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Brina Car

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  • 7 reviews
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  • 364 titles in library
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  • Needful Things: The Last Castle Rock Story

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    Overall
    (1089)
    Performance
    (823)
    Story
    (827)

    A new store has opened in the town of Castle Rock, Maine. It has whatever your heart desires...if you're willing to pay the price. In this chilling novel by one of the most potent imaginations of our time, evil is on a shopping spree and out to scare you witless. Presented unabridged and read by the author.

    Jaimie says: "A good book and narration"
    "Good Summer Read!"
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    Where does Needful Things rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listened to thousands of audiobooks. I started listening to books many years before it even became popular for the general public to do so. The books relive hours of boredom at work, just don't tell the boss! Needful Things is one of the books I revisit like an old friend. It is one of my favorites but you have to take that with a grain of salt as I am a diehard Stephen King fan. Don't worry, I am not one of those folks who think everything he does is golden, I just have enjoyed his writing since my youth and re-reading some of his books every few years is like going home. Needful Things is in my top 25 listens for the summer because it is a little scary, somewhat believable, meaning that you could see it happening maybe, haha!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The only thing I would have changed to make the story more enjoyable would be the number of back stories some of the smaller characters had. Mr. King can sometimes get a little wordy to say the least!


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

    Stephen King actually has a pretty neat speaking voice, at least to me. I always enjoy an author that will take the time to make the story entirely theirs.


    If you could take any character from Needful Things out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would like to go out to dinner with the Sheriff actually. Who doesn't want to hang out with a hero every once in a while?


    Any additional comments?

    If you like a suspenseful story with a large amount of stories within stories you will really dig this audiobook. Not the best thing Stephen King has written but by far not the worst! Keep on Listening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Dark, No Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2512)
    Performance
    (1248)
    Story
    (1244)

    "I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

    Parusski says: "Eerie, honest, frightening!"
    "Steve's Fantastic Exploration of What if? LOVE IT!"
    Overall

    I took my first Stephen King book out from my small town local library in 1983. It was "Carrie" and I was hooked. I felt like I was drawn into the story as a participant rather than just a reader, kind of like peeking from the closet or behind the couch. It was my first such experience with a book and like so many firsts has been hard to repeat with such intensity. I remember being surprised that a story could be so good. I felt the same way with this new book "Full Dark, No Stars". The stories are enticing in their delicous darkness, I did find some things to cheer for, and the book made me think a little more about the stranger inside of myself who is only a stranger to others and not to me! Do yourself a favor and devote some of your time to this wonderful meaty dark delight!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4712)
    Performance
    (2180)
    Story
    (2169)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    I was not sure what to expect when reviewing the comments for this book. I took a chance and was quite surprised with how much I enjoyed this novel. I liked that it was told from the perspective of the child. So often we are given the adult perspective on adult situations and it was refreshing and believable to hear the action explained from that different point of view.I am looking forward to exploring other offerings from this author.

    1 of 4 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
    (1081)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (453)

    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!"
    "Book is Wonderful, Narration is Horrible!"
    Overall

    The story is complelling and the characters wonderful and real. The narration takes so much away from the story that I often had to re-listen to sections because I started tuning the reader out. The over pronunciation will drive you nuts! Great story too bad it is killed by the narrater.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tananarive Due
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (1478)
    Performance
    (854)
    Story
    (849)

    Tananarive Due, author of The Living Blood won the American Book Award and is praised as Stephen King's equal by Publishers Weekly. In The Good House, Due sets a story of ancient powers and modern retribution in a small Pacific Northwest town. When a young woman returns to her grandmother's empty mansion, she is pitted against demonic forces that have poisoned her family for generations.

    Rebecca says: "FABULOUS!"
    "Excellent Story"
    Overall

    What an excellent piece of storytelling. This really made you feel like you were sitting around a campfire hearing a spooky story. I would love to hear more of her work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight: The Twilight Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7883)
    Performance
    (3258)
    Story
    (3322)

    About three things I was certain. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him, and I didn't know how dominant that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

    Mitch says: "My Not-So-Guilty Pleasure"
    "Pretty Dull Stuff"
    Overall

    This audio book spends a huge amount of time playing coy games between the lead characters. It really is a slow read.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Scott Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (578)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (111)

    The Ruins follows two American couples enjoying a pleasant, lazy beach holiday together in Mexico. On an impulse, they go off with newfound friends in search of one of their group, the young German who, in pursuit of a girl, has headed for the remote Mayan ruins, site of a fabled archeological dig.

    Art says: "The Plant"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall

    Very nice book for what it was. I did feel it was trying to keep me in suspense for something that never happened. Not too bad overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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