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Tracy

Nelson, New Zealand
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  • On the Island

  • By: Tracey Garvis Graves
  • Narrated by: Heidi Baker
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 923
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 844
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 846

When 30-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family's summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts. T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island. Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book!

  • By Kim on 04-24-12

cheap & icky cougar fantasy

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

Reviewed: 07-26-14

This wildly improbable plot line tries to meet a whole heap of bored cougar fantasies. I am sure some people will love this book - if you don't care about character development or believability, and can get past a premise that at best is self indulgent and at worst is kinda 'icky'.
Plot line: "Self-obsessed and immature 30-something WASP princess/teacher seduces an incredibly vulnerable and naive teenage cancer survivor, they survive a whole heap of totally implausible life threatening situations without having a clue or breaking a nail, eventually have some boring sex, and she manipulates everyone around her mercilessly to ultimately get what she wants - apple-pie, home-sweet-home, millions of dollars and a much younger and intellectually inferior lover husband that she can control for ever. The writer has created unlikeable and unrealistic characters that use the word F*&% half the time, and the other half use phrase like "darn it" and "jeez" making me think the swearing was only added to try and give some shock value (yawn).

Couldn't help but find the teacher/student love affair cringe-inducing and "icky' despite the authors attempts to justify it - if the teacher had been a 32 year old male and the cancer surviving teen a 16 year old girl would it be viewed any differently?

The female protagonist was shallow and passive aggressive, and I found her really unlikable. She was supposed to be a teacher, yet came across as thick as a plank. She parades around in a bikini and g string and is surprised when her teenage charge develops a "crush" - yeah right! She conveniently packs several years worth of razors, toothpaste and deodorant into her bag but doesn't have ANY survival skills - water, shelter, warmth.

I listened to this while driving so don't feel too bad about the lost hours of my life, but certainly don't recommend it

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wool

  • Wool Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Hugh Howey
  • Narrated by: Susannah Harker
  • Length: 16 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 105

An epic story of survival at all odds and one of the most anticipated books of the year. In a ruined and hostile landscape, in a future few have been unlucky enough to survive, a community exists in a giant underground silo. Inside, men and women live an enclosed life full of rules and regulations, of secrets and lies. To live, you must follow the rules. But some don't. These are the dangerous ones; these are the people who dare to hope and dream, and who infect others with their optimism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellence

  • By Tracy on 02-23-13

excellence

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

Reviewed: 02-23-13

I bought this title for my teenagers for along car trip, thinking it would be a young adult/dystopian nove that they might both like (1 age 15, the other 18), and not having huge expectations. Turned out that not only they, but my husband and I were completely hooked! Probably the best audio I have heard since I joined Audible.

The story was well paced, with edge of seat suspense, a plausible concept and enough surprises to keep even old hands at the genre intrigued.
Huge kudos to the narrator - the right mix of restraint and emotion, great character range: unlike other narrators, she actually read the story, rather than thinking she had to over-emote to get your attention: the narration was calm but my attention never wavered.
100% satisfied,and wondering if there are sequels!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Red Road

  • By: Moira Young
  • Narrated by: Katherine Fenton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

In a lawless land, where life is cheap and survival is hard, Saba has been brought up in isolated Silverlake. She never sees the dangers of the destructive society outside. But when her twin brother is snatched by mysterious black-robed riders, she sets out on an epic quest to rescue him...The story's searing pace, its spare style, the excitement of its fabulously damaged world, its unforgettably vivid characters, its violent action and glorious love story make this a truly sensational debut novel for older children.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I would Recommend - but didn't love

  • By Joki on 02-16-13

Over-actors anonymous!!

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

Reviewed: 01-17-13

This book was definitely aimed at the "Hunger Games" audience, with it's female protagonist & dystopian future. BUT. Unlike Catniss, this heroine came across as less believable & less likeable. One minute she was uber-capable, next she was waiting for the boy to save her, sigh. Also, it came across a bit like a screen play - little character development, lots of "action" scenes, little continuity. Biggest regret is that we got this on audio instead of reading it - the narrator was really irritating - there was little nuance or subtlety. It seemed that she over-emoted EVERY line of dialogue, so it felt we were being yelled at for a lot of the story. If it read "'Jack!' she yelled," then the narrator YELLED. Don't need the narrator literally yelling & sobbing, that is what our imaginations are for. Just read the book, dammit! Also, she made the two female girls seem a lot younger (eg, 9yr old sounded 6; older teen sounded 12), and annoyingly whine-y, while the male "love" interest sounded smug & a lot older. Saba always sounded petulent & sulky, and every line she delivered was the same tone regardless of what she was saying. As a result we ended up really disliking the characters. My daughter (15) & I agreed the story was ok, BUT... Perhaps more suited to younger teens?

  • The Drowned Cities

  • By: Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Narrated by: Joshua Swanson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 778
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 696
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 700

In a dark future America where violence, terror, and grief touch everyone, young refugees Mahlia and Mouse have managed to leave behind the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities by escaping into the jungle outskirts. But when they discover a wounded half-man - a bioengineered war beast named Tool - who is being hunted by a vengeful band of soldiers, their fragile existence quickly collapses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another grim, gripping collapsed-world adventure

  • By Ryan on 09-01-12

Better than Shipbreaker

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

Reviewed: 01-17-13

I found Shipbreaker a bit of an anticlimax, but loved this. So did my husband (45), son (18), & daughter (15). Subject matter was gritty but beautifully written with a well-paced plot and engaging characters - didn't feel preachy or too earnest at all, though it did have a social "message" about humanity (& man's inhumanity to man), and the narrator did a fabulous job.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Snowman: A Harry Hole Thriller, Book 7

  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

A young boy wakes to find his mother missing. Their house is empty but outside in the garden he sees his mother's favourite scarf – wrapped around the neck of a snowman. As Harry Hole and his team begin their investigation they discover that an alarming number of wives and mothers have gone missing over the years. When a second woman disappears it seems that Harry's worst suspicions are confirmed: for the first time in his career Harry finds himself confronted with a serial killer operating on his home turf.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping - Practically a horror novel

  • By Lia on 06-27-14

pleasantly surprised

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

Reviewed: 09-30-12

never really been a fan of this type of story (thriller/whodunnit/airport-ish novel) - I decided to try it out because I had read some good reviews of the author. I went into it with low expectations, but was pleasantly surprised = this was a good "read" - the pace was great, it was easy to engage with the characters, characters were believable & the details were gruesome without being too gratuitous. I worked out the bad guy a fair way before the end, but this in no way detracted from my enjoyment of the story.

I imagine if you like murder mystery/thrillers with a bit of "smart" then you will enjoy this.
The narrator did a fantastic job, and I was really pleased with my purchase.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Catching Fire

  • Hunger Games, Book 2
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,991
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,196

Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dissent Rules

  • By FanB14 on 07-06-12

great story, dreadful narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-30-12

I enjoyed reading this series, so did my 14 year old daughter, so thought we would get the audio books to listen to. Sadly, the narrator just doesn't do it justice. She sounds like a robot, and sounds FAR too old to believably convey the characters of Katnis & co - she makes Katnis sound like a 40 something stepford wife!

I still recommend the recording for those who can't/won't read the books. My daughter enjoyed listening but would laugh out loud now and then at the dreadful narration. Listen to the sample - if you can handle it, go for it!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Spider's Bite

  • Elemental Assassin, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer Estep
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,172
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,438
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,446

They call me the Spider. I'm the most feared assassin in the South -- when I'm not busy at the Pork Pit cooking up the best barbecue in Ashland. As a Stone elemental, I can hear everything from the whispers of the gravel beneath my feet to the vibrations of the soaring Appalachian Mountains above me. My Ice magic also comes in handy for making the occasional knife. But I don't use my powers on the job unless I absolutely have to. Call it professional pride.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • How I got to loathe the story

  • By Brian Rygaard Jensen on 06-06-13

ho hum

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

Reviewed: 04-02-12

What disappointed you about Spider's Bite?

like a poor-mans True Blood - the story is mundane, the plot simplistic, the characters one dimensional, the sexual references like an adolescent's idea of shocking - just because there are supernatural elements does not mean this is anything other than mundane; Just because the writer tries shock us with her grrr-nasty-girl-dirty-talk does not make this remotely sexy.

I will read/listen to almost anything, but I had to really struggle to finish this - kept checking how much time was left! To quantify my opinion by talking about similar-ish titles: I like Charlaine Harris, love the True Blood TV series more, thought Twilight was silly.

Gave it a try because it was on special. Glad I didnt pay full price!

What do you think your next listen will be?

certainly nothing by this writer!

What aspect of Lauren Fortgang’s performance would you have changed?

the reader did their best with a dreadful script

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Spider's Bite?

hmmm. less about removing scenes and more about adding an interesting plot, engaging and/or remotely likeable or believable characters - I just didnt care what happened to any of them.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful