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Rita Jones-Mayes

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  • MaddAddam: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Bob Walter, Robbie Daymond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (679)
    Performance
    (612)
    Story
    (610)

    Months after the Waterless Flood pandemic has wiped out most of humanity, Toby and Ren have rescued their friend Amanda from the vicious Painballers. They return to the MaddAddamite cob house, newly fortified against man and giant pigoon alike. Accompanying them are the Crakers, the gentle, quasi-human species engineered by the brilliant but deceased Crake. Their reluctant prophet, Snowman-the-Jimmy, is recovering from a debilitating fever, so it's left to Toby to preach the Craker theology, with Crake as Creator.

    Tery says: "dystopian heaven"
    "The Legacy of Oryx and Crake"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of MaddAddam to be better than the print version?

    I think the print version would have been a little easier for me to follow, but I enjoy the audio version because there are times that I can listen when I cannot read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked seeing the development of Blackbeard and the Crakes. I enjoyed seeing how the two cultures of Crake and uman were merging and each was learning from the other.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    By the end of the book by favorite character was Blackbeard. It was interesting to see how his curiosity led him from being a child of the Crakes to being the storyteller and historian, and potentially a leader of a new people.


    If you could take any character from MaddAddam out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would take Toby. I would enjoy talking with her and feel that I could learn more from her about the other characters than I could from anyone else.


    Any additional comments?

    I especially enjoyed the ending of the book. By using Blackbeard were able to glimpse a little into the Crake's future. I would like to know more about the Crake's future and about the future of the Crake/humans.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Year of the Flood

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne, Katie MacNichol, Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (1169)
    Performance
    (703)
    Story
    (705)

    The times and species have been changing at a rapid rate, and the social compact is wearing as thin as environmental stability. Adam One, the kindly leader of the God's Gardeners - a religion devoted to the melding of science and religion, as well as the preservation of all plant and animal life - has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it. Now it has occurred, obliterating most human life.

    Melinda says: "thought-provoking, engaging dystopic fiction"
    "Time Jumps and Numerous Characters Were Confusing"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone that kies reading about a mad scientist's version of the future. I enjoy reading, listening and watching possible pathes that our future could take. But I found this one a little confusing. I wasn't sure that the timeline was supposed to be.


    If you’ve listened to books by Margaret Atwood before, how does this one compare?

    Out of the the four that I have read and/or listened to this would be the 4th.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Margaret Atwood's books are suspenseful and imaginative which makes them interesting. She gives peeks into the future and then fills in the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Nothing


    Any additional comments?

    The is the 2nd of a 3 book trilogy. I don't think it could stand alone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oryx and Crake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1866)
    Performance
    (1016)
    Story
    (1027)

    As the story opens, Snowman is sleeping in a tree, mourning the loss of his beloved Oryx and his best friend Crake, and slowly starving to death. How did everything fall apart so quickly? Why is he left with nothing but his haunting memories? Alone except for the green-eyed Children of Crake, he explores the answers to these questions in the double journey he takes - into his own past, and back to Crake's high-tech bubble-dome, where the Paradice Project unfolded and the world came to grief.

    Doug says: "Very Scary Stuff"
    "Could Not Stop Listening"
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    What made the experience of listening to Oryx and Crake the most enjoyable?

    I have always loved Margaret Atwood's style of writing and this book lived up to my expectations. The narration was easy to understand.


    What other book might you compare Oryx and Crake to and why?

    I read the Hand Maid's Tale by Margaret Atwood several years ago. Since they were by the same author they both had the same writing style. Both were futuristic novels where one man and group had molded their idea of the perfect future and it had gone terribly wrong.


    What does Campbell Scott bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brought the emotions and voices of the characters to life.


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

    I started listening to this book during my morning walk and could not stop listening until the book was finished late that night. I was totally engrossed with the book.


    Any additional comments?

    The main reason for buying this book was Margaret Atwood. I have already purchased two more Audible books by her and will probably buy more of her books in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter is Coming: Symbols and Hidden Meanings in A Game of Thrones

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Valerie Estelle Frankel
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (191)

    Game of Thrones fans watch in delight as the epic battle of Lannister and Stark entangles the Seven Kingdoms. But only the sharpest notice how these houses echo Lancaster and York in the War of the Roses. Druids, Catholics, and even Zoroastrians wander through Westeros, reframing their religions for a new world of fantasy. But how medieval is Westeros? Did lady knights and pirates really battle across Europe? The audiobook Winter is Coming: Symbols and Hidden Meanings in A Game of Thrones explores all this and more, from the echoes of history to the symbols and omens our beloved characters.

    andrew says: "Good short listen, about GOT"
    "Great Look Into Future of Game of Thrones"
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    Would you listen to Winter is Coming again? Why?

    I might listen this this again. It is short and an easy listen. There is lots of thought provoking discussion and a behind the scenes look at what is really going on. Good discussion of symbolism in the books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Winter is Coming?

    I especially enjoyed the discussion on Jon's parentage. This is something that my daughter and I had discussed at length and some of the theories that we had come up with were discussed as well as some that we had not thought of.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the discussion of prophecy of what was going to happen in the future for Game of Thrones especially in regards to the dragons.


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

    This that was a book about other books it did not provoke extreme reactions. It was enjoyable from beginning to end.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was easy to understand which is my first priority for a audible book. I would buy this one again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9597)
    Performance
    (8820)
    Story
    (8866)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "Would Not Pick This One Again"
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    What did you love best about A Feast for Crows?

    I have enjoyed all of the Game of Thrones books. Love the characters and the storyline as well and the stories within the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Feast for Crows?

    There have been lots of memorable moments. I have most enjoyed the scenes from Dorne.


    What didn’t you like about Roy Dotrice’s performance?

    He was difficult to understand. Some of his words were not clear and it was difficult when he changed from one character to another.


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

    I am still reading. I will complete this section when I have finished.


    Any additional comments?

    It was so difficult for me to understand the narrator that I purchased a readable version and I am reading the book instead of listing because I do not want to miss anything. The narration sounds as if he is talking with loose dentures and is spitting as he reads. I would not but this again. But I will continue to buy other Audible Books, just not books with this narrator. I was very disappointed as I had been waiting for this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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