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Eva

Hardinsburg, IN, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1995)
    Performance
    (1821)
    Story
    (1807)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Cassandra says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "King comes through again!"
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    What did you love best about The Wind Through the Keyhole?

    The story; I was skeptical when I first heard what this book was to be about. I have read the Dark Tower series and wasn't sure that this would play well. However as always King manages to spin you in a web that wraps you up and makes you want to continue when you should be doing something else. These characters are old friends and as so often with old friends you're really glad to hear from them again. I find myself hoping that King again finds another story or 12 from those friends.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wind Through the Keyhole?

    There were quite a few; I found myself as lost in Rolands tale as his Ka-Tet did.


    What about Stephen King’s performance did you like?

    It's always a treat to hear the author perform his own works. He has a connection to them that other people don't have. He can hear them in his head in their voices just as he did when writting the story. I think it adds a flavor to it that you can't get with another performer.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moment when the boy realizes that his step father..............ohhhhhh wait you haven't read the book yet hmmmmmmmm. Better not say then. You will know it when you read/listen to it.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is well worth listening to and or purchasing. It's a story full of old friends that you've missed and some new ones that you'll hope to hear from again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deeply Odd: Odd Thomas, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1185)
    Performance
    (1069)
    Story
    (1084)

    How do you make sure a crime that hasn’t happened yet, never does? That’s the critical question facing Odd Thomas, the young man with a unique ability to commune with restless spirits and help them find justice and peace. But this time, it’s the living who desperately need Odd on their side. Three helpless innocents will be brutally executed unless Odd can intervene in time. Who the potential victims are and where they can be found remain a mystery. The only thing Odd knows for sure is who the killer will be: the homicidal stranger who tried to shoot him dead in a small-town parking lot.

    G. House Sr. says: "Oddly Excellent!"
    "I'd take more ODD anytime"
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    Would you listen to Deeply Odd again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to all of the Odd Thomas books again. Dean Koontz has hit a deep well of character that is relatable to just about everyone. Odd Thomas has just the right mix of supernatural (without being over the top), trauma, mystery, comedy and the naivete that makes human being.....................human.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Deeply Odd?

    I think it was on the roof when he saw himself............don't want to ruin it by saying more than that. Leading up to the climax of that moment you find yourself telling him what to do.


    Which character – as performed by David Aaron Baker – was your favorite?

    I LOVE Edie and his potrayal of her is wonderful. I can see her face after his description. The way he becomes Edie matches the description.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I think the end of this one did more so than any other. It made me feel like there is an end coming to the series. I could feel his pain more then before. Not just physical pain but the tiredness that comes with emotional and mental stress.


    Any additional comments?

    I am an avid reader/listener. I love the written word more than most things in life. Rather it's physically read or listened to. It has the power to give or take such a large range of emotions. It has the gift of taking us away to some place else where maybe our lives don't seem as bad in that moment. With that being said I have to say that the Odd Thomas books are by far one of my most favorite series of books. I will truly mourn the passing of this series and rejoice when Odd moves on to the next stage to be with his beloved Stormy. Thank you Mr. Koontz for a character I could get to know, laugh with, laugh at sometimes (although never unkindly), root for and to get to know so completely as Odd Thomas. He's been a true gift.

    To those constant readers if you haven't tried a little Odd in your life you should.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shining

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1581)
    Performance
    (1469)
    Story
    (1490)

    Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

    Kristin says: "Don't expect the movie..."
    "This is not the movie that you're expecting."
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    What did you love best about The Shining?

    The depth of detail. Mr. King always adds those touches that make a character more real in your minds eye. That is the "magic" of any good story. I


    What other book might you compare The Shining to and why?

    I do not compare any book to any other. Simply because they aren't alike. You can say they are part of the same genre, same style......but over all they are different, the experience, the character, the ride if you will.


    Which character – as performed by Campbell Scott – was your favorite?

    I can't say that I preferred one over another.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I hated turning it off. I'd ready if multiple times of course. However the Shining is one of the books that never gets old.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't say this was a truly scary story. To me it was more suspenseful than anything. Watching as a man descends deeper and deeper into madness with the supernatural help of a haunted hotel is creepy, but to me it wasn't horrifying which is what I often seen said of this story. It's well worth the read, reread or listen if you've never checked it out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4686)
    Performance
    (4344)
    Story
    (4354)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Worth the wait!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Doctor Sleep to be better than the print version?

    Oh goodness, can't they both be good? I have to admit there is a strong attraction and fulfillment in holding a book and reading. It has a certain attraction, a calming that no other source of entertainment can quite compare to. However with that being said, audio books allow me to have the time to listen to a book that I may not otherwise have. In our hustle and bustle world, I like many find that we have less time for the pure pleasures of life that such things as reading can provide. I like so many have a long commute to work. I drive an hour one way. With audio that means I get at least two hours a day to listen to a book. To find myself lost in another world. I'm thankful for that two hours, even if it's not the same as it would be to sit down and read a book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Doctor Sleep?

    There were so many; but I think one of the poignant is when Dan finds the first message on his blackboard.


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't before now. He did a great job


    If you could rename Doctor Sleep, what would you call it?

    I don't know that I would rename it even if I could. At first Dr. Sleep seems................odd. But as the book goes on and you see how he's helping people; it becomes quite fitting.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Twilight Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (174)

    They're out there...waiting...watching. Unseen by normal eyes, but all too visible to Slim MacKenzie, a young man blessed - or cursed - by Twilight Eyes.

    Joe says: "Highly Entertaining"
    "So much more than I'd bargained for!"
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    Where does Twilight Eyes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the top 10 for sure, maybe closer to the top 5. This book was much more than I'd bargained for.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked Joel and Rya (sp) character. They are both great in completely different and distinct ways. I think they made the main character more alive and viable. Slim is a great character, but needs the richness of strong supporting characters.


    Have you listened to any of Malcolm Hillgartner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't had the pleasure. I wasn't sure at first if I would like Mr. Hillgartner's reading but after a very short time I began to hear Slim. When Joel entered the picture I think is when Mr. Hillgartner won me over. His portrayal of Joel was exceptional. It matched the voice I head to a T.


    Who was the most memorable character of Twilight Eyes and why?

    There were several who stayed with me. Joel, Rya, Jelly. They were all very strong characters who lent to the story and the main character.


    Any additional comments?

    I was a little disappointed to find that Mr. Koontz hadn't followed this story line up. According to the copy right information I would have thought there were at least one or two follow ups. I know that sometimes characters stay hidden from the author. The window to their world closed and the curtains drawn. I would have hoped however that Mr. Koontz had found his way back to Slim's home. I'll keep my eyes open just in case!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2287)
    Performance
    (2126)
    Story
    (2129)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Christopher Barnes says: "D*mn near flawless"
    "Not in his dad's shadow"
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    What made the experience of listening to NOS4A2 the most enjoyable?

    The fact that while the genre tends to be in the same ball field as his dad they tend to be playing diffent games in the metaphorical sense. I love that while some aspect seemed to be taking you along the course you thought you were gonna go, suddenly you go around a corner and whoops we weren't where you thought you were gonna be at all. NOS4A2 had an essence of innocense fractured, lost and refound even if slightly damaged that I found enchanting in a bloody mess sort of way; frankly isn't that the best kind. It is after all the basis of most childhood nightmares. This is those childhood nightmares all dressed up and brought out for the grown folks. After all what is a parents worse fear after all? Not being able to save their child from that monster that wants to take them away never to be seen again. What nightmares erupt from not knowing where those children go? Ok enough kiddies, want more buy it lol.


    What other book might you compare NOS4A2 to and why?

    WOW, really I can't say that I would want to compare it to any other book. It has similar componants to alot of differnt stories in one way or another; but not enough to say it is comparable. Joe Hill has done a wonderful job of putting a story out there that stands alone on it's many little feet.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Mulgrew – was your favorite?

    Vic, I understand that character on alot of levels as I am a mother as well and went through a situation where my child was lost to me for a time. Joe Hill hit that nail on the head far closer than he could ever realize it unless they were unfortunate to have gone through something like that himself.


    Who was the most memorable character of NOS4A2 and why?

    Vic, Lou, Manx, Bing.............those are probably the 4 most memorable.


    Any additional comments?

    Not sure I like the relationship that develops toward the end. Don't want to ruin anything for anyone that may not have read this yet. If you haven't though you really should! Today!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Daylight War: The Demon Cycle, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (964)
    Performance
    (884)
    Story
    (884)

    In this heart-stopping installment of the Demon Cycle, humanity continues to struggle against the demon plague - even as survivors hold out hope that the Deliverer will save them all. On the night of the new moon, the demons rise in force, seeking the deaths of two men, both of whom have the potential to become the fabled Deliverer, the man prophesied to reunite the scattered remnants of humanity in a final push to destroy the demon corelings once and for all.

    Mike Naka says: "awesome! left me wanting more, more, more!"
    "I AM NOT A HAPPY CAMPER - I DONT WANNA WAIT!!!!!!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Daylight War the most enjoyable?

    This is one of the most exciting series I've run into in quite sometime. It's captured me in a way I was not ready for in the slightest. I am chomping at the bit to get the next installment of this series. I love the twists and turns, especially the ones you don't see coming.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh, I go between characters at different times. I really like Jardear sometimes, Alisha Paper sometimes, Arlen almost always lol.


    Have you listened to any of Pete Bradbury’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't other than this series. I really like listening to him. He does a very good job.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did on many levels. I've laughed in many places. I find my self talking to the characters and telling them they are silly or what I would have done. I find some of the small victories and larger ones of the characters feeling like victories of people I know. It's a very well written series for that.


    Any additional comments?

    Peter needs to hurry up with the next installment. I don't want to wait any longer! If you haven't read this series, do yourself a favor and read it. It is well worth the time the credit and the read. If you don't have a credit, pay for it. You will not regret the cost. I would whole heartedly recommend these books however you have to get them............well short of theft, go to the library instead!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Warded Man

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2097)
    Performance
    (1466)
    Story
    (1477)

    Peter V. Brett has won accolades from critics, fans and fellow authors alike for this riveting debut novel. The Warded Man features a world where demons stalk the night, hunting humans who have long forgotten the magic of their ancestors. But all is not lost, as some hold out hope that a savior will release humanity from the demons' terrifying reign.

    Meloney says: "Brilliant"
    "From out of the blue, I find the warded man."
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    If you could sum up The Warded Man in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, Well written, Priceless


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked Arlin and the journey he has to take to become the warded man. I was so sorry to hear this book end. First thing I did was to see if there were more. Luckily there are two more whooohoooo! I love how well this is written, and how ever day it is. I can't wait to hear the other two.


    What about Pete Bradbury’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job of keeping the characters seperate. I found that his narration didn't impede the story. He did a great job!


    Who was the most memorable character of The Warded Man and why?

    They are all really memorable. You really start to invest in them and by so doing into the story. You can't do that with a one dimensional characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is well worth getting and listenting to. It will grab and keep your attention. You find yourself caring about the chacters and what they are going through. Definatly worth trying.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Vampire Archives: The Most Complete Volume of Vampire Tales Ever Published

    • UNABRIDGED (61 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Otto Penzler (editor), Kim Newman (foreword), Neil Gaiman (preface), and others
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Jonathan Cowley, Erik Davies
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (164)

    The Vampire Archives is the biggest, hungriest, undeadliest collection of vampire stories, as well as the most comprehensive bibliography of vampire fiction ever assembled. Dark, stormy, and delicious, once it sinks its teeth into you there’s no escape.

    Kang says: "Fabulous!"
    "This caught my attention and held it!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I got this merely for the genre and the length. I am not typically a huge "vampire" fan. Other medias have worn me out with the same old portrayals and analysis of the legend. But it was days long and I figured I would find at least a couple of stories that would be worth hearing. I usually listen on my way to and from work. I have an hour drive each way. I have a 16 year old son who's very socially active, a 4 year old grandson who keeps me running and a full time job. Those things unfortunatly have robbed me of my much loved reading time. That's when I found audible. While it wasn't reading, it did allow me to listen to books and that was better than nothing. When I started this, I started it with the expectation of the same old vampire steals in sucks girls blood may or may not change and or kill her while people chase him to kill him. I couldn't have been more wrong. There are stories here that captured my attention and held it in a way I would have never expected. Everything from the usual vampire tales straight forward in nature. Then there are stories that you have to remind yourself it's a vampire story. Then there are the ones that are so subtle that you find yourself destracted in a way that you'd never expected. I've found so many authors in this archive that I'd over looked, hadn't heard of or frankly never considered my type of author. LOL I guess that lends to the whole book by the cover thing doens't it lol. If you like a good story, if you like straight in your face or a more subtle nuance in a story; this book is for you.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The uniqueness of the stories. From the bold and expected to the unexpected and subtle stories.


    Have you listened to any of the narrators’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have and so often the narrotor is judged on the story. This is that way as well. If you like the narrator doing one story you may not care so much for them doing a different one. But you will find something you like.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved loved loved Popsy. It's such a simple straight forward story. You find yourself feeling sorry for the child and understanding that in this instance the vampire isn't the "bad guy". The bad guy is the non vampire, the human who would sacrifice a small child for an addiction he can't understand or beat. It moves quite nicely and keeps you interested. There are actually alot of stories like Popsy. It's really hard to say just this one or that one. I think Popsy stands out to me because of the visuals that my mind created with the telling. Plus I have kids and isn't that one of a parents greatest fears?


    Any additional comments?

    This book is truly worth the credits and more. It gave me hours and hours of enjoyment. However more importantly it showed me not to judge a book by the cover, the author by a previous story or a narrator by his last job. If you like supernatural stories, rather you prefer hot blood spashed across your face or that tingle at the base of your neck from something you can't see, I promise you will find more and more in this book to like than you ever thought you could. GET IT NOW! :-)

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Apocalypse: An Odd Thomas Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1974)
    Performance
    (1735)
    Story
    (1735)

    Once presided over by a flamboyant Hollywood mogul during the Roaring ’20s, the magnificent West Coast property known as Roseland is now home to a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants. And, for the moment, it’s also a port in the storm for Odd Thomas and his traveling companion, the inscrutably charming Annamaria. In the wake of Odd’s most recent clash with lethal adversaries, the opulent manor’s comforts should be welcome. But there’s far more to Roseland than meets even the extraordinary eye of Odd, who soon suspects it may be more hell than haven.

    D says: "Odd Apocalypse; Oddly Great"
    "Koontz strikes again!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Odd Apocalypse to be better than the print version?

    I'm not sure if I would say it's better or worse. It's certainly an easier method for my busy life. I like being able to keep up on my reading even when I find time is scarce. This allows me to do that.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    In this book..............Probably Odd. He is such a mixture of dark and light. Of doom and hope. I love how this character is protrayed.


    Have you listened to any of David Aaron Baker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, and I must say I am looking forward to hearing more from him.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It did make me laugh. This book is Odd Thomas growing up for me. All of the books are full of contradictions of one thing or another and this one is no different. However the tone of it is more in depth. I loved the way pop culture was used throughout the book. So many of these were the flavor that added depth of feel to it. For anyone who feels like Dean Koontz can't right a book to keep you on the edge of your seat trying to figure things out. You need to read this one. I can't wait for the next Odd Thomas book!


    1 of 1 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
    (599)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (226)

    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"
    "Oddly thought provoking"
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    If you could sum up Haunted in three words, what would they be?

    This is hard, three words.......I guess I'd have to stay with the headline. Oddly Thought Provoking!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the huge variations that always end up bringing you to the same place.


    Who was the most memorable character of Haunted and why?

    I was prepared for grossness, I was prepared for vileness to an extent that I had never seen before (yep I read the reviews lol). I wasn't prepared however for the thought provoking nature of some of the stories. It does have some elements of disgustingness, There are some stories that made me quite uncomfortable at times. I had to shake my head at some of the things that were going on. However at the end of the day what I walked away with was thoughful reflection. Partly because some of the stuff is so out there that you have to wonder if there are people like that in the world. You always come around to yes unfortunatly.....at least I did. Partly because the stories, make you think about the depth of people's hate for themselves, for each other and society. You almost find yourself hoping that you can find some redeeming factor in these people and their stories. I found myself asking.......Did they get what they deserved? Or is it a case of these people were so mentally unstable and desprately looking for something they were willing to accept anything. If you don't mind being uncomfortable and a little grossed out and alot stunned at the depths of depravity these characters show you will enjoy this book. If you prefer something a little lighter for an afternoon of quiet then you probably won't. I do not agree that this book is not for people who read Koontz and Patterson as one review read. I read both of those authors as well as this one. I do think it's important that you keep it in perspective for what it is. Take it out for a spin, do some thinking on it. I am sure that you'll walk away with a different perspective than you started with.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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