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  • The Shining

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1958)
    Performance
    (1823)
    Story
    (1841)

    Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

    Kristin says: "Don't expect the movie..."
    "One of my favorite novels of all time"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Shining the most enjoyable?

    Well I've read this book twice before. The audiobook version is ok. Bad narration.


    What other book might you compare The Shining to and why?

    There aren't any books quite like this. Very original.


    Did Campbell Scott do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    No. All characters sound exactly the same. If I had never read this, it would be more difficult to tell. He reads completely in monotone. He also sounds a little bored. Narrators can ruin amazing books. Enjoyable but could be way better. He doesn't add any drama to the story.


    If you could rename The Shining, what would you call it?

    Why would someone want to rename the book? Silly question.


    Any additional comments?

    I see a lot of comments about the Stanly Kubrick movie. Firstly, that is complete trash. This is the real story of the Torrance family. The movie could never compare to this, ever. In the 90's there was a mini-series made of this book. Not a great movie but a far better adaption the what Kubrick did. Steven Weber plays Jack Torrance. He read "IT" for audible and did an amazing job. I wish he could have read this. However, this is an audiobook site. Let's save the reviews for the book. Not movies.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4910)
    Performance
    (1618)
    Story
    (1607)

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "Very good, but depressing."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Duma Key to be better than the print version?

    No. They are the same obviously


    What other book might you compare Duma Key to and why?

    I thought the story very original. I can't think of one like it.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    It was okay. No different voices. Didn't add any drama. Just a straight reading.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I hope a movie isn't made


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this was very good. I love all the works of Stephen King. He's my favorite author. The story and ending we're pretty depressing. Not a lot of books like this. Certainly worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • World Without End

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (8609)
    Performance
    (3065)
    Story
    (3094)

    In 1989 Ken Follett astonished the literary world with The Pillars of the Earth, set in 12th-century England. Readers and listeners ever since have hoped for a sequel. At last, here it is. Although the two novels may be listened to in any order, World Without End also takes place in Kingsbridge, two centuries after the townspeople finished building their exquisite Gothic cathedral. The cathedral is again at the center of a web of love and hate, greed and pride, ambition and revenge.

    Laura says: "Repetitive, but still enjoyable"
    "Compared to pillars. This is about half as good."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of World Without End to be better than the print version?

    No. They are exactly the same.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I wouldn't ever consider myself to be an editor.


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    See my review for pillars of the earth


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

    Neither.


    Any additional comments?

    Compared to pillars of the earth. This is only about half as good. It's good but not that good. I suppose you can tell by my lack of detail in this review

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pillars of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (40 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12410)
    Performance
    (4815)
    Story
    (4849)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Got 40 hours to kill? You’ll find the time when you start listening to Lee’s take on Follett’s epic – and widely celebrated – novel of 12th-century England. The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known...of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect - a man divided in his soul...and of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame....

    Joseph says: "Good historical setting, but loose story."
    "Slow to start but certainly worth every minute"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Pillars of the Earth the most enjoyable?

    The attention to detail.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its attention to detail. All the struggles for power. The manipulation the characters do to each other. The love, the betrayals . It's very good.It started very slow. It was hard to get into but after awhile I couldn't stop listening. Amazing book.


    Have you listened to any of John Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He once did a reading for "A Feast for Crows" by George Martin. Personally, I couldn't finish the reading. I didn't like anything he did with it. Mispronounced names and places. Didn't do different voices. Doesn't even touch Roy Dotrice. However, with this he did a very good job. He has a good French accent. Added just the right amount of drama.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The very end. Phillip tells William that it's too late. You'll know what I mean.


    Any additional comments?

    This stands as one of my favorite books. It's very detailed, well written, and never boring (except the beginning). I love history so maybe I enjoyed it more than most people would.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6005)
    Performance
    (5286)
    Story
    (5332)

    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"
    "Another one of my favorite books done well"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is one if those books that a lot of other books will be compared too. It's a classic that will be with me forever. I always recommend the works of Stephen King.


    What other book might you compare The Stand to and why?

    There are a lot of books that could be compared to this. Just don't ever dismiss a book because it's like another.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The whole book was my favorite


    If you could take any character from The Stand out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    This is another silly question from audible


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of those books that will still be around long after we are gone. If You like horror and Stephen King, this is one of his best works. Amazing from start to finish. Grover Gardner does a very good reading. Totally worth the credit, and my time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2921)
    Performance
    (2544)
    Story
    (2583)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "I love this book. This is one of my favorites"
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    What did you love best about Swan Song?

    I loved everything. My mother has been trying to get e to read this for almost 15 years. I'm sorry I waited so long. Robert McCammon is an amazing author


    What other book might you compare Swan Song to and why?

    People compare this to the stand for some reason that I can't figure. Except for being the apocalypse and having a mysterious villain. They are nothing alike. I think this is very original


    What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

    He does a very good job. He dies different voices for every character. Add lots of drama to the reading. Doesn't speak in monotone at any point. I wish he did more readings.


    If you could rename Swan Song, what would you call it?

    Why would anyone want to do that. Silly question


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very good story. Some parts can be horrific, and graphic. However, what about a nuclear holocaust is supposed to be pleasant. I think he did a very good job of describing what desperate people are capable of. Just remember though, the sun always rises, evil only triumphs when good people do nothing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (2721)
    Performance
    (2397)
    Story
    (2396)

    In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

    Amanda says: "Expanding The Story In Every Direction"
    "Very good sequal to an amazing book"
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    Where does The Twelve: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very good book. Not the best audiobook but certainly a damn good book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like all the characters


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nothing. He doesn't do different voices or add any drama too the story. However, I enjoy his reading. I like his voice


    Who was the most memorable character of The Twelve: A Novel and why?

    Grey. I think that's how you spell it. I remember him after so long because of what happens to him


    Any additional comments?

    Great book. Not what I was expecting after the passage but very good. Can't wait for the city of mirrors.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6811)
    Performance
    (3178)
    Story
    (3184)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Very good, and original book"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Passage the most enjoyable?

    It was nice to get an original story involving "vampires" I really can't stand twilight garbage.


    What other book might you compare The Passage to and why?

    Like I said original. Can't really compare it to another book. There may be one but I haven't read one.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Not a lot really. Doesn't do different voices. Doesn't add much drama. For some reason I enjoyed the reading. I just liked Scott Bricks voice. The other narrators aren't in it enough to review


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I hope a movie isn't made.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the credit I spent. However form your own opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (5801)
    Performance
    (5371)
    Story
    (5391)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Another great book from my favorite author."
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    What did you love best about Doctor Sleep?

    Finally, after 20 years, I finally get to hear about what happened to Danny


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Doctor Sleep?

    I don't want to give away any of the story. It was memorable in every way


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've never heard Will Patton before. He did ok. Not great, but certainly not bad enough to stop listening. I just wish they could have used Steven Weber. Not a lot of people know this, but he played Jack Torrance once. So he's already familiar with the material. Also, he did an amazing job reading "IT". If you haven't heard it, I really recommend you do so.


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

    I wish I had that kind of time. Or freedom


    Any additional comments?

    It's been a long time since Stephen King wrote any kind of actual horror. This has gotten closer than anything else he written in awhile. I think this is very good and very much worth the credit and time.
    I keep seeing comments about the Stanly Kubrick piece of trash that shouldn't even carry the name of the shining. I suppose I'm just prejudice. The shining was one of the first books I ever read. I read it at age 9. Then I saw that garbage in my early teens. Certainly not my thing. However, if your a movie person. They made a mini series in the early or mid 90's. It's a far better adaption. Stephen Weber plays Jack Torrance. Rebecca DeMornay plays Wendy. Check it out.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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