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Loudonville, NY, United States | Member Since 2011

  • 5 reviews
  • 5 ratings
  • 101 titles in library
  • 7 purchased in 2014

  • Fractured

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Karin Slaughter
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After years in a brutal marriage, Gailyn Campano knows how to accept violence and betrayal. But when she returns home to find an intruder holding her daughter hostage, a ferocious strength emerges within her battered soul - and before she knows it, a man lies dead on her floor.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Fascinating Mystery, Great Police Work"
    "Good plot, whiny women"

    I love Det. Will Trent, flaws and all. The women in his life have flaws, too - and that's OK, but why do they all have to be so whiny and full of self-doubt? I think part of the problem here may have been the narrator's take on the female characters in "Fractured" - his voices for them all ended up in the "high and whiny" register. So perhaps my criticism lies more in the fact that although Phil Gigante has a great reading voice, his skills as an actor are fairly questionable...
    I preferred Triptych over this book - so start there....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Consequences: Consequences, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Aleatha Romig
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Anthony Rawlings had a plan - to teach Claire Nichols to behave. Claire Nichols had a plan - to survive! In an unfamiliar bedroom within a luxurious mansion, Claire Nichols wakes to memories of a brutal abduction. All of her recollections have one common denominator, the man she just met - Anthony Rawlings. Unbeknownst to Claire, Anthony has had her in his sights for a long time. Every action has consequences - and his actions resulted in their chance meeting. Facing incomprehensible circumstances, Claire must learn to survive as she comes to terms with her new reality.

    Marcheta says: "Chilling"
    "Even the sex was awful. . ."

    Really? When Part II of the download started with a boring description of the weather, and then the sentence: "With Tony gone, the day dragged on endlessly." I actually said aloud "Just like this book. . . dragging on ENDLESSLY!"
    I swear to God, with such an interesting premise, I thought something was actually going to happen. Claire is vapid (finally, after 3 weeks of captivity, she starts to actually work out and DO something...) and not strong enough to even come up with a believable plan. Please, she's no 13 year old Elizabeth Smart - she's supposed to be a grown woman with a college degree.
    And Tony? He's not even interesting. Listen, he beats her. Slaps her. Whips her. It's not sexy, it's abuse. He's disturbed, and not in a "save me, I'm troubled but worth redemption" kind of way. He's just a controlling a-hole.
    And the sex scenes are LAME, I'm telling you. If they aren't just skipped right over, there is no exciting descriptions of even the emotions/feelings of our heroine, let alone the technical stuff.
    And the narration? Sorry. The narrator sounds like Claire's grandmother, not a beautiful 26 year old. All the character voices sound the same. And there are some blatant mis-pronunciations. Note: Albany is pronounced All-bany, not like the nickname for a man named Albert. And Elphaba is too famous of a character (from Wicked) to get the name wrong.
    Boring in every way. Sorry.

    1 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Michael says: "Who or What defines Quality of Life?"
    "An Unconventional Love Story"

    I was well into this book before I even realized that it was a study on "right to die" politics. That is how engaging and believable Moyes' characters are, and how intimately she helps you to grapple such an intense subject. This is not merely a book about what inspires us to live our lives fully, it's about two people who help each other live, love and grow. I became very attached to both main characters, and celebrated their relationship - flawed as it was.

    The narration was pitch perfect. Specific accents were used to denote class and mood. Even when a new narrator would occasionally enter the story with their own chapter, it served to remind you that there were REAL other people affected by the actions of the two leads.

    Take a chance on this one. I was glad I did.. . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1Q84

    • UNABRIDGED (46 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Haruki Murakami, Jay Rubin (translator), Philip Gabriel (translator)
    • Narrated By Allison Hiroto, Marc Vietor, Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.

    A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - "Q" is for "question mark". A world that bears a question....

    Dr. says: "Slow, Strange, and (ultimately) Satisfying"
    "Starts to Get Awfully Redundant. . ."

    Loved the three narrators, and the creepy descriptions of a sort of alternate world. But I'll tell you, by "Book 3" I started to wish that author Murakami had enlisted an editor less impressed by the author's pedigree and more interested in keeping the story moving. I especially disliked the long passages in the old folks home by the sea, when the main character's father was dying. Slowly. So slowly. Yawn.
    There are a finite number of characters in this book, all finely drawn on the outset. So why do we have to hear endless descriptions of them, over and over? And over...
    The long book gives you a lot of bang for your buck, but by the end? Well, I was ready for it to be over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bossypants

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Tina Fey
    • Narrated By Tina Fey

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told....

    Warren says: "Tina Fey broke my new SUV"
    "You'll laugh out loud."

    If you don't mind people staring as you exercise, because you are often chuckling, reacting to funniness only you can hear, get this book. Fey's observations are clear, and you'll come away liking her even more than you aleady do. Big problems with the production values, though. Was this recorded in her garage with a cheap mic? The horrible audio echo that accompanies her wry delivery distracts throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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