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A.L. Hernandez

Rodeo, CA, United States
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  • Chiseled

  • A Memoir of Identity, Duplicity, and Divine Wine
  • By: Danuta Pfeiffer
  • Narrated by: Danuta Pfeiffer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Through betrayals and loss and her search for redemption, Danuta Pfeiffer becomes the unlikely co-host to a television evangelist bent on becoming the president of the US. When her past catches up to her, she is caught in the crosshairs of politics and religion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such an empowering story!

  • By A.L. Hernandez on 07-29-18

Such an empowering story!

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

I had the pleasure of meeting Danuta Pfeiffer during a writer's convention in Oregon a few years ago. I bought and read a copy of her book, and thought it was such an empowering story. I couldn't put it down. The audio version is enhanced by the fact that it was being read by the author herself.

Chiseled, took me on a rollercoaster ride of the highs an lows of Danuta's life, and left me feeling the kind of empowerment that one gets from reading about someone that has had had many obstacles thrown her way, yet finds the strength to not only pull herself up from rock-bottom, but thrive.

This book left me feeling determined to use all of the obstacles that I've faced both as a teen when I had my first of two children, now ages 27 and 17, and as a woman living in a man's world. This book left me feeling that my dreams can be a reality; they're mine for the taking.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Bean Trees

  • By: Barbara Kingsolver
  • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 854
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 858

Clear-eyed and spirited, Taylor Greer grew up poor in rural Kentucky with the goals of avoiding pregnancy and getting away. But when she heads west with high hopes and a barely functional car, she meets the human condition head-on. By the time Taylor arrives in Tucson, Arizona, she has acquired a completely unexpected child, a three-year-old American Indian girl named Turtle, and must somehow come to terms with both motherhood and the necessity of putting down roots.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a dear favorite

  • By withherownwings on 02-22-14

The ridiculously long pauses are KILLING me!!

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I was dying to find out what was going to happen to the baby that is given to "Taylor," and that is the only reason I continued to listen. There were just way too many throwaway words /sentences/ scenes that should have been edited out.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator's long pauses in between sentences and paragraphs were excruciating. More than once, I thought something had gone wrong with the recording, because it would just stop, only to reconvene way too many seconds later. I had thought that perhaps it was a chapter break, but when she'd start up again, she didn't name the chapter, as she had done for chapter 1.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I didn't finish it, but I was very curious about the little girl.

Any additional comments?

This should be rerecorded, or at the very least, have the recording edited to remove the long pauses. Chapter one was 55 minutes long! When a book and the narration is good, you don't mind so much, but just listening to Chapter One was painful, very, very painful.

  • Witch Slapped

  • Witchless in Seattle, Book 1
  • By: Dakota Cassidy
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 551
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 500
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500

Hello. My name is Stevie Cartwright, and I've been witchless for 30 days. If only there was a support group for down-on-their-luck ex-witches who've had their powers slapped right out of them (literally). Just as I was licking my wounds after returning to my hometown of Ebenezer Falls, Washington, and navigating my suddenly nonmagical existence with the help of my familiar, Belfry, things got sticky. Enter an ex-spy and newly departed spirit named Winterbottom, who's infiltrated my life with his sexy British accent and a couple of requests....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed this cozy tremendously!

  • By janet on 08-05-16

Awfully awkward narration, and irritating heroine.

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

Reviewed: 08-02-17

Would you try another book from Dakota Cassidy and/or Hollie Jackson?

Definitely will avoid books narrated by Hollie Jackson, and if all of Dakota's Heroines are like Stevie, then no thanks. The fact that she found it impossible to remember Winterbottom's name in so many instances, was incredibly irritating. Who knows, maybe she was doing it on purpose, but in any case, it made her seem like an idiot, and not someone I wanted to spend 6.5 hours with. I stopped the book before getting past chapter four.

Would you be willing to try another one of Hollie Jackson’s performances?

No, but only because the pauses between each sentence were sooooooooo looooooong. I suppose they could have edited it out, but they didn't, and with our limited time on this earth, I didn't see fit to put up with it.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Witch Slapped?

1.) The scenes where Stevie kept calling Winterbottom something other than what his name was. 2.) The long pauses in between sentences.

Any additional comments?

This story had so much promise, but Stevie just rubbed me the wrong way.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Of Mice and Men

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: Gary Sinise
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,758
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,187

While the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbeck’s work of the late 1930s, he narrowed his focus when composing Of Mice and Men (1937), creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. But though the scope is narrow, the theme is universal: a friendship and shared dream that make an individual’s existence meaningful.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story

  • By Rosemary on 06-25-12

Gary Sinese is excellent!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-11-17

Would you listen to Of Mice and Men again? Why?

Yes, it is such a classic story, and Gary Sinese brings it to life.

  • The Ransom of Red Chief

  • By: O. Henry
  • Narrated by: Sandy J. Hotchkiss, H. Wood, K. Anderson Yancy
  • Length: 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Two hardened criminals learn their plan is less than perfect when they discover the boy they’ve kidnapped is so bad, the only way his father will take him back is if they pay him a ransom.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Awful rendition. Ughhh

  • By A.L. Hernandez on 10-13-16

Awful rendition. Ughhh

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

Reviewed: 10-13-16

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ransom of Red Chief?

I couldn't get past the first 5 minutes.

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

No

Any additional comments?

There were a few things that if fixed, would have made this rendition better. The background music was incredibly distracting (should have been eliminated), the constant mispronunciation of common words, and unusual pacing. The narrator would pause where there was no comma, and stumbled over every other word.

  • Wicked

  • A Wicked Saga, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 980
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 977

Twenty-two-year-old Ivy Morgan isn't your average college student. She, and others like her, know that humans aren't the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun... and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. Four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she'd sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart. Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He's six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Had me from the start!!!

  • By GG on 06-05-15

Naughty talk was ridiculous.

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

Reviewed: 07-18-15

What did you love best about Wicked?

The overall story was pretty good.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Eh...the narration was okay, but thought some of her interpretations, especially Ren's dialogue, were a bit off.

Any additional comments?

The scenes where Ivy and Ren were intimate, and most of Ren's dialogue made me want to both, stab my eardrums, and punch Ren in the throat. Yes, it was that ridiculous. Other than that, the story was solid. I really enjoyed it despite the poorly worded naughty & sweet talk. It would be a 5 star review otherwise.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Whisperer in Darkness

  • By: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: Phil Reynolds
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

When local newspapers report strange things seen floating in rivers during a historic Vermont flood, Albert Wilmarth becomes embroiled in a controversy about the reality and significance of the sightings. However it isn’t until he receives communication from Henry Wentworth Akeley that he is offered the proof he requires.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blasphemous

  • By Brad on 11-01-11

Excellent short story!!

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

Reviewed: 07-01-15

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

Yes. It was very well written, and is a great piece of classic science fiction!

  • The Beast in the Cave

  • By: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: Cathy Dobson
  • Length: 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937), more commonly known as H. P. Lovecraft, was an American writer renowned for his highly influential works of horror fiction. "The Beast in the Cave" is a typical example of Lovecraft's mastery and descriptive genius. A man is lost in an extensive cavern with his light about to run out. He has already given up hope of ever finding his way out. As he is plunged into darkness, he hears the sound of weird padding steps approaching....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Worst narrator on the planet? Maybe.

  • By A.L. Hernandez on 07-01-15

Worst narrator on the planet? Maybe.

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

Reviewed: 07-01-15

What disappointed you about The Beast in the Cave?

The story is great. I had to get a readable copy, because this narrator is one of the absolute worst!!!!!!! Pass on this, and just read it.

Would you be willing to try another one of Cathy Dobson’s performances?

Never!!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Forever Song

  • By: Julie Kagawa
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489

Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions - her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost - the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic, Dark Kagawa

  • By MAB on 11-27-14

Excellent end to the trilogy!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-23-14

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

Yes, because even though parts of the entire series broke my heart, I loved the way it all ends. It left me satisfied when it was over.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Immortal Rules

  • Blood of Eden, Book 1
  • By: Julie Kagawa
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,284
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,288

In a future world, vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.... Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked - and given the ultimate choice. Die or become one of the monsters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEST VAMPIRE STORY EVER!!!!

  • By Alley McNally on 07-06-12

Great story!

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

Reviewed: 12-23-14

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

Yes, I would because it gives a fresh approach to the genre, by combining it with a post-apocalyptic world. I also thought it was well paced.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful