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Rebecca Roztocil

Caledonia, New York United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Mile 81

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann, Thomas Sadoski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (515)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (471)

    At Mile 81 on the Maine turnpike is a boarded up rest stop, a place where high school kids drink and get into the kind of trouble high school kids have always gotten into. It’s the place where Pete Simmons goes when his older brother, who’s supposed to be looking out for him, heads off to the gravel pit to play “paratroopers over the side”. Pete, armed only with the magnifying glass he got for his 10th birthday, finds a discarded bottle of vodka in the boarded up burger shack and drinks enough to pass out.

    Mary Z says: "Nailed it!"
    "Totally King"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I would not recommend this book. A car-thing that eats people??? Really?


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

    I enjoyed listening to the Gunslinger, so maybe. Or possibly it was just that the narrator was just that good.


    Did Mile 81 inspire you to do anything?

    Turn it off.


    Any additional comments?

    This may appeal to a younger audience that is less mature. Half way through the story I still cannot find anything redeeming about it and I turned it off. I will not wonder what happened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Persuader

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3314)
    Performance
    (2472)
    Story
    (2458)

    Jack Reacher. The ultimate loner. An elite ex-military cop who left the service years ago, he's moved from place to place...without family...without possessions...without commitments.

    Joanna says: "Child at His Best! A Must Read for Reacher Fans!"
    "Jack Reacher is one of my favorite characters!"
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    I like pretty much any Jack Reacher book. Lee child does an impressive job weaving the stories together and describing the action scenes. My father-in-law and i enjoy sharing these books and gathering our own favorite "Reacher quotes". I am not crazy about Dick Hill as the narrator of these books. I think his voice sounds much older than I imagine Reacher to sound. But, since he narrates all these books I will be happy with it - he is still a very good reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dog Days: A Joe Ledger Adventure

    • UNABRIDGED (57 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (142)

    In the wake of a devastating personal loss, Joe Ledger and his new canine partner, Ghost, go hunting for the world’s deadliest assassin.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "Hope this is indicative"
    "Good filler material, but...."
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    ....I don't think I will be buying any more of the short stories like this. They are just too short to be truly satisfying. Plus, most of the information you can glean from the novels. But, they are not expensive, and if you are jonesing between novels then by means - get one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wolf's Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (112)

    Michael Gallatin is a British spy with a peculiar talent: the ability to transform himself into a wolf. Although his work in North Africa helped the Allies win the continent in the early days of World War II, he quit the service when a German spy shot his lover in her bed. Now, three years later, the army asks him to end his retirement and parachute into occupied Paris. A mysterious German plan called the Iron Fist threatens the D-Day invasion, and the Nazi in charge is the spy who betrayed Michael’s lover. The werewolf goes to France for king and country, hoping for a chance at bloody vengeance.

    ratna says: "A Must Listen"
    "McCammon's finest work..."
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    i originally read this book in high school and I quickly read everything else I could get my hands on by Robert McCammon. This is his finest work, in my opinion. Even better than Swan Song. Simon Prebble is a very good narrator but maybe not the best for this book. Still, it was an enjoyable listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Code Zero: Joe Ledger, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1288)
    Performance
    (1211)
    Story
    (1200)

    For years the Department of Military Sciences has fought to stop terrorists from using radical bioweapons - designer plagues, weaponized pathogens, genetically modified viruses, and even the zombie plague that first brought Ledger into the DMS. These terrible weapons have been locked away in the world’s most secure facility. Until now. Joe Ledger and Echo Team are scrambled when a highly elite team of killers breaks the unbreakable security and steals the world’s most dangerous weapons.

    Melinda says: "Back Off! Or I'll Bite"
    "Where's the next book?????"
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    I am crazy about this series. Jonathan Maberry makes the impossible seem possible (and who knows, really?). Joe Ledger is totally bad *** while the female characters are also strong. I do not like female characters portrayed as weak and incapable of taking care of business. Plus, Ghost is awesome. Ray Porter does an incredible job narrating this series - I cannot imagine anyone else reading these books. Ray - you are my favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Diane Setterfield
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato, Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4986)
    Performance
    (1860)
    Story
    (1873)

    All children mythologize their birth... So begins the prologue of reclusive author Vida Winter's beloved collection of stories, long famous for the mystery of the missing thirteenth tale. The enigmatic Winter has always kept her violent and tragic past a secret. Now old and ailing, she summons a biographer to tell the truth about her extraordinary life: Margaret Lea, a young woman for whom the secret of her own birth remains an ever-present pain.

    PA Law says: "Haunting and beautiful tale"
    "Pulled me in and didn't let go."
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    Initially I was put off by the heavy English accents as I found it hard to understand. However, once I got used to it I enjoyed listening to this book a great deal. The story was compelling and I did not 'figure it out' before the revelation. Additionally, since the concept of being a twin is quite prevalent I wonder if there was anything I missed simply because I do not connect with being anyone's twin. However I fully enjoyed this listen. I am considering gifting it to my mother!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4182)
    Performance
    (3508)
    Story
    (3503)

    When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

    Kim Venatries says: "Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more."
    "Smart, Thrilling, Well read."
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    I love action stories. I'm a big fan of Lee Child / Jack Reacher. The smart fighters are my favorite. Jonathan Maberry does an excellent job of describing martial arts techniques so the experienced and non-experienced alike can fully imagine the action. The villians are truly wicked, and the heroes are truly warriors. The story is smart, told in detail, and even though there were places where I guessed what was coming it didn't diminish how much I enjoyed listening to it. The characters have flaws that make them believable as humans. I was initially annoyed at the way Major Grace Cortland was described as having red-rimmed eyes as though she was always crying. I thought "Oh, great, a female character that COULD be strong but will be spoiled by being pathetic." I was wrong. She has the capacity for sensitivity that many may feel makes her seem weak, but I thought overall she proved her metal, and was always strong and in control when the situation required it. As a female practitioner of the martial arts I am routinely disappointed by female characters that are portrayed as weak victims. Ray Porter is a first-rate narrator. He added so much value to the reading of this book that really made the character of Joe Ledger come to life. I will continue with this series, and I truly hope I never grow bored!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (9148)
    Performance
    (7222)
    Story
    (7259)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Amazon Customer says: "Word Thief"
    "The Heart Thief....."
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    This book stole my heart. It is difficult to get past the atrocities that Hitler threw at the Jews, and not having lived through those years but only learned about them in history class it is easy to forget the German people were not all Hitler. This story introduces you to some very wonderful German people. It reminds us that the German population was in many ways prisoners in their own country. I have fallen in love with Lisl and Hans and Rudy, Rosa and Ilsa, and of course, Max. I chuckled and I cried. It was very interesting and creative to use Death to tell the story. Death tells us at the end that Lisl survives and lives many years, having children and grandchildren, before she dies. I could have continued to listen to all the experiences her life brought her, her character was that real to me. This was an excellent listen, and I think that it was made MORE enjoyable because I did choose to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28332)
    Performance
    (22066)
    Story
    (22287)

    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    GS says: "Conflicting Emotions"
    "Nice twist to the ending...."
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    Any additional comments?

    After listening to 'Catching Fire' I just had to finish the trilogy. Although it is hard to discuss without giving out spoilers I will do my best and critique in more general language than I would like. I was a little frustrated by Katniss's reluctance to be really fierce. She seems to spend a fair amount of time experiencing emotional difficulties. Not to say that a real young woman in her situation wouldn't, but I felt it made her character too soft. However, the tension between Gale and Peeta was well written, and the psychological effects of Peeta's torture were also vividly described. Overall, there was still enough action to keep the story moving and interesting. The situation described (between the government and the Territories and the people finally fighting back in rebellion) really makes the listener consider what the reality of such a situation would be like.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catching Fire: Hunger Games, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30588)
    Performance
    (23645)
    Story
    (23832)

    Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

    FanB14 says: "Dissent Rules"
    "Wow!"
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    Any additional comments?

    These books keep getting better. I have to begin listening to the next one right away! I kind of wish Katniss would stop suspecting everyone of meaning her harm, but then again.....whom would she trust? And Peeta is such a great guy. I simply must know what happens to him.

    I like Carolyn McCormick well enough. I can't say she is my favorite narrator but still she does an excellent job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35910)
    Performance
    (26914)
    Story
    (27298)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Superb young adult fiction!"
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    Any additional comments?

    After seeing the movie with my daughters nearly a year ago and being stongly urged to read the series, I have finally begun these books. Just as my girls told me, this is a great book. There is a lot of action and suspense, and even though it is a young adult novel the author has written it so well that even adults will enjoy it. The narrator does a fine job, although I find her speech a little clipped which is somewhat distracting to me. However, her voice is clear and audible throughout (I have listened to books where the narrator gets quiet toward the end of sentences). I very much enjoyed this book and have already spent my next credit on the next book in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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