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Trudy Owens

Orem, UT, US | Member Since 2014

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  • The Killer: Victor the Assassin Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Tom Wood
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (826)
    Performance
    (754)
    Story
    (757)

    Meet Victor. He's an assassin - a man with no past and no surname. He lives alone. He operates alone. He's given a job; he takes out the target; he gets paid. He's The Killer. Victor arrives in Paris to perform a standard kill and collect for an anonymous client. He completes it with trademark efficiency - only to find himself in the middle of an ambush and fighting for his life.

    Anthony says: "You Can't Help Pulling for the "Bad Guy""
    ""He lay prostate on the floor..." Seriously?"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Killer the most enjoyable?

    He's not a total sociopath. CIA over-powerful creeps get theirs.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The girl because she was smart but not perfect at everything.


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

    The hilarity of his acyrologia. Prostate, indeed!


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

    It's what I do.


    Any additional comments?

    He snuffed her just like that?

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Of Fire and Night: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    Overall
    (728)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (360)

    The extermination of Earth is at hand. With his increasingly irrational leadership Basil Wenceslas, chairman of the Hansa, has driven humanity into a corner. His punitive treatment of the Hansa colonies and the Roamers, as well as his refusal to aid an embattled Theroc, have made enemies for the people of Earth.

    Chaz says: "Great series!"
    "Ok, now THIS one is the best so far!"
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    What did you love best about Of Fire and Night?

    Finally some resolutions we have been waiting for. There was plenty of action and plenty of surprises. And I knew that crazy guy would return to wreak havoc!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    King Peter has become my favorite. I can't wait for the final showdown, and for him to become a great, unifying leader.


    Which character – as performed by David Colacci – was your favorite?

    I can't think of any voices I especially liked. They are fine and the story moves on. However, I will repeat my annoyance at the accents of the Roamers (mentioned in my review of the previous volume). These people all have names that are either Scots-Irish or Sino-Japanese, yet they sound like American cowboys or bumpkins. Totally wrong.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but you need to sleep sometime, and maybe go to work. Nearly every chapter ends on a cliffhanger, so you have to wait to see how they will deal with this new pickle. But there is so much happening across the spiral arm, so many people in so many sticky situations that you have to jump around to see it all!


    Any additional comments?

    This is truly a saga of galactic proportions. I will continue listening till the universe ends!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14742)
    Performance
    (12208)
    Story
    (12335)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "Where are we going?"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a very rambling life story. I kept wondering what the point was and where this was going, but yet I was engaged the whole time. It is all believable and interesting and engrossing. I just can't grasp the author's point. Novels are usually ABOUT something, be it struggle, enduring, the quest, good will triumph, friendship, revenge..... But I don't see that here. I love the people and the rules of magic here. I love the narration. Where are we going?

    Nick Podehl's narration is fantastic! Such voices! He made it so good that I didn't care where we were going, just take me along!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eleanor & Park

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Rainbow Rowell
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1305)
    Performance
    (1194)
    Story
    (1204)

    Set over the course of one school year, in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits - smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love - and just how hard it pulled you under.

    FanB14 says: "E + P 4-ever!"
    "Just why is Romeo and Juliette so lasting?"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Eleanor & Park to be better than the print version?

    Yes, it was great. Both readers did a fantastic, sensitive job.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aside from the main characters, I like the English teacher. He was roll-your-eyes enthusiastic. He asked the important question in the story.


    What does Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Very tender, sensitive reading.


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

    Can teen love survive?


    Any additional comments?

    There is swearing, a lot, especially right at the beginning, but many people do talk that way, and many kids do when they are trying out their growing-up.This is a teen novel, but it addresses many things. There are different kinds of dysfunctional families, yet some work--those are more probably the ones we call normal. Kids can be cruel, but adults can be criminally cruel. Kids can also be supportive and understanding and so can parents, surprisingly. It is easy to tell kids, "Just talk to a trusted adult," but when your life is eggshells, who can you trust? Is young love less valid than mature love? And then, there is the English teacher's question.
    Loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Conor Grennan
    • Narrated By Conor Grennan
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (413)

    In search of adventure, 29-year-old Conor Grennan traded his day job for a year-long trip around the globe, a journey that began with a three-month stint volunteering at the Little Princes Children's Home, an orphanage in war-torn Nepal. Conor was initially reluctant to volunteer, unsure whether he had the proper skill, or enough passion, to get involved in a developing country in the middle of a civil war. But he was soon overcome by the herd of rambunctious, resilient children.

    Angela says: "Amazing experience + Inspiring tale"
    "Everyone should reach out a little more"
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    If you could sum up Little Princes in three words, what would they be?

    The children suffer.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The shepherd dad. He was doing the best he could with the knowledge he had. I wanted to care for him and teach him and help him help his son. I did not want to make him be me.


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

    Nope, not yet. But here is one case where an author does a great job reading his own book. His accents are great. He infuses the lines with the personality of each speaker. I enjoyed his voice and timber.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I was expecting Ingrid Bergman hiking over the Himalayas with 30 orphans dodging bullets and famine. I got tired in the middle and listened to another book, then came back to this. It was great. There is some danger, just not like Ingrid. Nevertheless, it is an important book.


    Any additional comments?

    I will include this book in the short list of required cultural reading in my Chinese classes. Everyone needs to learn the lessons Conor learned--that cultures are different, and even in maddening, they work in their way. Words do not mean the same thing even if you translate them: dinner in Nepal does not conjure up the same image or emotion as it does in the US or Japan or Zimbabwe. Time can be measured differently. Right can vary from place to place. Help does not always mean solving problems. Enough is different here and there. Enough is enough.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scattered Suns: The Saga of Seven Suns, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (819)
    Performance
    (400)
    Story
    (404)

    The war between the alien hydrogues and the faeros rages, reducing suns to blackened shells - including one of the fabled seven suns of the Ildiran Empire. Instead of protecting themselves, the Ildirans engage in bloody civil war and the many factions of humanity are bitterly divided. Can mankind and Ildirans overcome their own internal fighting to face a deadly new enemy that is ready to annihilate them?

    Joel says: "GREAT Series....Narrator change from Book 4 on"
    "best in series, so far!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Scattered Suns to be better than the print version?

    No, many will enjoy the book just as well. I like to be able to wash dishes or drive and enjoy a book. I feel lazy if I just sit and read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Jess Tamblin until he went all alien weird. He is dashing, heroic and responsible. King Peter is turning out to be a worthy hero; let's see if he makes it.


    What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

    His reading is good, his voices are good. his accents are good. All EXCEPT FOR THE ROAMERS (or is it Romers, as in the Romani?) The Roamers' names are all Scots-Irish or Sino-Japanese, so WHY does he give them a Kentucky-cowboy-Southern (US) accent? WHY? Why?


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, definitely. I had to make myself turn it off to sleep. It does get old that every chapter is a cliff-hanger, and every book as well, but I do want to know what happens.


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot imagine dreaming up the plots and characters of so many disparate worlds and beings. There is so very much going on in these books--at least 7 distinct beings and species, more worlds than that, and so many personal hidden agendas that it was hard to grasp it all at first, but after half of the first book, they become well-known and cared about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Battletech: Lethal Heritage (Blood of Kerensky: Volume One)

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Michael A. Stackpole
    • Narrated By Christopher Graybill
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (89)

    The year is 3030. For the past 300 years, since the Star League collapse and the rise of the Five Successor States, these mortal enemies have fought over space, land, and politics. But a new threat looms just outside the Inner Sphere. The descendants of an old Star League general, the Clans, bred to be the best military force humanity has ever seen, have come to take what they believe is rightfully theirs.

    SYNAUBREY says: "If you read the book first you will be fine"
    "Meehh"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. Listening to the end, realizing it was the end, I discovered I must have missed the middle. Just as well. I didn't care about the people and couldn't figure out who were the Clans and who weren't and who the rest of them were. The battle mechs and interstellar wars are all the rage now. It's like a Harry Potter spinoff--never as good as the model.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    No idea. How do you make a dud a hit? It's that X factor mix of credibility and likability. the battle scenes were very active, but somehow not quite there. And, as I have said, I didn't care about any of the characters. How do you make someone like you?


    What about Christopher Graybill’s performance did you like?

    He did all sorts of voices EXTREMELY well; it was hard to believe there was only him doing the reading. He does the racial/national accents well too, just not the Chinese names. Have Chris call me and I can coach him on those.


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

    Yes, it would probably make millions. Put in the current pretty boy and ripped, lean girl, and voila. Maybe Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt--no wait, that was Edge of Tomorrow.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't figure out the order of the 3 downloads, so I ended up skipping one. It was annoying that there were 3 downloads like 3 separate books--Audible, what's up with that? It's not like it was longer than a Tom Clancy single download.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Ray Lonnen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (741)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (382)

    Michael Robotham's Suspect, hailed as "a lightning-paced debut" by Entertainment Weekly, was an international best seller that raised the bar for thrillers. Now two characters from that acclaimed novel, Detective Vincent Ruiz and psychologist Joe O'Loughlin, return for the electrifying Lost. When Detective Ruiz is pulled from the Thames, he has a bullet in his leg, a photograph of a missing (and presumed dead) girl in his pocket, and absolutely no memory of what happened.

    Lauren says: "EXCELLENT"
    "Great, but a bit complicated and drawn out."
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    If you could sum up Lost in three words, what would they be?

    Engrossing confusing satisfying


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lost?

    Some of the flashbacks/memories are very poignant and real. I felt the sadness and loss.


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

    His reading is very tender, and helped me like the protagonist.


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

    She's dead, no she's alive, she's dead, no, wait, what?


    Any additional comments?

    The story is a bit convoluted and improbable, and I kept having to ask, now just who is THAT person? It was a little annoying to have so many 180s. It could have been condensed a bit to make the whole thing tighter. But, the plot was still enjoyable and worth trying another by the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eye of the Storm: A Sean Dillon Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jack Higgins
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (81)

    Former allies in the IRA, Sean Dillon and Martin Brosnan have chosen different paths. Now Dillon is a terrorist for hire, a master of disguise employed by Saddam Hussein. Brosnan is the one man who knows Dillon’s strengths and weaknesses…and brilliant mastery of espionage. Once friends, now enemies, they are playing the deadliest game of their careers. A game that culminates in a frightening – and true – event: Iraq’s attempted mortar attack on the British war cabinet at 10 Downing Street in February 1991.

    lucas says: "I would recommend this to all of my friends"
    "YAAA--W--N"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Well, despite the several killings, suicides, and bombings, this was a boring story. Cut out some of the conversation, and maybe it would be better.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I may listen to the next one just to see if I warm up to the unfeeling protagonist; if not, that will be it for Sean Dillon.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I think the narrator did a fine job. The story was boring.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I read 2 other books in between listenings to this--it was that not engaging.This is not a hero to make my heart pound. He is a sociopath with a warped or dishonest sense of honor (?). His big line is, "I always pay my debts." Except when it is, "I always keep my word." And he expects others to do the same. Maybe I was yawning when it happened, but I missed the part where he could collect his payment even though he hadn't completed his part of the bargain. Now, don't get me wrong, I am happy that the good guys survived and the bad guys didn't, but this was all too weird. This is not honor, even the among-thieves kind. It just made him a jerk.


    Any additional comments?

    What right-minded head of Intelligence and Captain aide leave a man for dead without checking? Seriously? If that's what you count on to stay alive, I fear your time is up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fairest: The Lunar Chronicles - Levana's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (312)

    Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all? Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her "glamour" to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story - a story that has never been told - until now. Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death.

    Log Cabin Pat says: "For fans only"
    "To sympathise or not?"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fairest to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version. I didn't like the font of Cinder. I lover this narrator, so choose to listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love the seamstress. She is genuinely good, sweet, considerate, and the innocent, unwitting cause of many problems. I cannot get over the feeling that the characters are a little flat. Soler's voice changes are there, but within a much narrower range than that of Thorn to the doctor to Cinder to Cress, which adds to my impression of flat characters. The characters don't have much character.


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

    This book does not show off her talents the way the others do. There are not so many characters, and there is much less action. Yet, she does a good job with what she is given, grammatical errors and all.


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

    After listening to it twice, looking back, I don't think so. I like the story, but it just doesn't grab the way Cinder and Cress do. It is valuable and enjoyable to know the back story, but Levana makes her evil choices and becomes who she will be. I think the best point made in the story refers to mirrors--lots of allegories there. Levana hates mirrors because they reflect what she isn't-- beautiful, capable, good enough. Although she is a capable ruler, she never feels sufficient. She is always trying to be someone else, and is very focused on her physical appearance. She hates the reality, and strives for the false.Cinder, on the other hand, begins to hate mirrors for fear of what she might become. Cinder is very confident in herself as a mechanic, and doesn't fret over her plain looks. She does feel inadequate to be a queen, but, as she proves, she CAN escape from prison and go to Africa, and she CAN lead a rebellion. These successes will help her develop into someone who CAN be queen. When she begins using her gift, she begins to distrust and dislike herself fearing that she might turn wicked. The mirrors show her the plain mechanic not her glamour. She focuses on her inner character not her outer appearance. She hates the falsity and not the illusion.


    Any additional comments?

    If you loved the Lunar books, you must read this. It is not my favorite, but still adds to the saga.
    This story shows the importance of developing trust and love, usually from infancy, and the problems people face and cause for society if they don't grow up learning to trust and love. Levana has valid reasons for her insecurity and lack of self-esteem. She develops the twisted notions of and desperate yearning for love common to people who grew up without it. We can understand and feel sorry for her while deciding that she must be eliminated. These psychological causes and motivations ring true and form the basis of the best of the story.
    Despite all the good here, there are a few things that don't jive. First of all are the glamours. Much is made of Levana's glamoured beauty, so striking that Prince Kai is mesmerized. When Cinder is captured at the ball and her net interface undoes Levana's glamour, the face revealed does not seem to be the face revealed to Everett, and to us. Cinder's remark, "You're NOT beautiful!" does not ring true if the face her cyborg interface indicated were the one revealed to Everett. Does she have a double layer of glamour, or something?
    Both Prince Kaito and Dr. Erland made points of how stunning Cinder's glamour was. Kai said it was "painful", and the doctor said it was nearly identical to her mother's. So identical that Levana recognized Cinder because of it. Yet, NO mention is made of Chanery's glamours in Fairest except to say that she was good at it. Seems to me, it should have been a bigger deal.
    Second, Winter is born the same ebony color as her father, then gets several shades lighter in Fairest, until in Cress she is merely warm brown. This loss of color confuses me, but not as much as choosing the opposite skin color for Snow White.
    Third and fourth are more about format. There are no fairy tale chapter headings as there are in the other books. Parallelism and consistency and all that.
    Finally, some of the grammar mistakes that plagued the first books continue here, but not so badly. Ms. Meyers does not know the usage of "may" versus "might", as well as several other details. At least there are no great gaffes like having the silk gloves melt as in Cinder. It is painful to me to have such wonderful stories contain errors that could and should have been easily fixed. Where are the editors?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mitosis: A Reckoners Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (289)

    From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Words of Radiance, coauthor of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series and creator of the internationally bestselling Mistborn Trilogy, Brandon Sanderson comes Mitosis, a short story set in the action-packed world of Steelheart: the Reckoners series, exclusively available in the digital format. Epics still plague Newcago, but David and the Reckoners have vowed to fight back.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "I totally listened to this out of order"
    "Great story, well done. Yeah,it's short."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Although it is a very short story, it has the action and characters of Steelheart. There is a new Epic, with his weaknesses as well. There is some contemplation about the nature of gods versus men, the reason Epics have they weaknesses they do, and the strength of humanity. All in one tiny little package! And the narrator is awesome.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mitosis?

    So as not to venture into spoiler area, let me just say that humans coming together can accomplish great things.


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

    He gets the humor of the metaphors, and the youth of David. He does voices well without falsetto. He rarely gets emphases wrong. All good.


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

    Easier to be a hero than an administrator


    Any additional comments?

    Don't freak out that this is so short. Authors like to try different things; they don't have to make everything epic (intended). Just know that this is a short story going in and enjoy it. I understand that this will be mentioned in the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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