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Fred

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  • Hearts in Atlantis

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King, William Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1017)
    Performance
    (479)
    Story
    (483)

    All the stories in this collection from Stephen King are related to the Vietnam War. King fans will recognize echoes of The Dark Tower series in the collection's first story, "Low Men in Yellow Coats." As the characters develop over the next four stories, King's version of the Vietnam War becomes one of his most frightening tales ever.

    Steve says: "Touching, Funny - Amazingly well written and read."
    "A Trip Down Memory Lane"
    Overall

    For those of us who are Baby Boomers, this book brought back fond memories and some not so fond. The 50's were terrific. We didn't worry about bad people or war. Kids on summer vacation would leave home early morning to play and show up at suppertime. Our parents had no worries about our safety. There were plenty of people like Ted Broadagan, nice people. This extremely well written book by Stephen King reminds us of that time, our first kiss, first love AND the uncertanty of the Viet Nam War years. Some of us fondly reminisce about the 60's and 70's. "The good old days." Some of that time WAS good. This book reminds us of how difficult a time it really was. A lot of us forgot (intentionally and not) what it was like. This book reminds us of a time when a war far off in the rice paddies came close to tearing our country apart. It reminded me of the friends who didn't come back from those rice paddies, the ones who came home in green plastic bags, the ones who came back...changed, some for the better, some not. I lost track of how many times I was listening in tears. This review was not intended to discourage anyone from "reading" the book, quite the contrary. I urge you to get this book and listen to all of it. It's an education of sorts. I hope you enjoy listening to it.

    Thanks for the memories Stephen King.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Macbeth: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By A. J. Hartley, David Hewson
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1345)
    Performance
    (1115)
    Story
    (1112)

    Macbeth: A Novel brings the intricacy and grit of the historical thriller to Shakespeare’s tale of political intrigue, treachery, and murder. In this full-length novel written exclusively for audio, authors A. J. Hartley and David Hewson rethink literature’s most infamous married couple, grounding them in a medieval Scotland whose military and political upheavals are as stark and dramatic as the landscape in which they are played.

    Beverly says: "Narrator choice inspired"
    "A story for every Scotsman"
    Overall

    We were in the areas of Scotland where the story takes place. It was great fun listening to the stories of where we were. What was more fun is that I'm a second generation Scot and listening to the Scottish accent.

    The reader of this book brought me through the Grampians, into the towns of Fores and Inverness and all over nothern Scotland.

    If you're of Scottish descent I highly recommend this book. I really enjoyed it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 2012: The War for Souls

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Whitley Strieber
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (66)

    A mysterious alien presence unexpectedly bursts out of sacred sites all over the world and begins to rip human souls from their bodies, plunging the world into a chaos it has never before known. Courage meets cowardice; loyalty meets betrayal as an entire world struggles to survive this incredible end-all war. Heroes emerge, villains reveal themselves, and in the end, something completely new and unexpected happens that at once lifts the fictional characters into a new life and sounds a haunting real-world warning for the future.

    Patrick says: "Meh..."
    "HMMMM"
    Overall

    Sci-fi as Sci-fi was meant to be. Gets you thinking.

    3 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
    (5102)
    Performance
    (1803)
    Story
    (1792)

    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"
    "Stephen's Got His Groove Back"
    Overall

    After listenting to well over 100 hours of the Dark Tower series and a dissapointing ending, I decided to take a break from King's books for a while.

    Duma Key was the first book since the break and what a book to start in again. King's got his groove back! For me, this is his best book in years! He brought me to Duma Key. I got the $50 tour of the island and Big Pink. Was introduced to Wireman, Jack, Miss Elizabeth and Libbet and got to know them well.

    I listen to the books in the car to make time go by faster. On one ocassion I was so into the book, I missed my exit.

    You won't be sorry you got this book. I may even listen to it again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • It's Superman!

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Tom De Haven
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (85)

    Opening with the young Clark Kent on a date, this novel takes an entirely fresh approach to the emergence of his superpowers and the start of his newspaper career, following him from rural 1930s Kansas across America to Hollywood in its golden age and then to New York City. He meets a worldly Lois Lane and conniving political boss Lex Luthor, and begins his battles against criminal masterminds, mad scientists, and super villains inspired by fascists.

    G. Bledsoe says: "It's Superman!"
    ""It's 1935!""
    Overall

    Tom De Haven and Scott Brick have managed to transport us back to 1935 and introduce us to a different Clark Kent than we've known all these years. A Clark that goes through all the angst just about every teenage boy does. A Lois Lane who's not the pris of the 1950's Superman TV shows. Lois is the liberated woman of today.

    Superman has his doubts about what his legacy will be and how he fits into our world.

    I loved the new 'history lesson' and highly recommend this book to Superman fans who are looking for something different.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkest Evening of the Year

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Kirsten Kairos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1047)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (197)

    Amy Redwing has dedicated her life to the Southern California organization she founded to rescue abandoned and endangered golden retrievers. Among dog lovers, she's a legend for the risks she'll take to save an animal from abuse. Among her friends, Amy's heedless devotion is often cause for concern. To widower Brian McCarthy, whose commitment she can't allow herself to return, Amy's behavior is far more puzzling and hides a shattering secret.

    Fred says: "Dean's got his groove back"
    "Dean's got his groove back"
    Overall

    I've "read" many of Dean Koontz's books, some good, some not so good and then there's this one. Probably one of, if not the best one so far. The story line kept me interested all the way through. I listen to the books in my car and found myself sitting there listening to this book well after getting to many of my destinations. I liked the dog in this book as much as Christopher Snow's dog in 'Fear Nothing'. By the way, where is Christopher Snow?

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Blood and Smoke

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (83)

    This collection of short stories from the master of modern fiction is available only as an audiobook. In Blood and Smoke, Stephen King takes us inside a world of yearning and paranoia, isolation and addiction. It is the world of the smoker. In this audio-only collection, the now politically incorrect habit plays a key role in the fates of three different men.

    Matthew says: "Excellent!"
    "Stick to Writing"
    Overall

    I really enjoyed the story lines. Great reasons to quit smoking. However, as much as I enjoy reading and listening to Stephen King's books, he should stick to writing them and give up reading them for us audio book users. His voice and reading style lacks conviction and convincing.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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