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Mark

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  • Blaze: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Richard Bachman, Stephen King
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (120)

    Blaze is the story of Clayton Blaisdell, Jr., of the crimes committed against him and the crimes he commits, including his last, the kidnapping of a baby heir worth millions. Blaze has been a slow thinker since childhood, when his father threw him down the stairs and then threw him down again. After escaping an abusive institution for boys when he was a teenager, Blaze hooks up with George, a seasoned criminal who thinks he has all the answers.

    Gary says: "Waste of time"
    "A good listen"
    Overall

    I love Stephen King and typically like Richard Bachman. Even though this book is a "trunk novel" as described by King, it doesn't feel out of date. It was narrated perfectly with great character differences. Bachman makes you care about the main character and how he finds himself in the current predicament. Well worth the credit.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Lauren Weisberger
    • Narrated By Megan Hilty
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (237)

    The sequel you’ve been waiting for: the follow-up to the sensational number-one best seller The Devil Wears Prada. Andrea "Andy" Sachs is on top of the world, running her own very successful high-fashion bridal magazine. But she got there with the help of her rolodex - actually, the rolodex of Miranda Priestly, her former nightmare of a boss. As Andy's success grows, she realizes she'll soon have to face Miranda. Still, Andy can hardly anticipate the horrifying reality that’s approaching - a reversal so profound that she will be squarely in Miranda’s crosshairs once more.

    Ana says: "Very Disappointed!"
    "Not at all what I wanted or hoped for!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I am probably one of the few male listeners of this book and it's predecessor, but I loved Devil Wears Prada. I related to Andy in the first book and can appreciate coming in to a very difficult job with an overbearing, under appreciative boss that has no regards to you as a person. She also was considered an outsider that didn't deserve or appreciate the job she had. And while almost losing her soul, found a way to work through it and find herself. Great stuff! So, I was excited when I saw Revenge Wears Prada pop up.

    This book was a huge disappointment. The story line was 95% a romance story (kind of, since she couldn't make up her mind about anything) and a tale of pregnancy. I'm guessing that Miranda was on a total of 3 pages in this book. I couldn't believe it took so many hours to tell so little about Miranda, the Plunge, and Runway magazine. And there was virtually no interaction between Miranda and Andy.

    This could have been such a better book if Lauren would have stuck to what made the first book so popular.

    I understand if you just HAVE to download this to see for yourself, I did. But make sure you have extra credits that you don't know what to do with first.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lauren Weisberger again?

    Yes. Because Devil Wears Prada was so well done.


    Did Megan Hilty do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Her performance was good. I thought she did Andy, Emily, and all of the male characters just fine. The problem with the book wasn't in her performance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4332)
    Performance
    (3075)
    Story
    (3098)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "Great book. Possibly the best reader ever."
    Overall

    There are 2 books that are on my standing wish list for audible.com. IT and The Stand. I commute for over 2 hours each day and like a substantial book. I somehow missed when IT was released on Audible, but downloaded it this month and it is amazing. Over 40 hours of material, (a little too much background in some cases), but it has been so long since I read this book that it was brand new to me and absolutely riveting the way it unfolds between what happened in the past and the present (1985). But the most amazing part is Steven Weber as the reader. I didn't know what to think going in knowing him from Wings and The Shining remake. But, I must say that he is possibly the best reader I have experience in the 250 books I have listened to. I put him even ahead of the standards - Scott Brick and Frank Muller. I would love to see the Stand come to life with him as the narrator. If you like classic Stephen King and you have the time to commit to an epic novel of this size, you will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Relentless

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (676)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (144)

    Best-selling novelist Cullen "Cubby" Greenwich is a lucky man and he knows it. He makes a handsome living doing what he enjoys. His wife, Penny, a children's book author and illustrator, is the love of his life. Together they have a brilliant six-year-old, Milo, affectionately dubbed "Spooky," and a non-collie named Lassie, who's all but part of the family. So Cubby knows he shouldn't let one bad review of his otherwise triumphant new book get to him.

    Derek B. says: "I cant sleep!"
    "This book is just stupid"
    Overall

    I hate to be that direct, but the entire premise, characters, plot, ending are all stupid. The only reason I gave it 1 star is that it was short, the narrator did a good job, and really the dialog between husband, wife, and son was good. This book never did catch fire though. I never felt any urgency or sense of pending doom. In my opinion anyway, do not waste a credit on this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Tomorrow: A Jack Reacher Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2013)
    Performance
    (1004)
    Story
    (1005)

    In a novel that slams through one hairpin surprise after another, Lee Child unleashes a thriller that spans three decades and gnaws at the heart of America...and for Jack Reacher, a man who trusts no one and likes it that way, it's a mystery with only one answer the kind that comes when you finally get face-to-face and look your worst enemy in the eye.

    Laura says: "Child Needs an Editor"
    "Jack Reacher is back!"
    Overall

    Thank you, Lee Child. This is the Jack Reacher book I've been waiting for. I was very disappointed in the last 2 books. I didn't even finish the last one. I thought the days of my favorite character were over. But Mr. Child delivers in this book. Great Jack Reacher book. Full of logic and thinking and intuition and oh, yeah... Reacher! So, if you're a Jack Reacher fan, download it today.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Charlie Huston
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    Webster Fillmore Goodhue has found temporary work as one of the mop-up crew for the Los Angeles County crime division. In other words, he cleans up grisly crime scenes for the cops. When the daughter of a recent Malibu suicide victim asks for his help cleaning up after her brother has gotten into a little trouble, every cell in Web's brain is telling him to turn her down. But she's very attractive, and before he knows it, he's well on his way to getting his face kicked in.

    Alan says: "Funny!"
    "Sarcastic, acidic, profane, loved it!"
    Overall

    I loved this book and have recommended it to friends. The main character's sarcastic, acidic dialogue is a hoot! As almost every other character tells him he's a as***le. I originally didn't like the narrator, but he grew on me. I didn't care for his main character reading nearly as much as the secondary characters. I thought he did great at the secondary parts.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Beat the Reaper: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Josh Bazell
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1128)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (420)

    Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.

    Chuck says: "Great book and great narrator"
    "Crazy! Perfect"
    Overall

    I thought this was an amazing book. From the very first sentence to the end. Great narration. An amazing first novel. Hoping to see much more from this author. A fair amount of the "f" word and other harsh language, so if you're offended by that, be aware. I am not so thought this was worthy of 5 stars. Great pace, great narration, perfect length, and different from any other book. Download it. You won't regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plum Spooky

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (843)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (283)

    Evanovich fans rejoice! Stephanie Plum is back in town, along with her sidekick Lula, her Grandma Mazur, and an ever-widening cast of freaks, criminals, deranged felons, and lunatics looking for love. And just when Stephanie thinks her life can't get any more complicated, in walks the mysterious Diesel. A man who seems to show up at the most inconvenient moments.

    Joann says: "Classic Stephanie Plum"
    "Great between the numbers book"
    Overall

    I am a big fan of Stephanie Plum. The between the numbers books are never quite as full as the numbered books, but this is still a great listen. If you're a Plum fan, get it. You won't regret it. The narrator is the same narrator for the other books, so you get the consistency of the characters. All in all, I really like it. Monkeys! Monkeys! Everywhere Monkeys!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Insomnia

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Eli Wallach
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (90)

    Ralph Roberts has an incurable case of insomnia, but lack of sleep is the least of his worries. Each night he stays awake, Ralph witnesses more of the odd activity taking place in Derry after dark than he wants to know. The nice young chemist up the street beats his wife and has delusions about beings he calls "The Centurions".

    Karen says: "Very Good Book"
    "Don't be afraid to purchase this book."
    Overall

    I am a huge Stephen King fan and had read this book many years ago. I was hesitant to get this book as so many people had written how they didn't like the reader or the music in between "scenes". I agree the music is a little loud during some scene transitions, but overall I grew to like most of the eerie transition music. Could have been mixed a little better, but did not affect my enjoyment of this story.

    As for Eli Wallach reading it, I thought he did a great job on this and truly enjoyed his narration and characters.

    If you are a Stephen King and Dark Tower fan, this is an essential book as it lays some groundwork for Book 7 of the DT series. Well worth the credit for me.

    So, don't be afraid of the music or the narration. Download and enjoy. IMHO.

    2 of 3 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
    (2861)
    Performance
    (2186)
    Story
    (2201)

    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"
    "Great Listen."
    Overall

    I really loved this book. It was dark and raw and full of psychological layers that got revealed as the book went on. The reader is amazing and I am going to look for other books from her. You can't tell that this is the author's first novel. The character development and dialog are first-rate. I don't give 5 stars easily. For a book to be 5-stars means that both the book and the reading had to be perfect. And in this case, I think it fits. I even went out and bought the paper version to give my daughter as she is a "reader" and not a "listener".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bones to Ashes

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (154)

    When the skeleton of a young girl, not yet a teenager, is discovered in Acadia, Canada, Tempe Brennan is reminded of Evangelina, her best friend in her preteen years, who was mysteriously taken away when she was 12. Evangelina was from strange and faraway Acadia. She was named after Evangeline in the Longfellow poem, and loved poetry. Tempe found her exotic and glamorous, and then suddenly she was gone, and Tempe was told not to try to find her, that she was "dangerous".

    Lannielui says: "Average All Around"
    "Too much French"
    Overall

    I listened for 3 hours before finally stopping. I really couldn't past all of the French. I loved the reader and will look for other books read by her, but I really couldn't get into this book at all. Do all Kathy Reichs books have so much French in them?

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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