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Tamara

Vista, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • A Confederacy of Dunces

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By John Kennedy Toole
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1989)
    Performance
    (998)
    Story
    (1003)

    The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

    Jon says: "Well Done"
    "teleported into the sims?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am convinced the author is/was a time traveler who played the sims and then went back to write a this story

    characters who stay true to their personality traits at all costs
    dropping items anywhere that suits them
    living on whatever food is presented to them
    a hint about changing a personality as easily as changing a wig
    pulling buckets of paint from pockets
    and, of course, ever place needs a pet!

    forget all the banter and deep discussion about what the author "really meant" ... go live vicariously in simsville!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane Carver of Waar: Waar, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Nathan Long
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (273)

    Jane Carver is nobody's idea of a space princess. A hard-ridin', hard-lovin' biker chick and ex-Airborne Ranger, Jane is as surprised as anyone else when, on the run from the law, she ducks into the wrong cave at the wrong time - and wakes up butt-naked on an exotic alien planet light-years away from everything she's ever known. Waar is a savage world of four-armed tiger-men, sky-pirates, slaves, gladiators, and purple-skinned warriors in thrall to a bloodthirsty code of honor and chivalry.

    Diane Rivers says: "Story and Narration = Epic Fun!"
    "Grammar Nazis Avoid!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I can deal with language variances for "aliens and other races" but a gal from L.A. using "me" improperly (ie: "me and him went and did xyz") got very old, quite fast ... perhaps if her dialog was completely askew it wouldn't have been so intolerable /shrugs

    Personally, I felt like the narrator was yelling at me the entire book. I had to take breaks strictly for this reason.

    FYI

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Chris Colfer
    • Narrated By Chris Colfer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (270)

    Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairytales. The Land of Stories tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about.

    Naomi says: "Delightful! Entertaining! And beautifully written!"
    "so much potential!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really, REALLY want to love this book ... but, I just can't ... yet!

    The creative story line is fabulous! The repetitive use of words, isn't.

    On occasion, a passage with repeated words adds to a scene. Over use of such passages simply irritates. (This isn't from the book, but something akin to the kind of thing I mention: "he sat up and found himself in complete darkness. she also found herself in darkness. they couldn't see anything in the darkness. how would they find the path in this darkness? they couldn't see each other in the darkness. all around them was darkness. even shadows went unseen, blending fully into the darkness."

    I generally LOVE when an author reads their own book. And this author does a great job at character voices. However, I found it feels like speed reading at times; almost tripping over words.

    I could not wish more that this was a pre-screen of the book before editing ... so I could look forward to hearing the "final version."




    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Espresso Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Robert Ian Mackenzie
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (147)

    Between glances in the mirror, vain Bruce contemplates a new career as a wine merchant. His troubled flatmate, Pat, finds himself looking for true love at a nudist picnic. Precocious Bertie, now six years old, prepares for kindergarten despite the horror of being forced to wear pink overalls. Meanwhile, his domineering mother, Irene, and his psychologist, Dr. Fairbarn, struggle with dark secrets as Bertie plots his rebellion against them.

    Dorothea says: "Brilliant, as usual."
    "seems to have some editing glitches?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Several of the chapters in this audio simply cut off mid word and move to the next chapter. I at first thought I had hit the "skip" or "fast fwd" button on accident .. but, realized it was only happening towards chapter end and I hadn't been holding my tablet when they were occurring.

    The story is brilliant and wonderfully done. Some of the characters make me cringe, but that is their delight! Others need a solid whap upside the head for they *should* be able to think through how something may go badly.

    We love our soap operas and this takes them to a new level: soap opera for the quirky!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Another Fine Myth: Myth Adventures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert Asprin
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (509)
    Performance
    (464)
    Story
    (470)

    Start at the beginning, in Another Fine Myth, as Skeeve, an apprentice wizard, meets the demon Aahz. Though it's not love, or even like at first sight they form a connection - saving their lives - between them. Follow them in Myth Conceptions, as Skeeve and Aahz test their talent when they decide to take on an entire army themselves and continue on in Myth Directions. Then Skeeve finds himself alone with his own apprentice applicant, a king, in Hit or Myth and must deal with a medieval Mob!

    Chris says: "Don't myth these adventures!"
    "Great Fun!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is the beginning of a series I can get lost in again and again!

    The narrator does a great job voicing the different characters ... my only gripe was the changing pronunciation of some words/names (Tanda)

    If you haven't entered The Myth ... do so ... or be Gleeped!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edgelanders: Serpent of Time, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jennifer Melzer
    • Narrated By Veronica Giguere
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    When Princess Lorelei of Leithe overhears her fiancé's plot to murder her on the way to their wedding, she does the only smart thing: she runs. Into the Edgelands, the savage, woodland home of the legendary U'lfer, a race of fierce wolves who walk as men, she knows she is as good as dead, but she would rather be torn apart by werewolves than die by Trystay's hand. A young U'lfer warrior named Finn catches her scent on the wind and finds himself possessed by an unnatural desire to shield and protect her from that which hunts her.

    Tamara says: "Narrator puts me to sleep!"
    "Narrator puts me to sleep!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I want to finish this book ... I forgot that I am not a fan of this narrator ... even sped up, her voice just drones on and on

    sad because the story intrigues me

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1523)
    Performance
    (1185)
    Story
    (1179)

    Abby Cooper is a P.I., psychic intuitive. But her insight failed her when she didn't foresee the death of one of her clients - or that the lead investigator for the case is the gorgeous blind date she just met. Now, with the police suspicious of her abilities and a killer on the loose, Abby's future looks more uncertain than ever.

    Roger says: "review of Abby Cooper series"
    "should've taken negative reviews seriously"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    there were enough negative reviews that I should've known better

    narrator not at all right for character (not sure if right for any character as really annoying verbal usages)

    main character is a twit ... the inconsistencies drove me batty





    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clockwork Angel: The Infernal Devices, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ehle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2579)
    Performance
    (1973)
    Story
    (1981)

    When 16-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

    Sam says: "Fantastic book!!"
    "good ending"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    took me a bit to get into this story ... but the end left me eager for the next book!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Uglies: Uglies, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Carine Montbertrand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (883)
    Performance
    (622)
    Story
    (631)

    Tally Youngblood is quickly approaching her 16th birthday and the mandatory pretty-making surgery that accompanies it. But Tally isn't sure if she wants to be a placidly happy Pretty. When a top secret organization threatens her with remaining Ugly forever, she reluctantly spies on the rebels who have refused the surgery. They think it changes more than just looks and are working on a cure. But they need someone to become Pretty to test it out.

    Cather says: "Unexpectedly enjoyable"
    "old idea into a new concept!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    love the idea that "fairness" is created by making everyone look beautiful!

    creative twist to an ageless issue ... how do we get people to act ethical towards one another ... at what cost ... and is it ultimately worth it?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Turn of Light

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Julie E. Czerneda
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    The village of Marrowdell is an isolated pioneer community, but it is also the place where two worlds overlap, and at the turn of light - sunset - the world of magic known as the Verge can briefly be seen.

    Heather Dryer says: "Julie's first foray into fantasy is a home run!"
    "Voice of Doom in the narrator!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    first let me say that reading this vs listening to the audible may provide a radically different experience ...

    but, getting through this was a *chore* ... the narrator's tone, inflection ... gah! I had to put it on double speed just to complete the audible

    that said, this is another book where I found I liked the plot and ideas incorporated ... but there was so much superfluous wordage ... like a mouth full of peanut butter and trying to cram more in

    peanut butter is good ... but can overwhelm and end up choking ... which I feel happened

    the *constant* "Ancestors this" and "ancestors that" ... was amusing at first ... but good GRIEF no one would actually use it in every other thing they open their mouth to say

    also, and again perhaps the narrator ruined it, but I heard "Jen Nolin" waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much ... and I "get" this was part of the "feel" of the community ... but it got old, fast

    call her jen, call her ... well, *her*


    I'll stop there.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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