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Kurt

Bainbridge, NY, USA

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  • Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By David Michaelis
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Charles Schulz, the most widely syndicated and beloved cartoonist of all time, is also one of the most misunderstood figures in American culture. Now, acclaimed biographer David Michaelis gives us the first full-length biography of Schulz: at once a creation story, a portrait of a hidden American genius, and a chronicle contrasting the private man with the central role he played in shaping the national imagination.

    Bruce says: "Not as dark as you've heard"
    "Worth reading * 3"
    Overall

    A somewhat dry biography, this book gives the reader amazing insight into the eccentric Schultz. If you are a 'Peanuts' fan then you will appreciate learning how the strip's characters came to be and why they act they way that they do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neverwhere

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5728)
    Performance
    (2538)
    Story
    (2558)

    Richard Mayhew is an unassuming young businessman living in London, with a dull job and a pretty but shrewish fiancée. Then one night he stumbles upon a girl lying on the sidewalk, bleeding. He stops to help her, and his life is changed forever. Soon he finds himself living in a London most people would never have dreamed of: a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels. It is a world that exists entirely in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations.

    Thomas says: "Neverwhere is Great"
    "Worth reading * 5"
    Overall

    An excellent read. Slow at the very beginning, the pace quickly picks up and takes you on a wild ride through a London you never though existed. The ending is positively perfect as well.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4910)
    Performance
    (1618)
    Story
    (1607)

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "Worth reading * 4"
    Overall

    Like most of King's books, he spends two thirds of the story setting up an ending that feels like it was cut short. That said, Duma is one of King's better works in my opinion. The storyline and setting are interesting and well put together. The characters are real and if you have a daughter of your own, this tale will make you cringe while the main characters daughter becomes a focal point of the story while you weren't looking.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5109)
    Performance
    (1996)
    Story
    (2008)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "Fractured"
    Overall

    If you read 'Neverwhere' and were highly impressed, then be forewarned that this is a different journey. 'American Gods' depicts a battle between the icons of America's cultural past and the manifestations of todays digital world. The story is an interesting onefor the most part but Gaiman wanders off on many tangents that can be somewhat difficult for the reader to integrate into the main story. Some of these tangents are quite intriguing while others are downright boring. While I did contemplate putting this one down for good a couple of times, the tale is worth finishing.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Dark of the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1824)
    Performance
    (851)
    Story
    (859)

    Virgil Flowers kicked around for a while before joining the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. First it was the army and the military police, then the police in St. Paul, and finally Lucas Davenport brought him into the BCA, promising him, "We'll only give you the hard stuff." He's been doing the hard stuff for three years now, but never anything like this.

    Crystal says: "Great winding road of a story"
    "If you like the Prey series ..."
    Overall

    Then this is the next best thing. Lucas even makes a few cameo appearances, albeit over the phone. The narrator takes some getting used to, but once you're into the book you won't even notice. Typical Sandford novel at his best. An excellent thriller.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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