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Delilah

Dissonant Muse

Boston, MA | Member Since 2013

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  • 47 reviews
  • 106 ratings
  • 455 titles in library
  • 33 purchased in 2015
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  • The Gingerbread Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Mare Winningham
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (135)

    In the emotional aftermath of her baby's death, Em starts running. Soon she runs from her husband, to the airport, down to the Florida Gulf, and out to Vermillion Key, where her father has offered the use of a shack he has kept there for years. This is doing her all kinds of good, until one day she makes the mistake of looking into the driveway of a man named Pickering. Pickering also enjoys the privacy of Vermillion Key, but the young women he brings there suffer the consequences. Will Em be next?

    Fiona says: "Run, Em! Run!"
    "Not Horror, but Great in All the King Ways"
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    Firstly, great title, Mr. King. Nextly, while the story board was unoriginal, the character and inner monologue of our protagonist was so well-hewn in that satisfying in that uniquely King way that the reader is, as always, quite unable to stop until the end. Not among his best, but I'll never turn down a King story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Policeman

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Ben H. Winters
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (668)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (601)

    What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway? Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. There’s no chance left. No hope. Just six precious months until impact. The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. The economy spirals downward while crops rot in the fields. Churches and synagogues are packed. People all over the world are walking off the job - but not Hank Palace. He’s investigating a death by hanging.

    Amazon Customer says: "There was trepidation ..."
    "Great Concept"
    Overall
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    The idea of the social environment when the end of the world is nigh is nothing new to fiction, but this was a fresh perspective. It reads like a noir detective mystery rather than any other genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Exorcist: 40th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By William Peter Blatty
    • Narrated By William Peter Blatty, Eliana Shaskan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (575)

    Four decades after it first shook the nation, then the world, William Peter Blatty's thrilling masterwork of faith and demonic possession returns in an even more powerful form. Raw and profane, shocking and blood-chilling, it remains a modern parable of good and evil and perhaps the most terrifying novel ever written.

    Purdy Oaten says: "Add 3 Hours&40 Years&Let Simmer Till Very Dark"
    "Brilliant Reading of this Classic"
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    Worthwhile for any fan of the genre to hear this amazing tale presented by the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sliver

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Ira Levin
    • Narrated By Soneela Nankani
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Kay Norris, a successful and lovely book editor, moves into the posh Carnegie Hall district of Manhattan, into an apartment in a slender high-rise. A man watches her. He watches her unpack, watches her make her bed. He owns the building: A shocking secret is concealed within its brick and concrete. Sliver is a sinuous erotic thriller, a hypnotic story of obsession, suspense, and stunning surprises. It is a novel about the ultimate power, and the temptations the use of that power brings.

    Delilah says: "A Favorite of Mine"
    "A Favorite of Mine"
    Overall
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    Th classic "what would you do" scenario and a favorite of mine. Ira Levin is so clever with unique circumstances and storylines.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deja Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (511)
    Story
    (518)

    It's June in Montreal, and Dr. Temperance Brennan, who has left a shaky marriage back home in North Carolina to take on the challenging assignment of Director of Forensic Anthropology for the province of Quebec, looks forward to a relaxing weekend in beautiful Quebec City. First, though, she must stop at a newly uncovered burial site in the heart of the city. The remains are probably old and only of archeological interest, but Tempe must make sure they're not a case for the police. One look at the decomposed and decapitated corpse, stored neatly in plastic bags, tells her she'll spend the weekend in the crime lab.

    Kay says: "Mixed"
    "Fans of "Bones" might be disappointed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is a pretty cut and dry detective story and mystery. Those of us who have come to love the Temperance Brennan from the television series won't find her here, however. There's little resemblance to the quirky, rational forensic anthropologist we see on television and the character as she was originally penned. The Tempe from the novel is a divorced recovering alcoholic with a grown daughter when we meet her, and while she's a likeable enough protege, I was really hoping for the internal monologues of the character from the TV series, and it's simply a different person.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Free

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lois McMaster Bujold
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    Overall
    (889)
    Performance
    (658)
    Story
    (669)

    Leo Graf was just your average highly efficient engineer: mind your own business, fix what's wrong, and move on to the next job. But all that changed on his assignment to the Cay Habitat, where a group of humanoids had been secretly, commercially bioengineered for working in free fall. Could he just stand there and allow the exploitation of hundreds of helpless children merely to enhance the bottom line of a heartless mega-corporation?

    Kelly Howard says: "if you want the books in order..."
    "Sci Fi Sociology"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Reminiscent of Heinlein, this deals with the personhood of the genetically engineered. A bit dated and heavy-handed, but good solid work in the genre. I'm surprised it's a jumping off point for a series, it didn't have that feel to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Apples

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jonathan Carroll
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    Vincent Ettrich, a genial philanderer, discovers he has died and come back to life, but he has no idea why, or what the experience was like. Gradually, he discovers he was brought back by his true love, Isabelle, because she is pregnant with their child - a child who, if raised correctly, will play a crucial role in saving the universe.

    Jason Coffin says: "Thank you Neil!!! Carroll is my new favorite."
    "Astoundingly Resonant"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I found this book to be philosophically resonant in a manner that I was certainly not expecting from the genre. There is a story, yes, but the elements that really stayed with me when I finished were not plot based but thematic. Life and death and everything in between.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Coldheart Canyon: A Hollywood Ghost Story

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Clive Barker
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    Hollywood has made a star of Todd Pickett. But time is catching up with him. After plastic surgery goes awry, Todd needs somewhere to hide away for a few months while his scars heal. As Todd settles into a mansion in Coldheart Canyon - a corner of the city so secret it doesn't even appear on a map - Tammy Lauper, the president of his fan club, comes to the City of Angels determined to solve the mystery of Todd's disappearance.

    Charlotte says: "Lower your expectations!!!"
    "Masterpiece"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    How rare it is to cry, laugh and be legitimately aroused all over the course of one narrative! What a rollercoaster and I enjoyed every minute of this peculiar Hollywood ghost story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cryptonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (2540)
    Performance
    (1833)
    Story
    (1854)

    Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    Steven L says: "Good Book But Missing Something"
    "Like A Thousand Years of Solitude, for geeks"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This book made me question my decision not to breed. A multi-generational journey into the sociology of genius.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Homicidal

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Paul Alexander
    • Narrated By Paul Christy
    Overall
    (903)
    Performance
    (786)
    Story
    (800)

    Homicidal is the story of the almost 25-year serial-murder crime spree of Lonnie Franklin Jr., who is alleged to have killed at least 10 women in Los Angeles, if not more. Nicknamed by the media the Grim Sleeper, because there appeared to be a 13-year lull in the killings, Franklin met most of the women through random encounters that ended in murder. Significant blunders by the Los Angeles Police Department helped Franklin avoid arrest for years.

    Ian says: "Why was this written?"
    "Skip It"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There are so many quality true crime works out there that do not have audio versions; I'm certainly perplexed why such a mediocre one was recorded. You can learn more about this case - which *is* quite compelling - with an afternoon of perusing crime library sites online. This work doesn't assemble the story in a fulfilling or worthwhile manner.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8232)
    Performance
    (7592)
    Story
    (7608)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "The Sequel We Waited Decades For"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Those of us who have shared lifetimes of reading and re-reading Stephen's The Shining have eagerly awaited it's long overdue sequel, Doctor Sleep. The Shining was written when Stephen King himself was suffering with addiction problems and is often seen as an allegory for substance abuse. Doctor Sleep, written by an author many years sober, casts The Shining's protagonist, now grown, as a recovering addict who has to deal with the demons of his drug-addled past while he faces the demons that King pens for him. This book was worth waiting for, and the audio version features an explanation and insight read by King that is most certainly worth the price of admission.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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