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Sue

Schenectady, NY, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Wool: Silo, #1; Wool, #1-5

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Hugh Howey
    • Narrated By Amanda Sayle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1736)
    Performance
    (1595)
    Story
    (1611)

    In a ruined and toxic landscape, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. Sheriff Holston, who has unwaveringly upheld the silo’s rules for years, unexpectedly breaks the greatest taboo of all: He asks to go outside.

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Post-apocalyptic life in a silo"
    "Worth the credit"
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    What did you love best about Wool?

    Despite not knowing how these people wound up in the silo or how they set up their society, it was a good story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't know if I had a "favorite" character. I liked many of the characters in the book for who they were and their contributions. I really liked the voice Amanda gave Solo and looked forward to hearing from him.


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

    No, but I'd listen to her again.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this book a while ago and listened again after buying the second book. I was rapt and listened to the book any chance I could. I hope the other installments continue to hold my interest like this one did.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11934)
    Performance
    (10845)
    Story
    (10869)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Slow But Steady"
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    Would you listen to 14 again? Why?

    Yes. I thought the author wrote an endearing story that captured my interest from the beginning. I liked the characters, found them believable and enjoyed their banter. I loved Ray Porter's performance. I really thought he captured the characters essence in his different voice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 14?

    There were many, however most of them were associated with the team working together to solve the buildings mystery. It did have shades of Lost in it.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Porter – was your favorite?

    That's a hard question. I liked all the characters and their difference eccentricities.I think Nate stood out as the leader and the person who kept things moving along.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drowned Cities

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (373)

    In a dark future America where violence, terror, and grief touch everyone, young refugees Mahlia and Mouse have managed to leave behind the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities by escaping into the jungle outskirts. But when they discover a wounded half-man - a bioengineered war beast named Tool - who is being hunted by a vengeful band of soldiers, their fragile existence quickly collapses.

    Ryan says: "Another grim, gripping collapsed-world adventure"
    "Good read"
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    It took some time to get into it because I didn't read the first book but was absorbed and got involved as the book progressed. Good read...not sure I will or need to read the first book tho

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10926)
    Performance
    (6123)
    Story
    (6172)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "A Good Listen"
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    I wanted to listen to this book before I saw the movie. I am glad I did. It is a heartwarming story that, while it takes a bit to get into at the beginning, it became a book I couldn't stop listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Places: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Cassandra Campbell, Mark Deakins, and others
    Overall
    (4557)
    Performance
    (3791)
    Story
    (3810)

    Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in "The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas". As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived, and famously testified that her 15-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who've long forgotten her.

    Glenda Jeffers says: "Riveting but brutal"
    "Great Listen"
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    If you could sum up Dark Places in three words, what would they be?

    Intense, unpredictable and have I said intense


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way Gillian brought out and developed the characters. The story flowed smoothly and kept you interested in finding out what happens next.


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

    Libby by far. It is her story. I really liked how realistically her character was, that is, a woman who suffered a horrific trauma. I thought she was believable.


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

    There were so many moments...but mostly Libby....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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