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cindy

ramona, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Uglies: Uglies, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Carine Montbertrand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (882)
    Performance
    (621)
    Story
    (630)

    Tally Youngblood is quickly approaching her 16th birthday and the mandatory pretty-making surgery that accompanies it. But Tally isn't sure if she wants to be a placidly happy Pretty. When a top secret organization threatens her with remaining Ugly forever, she reluctantly spies on the rebels who have refused the surgery. They think it changes more than just looks and are working on a cure. But they need someone to become Pretty to test it out.

    Cather says: "Unexpectedly enjoyable"
    "Think beauty if everything?? Think again..."
    Overall

    This is a brilliant book to listen to on family vacation if you have teens or tweens.....the basic premise is that absolute beauty comes at a price, and that perhaps individuality and uniqueness is undervalued in this world. Good action, Teen dialog, and sequels!! Rah!! While on a road trip you have a captive audience....use it to your parental advantage and build their self-esteem. LIsten to this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Song: Raven's Shadow, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3266)
    Performance
    (3074)
    Story
    (3075)

    The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

    Ron says: "Great Epic Fantacy"
    "As Good As Game of Thrones????"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the story is incredibly engaging, you LIKE the main character despite the flaws that come with him AND there is less gratiuitous sex and violence than Game of Thrones.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character's internal struggles with moral integrity


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

    nope


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, great character, great escape....and who doesn't need one of those?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5212)
    Performance
    (4804)
    Story
    (4809)

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Cynthia says: "Shadows Dissolved in Vinegar"
    "Your weird relative would read this~you should too"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Ocean at the End of the Lane the most enjoyable?

    Neil Gaiman breathes the life into these characters and it is obvious that they are all his babies.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the fact that Gaiman puts the world and characters he creates directly into my mind and I live there while I'm listening to his books. He should ALWAYS read his books. The story, although harsh, is incredibly fragile....and another narrator might have missed this....


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

    Yes, and it is his usual brilliant self.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was scared.....this book walked the line of what I feel is scary.... my scary comes from a place of childhood, so childhood scary for me is always the worst part. That's where this book comes from. I am happy to report that this level of scary was perfect, as I didn't have a single bad dream or try to scare myself with Ursula at night before I went to bed, which means it was the perfect level of scary for me. (oh, I am a 52 year old child when it comes to scary.)


    Any additional comments?

    I miss the characters already. I wanted to make sure that everyone was ok by the end of the book. I wanted to make sure that the visits kept happening to farm.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35887)
    Performance
    (26891)
    Story
    (27275)

    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"
    "Listen With Your Teen while Commuting!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's a quick, easy follow for the commute. Stop fighting with your teen over the music you are going to listen to on the way to school....get this instead and BOND.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Rue: the innocence


    What about Carolyn McCormick’s performance did you like?

    She was average....not a great range of voice, but enough to keep the characters separated in my head.


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

    they already have one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5375)
    Performance
    (2240)
    Story
    (2255)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "Brilliance."
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    What did you love best about American Gods?

    the fact that it explained nothing....you are on a journey with the characters and you have to be ok with not knowing exactly what's going on....the author places you in the story and your journey begins.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of American Gods?

    In retrospect, it was all genius.


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

    His voices are distinct and consistent.


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

    No....I wanted to eat it slowly like a good meal and taste every bite in my mouth...that's how good it is.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a brainy read, so be prepared to think!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27169)
    Performance
    (20915)
    Story
    (20997)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "You'll be sorry if you don't read this...."
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    Would you listen to A Game of Thrones again? Why?

    yes. there are so many plot subtleties that it begs to be listed to again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It kept moving.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    He kept the million characters straightened out in my head by the different voices. don't know if that would have happened if I would have read this instead.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No....the plot twists did make me gasp though.


    Any additional comments?

    If you skip this book because "everyone is talking about it" and you don't want to buy into the frenzy..... you're missing out. Read it. Just don't tell anyone you did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17068)
    Performance
    (13484)
    Story
    (13560)

    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
    "carnage abondanza!"
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    Where does A Storm of Swords rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    the twists and turns in this story are wonderful....some are foreseen, others blindside. Like the best stories do. I've read books 1-3 back to back, but am taking a break here, as reviews of book 4 fault the reader's loss of the voices he originally created in the first 3 books. But let me tell you, it was tough to not pick up immediately with the 4th. Enjoy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Storm of Swords?

    the blind-siding plot twists


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

    great voices for about a zillion characters. Dreading the next book though for reasons listed above.


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

    Don't fall in like with anyone, as they may not be around long!


    Any additional comments?

    nope

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (37 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18433)
    Performance
    (14492)
    Story
    (14535)

    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Alisha says: "Good listen, but what's up with the chapter set up"
    "Dark and Depressingly Brilliant."
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    If you could sum up A Clash of Kings in three words, what would they be?

    If I could sum up a Clash of Kings in three words, they would be as such:

    1. Dark. This is a time of war. It is not a time for love. It is a time for loss, battle, difficult decisions and hideousness.

    2. Depressing. Really....after my number 1 word above, I don't think an explanation is needed.

    3. Brilliance. The storytelling as well as the performance of the reader is outstanding. Although the accents get mixed up every so often (Tyrion has a welsh accent but his family does not) it helped me sort out the myriads of characters in my head.

    It is easy to get hooked on the first book...it is impossible not to read the second, even though at times you feel like you're in an abusive relationship with the author...there's a sweet glimmer of hope, and then suddently BAM, the author hits your with something you never saw coming.
    As one previous reader told me, "don't get attached to any characters"..... these are tough times....and a story that will keep you reading. Dont miss is....but don't expect it to be easy!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hodor. A breath of simplicity is lovely in this story.


    What about Roy Dotrice’s performance did you like?

    His assortment of voices helped me keep characters straight in my head (cuz there's a BEEHIVE full of them in this story!) His voice for the Onion Knight is hilariously pirate, but his mixing up of the regional accents can be confusing at times.


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

    The children from Deepwood Motte


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonfly in Amber

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10867)
    Performance
    (7405)
    Story
    (7427)

    New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

    Shelley says: "I ADORE this series!"
    "I thought this book would never end....."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    ...and then when it did I was a bit sad. A bit. I read the series first book, so when it came to drawn out sex scenes that I wasn't in the mood for, I could just skip the pages. Well, audio books are not so easy, so there I sat in traffic, listening to Jamie and Claire whoop it up in bed without a way to get through it quickly....Don't get me wrong ~ Gabaldon weaves a GREAT story chocked full of Scottish history and culture. LOVE LOVE LOVE that about the book. But sometimes the tedium of the intimacies get....well, sorry Jamie and Claire...DULL and repetitive. If you like many intimacies and lots of locking love looks, you'll probably be calling me a prude and love this series. Fair enough! :) I reckon I just like to her about intimacies somewhere else besides traffic on a commute. It did make me miss the UK, and it was easy to envision the people and places Gabaldon wrote about. The reader? Eh....sometimes struggled with the accents, and sometimes made Claire a bit more whiney than the author perhaps intended. But it is a good read. Will I read the next?? The jury is still out on that for now.....


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Creative spin to the continuation of the series.


    Did Davina Porter do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The characters were differentiated, but sometimes her accents got sloppy.


    Do you think Dragonfly in Amber needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It has one....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead to the World: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4112)
    Performance
    (2186)
    Story
    (2202)

    New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris thrills listeners with the fourth book of her spectacular Sookie Stackhouse series. Driving home from work, barmaid and telepath Sookie Stackhouse discovers vampire and area sheriff Eric on the side of the road missing his shirt, his shoes and his memories. Featuring vampires, werewolves and magic galore, Dead to the World will satisfy any listener's craving for the supernatural.

    Brandon says: "Oooooooooh Booooooooy!"
    "Getting Better...."
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    If you could sum up Dead to the World in three words, what would they be?

    I don't watch the show on tv.... so I am judging straight off the books. Charlaine is getting better at writing. I think she still makes women seem like they LOOOOOOOVE sex more than they really do, especially in the face of lots of chaos. The fact that Sookie has slept with any vaguely attractive character in this series is a crack up, but I really like the character development of Sookie despite her sluttiness and her penchant for describing every outfit she wears. What bumps this series up in stars for me is the reader. She's great. Just the right amount of drama and comedy. Hooray for Johanna, good for Charlaine.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The endings are getting better as the series goes on.


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

    Have not listened.


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

    I don't think this book was meant to "move" .....just to entertain. That it did.


    Any additional comments?

    This series is "light reading"...I alternate with literature....kind of like dessert and veggies. Gotta have them both to appreciate them both!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Definitely Dead: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3585)
    Performance
    (1884)
    Story
    (1894)

    Wedding fever has come to Bon Temps, Louisiana! Unfortunately, buxom, blonde, beautiful, and telepathic cocktail waitress Sookie is not the bride-to-be, so she takes the opportunity to travel to New Orleans on family business. As heir to the estate of her newly dead cousin Hadley, Sookie unearths a big secret. Soon it becomes clear that more than a few people will do anything to stop Sookie from looking into Hadley's past.

    cmclien says: "More is revealed"
    "Hooray! Her writing is getting a bit better!"
    Overall

    Although I still think it's funny how the main character sleeps with everyone and constantly thinks about sex (like all women do.....right.), Ms. Harris's writing has gotten a bit better with this book. A few interesting subplots, wonderfully unlikeable characters....I listen to this series because the reader is fabulous and the main character, although fakely humble about her looks, has some great lines. Easy mindless listening makes for great (and safer) commuting! Recommended.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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