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near Atlanta, GA, USA | Member Since 2011

  • 9 reviews
  • 70 ratings
  • 370 titles in library
  • 10 purchased in 2015

  • Alif the Unseen

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By G. Willow Wilson
    • Narrated By Sanjiv Jhaveri
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In an unnamed Middle Eastern security state, a young Arab-Indian hacker shields his clients — dissidents, outlaws, Islamists, and other watched groups — from surveillance and tries to stay out of trouble. He goes by Alif — the first letter of the Arabic alphabet, and a convenient handle to hide behind.

    Virginia says: "Something different"
    "Just not good"
    What disappointed you about Alif the Unseen?

    I was hoping for a rich picture of the middle east, interesting characters, and some fun fantasy. Instead, the characters are barely developed and the creatures are so unimaginatively written (lots of faceless blobs), that I couldn't bring myself to care about them.

    The biggest disappointment was the ridiculous idea of a guy writing code so quickly, mindlessly and amazing that it simply melts computers. The explanations of how and why things work are way beyond the normal suspension of disbelief that the reader expects in a fantasy novel.

    Lastly, it was more an advertisement for Islam than I expected. I felt like the author's agenda was to show how this religion is so wonderful. I don't mind reading religious fiction, but I want to know about it ahead of time. If you want a good book that includes the Djinn, I would send you elsewhere—The Golem and the Jinni is far more developed and interesting.

    Would you ever listen to anything by G. Willow Wilson again?


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader's exaggerated performance of the supernatural characters was distracting and terribly annoying. He also made the American convert sound like a witless idiot, when her character was plainly not written that way.

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

    I was very disappointed, and more than a little irritated.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

    Margaret says: "Escape to the land down under..."
    "Drama, romance, a little mystery light reading"
    What did you like best about The Husband's Secret? What did you like least?

    The best was the unfolding of the characters. I found myself wondering if the author was manipulating the reader to sympathize with a murderer, think about the nature of adultery and friendships, and examine motives of a grieving mother and widow. I also enjoyed the Australian culture references a lot.

    The worst part was just hoping that there would be more of a real mystery instead of just waiting to see how it would end up. I felt that the author had a curious perspective, and could have given us more of a mystery and less of a morality lesson.

    What could Liane Moriarty have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The Pandora intro was incongruous with the rest of the book, and the ending where the author speaks to you about what the characters didn't know and never would know, was similarly out of step with the rest of the book.

    Have you listened to any of Caroline Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Her performance was good and her voice is easy to listen to. I love her accent and the way she read each character was very distinct and well done.

    Was The Husband's Secret worth the listening time?

    I think it could have been edited a bit better, but overall, it filled the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raising Stony Mayhall

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Daryl Gregory
    • Narrated By David Marantz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1968, after the first zombie outbreak, Wanda Mayhall and her three young daughters discover the body of a teenage mother during a snowstorm. Wrapped in the woman's arms is a baby - stone-cold, not breathing, and without a pulse. But then his eyes open and look up at Wanda, and he begins to move.The family hides the child - whom they name Stony - rather than turn him over to authorities who would destroy him. Against all scientific reason, the undead boy begins to grow....

    Dave says: "The Undead Have Never Been So Fresh (or Funny)"
    "Great for those who don't like zombie stories"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I have lots of friends who are fans of zombie TV so they would enjoy it. However, I'd also recommend it to someone who enjoys well written sci-fi. It has enough of a science feel that it isn't a ghost story or fantasy book.

    I'm not a zombie fan, but the synopsis on audible drew me in and I took a chance. I'm not ready to jump on the zombie horror bandwagon at all. This story is different. And really good.

    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stony of course, but after that, his sister Chelsea/Crystal. All the Mayhall women are strong and distinct characters. I like how they stand up for their different brother, but remain human through it all.

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

    He becomes the real voice of Stony. He does other characters so well that I don't think of it as the same reader. If I had just read it, I don't know if Stony's voice in my head would have been as likeable.

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

    Yes. It was hard to turn it off!

    Any additional comments?

    I hope to read more books by Gregory and will definitely look forward to hearing Marantz's voice again.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Perfect Fantasy - Not formulaic"
    Where does The Name of the Wind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 10% easily. It was really engaging. I love the characters, the stories within stories, and the feeling of really being there. The writing is smooth and gives enough detail to enjoy and build the world in a solid way, without being tedious and plodding.

    The female characters are great too. They aren't cookie cutter types, and more like real people, they have good and bad qualities. You can't just peg them immediately as "the good girl" or "the mean one."

    What other book might you compare The Name of the Wind to and why?

    Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card is a similar book - a boy on a journey, fantasy, magic, but in a more-or-less believable presentation.

    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    He makes you forget he's doing all the voices. His voice is very easy to listen to, and he doesn't rush it along, or pause too long between sentences. It's very genuine. I felt like I was being read to by a good friend.

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

    Yes. I couldn't turn it off.

    Any additional comments?

    I was eager to go to the next in the series right away, and I was glad it was also narrated by Nick Podehl. I'll look for more of his work, and can't wait for the next in this excellently written series.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "Unbearable narrator, trite metaphors"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the narrator hadn't sounded so dramatic with his breaths and cheesy delivery, I may have been able to deal with the story, but even that couldn't hold my attention. It made me miss "The Name of the Wind," that much more, with Patrick Rothfuss's natural metaphors, and Nick Podehl's relaxed narration.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Jordan again?

    Probably not. It's dry, slow, and I can't care about the characters as much as I try. It's plodding and predictable, with every fantasy cliché, but watered down and obviously derived from Tolkien. The details are painfully obvious or unnecessary.

    Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer ’s performances?

    Definitely not Michael Kramer's, though I feel a little bad for singling him out. It just reminded me so much of John O'Hurley when playing J. Peterman on Seinfeld.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Eye of the World?

    I wouldn't have published it. I know it's very popular with a dedicated fan-base, but I cannot understand why.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Passage

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Connie Willis
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dr. Joanna Lander is a psychologist specializing in near-death experiences. She is about to get help from a new doctor with the power to give her the chance to get as close to death as anyone can.

    Aser says: "You Can't Get There From Here"
    "A bit of an ordeal"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not so much. It is so repetitive. I know that is part of the literary device, but I felt like I was trapped in the rat-maze hospital with these people and I just wanted it to be over. I also felt like the "big revelation" wasn't much of a revelation at all.

    I have to say, the descriptions were vivid and the characters were relatively well rounded. I enjoyed it but I expected a bit more from the plot line than the endless repetition.

    What do you think your next listen will be?


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "Lots of Fun"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Dirty Job to be better than the print version?

    I don't know.

    What did you like best about this story?

    Moore makes up great characters and rounds them out in surprising ways.

    Which character – as performed by Fisher Stevens – was your favorite?

    He did great with all the characters... I can't choose a favorite. I loved his energy and it was obvious that he was enjoying the book as much as I was.

    If you could take any character from A Dirty Job out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Lily, definitely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharp Objects

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

    Kelley says: "I agree with Stephen King"
    Would you listen to Sharp Objects again? Why?

    I don't tend to listen to books more than once.

    What did you like best about this story?

    It had good twists and turns

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Historian

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Kostova
    • Narrated By Joanne Whalley, Martin Jarvis, Dennis Boutsikaris, and others

    Late one night, exploring her father's library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters. The letters are all addressed to "My dear and unfortunate successor", and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of: a labyrinth where the secrets of her father's past and her mother's mysterious fate connect to an inconceivable evil hidden in the depths of history.

    John S. Atherton says: "I give the book a five but I won't buy it..."

    I kept waiting for it to get better and it never did. The multiple narrators were distracting, and some of them were just downright bad. The story was, in a word, cheesy. I love vampires, I love history, I love fiction. If you love those things, avoid this least in audio form. Perhaps reading the book would have been a better choice for this title. This is the equivalent of a B movie, without the fun campy things to laugh at.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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