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Keith

VINE GROVE, KY, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4995)
    Performance
    (4669)
    Story
    (4679)

    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!!!"
    "Hardboiled Dick with Moxie Tackles Tough Case"
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    Where does Mr. Mercedes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 20 at least, maybe top 15 all time. I do have a place in my heart for Mr. King's work. Will Patton and Craig Wasson (11/22/63, if you haven't heard it, go now...we'll wait) have perfected the narrative voice of Stephen King.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Tight and tidy plot! Raymond Chandler doesn't have anything on Stephen King. Elvis Cole, you've got some competition. Through in a little Dirty Harry...you get the idea. There were quite a few nods to the old cop/PI genre - I loved them all, with a tip of the fedora, shweethart.


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    Kermit!

    But, I will say that Will did a fantastic job on the narration and the voices. He would narrate in character, so you'd know from whose perspective that chapter was about. He did a great job with Jerome, Holly, and Mr. Mercedes. Even the secondary characters were fleshed out very nicely -- as I listened I got so involved and absorbed that I felt as if I were listening to a radio play straight out of the 1940's. The only thing missing were cheesy sound effects. Perhaps we could get a special edition with those...Hell, yes, I'd buy it.


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

    Holly's character development was superb. Even though she was introduced relatively late in the story her arc was the most compelling and gut wrenching in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I was telling a coworker, who is a Jack Reacher/Lee Child fan about this book with high praise. I was about 3/4 the way through the book and I mentioned to him that I enjoyed it so much that I would enjoy this cast of characters in future books but that usually isn't SK's style; he's not much of a sequel-er. Imagine my surprise and joy when I read a 'rumor' on Twitter that this is (maybe) part one of a potential trilogy!

    As Bill Hodges would say,

    "Yeah...."

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • WWW: Wake

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Jennifer Van Dyck, A. C. Fellner, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1631)
    Performance
    (894)
    Story
    (898)

    Caitlin Decter is young, pretty, feisty, a genius at math - and blind. Still, she can surf the net with the best of them, following its complex paths clearly in her mind. But Caitlin's brain long ago co-opted her primary visual cortex to help her navigate online. So when she receives an implant to restore her sight, instead of seeing reality, the landscape of the World Wide Web explodes into her consciousness, spreading out all around her in a riot of colors and shapes.

    'Nathan says: "Fantastic."
    "WWW: Must Read!"
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    What made the experience of listening to WWW the most enjoyable?

    I got the first book on sale from Audible and immediately thought it was a teen title. Started listening and it is most definitely not. I immediately downloaded the last two books and listened to them in rapid fire succession. Most enjoyable: expectations exceeded by a really fun read!


    What other book might you compare WWW to and why?

    Certain parts reminded me of "2010: A Space Odyssey", other parts reminded me of "The Light of Other Days". While not exactly a comparison, these are the two books that came to mind most often while I was listening. I like emerging AI stories and this one did not disappoint.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Early on, when Caitlin was chosen as a candidate to received an experimental surgery. I felt excited for her and her family. It was akin to gaining a superpower!


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

    Laughed and cried. There are moments of lighthearted teen angst stuff and then moments of serious teen angst stuff.


    Any additional comments?

    These books can and should be read one after another - this review and rating will apply to all three - really enjoyed my time in this book, it ended all too soon!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Marcus Luttrell, Patrick Robinson
    • Narrated By Kevin Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2220)
    Performance
    (2071)
    Story
    (2080)

    Four US Navy SEALS departed one clear night in early July, 2005 for the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border for a reconnaissance mission. Their task was to document the activity of an al Qaeda leader rumored to have a small army in a Taliban stronghold. Five days later, only one of those Navy SEALS made it out alive. This is the story of the only survivor of Operation Redwing, SEAL team leader Marcus Luttrell, and the extraordinary firefight that led to the largest loss of life in American Navy SEAL history.

    Mike says: "Enthralling and authentic story of valor in combat"
    "Don't Bother With The Movie, This Is The Real Deal"
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    What did you love best about Lone Survivor?

    I loved the way that Marcus' family was supported so completely by his community and his shipmates. The SEAL training portion of the book was fascinating but there are better books dealing specifically with his training (The Warrior Elite: The Forging of SEAL Class 228 by Dick Couch). And, of course, the missions themselves were hair raising listens!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Marcus - his story, his ethics, and his personal views on the media and politics came through loud and clear. I didn't agree with them all, but they were heartfelt and sincere.


    Which character – as performed by Kevin Collins – was your favorite?

    Marcus voice was well represented. Some reviewers have criticized Kevin Collins' "fake Texas accent". I am from Oklahoma and I thought he did a great job! You probably wouldn't want an authentic Texas accent; Boomhauer is from Texas but I wouldn't want him narrating this story, I tell ya hwat!


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

    "In Afghanistan Everyone Can Hear You Fall"

    or

    "We Need Taller Actors In Hollywood"


    Any additional comments?

    If you must see the movie, read or listen to the book first. The endings are completely different. The book has a much more satisfying climax.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen R. Donaldson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (132)

    Since their publication more than two decades ago, the initial six books in The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant series have sold more than six million copies and have been published in 10 countries around the world. Now, starting with The Runes of the Earth, Stephen R. Donaldson returns with a quartet of new Covenant novels that are certain to satisfy his millions of fans, and attract countless new followers.

    Don K Schoemaker says: "The Story Continues...."
    "Racing to the End of the Runes of the Earth"
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    If you could sum up The Runes of the Earth in three words, what would they be?


    More But Less.

    The first two trilogies seemed more epic to me. After listening through to the 3rd part of this recording it dawned on me that only five days had passed in Land-time from the beginning of this book to around the middle. I'm not saying it's slow moving, but dang. So, what we have is more of a story that involves characters that I've loved and read about since I was 17, but the story doesn't seem as important as the first and second trilogies conveyed. Still a good fantasy story but not as consuming.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen R. Donaldson? Why or why not?

    Absolutely! I've invested a lot of time in Thomas Covenant and Linden Avery. I don't intend to quit now. You should probably be warned though: Audible does not have the second book of the final set (Fatal Revenant) in their store. However, if you are as much of a Scott Brick fan as I am, you may want to consider getting it from his website, Brick By Brick - it looks like he may own some sort of licensing rights about who can distribute this recording. Kind of pricey, but the alternative is to read the book while imagining Scott's voice.


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

    He understands the characters in this book. His performance of the Haruchai is what I consider to be spot on. Aneal's affliction is excellent as well.


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

    Not like in the first trilogy. This is a good start to a familiar story - I'm not expecting too many surprises, though.


    Any additional comments?

    Fans will probably consider this a must read. Some of us who have waited decades for the conclusion of the series will also fall into this category; I'm still a fan! New fans: beware of dismissive reviews! As an old time Land Lover, I've needed the years between publication to digest and reread the first 6 books to understand and appreciate the Land. I've had the time to reflect on the motivations of the main characters. Some readers write this off as a series of books about a rapist, but that is way too simple. Donaldson's characters are complex and their reactions are usually unpredictable, much like most humans. You probably won't want to plow through all these in quick succession - let them mellow and age. You'll know when you are ready for the next one.Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    Overall
    (8540)
    Performance
    (8126)
    Story
    (8141)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Brian says: "Duct tape is magic and should be worshiped"
    "Casting Call For the Next Big SciFi Epic!"
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    If you could sum up The Martian in three words, what would they be?

    Classic. Science. Fiction. Modern science fiction relies greatly on aliens, futuristic technology, divine intervention for plot development. No aliens needed - the wits (and wit) of the main character and those of the NASA scientists kept the momentum raw and engaging. This book was almost a "How To" manual regarding surviving on a lifeless planet - I'm not a botanist but it at least SEEMED plausible Borderline voyeuristic in its journal entry style also made for an exciting and fresh approach to what could have been boilerplate SF.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Martian?

    I had to listen to the last third of the book in one sitting. The story moves along very nicely up until the last act but after that I could think of nothing else than "What's gonna happen to Watney?" I will not give anything away about the plot, but be ready for the last few hours in one satisfying stretch.


    Which character – as performed by R. C. Bray – was your favorite?

    Mark Watney was the main protagonist. The way that RC Bray depicted Mark''s journal entries was superb - I got a great sense of who the character was by his conversational quirks and humor.


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

    Yes, but work/family/bathroom commitments prevented this until the final third of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Attention, 20th Century Fox! Start making this movie now! "Gravity" and "Moon" have shown us that single character space dramas are not only possible but, if the story is compelling, excellent as well. This is another such story. I don't want to wreck your personal mental image of the main character, but Steven Yeun kept coming to mind - I have no idea why, though...

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  • Infinite Jest

    • UNABRIDGED (56 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By David Foster Wallace
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (418)
    Story
    (419)

    A gargantuan, mind-altering comedy about the Pursuit of Happiness in America set in an addicts' halfway house and a tennis academy, and featuring the most endearingly screwed-up family to come along in recent fiction, Infinite Jest explores essential questions about what entertainment is and why it has come to so dominate our lives; about how our desire for entertainment affects our need to connect with other people; and about what the pleasures we choose say about who we are.

    Charlie R. Williams says: "good if you already read the book."
    "How I Experienced Infinite Jest"
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    Any additional comments?

    This great novel is a long book, made longer by the foot-end-notes. Unfortunately, I had read and heard folks say that those little footnotes are both enjoyable and necessary to tie plot points and characters together. I agree. But so and because they are necessary I had to find some way to incorporate them into the audio-book experience. This way suited me the best: I listened to the book on my way into work and on the way home from work. Once the female narrator cued a footnote, I would simply pause the audio and switch to FM, usually classic rock, but sometimes sports or NPR and continue the drive into work or home depending on the time of day. Upon arriving, I would pull out my physical copy of IJ and read the footnote. Of course, I also listened to the audio form in the evenings and weekends, but I found the drive time listening the most satisfying. I looked forward to work for some 2 months, and likewise enjoyed my drive home. Some days I could get no more than a few minutes in before switching off, but that was fine. **Important** I also would back-reference the page from the text to the end note for future readings as I plan to start over pretty soon. (Like foot/end note 1. is on page 2, etc)

    For some reason, I can't get this entertainment out of my head...

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  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5959)
    Performance
    (5553)
    Story
    (5552)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "Wil Wheaton Delivers!"
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    If you could sum up Redshirts in three words, what would they be?

    Wil Wheaton Delivers!I am a Scalzi fan and listening to Wheaton's performance of his work will solidify his position at the top of my favorite artists. His portrayal of a drunken crewman in deep conversation had me giggling. Scalzi's works are heavy in dialog, but the way that Wil animates each character you will have no problem keeping up. Good stuff!The main story arc ends after about 4 & 1/2 hours which was a very satisfying story. Then Scalzi tacks on the codas, which turn out to be 3 excellent tie-ins that give you not one, but four different (and equally satisfying) climaxes. They will in turn have you laughing and crying. This book will stay with me for a while (I am sending copies to my friends who are also big Original Series Trek fans). In fact I will probably listen to this again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't really have a favorite character, but the dynamic within Scalzi's Redshirt group was at times hilarious and at other times touching.


    Have you listened to any of Wil Wheaton???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, and this is one of his best.


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

    Not gonna spoil this but I experienced both extremes - there was plenty wacky space humor with just enough father/son tenderness thrown in to make this a great, if not unusually structured, book.


    2 of 4 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
    (6763)
    Performance
    (5989)
    Story
    (6046)

    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.

    Keith says: "Worth the wait!"
    "Worth the wait!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Stand to be better than the print version?

    From what I've listened to so far the narrator (Grover Gardner) does a great job! He pulled me into the story with no distracting affectation that you get from so many other recorded books of the horror/fantasy genre. However, the daunting 48 hour listen may have me augmenting the audio edition with my paperback.


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

    Grant's Pass - by Amanda PIller. A post-apocalyptic anthology, well written and very fun to read. At times I felt that this collection was the 'lost chapters' of The Stand.
    Swan's Song - A very good read in the same vein, Robert McGammon is another of my favorites (unrelated but other great books by him: Boy's Life and Going South)
    The Road - by Cormac McCarthy. Grittier and darker than The Stand but evocative (the book is better than the movie and I liked the movie)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Gosh, so many! - the tunnel, the...hey, I'm not gonna spoil this for first timers! Read it and love it! Once everyone is up to speed, I may update this.


    Any additional comments?

    To all those folks who won't read this just because it's by Stephen King - please do yourself a favor and get this book. Although is has some 'horrific' scenes, the character development and story arc are some of the best I've ever read. Don't be put off by his reputation as Master of Horror - he's also a Master Storyteller; remember, this is the same author who gave us Stand By Me and The Shawshank Redemption.

    Now, if we can just get Peter Jackson to take a peak at this little book....

    54 of 54 people found this review helpful

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