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Reisterstown, MD, United States | Member Since 2012

  • 5 reviews
  • 6 ratings
  • 157 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2015

  • The Drawing of the Three: The Dark Tower II

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Stephen King returns to The Dark Towerin this second, mesmerizing volume in his epic series. After his confrontation with the man in black at the end of The Gunslinger, Roland awakes to find three doors on the beach of Mid-World's Western Sea, each leading to New York City but at three different moments in time. Through these doors, Roland must "draw" three figures crucial to his quest for the Dark Tower.

    Kevin says: "If you read this, you're hooked"
    "Great read"

    This is a really interesting book...vivid and imaginative. The reader is spectacular. It stands on its own but I am hooked for the next one (which I didn't like as much and didn't stand alone as well)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The English Girl: Gabriel Allon, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Daniel Silva
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Daniel Silva delivers another spectacular thriller starring Gabriel Allon, The English Girl. When a beautiful young British woman vanishes on the island of Corsica, a prime minister’s career is threatened with destruction. Allon, the wayward son of Israeli intelligence, is thrust into a game of shadows where nothing is what it seems...and where the only thing more dangerous than his enemies might be the truth.…

    Janels says: "Gabriel's story takes huge strides"
    "Good, not great."

    I enjoyed the book but it wasn't as good as some of Silva's previous. The plot twists were ok but a bit formulaic. I think the idea of making Allon seem older was ok but a bit trite... It mirrored the last James Bond movie Skyfall where they did the same.

    The reader wasn't terrible but his voicing and accents were very lacking. For a book like this with many international voices, you really need a reader that can do a passable Russian, Israeli, and English Accent. His were really poor.

    It didn't ruin the reading but it certainly took away from it.

    Finally, the last part seemed phoned in. Without giving away too much, all the events though the book had expected dangers and failures along the way. Once the major operation was pulled off, there were a few lame false foreshadows of danger to come (they might end up back in Moscow, the soothsayer saying Moscow would be Allon's death), the FSB staking out the airports.. Then.............nothing. No hitches at all. It seemed like Silva was all ready to make for a harrowing escape for the characters....but then ran up against a deadline... or a vacation... boredom... or something else... and then just quickly ended the book with an easy exit for the hitches whatsoever. It didn't match the rest of the book. It didn't seem realistic. I truly think the author just decided to end the book and stopped writing anything of substance after the main operation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Wild

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jon Krakauer
    • Narrated By Philip Franklin

    In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. His name was Christopher Johnson McCandless. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all the cash in his wallet, and invented a new life for himself.

    Craig Mitchell says: "A Book that Never Left Me"
    "Very interesting story. Reader was fine"

    I enjoyed the story. I admit, I didn't like the main character. I think he was a narcissistic, naive, misguided young man who didn't appreciate others. Having said that, I think the author..who probably disagrees with me on that, had a purpose in writing this to make the reader think about that very issue...whether he was a good guy or everything I described Chris/Alex as.

    In some ways, I wonder if the character merited a whole book about him.

    As for the reader, I found him to be just fine. I don't agree with those who didn't like him. There are some amazing readers (like the one who does most of the Stephen King work), but this story didn't call for a hugely dramatic reading. I found it just right and wouldn't for a minute pass by this book because of the bad reviews Philip Franklin got. I think he read this just the way it should have been read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Inferno: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology, Robert Langdon, is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces: Dante’s Inferno. Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust...before the world is irrevocably altered.

    Cidney says: "I Guess Dan Brown Never Read “Children of Men”..."
    "Formulaic, Preachy, disappointing"

    The background on Italian art , Dante , and Istanbul was interesting. Otherwise, this was pure formula. I enjoyed the first few books of Brown, but the was stretching for this. I could almost anticipate the next device the author would use to try to arouse the reader... It was pure formula. Repeated words and exclamations over and over. Chapters started with a repeat of what just happened... as if we were watching a tv show back from commercial. This was very annoying. The story was weak and preachy. It felt like a forced lecture on overpopulation. I have no idea if the science is true or not but I am not going to take Dan Brown's word. If he wants to teach me about art, literature, and architecture through his fiction...great. Science and politics? Please....

    The plot was forced and gimmicky.. It is classic thriller fiction to have one realize that everything one thought was a trick and not really as it seemed.. but this was totally forced and silly.

    I would recommend finding a better book to spend one's time on.

    0 of 1 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

    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"
    "Good but really should not be read alone.."

    This is the second part of the trilogy that started with Hunger Games. The first book stands alone. This book would not be very good without having read the first book. There is review but it doesn't cut it. If one has read the first book, it is very good, more of the same. In fact, too much of more of the same. The uniqueness of the first book is gone and you are left only with the exciting narrative....good but not as good because it is similar to book one. The annoying thing is the ending. Yes it is a cliffhanger like others have said... but the book does not stand alone without reading book 3. Sometimes you can be left with a little suspense. This is clearly just an unfinished story. They should have been honest and put it all in one book (this and the third part). Book 3 gets back into unique stuff... so it is worth it to read this but expect to read the last book. You will be unsatisfied if you stop here. In summary. Read book one only OR Read all three... OR read one and 3... Don't just read this one!!! or this one and 3...
    got that?!

    By the way, I had no problem with the narrator. I thought she was perfect. She matched Catness and her ambivalent, tomboyish character. The fact that Catness isn't very likeable isn't the narrator's fault. it just makes the book more unique.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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