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Laura

MOORHEAD, MN, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Fragile Things

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (967)
    Performance
    (446)
    Story
    (447)

    Marvelous creations, including a short story set in the world of The Matrix and others set in the worlds of gothic fiction and children's fiction, can be found in this extraordinary collection, which showcases Gaiman's storytelling brilliance as well as his entertaining (and dark) sense of humor.

    Jill says: "Aother winner from Gaiman"
    "Shadow Returns!!"
    Overall

    I've been a fan of Neil Gaiman since "American Gods" and bought this book pretty much only for the Shadow novella (which was great). Sometimes I find Gaiman's short stories hard to enjoy because they're SO short. There's not enough time to get really involved. That's not to say I didn't like this book, because I did. I just got a little frustrated at times.
    By far the best part of this purchase was Gaiman's narration. His voice is hypnotizing.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Loveliest Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ray Garton
    • Narrated By Brian Eslick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Horror master Garton delivers his usual ironic and macabre touches as the dead, who are, in fact, pretty ugly, make life a hell for the living. Following a sequence of increasingly dire personal tragedies, culminating in the unexplained death of their four-year-old son, Josh, Jenna and David Kella plan to make a new start of their lives on the old family homestead they've inherited just outside Eureka, Calif., with their surviving son, Miles. What they discover, though, is a nightmare.

    Laura says: "I feel bad, but here's the scoop."
    "I feel bad, but here's the scoop."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Loveliest Dead better?

    A different narrator.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ray Garton again?

    Sure! I'd give him another try. Problem is, I'm not even sure if The Lovliest Dead is a good book or not. I made it through approx. 20 minutes before I had to quit. The narrator was the worst I've ever heard. And check out my history; I'm not new to audiobooks.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Brian Eslick?

    He seems to be trying out a weird parody of what people think William Shatner sounds like: long pauses in the middle of sentances, odd pronounciations, etc. WS is actually a great narrator, so I say go with the real thing.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I have no idea.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm dissapointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5689)
    Performance
    (2308)
    Story
    (2338)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "6.5 Hours of EPIC"
    Overall

    Fantastic. Simply fantastic. I'm not usually a fan of apocalyptic fiction, mostly because it seems the genre has been really overdone in recent years. The Road, however, reads like the OG of end-of-the-world stories.
    Although the plots are very different, the only thing I can really compare it to is Richard Mathison's I Am Legend. The emotional responses generated by these stories are similar in their intensity and subject matter. While listening to The Road, it's impossible not to wonder what you'd do in this or that situation. I was alternatly horrified and touched, and over the course of what is weeks and weeks in the story, but somehow less than 7 hours in audiobook time, I developed as complex and as strong a bond with the main characters of this book as I have with any other in 30 years of reading. Like Mathisons's I Am Legend, the ending is quietly epic, and will leave you thinking, and again, wondering.
    Do yourself a favor and give this one a listen. It's a Pulitzer Prize winner for a reason.
    Also, the narrator is quite simply the best I've ever heard.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lisey's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Mare Winningham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1467)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (509)

    Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a 25-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, best-selling novelist, and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood and "bools". Later, she understood that there was a place Scott went, a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive, or give him the ideas he needed in order to live.

    krista says: "Atypical"
    "New avenue for King"
    Overall

    I really like it when King's main characters are female and "Lisey's Story" is no exception. Although the story gets pretty weird at times and cheesy at others, it's a good one. The slower pace and introspective tone of the novel is a bit of a change for King, but it works out well. The book's generous length is also a plus, as it allows for broad character development and detailed descriptions. I'd recommend it to a friend.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (3329)
    Performance
    (1066)
    Story
    (1075)

    The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone's cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization's darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.

    chris says: "Entertained"
    "Good, not Great"
    Overall

    Rather than listening to "The Cell," petition Audible to offer "The Stand." It remains the best apocalypse/end of the world book I've ever read. "The Cell" just isn't as good. Its short length leaves the listener wanting more and forces the novels pace along too fast. That said, it is a compelling story, and I'm glad I purchased it. Like all of King's books, once you start, you can't stop. I've read every one he's ever written, and they've all been winners.
    As far as narration goes, you just can't beat Campbell Scott.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shining

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1523)
    Performance
    (671)
    Story
    (683)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: You may have thought the movie was scary, but this is pure Stephen King as it was meant to be experience – performed frighteningly well by Campbell Scott. First published in 1977, The Shining quickly became a benchmark in the literary career of Stephen King. This tale of a troubled man hired to care for a remote mountain resort over the winter, his loyal wife, and their uniquely gifted son slowly but steadily unfolds as secrets from the Overlook Hotel's past are revealed.

    Eileen says: "Much better than the movie..."
    "Full Stars"
    Overall

    The quintessential King novel. I've read this one many times, and Campbell Scott's narration only adds to its greatness. Buy it right now.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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