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Pam

Dallas, OR, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • 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
    (2242)
    Performance
    (1978)
    Story
    (1977)

    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"
    "Missing Odd's Charm"
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    Would you try another book from Dean Koontz and/or David Aaron Baker?

    Yes. I love the Odd Thomas series and hope the next one will include more charismatic characters along with the supernatural characters.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure. Maybe I will revisit the first Odd Thomas book.


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

    He's a terrific narrator. I will always identify him as the voice of Odd Thomas.


    Could you see Odd Apocalypse being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, this story was pretty abstract and really did not capture the usual charisma of Odd Thomas or other characters. Maybe the first and second Odd Thomas stories could be made into a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad Dean Koontz did not kill off Odd Thomas. I want more Odd Thomas stories displaying his charm and containing a few characters I can identify with. Maybe a setting that is easily identifiable and the supernatural skills that Odd Thomas possesses.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (6513)
    Performance
    (6038)
    Story
    (6061)

    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"
    "King knocks it out of the park!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommend this book to my friends. King is at his best in this book.


    What other book might you compare Doctor Sleep to and why?

    I had read that the character Dan in Dr Sleep was continued from The Shining. I was compelled to listen to it before Dr Sleep was released to re-familiarize my self with the story and character Danny. I thought this book was better than The Shining.


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    Dan was so relatable in his struggles with alcoholism and charming when he used his supernatural skills for good to help the sick and elderly to "pass over".


    Who was the most memorable character of Doctor Sleep and why?

    Abra who ends up being Dan's niece is the most memorable. Her supernatural talents are stronger than Dan's. She pairs with Dan and they reign triumph over evil (the True Knot).


    Any additional comments?

    Mr King, we want more stories like this please!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Poisonwood Bible

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3182)
    Performance
    (1985)
    Story
    (2003)

    The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them all they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it - from garden seeds to Scripture - is calamitously transformed on African soil.

    Lynda Rains Bonchack says: "A long time coming..........."
    "Great story but lacking in narration."
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to a friend because the characters are rich and unique from one another. I would suggest my friend read the book as the narration is nothing special and does not change between characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Poisonwood Bible?

    One of the many memorable moments of the story was when the village was over run with ants that were painful when they bit. The family scrambled to the river to catch a canoe and they were separated. The natives who were leery of the family, made room for the family on their boats/canoes.


    What didn’t you like about Dean Robertson’s performance?

    This book was read by a woman who I suspected to be Barbara Kingsolver. The narrator did not identify each character with their own voice.


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

    When the mom finally had enough of her overbearing husband's self-righteous alienating pulpit chastising behavior and decided to pack up her remaining girls and leave the Congo.


    0 of 0 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
    (5052)
    Performance
    (1753)
    Story
    (1742)

    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"
    "Duma Key"
    Overall

    I Loved This Book! Stephen King is Back! As usual the characters had depth and were likeable. The setting was inviting and of course the paranormal twist was an adventure. The narration of this book was engaging. Unlike some of King's books which were too gorey for my taste; this book was pure enjoyment. As a fan,I want more books like this from King! Stephen King,YOU ROCK!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5120)
    Performance
    (1350)
    Story
    (1353)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "Rich In Culture"
    Overall

    AAA+ read. Seeped in Afghanistan history disclosing the suffering of it's people during turbulant government leadership reigns. This book clearly describes the oppression women endured under the Taliban rule. It provides a clear understanding of how the oppressed are forced to take desperate measures for survival. The polar relationship between Miriam and Lila becomes one of compassion and sacrifice. Some say this was not a "feel good" book however; I disagree. It's a book of survival with a bittersweet ending. I want more writing from this author! Bravo.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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