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William

High Point, NC, USA | Member Since 2004

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  • Requiem for an Assassin: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (938)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (283)

    If you had to kill three people to save your best friend's life, would you do it? When John Rain decides to get out of the business, his hand is forced by rogue CIA operative Jim Hilger. Hilger kidnaps Dox, Rain's trusted partner and closest friend, and offers Rain a choice: carry out a final assignment, or bear the responsibility for Dox's murder.

    Matthew says: "An ear full and a mind full"
    "Brick + Thriller = Great"
    Overall

    Narration: Scott Brick is perhaps the single best narrator I keep coming back to. Like Orson Scott Card wrote in a recent column, I seem to listen to books merely because of his narration of them. Thanks to Brick, I'm now acquainted with the excellent hitman fiction writing of Eisler.

    Characters are well drawn, complex, breathing with life and conflict. Angst for angst's sake is kept to a minimum, and Eisler just tells us a story, and hopes that we can hang on for the ride.

    The story is potent, believable, and well-constructed. Wheels within wheels.

    Thanks for the nice ride and I'd recommend this book.

    My only reservation is the thoughtful use of vulgar language. While I myself don't have a problem with it, watch it if you listen to this with your kids on the way to daycare. The F-bombs might be a problem with their fellow toddlers [ thankfully, I don't write about that from personal experience ].

    8 of 9 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
    (9310)
    Performance
    (4285)
    Story
    (4311)

    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."
    "Long, Tense, Epic, Win"
    Overall

    I came to Stephen King as an adult, pooh-poohing his work as an adolescent. His recent novels have been nothing short of astonishing parellels to his earliest work that people are now coming around to find worthy of praise. However, I see comments decrying the foul language, and miscasting of people of faith. It boils down to this one fact, borne out by the excellent narration of Raul Esparza: the characters MUST tell their own story. If they curse, or are hypocrites, or are vile scumsucking hummer drivers, then that's what they are. As a Christ-follower, I see plenty of people in church who are "sick" as Big Jim is. King tells stories that real people could in fact, live in. It's what makes his work compelling and something we are drawn to again and again. The richness and detail of drawing a character like Big Jim, or Barbie, or the host of others. Why rail against reality? It is the sweater we are given.

    The Narration is fantastic with great accent work, as well as clear pronunciation and no gotcha's. The text is long, but is as long as needs must. As for the story, it will stick with me a long time. For a "pulp" writer, this is deeper material than many would find. Here's hoping more members of future ka'tets are found in these worlds, and if not, we had a great ride. Mr King: thanks for the ticket.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4754)
    Performance
    (1456)
    Story
    (1446)

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "Great narration, great work"
    Overall

    I think there were a lot of people who mourned the potential retirement of Stephen King, and initially, I wasn't one of them. Then I uncovered my own fascination with "The Tower" and all things associated with it. Now, as I've ventured to listen or read his non-Tower works, I find there's a brilliance and color to them all, and indeed, sometimes, even a little sweetness and light. But, just a little. Duma Key has pieces of it, but only enough to shatter your heart into bits of glass. It's astonishingly good, and while it's not the audio equivalent of a page turner, I found myself not wanting to turn my ipod off. To me, this is one of the best audio versions of King since perhaps The Talisman or Black House. I'd like to think that if a Dark Tower 8 ever comes that old man Wireman might make an appearance, somehow, or that maybe Libbet joins the cast in some way, or Edgar brings the chum, the friend, with him and sits at the right hand of Roland. In fact, there's a little ka-tet in here, just not referred by name, but the concept is there, and implemented well. Not his absolute pinnacle, but man, am I glad that King is still writing, still scratching the itch and unable to put the typewriter away.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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