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Temple, United States Minor Outlying Islands | Member Since 2009

  • 2 reviews
  • 26 ratings
  • 324 titles in library
  • 36 purchased in 2014

  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Amazing writer"

    From the very beginning George R. R. Martin gets your attention. He will make you anxious, sad, absoultely enraged, and happy. He is so descriptive. He has a great imagination. I am not completely finished. I have four hours to go, and I have found this audio to be almost addicting. I need to find out what's going to happen next. I will say, it seems like no one is safe in this story. Now about the narrator... He has made this so visual for me. I'm a visual person anyway, but he has taken it to a whole different level. He is really good. I would rate him up there with Simon Jones (and anyone that has listened to Simon Jones, knows he is hard to beat!!! I'm not saying he's better than Simon Jones. I am just saying that Roy Dotrice is very good and brings this story alive.) I would recommend this adults. I feel like some of the content is definitely not meant for young childern. I have a 10 and 12 year old, and I would not let either one of them listen to this. I'm not really sure what age I would allow probably 17/18, but I am a fairly protective mother. It's not that this book has a lot of profanity... It doesn't, I think the f' bomb is dropped two to four times. This is just my suggestion, which is the teacher and parent coming out in me, I would listen to it first and then make the choice to let your child listen to it. You can of course do whatever you want to do. With all of that said... This is a very good book!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Visit from the Goon Squad

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Egan
    • Narrated By Roxana Ortega

    Jennifer Egan brings her unique gifts as a novelist and short story writer to a compulsively listenable narrative that centers on Bennie Salazar, an aging punk rocker and record executive, and the beautiful Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs.

    Laurene says: "Excellent, subtle, moving"
    "A Must Read!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Visit from the Goon Squad the most enjoyable?

    It was very surprising to me. I have to admit that I stopped it about 30 minutes into it, and didn't pick it back up for about three months. I found it strange at first, all the different characters. Then I found myself really getting into the audio and I couldn't put it down. My advice to anyone is stick with it, because once it was over... I was like "This seriously is one of the best books I've experienced!" I actually want to buy the hard copy and read it myself.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Visit from the Goon Squad?

    Wow, there really are a lot of memorable moments, but for me... I couldn't help but fall in love with Rob Freeman. As screwed up as Bennie and Sasha are, I loved their characters too.

    What about Roxana Ortega’s performance did you like?

    I thought she did a good job.

    Who was the most memorable character of A Visit from the Goon Squad and why?

    The most memorable is of course Bennie Salazar and then Sasha. Mainly because every story involves them in some way. Even if they are not in that story.

    Any additional comments?

    I really liked La Doll and I felt sorry for her. It is like I said earlier though, Rob was my favorite. You know in the beginning something is going to happen to him, but until Jennifer Egan leads you to his story, you haven't a clue what's really going to happen, and then when you find out... it is overwhelming how much love you wind up finding yourself have for this young man. Also, if you find yourself thinking, I am confused and I don't want to listen anymore. Please listen! The reason is... I thought Jennifer Egan did a great job of tying everything together at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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