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Natalie Fayman

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Boynton Beach, FL United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4487)
    Performance
    (3991)
    Story
    (3992)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "No surprises, but still quite enjoyable!"
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    If you could sum up Suspect in three words, what would they be?

    Trauma, Healing, Courage


    What did you like best about this story?

    Parts of the story are told from the dog's perspective


    What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

    Good job with voice inflection and creating tension in the story


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    The story line itself is pretty predictable, but that didn't prevent me from enjoying the experience. I'm an animal person, so the subject matter really appealed to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pathfinder: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3079)
    Performance
    (2369)
    Story
    (2386)

    Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

    Paul from Washington says: "Story OK, Narration Mixed"
    "Interesting concept, lackluster execution"
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    I like the concept of the storyline, but the frequent and overly detailed dissertations on the mechanics of space time manipulation bogged down the flow of the story. I could not maintain a consistent level of interest

    I also feel cheated after investing so much time and dragging my way through the story only to find an incomplete ending. I did not know this book was part of a series, but even if I had, I still expect the majority of the loose ends to be tied up and major problems to be solved by the end of a book.

    All of this amounts to me being annoyed enough that I will probably not continue with the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Exoskeleton: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Shane Stadler
    • Narrated By Patrick Conn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (158)

    A convicted felon is given a choice following his sentencing: serve a 25-year conventional prison sentence...or spend 365 days in a new, experimental corrections program. He opts for the experimental program, only to realize he has made a horrible mistake. A dark tale of science spun dangerously out of control, Exoskeleton will leave even the most jaded of listeners quaking in their boots.

    Molly says: "Exoskeleton - now I get it"
    "More painful for me than for the main character"
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    One of the worst listens I've had since joining Audible. I will be asking for my credit back. The characters are one-dimensional and thoroughly uninteresting. The story itself is unimaginative and predictable, and I wondered many times if the author was a teen-age boy. I suspect the narrator is actually a text-to-speech computer generated voice. (unnatural inflection, phonetic mispronunciation of words like "subtle" ["sub-til"], "anonymity" ["anomity"], and "femur" ["fe-moor"]). The only thing I enjoyed about this story was the fact that it was short enough that I got through it in a couple of days. (I actually switched to 1.25X narration speed to further shorten my agony) I suspect the positive reviews I read on this site must have been solicited. I could write several pages about the reasons why I hated this book, but I can sum it up in one sentence: Please don't waste your credit on this tedious piece of garbage.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Song: Raven's Shadow, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3617)
    Performance
    (3397)
    Story
    (3397)

    The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

    Ron says: "Great Epic Fantacy"
    "Captivating!"
    Overall
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    We've all read stories before that follow the early lives of heroes-to-be through their arduous training as youths, through the tragedies and hardships that forge them into the amazing characters that they will someday become. Although there is nothing new or unique about the formula this story follows, the author has crafted it into an entirely new experience. The harmony of an exceptionally well-written story, believable characters with depth and personality, and a narrator who is a pleasure to listen to, created an experience that was so engaging and compelling that I listened to the book again as soon as I finished it! There is so much complexity and subtlety woven into this story that I enjoyed it even more the second time. I am impatiently awaiting my next monthly credit so I can start the sequel! A solid 5-star rating to my new favorite author!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deliver Us from Evil: A New York City Cop Investigates the Supernatural

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ralph Sarchie, Lisa Collier Cool
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (81)

    Demonic possession. Exorcism. Haunted Houses. Satanic Rituals. For most people this is the stuff of nightmares, horror movies, folklore, and superstition. For New York City police Sergeant Ralph Sarchie, it's as real - and dangerous - as midnight patrol…. A 16-year NYPD veteran, Ralph Sarchie works out of the 46th Precinct in New York's South Bronx. But it is his other job that he calls "the Work": Investigating cases of demonic possession and assisting in the exorcisms of humanity's most ancient - and most dangerous - foes.

    Marcel Fernandez says: "Definitely better books out there on this topic"
    "Not what I was hoping for"
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    Would you try another book from Ralph Sarchie and Lisa Collier Cool and/or William Dufris?

    Definitely not


    What was most disappointing about Ralph Sarchie and Lisa Collier Cool ’s story?

    I was hoping this book would be like a "True Life" version of The Exorcist, or something like that. Instead, it was essentially 11 hours of preaching. The stories jump around WAY too much, making them extremely hard to follow and the characters difficult to keep straight. Mr. Sarchie can't tell a single story without flying off on 2 or 3 tangents, sometimes to preach about his personal beliefs or experiences, sometimes to recount an entirely different story in the middle of the one he was telling, and sometimes not even finishing the story he was telling.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Deliver Us from Evil?

    I would have structured the entire book differently. Fist, tell your story from start to finish, pausing briefly and only when necessary to explain the RELEVANT backgrounds of the characters involved. THEN when the story is concluded, you can discuss the significance and the take-home messages from that particular story. If you feel it necessary to interrupt one story to tell another one, then that should be it's own separate story and placed in some sort of logical order of progression.


    Any additional comments?

    Here are the things I learned from this book:
    1: Mr. Sarchie appears to suffer from A.D.D.
    2: Demonic possession evidently is as common as the Common Cold. Yet I've never had any first-hand knowledge of anything like the stories told in this book, nor have I known anyone who has. Have you?
    3: If you're not Catholic, you probably don't have anything to worry about, as the Demonic spirits only appear to afflict those Catholics who have lapsed in their religious zeal.
    4: If you're not Catholic, you will probably find dozens of reasons to be offended or otherwise annoyed by this book.
    5: Listening to the prayers recounted at the end of the book, I've concluded that if I was a Demonic spirit and someone was attempting to exorcise me, I would leave out of sheer boredom.

    I want very much to believe that there is something more to this existence than what we can see, hear, touch, etc. But there was nothing in this book that convinced me, or even gave me hope. I have no way of knowing whether any of these stories have any root in truth, as Mr. Sarchie states conveniently that any sort of documentation during an exorcism is forbidden.

    I guess there's really only one way that any of us will learn what is waiting beyond the veil. It's too bad that we can't let anyone know what we find out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By R. A. Salvatore
    • Narrated By An All-Star Cast
    Overall
    (1719)
    Performance
    (1593)
    Story
    (1602)

    The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories expands upon the epic legend of the dark elf with 12 tales performed by the all-star cast of Felicia Day, Dan Harmon, Greg Grunberg, Tom Felton, Danny Pudi, Sean Astin, Melissa Rauch, Ice-T, Wil Wheaton, Al Yankovic, Michael Chiklis, and David Duchovny!

    Robert Eric Koch says: "Just Plain Awesome"
    "These stories do NOT stand alone"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you've read all the previous Drizzt stories, you will probably get more out of this collection than I did. I only read the first 2 books, and that was about 15 years ago, so I wasn't up on current events. All of these stories seemed to be intended to provide a backdrop for previous stories or to provide insight into the background of some of the characters. I wasn't familiar enough with either to really enjoy the experience. AND, I really HATE it when there is no ending (some of the stories just sort of stop in the middle of everything. I guess you are supposed to know which book to go to from there?)


    What could R. A. Salvatore have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I wish he'd written the stories in such a way that someone who is not readily familiar with the characters & previous stories could still understand what was going on.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Maze Runner: Maze Runner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4738)
    Performance
    (4106)
    Story
    (4151)

    When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade - a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

    Travis says: "1st book is pretty good. Downhill afterward."
    "Painful!"
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    What disappointed you about The Maze Runner?

    Characters seem shallow and 2-dimensional. Speech is stilted and contrived. Story is entirely predictable. (One character says with much over-dramatization "No one has EVER survived a night outside in the maze...", so of course you know instantly that this is exactly what's about to happen. I haven't finished the book yet so maybe there will be some "ah-ha!" revelations coming, but so far the situation and the "monsters" in the maze all seem to have sprung from the imagination of a grade-schooler. I didn't realize that this book was classified as pre-teen fiction, I would have reconsidered my selection.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Very little voice inflection, very stilted recitation. It sounds like someone reading from a page, rather than listening to an actor immersing you in the story.


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

    Disappointment. Also annoyance, as I felt the author was insulting my intelligence.


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

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Trudi Canavan
    • Narrated By Richard Aspel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (66)

    In the remote village of Mandryn, Tessia serves as assistant to her father, the village Healer - much to the frustration of her mother, who would rather she found a husband. Despite knowing that women aren't readily accepted by the Guild of Healers, Tessia is determined to follow in her father’s footsteps. But her life is about to take a very unexpected turn. When treating a patient at the residence of the local magician, Lord Dakon, Tessia is forced to fight off the advances of a visiting Sachakan mage - and instinctively uses magic.

    Paul says: "The Healer's Apprentice"
    "Total disappointment"
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    What disappointed you about The Magician's Apprentice?

    The characters were flat and 2-dimensional. The story was just not that interesting. The ending left me frustrated and feeling cheated out of the time I invested in plowing through this book


    Any additional comments?

    One of the things that annoyed me the most is that, despite the fact that the entire book is told from the perspective of Tessia-a 14 year old girl-, the narrator is a crochety-sounding old man. It just really didn't seem like the right choice of narrator for this story. Half of the book is the story of Tessia and her companions while the other half is the story of Starra and her personal struggles with her father, new lifestyle, new country, etc. I was waiting the entire book to find out what one had to do with the other. The answer... NOTHING. The 2 characters only cross paths for about 3 seconds at the near-end of the book. What is the purpose of the Starra storyline? Maybe to set up the sequels of this book. I don't know. But I'm sure not interested enough to find out.

    And it isn't until the epilogue that the author mentions that a major character who we've been following throughout the whole story was assassinated. But it's merely mentioned briefly and then the story moves on as if it is just a minor trivial detail. I was yelling "What????" Nothing like dropping a huge bomb and walking away with absolutely no explanation.

    I was completely disappointed by the character development, the plot, and the narration of this story. I don't think I'll be trying any more by this author.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3078)
    Performance
    (2747)
    Story
    (2733)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Kept me addicted from the first hour!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Characters were likable, real and engaging. I could relate to them and understand them. Plot is brilliantly thought out and unpredictable enough to stay interesting the whole way through. Matthew is an intriguing character that I want to hear more about! I will be buying the rest of this series!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sacred Is the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Kerry Newcomb
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Acclaimed Western novelist Kerry Newcomb illustrates one of the darkest pages of American history in this passionate saga about culture, conflict, love, and war. He portrays the tumultuous and hostile atmosphere of the mid-19th century as war breaks out between the Cheyenne Indians and the white settlers. Panther Burn, a brave Cheyenne, and Jubal Bragg, a revengeful militia man, find themselves face to face in a tragic struggle between two proud cultures.

    Dr Love says: "great book"
    "Disappointing book with a great ending"
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    Any additional comments?

    I was extremely interested in the subject matter when I bought this book, but found the plot development and character development left me feeling very disappointed. The book skips entire decades in the lives of the characters, completely bypassing what I would have looked forward to as the most interesting part of the story: how Panther Burn, the last Cheyenne War Chief, kept fighting and defied the Union soldiers and refused to surrender until forced to do so in order to save what remained of his people. You could have made an entire novel just about that. That is the story that would have drawn me into this book wholeheartedly, and it was completely ignored. Also never mentioned again was what ever became of such major characters as Panther Burn's parents. They just sort of disappear halfway through the story. The main antagonist, Jubal Bragg, starts out as being someone who was halfway interesting but by the 2nd half of the novel his character had faded into a hollow shell and I lost interest in ever seeing truth or justice for him. The women in this book are blushing virgins who inspire men to fall in love with them by virtue of their beauty alone, without need of any actual depth to their characters. And it seems that Michael Spirit Wolf, son of Panther Burn, who was destined to bridge the void between the Cheyenne and the white man... who was supposed to have played a crucial role in securing the future of his people.... we never get to find out how or IF he fulfilled that destiny. Overall I was bitterly disappointed that most of the major themes that were hinted at and built up to were never brought to any kind of conclusion. I am of the old-fashioned belief that all questions should be answered by the end of a story. However, the ending of this book was very moving and poetic, which is the only reason I even rated this novel at 3 stars. Maybe my questions are addressed in other novels by this author, but after this experience I don't think I'll be reading/listening to any more of his stories.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11121)
    Performance
    (6291)
    Story
    (6340)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Loved the journey, lil' disappointed at the end"
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    What made the experience of listening to Life of Pi the most enjoyable?

    The accent and voice quality of the narrator, the detailed description of every aspect of Pi's experiences made me feel like I was really there on the boat with him and Richard Parker


    What other book might you compare Life of Pi to and why?

    Can't think of anything... it's pretty unique


    What about Jeff Woodman’s performance did you like?

    Very believable, it's always evident when the narrator enjoys the story as much as you do!


    Any additional comments?

    I was somewhat bored by the foray into Pi's religious exploration, but that's probably because I'm not very religious myself. I just thought the book spent a bit too much time on the subject when what I was really interested in was Pi's experiences on the boat with the tiger Richard Parker. I was a bit disappointed with the ending, but I think that's because I too shared Pi's sense of loss and betrayal when the tiger just walked away and didn't look back.

    The layover on the floating island of the meerkats seemed a bit out of place to me. The rest of the story being so reality-based, this part just seemed out of place. Almost like it should have been it's own separate book. It didn't really have anything to do with the rest of the story.

    Overall, it was a very entertaining journey. I laughed and cried with Pi every step of the way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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