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Christopher

I will never again knowingly purchase another title voiced by Scott Brick.

Brooklyn, NY, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6359)
    Performance
    (5616)
    Story
    (5666)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Meaghan says: "My First Completed Stephen King Novel"
    "Excellent characters. Just too many."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If someone was interested in Stephen King, I'd send them to the Gunslinger first. I feel it's his best work. If someone was already familiar with the Gunslinger books, I'd send them to "It" first and then, maybe "The Stand."As far as giant, epic stories go, it has all of the elements. But, it ends in a less satisfying way than I hoped.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen King? Why or why not?

    Absolutely! He's extremely entertaining!


    Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

    Tom Cullen.


    Did The Stand inspire you to do anything?

    Not exactly. No.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, it's a fun ride. The overall story is so big and tries to wrap itself around so many characters, that it could have easily been turned into multiple books, each examining the events of the Stand from a different perspective.Instead, the cast grows and grows and grows. King himself felt that this was the biggest flaw of "The Stand" and, he was right. With a cast so big, I found it difficult to care for many of the protagonists, just because I could only develop a casual acquaintance with them, rather than a deep understanding.Also, at certain points, I felt the story went a little flat because the main antagonist was examined a little too closely, destroying my sense of mystery and dread about the guy.

    3 of 3 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
    (10047)
    Performance
    (4964)
    Story
    (4995)

    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.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "Not King's best work... not by a long shot."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    In this easily forgettable story, loaded with very few likable characters, I fear this may be the first signs that King is at the end of his lifelong creative flow. In this story we find a re-hashing of King's idea, language and themes, pasted onto a flimsy storyline.

    In his afterword, he mentioned that this original story idea laid dormant since the 1970's. I wish he could have let it continue sleeping... Or, to toss the idea as a fragment into another memoir.

    The concept had great promise. Though, the way it played through and the ultimate payoff were completely unsatisfying.

    Why this was turned into a mini-series is beyond me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2235)
    Performance
    (2040)
    Story
    (2022)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "A pleasant visit with old friends"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you listen to The Wind Through the Keyhole again? Why?

    Yes. I might.I've found the Dark Tower books to be a work worth going over a few times, partly for enjoyment, partly to study the craft of writing an enjoyable story. As a study of the Gunslinger's world, this story helps to round out a few details. But, personally, I found little in it to contribute to the major story arc of Roland's tale. It was certainly enjoyable.But, like a visit from an old friend ten years absent, it felt awkward. It was as if in our time apart, we (me, the reader, King, the author, as well as Roland's ka-tet) had each grown in our separate lives. And, coming together again, we were all forced to adjust and fit together differently than our usual accustomed places.It took some time to get used to King as a narrator. His performance is always a little caricatured when compared to the rich, nuanced performance George Guidall delivers for the majority of the rest of the series.All in all, I was glad to learn a bit more from Roland's world. But, maybe I was hoping for something else... a Gunslinger with a horn on his belt, for example...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Most of the story was about Tim. So, who else?


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Stephen King?

    Of course. I have. And, many times.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, not at all.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insomnia

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Eli Wallach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1034)
    Performance
    (695)
    Story
    (698)

    Ralph Roberts has an incurable case of insomnia, but lack of sleep is the least of his worries. Each night he stays awake, Ralph witnesses more of the odd activity taking place in Derry after dark than he wants to know. The nice young chemist up the street beats his wife and has delusions about beings he calls "The Centurions".

    KB says: "King lover very disappointed - NO Spoilers"
    "Wonderful reader, horrible music."
    Overall

    Whoever produced this audiobook did a HUGE disservice to the fantastic read done by Eli Wallach, injecting moments of horrible music here and there throughout the story.

    The music shows up jarringly, spoiling the mood of the story moment and, worse yet, the sound mix is done in a way that seems to favor the god-awful racket rather than the voice actor. Thankfully, my iPhone has a convenient 30 second rewind button because I had to tap the thing several times to catch the lines over the "musical" noise.

    I'm only partway into the first section. And, I foresee these musical interludes as something to dread as the book moves along.

    If you are a producer of audiobooks, please remember:
    1. The read performance comes first.
    2. Music, if any, is always secondary and should be low and understated at best.

    I get the feeling this producer had made an unsuccessful stab at being a composer for movies or TV and now, people who buy audiobooks that went through his studio must suffer through his attempts at either practice building his demo reel.

    In spite of the injection of these musical turds, it's still an enjoyable read by Eli Wallach. If you can grit your teeth through a few painful interludes, it's definitely worth it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9385)
    Performance
    (5083)
    Story
    (5152)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Stop using Scott Brick!!"
    Overall

    Well-made audiobook of Frank Herbert's classic. Although, I have two major criticisms. First, the switching of parts. As the story progresses, the voice actors change parts in different scenes. I found that off-putting and somewhat confusing. Also, the effects-laden voice of the Baron Harkonen was awful.

    Second, Scott Brick. When I first heard his voice poisoning the scenes he was in, I was instantly knocked out of the story. I decided to suck it up and endure, thinking "he's just the voice of Leto... and Leto dies early on!" Sadly, Brick came back voicing other characters even after Duke Leto's death.

    After listening to this, I found an old tape version of the book and, although the production quality was worse, the absence of Brick's melodramatic reads made the experience more enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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