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Stacey

New Market, MD, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13067)
    Performance
    (11275)
    Story
    (11256)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "Narration gave me some trouble"
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    Where does Steve Jobs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed this book. I thought Isaacson did a great job detailing Jobs' life. Definitely one of the most listenable books I've had in a while.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that it was understandable. While I have a fairly solid technical computer background, Isaacson explained points of engineering and design in such a way that the concepts were very accessible. I came away with not only a good understanding of Steve Jobs' life, but of the background of Apple and the industry itself.


    What aspect of Dylan Baker’s performance would you have changed?

    The narration was the only sticking point for me. I am pretty low-maintenance when it comes to narration. I very rarely complain about a narrator. I can block out an annoying voice, I don't really care about how fast or slow a narrator reads, I can even grudgingly stomach the occasional mispronounced word.

    This narrator didn't do a bad job per se, the issue I had was that his timing and inflection did not change to indicate when he was going from the author's writing to a direct quote from an interviewee. Sometimes a sentence would start as the author's words and finish with a portion of a quote from someone - which if you knew it was an interviewee


    Any additional comments?

    On the whole, I found this to be a very well-written enjoyable book. Biographies can be challenging for me to read if the author does not impart the true humanity of the subject. I have no desire to listen to a

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  • Up from the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2073)
    Performance
    (1899)
    Story
    (1898)

    There's always one more grave to dig. Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband, Bones. They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war…. A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights. Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death…because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences.

    Stacey says: "OMG--Can this series get any better? You Bet!"
    "Anyone else notice the voices didn't match?"
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    It's a little thing, but given that Tavia Gilbert has narrated so many of these books, I'm surprised at how different a few of the voices were. Definitely not a deal breaker, but it was a little weird.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Drop of Crimson: Night Huntress World, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3034)
    Performance
    (2083)
    Story
    (2094)

    He is Spade, a powerful, mysterious vampire who has walked the earth for centuries and is now duty-bound to protect this endangered, alluring human—even if it means destroying his own kind. Denise may arouse his deepest hungers, but Spade knows he must fight his urge to have her as they face the nightmare together, because once the first crimson drop falls, they will both be lost.

    Kickez says: "Read the "Night Huntress" series 1st!"
    "Good story tho not my favorite character"
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    I enjoyed this book well enough. I listened to it to fill in plot holes in the Night Huntress series. Denise is not my favorite character. I don't dislike her, but she's a very soft character compared to most others in the associated series. Overall worth the listen, but not mind blowing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Destined for an Early Grave: Night Huntress, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3351)
    Performance
    (2478)
    Story
    (2480)

    Since half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her undead lover Bones met six years ago, they’ve fought against the rogue undead, battled a vengeful Master vampire, and pledged their devotion with a blood bond. Now it’s time for a vacation. But their hopes for a perfect Paris holiday are dashed when Cat awakes one night in terror. She’s having visions of a vampire named Gregor, who’s more powerful than Bones and has ties to her past that even Cat herself didn’t know about.

    Marla says: "Excellent!!"
    "Good, but not the best"
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    I liked the auxiliary character development (Vlad, etc), but found the bickering between Bones & Cat a little tiring. I missed their affection that was more present in the previous stories. Still good, still worth the purchase, & Tavia Gilbert does a fantastic job as always.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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