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monnie1976

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  • The Shining

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3140)
    Performance
    (2886)
    Story
    (2909)

    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..."
    "Campbell Scott does a great job on The Shining"
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    Would you listen to The Shining again? Why?

    Absolutely, I wasn't completely convinced I would like Campbell Scott's reading of this but he did a fantastic job. I was worried he wouldn't be able to sound menacing enough when required but he did just fine! I was able to soak a lot of detail in that I didn't get reading it. Definitely a great performance!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The detailed characterization, fantastic setting and the slow burn horror King can do so well.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where Wendy and Jack face off towards the end of the stormy


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

    The Overlook


    Any additional comments?

    Great reading of a fantastic book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Oscar Wilde
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (757)
    Performance
    (637)
    Story
    (652)

    Oscar Wilde brings his enormous gifts for astute social observation and sparkling prose to The Picture of Dorian Gray, the dreamlike story of a young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty. This dandy, who remains forever unchanged---petulant, hedonistic, vain, and amoral---while a painting of him ages and grows increasingly hideous with the years, has been horrifying and enchanting readers for more than 100 years.

    Daniel says: "Beautifully written, brilliantly read."
    "Enjoyable, if uneven, classic horror tale."
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    Where does The Picture of Dorian Gray rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right in the middle. Simon Prebble's reading is very well done and when the story is focused on the dark side of Dorian Gray it is interesting. There are also a lot of passages where him and his snobby friends talk about gossip and philosophize and that is boring (though gives insight into the narcissism that is a theme of the story) Still, in the end, the story delivers with a fantastic and slightly chilling ending.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Oscar Wilde? Why or why not?

    I would try it but I imagine this would be my favorite of his.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    His confrontation with the painter, the ending


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

    The cost of vanity is high.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a great read at least once. Not sure if I will ever read it again but do feel it was worth my time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Looking for Alaska

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2018)
    Performance
    (1721)
    Story
    (1739)

    Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words - and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

    Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another.

    FanB14 says: "Humorous YA for Adults"
    "A thoughtful story with likeable characters"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Looking for Alaska to be better than the print version?

    The audio edition brought the book to life a little bit more and so anytime that happens, I prefer the audio version. Jeff Woodman's performance did justice to the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought the characters were well thought out and fairly realistic. Even though I should have seen it coming, I was a little surprised how things developed. I was caught up enough in the daily life of the teens that I wasn't thinking ahead of where it was going. I thought the reactions to the central event of the book were realistic and gained my empathy.


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

    No, but I would if I were interested in the book.


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

    A journey into the great unknown.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not sure I would read this over and over but I am definitely glad I read it once. In my opinion, this one is better overall than A Fault In Our Stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Next Always: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2596)
    Performance
    (2292)
    Story
    (2299)

    The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, the changing of hands, and even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major face-lift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect in the family, Beckett’s social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there’s another project he’s got his eye on: the girl he’s been waiting to kiss since he was sixteen.

    krista says: "A cozy romance"
    "Glad there's a nice inn because I'm feeling sleepy"
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    What would have made The Next Always better?

    Some actual conflict and tension between the characters. I guess I like my romance where there are some bumps in the road before the HEA. This one was really bland. I've heard there's a bad guy towards the end but I saw that coming from a mile away. I probably won't finish the audio version but will probably just skim a written copy. The supporting characters which predictably will be the focus of the next two novels in the series don't really capture me either except for Hope. I might read her and Ryder's story because there might actually be some spark there but it is way down on my list.


    What was most disappointing about Nora Roberts’s story?

    How phoned in it is. She's done trilogy's way better. Blood Brothers and the one time travel story where they end up in Ireland is way better. Plus, I guess this book is nothing more than elaborate advertising for business she actually owns. Books as advertising material is likely to be uninspired.


    What three words best describe MacLeod Andrews’s performance?

    Sexy for the men, annoying for the kids, neutral with women's voices.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Next Always?

    I would have sent the whole thing back and told her to come back when she's feeling inspired again.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy Nora Roberts in a guilty pleasure kind of way but I definitely want some pleasure with the guilt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisonwood Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3842)
    Performance
    (2575)
    Story
    (2602)

    The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

    Lynda Rains Bonchack says: "A long time coming..........."
    "Very good book!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Poisonwood Bible the most enjoyable?

    Honestly, I thought the narrator did a great job. I especially enjoyed her narration of Rachel. There were times in the beginning where I wasn't sure which girl was talking but after a few hours into the book I got the subtle differences in how they were voiced.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Poisonwood Bible?

    Ruth May and the snake, the driver ants and Rachel's engagement.


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

    I thought her accent really reminded one of how far Georgia really is from the Congo in a way reading it wouldn't capture.


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

    I thought it was a powerful book. Especially the relationship between Ada and her mother and the choice her mother made at one point in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely a worthwhile read. I didn't think I would like it but I ended up really enjoying it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Revival: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By David Morse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3311)
    Performance
    (2997)
    Story
    (3017)

    In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs - including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession.

    Thug4life says: "Not fit for a King"
    "A more subdued, but compelling Stephen King story."
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    Where does Revival rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    While it's not one of my favorites it's still very good and I am glad I read it. This story has a quiet, subtle sense of eeriness and definitely kept me engaged. I think Jamie is a good character and the story is a sad one.


    What other book might you compare Revival to and why?

    I can't really think of one off the top of my head. The story is pretty unique.


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

    I wouldn't say he's the best narrator I've heard but he does a solid job on this and he definitely doesn't do anything that takes you out of the story. I think he brings a sense of realism to his reading.


    Who was the most memorable character of Revival and why?

    Pastor Danny is probably the most memorable.


    Any additional comments?

    Not your typical King book so if that's what you're expecting you might be disappointed. I wasn't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dreamcatcher

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Jeffrey DeMunn
    Overall
    (2043)
    Performance
    (768)
    Story
    (784)

    A dark and sweeping adventure, Dreamcatcher is set in the haunted city of Derry - the site of Stephen King's It and Insomnia. In it, four young boys stand together and do a brave, good thing, an act that changes them in ways that they hardly understand. A quarter-century later, as grown men who have gone their separate ways, these friends come together once a year to hunt in the woods of Maine.

    DeClawed says: "Stick with It: A Great Ride"
    "King treads old/new territory with Dreamcather!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Dreamcatcher the most enjoyable?

    Jeffrey DeMunn (Dale from Walking Dead for those who are fans of the show) gives a great performance and brings the story to life.


    What other book might you compare Dreamcatcher to and why?

    This is a pretty wacked out book and I can't think of a book that is similar. The story does remind me of Invasion of the Body Snatchers are something Cronenberg might come up with in movie form.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When one of the guys is trapped with Mr. Gray in the cabin. A squirm inducing moment of body horror that is not easily forgotten.


    Who was the most memorable character of Dreamcatcher and why?

    I'd say its either Jonesy or Duddits. Both are the most memorable out of the main group who must face the evil around them.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a lot like It in some ways where we have lots of flashbacks between adulthood and childhood and how it all weaves together.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8488)
    Performance
    (7780)
    Story
    (7789)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "Mr. Mercedes is a fun, detective story ride."
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    Where does Mr. Mercedes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed it but there are stories I have enjoyed more. This said, I definitely recommend this tale from Stephen King. It's not his best book by any means but it was entertaining and kept me interested. It's a interesting, engaging detective story with a very suspenseful final act. There are some horrific scenes in the book but its more mystery than horror.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, I definitely was concerned about what would happen to the hero and those around him.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Will Patton is a fantastic narrator and his reading of this book is no exception. He has a nice, rough around the edges book that has brought something to the lead character of the story who is an older, slightly depressed retired detective.


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

    There was a very suspenseful moment towards the end and there was one moment that was a bit horrifying but I don't want to give spoilers.


    Any additional comments?

    A good, solid King book that is worth the credit in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matilda

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Roald Dahl
    • Narrated By Kate Winslet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (259)
    Story
    (262)

    "The Trunchbull" is no match for Matilda! Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she's just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It'll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

    Sister Christian says: "Could have been PERFECT"
    "A wonderful kid's story that adults love too!"
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    If you could sum up Matilda in three words, what would they be?

    Magical, warm, funny


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matilda of course. I love how resourceful and caring she is.


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

    I thought she did a great job bringing all the characters to life and made it more vivid.


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

    There was already a movie that is actually very good. I have no idea what the tag line would be.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a delightful story that is sure to win over the child in your life. Matilda is a very strong little heroine who makes the most of her circumstances, values education and has good morals in spite of her lousy parents. She is definitely a character you will want to root for.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4158)
    Performance
    (3734)
    Story
    (3760)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Entertaining, thought provoking prison story."
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    What did you love best about Orange is the New Black?

    The story was very entertaining and shows why the "fish out of water" scenario is always entertaining. I really enjoyed hearing about how she adjusted, made friends and found herself in prison and also how she tried to highlight the issues with the criminal justice system.


    What other book might you compare Orange is the New Black to and why?

    I can't think of any off the top of my head.


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

    I thought she gave a fantastic performance and never once did her reading take me out of the moment. She had to do a variety of accents, characters and ethnicities and I thought she did a good job.


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

    Yes, I listened to it on a road trip going to some fun locations and still regretted when I had to turn it off!


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely not for everyone, I found this story to be entertaining and true to the viewpoint of the person telling it. Some have criticized the fact she wasn't always culturally competent but if that's who she is, its really no big surprise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1339)
    Performance
    (1251)
    Story
    (1263)

    Warning: You may have a huge, invisible spider living in your skull. This is not a metaphor. You will dismiss this as ridiculous fearmongering. Dismissing things as ridiculous fearmongering is, in fact, the first symptom of parasitic spider infection - the creature secretes a chemical into the brain to stimulate skepticism, in order to prevent you from seeking a cure. That’s just as well, since the “cure” involves learning what a chain saw tastes like. You can’t feel the spider, because it controls your nerve endings.

    Charles says: "Very Different than John Dies, but Equal"
    "Hilarious, twisted, disgusting and entertaining."
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    Would you listen to This Book Is Full of Spiders again? Why?

    Absolutely. It was a horror book that managed to be both horrifying and often laugh out loud funny. The characters are well developed, the story never really lags and its so bizarre and squishy you will often find yourself going "Eww" even as your laughing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of This Book Is Full of Spiders?

    When David is escaping through the tunnel towards the end. The spiders in his bedroom!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think the creepiest is when he is initially attacked by the spiders.


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

    Yes, I definitely could.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable horror/comedy book. Dark comedy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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