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Sandra

San Diego, CA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Perfect Match

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Carol Monda, Susan Bennett, Michele O. Medlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (267)
    Performance
    (235)
    Story
    (236)

    In the course of her everyday work, career-driven assistant district attorney Nina Frost prosecutes child molesters and works determinedly to ensure that a legal system with too many loopholes keeps these criminals behind bars. But when her own five-year-old son, Nathaniel, is traumatized by a sexual assault, Nina and her husband, Caleb, a quiet and methodical stone mason, are shattered, ripped apart by an enraging sense of helplessness in the face of a futile justice system that Nina knows all too well.

    Deborah says: "Not her best"
    "Just ok"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I can't say I hated it, it was entertaining and there were times I didn't want to stop listening, but it was far from My sister's keeper. I've enjoyed Picoult's books, although MSK and House rules were my favorites. It wasn't realistic court room drama, at times making me think "really?? I doubt day times soaps would be that misleading". That being said, if you like love triangles, parental struggles and trying to walk a mile in another woman's shoes, you won't be wasting a credit.


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

    It really doesn't and I've read/listened to several.


    Do you think Perfect Match needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    uhh, nope.


    Any additional comments?

    Go for My sister's keeper, House rules or even nineteen minutes before this one.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5900)
    Performance
    (5206)
    Story
    (5222)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Kathi says: "Moving story of sharing and transformation."
    "Good, but could have been great"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I think I would have preferred to read this one. There wasn't anything wrong with the narrator, she did a good job, it's just that the story itself seemed to lack something in audible version. Vivian Daly's story was rich and fascinating, but Molly lacked the same umph... She seemed almost and afterthought thrown in after the story of Niamh was born and raised. Had Molly and the characters of her day been developed as well as Niamh, (AKA Dorothy, Vivian) this could have been an amazing book instead of just a good book.


    What three words best describe Jessica Almasy and Suzanne Toren ’s voice?

    Pleasant. Pedestrian. Vanilla.


    Could you see Orphan Train being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not so much, maybe an "after-school special" or a Hallmark movie.


    Any additional comments?

    By the reviews I was expecting the likes of "The Kitchen House" or "Cutting for Stone", but this did not compare. Don't be dissuaded by my review, it is a pleasant, if not too predictable, story. I prefer an author who brings me into the belly of the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2389)
    Performance
    (2200)
    Story
    (2197)

    Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

    Marvin says: "New diet trend, become a zombie!"
    "It took BRAINS to revive this genre"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of My Life as a White Trash Zombie to be better than the print version?

    I would, although I'm sure the book would be interesting either way, the narrator brought a lot to this character.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Life as a White Trash Zombie?

    I'm writing this review after reading all 3 (and anticipating the 4th) in a row, so the memorable moments are many.


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

    I haven't but will look for her now.


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

    This series could easily become a hit series on Netflix.


    Any additional comments?

    If you thought you were done with the genre, take a chance, you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1511)
    Performance
    (1405)
    Story
    (1406)

    Angel Crawford is finally starting to get used to life as a brain-eating zombie, but her problems are far from over. Her felony record is coming back to haunt her, more zombie hunters are popping up, and she’s beginning to wonder if her hunky cop-boyfriend is involved with the zombie mafia. Yeah, that’s right—the zombie mafia. Throw in a secret lab and a lot of conspiracy, and Angel’s going to need all of her brainpower—and maybe a brain smoothie as well—in order to get through it without falling apart.

    Lupdilup says: "A seameless continuation to a great series!"
    "I thought I was over this genre, but SURPRISE!"
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    What did you love best about Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues?

    If you want a fun, easy listen, choose this. I was hooked (1st book) right away and she hasn't lost my attention yet. The narration is perfect, the story is just plain fun and easy to get lost in on a long drive or a sleepless night. Angel brings to Zombies what Sookie Stackhouse brought to Vampires.


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

    She brings Angel to life.


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

    This is not a tag line, but I could easily see this becoming a successful series on Netflix.


    Any additional comments?

    I would never have given this book a chance had it not been for the "daily deal" on the first book. I've since read all 3 and look forward to the next!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Trash Zombie Apocalypse

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1138)
    Performance
    (1064)
    Story
    (1058)

    Our favorite white trash zombie, Angel Crawford, has enough problems of her own, what with dealing with her alcoholic, deadbeat dad, issues with her not-quite boyfriend, the zombie mafia, industrial espionage, and evil corporations. Oh, and it’s raining, and won’t let up. But things get even crazier when a zombie movie starts filming in town, and Angel begins to suspect that it’s not just the plot of the movie that's rotten. Soon she's fighting her way through mud, blood, bullets, and intrigue, even as zombies, both real and fake, prowl the streets.

    Andrea says: "Absolutely loved it!"
    "Angel is my favorite zombie..EVER"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! I really enjoyed this series for a fun, easy listen. Great humor, great spin on zombies. I thought I was over this genre, but SURPRISE!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Angel, no spoilers here...she is just the kind of zombie you fall in love with.


    Any additional comments?

    I would never have taken a chance on this series if the first weren't in the daily deal. I'm so glad I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Maze Runner: Maze Runner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5403)
    Performance
    (4676)
    Story
    (4728)

    When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade - a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

    Trav says: "1st book is pretty good. Downhill afterward."
    "Maze snorer"
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    What disappointed you about The Maze Runner?

    It was incredibly slow, perhaps the narrator contributed to this. I had a very difficult time paying attention, the story just didn't grab me,


    Any additional comments?

    Perhaps a good book for a teen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Peter Heller
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1316)
    Performance
    (1159)
    Story
    (1161)

    Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life exists beyond the airport.

    Mike Naka says: "beautifully written and narrated!"
    "Poetic Post-Apocalyptic Pleasure"
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    Where does The Dog Stars rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If you enjoy excellent writing and the post-apocalyptic genre, this is a must. I didn't have terribly high expectations, but if I did, this book would have exceeded them. The best book I've listened to since Cutting for Stone, and I listen to a LOT of books (I have to do the "buy 3 credits now" before my credits come in each month) . The prose, with absolutely excellent narration, felt to my ears like melted butter on homemade muffins feels to my mouth. I devoured it. I adore being read to sleep, but this book could cure narcolepsy. I listened though sleep, while driving and was completely distracted from work.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hearts in Atlantis

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King, William Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1078)
    Performance
    (530)
    Story
    (536)

    All the stories in this collection from Stephen King are related to the Vietnam War. King fans will recognize echoes of The Dark Tower series in the collection's first story, "Low Men in Yellow Coats." As the characters develop over the next four stories, King's version of the Vietnam War becomes one of his most frightening tales ever.

    Steve A. says: "Touching, Funny - Amazingly well written and read."
    "Great, but not Green mile or 11/22/63 Great"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. As with many of his works, be prepared for more heartbreak than horror. He may be known as the "King of Horror", but he is simply a master story teller. Stephen King makes the routine riveting. To use his own words, he weaves ''that breathless sense of magic, that sense of the world as a thin veneer stretched over something else, something both brighter and darker.'' into our imaginations, giving the flat, ordinary surfaces of everyday life texture and intrigue. I have enjoyed almost everything I've read of Kings, even when the story doesn't speak to me, his writing style never fails to stir something in me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hearts in Atlantis?

    All of the "relationships" in this story are memorable, but for me, none so much as that between 11 year old Bobby Garfield and the other-worldly, white-haired neighbor, Ted Brautigan. At times the chapters are seemingly different stories altogether, married in these extraordinarily ordinary threads, woven so tightly, you can't see the patterns emerge from a distance. From historical moments like the Vietnam war, to pivotal "coming of age" experiences, he creates a world you can step into and it's easy to imagine that you're sitting next to, or inside of, one of his many characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pandora's Star

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4762)
    Performance
    (3015)
    Story
    (3052)

    The year is 2380. The Intersolar Commonwealth, a sphere of stars some 400 light-years in diameter, contains more than 600 worlds, interconnected by a web of transport "tunnels" known as wormholes. At the farthest edge of the Commonwealth, astronomer Dudley Bose observes the impossible: Over 1,000 light-years away, a star...vanishes. It does not go supernova. It does not collapse into a black hole. It simply disappears.

    Devin says: "Great Epic Scifi"
    "not sure"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    see headline


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    probably the next book. The ending was wanting, to say the least.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Dudley was taken by the aliens....Maybe not favorite, but it was engaging


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Pandora's Star?

    There were a lot of fillers. In retrospect, they helped develop a familial feeling that made you want to keep going, but it seemed like an abridged version would keep me wanting to turn the page. This book took me the longest of any audio book to complete and I usually enjoy unabridged versions. I am a Sci-Fi fan, so that speaks loudly.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4714)
    Performance
    (2182)
    Story
    (2171)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Entertaining, but not book of the year"
    Overall

    This book is both entertaining and disturbing. I enjoyed the content and the narration. I previously read that the narration was annoying because of the child's voice, but I did not find this to be true at all. I am picky about narration and have put down previously enjoyed books (that I read) because I could not deal with the narration. This is not the case. I wouldn't vote this "book of the year", but I can understand why others enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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