderful and refreshing!"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Loved the feel and easy pace of the narrator. All the characters felt like you could have lived there and known them.

    The story is sweet, touching and just enough of the "out of the ordinary" but not too far out.
    The writing is beautifully crafted - a refreshing "read."
    Worth the credit and I would look for more from this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2849)
    Performance
    (2596)
    Story
    (2604)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "Well, what did you expect? It is over."
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    All the faithful readers knew this was the last book for Sookie. Hard to say what we all expected. As one reviewer said, it seemed like a lot of cameos, but as I listened, I though, "Awww, her friends are there when she needed them." And honestly, I loved 'seeing' them again and hearing a little about their happily-ever-afters.

    As far as the story, a little predictable with the characters and less of a mystery novel as the first books in the series were. Many loose ends are tied up. Once you have committed to 12 books, I doubt many readers will skip the last be based on reviews. If anything, read it to be done with the series.

    It was good, yes there are inconsistencies - as always- but is the ending ever as good as the beginning or middle? I don't mind the happily ever after type of ending. Sookie deserves that much.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Down These Strange Streets

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin (editor), Gardner Dozois (editor), Charlaine Harris, and others
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Nicola Barber, Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (204)

    Down These Strange Streets takes you to the cities where fantasy and mystery collide and where private eyes who have seen it all find something lurking that is stranger still.... In “Death by Dahlia”, number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris takes vampire Dahlia Lynley-Chivers to a lavish party that turns deadly. And with so many different creatures of the night in attendance, Dahlia will have a hard time identifying the most likely suspect.

    Sho Sunaga says: "A Hit ( for me at least)"
    "Harris and Gabaldon"
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    I downloaded this for two reasons, Charlaine Harris and Diana Gabaldon. Harris's contribution was alright - not great, but still part of the Sookie universe. I really like Gabaldon's though. Trying to place it in the Outlander chronology - it is when Lord John is in the Indies after Claire and Jamie are gone to the Colonies. I really did enjoy the story- it was short, but for the material, it was great.

    I plan on listening to the others at a later point.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3498)
    Performance
    (3102)
    Story
    (3105)

    Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she'd rather not know. And now that she's an adult, she also realizes that some things that she knows about, she'd rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one. There's a thing or two she'd like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town.

    pewter says: "Who, What, and Why"
    "Left hanging... again! Looking forward to #13."
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    I love the Sookie series. #12, and now left waiting at the end of another book for the next installment in May. Can't say very much about it without being a spoiler - but it was worth a credit and I feel pretty invested in the series at this point. I enjoy the "light" listen and caught myself several times smiling, laughing or even adding a comment of my own when a character said something stupid. The only downside of #12 - is that it felt short even though it was similar in length to the others.

    I tried watching one episode of True Blood - and found that it was too different than the books. One reviewer commented that CH might be letting the True Blood series shape the books, I didn't see it from what I watched compared to the entire book series - but I do like the direction so far in #12. I love Johanna Parker - again, a wonderful narration.

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Invention of Hugo Cabret

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Brian Selznick
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (299)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (227)

    Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo's undercover life and his most precious secret are put in jeopardy.

    Jolie says: "engaging story for the whole family"
    "My kids and I loved this."
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    My 8 and 6 year old loved this story. We have the actual book so we had the wonderful illustrations to look at too. They are amazing and I wish they were included with the download.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17673)
    Performance
    (15714)
    Story
    (15666)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "I LOVED IT!"
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    After reading several review, I decided to try King again. I read most of his early stuff, took a break, then tried a couple more with mixed feelings.

    I loved this book! Typical to have a bit of the supernatural that is bigger that we "get" and the pop culture that King is a master of using in his story. But for me the best part is the creation of the characters. I want so much for it to work out for Jake. I love the era, the detail of the time and of Jake's story aside from Kennedy. That is what makes this a great read.

    If you haven't read King in a while, come back for this one. If you are a fan, you've already read it. If you are reluctant to read King - this is a great one and not to be missed. It is not the horror story, nor the super-super paranormal of some of the novels that are interconnected and twisted up a bit.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11375)
    Performance
    (9844)
    Story
    (9816)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Chris says: "Good Biography, Fine narrator"
    "Interesting"
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    I really enjoy Walter Isaacson and loved Einstein. I like other reviewers, I did not really like the narrator. He was alright - but not great. Both my husband and I listened to this. He listened first and was telling me about Steve. Since that, I found it difficult to finish mostly because of the narrator and Steve is difficult to like through much of the book. I probably would have finished it quickly if my husband hadn't already told me about key points in the book.

    I loved the fact that Jobs is presented realistically - arrogant, obsessive and a creative genius. I am now considering listening to Woz's book to see how he sees the other side of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Language of Life: DNA and the Revolution in Personalized Medicine

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Francis S. Collins
    • Narrated By Greg Itzin
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    A scientific and medical revolution has crept up on us, based on study after study, from hundreds of laboratories around the world. It is no longer just a theoretical shift: every one of us will be touched by it, and many of us already have been. The meaning of disease, our understanding of the human body, and crucial decisions about what we all need to know and what choices we make about our health are at stake. Welcome to the new world of personalized medicine.

    Ronald E says: "The future of medicine"
    "Very good."
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    I really enjoyed both the story and narration. I was interested in learning more about our current technological abilities when it comes to using and understanding DNA.

    Collins does a very good job with the subject and I enjoyed the practical nature of his presentation. I still doubt that we will be the DNA society that he hope we will become in his best case scenario example. But, it does make me interested in DNA testing and what it can reveal and I wonder if it will change how a person decides improve their health with that information.

    I love the narration - Itzin does a great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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