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Nelson

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  • Nightmare at 20,000 Feet: Horror Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stephen King (introduction), Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Julia Campbell, Paul Michael Garcia, Malcolm Hillgartner, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (79)

    Much of Richard Matheson's work has found its way into pop culture: the title story became a memorable episode of television's The Twilight Zone, and more recently, Will Smith starred in the blockbuster movie I Am Legend. Stephen King has declared Matheson to be one of his favorite writers. Find out why as you listen to the classic horror story of a man who peers out of his airplane window to see a gremlin destroying the wing.

    skee a. Goedhart says: "An Excellent Collection"
    "These stories will haunt me for a long time."
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    Matheson has the power to construct a plausible reality, set up our expectations, and then put the pedal to the metal and run us down. We are caught in the headlights, unnerved and frozen, until the inevitable strikes, and we've been dragged a quarter mile down the road. Then he turns around for another pass. The most memorable stories: the one about the guy who gets angry all the time; the one about the bed-ridden lady (excellent reader!); and the one about the new guy in the neighborhood.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10934)
    Performance
    (6953)
    Story
    (6984)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Anastasia Burke says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Amazing story, superlative storytelling."
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    Story

    This is the best non-fiction book I have experienced. The story is in turns funny, heart-breaking, terrifying, and encouraging. The author has a tremendous ability to present facts and events in a non-judgemental way, but simultaneously, to draw in the audience and reveal to us the deeper meaning of what was going on. The events are extreme, beyond anything most of us will ever endure, but the author and narrator combine to create an experience that I feel I have shared.

    The narrator is probably the best in the business; his voice is recognizable from all of the major documentaries on TV. Like the author, his understated delivery frees the listener to experience the story.

    As for the story itself, it is amazing. I don't think there is anyone who can listen to this audio book and not be in awe of Louis and his incredible life, and how he ends up. I have listened to a couple hundred audiobooks, but this one made me a better person. Get it for yourself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (28)

    Victor Frankenstein learns how to create life and creates a being in the likeness of man, but larger and more powerful than the average man. Frankenstein rejects the creature, and lives to regret his desire to create life, after it kills his brother William. Frankenstein is a warning against the "over-reaching" of modern man and the Industrial Revolution, alluded to in the novel's subtitle, The Modern Prometheus.

    Geir says: "Made the flu a cozy excuse"
    "Powerful, terrifying, thought-provoking"
    Overall

    This is one of the best books I've read or heard. The narrator expertly evokes the powerful emotions of fear, agony, and revenge that the author so brilliantly penned. The crafting of the tale (and the tales within the tale) is very clever and nuanced. The listener is drawn into the time and place of the action and then swept away by the engulfing currents of horror and rage felt by Frankenstein and his monster. The vivid descriptions of the benighted landscapes, humane (and inhumane) characters, and horrifying murders are unparalleled. I recommend this recording over any horror flick, if you are looking for an intelligent horror story that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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