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Wilson

St. Petersburg, FL, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21352)
    Performance
    (19158)
    Story
    (19326)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Don't see what all the hype was about"
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    What would have made Divergent better?

    The story just wasn't that believable. There was no back story to explain how society ended up how is does, nor could I believe human beings would actually accept the situation. The characters seemed a little shallow, just a touch cliche, but they were much better than the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I should have listened to the preview, then I would have not purchased this book. I am just not a fan of 1st person stories, much less 1st person stories told from the point of view of a 16 year old girl.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Wayfaring Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (978)
    Performance
    (888)
    Story
    (886)

    It is 1934 and the Depression is bearing down when 16-year-old Weldon Avery Holland happens upon infamous criminals Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow after one of their notorious armed robberies. A confrontation with the outlaws ends as Weldon puts a bullet through the rear window of Clyde’s stolen automobile. Ten years later, Second Lieutenant Weldon Holland and his sergeant, Hershel Pine, escape certain death in the Battle of the Bulge and encounter a beautiful young woman named Rosita Lowenstein hiding in a deserted extermination camp.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Outstanding Addition to the Holland/Texas Saga"
    "Not sure why all the 5 star reviews."
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    Admittedly this was my first book by Burke. I can see why people would like him. The book starts out and I actually felt a growing sense of dread for the characters. It's kind of a Great Gatsby in post war Texas. I liked his writing style, the characters and where things were going, but then it seemed to lose steam and his writing started getting on my nerves. Too many flowery wondering thoughts and speculations from the main character. The characters are interesting but other than Linda Gail, no one changes or learns anything.

    There are just too many things that were never explained.

    Spoilers (kind of)

    Who is causing all this pain in Weldon's (our hero)? We get Weldon's guesses, but nothing is ever confirmed. Who keeps killing the people around the story, the cop, the PI, Bugsy Siegel? I kept waiting for explanations or for things to tie together, and for them to make sense, it never did for me. I didn't buy into the "bad" guy's motivations. Basically we are told the "bad" guys are bad and do bad things because they are a different kind of person than Weldon? At the end of the book Weldon and his wife get away from the cops because of Roy's sacrifice, but how do they clear their name? How do they get their life back?

    I'd be willing to give Burke another chance because this book started off soo good, but the ending was pretty unsatisfying .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tears of the Jaguar: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (382)
    Performance
    (338)
    Story
    (336)

    When a sudden rainstorm disrupts an archeological dig at a remote Mayan site, site supervisor Deborah Miller makes an astonishing discovery: a collection of rubies so precious that generations of men have died - and killed - to possess them. Some believe the jewels harbor occult power; others believe they are the key to the arms race; still others see merely their potential for profit. But Deborah doesn’t want power or money - she only wants the truth.

    D. Edwards says: "Light Hearted unoriginal Adventure"
    "Couldn't finish it."
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    I bought this on the "Daily Deal" I figured it cost $3 so why not try it. It wasn't worth what I paid. I listened to about half of it and finally gave up. I don't know if it was the story, the writing or the narrator but I can say the combination was not good. Save your money and find something else.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Eden: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Chris Beckett
    • Narrated By Matthew Frow, Jayne Entwistle, Ione Butler, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (300)

    On the alien, sunless planet they call Eden, the 532 members of the Family shelter beneath the light and warmth of the Forest's lantern trees. Beyond the Forest lie the mountains of the Snowy Dark and a cold so bitter and a night so profound that no man has ever crossed it. The Oldest among the Family recount legends of a world where light came from the sky, where men and women made boats that could cross the stars. These ships brought us here, the Oldest say - and the Family must only wait for the travelers to return.

    Amazon Customer says: "Hope to see a sequel soon"
    "Couldn't buy into it."
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    I normally have a pretty easy time buying into a story, but this one just had too many things that broke my suspension of disbelief. Once I got used to the narrators (there are several to match the point of view of each chapter) I tried to get into the story. It was farfetched but I was willing to go with it. I just kept finding myself distracted and wondering whether or not people in that situation would act that way instead of wondering about the story or the characters. Generally I came to the conclusion, there were several things that are basic human nature, that would have happened long before in this world.

    I also didn't think the story was very original. It's basically Lord of the Flies on another planet. I also really didn't care for most of the characters. It maybe because the story is told from several people's point of view that we never really get to know any of them, I'm not sure.

    This obviously this was the start of a series but I won't be listening to the rest.
    Save your time and listen to something else.


    (Spoilers)........

    Spoilers.


    Here are few of the my problems with the plot:

    You figure out the big surprise at the end pretty early into the story. The space ship ended up crashing back on the planet, no one from earth is coming and they are stuck on the planet forever. It was so obvious that when it happens I just thought it was just a sub plot put in for character development. But That's it, the story ends. I guess the author was going for a big dramatic Planet of Apes ending, but it just fizzled for me.

    In the story we are supposed to believe in 160 years, no one has explored this planet beyond the one little valley they live in. No one has pushed building tools, boats or other things beyond the most basic, basic level. I get it was such a lush forest that no one really had to work for anything until the population grew but these people knew all about earths technology and didn't try to duplicate things as simple as the wheel.

    Everyone sleeps with everyone and no one really cares. Yeah sure they are a little jealous but it's just accepted. No one even knows who the fathers of the children are. I understand in world with no diseases people may have lots of free love, but I couldn't buy there were no monogamous couples, no family units at all.

    In a 160 years no one has killed another person.

    In a 160 years no one has raped another person, even though the "Batface's" and "Clawfeet" men weren't popular with the women and didn't get to "Slip" like the other guys.

    Then after 160 years of all of this going on one boy changes everything and within a couple years people start acting like people.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Phantom King: Kings Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Heather Killough-Walden
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    Siobhan Ashdown was born of magic; it rides her blood like a phantom, tainted and dark and unpredictable. She is a warlock, and the power within her is unlike any before known to her kind. So it's no surprise that the most powerful of the demons who feed off of this warlock magic not only recognizes the enormous potential she represents but determines that he will possess her at any cost. Even if it means war with the entire supernatural world. Thanatos has ruled Purgatory as the Phantom King since time immemorial. King of a vast plane of solitude, he is a free spirit, a lone rider, a tattooed man of wind and dust and nonexistent boundaries.

    CAROLYN says: "A WELL DESERVED 5 STAR RATING FOR A WORTHY LISTEN"
    "I'm guess this was written for the Twilight crowd."
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    Definitely not my thing. More of a romance novel than fantasy. I'd call it a starter book for Laura Hamilton. Never read any Twilight but I can only guess this is what it was like.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4622)
    Performance
    (4290)
    Story
    (4287)

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "A great follow up to Hard Magic"
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    I dove right into this one as soon as I finished Hard Magic and I wasn't disappointed. If you like the first then you'll like this one too. There are great writing with interesting characters. The second book has basically become the X-men with magic instead of mutants, in 1930's but it's done extremely well. And who knew Bronson Pinchot was a narrating genius. I'll be going back to listen to anything he's done.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ruins: Pathfinder, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Emily Janice Card
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1775)
    Performance
    (1569)
    Story
    (1593)

    When Rigg and his friends crossed the Wall between the only world they knew and a world they could not imagine, he hoped he was leading them to safety. But the dangers in this new wallfold are more difficult to see. Rigg, Umbo, and Param know that they cannot trust the expendable, Vadesh - a machine shaped like a human, created to deceive - but they are no longer certain that they can even trust one another. But they will have little choice. Because although Rigg can decipher the paths of the past, he can’t yet see the horror that lies ahead: A destructive force with deadly intentions is hurtling toward Garden.

    Anita St George says: "Disappointing sequel to Pathfinder"
    "Bought by Mistake, won't buy the next"
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    I bought this book thinking it was the sequel to "Lost Gate" . I also listened to the first one in this series and thought it was average at best. So I knew what was going on, but the problem is I just didn't care. I thought there was a lot of boring discussions and bickering in the first book. Little did I know, Card had barely scratched the surface. The characters argue so much I found myself hoping the ships would come and destroy them.

    Hopefully the title "Ruins" is not an indication of the direction Card's writing is going, but if he keeps producing books like this that is where it will end up.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3692)
    Performance
    (3430)
    Story
    (3431)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "Still hasn't Duplicated "Heart Shaped Box""
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    Hill plays with some interesting ideas but it never gets that, on the edge of your seat sense of desperation he achieved in "Heart Shaped Box". Its still worth a listen, but I keep hoping he will get back there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 5th Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Rick Yancey
    • Narrated By Brandon Espinoza, Phoebe Strole
    Overall
    (1136)
    Performance
    (1041)
    Story
    (1044)

    After the first wave, only darkness remains. After the second, only the lucky escape. And after the third, only the unlucky survive. After the fourth wave, only one rule applies: Trust no one. Now, it's the dawn of the fifth wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother - or even saving herself.

    FanB14 says: "Not Your Typical YA Dystopian Fare"
    "I thought there was another part to download"
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    I honestly went to download the next part and realized that was it. After I realized there wasn't a second part I accepted there was an ending but it was rather unsatisfying. Don't understand all the great reviews. Granted it could set up a second story with a bigger conflict, I still thought it was OK at best. The bad guys actions just didn't make much sense to me.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Apocalypse: An Odd Thomas Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2656)
    Performance
    (2349)
    Story
    (2349)

    Once presided over by a flamboyant Hollywood mogul during the Roaring ’20s, the magnificent West Coast property known as Roseland is now home to a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants. And, for the moment, it’s also a port in the storm for Odd Thomas and his traveling companion, the inscrutably charming Annamaria. In the wake of Odd’s most recent clash with lethal adversaries, the opulent manor’s comforts should be welcome. But there’s far more to Roseland than meets even the extraordinary eye of Odd, who soon suspects it may be more hell than haven.

    D says: "Odd Apocalypse; Oddly Great"
    "Oddly Unsatisfying"
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    I’ve enjoyed the Odd series, but it seems to be moving from entertaining to average. Mr. Koontz seems to have some issues with modern day society and he uses Odd to voice all of his complaints. He has done some of this in all of the Odd books but it seems to gotten out of control and has become quite distracting. It would be great if Knoontz could get back to the form of some of his earlier work like “Out the Corner of His Eye” or “The Face” where he would take time to build suspense and develop his characters.

    Spoiler alert: One of my other complaints about this story is Tesla. It seems like anytime an author needs to create a unusual machine or some piece science fiction machinery they simple pull out Nikola Tesla to give it creditability. I know he is a fascinating person, but why not invent a new mad scientist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pathfinder: Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Don Leslie, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3231)
    Performance
    (2505)
    Story
    (2524)

    Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg’s strange talent for seeing the paths of people’s pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg’s own past, his identity, and his destiny. And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

    Paul from Washington says: "Story OK, Narration Mixed"
    "I love Card, but this one is just pretty good."
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    I fell in love with Card 20 years ago, like many after reading the Ender Series.

    I really liked the way this story is broken into two parts with a quick glimpse of the back story at the beginning of each chapter, and overall it is an interesting world, and a interesting plot. I did enjoy the overall story and wanted to see how it came out, but the book get tedious in places. We are given the thought processes of everyone, reasoning out everything, at each new tiny step. In fact I think about half the novel was someone thinking about the possible motivation of others and the consequences of their actions. Card seemed to include all the stuff an author normally figures out, but doesn't usually actually put in the book. After a while I was begging them to get on with the plot. If the characters are acting in a realist, believable way, then you don’t have to include their entire thought process.

    Mild spoiler: I know Card wanted to play around with a different version of time travel than most authors, he says so himself in the closing notes. I found it hard to believe someone of this of this pseudo pre-industrial society would sit around talking about the implications of time travel. They would probably just do it and see what happens.

    I'll probably listen to the next book in the series, but I may wait a while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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