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anchorage, ak, United States | Member Since 2009

  • 5 reviews
  • 154 ratings
  • 741 titles in library
  • 43 purchased in 2015

  • Earth Afire

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye, Arthur Morey, Stefan Rudnicki, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    One hundred years before Ender's Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston is the story of the First Formic War. Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but just barely. Not soon enough to convince skeptical governments that there was a threat. They didn’t believe that until space stations and ships and colonies went up in sudden flame. And when that happened, only Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police could move fast enough to meet the threat.

    DocJim says: "This is a GREAT adventure Sci-Fi Book. Masterful!"
    "ARGH - performance was too irritating to listen to"
    What disappointed you about Earth Afire?

    I have every Enders Game book, but should have checked the performance on this prior to purchase. Very irritating, screechy. I returned the book. Stefan Rudnicki is the only tried and true performer.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Baby talk, screeching and distracting at best.

    18 of 31 people found this review helpful
  • O'Hara's Choice: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Leon Uris
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Two decades after the Civil War, first-generation Irish-American Zachary O'Hara, son of a legendary Marine and a force of a man in his own right, finds himself playing a critical role as the very existence of the Marine Corps is being decided. If he can help persuade the Secretary of the Navy that the Marines will be crucial to America's security in years to come, all the while hefting a heavy, secret weight in his heart, he'll save the Corps and make his career.

    KEN B says: "O'Hara's Choie"

    I've read his other books and enjoyed them but this one was disappointing. It went on and on and on very little character development pretty superfluous in general.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Man's Walk

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Will Patton

    In Dead Man's Walk, Gus and Call are not yet 20, young men coming of age in the days when Texas was still an independent republic. Enlisting as Texas Rangers under a land pirate who wants to seize Santa Fe from the Mexicans, Gus and Call experience their first great adventure in the barren great plains landscape, in which arbitrary violence is the rule -- whether from nature, or from the Indians whose territory they must cross in order to reach New Mexico.<

    Richard says: "Not Lonesome Dove"
    "Didn't Want to Take A Break"
    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I kind of predicted the ending to some extent, but was glad it was written with surprise.

    Do you think Dead Man's Walk needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It has a follow up and while I didn't love the book, I do need to get the next one to see how things progress.

    Any additional comments?

    Will Patton is such an excellent narrator that I purchased this book for his work. I truly liked the characters in this book, but it is awfully bloody. I fast forwarded through many gory, detailed descriptions. I'm trying the next book if it is as bloody and cruel I'll probably give up on the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Valley of Amazement

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu, Joyce Bean, Amy Tan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Shanghai, 1912. Violet Minturn is the privileged daughter of the American madam of the city's most exclusive courtesan house. But when the Ching dynasty is overturned, Violet is separated from her mother in a cruel act of chicanery and forced to become a "virgin courtesan." Half-Chinese and half-American, Violet grapples with her place in the worlds of East and West - until she is able to merge her two halves, empowering her to become a shrewd courtesan who excels in the business of seduction and illusion, though she still struggles to understand who she is.

    Eva Gannon says: "A Disappointing Bodice Ripper"
    "So Disappointed"
    What disappointed you about The Valley of Amazement?

    I had to stop listening when the molestation of a fifteen year old was graphic. It was graphic and if it were on film, the makers of the film and/or possessors of the film would be arrested for child pornography. I get that it is a period piece and depicting other cultures but it is still inappropriate and immoral to glamorize this in an erotic manner.

    Has The Valley of Amazement turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I will not purchase another Amy Tan book.

    Any additional comments?

    It is sad to see the decline in this authors writing.

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Dave Eggers
    • Narrated By Dion Graham

    Dave Eggers scored a worldwide phenomenon with this memoir that topped national best-seller lists and has since become a staple for summer reading and book clubs. A compelling voice for Generation X, Eggers hererecounts his early 20s, caring for his younger brother after their parents’ unexpected deaths and his endeavors in a variety of media.

    Darwin8u says: "Parts I loved, Parts I hated but Playfully Kinetic"
    "Good on Eggers"
    What did you love best about A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius?

    New to this author, his work was refreshing, funny and crisp. The story took me back to walking through my mother's passing as well. His accurate portrayal was painful, realistic and poignant.

    What didn’t you like about Dion Graham’s performance?

    The chronically snappy presentation was annoying after chapter two, by chapter 12 it was terminally frenetic as if every word had an explanation point behind it. I gave up on the book due to the constant pounding.

    Any additional comments?

    I'd say buy the hardback, skip the audio.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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