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Brent

Austin, Texas, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Hissers

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ryan C. Thomas
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (300)

    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.

    Mike Naka says: "stephen king of zombies"
    "Surprisingly good!"
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    I wasn't expecting a lot from this one, but it ended up surprising me. I think a better comparison would be 28 Days Later meets Super 8, with a bit of Resident Evil thrown in for good measure. I really became fond of the characters and the way they grew in the book. There were one or two loose threads at the end, and the narration had the usual problem of an older reader attempting to do younger voices, but neither of these were enough to detract from the overall story. The "bonus" story at the end didn't really do a whole lot for me, but I look forward to more by Mr. Thomas, hopefully involving these same characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18269)
    Performance
    (8159)
    Story
    (8187)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Excellent sequel!"
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    Larsson has once again crafted a masterful novel. This sequel flows seamlessly from the previous book, bringing back favorite characters while introducing new, equally fascinating friends and even more sinister enemies. Larsson's ability to create characters you care about, even minor ones, is amazing. To be fair, I felt that some of Lisbeth's actions in the beginning seemed out of character for her, but this was easily overlooked as the story progressed and her mindset at the time became clearer. Overall, this was an excellent book, and I once again eagerly look forward to the next story in the trilogy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22977)
    Performance
    (9613)
    Story
    (9685)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Amazing mystery!"
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    I'm not usually one for mysteries, but The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo instantly pulled me in. The mystery itself was very well conceived and executed, with just enough twists and turns to keep me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was listening. It was the characters, though, that truly grabbed my attention. Mikael and Lisbeth are now two of my all-time favorite characters. Even the secondary characters were well fleshed out and interesting. The narration was spot on. I eagerly look forward to the rest of the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Vincent Bugliosi, Curt Gentry
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1408)
    Performance
    (1231)
    Story
    (1233)

    Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider's position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the 20th century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Now available for the first time in unabridged audio, the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime is brought to life by acclaimed narrator Scott Brick.

    Larry says: "What a great book."
    "Truly creepy!"
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    This is easily one of the creepiest stories ever, and is made creepier by the fact that it's a true story. I never realized how bizarre Manson's story truly was. Simply the kind of thing that you could not make up. Bugliosi's writing was very well done; too often 'true crime' novels can become boring and sterile, but he writes as though he were sitting down to tell you a story. You really get a sense of what it was like to go through this experience. Scott Brick did an excellent job of narrating. He has a very nice hard-boiled detective story voice that never comes off as cheesy or silly. Definitely well worth the credits!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Needful Things: The Last Castle Rock Story

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    Overall
    (840)
    Performance
    (590)
    Story
    (594)

    A new store has opened in the town of Castle Rock, Maine. It has whatever your heart desires...if you're willing to pay the price. In this chilling novel by one of the most potent imaginations of our time, evil is on a shopping spree and out to scare you witless. Presented unabridged and read by the author.

    Jaimie says: "A good book and narration"
    "Great story, strange music"
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    I really enjoyed this book quite a bit, and, unlike some others, really enjoy King's narration. He has a very distinctive voice that sets himself apart from other narrators. My problem, however, was the addition of these strange 'music' additions to the story. Every so often this odd, '80s electronic keyboard music would begin playing. It struck me as very out of place and several times made it a little hard to hear the story.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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