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  • The Sound and the Fury

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (437)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (161)

    First published in 1929, Faulkner created his "heart's darling", the beautiful and tragic Caddy Compson, whose story Faulkner told through separate monologues by her three brothers: the idiot Benjy, the neurotic suicidal Quentin, and the monstrous Jason.

    W.Denis says: "Hang in"
    "The Sound and the Fury"
    Overall

    I've tried several times to listen to this recording in the car while traveling to and from work, but haven't been able to make it past the first two hours. Faulkner is difficult enough to follow on the written page where you at least have the ability to visually scan back a few paragraphs or pages when you've lost the thread of the plot or dialog, but for me it proved impossible to follow on audio. The endless "he said" "she said" dialog was very irritating to listen to. I don't think I'll try another Faulkner on audio.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Time

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Caleb Carr
    • Narrated By Caleb Carr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    From master novelist Caleb Carr comes Killing Time, a gripping tale of the enormous - and terrifying - power of the Internet. Power to manipulate. Power to alter history. Power to kill. Take a glimpse into the future - if you dare.

    Also from Carr: The Alienist.

    "YAWN"
    Overall

    I wish I had read the reviews before spending a precious credit on this awful, boring book. Having been so pleased with The Alienist I expected a good read. Instead what I got was hours and hours of what I can only describe as a sermon. It's a wonder I didn't fall asleep at the wheel and crash my car. The plot had such promise but the story doesn't deliver. If you're contemplating purchasing this audio, I'd suggest you first check out the book at your local library and give it a go that way -- at least you can return a library book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • True Believer

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (375)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (117)

    Jeremy Marsh is the ultimate young New Yorker. He's also an expert on debunking the supernatural. When he receives a letter from Boone Creek, North Carolina, about ghostly lights appearing in a cemetery, he can't resist driving down to investigate. Here, in this tightly knit community, Lexie Darnell runs the town's library. Disappointed by past relationships, she is sure of one thing: her future is in Boone Creek, close to all the people she loves.

    Jennifer says: "A Great Read"
    "Predictable"
    Overall

    If you're a fan of very predictable love stories and if Audible lowered the price of this book to $5 or less I'd say go for it. I was disappointed by how predictable the story line was, and how quickly the author disposed of the supernatural aspect of the mysterious graveyard lights. I was hoping for more mystery entwined with a love story and this book just didn't deliver.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory of Running

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ron McLarty
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2823)
    Performance
    (1022)
    Story
    (1013)

    In late 2003, in his column in Entertainment Weekly, Stephen King called The Memory of Running "the best novel you won't read this year." This glowing endorsement of the audiobook resulted in Ron McLarty receiving a $2 million two-book deal from Viking Penguin. Also, Warner Brothers has shelled out big bucks for the movie rights to The Memory of Running, for which McLarty will write the script.

    Neal says: "Funny and Fascinating, A Wonderful Book"
    "Memory of Running"
    Overall

    If you're looking for a book that gives you an exciting plot with a great pull-it-all-together climax then this book is not for you. It took a bit for me to get into the story but I stuck with it and was glad I did. I got into the groove of Smithy's cross-country trip and looked forward to the hour each weekday of commute time so I could travel with the big lug (that's how I thought of Smithy) on his road trip and be told about the events in his life, past and present, that made him the person he was and to find out what was next going to happen to him "on the road."
    The narrator/author, Ron McLarty, struck just the right tone of how I imagined Smithy to be -- an under-achieving blue-collar worker with a good heart who probably scored on the low side of average on an IQ test. He hasn't much of a clue about how to interact with people or how to approach a problem, he just sort of stumbles through. But you want him to succeed, you want him to be happy, and in the end I think he had made strides in that direction.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lost Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (162)

    Step Fletcher, his pregnant wife DeAnne, and their three children move to Steuben, North Carolina, with high hopes. But Step's new job with a software company turns out to be a snake pit, and 8-year-old Stevie's school is worse. As Stevie retreats into himself, focusing more and more on a mysterious computer game and a growing troop of imaginary friends, the Fletchers' concern turns to terror.

    Dave says: "A knockout"
    "YAWN"
    Overall

    I'm sorry I wasted one of my credits on this book. Having enjoyed the Ender series I expected the same high-quality story line but was sadly disappointed. I don't think the Mormon aspect was worked into the story very well; I felt like I was being given lessons in Mr. Card's religion. The main character, Skip, had the personality of a wet noodle. A boring book with a "shocker" ending (really though, I saw it coming) which left me with the idea that the author didn't know how to wrap up the story. Good narrator though.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Silence

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Brenda Novak
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (48)

    There's a body buried behind a Mississippi farmhouse. Grace Montgomery knows who it is, and she knows why it happened. She was only 13 the night it all went wrong. And now, like then, she has no choice but to keep her mouth shut.

    Jennifer says: "Disappointing"
    "Dead Silence"
    Overall

    I wish I had read the reviews before purchasing this book. Turns out the publisher's summary is the most interesting part. This is a story for the hopelessly romantic gal who wants to simply disengage her brain and escape reality and logic. All I can say about the main character, Grace Montgomery, is that for a smart woman she sure is dumb.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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