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Nathan

Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!

SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States | Member Since 2013

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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Wizard and Glass: The Dark Tower IV

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (3698)
    Performance
    (1920)
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    (1943)

    In the fourth installment of The Dark Tower, Roland and his band have narrowly escaped the city of Lud and boarded Blaine, a train that will take them to, of all places, Kansas, where the ghost city of Topeka has been depopulated by a superflu and where, alongside Interstate 70, an emerald palace rises enchantingly. Before Roland and the companions of his ka-tet continue along the Path of the Beam, Roland must tell his companions the tale that defines him both as a man and hero.

    Kenneth says: "Worth The Wait"
    "Epic and majestic. Beautifully written..."
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    This is some of the finest writing that Mr. King has ever produced. As a true Constant Reader, I have read and enjoyed nearly every book that Stephen King has produced, and I can honestly say that this (may be) my favorite.

    The situation left dangling at the end of book 3 is quickly resolved, and soon Roland is set to tell the story of his first love and first true test as a gunslinger. The majority of this book revolves around Roland and his original ka-tet and their adventures in Mejis as very young gunslingers. The story is steeped in battles, mystery, love and tragedy. It is a coming-of-age story that revolves around the greatest character King has ever created. Much of what Roland becomes is due to the events of Mejis and Susan Delgado.

    Frank Muller was created to tell this tale. His narration and character work in this narration are flawless. He was a bright candle that was snuffed far too soon. I can not reccomend this book strongly enough. Make sure to listen to the series in order, but get to Wizard and Glass as soon as you can!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1752)
    Performance
    (1628)
    Story
    (1628)

    Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

    Marvin says: "New diet trend, become a zombie!"
    "Pleasantly Suprised!"
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    I really had no idea what I was getting into when I purchased this book. The premise seemed a little different than what I usually enjoy, but the reviews were good enough that I thought I would give it a try. I am glad that I did! The storyline got a little slow and uneventful in parts, which is why I gave "Story" 3 stars, but the overall idea of the book was pretty darn good. I really enjoyed how much the author made me care about the main character. I thought that some of the characters were not quite rounded out, but the Angel character was great.

    The book starts out fine, with some good action and mystery, but then gets pretty slow through the middle. There is enough going on to keep my interest, but I found myself thinking, "get on with it already." The last 25% of the book is really good, though and made up for some downtime in the middle.

    Not the great American novel, but a good book, nonetheless! The narrator did a great job, as well. Her tone and infliction really portrayed the southern trailer park stereotype very well. I am sure that I will listen again at some point!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Town: Wayward Pines, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (103)

    Secret Service agent Ethan Burke arrived in Wayward Pines, Idaho, three weeks ago. In this town, people are told who to marry, where to live, where to work. Their children are taught that David Pilcher, the town's creator, is god. No one is allowed to leave; even asking questions can get you killed. But Ethan has discovered the astonishing secret of what lies beyond the electrified fence that surrounds Wayward Pines and protects it from the terrifying world beyond.

    justin says: "TWO/THREE star review within 3 hours ? RIDICULOUS"
    "It can't be over!"
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    Man, I really grew to love this story. In the first book, I was not sure what to think....then the second book brought me right to the brink! This third, and unfortunately last, book in this series was equal to the second, if not slightly better. I love the way that the author rounded out this tale, and will read the series again, I am sure.

    My only wish is that there was more! Without divulging too much about the third book and it's ending....this can't be the end! On one hand, it was supremely satisfying, and on the other...Argh!! Truly left me wanting more; what a great series!

    You will not be disappointed. Great narration, and great writing. Add that to a fantastic story and the Wayward Pines series is a winner!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wayward: Wayward Pines, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Blake Crouch
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (383)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (355)

    Welcome to Wayward Pines, population 461. Nestled amid picture-perfect mountains, the idyllic town is a modern-day Eden - except for the electrified fence and razor wire, snipers scoping everything 24/7, and the relentless surveillance tracking each word and gesture. None of the residents know how they got here. They are told where to work, how to live, and who to marry. Some believe they are dead. Others think they're trapped in an unfathomable experiment. Everyone secretly dreams of leaving, but those who dare face a terrifying surprise.

    Anthony Moore says: "I'm Hooked!!!"
    "Keep it coming!"
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    This was a fantastic continuation of the Pines trilogy. I actually enjoyed this second book even more than the first! The first book did set up the storyline, and there was the watershed moment when the overarching plot was discovered that brought with it such a shock...and there was none of that in this book. However, the path of the story, and the way that the author led me through it, was so smart and exciting in this installment.

    The characters stay so true to themselves. That is something that doesn't always happen in sequels, but was so great in this book. There were twist and turns, and redirection throughout, and I really enjoyed it all. The author also set up the plot for the final book so well, that I can't wait to dig into it! It is next on my agenda, for sure.

    The narrator does a great job. Not really a "next level" narrator, in my opinion, but really does a fine job, and does not detract from the book. Definitely above average. Great book, great experience!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9685)
    Performance
    (8880)
    Story
    (8932)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "The Fault in Our Stars is...faultless."
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    What an amazing book. I knew that this movie was coming out, and so I wanted to make sure that I read this book before seeing the movie. Man, I really loved it. John Green has stated that he has no interest in writing for "adults", as this book is geared towards teens. Well, I am 44 years old, and I enjoyed every minute of it!

    The major characters, Gus and Hazel, were so easy to relate to. The fact that they were both sick leads toward an inevitable ending...but it was not what was expected. I will leave it at that, and let you discover it for yourself. Please do! This novel is so worth the time invested. Adding the Isaac character, as well as both sets of parents...and then the addition of the writer...as near perfect as a novel of this type can get. I truly loved it.

    Kate Rudd is one of my favorite female narrators. I tend to prefer male narrators, but Kate always does such a great job.

    There really is not much to criticize in this book. It was a great experience!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flowertown

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By S. G. Redling
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (71)

    Seven years ago, a chemical spill brought the U.S. Army to rural Penn County, Iowa, where soldiers established a long-term, medically maintained quarantine. Officially, it’s called the PennCo Containment Area. But to the people trapped inside, their bodies tainted with chemicals that give off a sweet smell, it’s known simply as Flowertown. The quarantine was supposed to save their lives, but many of the survivors have grown suspicious of the government’s real motives. But not Ellie Cauley - her rage long ago burned down to hard, cynical pessimism. When a series of deadly events forces Ellie out of her apathy, she must prepare to face an enemy powerful enough to unleash her greatest nightmare.

    GremlinGrrl says: "My favorite new smart-aleck heroine"
    "Good book...not great, but good."
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    This is a good book, just as the title of this review states. Not fantastic, but good. A lot of the dialogue doesn't seem very natural, and the characters behave in ways that just don't come across as genuine, but overall the story did maintain my interest. Not a novel that I will ever listen to again, more than likely, but was not a waste of time. I know, not a glowing review, but it is what it is.

    I am a reader that understands that not every book I read will be "the best book I've ever read"; I accept that, and can usually find redeeming values in each book I read. There are many redeeming things in is novel, as well. The story is a rather unique story in a world where there is a new post-apocalyptic type story every minute. I love these kinds of books, and it is always refreshing to find a new take on this genre. There were also very few characters in this story, so I really got to know those that were a part of the story. There could easily be a sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17340)
    Performance
    (15406)
    Story
    (15358)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "A date for the ages...."
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    First I have it say that I love Stephen King. I truly believe that he is one of my, if not my absolute favorite writers. King has many different styles, or feels, that he writes in, and this novel encompasses his best style. Historicaly based, with fictional charachters drawn up to lead the storyline. I love that format. The story is so intriguing and unique that it drew me in from the very beginning. King led me to really feel and care about each of his characters In the story, and I felt vested in their lives.

    The relationship between George Amberton and Sadie was at once both beautiful and tender, as well as destined to.be star crossed. The way the hero, Jake, maintains his course to try to get In position to save the president come hell or high water, is yet another facet to the intricuit threads of this story. I really love it. I don't ant to give too much away, so I will end this review and avoid any spoilers.

    It goes to show you, that sometimes eve the best intended plans can have tremendous negative causes. The narrator is first rate, and does a great job once again. Did nothing but enhance and further draw me into a story I already loved. Top rate!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moving Day

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stone
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    Forty years’ accumulation of art, antiques, and family photographs are more than just objects for Stanley Peke - they are proof of a life fully lived. A life he could have easily lost long ago. When a con man steals his houseful of possessions in a sophisticated moving-day scam, Peke wanders helplessly through his empty New England home, inevitably reminded of another helpless time: decades in Peke’s past, a cold and threadbare Stanislaw Shmuel Pecoskowitz eked out a desperate existence in the war-torn Polish countryside, subsisting on scraps, dodging Nazi soldiers.

    MazzanoBlue says: "Get a U-Haul"
    "Up and down...but ended WAY UP!"
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    This book was at once exactly what I expected, and also NOTHING like what I expected. To read the synopsis provided for this book does not lead you to understand what it is you are about to read.

    There are a lot of "words" in this novel. What I mean is, much of the narration is describing what the characters are thinking, and WHY they are thinking those things. What has lead them to the place in their lives that causes them to think and feel the things they are thinking and feeling. I found myself being captivated by this at times, but also bored by it at other times. Overwhelmed by the sheer volume of the words and descriptions and thought processes that the author wanted to convey. But, once I got the idea of the kind of story Mr. Stone was trying to lay out, most of these things stopped being a nuisance, and began intriguing me more and more.

    Some of the storyline is a little far-fetched, and not completely plausible, but THE ENDING was INCREDIBLE!! This is a great story with an absolutely masterful ending. I did not see it coming...at all. I loved it. The narrator did a fabulous job, as well. Very consistent and very good. Overall, a great read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jaws

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Peter Benchley
    • Narrated By Erik Steele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (718)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (458)

    Jaws is the classic, blockbuster thriller that inspired the three-time Academy Award-winning Steven Spielberg movie and made millions of beachgoers afraid to go into the water. Experience the thrill of helpless horror again - or for the first time! Jaws was #48 in the American Film Institute's 100 Years...100 Movies, and the film earned the coveted #1 spot on the Bravo network's 100 Scariest Movie Moments countdown.

    Tracy says: ""JAWS""
    "Super scary!"
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    I read this book long after I saw the movie...many, many times. I have to say that I truly love the movie, too. Spielberg did an amazing job with a movie that was based on this book, but that's all it was. Based on this book. This book seems to ring much truer to me than the movie did. Much more real...the way these events would have gone down. In the movie, the shark was the biggest one ever known to man. In the book, the shark was huge...but they even talk about sharks that were bigger. I liked that.

    There were things that I liked about the movie more, and things that I liked about the book more, but overall I love them both. I loved the way that the author described the movements of the fish in first person. Not dwelling on the emotion and intentions of the fish, but simply what is was doing. I really liked that. The narrator did a great job as well. Such a timeless classic!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2937)
    Performance
    (2718)
    Story
    (2719)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Bella McGuire says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "Not the usual King novel...."
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    I love Stephen King...and I really did enjoy this book...but it didn't feel like a King novel to me. In retrospect, that is probably what he was going for. The first part of the book I was not really sure where the storyline was going. A little confusing, and not a familiar feel to this King fan. I felt like I was on a slow moving train, but then the destination started to clear up, and the book did get much better for me. By the end I was very much invested in the characters and the emotional play of the story. A great book, and I am actually looking forward to reading it again at a point in the future.

    I was not a huge fan of the narrator. I understand why he was selected to narrate this book...he is about the same age as the main character ( I assume, anyway ), but I felt as if he missed some of the emotion. Also, his cadence in some places was, in my humble opinion, slightly different that what King had in mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Glass Houses: Morganville Vampires, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Rachel Caine
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (845)
    Performance
    (544)
    Story
    (551)

    Morganville, Texas, is a small college town filled with quirky characters. But when the sun goes down, the bad come out. Because in Morganville, there is an evil that lurks in the darkest shadows---one that will spill out into the bright light of day.

    Justin says: "Be Aware.."
    "I tried"
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    Just could not get into this book. I listened for over 3 and a half hours, and was left thinking, "so what"? I usually like teen novels, but this one just didn't go anywhere through the first third of the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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