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Michael

Fayetteville, NC, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Story Sisters: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alice Hoffman
    • Narrated By Nancy Travis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (43)

    The Story Sisters charts the lives of three sisters, Elv, Claire, and Meg. Each has a fate she must meet alone: one on a country road, one in the streets of Paris, and one in the corridors of her own imagination. Inhabiting their world are a charismatic man who cannot tell the truth, a neighbor who is not who he appears to be, a clumsy boy in Paris who falls in love and stays there, a detective who finds his heart's desire, and a demon who will not let go.

    L. Calder says: "Another great Hoffman story but not the narrator"
    "Real Life Writ Small"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Nancy Travis does a fantastic job with the narration of The Story Sisters, a roller coaster ride through the troubled life of the Story family. Both beautiful and heartbreaking as you watch events unfold in each of their lives stemming from the troubled and troubling actions of one. Dark and sobering with a few bright spots this is not a light read but definitely worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13147)
    Performance
    (5586)
    Story
    (5653)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Beautiful and refreshing..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Sweetly sad and beautiful. A little mystery, a little romance, and a whole lot of good storytelling. The readers of this book breathe life into the main character. A gentle old man and his younger self tell you the fantastic, color laden story of his life, his love and his heart's great secret. Laugh, cry and gasp your way through this awesome book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6174)
    Performance
    (5485)
    Story
    (5483)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Barnum and Bailey Can't Touch This"
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    Story

    Truly the most spectacular show on earth, what every circus dreams of being. Mystical, magical, and mysterious this is a circus tour you won't soon forget. Morgenstern's imagery builds a big top world of ambition, sweet dreams, shadowy desires and love. Wrap up in your own red scarf and black coat and join the Reveurs at Cirque de Rev, The Night Circus.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Full Dark, No Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2264)
    Performance
    (1019)
    Story
    (1016)

    "I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

    Parusski says: "Eerie, honest, frightening!"
    "Awesome."
    Overall

    Gritty, horrifying, and achingly insightful. Those who are faint of heart beware. Full Dark, No Stars is a look at people at their worst. King takes you inside the minds and hearts of the villains of these stories and shows you just how human they really are. How different from us they really aren't. How honest can you be with yourself and what you might or might not do after reading this set of chilling short stories. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What the Night Knows

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1497)
    Performance
    (699)
    Story
    (712)

    In the late summer of a long-ago year, a killer arrived in a small city. His name was Alton Turner Blackwood, and in the space of a few months he brutally murdered four families. His savage spree ended only when he himself was killed by the last survivor of the last family, a 14-year-old boy. Half a continent away and two decades later, someone is murdering families again, re-creating in detail Blackwood’s crimes.

    sadee poulsen says: "Koontz is back!"
    "Again?"
    Overall

    What happened to the author of Watchers, Strangers, Intensity and From the Corner of His Eye? I've always said that you can tell a story that Koontz really wants to tell and one he's only writing for the pay check. This is the latter. Yet another family set against Hell with Heaven intervening at the last moment. He even says Deus ex Machina! I've had cause to wonder at the over blown prose shift and story vacuity of Koontz in the last several years perhaps he is burnt out and should take a break. Either way, I'm sorry I wasted a credit on this book. If you're looking for a feel good, cookie cutter, Koontz this is for you, if not don't bother.

    I was hoping for Koontz at his best and instead I got Koontz at, while maybe not his worst, certainly at a low point.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful

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