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D. Fruchtman

Dom

Palm Springs, CA | Listener Since 1999

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  • Whispers

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (89)

    Hilary Thomas knew terror as a child, but never anything like this. "He" is hunting her with a sick desire more terrifying than hatred could ever be. And he is in her house again. He is on the stairs, and he can’t be stopped. Hilary killed him once, and he keeps coming back. Again and again....

    Debbie Foreman says: "Worst book I've ever read"
    "Copyright 1980, tone, 1974"
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    When the main character got attacked and wasted time "looking up the phone number for the police", I realized this was pre-911, and apparently pre dial-the-operator-in-an-emergency, too. The character was dumb (I don't mean poorly written, I mean she was an idiot). Supposedly a sophisticated and savvy academy award nominated screenwriter, the victim was so vain, she cleaned herself up after an attack, ruining her credibility. I hate books where you're yelling at your playback device things like, "Don't do that, you moron!"

    I don't need an audio book for that -- I can yell things like that at my TV! Huge disappointment and I agree 100% with other reviewers -- the recording date means nothing. We want to know when the book was written. One of the cops was talking about EST and other 1970s references and it was just too hard to switch gears mid-read. If I'd known going into this that it was written in the 70s, I might have had a different mind frame. Wish I didn't waste a credit or my time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 77 Shadow Street

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (701)
    Performance
    (610)
    Story
    (607)

    Enter the world of the Pendleton: The original owner became a recluse - and was rumored to be more than half mad - after his wife and two children were kidnapped in 1896 and never found. The second owner suffered a worse tragedy in 1935, when his house manager murdered him, his family, and the entire live-in staff.... Craftsmen and laborers working on renovations disappear or go mad.... For years, the Pendleton is a happy place, until a bad turn comes again.... Voices in unknown languages are heard in deserted rooms....

    Carol says: "Disappointing, a total let-down."
    "Great premise, oddly executed (SPOILER ALERT)"
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    There is a website that's so well done and was released weeks before the book, so I couldn't wait for the book to come out. The site is fun if you have a decent graphics card because it allows you to poke around The Pendleton.

    SPOILER ALERT: The premise of this book is that a big, old creepy house with a violent history is situated on a rift of space and time. Every 38 years going both backward in time and forward, a rift occurs, meshing all of the worlds at once.

    It was such a fun and interesting twist on the classic haunted house, I couldn't wait! But there was over a dozen characters and they all seemed to be main characters. That made each person's hopes, dreams, fears and goals tricky to follow and then when one dies on you, you just think, "Well, so much for him and everything he hoped would happen!" and it seemed like a plot point and not a person.

    The narrator's voice just bugged me. I recently listened to 11/22/63 and it was narrated by Craig Wasson, an actor I'm a little fond of but thought, "Audio book narration? No way!" Yes he did an amazing job. Meanwhile, this narrator, Peter Berkrot, just didn't snag me and he did a strange thing, too, which may have been something the director told him to do: He changed his speaking voice depending on who was being talked about.

    Example: When he began narrating about the aging Cupp Sisters (two women in their 80s), his voice got all craggy and "little old lady" sounding (like Granny from Tweety Bird & Sylvester) when he was NOT doing their dialog! Just when he was talking about what they were doing and thinking. And since it was not written in the first person, it was just weird and distracting.

    Over all, I loved the premise, loved the fantasy/futuristic/Orwellian themes it presented, but wish he'd have chosen fewer characters and made their existence mean something in the grand scheme of things.

    If you have a credit about to expire, I recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Code of the Woosters: Jeeves to the Rescue

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By P.G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cecil
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (652)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (283)

    Witty Wodehouses�s best-loved creation is the master-servant team of Bertie Wooster, the charming nitwit, and Jeeves, his effortlessly superior valet and protector. Newsweek says "they are at their best in The Code of the Woosters." Newsweek says "they are at their best in The Code of the Woosters."

    Philip says: "Best Wodehouse narrator"
    "Classic Wooster and Jeeves"
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    I simply love PG Wodehouse and I found myself laughing out loud as I was driving. At one point, Bertie finds himself up against a vicious little Scottie dog and he said, "The dog was giving me the fish eye and muttering under his breath in Gaelic." This sort of wit and humor is timeless and the narrative style of Wodehouse along with the narrator's perfect reading made this a joy. Highly recommended!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crooked House

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Agatha Christie
    • Narrated By Hugh Fraser
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    Sophia Leonides and Charles Hayward fall in love in Egypt during World War II, and vow to meet up again in England. After the war ends, Charles fears their reunion may be interrupted when he sees an obituary for Sophia's grandfather, Aristide, in the newspaper. The death turns out to be anything but ordinary - the rich old man's demise is mired in mysterious circumstances.

    C. Schmidt says: "Well written"
    "Clever, suspense, witty."
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    This was my first Agatha Christie book. I may have read some of her books when I was younger, but none leap to mind. I really enjoyed the suspense and the twists. I recommend this fun read. It's never who you think it is!!

    As a side note, I decided to read Christie after reading the book Christietown, a modern book about a housing development built in the style of Agatha Christie by one of her descendants.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Twilight Zone Radio Dramas: Collection 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Rod Serling, adapted by Dennis Etchison
    • Narrated By Host Stacy Keach, full cast
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Experience one of television's greatest science-fiction series, The Twilight Zone® - fully dramatized for AUDIO! The Twilight Zone® Radio Dramas features a full cast, music and sound effects, and today's biggest celebrities in modern audio dramas of creator Rod Serling's classic scripts. Hosted by Stacy Keach, this collection stars Jim Caviezel, Jane Seymour, James Keach, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Tim Kazurinsky.

    Carl Cravens says: "Radio at its best!"
    "Kids Might Enjoy, Adults May Not"
    Overall

    Being a big fan of the (old) TV series, I had high expectations for this release. Sadly, the writing is so far below par for anything Rod Serling would have been proud to have associated with his name, he is probably rolling over in his grave.

    There is the expected ironic twist to in each story, but anyone with an IQ over 75 can guess what it'll be in the first 5 minutes. Interestingly, and perhaps redeemingly, these stories are easy enough to follow that they may be genuinely enjoyed by children ages 10-15 years old. The subject matter is not that harsh, and the bad guy always gets it in the end.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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