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MJ Meyerson

Petoskey, MI | Member Since 2004

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  • 651 titles in library
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  • The Curiosity: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Stephen Kiernan
    • Narrated By Kate Udall, Erik Bergmann, George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    Dr. Kate Philo makes a breathtaking discovery in the Arctic: the body of a man buried deep in the ice. Heedless of the potential consequences, Kate's boss orders that the frozen man be reanimated. As the man begins to regain his memories, the team learns that he was - is - a judge, Jeremiah Rice. Thrown together by fate, Kate and Jeremiah grow closer. But the clock is ticking and Jeremiah's new life is slipping away. Kate must decide how far she is willing to go to protect the man she has come to love.

    MJ Meyerson says: "SOOO disappointing"
    "SOOO disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I thought this book was exactly the kind of book I would enjoy, but it was so badly written that I could barely get through it. I accidentally skipped a section and didn't even bother to go back - I was just happy that I was that much closer to the end. The storyline was ridiculous. It's not even about suspending belief at what a ridiculous idea this is - the storyline is just plain annoying and plays out in slow motion. I mean SLOW. You can see things coming a mile away but it takes FOREVER to get there.


    Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    It was a cast reading, and for the most part, the best part of the book by far. The female lead had a weird, tired and flat aspect to her voice, but it sort of fit the character.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Just relief when it was over. The main characters were ridiculous - especially the Frozen Man himself.


    Any additional comments?

    What had the potential of being an excellent read was instead a huge disappointment. I have never not finished a book, but this one came VERY close. Save your credit.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7054)
    Performance
    (3415)
    Story
    (3422)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Probably great on paper, but audio..."
    Overall

    I love this kind of fiction - it is right up my alley. So I was doubly disappointed by this book by the time I got to the end. Which, after dragging on for HOURS, was ridiculously abrupt. I think if I had read it on paper, I could have skimmed a lot of it and might have enjoyed it more. Interesting concept, but OMG way too long on audio. And I like a long audio book. I was ready to pull my hair out if there was one more "Who Am I" or vampire-like person's name read. DO NOT BUY THIS ON AUDIO - go support your public library and give it a try in paper.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    MJ Meyerson says: "Awful!"
    "Awful!"
    Overall

    I am a huge fan of Dan Brown - a HUGE fan. So my disappointment with this book was equally huge. WHERE was his editor? He repeated himself a million times with pseudo-philosophical nonsense. Interesting premise, with tons of interesting factoids, but Langdon's knowledge of trivial facts has finally surpassed even his big head. As believable as Langdon was in the development in the story of The DaVinci Code, he was equally unbelievable here in his leaps of intuition and his esoteric knowledge in this book.
    Thank god for the 2x setting on my iphone. Even with that, it took me months to get through this book, and by the end, it was painful. I listened to 4 or 5 other books during the same period, but felt like I had to keep coming back to finish this one. I love listening to audible books, and will listen to pretty much anything, but this was really terrible. If you must read it because you are a fan of the author, then READ it, don't listen. At least that way you can skim...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1785)
    Performance
    (1113)
    Story
    (1114)

    In 1914, a spirited American girl named Mary Russell meets a retired Sherlock Holmes in the English countryside. Instantly realizing that Mary is gifted with astonishing deductive powers, the Great Detective emerges from retirement to join her as she tracks down a fiendish assassin.

    Marie-Elizabeth Finamore says: "Best of British restraint"
    "My Favorite Book"
    Overall

    I love this author, and this is my favorite of all her books. The narrator does a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life. This story of Holmes, told from such a unique perspective, is amazing. I love Mary Russell, and enjoyed reading all the books about her and Holmes. But this remains my favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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