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Joyce P.

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  • Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3966)
    Performance
    (2369)
    Story
    (2385)

    A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

    Barry says: "One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable."
    "One of my favorite Dean Koontz books"
    Overall

    This is one my favorite Dean Koontz books - its merit comes from true mystery and suspense, rather than from the shock value of horror and supernatural events of his later works. Written in the later part of the 1980's, its content is still timely. I read it several times years ago and enjoyed my recent listen as much as I did my first read.

    27 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3055)
    Performance
    (2707)
    Story
    (2709)

    In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin.

    Amanda says: "Expanding The Story In Every Direction"
    "Not as good as I had hoped."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I eagerly awaited the release of this second book in the series, since "The Passage", the first in the series, ended so abruptly after keeping me spellbound for hours of listening. I enjoyed the description of the events that occurred following the outbreak in this sequel, but I found it confusing to follow as he jumped forward and backward in the timeline. With so many characters with their own subplots, it would have been an easier read if it had not been so disjointed. Scott Brick is an excellent (but slow) narrator, and he does have a tendency to drag it out. I preferred it at double speed. Overall, if you are fan of this series, you must read this book, although it did not live up to my expectations.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18672)
    Performance
    (16619)
    Story
    (16580)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "A Great Read, and a Great Performance!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I always loved Stephen King's earlier novels, before horror became such a key element of his writings. This is simply a wonderful story with unexpected twists and turns that keep you sitting in your driveway because you can't stop listening. The narration was as good a performance as the story was engrossing. I highly recommend this book, especially if you grew up in the 50's - it was a walk down memory lane.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (3707)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    F. Hayek says: "Do yourself a favoe, pick up a good book"
    "A good reference book"
    Overall

    I found the book tiresome. I felt like a sophomore sitting in a college lecture class that would never end. Although his previous books were outstanding because of their clever decryption of ancient mysteries, the story in this book was lost to boring, lengthy technical explanations. Maybe the abridged version would read better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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