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R. Van Fleet

Love peace and chicken grease

MD | Member Since 2012

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  • The Shining

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2172)
    Performance
    (2023)
    Story
    (2044)

    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..."
    "Difficult to get through, could finish"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Big King fans might enjoy this reading


    Has The Shining turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It has turned me off to the performer and potential other King books


    What didn’t you like about Campbell Scott’s performance?

    Boring


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6270)
    Performance
    (5852)
    Story
    (5875)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    D says: "He got the idea from a near traffic accident"
    "Good concept and a fun "listen" but.."
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    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    Overall I enjoyed this story and found myself listening to it in addition to my normal listening time (traveling and working). That being said I found myself caring less about the story, becoming annoyed with characters, and becoming bored with the dialogue as the story progressed.

    I love the concept of the story and thought it fairly well executed, at least early one. However, the character were fairly flat and cliche, the angst young adult (the hero), the "french" underground revolutionary, the hickish muscle, and the cold/disinterested love interest. The story was fairly predictable towards the conclusion and the overuse of "Sparks" as a curse, cause me to lose some interest and I really just wanted the book to conclude.

    That all being said it was a fun listen and I will probably checkout the follow up.

    Don't expect anything groundbreaking or enlightening, but you can expect to be reasonable entertained.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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