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  • Chariots of the Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Erich von Daniken
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (333)
    Story
    (326)

    Erich von Däniken's Chariots of the Gods is a work of monumental importance---the first book to introduce the shocking theory that ancient Earth was visited by aliens. This world-famous best seller has withstood the test of time, inspiring countless books and films, including the author's own popular sequel, The Eye of the Sphinx.

    Neal says: "Answers? No. But if you wish to think it's great!"
    "Answers? No. But if you wish to think it's great!"
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    If you could sum up Chariots of the Gods in three words, what would they be?

    Thought provoking theories.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Chariots of the Gods?

    The general question...Why/How did our ancient ancestors on nearly every continent just CHOOSE to do things completely without reason or logic if other forces were NOT at work and yet have such similarities?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No scenes as this is a book of theories.


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

    Extreme reaction? No - but certainly fed my fire for answers of the "Big Picture" even more.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read a few dozen reviews about what people like & don't like about this book. I can agree with some, disagree with many others, but in my personal opinion what most of the reviews have in common that I believe is incorrect is the expectation that the author/researcher produced THE handbook with answers to the many mysteries of the 3rd planet from the Sun.I believe the author is just trying to get others to think about the same things and curiosities that the author himself found to be worth the time to correlate and explore knowing that no answers can be given. Just offering many more questions and how nearly all cultures from all over the globe have such similar things during a time when getting from one place to another took days, weeks, months, etc. And yet how much the varied people of the world have in common at the roots of their own cultures background.Also - this book was written about four decades ago and much has been learned since. Even more striking to me personally is how much has NOT been answered or determined in that same period of time. Is it because we as the race of humans cannot figure it out, or are their other forces making sure we do not learn truths that are not the generally accepted "truths". I was raised Catholic and in my lifetime I've learned personally just how much the church as an entity does NOT want people to know anything other than what a collected group of plain old human beings decided is what we SHOULD ONLY KNOW & TOLD TO BE THE ONLY TRUTH centuries after the Gospels and Bible were written by other humans who were there for the new Testament and some bits or the old Testament and to question is tantamount to blasphemy. Why should ANYTHING that was written by those who were writing about their personal experience in the time of Christ be edited, revised, or even omitted? Since this IS TRUE, how much else do the powers in control of the people of this planet not want us to know?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9245)
    Performance
    (6765)
    Story
    (6806)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "A most terrific & non-typical treatment of Witches"
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    What did you love best about A Discovery of Witches?

    I thought the cautiously developed relationship and then to true love was handled extremely well and very realistic for a fantasy novel. Very tough to deal with archetypes that have been done to death and done to silliness like the Twilight series exemplifies. THIS work is just the first chapter in a Triology. Leaves anyone wanting more and explains why it's been doing so well on the top selling books lists in over two dozen languages,


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Actually I like our heroines dead mother and father best because it is they that are truly at the heart of what we have only begun to glimpse.


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

    She does a very excellent job of reading, but also bringing life and characters to all the characters she has to read for. It's never confusing which character is talking even when many are in the same scene.


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

    It's far too long for such a thing, but I have gotten through this book and the second in a few long road trips and enjoyed the company. Can't wait for the release of the final chapter to this trilogy and hope Hollywood takes notice and chooses to make this with the same quality they are handling Game of Thrones with. Anything less, would be a waste of such excellent writing.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the books do speak for themselves whether in audio form as I have them, or in the written form.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Colorado Kid: A Hard Case Crime Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Jeffrey DeMunn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (635)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (241)

    No one but Stephen King could tell this story about the darkness at the heart of the unknown and our compulsion to investigate the unexplained. With echoes of Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon and the work of Graham Greene, one of the world's great storytellers presents a surprising tale that explores the nature of mystery itself.

    Dammschippee says: "Gotcha!"
    "How did they get the TV show Haven from this story"
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    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Jeffrey DeMunn?

    Sure


    If you’ve listened to books by Stephen King before, how does this one compare?

    Not as good.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I guess - I thought the story really went no where and lots of extras details I thought were distracting.


    Could you see The Colorado Kid being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    It already was made into a TV show called Haven and aside from the two newspaper guys on a island of the coast of Maine - I have no idea how the show is related to this story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17307)
    Performance
    (15375)
    Story
    (15328)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "King says 98% Oswald acted alone."
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    What did you love best about 11-22-63?

    I really enjoyed his take on time travel. It was not the typical or one of the three main thoughts used in TV & movies. I also enjoy how it's near impossible for any person not to get involved with the people with whom he comes in contact with whatever the time period might be. Lastly, I did like the end result of Jake's ( aka: George) time travel and 5 years in the past from 1958 through 1963. I'd elaborate, but I don't wish to leave any spoilers for any who wish to check this book out.

    I may not agree with his piles of research that gave him his conclusion, but everyone is entitles to an opinion and it does not diminish the quality of the story. After all it IS just a story and one of his better ones since his horrible incident with a van several years ago.

    I hope "Under The Dome" and a few others I've got on my reading/listening list willbe be just as well done and as interesting - whatever the topic of those books.

    Just my opinion,
    Neal V.


    What other book might you compare 11-22-63 to and why?

    Nothing I can think of and the JFK movie is nothing like this book.


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

    No - but really enjoyed his performance.


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

    Yes - the reality of the love between Jake (George) and Sadie and just to what extent his love of her meant to him and what he'd consider be willing to do to change things for HER and his personal happiness although it would be the WRONG choice. Very real and a bit gut-wrenching if you're a bit overly sensitive about works of fiction.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book. If you're a fan of good audiobooks - this is a winner in all aspects.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2175)
    Performance
    (1987)
    Story
    (1968)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "Over 30yrs w/Dark Tower_how could I not buy it?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend this book to everyone who has been a fan and reader of the Dark Tower series since it was first published in the late 1970s. Fans would know that nearly everything King wrote had some ties to this series. I think it's honestly just a short story to get his name back into the mainstream again. Perhaps even recover some of his fans he lost since he's been writing in or about Florida instead of Maine. As the title I wrote says...after all this time its almost necessary to add in this story about some strange weather phenomenon that never once occurred or discussed in over 30 years. Oh and yet another story of Roland as a young teen gunslinger in a town with a big problem. Also more bits never mentioned in a single "palaver" in over 30 years.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was short by King standards, we got to meet Merlin and what he thinks of Martin, and the Crimson King. And what I liked best was the backstory expanded about the "Billy Bumblers" and why they were killed off as well as another ability they have beyond those told.

    Merlin seems to say that the Crimson King has much more power than he does. Why? No idea, but I thought that was interesting mixing mythologies as the whole saga always compared Roland and the Gunslingers as a sort of Knight, even some modified reference to the line of "Eld" who is supposed to be Arthur - as in King Arthur, Merlin, Camelot, etc., etc.


    Did Stephen King do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    King did what King does. I'm a huge fan, but I honestly think even he has discovered that without those voices form the Dark Tower in his head, most of his newer stories are lacking what made him famous a terrific storyteller. The only thing different about the characters were that they were huddled up in a stone building trying to stay safe from the "weather". Oi was the most interesting character in this portion of the story in my opinion.


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

    The same as the opening line...The man in black went across the desert and the gunslinger followed. I might have misquoted exactly, but you get the idea.

    All I can hope if there would be any type of big project based around this entire story is that it be handled like Lord of the Rings with that much depth and accuracy to the real written story. Or perhaps set it up like Game of Thrones in being done as the CABLE TV program so that the entire story can be told as long as the ratings hold out.

    If this were to be done like most of king stories - it would be a tragic waste of his life's work. AND for god sake, PLEASE make certain that Frank Daramont was the director/producer!! he seems to be the ONLY director that understands how king stories should be made and has proven he can do them very well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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