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bea

san francisco, CA, United States | Listener Since 2006

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  • 136 titles in library
  • 0 purchased in 2014
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  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34686)
    Performance
    (25784)
    Story
    (26150)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "can't get through it"
    Overall

    I am an adult - but keep hearing how good this book is. It probably is. The narrator is just awful. Why can't these be directed better? How can anyone possibly stay interested in a voice & reading like that?

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Snowman

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2048)
    Performance
    (1385)
    Story
    (1389)

    Oslo in November. The first snow of the season has fallen. A boy named Jonas wakes in the night to find his mother gone. Out his window, in the cold moonlight, he sees the snowman that inexplicably appeared in the yard earlier in the day. Around its neck is his mother’s pink scarf. Hole suspects a link between a menacing letter he’s received and the disappearance of Jonas’s mother - and of perhaps a dozen other women, all of whom went missing on the day of a first snowfall. As his investigation deepens, something else emerges: he is becoming a pawn....

    Anita says: "many layered thriller"
    "So bad, it sounds like a parody!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Jo Nesbo and/or Robin Sachs?

    Never


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jo Nesbo again?

    Never


    How could the performance have been better?

    No performance could have helped this awful writing and story telling


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    absolutely none


    Any additional comments?

    I am so frustrated buying books that get such high marks. I get that everyone may not like the same books, but there was nothing anyone could have liked so much. The author must have been told to write in every banal detail of even scene - ugggg

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Road Home

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Rose Tremain
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Winner of the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2008, The Road Home is the best-selling story of Lev, a middle-aged migrant from Eastern Europe, who moves to London in search of work after losing his wife and job. Lev's London is awash with money, celebrity and complacency. The world Tremain creates is both convincing and poignant.

    Heather says: "A gentle story"
    "OK - nice narration - good characters"
    Overall

    NOt great - not an ear-turner, but interesting, great character development, and excellent narration. I am finding that excellent narration is hard to come by...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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