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Six of Crows audiobook cover art

Safe Enough For Teens

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

Reviewed: 09-13-19

I was disappointed in the character development. I believe Bardugo is caught between wanting her novel to be tame enough (most characters are in their teens) to appeal to the young reader audience. Why there is ‘wanting’ and brief allusions to same-sex desires there’s not a passionate kiss to be found.....thereby still being suitable for teen readers. I hope that eventually she leaves that niche audience and writes something for the older readers.

Had I not purchased this book for $5 I would have returned it. Her other geisha books had better plot and character development. I’ve listened to her trilogy and short stories and had higher hopes for Six of Crows.

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Chapter 12 same/repeated in both vol 1&2

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

Reviewed: 04-20-19

THIS IS THE SAME REVIEW I POSTED FOR VOL2 OF THE SAME TITLE.
I BOUGHT BOTH SO I REVIEWED BOTH.

This book was divided into two volumes. I think it should have been one for several reasons.

1) Chapter 12 is EXACTLY the same in both Audible books. In Volume One it is titled "Tom Wilbury 'Backstage Pass'" but in Volume Two it is "Consciousness - Unearthly Answers." Chapters are exactly the same so I'm going to assume it was an error. Now I need to buy the book to get the missing recorded chapter.

2) There was quite a bit of "old information" from his previous books that was almost word-for-word in BACKSTAGE PASS VOLS 1&2. Refer back to it but don't rehash in the exact same manner. It felt like it was word-for-word from his previous books. Def not, as he likes to say, "new information."

3) I was disappointed that what could have been a nice sized book similar to his previous works was divided into two volumes. There was the repeat of a chapter and rehashing of previous info as well as a workbook included at the end of both books (which appeared to be the same also.) I usually get both the Audible recorded book for when I'm driving AND the physical book to make notes in. Since this book was in two volumes I only purchased the Audible version.

Please Mr Martini, please re-release this work as a single volume with chapter 12 corrected.
I will continue to purchase your books bc it has been an enlightening journey!

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What's Up w/Chapter 12? Why repeated from Vol 1?

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

Reviewed: 04-20-19

This book was divided into two volumes. I think it should have been one for several reasons.

1) Chapter 12 is EXACTLY the same in both Audible books. In Volume One it is titled "Tom Wilbury 'Backstage Pass'" but in Volume Two it is "Consciousness - Unearthly Answers." Chapters are exactly the same so I'm going to assume it was an error. Now I need to buy the physical book to get the missing recorded chapter.

2) There was quite a bit of "old information" from his previous books that was almost word-for-word in BACKSTAGE PASS VOLS 1&2. Refer back to it but don't rehash in the exact same manner. It felt like it was word-for-word from his previous books. Def not, as he likes to say, "new information."

3) I was disappointed that what could have been a nice sized book similar to his previous works was divided into two volumes. There was the repeat of a chapter and rehashing of previous info as well as a workbook included at the end of both books (which appeared to be the same also.) I usually get both the Audible recorded book for when I'm driving AND the physical book to make notes in. Since this book was in two volumes I only purchased the Audible version.

Please Mr Martini, re-release this work as a single volume with chapter 12 corrected.
I will continue to purchase your books bc it has been an enlightening journey!

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Better than THE SONG OF ACHILLES

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

I listened to The Song Of Achilles first and did not care for it as much. Once the sub-story of a gay relationship between Achilles and Patroclus it pretty much killed it off for me. I returned it and reluctantly purchased this second book by Miller. I was happily surprised and in researching Circe in mythology I appreciate that she kept closer to the original story with some literary license. I've never been much attracted to mythology but I may venture further into the subject.

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Enough with the "um" and "ok" replies!

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

Reviewed: 11-22-18

I'm going to return this title.
Big disappointment.

I've been wanting to listen to this book for a long time. It is probably close the 25th book I've purchased on the topic of grief, NDEs, or being able to communicate with the other side. There is a huge interest in the subject matter especially for those who have experienced the horrific loss of a close loved one thru suicide. I could not imagine losing a child and hoping for comfort by listening to this book.

Just over 10 years ago I witnessed what I thought were clothes being dropped over a freeway overpass onto the median below. As I got closer I realized it was actually a person, not clothes. As a nurse, as a human being, I stopped to see if I could help. Sadly there was little I or any of the others could do and the young man died at the hospital. I have always known I felt things that others did not and at the scene I felt the other side waiting for this young man. It was like waiting on stage and being able to hear/feel the audience thru the stage curtains I had 3 words, in Italian (which I do not speak), come to me over and over again. Several days later I was put in touch with his mother and these 3 words were very important to his family. It was like a family motto....validation that he was loved and cared for by the other side. Again, in a language I did not speak. This has happened to me twice before. This is not unusual in my mother's family so it's never frightened me but has been a source of comfort when I lost my younger brother (cancer/34yrs old) and sister (murder, 32 yrs old) many years ago.

The book's dynamic is a grieving mom contacting her recently deceased son thru a medium. Dr Medhus' grief is understandable but she does a disservice to others who are looking for comfort. The constant "Erik's' laughing" or "Elisa's laughing" or "Jaime is laughing" along with the too frequent profanity from "Erik" was a turn-off for me. There's a huge waste of time with the three of them commenting "uh-huh" or laughing between themselves. I found myself waiting for the 'real book" to begin all the way to the last chapter. It's hard for me to believe some of the 'fluffy concepts' like Erik having a beach house bachelor pad and him being able to 'materialize' dimes that *poof* disappear on contact.

There are do many other books out there that contribute to the subject matter. Please look into them before spending your money, or worse your time, listening to this dribble. Espec if you have recently lost a loved one. While this book may help you later there are better ones out there for your immediate help.

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Read the "book reviews" on Amazon before judging.

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

I live on "The Hill" which is what the locals call the mountain-top communities where this horrible fire occurred. This was a terrible time in our shared history and only now, 12 years later, do I feel the knot of pain, anger, and grief letting up the briefest amount. Going off "The Hill on the Banning side" you can still see dead trees and slowly recovering scars from the fire...as well as the site where the firefighters lost their lives. It's hard not to allow the hatred to return. So that's what you need to know about me. Please read more below regarding the book itself.

John Maclean has written a well researched and yet compassionate book abut a tough topic. You don't need to be affiliated with the fire community to understand and be pulled into this book. I was terribly disappointed to see the poor review given by another Audible client and encourage you to click on "Amazon reviews" before passing this book by. The reviews there are better than I could write and the sheer number of positive reviews will give you a better idea of the value of Maclean's work.

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Odd story.

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

I am a huge Abraham Lincoln / historical fiction fan and this book piqued my interest. It took me a while to get comfortable with the setting and figure out who was who. I liked it and it got me through A couple afternoons of sanding the deck but I won’t be selecting any other books of this nature. It wasn’t a very long book and by the time I did get my head wrapped around it there were only 20 very short chapters left.

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Sweet book.

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

Reviewed: 06-20-18

I enjoyed this book. I usually read heavier material but this was a nice break from all that. It had me rooting both for the child in question and the main character. It got off to a rough start with the narrator trying to differentiate the characters’ voices, particularly of the mom and sister and other minor female characters. Overall it was an excellent summer read... something I could listen to while driving to take that 5 pound weight off my gas pedal. 😉

No Stone Unturned audiobook cover art

Interesting subject.

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

Well thought out and informative. First book of its kind I’ve listened to. Will look at other books of its kind.

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Suspend your misbelief

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

Reviewed: 03-17-18

I’m disappointed in this book and I know that will put me in the minority. As I was listening to it I thought several times that it was similar to The Wizard of Oz book/movie. Perhaps it was just the timeframe but the closing comments at the end of the book also called out the same criticism. I’m not in a hurry to see the movie none but will wait for it to be released digitally.