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Pete

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  • Stranger in a Strange Land

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2471)
    Performance
    (1055)
    Story
    (1067)

    Stranger in a Strange Land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, an earthling born and educated on Mars, who arrives on Earth with superhuman powers and a total ignorance of the mores of man. Smith is destined to become a freak, a media commodity, a scam artist, a searcher, and finally, a messiah.

    Harris says: "A Parable for the Ages"
    "Very very good"
    Overall

    It has been years since I read any Heinlein. I must say that "Starnger in a Strange Land" deserves its position as one of the SF greats. The story has aged extremely well and is just as relevant today as it ever was. It is a great story which challenges social convention, accepted norms and humanities place in the scheme of things.

    Highly recommended this book.

    PS: The reader does very well too

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Friday

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Robert A. Heinlein
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (59)

    Jim says: "The narrator is stunningly wrong for this book!"
    "Enjoyable but dated"
    Overall

    I did enjoy this story but it is a little slow. Another thing that I found tiresome by the end was the incredible sexism. I hadn't read any Heinlein books since I was a teen and I was surprised by his paternalistic sexist attitudes. Constantly attributing a connection between sex and emotions as unenlightened and childish was tedious. Likewise his treatment of the main character.

    However I know some people will simply point out that the book was written 25 years ago by a person who grew up in a different era (whatever!).

    Anyway Robert Heinlein is a good writer for all that. Worth a read / listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Exorcist

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By William Peter Blatty
    • Narrated By William Peter Blatty
    Overall
    (398)
    Performance
    (92)
    Story
    (89)

    Now in theaters, a re-release of the classic horror flick The Exorcist is promising to be scarier than ever. Restored by the film's director, William Friedkin, the new cut includes a full reel of previously unreleased footage, eliminated before the film's first release. To prepare for the frightening film, listen to the audiobook version, read by the author.

    Parusski says: "Why did I wait so long to read the book?"
    "Outstanding"
    Overall

    I bought this audiobook because it got great reviews by others. Having listened to it now I am very impressed. The writing is exceptional and the Author does a fantastic job as reader. This is a great work of fiction and I highly recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Haunted

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Marc Cashman, Erik Davies, and others
    Overall
    (598)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (225)

    Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk is a novel made up of stories: 23 of them, to be precise. Twenty-three of the most horrifying, hilarious, mind-blowing, stomach-churning tales you'll ever encounter, sometimes all at once. They are told by people who have answered an ad headlined "Writers' Retreat: Abandon Your Life for Three Months", and who are led to believe that here they will leave behind all the distractions of "real life" that are keeping them from creating the masterpiece that is in them.

    Dominique says: "True Horror -- Not for the faint of heart, stomach"
    "I have changed my mind"
    Overall

    I originally wrote a review for this book when I was only half way through it. Well... lets just say that was a mistake. The first story in this collection is disgusting.. but it is by far the "worst" in the book. My advice is to stick with it.

    I found myself fascinated and wanting to know the stories of all the characters. In some ways it was like watching episodes of Lost, when you finally get a flashback sotry for someone new.

    I strongly recommend this book (once you get past the first story)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Something Wicked This Way Comes & A Sound of Thunder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Ray Bradbury
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (191)

    In Bradbury's unforgettable modern Gothic masterpiece, Something Wicked This Way Comes, something evil arrives in a small Midwestern town on the crest of the wind one autumn night. A "dark carnival" with frightening attractions and supernatural characters sets up stakes. It is up to two 13-year-old boys, James Nightshade and William Holloway, to figure out a way to save the souls of the town.

    Sarah says: "Ageless"
    "The foundation for many"
    Overall

    Now I have finally read (listened to) this book its impact on sooo many other stories and ideas can not be denied. This is a cornerstone piece of fiction in my mind.

    By today's standards the story itself has probably lost some of its impact (purely because we expect more horror in our thrills) but this story delivers a great idea combined with valuable life lessons.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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