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"The List" held the excellent, subtle humor, and puns we have all learned to love. J.A. Konrath is a natural when it comes to comic relief...even in the most depraved of human conditions. The plot was imaginative and unique. He provided characters who were fun, annoying, and likeable - all at the same time.
Well, after the long climatic portion - the resolution seemed to be a bit rushed. However, I think it may have been necessary to the discovery revealed. That revelation, at the very end of the novel (partly before, if you were paying attention), was excellent. Konrath, actually leaves the reader wanting more by revealing less. I think some authors may have extended the ending to discuss more about the "discovery." This would have left a cliffhanger of some sort ; however, the absolute "NEED TO KNOW," is so much greater through Konrath's method. * I hope that was detailed enough; yet, vague enough, as to not spoil anything.
What a great Narrator! His voice was great for all the parts. He is very talented and refreshing. There is always the "Dick Hill battle," going on. I have nothing against Dick Hill's narrations, except two things: 1. I feel he has been type cast into the character of Jack Reacher. 2. At times, he gives the impression that he is an improv actor, and is purposely acting foolish in his own narration of a character. As if he is making a joke out what the character is saying, and integrating it into his narration.
So, with all that said...Props to Benjamin L. Darcie. The only thing I noticed, was that Abe seemed to sound African American at times. As if the voices of Roy and Abe, were too similar.
"The List" - A group of people all connected by a mysterious tattooed number. The connection: All part of a lineage of great leaders, inventors, and killers.
"ANY ADDITIONAL COMMENTS!?" =)
J.A. Konrath and Benjamin L. Darcie are brilliant with their reincarnation of "Jack the Ripper." I was not aware of the speech pathology, he was afflicted with. For such a "bad guy," his character was one of my favorites. Great job!
The story is well written, entertaining, and keeps the reader focused. Unfortunately, the narrator does not differentiate well among the character voices and the recording quality has major volume changing issues. One should never be startled from the story to the point of having the turn the volume down.
One of Barclays' better novels. The plot is twisted but able to be followed without frustration. A unique story involving mental illness and the struggles of such on a person and his family. A well thought out story with a great ending!
Overall, a well-developed story which keeps you engaged and wanting more. However, the ending is anticlimactic and not quite believable. It feels like the author was in a rush to the finish line and could not develop a suitable plot twist; instead, taking a poorly chosen shortcut.
Great narration and well defined character voices.
With all of that said...It is a good audio book; definitely worth the money and time.
This seemed to be the only book with promise; until after a few short chapters. Then it became obvious that Sandra Brown likes to write bedtime stories.
Unwilling to continue torturing myself, to uncover the "Best Kept Secrets;" I stopped listening after 2 or 3 chapters. Another horrible Sandra Brown title!
This book, as well as the other two Sandra Brown titles I purchased, are horrible. I have never been so bored and easily distracted. Perhaps Sandra Brown is not as great of a writer as made out to be. I hope Audible will allow a refund on these, relatively inexpensive, Kindle Whispersync for Voice add-ons.
I honestly tried! Again and again, I would go back a chapter or so and try to pay more attention. Not sure how far I made it, since the narrator seems to be announcing random numbers from the local lotto, at the start of a section: "4 - 22 - 2 - 8 ." What??? The storyline is confusing enough; wait...I am not sure if there is a storyline.
I couldn't keep track of the character names, the present/past, nor even the gender of the character.
Unless, you enjoy LONG, painfully narrated stories, with gender neutral character voices, and no easy way to keep track of time (both in reality and in the story); do not buy this title.
Usually, Peter Straub is a superb writer; I'm not certain if it is one of Stephen King's pen names or a co-writer for certain titles. Either way, this book (the 6 hours I actually heard) is dreadful.
I have always preferred the Audible.com audio Edition to Print, if is "Unabridged." However, I wouldn't say 'better.' The advantage to the print Edition, is the ability to continue improving one's reading capabilities and also, the enjoyment of having character voices/identity developed in the imagination.
Audiobooks take away the, "sit by the fire with a good book." They make us lazy, in everyday reading; yet provide an entertainment outlet, I find more enjoyable than TV. You can listen to an Audiobooks while sleepy, in bed; and fall asleep as it were like someone was reading you a bedtime story. With paper novels, there usually comes a time, when you have to just put the book away; yet you are still stuck with the racing thoughts of the day.
Finally, Audiobooks create a character's voice, personality, and subtle imaginative identities, that are hard to rid yourself of, if trying to read a paper version afterwards.
The very beginning of the book, (not the author notes). The immediate excitement, adrenaline rush, foreshadow, and an understanding of a glimpse into the future of the storyline, is a great way for the book to start. I WAS HOOKED, truly, from the beginning.
For me - It is obviously the main character. I suppose I remember from H.S. English, the Protagonist of the storyline. The most ironic part of the book; however, is that the Protagonist was his very own Antagonist. However, when push comes to shove; the "villainous 'Company," is actually carrying at the role of Protagonist. I LOVE IT! The infamous, yet seldom seen: "Who should I look at as the good guys?"
The book, constantly reminds us of our mortality, and the ever ticking clock. However, to spare my family and friends the suffering and eventual "possibly, slow death;" is selfish, in addition to being stoic. As I said before, a living will, basically takes all decision making out of the hands of our family, and directs the doctors what to do. While this seems like a protective maneuver for your family and friends, from making tough decisions; it also makes them powerless in being there are caring for a loved one. Our clocks tick to fast as they are, nudging the second hand forward, doesn't seem right.
One of the best reads on Audible, thus far. Moves forward at a mind blowing pace, and is well-written. The storyline is developed carefully, as to foreshadow; yet not give away too much before it is time. It is one of those books, written so well by the author; with such free creativity - it makes you realize the sad conclusion: There will never be another book, just like it. I feel as if someone treated me to the best slice of German Chocolate Cake, shredded the only copy of the recipe, and suddenly died.
Of course, I will read another Stephen King Book; the other contributors - I have absolutely no idea. I have always been an avid Stephen King reader. Always King or Koontz. However, this book of short stories led me to believe that my ADHD medication wasn't working anymore. There were a few good stories. However, on a whole, I kept having to rewind and listen again...I had gotten side tracked and could not keep up with the story line; frustrating to say the least.
My next listen will probably me a Koontz novel. I try to alternate. However, the story of Attwood Turner Brown? Was that his name? Was awesome!! I really wish King would write or publish another. I don't know if there is just the one short story - Involving the Boy on the Roof, bringing lunch and the entire "Missing Child" Novel; however, if there are more, with him as a bad guy - I'd love to read them!! My favorite, and in my opinion, Stephen King's most SUPERIOR read is "Under the Dome." It had me on a ??? hour Manic listening episode. My goodness. The characters, the narration, the subplots, the "utter desperation" of the story. That book was definitely my Stephen King Favorite to date! I also miss his "Richard Bachman" days of writing. Those are really when he stood out as a unique writer in the Genre! Regulators and Desperation were Classics!
The performance was fine....okay...Nothing that sticks out as bad nor good. I just was so jilted by the stories themselves; I don't even remember the performances.
The "Cat" story and the "Hitchhiker" were the redeemers of the book. Everything else is just a Jambalaya of stories in my mind; I am not sure which plot was part of the other. I have no idea, what the bike story was about. I listened to it twice. Oh, I can't forget the port-o-san man; of course. That was a classic twisted story - only King could come up with...considering I won't even step foot in one to urinate. Perhaps King cured me of my OCD phobia of them. After, the character's experience - I guess, urinating in one, can't be THAT bad. ;-)
This is not meant to be a bashing against Stephen King or his creative works. I think the primary reason is the old adage "You can't judge a book by its cover." I thought I was buying a sweet novel, not a compilation of short stories. (You must admit - It would make a good title, graphic artwork, etc... for a Stephen King Winner!) I was just dissapointed.
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