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Bill

Centerville, GA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 9 reviews
  • 249 ratings
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  • The Long Walk

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (632)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (433)

    On the first day of May, 100 teenage boys meet for a race known as The Long Walk. If you break the rules, you get three warnings. If you exceed your limit, what happens is absolutely terrifying.

    Bill says: "The Amazing, Darker Side of Stephen King"
    "Very Dissapointing"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I am true King fan, I have read them all. This was easily the worst, though I hate to say it. It starts off with a ridiculous premise, then fails to expand on why any of it is that way. I mean think about it- how many people would volunteer for this walk, knowing only one out of a hundred of them will survive? I can't believe anyone really thought this book was scary, instead it was just extremely repetitive and boring. This first hour of my listen was spent thinking that maybe we would be listening to details of three or four long walks... I just couldn't see how only one could be stretched over 10 hours. Boy was I wrong! I can't and don't recommend it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Vendetta

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4452)
    Performance
    (3936)
    Story
    (3953)

    Accountant turned professional monster hunter, Owen Zastava Pitt, managed to stop the nefarious Old Ones' invasion plans last year, but as a result made an enemy out of one of the most powerful beings in the universe. Now an evil death cult known as the Church of the Temporary Mortal Condition wants to capture Owen in order to gain the favor of the great Old Ones.

    Jason says: "Exciting story, well told, with a great villain"
    "Just silly, if you're over 10 yrs old don't bother"
    Overall
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    I can't believe I made it over an hour into this one before hanging it up. Doesn't have anything to do with imagination, it was just silly and predictable nonsense.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catch-22

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joseph Heller
    • Narrated By Jay O. Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1939)
    Performance
    (1012)
    Story
    (1025)

    Catch-22 is set in the closing months of World War II, in an American bomber squadron on a small island off Italy. Its hero is a bombardier named Yossarian, who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he hasn't even met keep trying to kill him. (He has decided to live forever, even if he has to die in the attempt.)

    Phil says: "Phenominal Reading - Story and Damn Funny"
    "It just wasn't for me. Repetitive and nonsensical."
    Overall
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    I read all the glowing reviews, and was so determined that this classic would be one of my best reads ever, but I was disappointed. The best I could do was try to appreciate the comedic effort, and it just plain fell way short. Yes, there were some funny moments that amounted to about 15% of the book, but the majority of the humor was repetitive and nonsensical, like listening to 20 hours of who's on first. I also didn't find the portrayal of most Military personnel as stumbling buffoons very amusing, it ended up just seeming stupid. The bright spot was the excellent narration.Sorry though, can't recommend it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Mary Roach
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1633)
    Performance
    (888)
    Story
    (880)

    Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploration is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? How much weirdness can they take? What happens to you when you can’t walk for a year? Have sex? Smell flowers? What happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk? Is it possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour?

    Roy says: "Everything You Always Wanted to Know - and More"
    "Outstandingly Lame!"
    Overall
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    Story

    Note- This book was a real stinker. End note. I have a terrible habit of having to listen to all of any book I pay for, and I did this one but it WAS a chore. Mind numbingly boring, with a dull monotone narration that drove me nuts. Somehow, any book I listen to with a woman narrator has this woman reading it- I WILL make a note to check in the future! She did seem well suited to the hour plus part about fecal matter. Sheesh, never again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9780)
    Performance
    (4725)
    Story
    (4753)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "Excellent!"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed this classic King, and it was a bargain as well. I don't know what to think about the similarity to the Simpson's movie? LOL, a great listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lucifer's Hammer

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3052)
    Performance
    (1707)
    Story
    (1725)

    The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

    DJM says: "Good story from front to back"
    "What a stinker!!"
    Overall

    Wow. This book is proof that you can't go by the ratings. I don't know where to start- unbelievable story, mind numbing boring first half, ridiculous second half. The narrator is one of the worst I have ever heard, and one more attempt at singing would have resulted in my ipod getting thrown out of the car window. SERIOUSLY, don't waste a credit.

    10 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Finn: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jon Clinch
    • Narrated By Ed Sala
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (19)

    Author Jon Clinch makes his debut with this extraordinary novel that tackles issues of race, slavery, and paternity while delivering a fully fleshed rendering of one of the most notorious characters in the history of American literature: Huckleberry Finn's father. It was more than a century ago that Mark Twain left the notoriously violent Finn dead, surrounded by such oddities as a wooden leg and women's undergarments. As we get to know this troubled man, we meet the people who shape Finn's life.

    Michael says: "Fantastic"
    "Excellent Follow up"
    Overall

    As an adult follow up to the Huck Finn classics, this book is just great and all I wanted it to be.
    It is NOT as alarmingly graphic as other reviewers would have you believe, but yes it is for adult listeners. My Wife and Son both agree with my reason for not adding the fifth star- it jumps around too fast and too much, and you can get confused with the timeline easily. Excellent listen!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Your Heart Belongs to Me

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (956)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (166)

    At 34, Internet entrepreneur Ryan Perry seemed to have the world in his pocket - until the first troubling symptoms appeared out of nowhere. Within days, he's diagnosed with incurable cardiomyopathy and finds himself on the waiting list for a heart transplant; it's his only hope, and it's dwindling fast. Ryan is about to lose it all...his health, his girlfriend Samantha, and his life.

    Serra55 says: "Dangerous Waters"
    "An absolute Stinker"
    Overall

    I can't believe Koontz wrote this, or should I say "phoned it in". No substance at all, unbelievable characters..Wait,I'm being too nice....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower VII

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3515)
    Performance
    (1646)
    Story
    (1667)

    All good things must come to an end, Constant Listener, and not even Stephen King can write a story that goes on forever. The tale of Roland Deschain's relentless quest for the Dark Tower has, the author fears, sorely tried the patience of those who have followed it from its earliest chapters. But attend to it a while longer, if it pleases you, for this volume is the last, and often the last things are best.

    Dawn says: "Unbelieveable"
    "Not Impressed"
    Overall

    The last two books of this series have just lost it, esp. this one. King writing himself into it just put the "hokiness" over the edge for me. I'm not finished with it yet, and may love the ending, who knows. Every time the characters mention King I cringe, how stupid.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful

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