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Marques68

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  • In the Tall Grass

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 46 mins)
    • By Stephen King, Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (418)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (389)

    In the Tall Grass begins with a sister and brother who pull off to the side of the road after hearing a young boy crying for help from beyond the tall grass. Within minutes they are disoriented, in deeper than seems possible, and they've lost one another. The boy's cries are more and more desperate. What follows is a terrifying, entertaining, and masterfully told tale, as only Stephen King and Joe Hill can deliver.

    Gabe says: "Absolutly disgusting. Emotion provoking. Brilliant"
    "Be ready to be horrified!"
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    Would you listen to In the Tall Grass again? Why?

    I listened to In the Tall Grass twice! Just had to make sure I really was hearing what I thought I was hearing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The turn of events are horrifying! From beggining to end this story grabs your attention and quickly turns your insides out when all hell breaks loose In the Tall Grass!


    What about Stephen Lang’s performance did you like?

    The narrator does a fantastic job in telling this story. Nothing boring about it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book didn't make me laugh or cry, but it did make my jaw drop so far south I had to pick it up with a shovel. I'm also pretty sure my eyes got as big as dinner plates had I had the chance to observe my own reaction in front of a mirror. Watch your jaw. Yours just might drop too!


    Any additional comments?

    No money wasted here. This is a short story that can be listened to in less than 2 hours. It's a short ride, but oh boy, is it a ride!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mile 81

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann, Thomas Sadoski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (499)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (457)

    At Mile 81 on the Maine turnpike is a boarded up rest stop, a place where high school kids drink and get into the kind of trouble high school kids have always gotten into. It’s the place where Pete Simmons goes when his older brother, who’s supposed to be looking out for him, heads off to the gravel pit to play “paratroopers over the side”. Pete, armed only with the magnifying glass he got for his 10th birthday, finds a discarded bottle of vodka in the boarded up burger shack and drinks enough to pass out.

    Mary Z says: "Nailed it!"
    "Jesus Rice Crispies Christ It's a Classic!"
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    Would you listen to Mile 81 again? Why?

    Boo-ya yes! Both stories (Mile 81 and Dune) are classic SK stories, short enough to listen to during a daily walk or while doing housework. When I heard "Jesus Rice Crispies Christ" in Mile 81 I just cracked up laughing. This book had me wondering, gasping, laughing, and feeling I was given a good book for my buck.
    The first story regards three kids, a preacher, an ex- mud wrestler, a horse, a couple well off enough to own an Expedition, and a couple of cops.
    The second story regards a retired judge, a Will, and writing in the sand.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Mile 81?

    The title of my review says it all...


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Slurp, slurp, pop. I won't provide any spoilers in my reviews!


    If you could rename Mile 81, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't !


    Any additional comments?

    A narrator’s performance can either make listening to a book a great experience or totally ruin the book all together. I was pleasantly surprised with both of these guys telling me the story of Mile 81.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Green Mile

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (1747)
    Performance
    (817)
    Story
    (823)

    At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, the convicted killers on E Block await their turn to walk the Green Mile and keep a date with the electric chair. Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working as a guard on the Mile, but he's never met anyone like John Coffey.

    Orita says: "Both the book and the reader were just plain great"
    "A Heart Warming Yet Sad Story"
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    Where does The Green Mile rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Green Mile is not my favorite of all the books I have either read or listened to by far, however it is a good story and I don't feel I wasted my money by purchasing it. Sorry, I can't give you a rank thou.


    What other book might you compare The Green Mile to and why?

    I have not read anything that I really can compare to The Green Mile. I found it to be original, but then again I have not read over 500 books in my lifetime....


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I find this question hard to answer but I suppose I better get used to it when filling out these review formats. There were several favorite scenes, but that of Percy pissing his pants made me let out a "well, you deserved it son of a b*tch" sort of a smile.


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

    Yes, but once again work and showering got in the way. I managed to listen to it in less than 48 hours thou. Had it not been for the empty refrigerator and a trip to the grocery store I would have listened to it in less time.


    Any additional comments?

    For once, the movie is very close to the book. So if you have seen the movie you might want to save a credit and rent this one from your public library. The narrator is fine, but just fine not great. The way he dragged his words at the end of every sentence reminded me of an accent I have heard before maybe from the south but I am not sure. Not unpleasant by any means, just different and tired...tired from living too long perhaps.

    0 of 0 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
    (925)
    Performance
    (673)
    Story
    (676)

    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"
    "Entertaining to the very end. No credits wasted!"
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    Would you listen to Needful Things again? Why?

    No, but only because I have read the book, so the story is well cemented in my memory.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything. Pace, dialogue, characters, beggining, unfolding, climax, and ending. It helps that it is narrated by the author himself.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are many. I could not possibly pick just one. But if I have to I would say the scene where Mrs. Rusk rushes to Needful Things panicking over her broken "Elvis" sunglasses, completely either unaware or not caring that her privates showed through a partly opened robe. She had been masturbating while wearing the King's sunglasses all day long after all. She could care less her lard body was flapping to the world, all she wanted was her precious needful thing fixed! Never mind her youngest son was in a hospital, and her oldest was in... never mind, read or listen to the story!


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

    Yes, but I didn't. Work and showering got in the way.


    Any additional comments?

    What you really want and need to know is if this story is worth your credits. It is if you are a fan of Stephen King's novels. Heck you might like this story even if you have never read anything by Stephen King before but heard he writes creepy stories. This story is creepy alright, and even funny in several chapters. You also need to know how well the narrator performs. Great! in my opinion. SK does the deed himself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Salem's Lot

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (754)
    Performance
    (702)
    Story
    (704)

    Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem's Lot in the hopes that living in an old mansion, long the subject of town lore, will help him cast out his own devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods and only one comes out alive Mears begins to realize that there may be something sinister at work and that his hometown is under siege by forces of darkness far beyond his control.

    Melinda says: "King's Favorite Novel? Good Enough For Me!"
    "Great story, not so great narrator"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I recommend th book but not the audiobook. The narrator's tone of voice is flat and dull. Listen to a sample before you buy the audiobook!


    What didn’t you like about Ron McLarty’s performance?

    I didn't like the narrator's lack of enthusiasm in telling the story. His voice is flat and tired. I have read this book in the past (I've read most of Stephen King's books) so I knew the story already, but I didn't finish the audiobook because I found the narrator's dullness unbearable to listen to.


    Could you see Salem's Lot being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Already been done, twice.


    Any additional comments?

    My advice for "constant listeners" is that you listen to a sample of the audiobook you are purchasing before making the decision to buy it. When you listen to a book the narrator's involvement in telling the story is vital, but if the narrator fails to do so with vitality it ruins the story altogether.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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