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Mother of twins. No time to read, started listening to books 'n changing diapers at the same time. Been in love with audible ever since

Phoenix, AZ, United States | Member Since 2009

  • 8 reviews
  • 57 ratings
  • 403 titles in library
  • 31 purchased in 2014

  • Destroyer of Worlds

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The newly liberated humans of the Fleet of Worlds and Sigmund Ausfaller, who had been transported by the Puppeteers from Earth to the Fleet, must contend not only with the sly Puppeteers but also the threat of the Pak, a very smart and utterly ruthless species who are fleeing the exploding galactic core in an armada of ships at near light speed. The Pak are headed towards the Fleet of Worlds, having destroyed entire planets in their wake.

    Robert Plastino says: "A wonderful story in Known Space"
    "Not a good first read."

    As the first Niven/Lerner book I've picked up, I have to say I was a bit lost. I could not get into it. With this particular series maybe it's important you start from the beginning. In my experience, serials are designed so you can pick up any one and though there's background info missing, the book still stands alone well. This one just seemed too alien and I had the impression I've missed too much of the story to fully understand the plot. Other reviewers seem to have been a fan of the continuing series and have a different view. But if you haven't read others I wouldn't recommend starting with this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shady Palms

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Allen Dusk
    • Narrated By Rose Caraway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A sleazy motel, burrowed on the edge of town, is haunted by rumors of dead hookers found between mattresses and peep holes drilled through walls. When Special Agent Daniels targets the motel during an investigation, the nefarious owner, Sanjay, must scramble to conceal evidence of his own dark deeds. Just when he believes things can't get any worse, motel guests begin to vanish without a trace.

    John Grigas says: "Not for the timid - delicious graphic content!"
    "not my idea of a hidden gem"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book was like a REALLY BAD B horror movie. Story was original and would have been 3 or 4 stars if the dialogue had been more mature. But this struck me as something sprung from the mind of a fifteen year old. I would recommend it to a much younger audience if it was not for the mature content. Not a very satisfying read.

    What was most disappointing about Allen Dusk’s story?

    I felt the characters and much of the dialogue lacked dimension and maturity. The only thing mature about this book was the often unnecessary graphic sexual content.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rose Caraway?

    The narrator used did not have much range or inflection.

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

    Disappointment. It could have been a good book in the hands of say Seth Grahame-Smith or David Wong.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Just days before a massive exhibition opens at the popular New York Museum of Natural History, visitors are being savagely murdered in the museum's dark hallways and secret rooms. Autopsies indicate that the killer cannot be human. But the museum's directors plan to go ahead with a big bash to celebrate the new exhibition, in spite of the murders. Museum researcher Margo Green must find out who - or what - is doing the killing.

    Snoodely says: "Non-Perishable"
    "I just thought I couldnt believe the characters"
    Would you try another book from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child and/or David Colacci?

    I dont think so.

    What was most disappointing about Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child ’s story?

    The dialogs between characters aeemed the most improbable thing about this story. And that's a strange thing when you are talking about fiction. So many times I founs myself rolling my eyes because the characters were so long winded about simple things and I felt that when there is a genetic throwback trying to get at your brains a little brevity might be called for. The writing was very counter intuitive and it prevented me from enjoying this otherwise intriguing storyline.

    Did David Colacci do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I believe that I have listened to his work before. He is decent but not great.

    What character would you cut from Relic?

    Dagosta added very little. Or kawakita

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Child Called 'It': One Child's Courage to Survive

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By David Pelzer
    • Narrated By Brian Keeler

    Dave was in first grade when his unstable alcoholic mother began attacking him. Until he was in fifth grade, she starved, beat, and psychologically ravaged her son. Eventually denying even his identity, Dave's mother called him an "it" instead of using his name. Relentlessly, she drove him to the brink of death before authorities finally stepped in. With faith and hope, Dave grew determined to survive. He also knew that he needed to share his story.

    Mark Acker says: "Heartbreaking"
    "seriously emotional"
    What made the experience of listening to A Child Called 'It' the most enjoyable?

    I'm not sure enjoyable is the best term for such a dark experience. It's an important book on a serious subject. It deeply affected me. I had a physical reaction to some of the horror described in this book. And yet its a book I would recommend to anyone who could stomach it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Selection: The Selection Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For 35 girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth... to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels... to live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want.

    Amazon Customer says: "You might want to wait... if you hate cliffhangers"
    "Good teen book"
    Would you recommend The Selection to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend to my daughters in about 10 years or so. I chose this book because it was described as similar to "Hunger Games". However, while HG was written for a younger audience it had appeal to for adults as well. I would not recommend this book for adults, it's definitely a teen, or young adult book. It lacked maturity.

    Any additional comments?

    It was a decent story and was well read, but it was not my cup of tea.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Importance of Being Earnest: Free Performance

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By James Marsters, Charles Busch, Emily Bergl, and others

    This final play from the pen of Oscar Wilde is a stylish send-up of Victorian courtship and manners, complete with assumed names, mistaken lovers, and a lost handbag. Jack and Algernon are best friends, both wooing ladies who think their names are Ernest, "that name which inspires absolute confidence." Wilde's effervescent wit, scathing social satire, and high farce make this one of the most cherished plays in the English language.

    Susan says: "So much fun!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Importance of Being Earnest: Free Performance to be better than the print version?

    I regret to say I never read the print version

    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the one liners. Very funny

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

    I have listened to this book 5 times now. It's very entertaining when I'm in the mood for a laugh.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "I liked this book a LOT"

    with the possible exception of the post script. It was a jaw dropper. Other than that I thought it was suspenseful and well written. a very enjoyable read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking Dawn: The Twilight Saga, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin, Matt Walters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare, woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, she has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife to reach the ultimate turning point.

    Angie says: "I couldn't wait for the audio book"

    Although it was clearly aimed at a teen audience, I found the story engaging enough to finish it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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