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homeschooling family

Rochester, NY | Member Since 2015

  • 3 reviews
  • 14 ratings
  • 81 titles in library
  • 2 purchased in 2015

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Not Great, but not bad."
    Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed Cormoran's character - he was the one that was slightly more than 2-dimensional. He had ups and downs, and I felt some tension between him and his ex-girlfriend.

    Do you think The Cuckoo's Calling needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Initially I would have said no, but after a few days thought, I think the characters have the potential of filling out in a good sequel.

    Any additional comments?

    I think what's missing from the book is the development of the story in some way other than pure dialogue. It felt like the entire story takes place at a desk in Cormoran's office. I needed the story to take me somewhere, and it didn't. That being said, Rowling is a very good writer, very nice prose without feeling overly wordy. I did enjoy the metaphors and visual descriptions. Even the storyline is fairly interesting, but the execution is lacking and it just didn't pull me in. I wouldn't really recommend this book to anyone without telling them first that there are probably better choices out there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Judy says: "What a let down!"
    "How to fail at writing a book..."
    What would have made Allegiant better?

    The main problems with this book have been expressed before, but I'll make a short list:-characters not well developed or consistent or believable-the whole idea of the factions is just silly and does not follow human behavior. The behavior of the faction members was often nonsensical.-Tris is unlikable - juvenile, self-indulged, snarky. By the end I didn't care what happened to any of them, especially Tris.The writing was choppy, and I never felt the flow of it.Sometimes I found myself just laughing out loud at how ridiculous some of it was.Sigh. If so many say these books are good, I'm worried about our future generations...

    Would you ever listen to anything by Veronica Roth again?

    Nope. She's already made way to much on this crap excuse for a book.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It was like listening to an over-indulged, spoiled teenager. Honestly annoying.

    Any additional comments?

    I'm seriously regretting having used my credits on these books. Waste of my time and money. Oh well.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    Lore says: "Decent but not as interesting as Divergent"
    "Shallow, self indulgent, and downright annoying..."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I would start by adding depth to the story and characters. I found it very unbelievable. Over and over I found myself saying, "that's not a human would have responded to that!" The constant bickering and arguing between Tris and the other characters just seemed really contrived and forced; it really started to grate on my nerves by the middle of the book. The characters are surrounded by death and tragedy, and they respond by acting like they are in middle school recess??? Snide comments, boyfriend issues? Really? We're at war, we witnessed both parents being shot, and we're playing kissy face with boyfriends? I'm sorry, it's just not real, not by a long shot. Kind of an interesting storyline, but it could have been done WAY more effectively. I definitely liked the first book much better.

    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Emma Galvin?

    The narrator was probably half of the problem, she sounded really young, and definitely added to the middle school agnst feel.

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

    Annoyance, anger at some of the evil characters. In the end, I just really don't like Tris, and that is problematic.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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