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Jackie

meridian, ID, United States

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  • Horns: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1153)
    Performance
    (745)
    Story
    (750)

    Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache, and a pair of horns growing from his temples. At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances.

    bet says: "people are funny"
    "Excellent book and narrator!"
    Overall

    After listening to Heart Shaped Box, I decided to find out more about the author and listened to Horns. It was really a unique story with well-developed characters. It starts off with the hero waking up with a pair of horns and describes what happens when he starts interacting with people around him, then moves on to detail how he wound up in that predicament for much of the book. I like the way it is laid out, since it keeps you guessing and also becomes a bit of a romance as well as a mystery, fantasy, and horror book. Joe Hill writes very well, and the book kept me involved all the way through. I can see why more conservative Christians might be uncomfortable with it, since it questions a lot of orthodox thought, but really don't understand why someone who might be uncomfortable with a "devil" as a protagonist would purchase a book called Horns with a pitchfork on the front. Before reading this, I'd been making my way back through old Stephen King favorites, and although I didn't realize Hill was his son until listening to Horns, their writing styles are somewhat similar, and it was a good transition. Like much of King's work, the ending left me craving more. It was a decent ending, just missed it when it was gone and am looking forward to Hill's next work. The narrator was perfect for it, and most of the time I didn't notice him in a good way, though yes, one voice was a little "crusty" for a female...overall excellent.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Host: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5126)
    Performance
    (2735)
    Story
    (2773)

    Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

    Keith says: "Great story in a genre only touched upon before"
    "Good premise, could have been more interesting"
    Overall

    I liked the beginning and the premise, but got bored very quickly with the whiny characters and redundant plot...tired of the main character(s) running around in a cave and getting beaten up repeatedly with sappy dialog over a romantic interest without any real motivation given for that interest. It would have been better as a short story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Good Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4132)
    Performance
    (2604)
    Story
    (2635)

    The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing and everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except that a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist.

    Lauren says: "Great voice adds to already amazing story"
    "Wonderful fun book...will listen again!"
    Overall

    This is one of my favorite books...I wish the authors would collaborate again. They created really fun and interesting characters, a very interesting plot, and really witty dialog. The narrator was ideal for it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Santa & Pete: A Novel of Christmas Present and Past

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 26 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore, Pamela Johnson
    • Narrated By Delroy Lindo
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Who would ever guess that the beloved legend of Santa Claus involves a seldom-told tale of faith and friendship between two men -- one white and one black? Long ago, Santa Claus had an African partner named Pete and together they brought the spirit of Christmas to America's first settlers. These two forever changed the way families celebrate the holiday. But through the years, Pete's contribution was forgotten.

    Kim says: "Not what I was expecting but still good"
    "Wonderfully done family story."
    Overall

    This story was really beautifully narrated and a sweet family story. It would be great to listen to around the fire at Christmas with family or on a road trip, and although it's great for kids, it's well written and original and will draw in adults as well. Having read, and listened to, everything by Moore, I can say that the G rated nature is unlike his normal, but the excellent depth of story and characters are what I expect from him. I'm interested to see what else Pamela Johnson has written.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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