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LASoundCrafter

LASoundCrafter

VAN NUYS, CA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17591)
    Performance
    (15642)
    Story
    (15594)

    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"
    "History, drama, and a beautiful love story"
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    As for being a great horror writer -- that he is, but Stephen King is just a great writer overall. 11-22-63 really is not the usual King horror fest with weird creatures and impending doom. It speaks of the idea of changing history, but will changing history result in something better or far worse? The past is obdurate and does not change without putting up a fight. Perhaps it does choose the better alternatives on its own -- maybe mother nature does know best.

    Aside from the absolute skill King brings to telling this story, there is, within its pages a beautiful love story and it all ends on one of the most poignant notes I've ever encountered. The ending is really quite beautiful and rather sad.

    One of the most surprising and pleasurable experiences I had with this book was listening to Craig Wasson's reading. There are a multitude number of voices and accents that Craig brings to this reading -- I had to keep reminding myself this is ONE person doing all of this! So far, 11-22-63 is now my favorite King novel. Stephen King just gets better and better.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Chase

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Clive Cussler
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1135)
    Performance
    (602)
    Story
    (596)

    A no-nonsense detective is on the trail of the sharpest and deadliest criminal mind he has ever encountered: a serial robber who murders any and all witnesses in cold-blood.

    Blackmac says: "quick easy listen"
    "Scott Brick is great!"
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    Clive Cussler's solo entry (without a co-author) into the Bell series is fraught with peril, the badest of the bad guys, a lovely heroine and evil woman and Scott Brick brings it all together. Some say Brick's delivery is "over the top," -- for something like this, not in the least. His delivery is spot-on with accents, wonderful women impersonations without going into faux castrati falsettos. Because I so like Scott Bricks work, I'll tend to simply purchase an audio book if he's the reader. An audio book can be made or broken by the reader and so far, I have never been disappointed by Scott Brick's readings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Overlook: Harry Bosch Series, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Len Cariou
    Overall
    (1709)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (430)

    A body has been found on the overlook near Mulholland Drive. The victim, identified as Dr. Stanley Kent, has two bullet holes in the back of his head, from what looks like an execution-style shooting. LAPD detective Harry Bosch is called out to investigate. As soon as Bosch begins retracing Dr. Kent's steps, contradictions emerge. While Kent doesn't seem to have had ties to organized crime, he did have access to dangerous radioactive substances from just about every hospital in Los Angeles County.

    JoAnn Marcon says: "Good thriller"
    "Just the right length"
    Overall

    Some books are 1000 page novels (Stephen King), some are 500 pages with 150 chapters (James Patterson) and then there are writers like Michael Connelly who write a story to be the right length. Maybe it's his newspaper background, but The Overlook, though shorter than the other Harry Bosch books, is just the right length. Nothing rushed, no cutting story to save paper Michael Connelly has Harry in a situation that is exciting, moves forward and comes to a startling conclusion. And, compliments to Len Cariou for his excellent job in reading -- he lends so much to the atmosphere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (7975)
    Performance
    (4686)
    Story
    (4673)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Louis says: "Loved it and learned alot."
    "The Book is Pedestrian, but John Lee is Awesome!"
    Overall

    I like Ken Follett's books -- easy reads, engaging and somewhat forgettable. He seems to write historical potboilers with cutout characters and predictable plots. Ken writes novelistic soap operas. But for this one reason, I probably would pass Follett's books, and that reason is John Lee. I think John Lee could read a phone book and make it interesting. His ability with accents, and shading of those accents is simply increadable. I have bought Pillars of the Earth, World Without End and now Fall of Giants, NOT for Ken Follett, but to hear John Lee.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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