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Eustacia P. Cornfeather

Ellensburg, WA, United States
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Interesting Outlook AND Casual Swearing!

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

Reviewed: 09-20-15

As a frequent dropper of the eff bomb, I appreciate the occasional cussin'.

Like many, I came to know who Aziz Ansari is complement of Parks and Recreation, where he was hilarious as Tom Haverford. I started peeking into his stand up and loved that, so this audiobook was a no brainer.

I expected a hilarious recounting of past dating foibles, and to a certain extent got that here. What I didn't expect was the research put into this-- this is in many ways the basis for a well-cited paper on current dating trends. With swears. It was thoughtful and informative as well as being funny, and has stuff in it that I can apply to my own dating situation. It *also* told me about great places to eat ramen and a hotel with a Jurassic park themed room in Tokyo.

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A Good Story, Just Not For Me.

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

Reviewed: 05-26-14

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

First of all I want to say this: This is an excellent story. It is well crafted, excellently performed, and cohesive. That being said, I did not like it. This is NOT a slur against Ania Ahlborn-- in fact I would like to check out more of her work. I did not like this story simply because I do not enjoy stories with this kind of ending. The ending worked perfectly well here, I just would have wished for a different type. That being said, I would recommend this, just with a caveat of what kind of ending to expect. I won't listen to/ read this again, but that's simply because of my personal taste, not a reflection on the story itself.

Would you recommend Seed to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, but again I would warn them of the over all tone. I think had I had some glimmer-- not a full on spoiler, mind-- I would have enjoyed this more.

What about Eric G. Dove’s performance did you like?

All of it. Nothing ever rang untrue or discordant. Bad narration can ruin a reading, and this was never an issue here.

Was Seed worth the listening time?

Yes and no. As I said above, I didn't enjoy it. But I don't consider it a waste of time-- I just consider it like sampling a food and discovering you dislike it. The journey was worth it, even if, for me, the end was not.

Any additional comments?

I'm curious to try other examples of Ania Ahlborn's work, but I'll probably check a few out from the library before hand.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Slasher Movie As Told By Muppets.

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

Reviewed: 04-05-13

What did you like best about Scream Queen? What did you like least?

I liked that it obviously knew its source material-- horror movies-- and referenced them accordingly. The entity was creepy and creative. Unfortunately the end was predictable, and the narrator was so off base that she presented as incompetent. Her vocal characterizations did frequenty call to mind muppets.

What did you like best about this story?

The entity was interesting, and the main character would have been likeable if the narrator hadn't given her a bad Marilyn Monroe impression in the place of a voice.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her first mistake was speaking. Her attempts at accents were distracting, her attempts at giving someone an ethnic presence was confusing, and her attempts at sexy were irritating.

Was Scream Queen worth the listening time?

With a competent narrator, possibly. But really, if you've ever seen a by the numbers slasher movie you've essentially read this. I would be curious to read it in print form, however.

Any additional comments?

Miss it in audible format. The narration is so bad it's impossible to enjoy the story.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Awesome until the epilogue.

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

Reviewed: 04-03-13

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

People who enjoy an ending with no emotional resolution.

Would you ever listen to anything by Chris Bohjalian again?

Nope. He punched me in the gut at the last minute. I have no desire to repeat that experience.

What does Alison Fraser and Mark Bramhall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

They both bring excellent characterization in their reading. Each do a wonderful job with accents and give a different tone for each character they are vocalizing.

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

Anger and disappointment. No real resolution, no punishment for several truly, profoundly vile characters. The heroes of the story instead drink the kool aid and join the parasites. That's not deep writing, that's simply infuriating. There is no catharsis.

Any additional comments?

This would have been an excellent book if Anise had exploded in slow motion with graphic description. Ditto for John.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful