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  • The Cost of Survival: A LitRPG Apocalypse

  • The System Apocalypse, Book 3
  • By: Tao Wong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587

The Onlivik Spores have been defeated; the dungeon tamed but at great cost. John and his friends are reeling from the losses, but the countdown to full integration to the System continues. Threatened by System-integrated races and new, more powerful monsters, John will need to get creative if he and the city are to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another good book in this series...

  • By Christopher on 07-11-18

A Different Point Of View

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-16-18

Though I liked the first two books of this series, much like the Path Of The Shaman Series by Vasily Mahanenko this third installment had an unsatisfactory ending to me. I won't go into detail, my perspective might be unique but I will offer a few spoilers, the hero doesn't get the girl, guy, or success. Like Chewbacca, in that famous narrative "Star Wars," this story ended with the main character getting was the shaft. Perhaps this author intends to continue his series, as Mr. Mahanenko did, and redeem his narrative. Though his writing is strong, and consistent, I honestly disliked this book so much that I literally skipped over something like five chapters. I get that stories can't always come out perfect or have a happy endings. But as a reader/listener, the last thing I need or want is to experience a story that has an ending that very much matches the rotten parts of real life. Why would I want to read about an adventurer that doesn't break even, much less win? With Mr. Mahnenko, his main character eventually not only broke even, he pulled slightly ahead. So, overall, though I liked the performance, I did not enjoy this third book of this particular series. Again, this is my opinion and is weighted by my own life experiences. Other readers/listeners obvious did enjoy the story. If you're looking for a good, happy, or exciting ending, this book will not meet your expectations. Keep that in mind as you go into this third installment.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • For We Are Many

  • Bobiverse, Book 2
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 45,146
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,262
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,138

Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Denis E.Taylor Sets A New Standard For Sci-Fi

  • By Devin on 04-18-17

Like the Story, Like Reader's Voice BUT!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-17

This series is interesting. The idea of an artificially intelligent machine life-form and yes, Bob meets all the criterion as Earth science defines it, is very well handled. The surge drive isn't unfeasible either. This book is full of well handled technical descriptions.

The narrative is interesting and well written.

What I'm having the worst problem stomaching is the reader's mispronunciation of all the star's names. Bob is a self professed engineering, sci-fi fan geek. He makes it clear on many occasions that he's a "Star Trek," fan. Yet many stars some as Omicron, Cassiopeia, and Eridanus are so badly mispronounced. The thing is, the reader, Ray Porter who has a good voice for the main, and all supporting characters, used the correct star names in the first books. What happened??? I thought this series was produced at Audible Studios. Normally they have such stringent standards. Did no one catch Ray Porter's sudden shift to the obtusely verbal incompetence?

I like the story but I have to take it in very small doses because I wince every time he gets a word or phrase wrong. Some words in the American/English language have wiggle room. Star names, do not, nor do some of the scientific terminologies.

I wish they'd revamp the book with the corrected annunciation. Some kid might get this and believe these word faux pas' are correct. OW!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

  • By: Claire North
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,401

No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now.As Harry nears the end of his 11th life, a little girl appears at his bedside. "I nearly missed you, Doctor August," she says. "I need to send a message." This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected treasure

  • By Stefanie on 08-24-15

Misleading reviews

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-17

Where does The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
Excellent.

Who was your favorite character and why?
Harry August (main character)

What about Peter Kenny’s performance did you like?
His voice brought all the characters to life. What I found most enjoyable was how he managed to find dialectic accents and hold them accurately without issue.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
My reaction was not to the book itself but the misleading reviews which made me so reluctant to buy this book. I heard again and again "Violent," yet in truth this book held no more violence than common television series today. There are moments where the visceral truth of the character's reality is clearly described.

Any additional comments?
I am sensitive to violence, either spoken, written, or portrayed. I've been known to get up and leave the room when character seem in imminent danger of being killed. I've had to stop listening to audio books with similar description.

That being said, I found myself completely able to follow this book without adverse reaction. I had no severe negative reactions of the nature to this work. I must say that all those reviews that speak of violence were overstated. I regret not purchasing this book sooner. It was seriously well performed, well written piece of fiction. I am considering more works by this author based on the level of quality I encountered with this title

Bottom line. If you like this genre, but have hesitated to buy this book based on reviews, Ignore the negative reviews, buy it, give "The First Fifteen Lives Of Harry August," a fair chance. If you really hate it it's returnable. I've had to do that with a few books in past. I will never return this title, ever. It is a very excellent narrative read by a person whose voice matched the characters very well.
#TimeTravelPast #UnlikelyHero #Violent #Clever #Underdog
#Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

220 of 226 people found this review helpful

  • A Little Princess

  • By: Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Narrated by: Wanda McCaddon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

Sarah Crewe is treated like a princess at Miss Minchin's boarding school - until her father dies, leaving her peniless. Now she must struggle as a servant to evil Miss Minchin, but the intellgent, kind-hearted girl never loses hope. From her garrett, she soon makes friends and finds incredible adventures. And good will and imagination ultimately triumph by this book's glorious ending. This beloved classic has been continuously in publication since 1905. Experienced Shakespearean actress Wanda McCaddon captures all the drama of Sarah Crewe's adventures as well as the accents of Miss Minchin, the scullery maid, and Sarah herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I love the narrator, but the sound quality is poor.

  • By David C. Straut on 12-28-18

A great classic, classically read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-08-17

Would you listen to A Little Princess again? Why?

Yes and I do, regularly. At least once a month or two. It is one of my favorite audio books.

What other book might you compare A Little Princess to and why?

The Wee Free Men: Discworld Childrens, Book 2, by Terry Pratchett. Though Wee Free Men is comedic in style, there are elements of the two characters that very much remind me of each other. I find Tiffany Aiking to be a sometimes arrogant, but otherwise thoroughly charming character. Sara Crue is thoroughly charming almost all the times and those few times when her veneer cracks she becomes even more endearing.

Which character – as performed by Wanda McCaddon – was your favorite?

Sarah, "The Little Princess."

Who was the most memorable character of A Little Princess and why?

Miss Menchant, she was so dire and austere. Having recently re-watched a sociology-anthropological study of Edwardian England, about Manor House life, one sees and is able to physically compare what Sarah and her close friend Becky live through on a daily basis. This book's telling of the era's social hierarchy was beyond accurate to the point of being visceral and real.

Any additional comments?

I have only one complaint and it's not with the book. I feel that Audible did this recording a disservice by laying the file as a single six hour piece. If not for my kindles ability to set timed sleep and bookmarks I could not go to any particular chapter. Frankly it is well below Audibles regular upload quality. How difficult is it to place some chapter markers in an audio file for crimony sake?

Additional:
Please note, I've only ever heard this book in audio form. I'm guessing on the spellings of names, having never read the text.

  • The Spaceship Next Door

  • By: Gene Doucette
  • Narrated by: Steve Carlson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,270
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,273

When a spaceship landed in an open field in the quiet mill town of Sorrow Falls, Massachusetts, everyone realized humankind was not alone in the universe. With that realization everyone freaked out for a little while. Or almost everyone. The residents of Sorrow Falls took the news pretty well. This could have been due to a certain local quality of unflappability, or it could have been that in three years the ship did exactly nothing other than sit quietly in that field, and nobody understood the full extent of this nothing the ship was doing better than the people who lived right next door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another fun Sci Fi read with an Excellent Reader!

  • By bluestategirl on 12-30-16

A reader better suited to a western than sci-fi

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-17

If you could sum up The Spaceship Next Door in three words, what would they be?

The story was well put together, and interesting. However it was so hard to get past the reader who sounded like someone out of an old tyme radio play. His voice inflection was finite an off putting. I would love to listen to this reader performing something like Huckleberry Finn, or How The West Was Won, but he should not read science fiction.

Enough about the reader.

The story holds together well. As the plot thickened, and you will have to have patience, it took quite some time for elements to begin unfurling, I found myself thinking "Another Zombie Story?" But I was wrong. If you're looking for the Zombie Apocalypse, this is not your type of listen. If you want science fiction that laughs at itself while at the same time gets downright serious, then this is a work worth your time.

Be patient, the story unfolds slowly, though once it unfolds all the petals, the flower blooms with a brilliant pallet of colors.

What other book might you compare The Spaceship Next Door to and why?

There is a children's book by Diane Duane, called "So You Want To Be A Wizard," which had some elements not unlike this story, though aimed at a younger audience. I sense that except for the reader's inability to understand timing, there was some "HItchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy," humor though not as tongue in cheek. Again, be patient, the reader wasn't meant for this kind of work. If they found someone like Bronson Pinchot or perhaps MacLeod Andrews, of the "Reckoner's Series," the humor would have delivered as well his vocal range would have made the voices more discernible and believable.

What three words best describe Steve Carlson’s performance?

Not meant for comedy or science fiction. Inflexible in his auditory range, pitch, or delivery.

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

I enjoyed the final moments of the book best. The ending stated something that should be obvious, but wasn't till it was said aloud.

Any additional comments?

Redo the book with another performer . . . PLEASE!

  • Alien 'n' Outlaw

  • By: KC Burn
  • Narrated by: Chad Maxwell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 175

R'kos, son of the Ankylos Emperor, is expected to settle down. But he's much more attracted to human males than to his own species. Eager to explore his forbidden longings, he steals a ship and heads to Elora Ki to see if he can find the right human guy. Darien robs the corrupt to give to those in need, but now he needs a ride off Elora Ki, stat. Pursued by drug lords, he accepts help from the amorous stranger who calls himself Ricky. As they fly together along Darien's route, their friendship quickly turns into passion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So dang good!

  • By Candateshia Pafford on 06-20-13

Alien N' Outlaw - Simple, Sweet and Insightful

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-15

Would you listen to Alien 'n' Outlaw again? Why?

Already have, going through the story for a second time. For a novella the fore-story and back story are very well developed and woven nicely into the plot. History drives both central characters and those underplayed side-plots leave you asking but not wanting for answers.

The two main characters take a reasonable time too come to an understanding. It's not drawn out or tedious. All the supporting characters in this story serve a purpose. They are never fatuous or unnecessary.

It is a difficult thing to balance main and supporting characters. K.C. Burns does an excellent job in this piece.

What did you like best about this story?

K.C. Burns surprised me. I've read so many trash novels by women who think they grasp gay men and gay love/lust. They do not. K.C. Burns displays in this story a very real grasp of that subject/genre.

K.C. Burns' narrative, and character development are rich and complete. I found both central characters very likeable and charming. The story makes you wish you were inside instead of watching from outside.

I will give Mrs Burns' other works closer scrutiny, now that I know she's not in the business of emasculating gay men as other female writers often do. I hope to find in future listens/reads by this author that same depth and quality of writing that I very much respected in this piece.

Additionally, for once I can say this. When dealing with non-human species the rules of human culture do not apply. The way K.C. Burns develops Ricky's cultural background is pure science-fiction of the highest caliber. She doesn't obsess but references Ricky's racial habits in context and on cue. For once in a very rare while I really loved someone's interpretation of an alien culture. Ricky's race is, to me, totally believable.

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

No.

Chad Maxwell is a good reader but sometimes gets too fast on the tongue and gets a little "tongue-tied." His grasp of character even when two men are of very similar voice speak, they still, in most cases, are quite discernible.

Mr. Maxwell would do better to learn more tonal variation and perhaps some accent variation.

Perhaps, since this is my first experience with one of his performances, I will find in future, that his skills are improved.. Otherwise I would encourage a potentially talented audio book performer, Chad Maxwell, to explore deeper into his profession and to better develop his skills

All-in-all, still a fine reader.

If you could rename Alien 'n' Outlaw, what would you call it?

Rogues and Princes though this is less close to the gist of this story.

This book could even be titled "Star-Crossed::Prince and Pirate"

Any additional comments?

This book is very well worth the money or credit. Please give it a listen if gay genre is your pleasure.

K.C. Burns does not slam you with heavy explicit content.

The Prince's Boy, volumes 1 and 2 by Celia Tan which fall into this same category are so overwhelmingly trashy. She is a misogynistic angry woman who takes her hatred out on her defenseless gay characters. This woman tortures her characters and left me feeling deeply dissatisfied with your crap writing. Truthfully this set sickened me for all the loathing and hatred she presented. The ending disappointed to no end.

Another work I listened to and literally hated was "All the Colors Of Love," by Jessica Freely. It threw gay in my face and glossed over sexual exploration of her main characters. There was so much unpremissable worthless red herring back-story side crap that totally distracted from the story to the point where it was painful to continue. In her case that title was tenuous at best.

Alien N' Outlaw rides the fine line between romance and sexual exploration. It's beautifully written, and very enjoyable. Even Chad Maxwell's rare verbal faux pas' are quite unimportant. The book is enjoyable and well worth your time. I really enjoyed their emotions and miscommunications. There was no hatred or misogyny in Alien N' Outlaw, you can take that to the bank.

  • The Compleat Enchanter

  • The Magical Misadventures of Harold Shea
  • By: L. Sprague de Camp, Fletcher Pratt
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 22 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

The Mathematics of Magic was probably the greatest discovery of the ages - at least Professor Harold Shea thought so. With the proper equations, he could instantly transport himself back in time to all the wondrous lands of ancient legend. But slips in time were a hazard, and Shea's magic did not always work - at least, not quite as he expected.... This omnibus volume of all of the Magical Misadventures of Harold Shea contains The Incomplete Enchanter, The Wall of Serpents and Castle of Iron.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Protip: Do Not take nyquil before narrating a book

  • By GadgetDon on 03-07-15

Fantastic Series, Abysmal Reader

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-02-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

No, unfortunately. Though The Compleat Enchanter books are fantastic to read they do not at all come off well under the reigns of Ray Chase. He has a habit of making whatever he reads sound like laundry detergent. His voice is boring, dull, gray and unimaginative. He killed this work. I wish someone like Jim Dale, Frank Mueller or Bronson Pinchot would re-record it as they would bring it to life. Bronson for his tongue in cheek timing, Frank for his truer than true voices and Jim for his believable portrayal of almost any storyline he reads.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Compleat Enchanter?

How much I loathed Reed Chalmers in this reading of the book. He was a pompous, overspoken jerk who needed to be told to "Shut UP!" a lot. I've dealt with academics like him and he wasn't all that great from the get go.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Voice variability. Inflection. Tonality. Pace. Lose the melodrama, in his case it read like the stock pages. I listened to about five things which Ray Chase contributed to. Unlike previously mentioned readers who only get better over time he NEVER IMPROVES. He has the same flat, monotonous painful reading style. He has less variation in his voice work than Wil Wheaton and that's saying something. Wil is actually a pleasure to listen to in comparison to his man's irritating monotone.

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

Math can take you anywhere.

Any additional comments?

Please, god, get someone else to take this great classic read and re-record it. I don't like George Guidall but even he would do a better job than Ray Chase. Please stop using this reader, his voice is painful to listen too. I'm saddened that so many people miss the wonderful narrative of this story because of poorly executed reading.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Firefight

  • The Reckoners, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,172
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20,263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,230

Newcago is free. They told David it was impossible, that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart - invincible, immortal, unconquerable - is dead. And he died by David's hand.Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like a cherry on top of a Sundae in the North Pole

  • By Zenpaca on 01-16-15

Higher Highs and Lower Lows

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-15

Where does Firefight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In comparison to the first book Steelheart, Firefight falls perfectly into place. The writing was just as strong, clean and well thought out as the first book. Mitosis, a short, which came in-between helps a lot to form a picture following the end of Steelheart. Firefight picks up where Mitosis ended and continues the saga. There are layers added to this story drawing the reader/listener even further into the world of Calamity Earth and the Epics who subjugate. It fascinates and enthralls and is well worth adding to your permanent library. Another reviewer mentioned listening to Steelheart four times. Gotcha beat there at something near to twelve times. I love the darkness of the first story brought later into the light. This book has much of that same darkness also leading us into light but at the same time there are bitter pills to swallow so read it and find out what happens.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Firefight?

I will say nothing more than two places, one where Calamity become better understood, though not really. And two, where an angel appears.

What about MacLeod Andrews’s performance did you like?

Macleod Andrews has a uniquely young sounding voice and at the same time when he goes for an old person's vocal it's totally visceral. His ability to capture accents is a charm and pleasure on much the same level with Jim Dale who breathes life into each and every character he portrays. There are elements of Macleod Andrew's reading ability that rivals, though on a more circumspect level, the ever great Frank Frank Muller. In this reviewer's opinion Jim Dale and Frank Muller are simply the two most talented audio book performers that are alive today. Macleod Adrews is a top tier audio performer and the world is lucky that he graces us with his vibrant and living talent.

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

I enjoyed and felt saddened by the failures as well as found myself joyful at the highs that were presented in the narrative. The characters who transferred from the first book are on point and consistent while the new characters have their own distinct personalities and definitely add wonderful spice to the mix.

Any additional comments?

This book, the second of the Reckoner series is indeed as good as the first. It is not above the first, for which without this book would be less, but it instead is a perfect and seamless continuation of the story from Steelheart. Please, please, please, if you love Steelheart DON'T HESITATE to get this book. You will not be disappointed.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Redshirts

  • A Novel with Three Codas
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16,948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,886
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15,864

Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing, but somehow still worth a listen.

  • By Bradford on 03-06-13

Shame About The Reader

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-10-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would recommend this book to others. I was hit by a car in 2009 and it gave me a unique perspective to what, "RED SHIRTS," feel. This book reminds you, if you listen between the words, how important your life really is. Even when things are awful or even boring, you still matter in the grand scheme. RED SHIRTS is a story told with a minor tongue-in-cheek undertone that belies just how dire the protagonist's, and indeed our, plight is. No one is unimportant, especially not the RED SHIRTS.

What did you like best about this story?

The layer upon layer upon layer of story and subtext rule this wonderful novel. In addition, there is a genuine moment near the end when someone who seems insignificant proves how important the little guy can be.

How could the performance have been better?

Wil Wheaton may or may not be a good actor but a good reader he is not. He seems to have virtually no ability to do voices. Everyone sounds the same. Listen to Jim Dale in the Harry Potter. You know Hagrid instantly. Harry you could pick out of a crowd and Professor Dumbledore couldn't sound any other way. But Wil is a one note reader who is painful to listen too.

The sad shame is this book is wonderful and even with Mr Wheaton's monotone reading ability is still fantastic to listen too.

The publishers really have to have RED SHIRTS re-recorded with someone who has the talent to read voices. I don't want to hear "Dublin said, Hester said, Hanson Said" as a means if identifying each character. So many readers can do voices, why recording studios hire people who cannot sound like anything other than themeselves?

I want to hear each character in their voices. Wil has one voice and only one. Sad, sad, sad.

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

Red Shirts wear a target on their backs, but who do Red Shirts target?

Any additional comments?

This book is a bit hard to get into just at first only because Wil Wheaton is such an awful reader. He also read for METAtropolis: Cascadia and ruined his segment there, too. I pray that someone catches on that Wil Wheaton should stick to working in front of the camera, and be the true one note performer that he is. Take it from someone who has directed a few one note actors in his time. Wil was never meant for this medium.

I will admit he was a wonderful jerk in the TV series Eureka. But, his days of being the pushy, snot-nosed, know-it-all, kid from Star Trek are long over. Let Wil get on with being an awful actor in front of the camera and not ruin anymore wonderful audio books, thank you very much.

In the meantime, buck up, have patience, and let this wonderful work of writing/reading give you a sense of the tongue-in-cheek, yet deadly serious, reality of the RED SHIRTS.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mockingjay

  • The Final Book of The Hunger Games
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,919

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Conflicting Emotions

  • By Sumit G. on 08-28-10

An Honest View

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-17-13

What made the experience of listening to Mockingjay the most enjoyable?

I've read so many reviews about this book that were negative that I hesitated for half a year to get it after I finished Catching Fire. I will say with absolute assurance, those reviews are 100% wrong. This book is easily as good as the first and second. It deals with the reality of war and revolution, none of which are ever nice. Mocking Jay tells a story that is amazing in its twists and turns. I feel that most of the reviews to which I choose to vehemently disagree were written by well meaning but sheltered people who have either never dealt with the true horror of war, never lived in a truly rough neighborhood or honestly have never lived in a hostile home environment, any of which can mirror so much of what this trio of novels describe.

For you I'm glad that you don't know these horrors but for those of us who do, please ignore ALL negative feedback this novel has received. It is genuine, it makes sense and like Terry Pratchett so often says, "You can't make a "happy ending," you can just make, "An Ending."" "Whether it's happy or not is up to you and circumstance."

There are no hearts and flowers in this conclusion of the Hunger Games trio, unless of course you include President Snow's roses which are a symbol of evil in this and its predecessor books.

Catniss is so damaged by the end of this book that to be honest I'm surprised that her character ended up as she did. However it is realistic, visceral, believable and well crafted. I must take my hat off to Suzanne Collins she is a master of our trade. I consider her to be an author that is well worth investigating further.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mockingjay?

I think the thing that most affected me was the correct decision that Catniss made near to the end of the story. So many people criticize it but obviously they do not truly understand our protagonist. Go back to the first chapter of the first book and the conclusion of this book is perfectly balanced. You must see the whole picture to understand the small details.

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

I love to listen to Carolyn McCormick. She is truly a wonderful reader. Her emotion, passion and intensity relay all the feelings of all the characters she portrays in her readings. What a lucky world to have such wonderful audio talent. Thank you Carolyn McCormick for being the voice of Catniss, Gayle, Peta, President Stone, Effie Trinket, President Coyne and everyone else. Without you this book may have never gained the true reality of "The Hunger Games."

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

I teared up when I saw Catniss make the right decision. If I knew in my heart of hearts that someone took my most important thing away from me and I could strike back at it I would. Catniss allowed me to deal with those injustices I've experienced through my long life.

Additionally I will say this, to avoid "spoilers," as Dr Riverson so often says. The thing I will reference is Buttercup and the end.

Any additional comments?

Please disregard all the negative reviews on this book and give it a listen. But PLEASE do not go in expecting a Hollywood ending. You WILL NOT get it. Look for something more along the lines of a Harry Potter ending only a bit more disjointed.

Have an open mind and give this book a fair chance. It was truly inspired and well written. If you view realistically you WILL NOT be disappointed.