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Nou

As much as I love music, I'd rather listen to a book. I love being taken far far away while doing everything.

Midlothian, TX, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 9 purchased in 2015
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  • Thuvia, Maid of Mars

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • Narrated By Raymond Todd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Thuvia of Ptarth is spurning the unwanted advances of another when Cathoris of Helium arrives at her court. Cathoris loves Thuvia, but she has been promised to another and, like all Martian princesses, cannot return Cathoris' affections. Warlord that he is, Cathoris accepts her refusal of his affections and promises her his eternal friendship and help.

    Nou says: "Narration!!!"
    "Narration!!!"
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    This story is not about Carter, but his son. Understood, but the reading was very hard to get over. Parts of sentences were over dramatized and some words were pronounced incorrectly.

    I thought Thuvia should have been a little more mature than how this book portrays her, because she is much older than Carthoris. But it is still a good book. The ending was a little disappointing. It didn't feel like and ERB ending. As if I know anything, I've only listened to the 3 books prior to this one in the series...but the ending felt a little short to me.

    All in All - Good Story, bad reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Schindler's List

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Thomas Keneally
    • Narrated By Ben Kingsley
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (59)

    In the century's darkest time, one man became the most unlikely of heroes. German-Catholic industrialist and Nazi Party member Oskar Schindler used his wealth and influence to save the lives of more than 1,300 Jews who would have otherwise died in the concentration camp at Plaszow. Here is the story on which Steven Spielberg based his powerful motion picture. If you like this, try Ursula Hegi's Stones from a River.

    Dona says: "Abridged books just don't cut it!"
    "One of the greatest stories of humanity!"
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    I've always loved this story. Too bad it's abridged for audio but I have the hard copy.

    As we see time and time again throughout history, it only takes one voice, the rest will follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Painted Caves: Earth's Children, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1331)
    Performance
    (835)
    Story
    (847)

    Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader.

    phillip says: "Be careful what you wish for!"
    "Good Ending to a Series, but too much stuffing!"
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    If you have read the previous books in this series, you may get a little confused. There is a lot of recap as if Auel was looking to pad her book. I don’t mind little recaps here and there to clarify something for new users. However…when previous conversations in the previous book are repeated word for word at a different time in this new book, it gets annoying. Some of the children’s ages have change. Some things that already happened in the previous book re-happened again in this book. People who were familiar with each other in the previous book meet for the first time in this book.

    I felt as if Auel was taking all her ideas and trying to tie up loose ends but didn’t refer back to her previous books to make sure she didn’t already use them.

    If you take all the repeats away, I don’t think the book would have been as long, but the story would still be great. The descriptions of caves and paintings got tedious, but the story about Ayla’s Donii tour was perfect. Both Ayla and Jondalar find their faults in this book but of course, in the end it all works out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Causal Angel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Hannu Rajaniemi
    • Narrated By Roger Wayne
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Rajaniemi's future is one in which quantum effects can be manipulated by the powerful to unknowable ends; an era in which some are gods and billions of others are enslaved for the processing power of their brains; where in the inner Solar System, the once-human Sobornost endlessly iterate themselves in vast, planet-sized guberniyas, while casually running experiments on the photosphere of the sun. In this world, Jean le Flambeur has broken out of a virtual prison and, later, into the mind of a living god.

    Zac says: "Why switch narrators on the last book in a trilogy"
    "OMG! pain to listen"
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    It took me TWO weeks to listen to a 10 hour book! Like everyone else. I’ve been waiting for a long time for this book to come out and it was a pain to listen to the new narrator. Love the book though. The story actual closed and explained a lot of questions I had and confirmed some theories.

    If you want a good smooth listen, don’t get this book. The narrator’s voice was okay to listen to but his expressions and readings were VERY robotic. It felt like I had called for some service and was listening to the automated call center machine.

    Maybe the publisher’s changed narrators because Brick didn’t want to do it anymore, fine… but the new guy should have done some research and, I don’t know, listen to at least one of the previous books to get a flow of the characters and the story. Kinda get an idea of what the customers have been listening to. Then make it better. I found myself yelling at the narrator about pronunciations of names, places, and items because it felt wrong the way the narrator read.

    In summary…great ending, awful narration. Just buy the hard copy and read it yourself.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    Overall
    (10898)
    Performance
    (6461)
    Story
    (6547)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "not for me"
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    Story did not draw me in. I wanted to like it, but I didn't feel any connection to any of the main characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14011)
    Performance
    (12561)
    Story
    (12669)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    Lore says: "Decent but not as interesting as Divergent"
    "predictable, but good ending."
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    I couldn’t stop listening to the series and wanted to know the end. Halfway through this last book, it becomes predictable, but still a good story. I don’t have anything else to say except if you like post-apocalyptic stories, you will like this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10109)
    Performance
    (9182)
    Story
    (9278)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Judy says: "What a let down!"
    "good continuation of story."
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    This book mainly continues the story of Divergent. Not in a bad way, but same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20528)
    Performance
    (18445)
    Story
    (18606)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Jennifer says: "Rated for 1st book, reviewed for trilogy"
    "Not what I expected."
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    I expected some kind of Matrix like story, but it turns out much better. It’s a good, growing up story regarding decisions and consequences. I like the plot twists.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dune Messiah

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Katherine Kellgren, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2541)
    Performance
    (1513)
    Story
    (1534)

    The second Dune installment explores new developments on the planet Arrakis, with its intricate social order and strange, threatening environment. Dune Messiah picks up the story of the man known as Muad'Dib, heir to a power unimaginable, bringing to fruition an ambition of unparalleled scale: the centuries-old scheme to create a superbeing who reigns not in the heavens but among men. But the question is: DO all paths of glory lead to the grave?

    Andrew says: "A nice continuation"
    "Questionable."
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    I enjoyed the narration. My favorite narrators were featured in this audible reading, but the story did not captivate or make me feel like I want more. This book, to me, feels like Star Wars meets Game of Thrones, but not as enticing as Game of Thrones. I didn't feel a connection with any of the main characters. I wasn't drawn into this book. I really wanted to like it, but just didn't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    Overall
    (4291)
    Performance
    (3116)
    Story
    (3157)

    When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

    Teddy says: "2 Stars because it actually gets worse...."
    "Just rent the movie."
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    The narrator is awful. The book is detailed in areas that don't need additional explanation, and lacking in others. Great concept, but written poorly. The movie is much better. Normally when I'm interested in a movie and there is a book, I listen to the book for kore details. Not so in his case. I couldn't even finish the first chapter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Armageddon's Children: The Genesis of Shannara, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (862)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (451)

    Logan Tom is doomed to remember the past and determined to rescue the future. Far behind him lies a boyhood cut violently short by his family's slaughter, when the forces of madness and hate swept our world after decadent excesses led to civilization's downfall. Somewhere ahead of him rests the only chance to beat back the minions of evil that are systematically killing and enslaving the last remnants of humanity.

    R. Jones says: "The start of something really good"
    "Get past chapter one."
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    I found it unusual that a Terry Brooks novel bored me during the first few lines, but once you get past the first chapter everything seems to go on as normal. Good story that eventually link into the Shannara series, but it took a little getting used to.

    I did end up liking this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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