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Ravenous Reader

Queensland, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • 15 reviews
  • 46 ratings
  • 182 titles in library
  • 26 purchased in 2014
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  • The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Douglas Adams
    • Narrated By Douglas Adams
    Overall
    (589)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (300)

    Kate Schechter would like to know why everyone she meets knows her name - and why Thor, the Norse god of thunder, keeps showing up on her doorstep. Dirk Gently, detective and refrigerator wrestler, can uncover the mystery, and only the absurdist wit of Douglas Adams can recount them with such relentless humor.

    Jackson says: "An Amazingly Perfect Story"
    "Great Story but needed a Different Reader"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes and I'm sure I'll listen to it again and again. A really fun and enjoyable and surprising story.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Douglas Adams?

    No - I LOVE Adams as an author but as a reader he fell flat. I mean I don't need all the voices and accents done exactly but there were lots of moments where more infliction or even a pause for effect was needed.


    Any additional comments?

    Seriously this is a great story but imagine if it were read by either Stephen Fry or Alan Cumming?? Brilliant would be my one word review.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Time of Death: Induction, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Shana Festa
    • Narrated By Sarah Tancer
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    In a few short days, 37-year-old Emma Rossi's hard work will finally pay off. She will don her cap and gown and graduate with a degree in nursing, but not before she loses her first patient and is confronted with a new reality. In Cape Coral, Florida, a storm approaches. The dead are coming back to life. And they're hungry.

    Ravenous Reader says: "Awesome & Powerful Zombie Read!"
    "Awesome & Powerful Zombie Read!"
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    Performance
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    When I started listening to this book I had my doubts that it was going to be a memorable zombie novel. I mean it starts like something Janet Evanovich (when she was good) might have written. I was enjoying the characters and the back stories and the funny nurse stories BUT what does any of that have to do with zombies or horror??

    Oh My God was I wrong. When everything went to hell - I cared - a lot. At one point I had to sit down, with my hands over my mouth at the sheer horror of it. The tone of the story and the voice of the narrator made for a very real woman in a very real world overrun by flesh eating zombies.

    This story was scary, funny, at times endearing, and at times so disturbing I had to stop what I was doing and just listen with my head in my hands.

    Wonderful!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Quick Bite

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Victoria McGee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (951)
    Performance
    (613)
    Story
    (621)

    Lissianna has been spending her centuries pining for Mr. Right, not just a quick snack, and this sexy guy she finds in her bed looks like he might be a candidate. But there's another, more pressing issue: her tendency to faint at the sight of blood . . . an especially annoying quirk for a vampire. Of course it doesn't hurt that this man has a delicious-looking neck. What kind of cold-blooded vampire woman could resist a bite of that?

    Kickez says: "This is book 1 of the Argeneau Vampire Series"
    "Another Bad Narrator"
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    This story seemed solid but the narrator was awful! I was honestly wondering if they'd just used one of those robotic computer readers - because that's what it sounded like.

    Once again I can't get a refund for the book I can't finish because of bad narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Loon

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Michaelbrent Collings
    • Narrated By John Bell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    The isolated, maximum security prison for the criminally insane that houses some of the nation’s deadliest, most frightening psychopaths. But when a freak storm cuts off all communications and causes a massive power outage, the prisoners get loose...and find there is nowhere to go. The blizzard rages outside. The inmates are now in charge and the staff must band together to survive.

    And then they all discover that the inmates aren't the most dangerous thing about The Loon.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "Good Psychological Horror + Monster"
    "What the hell!?"
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    I don't know if it was the writing or the narration but I didn't even get past the first chapter. This is just bad. If I could get my credit back I would.

    I loved the idea of this story but the authors style was just grinding and cliched to the point of distraction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10986)
    Performance
    (9966)
    Story
    (9988)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Joss Whedon as a Novelist"
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    I was blown away by this story. The characters were beautifully imagined and real - I mean I could believe they had lives outside the events of the story - and the way they interacted with one another never failed to make me smile and just care about them more. And fear for them more when they come face to face with the horror of what's on the other side of the door.

    I completely enjoyed this story and even though I was glad to see those who survived I was sorry to see the ending. This story was an entertaining slow burn and I will recommend it to everyone I meet.

    0 of 0 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
    (10628)
    Performance
    (5862)
    Story
    (5905)

    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"
    "This Book is my Spirit Animal!!"
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    It's safe to say that I read a lot. I am a ravenous reader and writer and someone confused about the varied spiritual paths. This book turned the whole argument of life-meanings, faith and religion, and story telling on it's head. Every line seems multilayered but not in a pretentious difficult way, but more like an unfolding of meanings created by beautiful language.

    Seriously you need to hear this, read this, inhale this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2893)
    Performance
    (2634)
    Story
    (2643)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "Unacceptable!!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yeah - the writer. I saw nothing wrong with the idea or the story but the way it was written was completely lacking and without charm or style.


    Has Dead Ever After turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No - I love mysteries, paranormal romance and urban fantasy.


    Did Johanna Parker do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I guess - She sounded like a older woman putting on a southern accent... *shrug*


    Could you see Dead Ever After being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    LOL yeah I used to think the books were better now I prefer the tv show


    Any additional comments?

    It is completely unacceptable for a "PROFESSIONAL" author and publisher to put out a book of this low standard. It felt unpolished and underwritten. I honestly think Harris should have hired a ghost writer to write this last book if she was so damned unhappy and bored with writing the series. But hey, I'm sure she's not unhappy with the profits she's making off this pathetic excuse for a book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mighty Boosh: The Complete Radio Series

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs)
    • By Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt
    • Narrated By Noel Fielding, Julian Barratt
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (41)

    The Mighty Boosh is unlike any show you are ever likely to hear, and one that defies description; the closest you could get to the unique style of Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding would be in the early days of Reeves and Mortimer, with their cardboard props and men with sticks.

    Chuck says: "Bloody Briliant !!!!"
    "Love these two!"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Mighty Boosh the most enjoyable?

    Just as fun and entertaining as the TV show!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bob Fossil cracks me up every time!


    What does Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    These two have great chemistry together and work off each other so well.


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

    I laughed out loud at more then a few points.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    In 1886, a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, Le Cirque des Rêves delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire. Although there are acrobats, fortune-tellers and contortionists, the Circus of Dreams is no conventional spectacle. Some tents contain clouds, some ice.

    Aaron says: "All style, no substance. Hours of blah, blah, blah"
    "Literary Tapestry"
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    You’re walking aimlessly through a bookshop looking for a new read. You don’t quite know what you are looking for but you feel as though you’ll recognize it when you see it…

    I recognized The Night Circus the second I saw it as something I needed to read. Whether I would enjoy or even finish it I wasn’t sure but something told me that I needed to at least try.

    This is not an easy book to define but I’ll do my best. It’s essentially two interwoven stories, one tells the tale of a boy visiting the circus each year or so when it passes through his town. He makes friends with two of the children who work in the circus with a charming kitten show and together they explore all the amazing wonders of the circus and it’s seemingly infinite number of tents. One holds a winter wonderland of snow and ice, another simply holds a bowl of perfect black stones that take away your tears for a night. From incredible to subtly beautiful the boy of course falls in love with the circus so the rest of the world is merely a grey blur in comparison.

    The other story is that of the two magicians who created and are still creating the great circus. Marco and Celia are in love and though they met as adults they have been in love their whole lives, writing love letters to one another through each magical tent they create. But they are merely pawns in a bigger, darker game played between Celia’s father and Marco’s mentor. The two lovers have been pitted against each other in a battle of wills and power, a battle to the death.

    The Night Circus is not for everyone. It doesn’t read like your usual linear story in fact it reads rather like a painting or rather one of those long tapestries. I’m not sure I would want to read too many stories written this way, but this was so beautifully constructed that I could possibly enjoy a few like it.

    One thing I think I should mention - The narration didn't quite do this story justice. I can't really fault the narrator BUT I can't help but think this story would have been more enjoyable if read by an English lady.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13377)
    Performance
    (5795)
    Story
    (5867)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Literary Delight"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would and have recommended this book in audio and paper versions to everyone!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I have to say August - HE WAS CRAZY and dangerous and just fit in so well at the circus. He was a true circus character as in someone I would expect to find there and I equally loved and hated him.


    What about David LeDoux and John Randolph Jones ’s performance did you like?

    They were perfect. Great tone and emotion, there wasn't one moment when I didn't imagine them as the characters they were reading.


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

    YES. If I could have I would have.


    Any additional comments?

    Read this book. In paper, kindle or audio, doesn't matter - This book is so worth reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shades of Milk and Honey

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (187)

    The fantasy novel you’ve always wished Jane Austen had written. When Jane realizes that one of Melody’s suitors is set on taking advantage of her sister for the sake of her dowry, she pushes her skills to the limit of what her body can withstand in order to set things right—and, in the process, accidentally wanders into a love story of her own.

    Fionna says: "Jane Austen with magic"
    "I Think Miss Austen would have Enjoyed!"
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    I enjoyed this book more then I thought I would. Mary Robinette Kowal seamlessly sews together her knowledge and love of puppetry with her admiration for all things Austen in this charming story of family, romance, propriety and art with a little magic too. heartwarming and witty.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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