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Rebecca Roztocil

Caledonia, New York United States | Member Since 2012

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  • A Rage in Harlem: A Grave Digger & Coffin Ed Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Chester Himes
    • Narrated By Samuel L. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (342)

    Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction, Star Wars films), fresh off the success of his uproarious, Audie-nominated performance of the mock children’s book Go the F**k to Sleep, delivers a swaggering, darkly-humored rendering of Chester Himes’ classic first novel.

    Rebecca Roztocil says: "Excellent Reading!"
    "Excellent Reading!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Rage in Harlem to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely.


    What does Samuel L. Jackson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Samuel L. Jackson brings the characters alive with the many voices he affects for the different characters. My favorite voice was the character of Goldie. The reading really painted the story in my mind as I listened to it.


    Any additional comments?

    The story itself is full of crazy action, from start to finish. Some of the action just gets ridiculous in places, although for the time period the story was set in perhaps the action is all appropriate. It is not possible to be more specific without handing out spoilers. Hence only giving the story a 4 stars, since some of the "ridiculous" bordered on "unbeleiveable". Samuel L. Jackson lent an authenticity to the narration, in both voicing and accent, that brought the text and characters to life.

    6 of 6 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
    (3872)
    Performance
    (3221)
    Story
    (3214)

    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
    (8394)
    Performance
    (6538)
    Story
    (6567)

    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.

    Shannon 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
    (27158)
    Performance
    (20989)
    Story
    (21195)

    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
    (29621)
    Performance
    (22761)
    Story
    (22928)

    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
    (34878)
    Performance
    (25954)
    Story
    (26319)

    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
  • Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Emily Woo Zeller
    Overall
    (1298)
    Performance
    (1140)
    Story
    (1149)

    Best-selling author Mary Roach returns with a new adventure to the invisible realm we carry around inside. Roach takes us down the hatch on an unforgettable tour. The alimentary canal is classic Mary Roach terrain: The questions explored in Gulp are as taboo, in their way, as the cadavers in Stiff and every bit as surreal as the universe of zero gravity explored in Packing for Mars. Why is crunchy food so appealing? Why is it so hard to find words for flavors and smells? Why doesn’t the stomach digest itself? How much can you eat before your stomach bursts?

    Kirstin says: "Mary Roach Does Not Disappoint!"
    "Mary Roach is so funny!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I truly enjoy Ms. Roach's writing. I learn something, I giggle (bovine malfeasance!) and truly enjoy my morning commute. She tackles icky subjects with a sense of humor, and makes a boring subject something to enjoy. Thanks, Mary! That part about Elvis was news to me!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Family - A Novel (Movie Tie-In), previously published as Malavita

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Tonino Benacquista
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (35)

    The Blakes are newcomers to a small town in Normandy. Fred is a historian researching the Allied landings, Maggie enjoys charity work, and their kids are looking forward to meeting other teenagers at the local lycee. Or so it seems. In fact, Fred is really Giovanni Manzoni, an ex-goodfella turned stool pigeon who's been relocated from New Jersey to France by the FBI's witness protection program. And when imprisoned mobster Don Mimino gets wind of their location, it's Mafia mayhem.

    Richard Delman says: "A genuine laugh riot. Balerini is a master."
    "The Performance makes the story"
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    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book, but mostly because of the narration. Eduardo Ballerini is truly a gifted talent. The story is okay. I found Fred, the male character, hard to tolerate with all his mafia-laden ways and egotistical viewpoint of the world. The family as a whole is hard to develop feelings for, although the mother, Olivia, seems the most human. I don't know how realistically this story portrays life in the witness protection program, or if it even was meant to, but I probably would not have finished the book if I were reading it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Dr. Dolittle

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Hugh Lofting
    • Narrated By David Case
    Overall
    (676)
    Performance
    (580)
    Story
    (587)

    No one loves and understands animals like the eccentric 19th century physician Dr. Dolittle, who masters animal language with the help of Polynesia the parrot. After his human patients desert him, the kind-hearted doctor finds his calling in practicing animal medicine, and his fame spreads far and wide. When a terrible epidemic breaks out among monkeys in Africa, Dr. Dolittle sets out to save them, accompanied by some of his favorite pets.

    Stacey says: "Has racist undertones"
    "Not as entertaining as I hoped"
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    Any additional comments?

    Not having any familiarity with this story prior to downloading the audiobook, I was thinking it would be more entertaining. I felt like it may have been written for a three year old. I guess I was expecting something written in a more adult language. The narrator did a good job giving voices to speaking animals. Overall I was not that captivated by this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gregory Boyle
    • Narrated By Gregory Boyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (389)

    As a pastor working in a neighborhood with the highest concentration of murderous gang activity in Los Angeles, Gregory Boyle created an organization to provide jobs, job training, and encouragement so that young people could work together and learn the mutual respect that comes from collaboration.

    Jeremy says: "Perhaps the best book I've read in years."
    "Inspiring and moving!"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book was a breath of fresh air. In today's world it is so difficult to see the beauty in everyday things, let alone those whom society has deemed unworthy. I applaud G for his efforts, and I hope he has many more years of successful work at this mission. We have these needs of charity and love right in our own country, even right out our own back doors sometimes, and we do not see them. I hope this story has made some small change in my own personality to be a better person and to not overlook the beauty, light, and raw potential in people I may not give enough credit to.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Of Mice and Men

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Gary Sinise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (795)
    Performance
    (685)
    Story
    (688)

    While the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbeck’s work of the late 1930s, he narrowed his focus when composing Of Mice and Men (1937), creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. But though the scope is narrow, the theme is universal: a friendship and shared dream that make an individual’s existence meaningful.

    Jenny says: "The reader alone is worth it"
    "Heartbreaking"
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    Any additional comments?

    The narration was perfect. The voices added so much to the interpretation of the character's personality. Lenny broke my heart. As a parent of child with Downs, I understand how difficult it is for a person with a learning disorder to comprehend the society we have created. George was so devoted to Lenny, I just wanted to hug him. In fact, all the characters had their positive qualities (except for maybe Curly). A short listen - about 3 hours- but it is a deep, deep story that will leave you with thoughts that your brain will keep picking at for days.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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