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Sittingduck

Sittingduck

Montgomery, AL, US | Member Since 2002

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  • Forever Odd: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3374)
    Performance
    (1047)
    Story
    (1066)

    He's the most unlikely hero you'll ever meet, an ordinary guy with a modest job you might never look at twice. But there's so much more to any of us than meets the eye, and that goes triple for Odd Thomas. For Odd lives always between two worlds in the small desert town of Pico Mundo, where the heroic and the harrowing are everyday events. Odd never asked to communicate with the dead, it's something that just happened.

    Sittingduck says: "Detailed Koontz"
    "Detailed Koontz"
    Overall

    This book could have used a little more uumph (if you know what I mean).
    I always forget how far Mr. Koontz can go with his descriptions of a scene or a memory or a person or just about anything he gets started on.
    I accidentally put this audio book back a chapter and was throughly reminded of the excessive details Mr. Koontz feels compelled to convey. It became clear how incredibly, mortifyingly long it took for anything to happen in this book. It's a good story but it needs something more thrilling or urgent to compensate for the meandering ultra-descriptions.
    The reader is very good except for his attempt at the voice of the female villan. The voice and inflection he gives her are terrible. She sounds like a stupid, valley-girl, mall-rat, goth attempting an immitation of a smokey-voiced lounge singer. Not to put all of that on the reader, that character is written very poorly too. Just not as intimidating as a villan in her place could have been. She was almost funny, thoroughly irritating, and absolutely not scary.
    Other than that, Odd Thomas is still a unique and interesting character. It was nice to see a little more of his life but it seems like he could have shared a little less description and a little more suspense.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Glister: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By John Burnside
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Leonard, The Glister's 15-year-old narrator, lives in the decaying coastal community of Innertown. Every year or so, a boy from Leonard's school disappears, vanishing into the wasteland of the old chemical plant. Nobody knows where these boys go or whether they are alive or dead, and without evidence to the contrary, the authorities claim they are simply runaways.

    Tracy L. Walters says: "I can honestly say that this is the first book...."
    "Don't buy it"
    Overall

    Even though the performance of this book was excellent, I believe this is the worst book I've purchased in about 10 years. It disappointed from begining to end. It is made up of constant protracted descriptions of the "Innertown" and "Outertown" and the factory and it never goes anywhere except to an extremely unsatisfying ending.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anansi Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Lenny Henry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3845)
    Performance
    (1701)
    Story
    (1712)

    Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

    A. Hawley says: "Beautifully narrated"
    "Next to Godliness"
    Overall

    This is a very entertaining book. The narrator is excellent. Altogether worth more than the asking price.
    I listened to American Gods several months ago and enjoyed it a little more than Anansi Boys but this is still an excellent and independent sequel.
    Anansi Boys is a little less hard-edged than it's predecessor and it's a take on a classic theme of self-realization and role-reversal but it is well and uniquely crafted.
    I'm very glad that I spent my money on it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Taking

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Ari Meyers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (521)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (125)

    On the morning that will mark the end of the world they have known, Molly and Neil Sloan awaken to the drumbeat of rain on their roof. It has haunted their sleep, invaded their dreams, and now they rise to find a luminous silvery downpour drenching their small California mountain town. A strange scent hangs faintly in the air, and the young couple cannot shake the sense of something wrong.

    Jaimie says: "And the point was...?"
    "Droning droning droning, ok we get it Dean"
    Overall

    I've been a fan of Dean Koontz since the first time I read Strangers and have read most everything he has written under all of his pseudomyms. That said, someone really needs to EDIT his work. The last few books that he has written have rambled on and on in their descriptions but this book was the ultimate in frustrating restated description. The story could have been really good if he didn't go into deep description of the same idea or thought process 4 or 5 times. I found myself shouting at the narrator, "OK we get it!!". It's almost as if Mr Koontz thinks that we forgot what he wrote 5 pages before and have to be reminded, in great detail.
    The plot was not bad but some brevity would have benefited the book. Even if it had to be cut down to a novella, it would have been worth the shorter read (listen) not to have to endure the repition.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The King of Torts

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1133)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (196)

    As Clay Carter digs into the background of his client, a young man charged with a random street killing, he suddenly finds himself in the middle of a complex case against one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, looking at the kind of enormous settlement that would totally change his life - that would make him, almost overnight, the legal profession's newest king of torts...

    Lisa says: "The King of Torts"
    "Morality Tales revisited"
    Overall

    First, this isn't even close to Grisham's finest work. It builds some expectation toward a good twist and then declines down to an old fashioned, much repeated, morality tale. The romantic/criminal law portion of the book saves it from being completely unworthy of reading but it ultimately doesn't save the story. It's almost like Mr Grisham got well into writing the story and couldn't think of an original (good) way to end it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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