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Patricia

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Sever: Chemical Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Lauren DeStefano
    • Narrated By Angela Lin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (75)

    Lauren DeStefano’s New York Times best-selling Chemical Garden trilogy has drawn immense praise from an ever-growing fan base. In the saga’s chilling conclusion, Rhine’s race against time brings her to Vaughn’s eccentric brother, Reed. Elsewhere, Rowan’s involvement in the underground resistance reaches dangerous new heights. When Rhine’s search for answers finally comes to an end, the truth about her past will forever change her view of the future.

    FanB14 says: "Fantastic Final"
    "Dues Ex Machina, piddly poorly planned plot!"
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    Would you try another book from Lauren DeStefano and/or Angela Lin?

    Never


    What could Lauren DeStefano have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Finish the story. I waited too long for the last book only to find that there was nothing extraordinary about Rhine and her brother. For all the mystery surrounding them they were not the key, just subjects of experiments. How Von stumbled upon the cure is unclear, and why Rowan insists Von was the mastermind of the cure when his parent's information clearly played a roll. Why was Rowan so oblivious. They had special eyes and special parents yet never displayed their supposed cleverness. Turns out their parents were no better than Von, yet no hurt feelings are present. Nor is anyone mad about anything, like being left behind, or for loving more than one guy at a time, or for being perpetually confused, lets just pretend sister wives could get along! When everyone's DNA was altered way back when, did it also alter normal human behavior? Could have been an angle, or that it's a different time so people have evolved slightly with different perspectives. Just trying to milk some reason out of it, to no avail! Maybe the author should have studied more about pretty much everything she tried to write about. I love the premise, how today we mess with genetics in foods and animals without concern for the future repercussions... I love a good mystery. So disappointing. Rhine was just meandering from one idiotic circumstance after another on an improbably pointless journey. Sort of reminded me of 'The Unfortunate Events' series for teenage girls, minus continuity and logic! And Linden dies from what... bumping his head, internal bleeding, while no one else is scathed from the poorly described crash. Apparently it was a bad wreck cause he died but it was described as a fender bender.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Angela Lin?

    She did pretty well. Despite the perpetual malaise that Rhine was in, which can grate on a person, I think she played the part.


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

    Frustration


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Wisdom Way of Knowing: Reclaiming an Ancient Tradition to Awaken the Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Cynthia Bourgeault
    • Narrated By Denice Stradling
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Drawing on resources as diverse as Sufism, Benedictine Monasticism, the Gurdjieff Work, and the string theory of modern physics, Cynthia Bourgeault has crafted her own unique vision of the Wisdom way in this very accessible book, nicely balanced between concept and practice.

    Jay says: "This is the path..."
    "Vague"
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    Would you try another book from Cynthia Bourgeault and/or Denice Stradling?

    No


    What was most disappointing about Cynthia Bourgeault’s story?

    Her eluding to a transformational experience, never explaining what transpired.


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

    I have never listened to her work although she reminded me of the narrater for the Somni in Cloud Atlas. Very precise and smooth flow to her narration.


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

    Yes, I appreciate that Christians consider alternatives to the mainstream interpretations. There were some nuggets I will carry with me such as the concepts of the heart being more than an unruly emotion driven burden.


    Any additional comments?

    THis is more of a hint of what might be out there, as many Audible books seem to be. Missing the real meat of many subjects on here.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wither: The Chemical Garden Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lauren DeStefano
    • Narrated By Angela Lin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (201)
    Story
    (206)

    Lauren DeStefano makes a stellar debut with this chilling tale. The first installment of a planned trilogy, Wither introduces listeners to a bleak world where a mysterious disease kills most women by the age of 20 and men by the age of 25. Like many girls her age, 16-year-old Rhine has been captured and forced into marriage in an effort to keep the population growing. But, despite her new husband’s wealth, she wants nothing more than to escape her servitude and return home before time runs out.

    FanB14 says: "Almost There..."
    "Chemical Trilogy"
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    What did you love best about Wither?

    I loved that the wives became sisters. So much was taken from them and for a while they had each other and acted like sisters fighting and loving each other. I also like that Rine is the middle ground between her sister wives. I am not a middle child but so often these herions in books are the special youngest or oldest child, the middle seems magical, eclectic and essencial for balance.


    What other book might you compare Wither to and why?

    I would compare Wither to The hunger Games, it's set in a desolate world with two people groups segregated from each other and from the harsh realities of that world. Instead of children females are the victems of this world, a dieing race in need of reinforcements in this fast withering world.


    What didn’t you like about Angela Lin’s performance?

    I did not like Angela Lin's mouth noices. I've listened to a lot of autible books lately and this is the first one that did not mask her airy cotton mouth gulps. While I attribute her breathiness to being part of the performance I wish she has taken more care in masking these sounds between the gaps she prolonged. There were a lot of gaps in which she swallowed audibly. Other than that I felt connected to the characters through her voice, from the hyper sister to the men. They were consistant and I recongized who was speaking when she spoke as the other characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I love that Rine made a point to leave her husband with a heart felt masked goodbye. She may have felt like she had left things unfinished had she not.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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