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Michele James

Biloxi, MS United States

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  • Shift Omnibus Edition: Shift 1-3, Silo Saga

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1219)
    Performance
    (1116)
    Story
    (1127)

    In 2007, the Center for Automation in Nanobiotech (CAN) outlined the hardware and software platform that would one day allow robots smaller than human cells to make medical diagnoses, conduct repairs, and even self-propagate. In the same year, a simple pill, it had been discovered, could wipe out the memory of any traumatic event. At almost the same moment in humanity's broad history, mankind had discovered the means for bringing about its utter downfall - and the ability to forget it ever happened.

    Tango says: "Your ears are in for a real treat"
    "Not wo"
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    What disappointed you about Shift Omnibus Edition?

    I liked Wool quite a bit but this was nothing like it. I hated the main character Donald and I hated listening to him and his infidelity issues. His ex girlfriend was so shameless about trying to get with him and if he had shut it down then he could have saved himself some heartache. Their relationship is the majority of the book unfortunately.
    Also this book follows way way too many points of view. Through way too much time.
    Someone else said this book was 100 pages too long and I agree. While I understand that the writer wanted to use this world he created to the fullest so he put as many storylines as he could in it but this book seemed filled with things that I would expect to be on a fan blog or if it was a television show maybe a webisode. I wouldn't recommend it.


    What could Hugh Howey have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Cut down on the time. Ring it in. And know that Donald was a waste of a character. I don't think I will be reading Dust because I hate him so much.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performances?

    Maybe. Tim Gerard Reynolds wasn't horrible but he wasn't good. Minne Good read the first book and while she wasn't great with men characters he wasn't what I was expecting nor wanting for this book. I was disappointed to see he does Dust too.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It did further the story Wool, which was very complicated. In some stories, the reader never does find out why this happened or what happened to that. Especially when that something happened 300 years ago. This showed you first hand what happened and it was unique. My mother read Wool and I saved her the frustration of Shift and told her what she needed to know about it. That is what I would do. Ask someone who has read it to highlight the important issues.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a shame. The story of Wool is a good one but the characters are not good. That is always the downfall of writers I find. The plot is good but characters are transparent and flat. Donald's weak resolve and wandering eye isn't the only reason he is a useless character. Maybe Hugh Howey did better in Sand or in Dust but it will be a while until I try it again.

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  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1945)
    Performance
    (1745)
    Story
    (1761)

    Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages - not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color.

    Coffee says: "Amazing story & INCREDIBLE Narrator!"
    "Amazing! Amazing! Amazing!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Daughter of Smoke and Bone the most enjoyable?

    The narrator's voices, by far! This is a book FILLED with new creatures galore; dozens and dozens of them. Let alone the people. Khristine Hvam gave a hiss or growl or snarl or menace to each and every character and kept it through the entire series. I still don't know how she did it. Even if the words hadn't read "Issa said..." I would have still known it was her speaking. And don't even get me started on Zuzana. I laughed out loud so many times!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Brimstone's workshop when Karou first arrived there in the book. I so wanted to step inside and look around.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    Laini Taylor has a singular way of description that I've never seen before. It seems she uses all of her senses when writing that really fit the story. For instance if another author would describe feeling someones soul they may use words like kind and cheerful and sweet. But Taylor's descriptions would run something like "his essence was morning sunshine and mountain stream and crackling fire". It made no sense but at the same time, I understood her completely and it was a joy to listen to.

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  • Enclave

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Ann Aguirre
    • Narrated By Emily Bauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (478)
    Performance
    (419)
    Story
    (418)

    New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20s. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters—or Freaks—who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "It was supposed to be good."
    "Just Kept Getting Better and Better!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! I really liked this book and loved the series. I thought it was just going to be about the Enclave. And to tell the truth that was my least favorite part. But then, (spoiler alert) Deuce goes "topside" and an entire new phase of the book begins. This series spans so many different locations it really keeps it interesting.


    What does Emily Bauer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The passion of Deuce. Other reviews mention the narrator's high pitched voice bothering them. I completely disagree. The main character is 15 when the book starts so should not have been told by a grown woman with a deep voice. Emily Bauer did a wonderful job reading as Deuce in the first person. Especially when Deuce showed pride of being "a huntress". Personally if I had read the book, I wouldn't have put so much life into the character and her attitude and personality would have been lost.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I even started listening at work with headphones.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely don't pass up Outpost and Horde. The books keep getting better and better until the very end, which left me smiling.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5)

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Minnie Goode
    Overall
    (1319)
    Performance
    (1203)
    Story
    (1203)

    This is the story of mankind clawing for survival, of mankind on the edge. The world outside has grown unkind, the view of it limited, talk of it forbidden. But there are always those who hope, who dream. These are the dangerous people, the residents who infect others with their optimism. Their punishment is simple. They are given the very thing they profess to want: They are allowed outside.

    Charles says: "Unique"
    "Okay. Not great."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book but I would clearly state that it takes a while to get going.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the feel of the plot. It felt like a story about life boats in space leaving earth but it takes place under the ground.


    What three words best describe Minnie Goode’s performance?

    Wimpy, Over done

    Minnie Goode was the best of the two women who read Wool but her male voices were unforgivable. When she spoke about emotions she always seems like she was about to cry and I found myself rolling my eyes. Having said that, I missed her on the second book Shift.


    Did Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool 1 - 5) inspire you to do anything?

    I am not a fan of books in a series but I ordered Shift right after I finished this one. It wasnt good but I had to try.


    Any additional comments?

    The book takes a long time to get going. And characters get introduced like you should know who they are at the middle and the end and you just have to go with it. With no proper introduction these characters just pop up and you find yourself wondering who is this again and why do I care? Ends well but leaves you feeling like you should have gotten more out of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Extinction Point: Extinction Point, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Paul Antony Jones
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (106)

    Emily Baxter’s dream life turns into a waking nightmare the day the red rain falls. Like a biblical plague, the scarlet downpour spreads a hideous virus that demolishes life in New York City, the nation, and the world. Suddenly the last soul in an annihilated metropolis - and possibly on Earth - the onetime newspaper reporter must learn to scavenge, survive...and plan for a future of utter solitude. Then, from far-flung Alaska, another living voice reaches out, and Emily grasps at her only glimmer of hope. But she may be even less alone than she thinks.

    coreybeth says: "I actually liked this book allot"
    "Wouldn't have been able to finish this book"
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    What disappointed you about Extinction Point?

    I was disappointed in the main character. Almost every aspect of her. I also didn't buy the fact that she couldn't drive even though she grew up in a rural area and not in New York so therefor I felt her plan to bike her way out of harm is foolish and unnecessary. The book also moves at a slug pace. You hear about every single action Emily makes. Even the ones that are unimportant. She took off her shirt and her pants and her socks and her panties (hate that word but they use it) and she put on new panties and shirt and pants and socks.... Get on with it!


    What other book might you compare Extinction Point to and why?

    The only comparison I have been making this book to is the remaining by D. J. Molles simply because I was reading it at the same time. It is similar in the way that there has been some world ending event. The main character of that book is much more competent and his inner thoughts are not mindless and if they are about an old girlfriend that doesn't change the story in the slightest it goes by fast.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I didn't like the "acting" in this book. I felt it was over done and every time Emily speaks out loud I cringe and picture how I would say it. Her voice is shrill and hysterical every time she raises her voice and it sounds like nails on a chalk board. and her voice is fake when she is talking to other characters. Like how someone would sound on an off brand medication commercial or even an off brand infomercial. "Can the Weston 5000 REALY cook eggs in THREE minutes FLAT?!" Not normal conversational tones.


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

    I must say I was disappointed! This book could have been so much more! The story was good. But the main character is a bit of a mess. And uses her "reporter curiosity as an excuse to just stand and watch whatever is happening instead of doing whatever goal is to be done, drawing out the scene another 10 or so minutes. It left me saying just go! I don't care instead of wanting to know more about what was going on.


    Any additional comments?

    This book would be a great movie. Without Emily's incessant and meaningless inner monologue and the narrators horrible acting I think the character's downfalls would be more tolerable. The only reason I finished this book is because it was an audio book. I'm glad I listened to it before Christmas b/c I would have shelved it in no time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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