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Ken

Elko, NV, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • 8 reviews
  • 25 ratings
  • 265 titles in library
  • 13 purchased in 2014
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  • Last Night in Twisted River: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (112)

    In 1954, in the cookhouse of a logging and sawmill settlement in northern New Hampshire, an anxious 12-year-old boy mistakes the local constable's girlfriend for a bear. Both the 12-year-old and his father become fugitives, forced to run from Coos County to Boston, to southern Vermont, to Toronto, pursued by the implacable constable.

    James Ladden says: "Better to read it"
    "Classic Irving...better narrator, please!"
    Overall

    This is classic John Irving, better than Until I Find You. The narrator was poor with little attempt (or ability) to give voices to different characters. I'm surprised Audible didn't even list this as a new release, much less a featured new release. I found it by searching John Irving as an author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Clocks

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Mitchell
    • Narrated By Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, and others
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (138)

    Following a scalding row with her mother, 15-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as "the radio people," Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.

    Ryan says: "Ambitious, many-placed contemplation of mortality"
    "Difficult to follow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different plot.


    What was most disappointing about David Mitchell’s story?

    Too difficult to follow and keep my interest.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    All the narrators were more than adequate, but the plot was too disjointed.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Narrators tried.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • We Are Water: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Wally Lamb
    • Narrated By Wally Lamb, George Guidall, Maggi-Meg Reed, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1152)
    Performance
    (1044)
    Story
    (1045)

    After 27 years of marriage and three children, Anna Oh - wife, mother, outsider artist - has fallen in love with Viveca, the wealthy Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her success. They plan to wed in the Oh family’s hometown of Three Rivers in Connecticut. But the wedding provokes some very mixed reactions and opens a Pandora’s Box of toxic secrets - dark and painful truths that have festered below the surface of the Ohs' lives.

    Suzn F says: "Lamb writes Fine Literature/What a Book!"
    "Totally disagree with negative reviews"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does We Are Water rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best book I've listened to in years! I believe narrators were spot on. I think this is Wally Lamb's best. His bold portrayal of Kent, the pedophile, while disturbing, was inciteful without being sympathetic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Annie. She's a great study of what can happen when one fails to deal with emotional trauma by bottling up her past.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The various narrators enhanced my ability identify with all of the characters. I was surprised that the author's narration was so good. Too many times authors are not good narrators, especially fiction writers.


    If you could rename We Are Water, what would you call it?

    Harmful Secrets


    Any additional comments?

    As a long time (15+ yrs) audible listener, I rank this in the top 5 novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharp Objects

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3368)
    Performance
    (2656)
    Story
    (2678)

    Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

    Kelley says: "I agree with Stephen King"
    "I love Gillian's books"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Sharp Objects again? Why?

    I first read Dark Places when it first came out, and Gone Girl about a month ago. When I decided to go back and order Sharp Objects, I had high expectations. Wow. I wasn't disappointed. I thought this was the best of the three. All of her characters are somewhat "dark", but her stories are believable, and intriguing. Sharp Objects is the most twisted of the three; I guess that's why its my favorite. Keep 'em coming, Ms. Flynn!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Camille. She was the least "affected" character, but her demons were as addictive as her alcohol.


    Which character – as performed by Ann Marie Lee – was your favorite?

    Camille


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Most assuredly.


    Any additional comments?

    All three of her books are great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Child

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Hart
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1060)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (432)

    his most powerful and intricately-plotted novel yet. Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: happy parents and a twin sister that meant the world to him. But Alyssa went missing a year ago, stolen off the side of a lonely street with only one witness to the crime. His family shattered, his sister presumed dead, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown in a last, desperate search.

    Christine says: "Stick With It!"
    "Mediocre at Best"
    Overall

    If a story is great, I don't mind suffering through a poor narrator, even when warned by fellow reviewers. This book was tedious, and it dragged on and on. If I get distracted, I often re-wind to catch what I missed. I found myself so distracted and bored, that I gave up after rewinding the same scene about ten times. This selection was a waste of time and credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Columbine

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dave Cullen
    • Narrated By Don Leslie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1847)
    Performance
    (873)
    Story
    (883)

    Over the course of this gripping narrative, Dave Cullen approaches his subjects with unrivaled care and insight. What emerges are shattering portraits of the killers, the victims, and the community that suffered one of the greatest - and most socially and historically important - shooting tragedies of the 20th century.

    Book reader says: "Truth and heartache"
    "Chilling...Better than most fiction"
    Overall

    Supberb. Great writing, great narration. Even though the story doesn't follow chronologically, the author has framed this tragedy exceptionally well. As a recently retired school administrator, I always dreaded 4/20, now I really know why.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • One Second After

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William R. Forstchen
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5361)
    Performance
    (3351)
    Story
    (3381)

    Already cited on the floor of Congress and discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a book all Americans should read, One Second After is the story of a war scenario that could become all too terrifyingly real. Based upon a real weapon - the Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) - which may already be in the hands of our enemies, it is a truly realistic look at the awesome power of a weapon that can destroy the entire United States.

    Sara says: "A terrifying story"
    "Beware! Fear Mongering Ahead"
    Overall

    The forward by Newt Gingrich is a clue about the political propaganda to follow. Smoking cigarettes and vigilanty executions are glorified. It feeds into the Survivalist movements, and the position of the author is much scarier than the apocalyptic outcome.

    29 of 94 people found this review helpful
  • In for the Kill

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By John Lutz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (80)

    A madman is stalking women in the city. By the time his victims are found, they've been dismembered with careful precision, their limbs stacked into a gruesome pyramid and completely cleansed of every last drop of blood. Accustomed to working on the most grisly homicides, detective Frank Quinn's nerves don't rattle easily. But when the last names of the killer's victims spell out "Q-u-i-n-n", the veteran cop feels a chill run down his spine.

    Larry says: "A great read"
    "I always read reviews before downloading..."
    Overall

    Some of the reviews for this book were not very flattering, but I took a chance on Scott Brick as the narrator. I thought it was a great book. Unlike some of the reviews, I found it very intriguing and easy to follow. Good "creepy" story!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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