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Gaither

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  • Thinner

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Joe Mantegna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (178)

    Six weeks after an old Gypsy man curses Billy Halleck for sideswiping his daughter, he's 93 pounds lighter. Now Billy is terrified. And desperate enough for one last gamble...that will lead him to a nightmare showdown with the forces of evil melting his flesh away.

    Dave says: "A tale fit for the literary gourmand"
    "King as Bachman"
    Overall

    I've liked every novel I've read by King writing as Richard Bachman and this one is no exception. King fans are aware that his work has taken many turns throughout his career, and King has proven himself to be a writer of diverse interests and scope. However, I miss "the old" Stephen King at times. The Bachman novels are reminiscent of early King novels, I think, and I found this one to be enjoyable in that way. Mantegna's narration is very good as well.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Guns

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (936)
    Performance
    (849)
    Story
    (833)

    In a pulls-no-punches essay intended to provoke rational discussion, Stephen King sets down his thoughts about gun violence in America. Anger and grief in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School are palpable in this urgent piece of writing, but no less remarkable are King's keen thoughtfulness and composure as he explores the contours of the gun-control issue and constructs his argument for what can and should be done.

    Daniel E. Jacobs says: "putting his voice on what people have been saying"
    "A Must-Listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    In spite of the many great novels, novellas, short stories, and essays produced by King over his long career, this short piece of writing is definitely some of his finest. Not kidding -- this is a must-listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Infinite: Harrow House, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Douglas Clegg
    • Narrated By Michael Taylor
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Harrow is haunted, they say. The mansion is a place of tragedy and nightmares, evil and insanity. First it was a madman's fortress; then it became a school. Now it lies empty. But an obsessed woman and a ghost hunter want to bring the house back to life to find out what lurks within Harrow. Together they assemble the people who they believe can pierce the mansion's shadows.

    Gaither says: "Awful Narrator"
    "Awful Narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really can't rate the story because the narrator was so awful I couldn't finish it. If you like the villains in your stories voices to sound like Squidword from Sponge Bob Squarepants, this is the narrator for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harbor

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Ajvide Lindqvist
    • Narrated By Julian Rhind-Tutt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (105)

    One ordinary winter afternoon on a snowy island, Anders and Cecilia take their sixyearold daughter Maja across the ice to visit the lighthouse in the middle of the frozen channel. While the couple explore the lighthouse, Maja disappears - either into thin air or under thin ice - leaving not even a footprint in the snow. Two years later, alone and more or less permanently drunk, Anders returns to the island to regroup. He slowly realizes that people are not telling him all they know....

    Jennifer says: "Delightfully Creepy"
    "Really loved this book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Lindqvist's prose is wonderful and his storytelling is meticulous -- it unfolds so gradually that one may not notice a turn in the story until it's well underway. What a crafty writer! Great book!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10179)
    Performance
    (7630)
    Story
    (7674)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "Audible Should Do a Better Job"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I gave this book a mediocre rating which isn't really fair, and were I not required to rate it in order to make this post, I wouldn't have. If I were a young reader, say fourteen or fifteen, I am certain I'd have given it a high rating. This is not a book for adult readers. I'm not saying an adult reader could not enjoy it -- I enjoyed some of the Harry Potter books. However, the description of the book had me believing this was something a little deeper than it is.

    Audible should do a better job of putting books into categories that allow its members to choose better. If you read the description of this book, there's nothing in it to tell you that it's for young readers, or, at least, nothing that I was able to find. Anyway, in my opinion, this is probably a fine read for young people. Not so much for myself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • People Still Live in Cashtown Corners

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Tony Burgess
    • Narrated By Phil Chenevert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    "It is what it is. That's her car out there and, well, that's her right there. "Jeremy looks at the woman again. There's a few flies dipping in and out of the back of her skull. "What happened to her?" I feel a little uncomfortable. I wasn't really planning to lay it all out like this. "Well, I hate to say this but I killed her." Jeremy nods slowly. He's starting to take this in and I'm relieved.

    Gaither says: "Imagine it with another voice"
    "Imagine it with another voice"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Were you to read this piece, I'm certain you would hear Burgess' voice to be quite different from the voice of the narrator of this audio version.









    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dog Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By David Moody
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    The Earth has been torn apart. Everyone is either human or Hater, victim or killer. Major cities have become vast refugee camps where human survivors cower together in fear. Amidst this indiscriminate fighting and killing, Danny McCoyne is on a mission to find his daughter, Ellis. Free of inhibitions, unrestricted by memories of the previous world, and driven by instinct, children are pure Haters and might well be the deciding factor in the future of the Hater race.

    Linda B says: "WOW!"
    "Shouldn't have done it."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Moody's first in this series was, at least to me, unique in its concept and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This second book, however, didn't nearly engage me like the first, and, in fact, seems in concept much like McCameron's Swan Song or a dozen other apocalyptic novels out there. It's too bad. I hate (no pun intended) to say it, but as wonderful a book as was Haters, I think Moody should have stopped there and gone onto something else. Dog Blood is not a good second installment and I have no desire to purchase the third installment. In fact, I'm getting a little tired of this marketing strategy. Moody is too good for this. Dog Blood is a bomb.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endurance

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Jack Kilborn
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (286)

    The bed and breakfast was hidden in the hills of West Virginia. Wary guests wondered how it could stay in business at such a creepy, remote location, especially with its bizarre, presidential decor and eccentric proprietor. With the event hotel for the national Iron Woman triathlon accidentally overbooked, competitor Maria was forced to stay at the Rushmore. But after checking into her room, she quickly realized she wasn't alone....

    Terri says: "WOW.......GREAT BOOK!!!"
    "Silly"
    Overall

    This book should not be listed under horror. It belongs in comedy. If any of its humor were deliberate, it would have been hilarious and I'd have given it five stars.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Waking Lazarus

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By T. L. Hines
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    Jude Allman has actually died and come back to life - three times. Haunted by paranoia and fearful that life has no purpose or meaning, Jude lurks behind locked doors. But when his heightened senses detect immanent death, Jude tries to rescue the captive prey of a fiendish pedophile.

    Barry says: "I LOVE THIS BOOK!"
    "Not thrilled"
    Overall

    If you are like me -- you don't feel that you are overly prejudicial about religion but, at the same time, you don't care to indulge in it -- then, you may find as I have that the promotion of this book to be a bit of a ruse. That is, the description gives the impression that, while it is a "Christian novel," it won't just outright bombard you with religion. But it does. And, by the way, there is no comparing this author to King or Koontz. No comparison at all.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fruitbasket from Hell

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jason Krumbine
    • Narrated By Charles Rohlfs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    "My name’s Alex Cheradon. I’m a private investigator. That means I investigate…private…stuff. I do NOT slay vampires, battle demons, fight zombies or vanquish evil spirits. In fact, you know what? Let’s just strike a line through the whole supernatural genre and call it a big no-no for me, okay? Steven Raines (you know, the man who made billions making an operating system that out-Microsoft-ed Microsoft?) hired me to look for his missing daughter."

    Stuart says: "I wanted to like this book...really"
    "No"
    Overall

    If you're looking for good supernatural noir, don't look here. If you're looking for good comedy, don't look here. It ought to be both, but it's not. Rather, as someone else mentions, it's annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jesse Bullington
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    The year is 1364. Hungry creatures stalk the dark woods of medieval Europe, and both sea and sky teem with unspeakable horrors. There is no foulness, however, no witch nor demon, to rival the grave-robbing twins Hegel and Manfried Grossbart. This is their tale, sad but true.

    Ambrose says: "Best Listen Since Eco's Baudolino"
    "Good short story, bad novel."
    Overall

    The story starts well, takes a few good turns, and could have landed nicely as a fine short story. In stead, the author decided to fluff it up. Too bad.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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