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Jesse

Corrales, NM, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • In the Tall Grass

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 46 mins)
    • By Stephen King, Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (377)

    In the Tall Grass begins with a sister and brother who pull off to the side of the road after hearing a young boy crying for help from beyond the tall grass. Within minutes they are disoriented, in deeper than seems possible, and they've lost one another. The boy's cries are more and more desperate. What follows is a terrifying, entertaining, and masterfully told tale, as only Stephen King and Joe Hill can deliver.

    Gabe says: "Absolutly disgusting. Emotion provoking. Brilliant"
    "More King than Hill, more gross than scary"
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    Mixed, complicated feelings about this after listening.

    We picked this up for a little Halloween road trip being huge fans of Joe Hill and having really enjoyed King's last few books.

    And the beginning of this story is so, so, creepy. And wonderfully narrated.

    When the explanation for what's in the grass comes, though, the story veers into King territory pretty hardcore. It's violent and disturbing and much more "The Regulators"-era King than "Nightmares and Dreamscapes," with a little too much "Dreamcatcher" in there. Yuck.

    We don't regret the experience and it IS well written and wonderfully read, but know what you're getting into. We'd been hoping it would be a little more ofa Joe Hill story, but it is wonderful to see the two of them writing together.

    7 of 8 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
    (2863)
    Performance
    (2653)
    Story
    (2659)

    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.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "A good story, but an amazing narration"
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    I love Joe Hill's books and find him to be a wonderful storyteller, but I'm writing the review because Kate Mulgrew's reading is, in my ten years of membership, hands-down one of the three best I've heard. You can't help but get sucked in, and her voicings and nuanced readings are spellbinding.

    This is an audiobook that was made by people who love audiobooks. It's a gem to listen to.

    If you've read the book, you still owe yourself a listen ESPECIALLY because of the audio-only easter egg in the credits, which is NOT featured in the text. Very cool. My hat's off to Mulgrew and Hill for that little touch alone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phantom

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jo Nesbø
    • Narrated By Robin Sachs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (643)
    Performance
    (537)
    Story
    (536)

    When Harry left Oslo again for Hong Kong - fleeing the traumas of life as a cop - he thought he was there for good. But then the unthinkable happened. The son of the woman he loved, lost, and still loves is arrested for murder: Oleg, the boy Harry helped raise but couldn't help deserting when he fled. Harry has come back to prove that Oleg is not a killer. Barred from rejoining the police force, he sets out on a solitary, increasingly dangerous investigation that takes him deep into the world of the most virulent drug to ever hit the streets.

    Fran Murphy says: "Jo Nesbo hates Harry Hole"
    "Smaller scale, darker, and more personal crime"
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    After the unrelenting thrills and turns in "The Snowman" and "The Leopard," this book is a little slower and more damaging. I agree with all the other reviewers that poor Harry takes a beating, but I think what I love about him as a protagonist is that he's this dogged unsquashable cockroach who keeps coming through death trap after death trap. He's a very unique detective at this point, and in such a crowded genre, that's a feat in itself. And as Scandanavian crime goes, I <3 Nesbo more than even Larson at this point.

    Overall, "Phantom" is slower-paced and uses a different narrative style to unravel the mystery (but ultimately a very effective one) - I was skeptical at first, but the parallel narrative ends up paying off in spades at the end. Obviously, word's gotten out that something shocking happens in this book and I won't comment on that except to say that it didn't diminish my enjoyment of the book in the slightest.

    It's a smaller, more personal story than the previous two books. I think if you know that going in you won't be disappointed. Robin Sachs is, as always, an amazing reader on these books. He's creepy and deliberate and his style marries with the text in this grim, plodding, croaking way that let me experience the audiobook like I was was watching a first-rate movie in my head.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3494)
    Performance
    (3129)
    Story
    (3158)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "Solid read, only a little editorializing"
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    The book's a good, easy, compelling read, and it really does offer a unique insight into the mindset and daily routines of our most elite group of SEALs.

    It is also, as both a strength and limitation, exactly what it says it is on the cover: a firsthand account. It is at times spotty on details (sometimes for the protection of the people involved, to be fair) because it's a single viewpoint on a complex event. But as an unapologetic "this is what I saw and this is what I felt" account, it's really quite amazing.

    Holter Graham gives a very good read. He has the deliberate cadence and efficiency of speech that I've come to admire and respect in almost every warfighter I've had the pleasure of working with. Even though he was just narrating the book, I never felt like I wasn't hearing Owen speaking directly to me.

    Some reviews complain this book editorializes a little, but it's incredibly minor, and Owen's very quick to acknowledge his own biases. Again: firsthand account. This is what you came here for.

    The book's just the right length - it spends exactly how long as it needs to set it up and make you understand who these people are and how they operate and then gets to the actual raid. It doesn't overstay its welcome and the epilogue's very welcome.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1850)
    Performance
    (1527)
    Story
    (1541)

    The tsunami of cheap credit that rolled across the planet between 2002 and 2008 was more than a simple financial phenomenon: it was temptation, offering entire societies the chance to reveal aspects of their characters they could not normally afford to indulge. The Greeks wanted to turn their country into a pinata stuffed with cash and allow as many citizens as possible to take a whack at it. The Germans wanted to be even more German; the Irish wanted to stop being Irish.

    Andy says: "we may not be the most stupid kids on the planet"
    "As fascinating as it is terrifying"
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    Everyone who wants to understand the economic meltdown better should read this book.

    I like Michael Lewis. Sometimes his books are incredibly gripping and sometimes they're a slower plodding read. "The Big Short" which handled the early days of the financial meltdown in America was very dry and complicated. This book, which covers the global aftershocks is the opposite - fastpaced, at times salacious, and all in all the kind of thing that I feel bad about saying things like "salacious" about because it's true and still happening.

    The book gives a very good boots-on-the-ground accounting of just how ##%#ed the world economy is, to the point that the things stateside seem incredibly minor by comparison (terrifying!). I spent most of the listen saying "what?!!!" and then being astonished by the accounting practices of the Greek government, etc.

    Bonus for Audible folks like me who dip around all the genres. If you're a fan of Tana French's Dublin Murder Squad books, especially the last two "Fateful Place" and "Broken Harbor" - the chapter in this book on Ireland will put those books in a whole new context for you, especially since it's a plot point in both of those books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cypress House

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Koryta
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (202)

    Arlen Wagner has an awful gift: he can see death in the eyes of men before it strikes. He's never wrong. So when Arlen awakens on a train one hot Florida night and sees death's telltale sign in the eyes of his fellow passengers, he tries to warn them. Only 19-year-old Paul Brickhill believes him, and the two abandon the train, hoping to escape certain death. They continue south, but soon are stranded at The Cypress House - an isolated Gulf Coast boarding house run by the beautiful Rebecca Cady - directly in the path of an approaching hurricane.

    Michele says: "Great book read by a great narrator!"
    "Gripping Read, hard to put down"
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    This is my second Koryta book, after a surprisingly wonderful time reading "So Cold the River" - this one is not as good, but still well worth the money and the time to listen. Koryta's at his best when he's not playing in Steven King's sandbox, and unfortunately, this book spends a little too much time there, drawing comparisons that are unfair, but there all the same.

    The story's good, the historical context is interesting, and the reading is pretty good too, though the producer's heavy-handed use of a scary sound effect every time something scary happens is a bit silly - this doesn't detract too much from the experience but is kind of a facepalmer. It happens a lot at the beginning, which may turn you off, but then it calms down. I'd read another Koryta book, hands down, and finished this one in about a week, so minor gripes aside, it was one of the better ones I found on Audible this year.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9667)
    Performance
    (7165)
    Story
    (7203)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "A good read - if you like that sort of thing"
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    Reviews flux all over the place. Let me see if I can help.

    1) Do you find the story and premise of "Twilight" intriguing or at minimum your brand of fun guilty pleasure BUT every time you try to read it, the writing is so atrociously offensive you have to chuck it aside?

    This book is for you. It pushes all the same buttons but is well-written! Enjoy! There is forbidden romance, supernatural intrigue, and an astonishing number of scenes where witches take a long relaxing bath or vampires do yoga and where everyone smells like cinnamon or cardamom or other pie spices to someone.

    2) Did the cover and some of the reviews lead you believe that this was going to be a Gaiman-esque fantasy romp or an intricate Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel?

    This book is gonna frustrate the hell out of you if that's the case.

    Judge accordingly.

    On purely technical levels, the reader's a little weak when she tries to do voices, but the recording's good.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Reamde

    • UNABRIDGED (38 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Malcolm Hillgartner
    Overall
    (3645)
    Performance
    (3185)
    Story
    (3222)

    Richard Forthrast created T’Rain, a multibillion-dollar, massively multiplayer online role-playing game. But T’Rain’s success has also made it a target. Hackers have struck gold by unleashing REAMDE, a virus that encrypts all of a player’s electronic files and holds them for ransom. They have also unwittingly triggered a deadly war beyond the boundaries of the game’s virtual universe - and Richard is at ground zero.

    ShySusan says: "Not perfect, but worth a listen."
    "One of his best and most accessible - gripping!"
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    Like all his books, this one is heinously long, but I finished it before I even had another credit ready. The book is, in a word, engrossing. I looked for excuses to have my iPod on.

    If you're familiar with his other books, this one has a lot of the Stephenson tropes in it, essays on a piece of technology, lots of characters with interweaving paths, and odd bits of humor that make you unexpectedly smile. Unlike Stephenson's other books, though, this one is decidedly a thriller and has the usual stuff in there as a backdrop. This is a sleeker Cryptonomicon that riffs on paperback thrillers - it's more accessible, less obsessed with technology or history, and the REAMDE virus itself is a terrifying piece of imagination that doesn't go where you'd expect it to.

    Also, a nice bonus, it seems he's finally figured out how to write an ending. ;)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Ben Mezrich
    • Narrated By Casey Affleck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (126)

    Thad Roberts, a fellow in a prestigious NASA program had an idea - a romantic, albeit crazy, idea. He wanted to give his girlfriend the moon. Literally. Thad convinced his girlfriend and another female accomplice, both NASA interns, to break into an impregnable laboratory at NASA - past security checkpoints, an electronically locked door with cipher security codes, and camera-lined hallways - and help him steal the most precious objects in the world: the moon rocks. But what does one do with an item so valuable that it’s illegal even to own?

    Michael says: "Don't let the narrator ruin it for you"
    "Great story, so-so narration"
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    Like all of Ben Mezrich's books, he found a great real life story and that carries the day. Given the way his books tend to become movies, the choice of Casey Affleck to be the reader, though, is suspect and honestly is kind of lacking. I go back and forth on whether it was a good choice. He's NOT a good reader and mostly delivers a throaty stumbling read, but on the the other hand, you can't help but associate his voice with the book's subject and THAT at least is immersive/an interesting characterization, but the voice does get old.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7006)
    Performance
    (3372)
    Story
    (3376)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "Phenomenal"
    Overall

    I went into this book knowing nothing other than it was my wife (voracious reader's) #1 book since finishing "Under the Dome" and that after "Spin" I'd listen to Scott Brick read anything.

    Easily one of the best books and one of the best performances I've enjoyed in the 6+ years I've been a member of Audible. It's long, it's worth it, it's worth knowing this is book 1 of a saga, and it is a must-listen. I lucked into the "only spend 1 credit on this" sale, but I'd have gladly spent 2 credits on this title and got 6 weeks of happy morning commutes out of this and plenty of terror-filled nights up too late listening before bed. Everyone will be talking about this book soon, it's well worth being in on it before someone spoils the wonderful surprises and the masterful reinvention of a classic monster.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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