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Believable Post-Apocalypse

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

An interesting post-apocalypse story told from the POV of a personal journal kept by a surviving woman. The pace of the story is uneven, which adds to the verisimilitude of the action. Well done by the author.

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A f**ktoy novel with some class

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

Reviewed: 06-22-17

Would you listen to Mystery Man again? Why?

Interesting characters, believable plot, well integrated sex scenes, lifelike stream of consciousness... The overall book was just a shade too -- "bouncy" is the word.

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

Her voice and style meshed with the story near perfectly. I don't think my imagination could have done as well. She's almost as good as Davina Porter, my favorite reader.

Any additional comments?

I'm planning to order the next book in the "____ Man" series.

The Gender Scam

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No. Seemingly endless narrative, unconvincing plot, contrived cliffhanger ending. You could read 1 minute, skip 5 minutes, read a minute, skip 5 minutes, etc. and not miss anything important.

If you’ve listened to books by Bella Forrest before, how does this one compare?

I've not listened to Bella Forrest before, and probably not again.

Which character – as performed by Rebecca Soler and Zachary Webber – was your favorite?

It's hard to say. I suppose the most intereresting & believable character was the cage fighter. The narration was generally narrow and flat.

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Too much cliff-hanging...

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

Reviewed: 04-18-17

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

There's an awful lot of cliff-hanger scenes and the Monopoly game thread seems a bit forced, but Stabenow is becoming one of my favorite authors. It's probably in the top 2-3% of my many reads.

What about Marguerite Gavin’s performance did you like?

She's an excellent narrator for Stabenow's books.

Stick to Alaska...

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

Reviewed: 04-18-17

Would you recommend Second Star to your friends? Why or why not?

I purchased this book because of the quality of the author's Alaska books. It's a tedious book, and nowhere near the detailed quality of the two Alaska series. Not a bad buy for 5$ or less, but otherwise forgettable.

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

Most of the quality of the book comes from the narrator.

Amazing, wonderful story.

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

Reviewed: 11-01-15

If you could sum up If You Find Me in three words, what would they be?

Three words? Not possible. This is a nuanced first-person narrator story about a young girl kidnapped and hidden long ago and eventually abandoned by her mother. She tells of her experiences and feelings during the time with her mother and after she and her half-sister are discovered and rescued by her father and his new family. Make sure you have a box of tissues handy while you listen.

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

The narration in regional dialect helps bring the story to life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Repetitive and boring -- a disappointment

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

Reviewed: 10-27-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Time well spent? Not really. The characters never came to life, their lives never really made sense in the context of a civilization facing utter ruin. How could a writer make the discovery of a drowned baby coming to life seem mundane? Oh, look, your luck has changed, better run down to the next village and find a convenient wet nurse, who is instantly the love of your life.

Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen R. Lawhead? Why or why not?

I don't think so. Why? This should have been an epic story and a gripping read. Instead it was a poorly patched together series of vignettes that seemed almost unrelated in context. I got the feeling that Atlantis was about 50 square miles in area with about 500 occupants.

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

I suppose the bull dancing episodes were the most interesting, although the characters seemed to be fabricated from a sort of verbal paper mache.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Hard to say. Good movies have been made from mediocre books in the past, but I think it would take a world class producer to make a silk purse out of this pig's ear.

I Give Up

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

Reviewed: 08-31-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This first person narrative is completely hopeless. It might have made a decent short story.

Has You turned you off from other books in this genre?

What genre is that? It has seriously turned me off from this author.

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

No, but he actually did a very good job with this rag of a book. I'll look up some of his other work.

What character would you cut from You?

Beck, Joe, Benjie, Peach, pretty much the entire list of characters.

Any additional comments?

Yes, I will do much more research before buying a book with so many negative reviews.

I finally got through this one the second time.

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

Reviewed: 08-27-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes. To start with, I'd cut out half the words and introduce a plotline.

Which scene was your favorite?

The last one in the book.

Did The Name of the Wind inspire you to do anything?

Yes. I will not buy another Rothfuss book.

Any additional comments?

I tend to like these sorts of quest books. Unfortunately, this one read like the author tried to stitch together parts of several similar books into a sort of Frankenstein's monster of a quest book. For people who like quest books, I recommend Robert Silverberg's Lord Valentine series.

Disappointing book

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

Reviewed: 07-17-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not really. The author couldn't decide whether to write an adventure story, romance, or soft porn. It read like she wrote one and then inserted the others. Pace was erratic and I've read better porn by amateurs writing on the Internet.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Very fakey.

What about Molly Glenmore and Cooper North ’s performance did you like?

The readers brought some life to what otherwise would have been a pedantic, if not somnolent tale.

Any additional comments?

No more for me from this author. She needs to read Gabaldon's "Outlander" series and try again.

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