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Linda B

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  • Hater

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By David Moody
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (94)

    Within seconds, normally rational, self-controlled people become frenzied killers. Christened "Haters" by the media, the attackers strike without warning, killing all who cross their path. People are afraid to go to work, afraid to leave their homes, afraid that at any moment their friends or family could turn on them. In the face of this mindless terror, Danny McCoyne must secure his family, seek shelter, and watch as the world falls apart. "Attack first, ask questions later" becomes the order of the day.

    Lesley says: "Terrifying! In the spirit of King or Koontz"
    "Shockingly great"
    Overall

    I am speechless at how brilliant this book was. Immediately had to purchase the next in the series and am now very eagerly and impatiently awaiting the third.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Infinite Sea: The 5th Wave, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Rick Yancey
    • Narrated By Phoebe Strole, Ben Yannette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (433)

    How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity. Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others' ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

    GLENNO says: "Not much action; no resolution"
    "Good follow up"
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    I'm really surprised at some of the poor reviews. Of course the story isn't ended in this book, but that is the nature of these YA stories these days, and they are built to go on and on for as long as the story can withstand it. The key is that it not be pointlessly drawn out, which this is not.

    It doesn't answer all the questions or neatly wrap it all up, but like the first book, the story is very well-told, the characters and their relationships developed and compelling, and the plot is solid.

    It seemed to me a very appropriate continuation of the story, and not quite sure what anyone is upset about, except perhaps they don't like the to-be-continued nature of the story, but again, that's the name of the game with these kinds of books, and it works - see Hunger Games and the like. There are SO many that do such a rotten job of it, milk a dull story and formula and tragically get rewarded for it. This is not one of those, it is a pretty engaging story, and for what it sets out to do, does it well. As far as these scifi/YA/pocalypse /dystopia stories go this is one of the better ones. I don't understand the complaints as there is nothing in this that was not in the first.

    Of course there are those reviewers objecting to some of the vulgar language, and I suppose if young kids are reading it's a problem, but I don't think it is at all excessive in this book - it is not frequent and is at appropriate moments and is not used as a substitute for better adjectives or for proper communication. I agree it can be really distracting and can lend a kind of brain dead feel when everything is f'ing this and a lot of s**t all of the place. That kind of writing is lazy and dull, and characters who talk that way are just boring after a while, and it rarely works well. But that isn't the case here so I think the critics on that account are being a bit harsh, and I don't think this is a book for really young kids, and face it, teens are going to encounter this language. It is not the words that are bad, but their use, and I object to the dumbing down of communication via dependence on vulgarity. This doesn't do that, so I think it is a misplaced criticism.

    Overall, I felt this was a pretty good continuation of the first book, kind of what I would expect, and though the first book is stronger, I think, this isn't a weak follow up by any means.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 50 Popular Beliefs That People Think Are True

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Guy P. Harrison
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (51)

    Maybe you know someone who swears by the reliability of psychics or who is in regular contact with angels. Or perhaps you're trying to find a nice way of dissuading someone from wasting money on a homeopathy cure. How do you find a gently persuasive way of steering people away from unfounded beliefs, bogus cures, conspiracy theories, and the like? Longtime skeptic Guy P. Harrison shows you how in this down-to-earth, entertaining exploration of commonly held extraordinary claims.

    Mr Conway says: "Skepticism, so Dull & Condescending"
    "Annoying tone, arrogant personal approach, lacking"
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    I agree with a lot of what this book says, since a lot of it is super obvious stuff that is hard to argue with (ghosts, astrology, Nostradamus, etc). But the book is just weak, its arguments simple, lacking in research or facts and stated very much like a strong opinion.

    But the worst part, and I think the thing that kills a lot of the power and credibility ( for those who would disagree with its points) is the way it is written. At times it utterly drips with arrogance and reads like an auto biography. Whether the author intends it or not, and I expect not and expect he doesn't even realize that he is doing it, the book is relentlessly peppered with personal boasts (i.e. how worldly and well traveled I am, what a great outdoor adventurer, all the incredible reporting jobs I've had, etc). Then, with that sort of thing all over the place, he seems to really condescendingly lecture from a personal point of view. Granted, he probably can only speak for himself, as he'd not researched, doesn't quote anyone, hasn't done studies, so can only give his opinions. But the way he does it is just annoying. "I know better than to think whatever..." as he tries to shoot down some belief he disagrees with. And he always, always uses himself as the example "People think atheists are (fill in the blank) but I ( fill in a LONG lecture on how reasonable and wonderful and sound and compassionate or whatever his opinions are.

    And there are places he just goes on and on about himself, his personal life, his tastes in television, the way he feels about various aspects of issues and life in a way that it is like he is writing an autobiography. But, well, unless someone is a fan of this guy, which I expect most who bought this book are not, and it was not their motivation, it is boring and very, very arrogant sounding. He comes accross, on the whole, as one of those people we probably have all met who are very pleased with themselves, and have lots of strong opinions they are not just going to share with you, but hold up as the way all should be, and lecture about nonstop. Perhaps that is unfair, but that was the feeling I had in listening to this thing, and given a chance, would prbably not want to have a chat or spend some time with the author.

    At one point, when talking about the holocaust and the millions of people killed, he comes right out and claims "I probably view this very differently from most people"... So you are thinking, hmmm... what could be his personal view on this massive tragedy that sets him apart from most people. He goes on to declare he is deeply disturbed by it, feels guilt as a human that such a thing could happen, feels it is an awful tragedy and has nothing but bad feelings and compassion. Ok, so what is he saying as that sums up what most people I know think on the topic - No, Mr. Harrison, you are not so special, and you are not the only person who feels the systematic slaughter of millions of innocent people is an awful tragedy we should all recognize as such.

    "It is important for readers to understand..." And that kind of opening all over the place followed by his personal opinions and his advice to emulate his personal thinking, makes the whole thing feel so intolerably sanctimonious and so much of it is presented as his personal feelings and ideas that we all really should wake up and espouse, you stupid, stupid, people you... I doubt he intends that tone, and think that is just how this guy is and how he writes. There are many who have written on topics like this, on skepticism, who are able to present ideas without sounding like that. It would have been a LOT better without all the personal ego stroking and biographical revelation, with a lot more citing of research, of other thinkers, or data. Again, he isn't that special - there are some really great minds out there who could get away with it, but they are also not the type to write this way.

    He obviously feels strongly about a lot of things, and has a lot to say, but it really just feels that way - like a very opinionated guy lecturing and sounding off on his peeves and puffing himself up, rather than an actual examination of these topics, presenting of information, etc. Ok, fine, but it wasn't what I was thinking this book would be.

    As I said, I don't disagree with his points, just am so off put by the annoying tone, the lack of anything to back up the arguments at times, and the relentless focus on himself. Too bad as it was a good idea for a book, just not well executed and probably for that reason won't go far in convincing any opponents on these topics.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mort(e): A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Robert Repino
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    Former house cat turned war hero Mort(e) is famous for taking on the most dangerous missions and fighting the dreaded human bioweapon EMSAH. But the true motivation behind Mort(e)'s recklessness is his ongoing search for a pretransformation friend - a dog named Sheba. When he receives a mysterious message from the dwindling human resistance claiming Sheba is alive, he begins a journey that will take him from the remaining human strongholds to the heart of the Colony.

    Gillian says: "Apocalypse/Military-Thriller With...Fur"
    "Hard to suspend the disbelief"
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    Have you ever had a pet dog or cat? Then you probably understand what makes animals and their relationship with people so wonderful. They are not people. They are not little humans in furry bodies. They think in an entirely different way. That is fascinating and makes interacting with an animal and relationships with animals very fulfilling - mutually fulfilling. It is a connection with nature, and a relationship we don't have with other humans. And often it is a relationship based on a great deal of love and care and fun and happiness. Every dog or cat I have ever had was happy, loved, cared for. Every dog or cat I have known of friends was the same. They love their owners and their lives are often very fulfilled. There are, of course, exceptions, and some people are poor pet owners, but the billions of dollars spent on the pet care industry every year demonstrates that more people love their pets almost as children than are unkind to them.

    All that understood, the idea that, given self awareness, all cats and dogs would immediately rebel against their "enslavement" and hate the humans and go to war is a stretch. Further, this is not a story about animals. Their thinking and the way they act is human nature in every way, and retains not a trace of animal nature. That was disappointing and felt a bit uncreative. It is a story of human slaves who happen to be in animal bodies and I don't believe represent pets or people really. It doesn't seem to connect to a current situation... what slaves is this about if it is about people? If it is about animals, they stop being animals pretty fast in every way and are just basically fur covered humans and animals, I argue, kept as beloved pets, would not hate the humans in this way or feel enslaved.

    That said, if those things don't bother you, then it is incredibly well read, and I suppose the story itself is engaging, interesting science fiction. Some have compared this to animal farm. Animal farm it is not. Animal farm was a commentary on human nature, on human society, a parody and an interesting examination of the human condition. this is not a commentary or parody in any way - it's just a strange story about some weird people that don't seem to fit into our world of people, don't seem to fit into our world of animals...

    But it is engaging enough, I suppose and well read. Just not what I had hoped based on the description.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Adrift: 76 Days Lost at Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Steven Callahan
    • Narrated By Steven Callahan
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (89)

    Before The Perfect Storm, before In the Heart of the Sea, Steven Callahan's Adrift chronicled one of the most astounding voyages of the century and one of the great sea adventures of all time. In some ways the model for the new wave of adventure books, Adrift is now an undeniable seafaring classic, a riveting firsthand account by the only man known to have survived for more than a month alone at sea, fighting for his life in an inflatable raft after his small sloop capsized.

    Christopher says: "I listened all the way through"
    "Poor narration"
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    I can see why this is a popular story and it is well written. It is so strange that the author chose to read it himself. To be fair, he does a decent job reading it - but he is literally just reading it. Remember in school as a kid, when teacher would read a story or a chapter of a book? It's like that. When people perform a book, as many of the professional narrators do, it feels like they are the character, and are speaking to you. Obviously some do a poor job, and some are (like actors can be) hams who overdo it. But there really is a big difference between how we speak and how people read aloud. It is why people memorize speeches or at least practice them rather than read them. The cadence and rhythm of how we say the sentences are completely different when reading aloud than when we speak. And there is only so much of that "being read to" feeling anyone can really take at a time, I think, since it doesn't engage you the way the performed books do.

    Part of what has made audible books popular is that they are not just books read aloud, but are performed. that does not mean a big dramatic thing and over performing can wreck a book too - but the professionals can avoid that teacher-reading-to-the-class sound.

    This sounds like how I would read it if you handed me the book and said read it. I think most people would sound like this. He did a good job reading it, he tries to be a bit more dramatic at the important parts, but is not a professional narrator, and it has that reading a book to you feel. I found it hard to engage as this was distracting since I have gotten so used to professional narrators. This would be a better one to read yourself I think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Bound: Elder Races Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2361)
    Performance
    (2086)
    Story
    (2099)

    Half human and half Wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the Wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their Dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful---and passionate---of the Elder Races.

    Amazon Customer says: "Woo Freakin Hoo!"
    "Great series, but...."
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    This is one of the better written of these types of series, with well developed characters, a really well-paced plot, a good balance of emotional engagement to action, etc - others have done a good job delineating its virtues. The narrator deserves praise too.

    I wish this, and all such novels, would not have these cringe-worthy covers. I know its petty, and I am definitely not judging the book by the cover. But those embarrassing covers of overly muscled men's chests seem appropriate on the lesser books in this genre, those that are largely just dull descriptions of sexual encounters with some poorly done story linking them together - too many of those to list and in such cases these covers make sense. But not for the better written series and the better writers. And that ALL the books in this series pretty much have the same cover - it is like the creativity of the author is not reflected in the cover art, and the cover art is not worthy of the story.

    Well done stories, well developed plots and characters and strong writing in any genre will attract discerning, intelligent people who will read it. So the covers that make such people need to make sure no one sees it if they read it in public, or not display it on a bookshelf because the cover does NOT represent the book, makes it seem pretty stupid, and requires explanation that it isn't just a raunchy sex book... Well, I suppose it sells, but that is perplexing and sad, and I think that the publishers underrate the audience when they take that approach.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1367)
    Performance
    (1224)
    Story
    (1234)

    When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world's most powerful internet company, she feels she's been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users' personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company's modernity and activity.

    Suzn F says: "Big Brother Employer"
    "We are practically there already"
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    Where does The Circle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    With employers who won't even consider candidates unless they post their whole life on awful, invasive sites like LinkedIn, with companies like zappos that require you drink the koolaid before your even hired by joining and actively participating in the mandatory company social network, and have themed offices like in this book and promote a cult-like devotion and a sick openness in order to keep your job, with the world addicted to facebook and twitter.. WOW there was SO much in this book that is NOT a scary prediction of the future, but simply a description of the present, only nobody is objecting, everyone seems to think this is normal, people even get angry and argue with you if you claim such things are invasive and disturbing, and will defend it as though you have attacked their child.

    In this book, the characters swept into this totalitatian state don't even see it happening, as it is all so normal, and supposedly fun... But if you really think about it, this bizarre outpouring of all the details of our personal lives in electronic form is pretty weird, and yet those who call it weird are considered weird these days. And more and more it becomes mandatory.... I can totally see this book coming to life, and even this review, I fear some employer finding it one day, or some person in my life being angry I dare show anything but love of facebook, twitter and the like...

    Scary stuff in this book about a scary trend creeping, creeping creeping in... until one day it will be too late to go back.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • We Like You So Much and Want to Know You Better

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham
    Overall
    (353)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (311)

    A million people, a billion, wanted to be where Mae was at this moment, entering this atrium, 30 feet high and shot through with California light, on her first day working for the only company that really mattered at all. A story from The New York Times Magazine, adapted from The Circle, a new novel by Dave Eggers.

    Janae says: "I was taken aback"
    "This must be what working at Zappos is like"
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    Would you listen to We Like You So Much and Want to Know You Better again? Why?

    I finally got around to listening to this and am so glad I did. Have to get the book now. I imagine it is what working and Zappos is like. Before anyone goes into a fury of upset over that, given some many seem to have had a big gulp of whatever koolaid that company is drinking, think about it - the naming of rooms to be "fun" the social network stuff, the relentless we are a family and a community stuff... whenever I hear about the Zappos cult and how it gets praised to the sky as such a great place to work and such a brilliant company, I imagine a scenario very similar to this story... And I am scared - wouldn't take a job there for anything, well - I would if I were very desperate. The way they have all this foreced socialization and bonding and "making work fun" nonsense like cubicle parades and relentless extracurricular after work activity. Whenever i hear about it I feel like some ugly brainwash is going on and it is the opposite of what people should be thinking about in terms of an employer... the true definition of creepy, though I know the drones there are "very happy"... I am sure that company, or at least companies like that, were some inspiration for this. Scary stuff and all too close to our reality.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Other

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Thomas Tryon
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (69)

    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"
    "WARNING - contains graphic animal torture"
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    Audible is pushing this story on their home page. It is not hte type I usually read, but their marketing efforts worked and I purchased it. I wish I had not and I will not finish it.

    The first 30 minutes features torture of an animal. This is something I cannot stomach and do not want in any part or to any degree in my entertainment/literature. Audible should warn about such things. I was very disturbed by what I heard and it is not acceptable to me at all. It may be crucial to the story or to the characters, but such stories and such characters are not in any way the type I want polluting my mind. I find it cheap and disturbing and offiensive and easy and gratuitous. That is my personal taste and I feel strongly about it and react strongly to it, so thought I should warn, since audible is not going to.

    Perhaps it won't bother some people as much, but it is a deal breaker for me and I wish I could unhear what I just heard. So if you feel the same, perhaps I have spared someone.

    50 of 64 people found this review helpful
  • The Gathering Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Stephen Knight
    • Narrated By Joseph Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    The zombie apocalypse has begun, and Major Cordell McDaniels is given the most important mission of his career: Lead a Special Forces team into New York City to rescue the one man who can stop the ghastly virus that reanimates the dead. But as a growing army of flesh-eating corpses takes over the streets and a violent storm renders airborne extraction impossible, McDaniels struggles to find a way out of the Big Apple.

    Mike Naka says: "what day by day armageddon 3 should've been"
    "Action packed - but not in a good way"
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    Surprised some listeners objected to the narrator. He did a great job - always does. A lot of the stories he has narrated feature strong characters and relationships and he does a great job with that.. Unfotunately very little of that is present in this book.

    I love zombie stories. No, wait, I love well done stories that happen to feature zombies. The problem with this is that it is SO action packed. It may sound strange that this is a complaint, but it is like films that are overloaded with car chases or explosions or special effects. You have to have character development, plot, dialogue, a theme, a motivation for characters, interpersonal interaction, relationships, mood, etc... SO many other factors that make a good story. Get those right, and action can be really compelling. But without those, action is like a pretty package with nothing inside of it. And it is boring. An hour into this story and the action is still being described but no sense of a who the characters are - who even is the main character, who should we care about, what caused this, what is the plot? What is the purpose.. Just endless action scenes of soldiers fighting zombies and various logistics of the fighting... It really doesn't work. It really was tedious - it was the opposite of what action scenes are meant to do.. It didn't give a sense of excitement or drama or tension. With nothing to creat a story it was really, really hard to pay attention to the endless action and logistics of the fight. Too bad as the writer seems capable and the prose is good...Yet, just on and on the action goes... I almost gave up.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Macrieve: Immortals After Dark, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    Overall
    (1072)
    Performance
    (1007)
    Story
    (1011)

    Uilleam MacRieve, a centuries-old Lykae warrior, was captured, caged, and experimented on by a shadowy human order, along with other immortals. During a prison break that devolved into one of the bloodiest massacres in recent history, he escapes. But the aftermath of his unspeakable torture preys on his damaged mind, while the wolf inside him roars for vengeance and carnage. In the days leading up to the full moon, can MacRieve rein in his beast, even when he encounters his mate - a vexingly impossible female unlike anything he'd ever dreamed for himself?

    Angela says: "AUTOMATIC DOWNLOAD!"
    "IF you've never read one of these - GO FOR IT"
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    But if you have read a few well - then you are in my boat and WOW is it ever formulaic. Change names, slightly different plot - personalities identical to those in other stories... Immortal hunk with super power meets vulnerable, but often tough, and usually immortal or soon to be immortal girl... There is the inevitable misunderstanding, miscommunication, mistreatment of each other and a big falling out. One or both will have been tortured, of course.. then her life is in peril ( or his, but usually hers) and they come together, right all their wrongs and are in love forever and ever in a love to rival no other love - except all the other loves in these endless formula stories.

    I know no one wants to hear this and reviews are supposed to gush or not be posted... and it is an escape, I suppose, if you don't mind the repetitive formula and then it is probably a lot of fun.... Kresley Cole is not a bad writer and this is better than a lot of what is out there... But she has a lot more potential, and these are becoming SO predictable and the exact same thing over and over.

    Her young adult series was an exploration, and surprisingly the work she did on a series meant for teens shows that she has the ability to really develop characters, relationships, plots that are not just an edless re-hash...If she did not have such potential, I would probably be more patient with this... But am just tired of it... after the first 2 I read, they are all the same...

    That said, again, she is a goo writer, compared to a lot of what is out there, though sometimes it is a little cringeworthy and if I never hear the term "hot seed" again, that is ok by me.... But the narrator is beyond superb - making it worth it, though it really is the same old from the author.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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