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Christopher

CANTON, GA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Angel of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Caleb Carr
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (129)

    In The Angel Of Darkness, Caleb Carr brings back the vivid world of his bestselling The Alienist but with a twist: this story is told by the former street urchin Stevie Taggert, whose rough life has given him wisdom beyond his years. Thus New York City, and the groundbreaking alienist Dr. Kreizler himself, are seen anew. It is June 1897. A year has passed since Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, a pioneer in forensic psychiatry, tracked down the brutal serial killer John Beecham with the help of a team of trusted companions and a revolutionary application of the principles of his discipline.

    Gail says: "Birth Forensics+Super Court Scene Clarence Darrow"
    "A well-woven cliche."
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    This book would be excellent for those who have a specific interest in this particular genre/style; that is, the sort of pop fiction of the late nineteenth- early twentieth-century, and popular to films up through as late as the 1970's but peaking in the '30's 40's and 50's. A squad off young detectives in an uncivilized, crime-ridden New York City of the Fin-de-siecle, lead by their scientific mastermind - complete with idealized Austrian accent - who must battle against the ignorance of the Old World to prove his case and save a child. It's basically Tim Burton's rendition of Sleepy Hollow in literary form, and with a few extra cliches added to fill the thing out. And, of course, no Sir Arthur Conan Doyle rehash would be complete with out the perfunctory aborigine assassin.
    Now, all that said, the book is well-written. The prose is good, and the story flows nicely, though, as it is a heavily overdone kind of story, don't expect any surprises. The characters are well developed, but they'd better be since authors have been developing exactly them for 175 years.
    George Guidall is always an excellent voice, and a talented actor, and this is no exception. This book is great for people who are already in love with this very specific genre, otherwise I fear you will find yourself extremely bored early on, and this is no short read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Guns

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (882)
    Performance
    (799)
    Story
    (784)

    In a pulls-no-punches essay intended to provoke rational discussion, Stephen King sets down his thoughts about gun violence in America. Anger and grief in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School are palpable in this urgent piece of writing, but no less remarkable are King's keen thoughtfulness and composure as he explores the contours of the gun-control issue and constructs his argument for what can and should be done.

    Daniel E. Jacobs says: "putting his voice on what people have been saying"
    "Excellent and Balanced"
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    Extremely well written, with all of the King wit and perceptiveness. Having seen some of his more left-leaning incidents over the past six or so years, I expected a scathing liberal diatribe about how anyone who could ever want to own a gun is heartless. Instead, I found a well-balanced, fair examination of the issue, concisely written and with a perspective that I think, to one degree or another, regardless of what the media on either side of the aisle may try to tell us, the majority of Americans hold.
    It's only 49 mins. anyway, and even if you disagree, hearing opinions you don't like is good for you. You're time will not be wasted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Grapes of Wrath

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Steinbeck
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1453)
    Performance
    (1270)
    Story
    (1276)

    At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.

    Dan Harlow says: "Almost more relevant now than when it was written"
    "Meh..."
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    Would you try another book from John Steinbeck and/or Dylan Baker?

    John Steinbeck is excellent. In my opinion one of the most incredible authors of the twentieth century. An amazing understanding of the human condition.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Good.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Dylan Baker?

    Eh. He's good, but part of what I dislike about that book is a personal general dislike for the southern drawl style prevalent in this book and many others from the period. If that doesn't bother you, than Dylan Baker does a fine job.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Clearly the bot that creates these questions doesn't skim through IMDB first.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book, a classic, etc., etc. But, I would very highly recommend "East of Eden", also by Steinbeck. One of the greatest books ever written, and one which I think greatly outdoes "The Grapes of Wrath".

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tommyknockers

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Edward Hermann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (903)
    Performance
    (595)
    Story
    (602)

    Bobbi Anderson and the other good folks of Haven, Maine, have sold their souls to reap the rewards of the most deadly evil this side of Hell.

    Grant S. Burroughs says: "The old Stephen King"
    "King and Hermann are a remarkable duo."
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    Would you listen to The Tommyknockers again? Why?

    I've already listened to it a second time. Hermann's feel for the language, his cadence, and his comprehension of King's remarkable way with words isabsolutely outstanding.


    What did you like best about this story?

    King, as always, is one of those few brilliant authors who can take the impossible, the unbelievable, and convince that it is absolutely true, beyond any doubt.


    Which character – as performed by Edward Hermann – was your favorite?

    His performance of the alcoholic outsider poet Gardner makes me wonder if perhaps Hermann himself might not need a few trips around the AA circuit.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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