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Jessica

ewa, HI, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Story of O

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Pauline Reage
    • Narrated By Käthe Mazur
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (104)

    O is a young, beautiful fashion photographer in Paris. One day her lover, René, takes her to a château, where she is enslaved, with René's approval, and systematically sexually assaulted by various other men. Later, René turns O over to Sir Stephen, an English friend who intensifies the brutality. But the final humiliation is yet to come.

    Kimberly says: "This is not 50 Shades"
    "Sadness..."
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    Would you listen to Story of O again? Why?

    I probably would


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The story in its self is just sad. While I didnt hate the book there is nothing erotic about the story.


    What aspect of Käthe Mazur’s performance would you have changed?

    nothing? She did fine.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It was nice to have a break to absorb the depth of what was happening.


    Any additional comments?

    We are all prisons of our own devise...

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  • The Shining

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2366)
    Performance
    (2206)
    Story
    (2224)

    Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

    Kristin says: "Don't expect the movie..."
    "this was a re-read for me"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Shining the most enjoyable?

    I love this book! I read The Shining over 15yrs ago and re-read to freshen my memory in anticipation for Doctor Sleep (I am about half way through & <3 it!) .


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love that the book is different from the movie. <3 <3


    What about Campbell Scott’s performance did you like?

    I don't know if there was any one thing about the performance that stood out, good or bad. No complaints! :)


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    laugh or cry??? no.... but scare the hell out of me yes!


    Any additional comments?

    very much worth the credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insomnia

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Eli Wallach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1088)
    Performance
    (745)
    Story
    (750)

    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".

    KB says: "King lover very disappointed - NO Spoilers"
    "could drag out at times..."
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    Where does Insomnia rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would say safely on the "like" side :)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Insomnia?

    I really hate this question. It is almost always impossible to answer without giving away the juicy goods!


    Did Eli Wallach do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    His voice fit perfectly in my opinion. I could clearly distinguish the characters by their mood & emotions carried out in his voice. Bravo Eli Wallach :) Nicely read!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book dragged on in a few places. So if you get easily distracted during the dry moments this might not be a read for you. Plus I was left with several unanswered questions. I had to go back and listen to several chapters again to keep up. A few chapters seemed to run together in a blur. BUT... over all I liked the book. I love how it forces you to question your perception of awareness.


    Any additional comments?

    It is worth the credit! But be prepared for a few dry (maybe repetitious is a better word) moments.

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  • Needful Things: The Last Castle Rock Story

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    Overall
    (926)
    Performance
    (674)
    Story
    (677)

    A new store has opened in the town of Castle Rock, Maine. It has whatever your heart desires...if you're willing to pay the price. In this chilling novel by one of the most potent imaginations of our time, evil is on a shopping spree and out to scare you witless. Presented unabridged and read by the author.

    Jaimie says: "A good book and narration"
    "Brilliant, classic King... But"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Needful Things to be better than the print version?

    I would have to say I liked actually reading the book vs audio. I love when King narrates his books and using music is a common prop during his readings BUT... the music was loud at times, (which wasn't the main reason for not liking it) and corny??? That is the word that comes to mind when it was played. Almost out of place. Maybe that only makes sense to me??? lol Either way the few issues I had with the music wouldn't stop me from listening again. Like most King books its kind of slow to start but thats why we love King right??? all the details and time he invests in setting up every character. I often wonder what 1 day in his head feels like. Kudos S.K.!


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the credit

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dolores Claiborne

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frances Sternhagen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (304)

    Dolores Claiborne's elderly employer dies suddenly, apparently from falling down a flight of stairs. This tragedy sparks memories of the day Dolores' husband died...the day of the total eclipse. Suspected by police and townspeople alike, she delivers a story of a disintegrating marriage, and the breaking point reached by a docile woman.

    Sandra M Irwin says: "A Great Listen!"
    "movie vs the book... I liked the movie better"
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    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Frances Sternahagen?

    yes if course! although I said the movie was better I still loved the book. I think my biggest problem was I saw the movie first. either way defiantly worth the read! rarely does Stephen kings book disappoint.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I guess seeing the movie first always ruins it some. What I missed most was the daughter actually being there. And Kathy Bates voice.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when she whoops that s.o.b. of a husband upside the head and no longer takes his crap.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    it is a movie :) and yes I've seen it.


    Any additional comments?

    I kinda wish Kathy Bates would of been the one reading me the story. while I liked the narrator and I think she did Delores justice, I still kept seeing Kathy Bates in my head.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bag of Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2415)
    Performance
    (1017)
    Story
    (1023)

    Even four years after the sudden death of his wife, best selling novelist Mike Noonan can't stop grieving, nor can he return to his writing. He moves into his isolated house by the lake, which becomes the site of ghostly visitations, ever-escalating nightmares, and the sudden recovery of his writing ability. What are the forces that have been unleashed here - and what do they want of Mike Noonan?

    Amazon Customer says: "My Favorite King Novel"
    "there was nothing I didn't love about this book!!!"
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    If you could sum up Bag of Bones in three words, what would they be?

    addicting! addicting! addicting!


    What other book might you compare Bag of Bones to and why?

    honestly The Shining comes to mind. mainly because the house is alive in both and the way the characters relate and experience the ghosts.


    What about Stephen King’s performance did you like?

    everything! bravo Mr. King! your narration brought the story to life! plus I loved the background music that helped you feel the moment.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I think most will say when madie (not sure if that's how it's spelled in the book) dies. which is very moving, but for me it was when Joe's true intentions where revealed. when he realized every move he made his entire life hasn't really been his own. I felt that.


    Any additional comments?

    omg! LOVED! LOVED! LOVED! this book! this will definitely be a re-read! as always Stephen King delivers!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thoughtless

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By S. C. Stephens
    • Narrated By Rebekkah Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (810)
    Performance
    (761)
    Story
    (773)

    For almost two years now, Kiera’s boyfriend, Denny, has been everything she’s ever wanted: loving, tender, and endlessly devoted to her. When they head off to a new city to start their lives together - Denny at his dream job and Kiera at a top-notch university - everything seems perfect. Then an unforeseen obligation forces the happy couple apart. Feeling lonely, confused, and in need of comfort, Kiera turns to an unexpected source - a local rock star named Kellan Kyle. At first, he’s purely a friend she can lean on, but as her loneliness grows, so does their relationship. And then one night everything changes....

    Candateshia Pafford says: "What a shocker!"
    "I felt every emotion"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is such a well written book. The way the author poetically described the emotions of every character I defiantly would recommend this book <3


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved all of it!


    Have you listened to any of Rebekkah Ross’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't, this was the first... but I have no doubt this will not be the last!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were several! I even cried a few times. Truly everything about this story was not only believable but very intense.


    Any additional comments?

    love! love! love! this book! definitely a re-read! or listen :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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