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Lulu W.

Los Angeles, CA, United States
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  • 12.21

  • A Novel
  • By: Dustin Thomason
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders, Noel Rodriguez, Dustin Thomason
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 280

For decades, December 21, 2012, has been a touchstone for doomsayers worldwide. It is the date, they claim, when the ancient Maya calendar predicts the world will end. In Los Angeles, two weeks before, all is calm. Dr. Gabriel Stanton takes his usual morning bike ride, drops off the dog with his ex-wife, and heads to the lab where he studies incurable prion diseases for the CDC. His first phone call is from a hospital resident who has an urgent case she thinks he needs to see.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Three stars, but enjoyable

  • By cristina on 08-21-12

What a snooze!

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

Reviewed: 09-01-12

Still amazed the author managed to combine so many great themes ~ Prions! Mayan prophecy! Plague! ~ into such dull matter. Unfortunately the narrators didn't or couldn't elevate clumsy writing. Snore.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Kill You Twice

  • Archie Sheridan & Gretchen Lowell, Book 5
  • By: Chelsea Cain
  • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 254

Nothing makes Portland detective Archie Sheridan happier than knowing that Gretchen Lowell - the serial killer whose stunning beauty is belied by the gruesome murders she’s committed - is locked away in a psych ward. Archie can finally heal from the near-fatal physical and emotional wounds she’s inflicted on him and start moving on with his life. To this end, Archie throws himself into the latest case to come across his desk: A cyclist has discovered a corpse in Mount Tabor Park on the eastern side of Portland. The man was gagged, skinned, and found hanging by his wrists from a tree....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great improvement in Cain's writing

  • By PlantCrone on 09-13-12

She's Back!

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

Reviewed: 08-09-12

If like me, you've enjoyed this series but felt a profound lack of Gretchen in 'The Night Season' the 4th & last book, you'll be happy to find her central to the plot of this latest installment. The tidbits we learn about her past help fill in how the beauty killer came to be, and Archie is as complex & brilliantly troubled as always.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Man from Primrose Lane

  • By: James Renner
  • Narrated by: L. J. Ganser
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

A mind-bending, genre-twisting debut novel. In West Akron, there lived a reclusive elderly man who always wore mittens, even in July. He had no friends and no family; all over town, he was known only as The the Man from Primrose Lane. And on a summer day in 2008, someone murdered him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good read, despite, not because of sci fi twist

  • By Lulu W. on 07-18-12

Good read, despite, not because of sci fi twist

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

Reviewed: 07-18-12

I never fully settled into this book because I was looking forward to a 'cold crime mystery' read, not a detour into the twilight zone. That said, the writer is clearly talented and while the sci fi angle never quite gelled for me, I was entertained and would try another of the authors efforts.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 212,672
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 198,581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198,167

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Super fun romp through geek pop culture!

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

Reviewed: 06-18-12

The glowing reviews are well deserved. A most enjoyable and engaging ride.You won't be wasting your credit, and you'll probably get more than one repeat listen. Even if you didn't grow up in the 80's, and/or play video games, this fun and goofy fast paced tale is bound to hold your attention, making you cheer the good guys and boo the baddies!

  • Hissers

  • By: Ryan C. Thomas
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 397
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 360
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 361

It's the last weekend of summer break in the small town of Castor, and four teenage friends are about to attend the most popular end-of-summer high-school party in town… with a massive wave of mutated undead about to crash the party. It's The Breakfast Club meets Resident Evil as the teens of Castor fight to stay alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • stephen king of zombies

  • By Mike Naka on 08-29-12

A goofy gory read that eventually bores

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

Reviewed: 05-31-12

Would you try another book from Ryan C. Thomas and/or Macleod Andrews?

No, the writing is pedestrian, perhaps aimed at teens, but over the top gore makes it slightly too graphic for that age group.

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

No, just this author.

What three words best describe Macleod Andrews???s performance?

waste of talent

You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

this book was a great reminder not to squander credits

Any additional comments?

I love a good zombie tale, this unfortunately was not one... the overly simplistic writing and plot never made me care or feel anything for the protagonists, who seemed cardboard cutouts of teen cliches. I have certainly downloaded worse, thus the 2 stars, but I encourage you to listen to a sample before buying.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Sherlockian

  • By: Graham Moore
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 489

In December 1893, Sherlock Holmes-adoring Londoners eagerly opened their Strand magazines-- anticipating the detective's next adventure-- only to find the unthinkable: his creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, had killed their hero off. London spiraled into mourning -- crowds sported black armbands in grief -- and railed against Conan Doyle as his assassin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth purchasing

  • By Snoodely on 09-07-12

Surprisingly average & unmysterious (2.5 stars)

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-31-10

i'm no Holmes buff but enjoy unraveling a good tale ...
That said I was surprised how quickly the modern plots mystery was to figure out, with it's clunky obvious clues and alarming lack of red herrings.
I believe if you made the main 'Sherlockian' character female, it'd be your average Life Time TV mystery movie.
The narrator does a great job of elevating the story, especially as Doyle & Stoker. Despite this effort the story falls into the 'flat & unsatisfying' list.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Postcard Killers

  • By: James Patterson, Liza Marklund
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren, Erik Singer, Reg Rogers
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 966
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 445

NYPD detective Jacob Kanon is on a tour of Europe's most gorgeous cities. But the sights aren't what draw him - he sees each museum, each cathedral, and each cafe through the eyes of his daughter's killer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Come on, James, Can you think of some new material

  • By RD on 08-26-10

good enough but...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-24-10

the Swedish reporter angle is distracting... it almost reads like Patterson had some"Girl w/ the Dragon Tattoo" envy.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Burn

  • By: Linda Howard
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 325
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 164

Money certainly changes Jenner Redwine's life when she wins a lottery jackpot. But it also costs her plenty: Her father rips her off and disappears, her fortune-hunting boyfriend soon becomes her ex, and friends-turned-freeloaders give her the cold shoulder when she stops paying for everything. Flush with new money, Jenner can't imagine ever finding a place in the world of the wealthy. Seven years later, though, she's rubbing elbows with the rich, despite the fact she still feels like a party crasher.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • UGH!

  • By Nadine on 02-01-10

silly fun light reading

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-09

if you're looking for a light simple book you don't really need to pay attention fully to, then this is easy listen to finish the summer out with. It's entertaining.it's a Life Time channel movie in waiting.
I admit to finding the beginning of the books back story more compelling then the 'action' and silly love story that comprise most of the listen.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • House

  • By: Frank Peretti, Ted Dekker
  • Narrated by: Kevin King
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 345
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 283
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 284

Two couples vacationing in Alabama are pursued by a maniac killer who lures them to a vacant house which won't let them leave. The "house" mirrors their own heart and souls and they must defeat the evil within.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely inspiring!!!

  • By Wesnmegsmith on 01-24-17

"yikes"

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

Reviewed: 02-28-09

This may fall under the 'Christian fiction' umbrella, but def not horror, that seems a disrespect to S. King and others.
that said...this hole filled, pedestrian, excruciatingly boring yarn, written on an 8th grade level, was pure drivel. not to mention oddly and quietly racist.
Going to actual church would be much more edifying than this piece of scare'um to god approach. This kind of formula pulp made for a dreary listen.
That said in its defense, I had no idea I stumbled on a 'genre' book, with i suppose, Gods light being the deux ex machina of every tale.

8 of 25 people found this review helpful