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  • Next

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1572)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (339)

    Devilishly clever, Next blends fact and fiction into a breathless tale of a new world where nothing is what it seems, and a set of new possibilities can open at every turn. Next challenges our sense of reality and notions of morality. Balancing the comic and bizarre with the genuinely frightening and disturbing, Next shatters our assumptions and reveals shocking new choices where we least expect.

    Ronald says: "interesting topic - dull, boring, confusing book"
    "The plot isn't the point"
    Overall

    What others reviewers of this audiobook failed to recognize is that the plot is not the point of this book. If you read it to the end, including the author's comments and the interview with him, you would find out that the point of the book is to raise awareness of the frightening state of affairs in this country regarding genetic research and engineering. The individual stories presented are mere examples of the atrocities occuring all over the country, and the rights individuals are being denied when it comes to their own bodies.

    If only 1% of the people who read this book encourage their legislators to do something about these issues, I think the book can be considered a huge success.

    In addition to the message, however, the book is witty and interesting, even without having much of a plot. Some of the stories come together at the end and I was quite wrapped up in several of the characters.

    The biggest downside in my opinion was the reader. As others have commented, many of his characters' voices were whiney and obnoxious. I almost stopped listening about half way through part one because of this, but persevered and enjoyed the book despite the reader.

    I'm very glad I read "Next" and intend to press my congressional representatives to do something to help alleviate the current problems brought out by Crichton's research.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phantoms

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1034)
    Performance
    (646)
    Story
    (649)

    They found the town silent, apparently abandoned. Then they found the first body strangely swollen and still warm. One hundred fifty were dead, 350 missing. But the terror had only begun in the tiny mountain town of Snowfield, California.

    Ann M. Chavie says: "Terrifying"
    "Not the best Dean Koontz but still riveting story"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Phantoms? What did you like least?

    The narrator was horrible - way too pedantic - this took away from my enjoyment of the book and I could not finish it. I might look for it in printed form to see if that helps.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I could not get into the story because all I could think of was how badly it was being read.


    Do you think Phantoms needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Don't know - couldn't finish it.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first Dean Koontz book I did not absolutely adore. I will get others, just none with this narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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