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  • Nightmares & Dreamscapes, Volume II

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King, Kathy Bates, Matthew Broderick, and others
    Overall
    (569)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (427)

    A star-studded cast of readers present unabridged tales of horror and suspense from Stephen King's classic best-selling short story collection.

    Cage says: "The audiobook that started it all..."
    "A marked improvement"
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    After the hit and miss quality volume, I was hesitant to see what volume two had in store but thankfully it collects better stories and better quality recordings. The standouts here are The End of the Whole Mess by Matthew Broderick and Home Delivery read by King himself. Kathy Bates and Tim Curry also turn in excellent performances while Cronenberg whispers his way through Sneakers, but it is still a great listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Onion Field

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Joseph Wambaugh
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (602)
    Performance
    (499)
    Story
    (494)

    Hollywood. Saturday night. A broken taillight leads to a routine traffic stop. It shouldn’t have changed the lives of the four men involved, but it did. The Onion Field is the frighteningly true story of a fatal collision of destinies that would lead two young cops and two young robbers to a deserted field on the outskirts of Los Angeles, towards a bizarre execution and its terrible aftermath.

    Avalon says: "Haunting"
    "The original true crime thriller"
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    Before Manson, Bundy and all others that would follow Joseph Wambaugh wrote the best true crime thriller about a cop killing, two criminals and a dizzying court system that tried them. The account plays like a movie or fictional crime novel with Wambaugh's informed and direct style. Jonathan Davis does a very capable job of narrating and performing all of the characters only perhaps reading the proceedings a little bit slow. the only person I could think of that might do a better job would have been Scott Brick. If you are a fan of True Crime, criminal novels or Joseph wambaugh this is a must listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • West Cork

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
    • Narrated By Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
    Overall
    (15884)
    Performance
    (14146)
    Story
    (14139)

    This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series. West Cork is FREE through May 9, 2018.

    Ilia says: "EXCELLENT."
    "Your Average True Crime for radio"
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    West Cork is about what you would expect if you're already familiar with other true crime podcasts such as Serial and Criminal. The use of two narrators makes the overly detailed and relatively uninteresting case more confusing than it needs to be and the lengthy intros, outros and spaces between pieces of the narrative that are common in this type of NPR presentation make it about twice as long as it needs to be. well researched and well-produced unfortunately I just isn't all that interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Interview with the Vampire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3760)
    Performance
    (3356)
    Story
    (3364)

    Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force - a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write. From the Paperback edition.

    Hilary says: "Unabridged at last - First class"
    "Perfect narrator, book is a snore"
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    Simon Vance is an amazing narrator, bringing life to characters who don't do much other than feel sad and describe their emotions. Tgere is a lot of wonderful imagery in this book but sadly very little plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Man's Walk

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (1463)
    Performance
    (1169)
    Story
    (1161)

    In Dead Man's Walk, Gus and Call are not yet 20, young men coming of age in the days when Texas was still an independent republic. Enlisting as Texas Rangers under a land pirate who wants to seize Santa Fe from the Mexicans, Gus and Call experience their first great adventure in the barren great plains landscape, in which arbitrary violence is the rule -- whether from nature, or from the Indians whose territory they must cross in order to reach New Mexico.<

    Richard says: "Not Lonesome Dove"
    "Great narration of underrated classic"
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    Dead Man's Walk is far and away the best of the "other" Lonesome Dove books, setting the character tones for much of what follows in Comanche Moon, Lonesome Dove and Streets of Laredo. It's a damn shame Will Patton is not the narrator of the other three books as they get progressively worse from this point on in terms of tone and pace of the audiobook readers. Patton is a perfect match for McMurtry's prose.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Misery

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Lindsay Crouse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1571)
    Performance
    (1441)
    Story
    (1443)

    Paul Sheldon is a best-selling novelist who has finally met his number-one fan. Her name is Annie Wilkes, and she is more than a rabid reader - she is Paul's nurse, tending his shattered body after an automobile accident. But she is also furious that the author has killed off her favorite character in his latest book. Annie becomes his captor, keeping him prisoner in her isolated house. Annie wants Paul to write a book that brings Misery back to life - just for her. She has a lot of ways to spur him on.

    Whitney says: "Great job"
    "Solid terror"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Lindsay Crouse wonderfully narrates this cabin fever thriller from Stephen King. She rarely recalls Kathy Bates' performance for the film (although it's hard to ignore the obvious callbacks) and mostly nails Paul's character. In a few places the dialogue is not distinct for each character, which is a little distracting. Overall, great audiobook!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Arthur Conan Doyle
    • Narrated By Sir John Gielgud, Orson Welles
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Sir John Gielgud stars as Sherlock Holmes with Sir Ralph Richardson as Dr. Watson. John's brother, Val Gielgud, the celebrated mystery author and producer, directs several episodes and co-stars in one of them... as Sherlock's brother! As a finishing touch, Orson Welles plays the evil Moriarty. The shows created by this very special team are possibly the greatest Sherlock Holmes radio programs ever produced. This set features all sixteen episodes in their most complete surviving examples - taken from what currently exists of the syndication masters.

    Amazon Customer says: "Best Holmes performers"
    "Best Holmes performers"
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    Where does The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Highly, although it is a radio broadcast and not an audiobook.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Richardson and Gielgud are the BEST cast for Sherlock Holmes stories.


    Which character – as performed by Sir John Gielgud and Orson Welles – was your favorite?

    They are both excellent


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shining

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12564)
    Performance
    (11466)
    Story
    (11466)

    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.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "THE FOG OF ANGER"
    "Classic"
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    Great rendition of a classic King horror story. A must read/listen if you are only familiar with the movies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cabinet of Curiosities: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
    • Narrated By Jonathan Marosz
    Overall
    (2615)
    Performance
    (2369)
    Story
    (2368)

    In an ancient tunnel underneath New York City a charnel house is discovered. Inside are 36 bodies all murdered and mutilated more than a century ago. While FBI agent Pendergast investigates the old crimes, identical killings start to terrorize the city. The nightmare has begun. Again.

    Lois says: "DrBB"
    "Missed opportunity for Pendergast's third outing"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child and/or Jonathan Marosz?

    Preston and Child up the ante for Agent Pendergast's third appearance with a story that carries a lot of promise. Unfortunately, they don't pull off the grim and gritty nearly as well as the actioners (Relic, Reliquary) that preceded it. More of the same: dumb cops (except for one rogue you wish was D'Agosta), stiff shirt museum staff (except for the intrepid young doctor you wish was Margo Greene) and Pendergast who is always great but isn't giving much to do besides think and explain the story at the end like a deus ex machine. Jonathan Marosz was also a step backwards for a narrator - he does a good Pendergast but most of the narration falls flat in his monotone.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child ? Why or why not?

    Hopefully the writing in Still Life With Crows improved from Cabinet, since the latter was mostly a bunch of characters' inner monologues and then the exact opposite of what they feared/knew would happen written like a bad sitcom.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Flat monotone, pretty much the same voice for every character except Pendergast (good) and the terrible Irish brogue for a stereotypical Irish cop.


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

    If it played up the serial killer angle and Pendergast's role instead of Smithback and a bunch of other cop/museum characters I don't care about bumbling around, yes.


    Any additional comments?

    As stated to Audible staff, this audiobook suffers from a glitch in the file that repeats the previous sentence sometimes. Very annoying. I think it only happened eight or nine times in the whole book but nothing takes you out of the story quicker than slipshod audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Zone

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By James Franco
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3776)
    Performance
    (3526)
    Story
    (3513)

    Johnny Smith awakens from a five-year coma after his car accident and discovers that he can see people's futures and pasts when he touches them. Many consider his talent a gift; Johnny feels cursed. His fiancée married another man during his coma, and people clamor for him to solve their problems. When Johnny has a disturbing vision after he shakes the hand of an ambitious and amoral politician, he must decide if he should take drastic action to change the future.

    karinzart says: "Another Great Listen!"
    "Good story, poor acting"
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    I was a little surprised that an actor like James Franco couldn't pull off narrating an audiobook, especially since he has such a distinct voice and would make a pretty good Johnny Smith. He does well on those two points but the other characters fall apart, either to strange interpretations of accents or inconcisteny voices. Then there are the words no one bothered to tell him he was mispronouncing. I expected better delivery.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christine

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1090)
    Performance
    (1009)
    Story
    (1009)

    Evil is alive in Libertyville. It inhabits a custom-painted red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury named Christine and young Arnold Cunningham, who buys it. Along with Arnold's girlfriend, Leigh Cabot, Dennis Guilder attempts to find out the real truth behind Christine and finds more than he bargained for: From murder to suicide, there's a peculiar feeling that surrounds Christine - she gets revenge on anyone standing in her path. Can Dennis save Arnold from the wrath of Christine?

    Lee R says: "Great Story and Nice Performance"
    "Technical difficulties abound"
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    A killer car is probably the least frightening thing an author could write about, but in the hands of Stephen King even that snoozer of a story is at least interesting if not scary. The truly scary thing about this audiobook is, well, the audio. Holter Graham is a good narrator, but his voices for Arnie, Will, Roland and pretty much any character that isn't a girl all start sounding the same about 1/3 of the way through. Worse still is the fact that everytime a character is interrupted - or just randomly throughout the book - there will be an abrupt stop, like the engineers cut the files or recordings short for no purpose at all. It's consistently distracting and really shoddy work for a Stephen King novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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