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Kyal

Walkersville, MD, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Cassandra Project

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jack McDevitt, Mike Resnick
    • Narrated By Brian Holsopple
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (142)

    Early in his career, Jerry Culpepper could never have been accused of being idealistic. Doing public relations—even for politicians—was strictly business...until he was hired as NASA’s public affairs director and discovered a client he could believe in. Proud of the agency’s history and sure of its destiny, he was thrilled to be a part of its future—a bright era of far-reaching space exploration.

    Matthew says: "A lunar winner!"
    "Good idea, slow, too much sarcastic banter"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    The concept was good but it seemed to drag on at times. The lead character is a little unbelievable to have such a wise cracking billionaire.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Low Pressure

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (365)

    Bellamy Lyston was only 12 years old when her older sister Susan was killed on a stormy Memorial Day. Bellamy's fear of storms is a legacy of the tornado that destroyed the crime scene along with her memory of what really happened during the day's most devastating moments. Now, 18 years later, Bellamy has written a sensational, best-selling novel based on Susan's murder. Because the book was inspired by the tragic event that still pains her family, she published it under a pseudonym to protect them from unwanted publicity. But an opportunistic reporter for a tabloid newspaper discovers that the book is based on fact....

    Eclectic Reader says: "Excellent!"
    "Good Story but sometimes annoying"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes I would recommend it. The story was good and you get a few ideas of the "who dunnit" but you don't have any solid evidence until the end. I found myself going back and forth between 3 characters.


    Any additional comments?

    The writing at some points got kind of cheesy and I thought Dent was overly persistent and cannot imagine many if any guys being that persistent.

    An example of cheesy:
    Dent: That looks good on you.
    Bellamy: Your shirt?
    Dent: No debauchery.

    1 of 1 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
    (4187)
    Performance
    (3022)
    Story
    (3059)

    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...."
    "Hints of Several Stories Rolled Into One"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to City of Bones the most enjoyable?

    Its a good story and I enjoyed listening to it. I felt the narrator did a good job and the voice seemed to fit with the story so I think they did a good job of casting.


    Any additional comments?

    I could not help but think of several other movies and books as I progressed through this story. I haven't taken the time to think through which came first so its possible the other stories technically remind me of this one or vice-verse. But while progressing through this story I cannot help but think of story lines from Star Wars, Harry Potter, and others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Fallen Angels: The Mortal Instruments, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ed Westwick, Molly C. Quinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2414)
    Performance
    (1922)
    Story
    (1954)

    City of Fallen Angels take up where City of Glass left off. With Valentine out of the way, Clary thought she and Jace could finally be together--but when someone starts murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle and leaving their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to destroy the new peace between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, she realizes the past can never be left entirely behind.

    Tabitha says: "Hmm..."
    "Annoying that they switched readers"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ed Westwick and Molly C. Quinn ?

    Its somewhat annoying that they opted to change narrators for this book. The male voice is just odd to have a foreign accent overall. It just doesn't seem to fit. Its also annoying that the narrators (both male and female) pronounce things differently so it takes a while to figure out what they refer to at times. For instance how they pronounce Stele in comparison to the narrator from Books 1-3 is much different. Also the difference in pronouncing Maryse. It just gets annoying after a while.


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps I've missed something but I also find it odd that Maia is unaware of the situation with Simon. As a werewolf she has better than normal smell so she would be able to detect what is going on.

    But overall the book is very much what you would expect from this series and I found it enjoyable. Not as enjoyable as the first 3 books but still worth your time I think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clean: A Mindspace Investigations Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Alex Hughes
    • Narrated By Daniel May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (371)

    I used to work for the Telepath’s Guild before they kicked me out for a drug habit that wasn’t entirely my fault. Now I work for the cops, helping Homicide Detective Isabella Cherabino put killers behind bars. My ability to get inside the twisted minds of suspects makes me the best interrogator in the department. But the normals keep me on a short leash. When the Tech Wars ripped the world apart, the Guild stepped up to save it. But they had to get scary to do it - real scary.

    Lisa says: "Some good, Some annoying!"
    "Slow Starting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    The book was a slow start but it picks up steam. The story is pretty good but I think it lacked some background information. Seems to me to elude to things and it makes me feel like I should've known some information so I often hit rewind thinking I missed something but I hadn't. Some of the narrator's voices get annoying. I think he had roughly 6 character voices and 2 of them annoyed me greatly.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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