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DNF with 1 hour left

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

Reviewed: 2020-11-06

With just over an hour left, I skipped to the epilogue and the section written by the psychologist, hoping for some actual depth and answers. Nothing. Look, obviously I'm not rating this book poorly because of its horrific nature. And I'm not complaining that I'm not being "entertained" by this subject matter - that's not what I'm looking for. I'm a very empathetic person and I feel awful for the people who endured abuse at the hands of Michelle Knotek, especially her daughters. Those girls would not have known any different while growing up under that sick psycho's thumb and after years of existing with severe abuse, it's a miracle they're functioning adults today. At least I think they are. The author does a terrible job of giving us anything other than a laundy list of abuses and murders. There is little/no follow-up. Obviously the daughters would have needed help, but we don't hear anything about that. And I could no longer tolerate hearing about Michelle's incredibly stupid enabling husband who knew full well how psychotic she was and did nothing to stop her. All the adults in this book were frustrating. I heard and read nothing about whether or not Kathy (murdered at age 36) or Ron (murdered at age 57) had learning disabilities or mental illnesses. So to hear how they obeyed Michelle completely - taking whatever pills she gave them, jumping off the roof with no shoes on, sleeping in an outdoor shed, drinking urine and eating rotten moldy food - I cannot understand how this was possible. I cannot understand how they didn't just leave. The children couldn't understand, either. The author did nothing to help us gain clarity. Approx halfway through when the oldest daughter tells the cops what was going on, I thought "okay this laundry list is coming to an end" but nothing ever came of it. And we never hear why the idiot cops never investigated all the complaints about Knotek. Maybe everything I wanted answers to was answered in that 1 hour I could no longer tolerate. But I bet it wasn't. The narrator was okay but I also couldn't handle the crying/whining voice she did all the time. Likely a consequence of my overall frustration.

Fun adventure!

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

Reviewed: 2020-10-25

You had me at "supervolcano". 🌋 I never would have found this book without a recommendation from Audible. And I'm so glad they did! This was a very entertaining adventure about a couple groups of college students. One group has developed a portal to an alternate earth where humans never evolved. The other are geologists following the pending eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano. First they get together to pan for gold on alternate-earth. Apparently this is the dream of all all physicists hoping to get to an alternate earth: get all the gold and bring it to current earth. Who knew? When Yellowstone really does blow, how to save the people in the area? Shove 'em through the portal! Along the way we encounter small time criminals, Pliocene-era animals, the military and insurgents, of course. Great narration with a few *gasp* moments and a few lol moments made it a lot of fun. 4.5 stars rounded up because - spoiler alert!!!!!!!!!! - no one got eaten by any pliocene animal, as I had anticipated. Nevertheless, I highly recommend this as an audiobook

Meh

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

Reviewed: 2020-10-18

I wanted to say: if you liked the Hunger Games you’d love this book. And yes, I know it is the first in a series. But when the book was first written, I am pretty sure it was not already part of a series. So to review this book as just a book, not an introduction to a new world, I’d have to say it is lacking a bit. I liked the first half of the book where we hear about Darrow’s struggle on behalf of his people, the Reds of Mars - the lowest in their caste system. His wife made a sacrifice that changed Darrow’s future and brought us to the second half of the book, where Darrow seems to have the opportunity to make big changes for his Red brethren. I was pretty excited for him to do his hero thing and relieve the suffering of his people. But then he doesn’t. Or does he? Maybe I missed it when I got bored of repetition and my mind wandered. I’m pretty sure we never hear about what, if anything, has changed or will change for his Red people. We see him interacting in his new world. A lot happens. Lots of interesting and colourful characters. But we never hear from or see the Red Mars people again. So it seemed like a real disconnect for me. Great action, moderate dialogue, some humour. I’m not interested to listen to the next one as this one is a lot of book for no strong sense of closure and I’m afraid the next book might be the same. The first Hunger Games had some closure. Great narrator, though.

It was good

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

Reviewed: 2020-10-03

I made the mistake of listening to The Huntress first. If I hadn't, this could have been a 5 star audiobook. The story was good but the plot was a bit weak. A young American being shuttled to Switzerland by her mother for a "procedure" in 1947 decides to escape, en route, to England to find her missing cousin. The entire novel hinges on this unlikely plotline. It's difficult not to compare it to The Huntress, which had a much more compelling plot and characters with significantly richer backstories. I do enjoy these female protagonists who are real women, not someone's fantasy of women. 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4, mostly for Evelyn's backstory. The narrator was absolutely perfect, again.

WOW

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

Reviewed: 2020-09-14

Overall, amazing. A rich story with vibrant characters that would probably appeal to a wide audience. I loved this post-WWII novel about a Russian "Night Witch" military bomber pilot who is hunting another woman - a Nazi war criminal - hiding in America. The author tells the story from various characters perspectives between 1945 and 1950, and managed to keep a fast pace while maintaining clarity. This narrator is the best I have ever heard. She flawlessly switched through American, English and Russian accents and really brought this tale vividly to life. This audiobook is a fantastic example of how audio can make a story so much more than words on a page, even if not quite a film. Highly recommended.

Better than expected

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

Reviewed: 2020-08-26

This was a pretty good old book from 1912, reminiscent of The Lost City of Z. It had its funny moments and characters (perhaps unintentionally so) and scary ones too. The characters were representative of the time. I can't say it was "action-packed" because the language of the time doesn't always allow it, but it sure wasn't boring. I like how the story came full circle. Very satisfying ending. The narration was very good.

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 2020-08-19

What a great audiobook, interspersed with dialogue between the author and narrator. Goggins' story is inspirational, but not for the lily-livered faint of heart. Refreshing devoid of pulled punches.

Outstanding

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

Reviewed: 2020-07-05

As someone who is not a hunter and who barely eats poultry and fish these days, I'm not sure exactly what drew me to this book. The description made it clear it wasn't only about the hunt. Also, I have a fascination with the American west of the mid-to-late 1800s. The rush for land, the conflict with Native Americans, life on the prairies etc. The buffalo's story I knew only as a small part in this history. I'm glad I chose this book. The author takes a holistic approach to tell the story of the buffalo. He explores the evolution and range of this animal over time. He explains the meaning of the buffalo to settlers and natives, its overhunting by all populations and subsequent repopulation efforts. His fascination is quickly understood. I appreciated and understood his ethical approach to the hunt and his respect for nature. And boy, was he deadpan, laugh-out-loud funny at times. I couldn't stop listening; the author is a great narrator.

Good quick intro to Putin

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

Reviewed: 2020-06-19

This is a good short intro to how Putin came to power and a review of a few situations where he was able to flex his muscles and create change for Russia. Good for people who need to decide if they want to learn more about the man and his politics.

Absolute nonsense

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

Reviewed: 2020-06-07

I'm 25% in and I'm not finishing this terrible non-scientific piece of garbage. I wanted an understanding of the science behind communication among trees/plants (which occurs via chemical signaling pathways in any other non-animal living thing and also among animals for some non-verbal communication) and what I got was extreme personification of trees: they are "calling out to each other", their "stomachs are rumbling", they "choose" things. This book is a joke and a good example why people have a terrible understanding of how science actually works. Thr language is written for children. It's basically children's fantasy lit.