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S. R. Constantine

Minnesota, USA | Member Since 2003

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  • 13 reviews
  • 41 ratings
  • 663 titles in library
  • 20 purchased in 2014
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  • The Second Coming of Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Alan Deutschman
    • Narrated By Charles Stransky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1217)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (141)

    From the acclaimed Vanity Fair and GQ journalist - an unprecedented, in-depth portrait of the man whose return to Apple precipitated one of the biggest turnarounds in business history.

    Thomas says: "Awesome background on Apple, NeXT, and Pixar."
    "Incredible ongoing story"
    Overall

    Amazing story, not only of Steve Jobs, but of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs in general. Fascinating reading which, I feel, is quite objective, describing and giving equal time to the good and the bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Foundation and Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated By Larry McKeever
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (331)

    Councilman Golan Trevize is wondering if he was right to choose a collective mind as the best possible future for humanity over the anarchy of contentious individuals, nations and planets. To test his conclusion, he decides he must know the past and goes in search of legendary Earth, all references to which have been erased from galactic libraries. The societies encountered along the way become arguing points in a book-long colloquy about man's fate, conducted by Trevize and traveling companion Bliss, who is part of the first world/mind, Gaia.

    Jerry says: "Please please re-record with Scott Brick!!"
    "What a difference the narrator makes."
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    I read the original Foundation trilogy as a teenager in the 1960s, and I was wondering how much I would recall after all these years. I was pleasantly surprised that I remembered very little, and so I delved in, starting at the beginning. Scott Brick can take even a mediocre story and make it worth a listen, and I was able to enjoy the series as I was unable to in my youth. When the next book in the series was read by Mr. McKeever, I was concerned about the change but, of course, I could not skip this volume as it is part of a whole.

    I was stunned… and not in a good way. While Mr. McKeever READS well enough, he does not NARRATE. I felt like I was listening to a children's book written by a completely different author. Even worse, I got the feeling that it was being read by children. The inflection in the voice is all wrong. Stressful situations are read in a matter-of-fact tone rather than with the intensity that is required. None of the dialogue comes across with any degree of realism or believability, and the story itself seems plodding. Pauses in the reading are dreadfully long, and I forced myself to finish the book because Mr. Brick returned to narrate the next… and then all was right with the world again. I could not believe that a reader/narrator could actually make a book seem as though it was written by an entirely different person until listening to this one. I'm rating it 4 stars (would prefer 3-1/2) for the part that the novel plays in the entire series, but that's it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carrie

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Sissy Spacek
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (408)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (123)

    In one way or another, everybody abused Carrie. Her fanatical mother forbade this 16-year-old misfit everything that was young and fun. She was teased and taunted by her classmates, misunderstood by her teachers, and given up as hopeless by almost everyone.

    Montilee says: "Wow. Just wow."
    "Ms. Spacek tells it well."
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    I saw the movie at least twice and was compelled to listen to the book because 1) it's a Stephen King novel and 2) because it is read by Sissy Spacek, whole played the title role in the movie, and 3) well, because the book is almost always better than the movie. I cannot rate Carrie as one of my King favorites. "The Stand," "11/22/63," "It," and possibly the recently released "Under the Dome" I found more to my liking. Nonetheless, this audiobook is still worthy of purchase. I always appreciated the extra detail from books that is often not communicated in movies. Hence, if you liked the movie, you will find the book enjoyable as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Case: A Short Story Featuring Detective John Corey

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Nelson DeMille
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (681)
    Performance
    (594)
    Story
    (590)

    "The Book Case" is a story that features Nelson DeMille's most famous (and successful) character, Detective John Corey, who has appeared in six DeMille novels: Plum Island, The Lion's Game, Night Fall, Wild Fire, and The Lion. In this story, we see John Corey in his early years as an NYPD Detective, before he became involved with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force.

    Christina says: "They never disappoint"
    "Didn't think it could be done in short story form."
    Overall
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    I was wrong. I looked around for a short story for a 2-hour ride with my wife. I've enjoyed DeMille's John Corey novels, and Scott Brick (a favorite of mine) is the perfect choice as narrator. He portrays the detective's attitude perfectly. So, when I found this gem, I was delighted by my find and not disappointed by the listen. It blends suspense with humor and was well worth the minimal expense.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • UR

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (628)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (253)

    Reeling from a painful break-up, English instructor and avid book lover Wesley Smith is haunted by his ex-girlfriend's parting shot: "Why can't you just read off the computer like everyone else?" He buys an e-book reader out of spite, but soon finds he can use the device to glimpse realities he had never before imagined, discovering literary riches beyond his wildest dreams...and all-too-human tragedies that surpass his most terrible nightmares.

    doG ma says: "BRAVO!"
    "One of the better King short stories"
    Overall
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    With the release of several of Stephen King's short stories on Audible, I decided I'd plow through them as one large collection. Some of the stories left me longing for more. It felt like I was either left hanging, or the ending simply left me with a feeling of "that's it?" UR, on the other hand, was sufficiently thought-provoking that I actually felt satisfied at its conclusion. It's another one of those "what if" stories. Here, the twist is that an attempt is made to change the future (ala Back to the Future) rather than the past. I've always enjoyed this sub genre, and if you do, you'll most likely enjoy it as well. Holter Graham is an excellent narrator, and that always helps.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10309)
    Performance
    (5218)
    Story
    (5253)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Venita says: "Lenghtly but good, ending was rushed"
    "Hard to put down"
    Overall
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    The premise of this story is quite interesting and thought-provoking, and I found myself just listening (when not doing something else), simply because I could not put it down. I did enjoy the villainy is this book, and at times I wanted to jump in and do some serious strangling of some rather vile characters. The story itself was an interesting character study and reminded me of my readings about Hitler prior to World War II. In this story as well, a scapegoat is critical. Lynch mob mentality, while it may seem far-fetched, has played itself out over and over again in real life. I must admit there were times when I thought Mr. King was a little over-the-top with the characters, possibly over-simplifying, but the story was nonetheless enjoyable, and he did do his research. I did learn something about narrators. Mr. Esparza was an excellent choice for this story (more so than many of King's over novels which deserve the likes of Frank Muller or George Guidall), and he did justice to the many "King-isms." This is to say that while I have come to enjoy favorite narrators and was initially saddened to find none of them enjoined to read this book, I have come to believe that narrators must be as carefully chosen as actors for a movie, and the casting here is exceptional.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18174)
    Performance
    (16171)
    Story
    (16130)

    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.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "One of Stephen King's Best"
    Overall
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    Well researched and well written, I believe King has outdone himself on this one. The plot line has elements of love, hate, hope, and despair, and enough intrigue to keep me listening when I would have put others aside. Being an avid Audible member since 2003, this is no minor accolade. I've always been a fan of time travel stories and "the butterfly effect," and this novel is a welcome addition to the sub genre. What makes the story even more compelling is an excellent narration by Craig Wasson. If you enjoy the likes of Stephen Webber, Ron McLarty, Frank Muller, and Scott Brick, add Craig to the list of those with an uncanny ability to enhance an already great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prince of Tides

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (2142)
    Performance
    (1308)
    Story
    (1311)

    Spanning 40 years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born.

    Ella says: "A "Prince" amongst novels"
    "Incredible story, incredibly written and narrated."
    Overall
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    I've gone through over 200 books since signing up with Audible in 2003. Carefully chosen, many of the books I listen to deserve high honors, as they tell a good story, well orchestrated with excellent dialogue and believable characters, and narrated with panache. Of all those, Prince of Tides ranks in the rarified top ten percent. The story woven by Mr. Conroy is magnificently told, and I especially like the way the reader is carefully teased with mysteries long before being rewarded with an explanatory chapter. Frank Muller, as narrator, is incredible. The telling of this story could not be done any better by anyone else. It is a shame we have lost his talents. To those who have not yet enjoyed this novel, I promise you will not be dissapointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Play Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (633)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (315)

    Theirs was a marriage made in tabloid heaven, but no sooner had supermodel Laura Ayars and Celtics star David Baskin said “I do” than tragedy struck. While honeymooning on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, David went out for a swim - and never returned. Now widowed and grieving, Laura has a thousand questions and no answers. Her search for the truth will draw her into a web of lies and deception that stretches back thirty years - while on the court at the Boston Garden, a rookie phenom makes his spectacular debut....

    Debbie Woodruff says: "I love Harlan Coben, but..."
    "Yes and No"
    Overall

    While much of the dialogue was???how should I say this????childish, and the adjectives "jaw-dropping"-ly cliche, I did find the book thoroughly enjoyable, especially because of a well--executed plot that has more twists and turns than Lombard Street in San Francisco (although not as predictable). As for the narrator, I often choose books simply because Scott Brick is narrating. Listening while I'm driving, I love the melodrama.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4730)
    Performance
    (3453)
    Story
    (3477)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "Magical Ingredients: Superb Author & Narrator"
    Overall

    The book is excellent in its own right. The fact that it is long just prolongs the enjoyment (as anyone who knows the sadness of finishing a masterpiece can attest). Then, along comes Steven Weber who far exceeds expectations from a narrator. He ranks up there with Scott Brick and George Guidall, to name a few. Brilliant.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Cell: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (3381)
    Performance
    (1112)
    Story
    (1122)

    The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone's cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization's darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.

    chris says: "Entertained"
    "King in great form"
    Overall

    Very entertaining! If it had been a paperback, I would say I couldn't put it down. As it was, the white knuckles weren't caused by my speed or the traffic as I drove down the freeway. It's a gripping and unpredictable story with characters you can become involved with. The narration is excellent. It's one of the better books I've read/listened to by King, and I've covered just about all of them. I highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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