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  • The Ghost Files (The Ghost Files - Book 1)

  • By: Apryl Baker
  • Narrated by: Roxana Bell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 326
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 281
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 280

Normally, Mattie just ignores the ghosts and they go away. That is until she see's the ghost of her foster sister... Sally. Everyone thinks Sally's just another runaway, but Mattie knows the truth-she's dead. Murdered. Mattie feels like she has to help Sally, but she can't do it alone. Against her better judgment, she teams up with a young policeman, Officer Dan, and together they set out to discover the real truth behind Sally's disappearance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved every bit!!!!

  • By Grant on 08-05-14

Mixed Feelings about YA book

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

Reviewed: 04-20-16

What did you like best about The Ghost Files (The Ghost Files - Book 1)? What did you like least?

I enjoyed the mystery. Mattie can see ghosts and when several tortured ghosts appear, including that of her foster sister, she knows she has to do something to help. There were lots of twists in the story which kept it interesting. I found Mattie actually rather annoying as were her replacement curse words like "fudgepop". Granted, it was rather refreshing to read a YA book where the F-bomb wasn't being dropped every other sentence, but that word really began to bug me. I also found the male characters in the book to be essentially interchangeable. Except for bad boy Tommy, they were all the same and every hot guy that walked into the room was drawn to Mattie (that gets old as well). Definitely needed some more character development.

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

Interesting.

Which character – as performed by Roxana Bell – was your favorite?

Roxanna does excellent voices of children and teenaged girls, such as Mattie. However men and older women were not very well done. Reminded me too much of when Leah Thompson tried to do an old woman's voice in "Back to the Future"! Way too gravelly.

Could you see The Ghost Files (The Ghost Files - Book 1) being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Maybe.

Any additional comments?

This book really needed more editing. So many things were repeated over and over again. I don't know how many times we were told how wonderful Mattie's boyfriend was and how she didn't deserve him or how tough foster kids are or how she NEVER cries (yet seemed to do so with alarming regularity). This sort of repetition happened so often I found myself saying aloud "YES! I know! Get on with it!". Mattie's inner dialogue often went off on tangents that took you out of the story and didn't really add much. Her angst began to get old as she dwelled (repeatedly) on her hard life as a foster kid, how tough she was, how she NEVER let anyone (except for pretty much everyone in this book) get past her walls, etc.I also found it annoying that the boy she claimed she absolutely adored, was so quickly forgotten whenever the next hottie (including a ghost) came along and oddly enough, they all seemed to be 18 (she's 16) including her best bud, Officer Dan. So, I think with better editing, this book could be so much better. It's not a bad story at all, but a good editor would have reined in some of that endless repetition. I don't know if I'll read the next in this series or not.

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,207

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • not my Favorite King story

  • By Ronald Garey on 02-11-19

Entertaining but could use some editing

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

Reviewed: 12-31-14

Would you listen to 11-22-63 again? Why?

No. It's way too long!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Although I did like Jake, sometimes he was just a bit too much. HIs obsession with Sadie, etc. got a bit tedious at times. I think my favorite was Deke. He reminded me of my Texas brother in law, a very good soul.

What three words best describe Craig Wasson’s performance?

Uneven. Some characters were done quite well, others not so much. At least two of the characters (FBI agent and the Green Card man at the end) sounded like bad imitations of actors Jimmy Stewart and John McGiver. Sometimes I found his Jake a tad annoying. Sadie tended to sound a lot like Bill Clinton (in fact, I had two different people ask me if that's who it was!) Having lived in Dallas and Midland, TX for many years, I found many of his Texas accents were spot on. Overall, I will say his characterizations of the different people in the book certainly kept it interesting.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did like the part about the play, "Of Mice and Men".

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the overall premise and didn't mind the initial descriptions of a 21st century man discovering the simpler life of the late 1950's and early '60's. However, like many have said, the beginning third and the final third were really good, but the middle got really dull in parts. I wanted the plot to move forward but instead got bogged down in mind numbing minutiae of high school life in small town Texas. I really didn't need to know every record played at the school dance or what they ate every day. There just seemed to be too much repetition. Still, I did enjoy it overall. Not my favorite King book, but was worth listening to.

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  • Ruins

  • Pathfinder, Book 2
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Kirby Heyborne, Emily Janice Card
  • Length: 14 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,022
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,682
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,706

When Rigg and his friends crossed the Wall between the only world they knew and a world they could not imagine, he hoped he was leading them to safety. But the dangers in this new wallfold are more difficult to see. Rigg, Umbo, and Param know that they cannot trust the expendable, Vadesh - a machine shaped like a human, created to deceive - but they are no longer certain that they can even trust one another. But they will have little choice. Because although Rigg can decipher the paths of the past, he can’t yet see the horror that lies ahead: A destructive force with deadly intentions is hurtling toward Garden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Too much arguing between the characters.

  • By Arthur on 01-13-15

Needs some serious editing

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

Reviewed: 10-12-13

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

To a point. The premise of the story was good - Rigg and his companions cross through different wallfolds trying to learn about them and how to save the world. However, there was so much arguing and endless bickering among the characters as well as endless philosophizing and conjecturing that I found myself yelling at the narrator to just shut up and get on with it!

What could Orson Scott Card have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The author needed to do some serious editing. I felt like a like a lot of the story was simply filler, buying him time to figure out what the characters should do next. Page after page of bickering does not make a good story. Page after page of listing to whining, self-absorbed characters did not inspire me to read further. Nor did I need endless "what ifs" as characters pondered one weighty theory after another.

Did the narrators do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I would have preferred a single narrator. The woman who read Param's point of view and the man that read Umbo's were more animated and more interesting than the narrator who read Rigg's point of view, who sometimes was dead-pan to the point of being monotone.

Did Ruins inspire you to do anything?

Throw my iPod across the room.

Any additional comments?

The Pathfinder was an interesting book and I truly hoped Ruins would be as good. Unfortunately, it wasn't. There were just enough interesting events to keep me going but more than once I considered giving up. It just got so boring and frustrating at times. If I had been actually reading this, I could have perhaps skipped over all the incredibly tedious parts of this book but with the audio version, that was impossible. I will read the next one in the hopes that it is more like Pathfinder and less like the pedantic Ruins.

  • Brisingr

  • The Inheritance Cycle, Book 3
  • By: Christopher Paolini
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 29 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,514

Oaths sworn . . . loyalties tested . . . forces collide. Following the colossal battle against the Empire's warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still there is more at hand for the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Saphira sounds like Grover after puberty

  • By John on 07-18-10

Needs a plot

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-17-08

This book went on and on an on with very little plot happening on the way. I felt as if the author was so enamored of his own world, he was taking us on more of a dull cultural tour than continuing an exciting adventure. It would also be helpful if someone took away the author's thesaurus. Why describe something once when you can do so over and over using new and different words each and every time!? Some serious editing could have helped immensely. When read aloud, it also becomes painfully apparent how just stilted and artificial the dialogue really is. Gerard Doyle is an excellent narrator and he did the best he could but even he couldn't save this boring, overblown and predictable sequel. I regret wasting my two credits on this!

3 of 5 people found this review helpful