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Denise

Kailua, HI, USA | Member Since 2002

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  • Song of Susannah: The Dark Tower VI

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3501)
    Performance
    (1791)
    Story
    (1815)

    The next-to-last novel in Stephen King's seven-volume magnum opus, Song of Susannah is a fascinating key to the unfolding mystery of the Dark Tower.

    Daniel F. Webster says: "Undoing the writer's block!"
    "King's psychoanalysis"
    Overall

    I'm sorry, but did King get homework from his shrink or something? "Go home and deal with your alcohol demons!"

    This book went NO WHERE. At least, no where that couldn't have been tagged onto the next book.

    And if it had to stand alone, then it should have been shorter and much more to the point.

    0 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (9409)
    Performance
    (5450)
    Story
    (5498)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "The best 2 years of listening of my life!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This review is for the whole series. I took a leap of faith on a few reviews when I started book one in early 2010. I finished the last book (so far) in late 2011. Yes, I took my time but in all honesty, I went as slow as I could because I didn't want it to end!

    I listen to audio books at night on a timer to help me fall asleep. Every night I would go to bed a bit earlier so that I could "watch the movie in my mind" of these books.

    The narration is FANTASTIC. The character voices are consistent and after a time you no longer need a "Rand said" because you recognize the voice on your own.

    The story, I feel, is strong for male or female. As a female, I did not feel this was too "girly" nor too "manly" to get through. I also felt it had a wide scope for many ages. (I'm 40)

    It was a little tough to get into the start, but after a few hours I could follow the scope of the story and characters. This isn't difficult text or highly thought provoking concepts. It's Fantasy and fantastic fantasy at that.

    I never re-listen to books as I feel that life is too short to pass up the opportunity to try something new! However, once I know the final draft is submitted for the last book, I'll start from book 1 again. This series is fantastic!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27380)
    Performance
    (13990)
    Story
    (14037)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "very nice"
    Overall

    I avoided this book for many months due to the backing from Oprah. But, I found myself heading out on a long business trip across the globe and needed extra audible material for the flights.
    This book really surprised me. It's well constructed - although sometimes a little too childish and stereotypical - and the variety of readers is very nice.
    The southern accents were all very refreshing as well. And a lot of the settings brought me back to the kitchen table with my grandmother. She often shared her stories of growing up with segregation and the negros that picked cotton with her on the farm.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10368)
    Performance
    (5273)
    Story
    (5309)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Venita says: "Lenghtly but good, ending was rushed"
    "Violent and disgusting."
    Overall

    Every writer has bad books and this is one of King's. I do not look at Stephen King as a writer of violent, sick, twisted and perverse content. And while I know he has done this in the past - it was the core of the story line (Misery for example).
    This book has such an opportunity to go somewhere interesting, fascinating, suspenseful, nail-biting. His point is interesting and I hoped he would expand upon the religious BS in an intelligent way. However, King goes off on this sexual-violence that disgusts me to no end. (possible spoiler alert:) Do I really need to read about a fat man beating someone to death? Do I need to read about a sick kid and his sexual escapades with dead bodies? Sorry, but there is enough of this as non-fiction in the world. Why add to it with fiction?
    Stick to the supernatural/monster/mind tales - it's what you do best. (The Cell, The Road Virus Moves West, Bag of Bones) Leave the sexual violence and murder for FOX news.
    This book left a very bad taste in my mouth and was not enjoyable at all.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book IV

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4245)
    Performance
    (2452)
    Story
    (2477)

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Aaron says: "No Roy Dotrice"
    "Pure waste of time"
    Overall

    I have yet to stumble across a writer that is as long in the tooth as Martin is. He will waste 30 hours of our lives only to kill off and handful of characters and allow other story-lines to become stagnant and dull. Instead, he covers his poor writing by introducing brand new characters in order to dig his way out of the hole he wrote himself into.
    Had I known this book would do NOTHING to further the story started so many hours ago, I would never have picked up book one.
    Do not waste your time, your credits nor your money on this book and you were probably better off not even getting into the series in the first place as it seems Martin won't get his act together to finish this off.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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