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Kristopher Ames

Marysville, WA | Member Since 2001

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  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3169)
    Performance
    (2930)
    Story
    (2931)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Cozy Reader says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "It wasn't the best... It wasn't the worst..."
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    ... It was just average. A nice little story to help pass 7+ hours. It kind of reminded me of listening to grandpa tell stories of days gone bye. You don't fully listen you just listen enough to nod at the right times.

    There was no suspense to this book, nothing to make you say "I have to listen to the rest of this now". Though there is a ghost, it isn't much of a ghost story. Although the main character is trying to solve a mystery, it didn't really have the feel of a mystery as some of it was predictable and when you did find out who the murderer was it was more a feeling of "who cares".

    However, if you are a King fan, have a credit to spend and nothing else is catching your eye, I mean nothing else at all, then go ahead an pick it up. Just don't expect a King Masterpiece.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Outbound Flight

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Timothy Zahn
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (131)

    The Clone Wars have yet to erupt when Jedi Master Jorus C'baoth petitions the Senate for support of a singularly ambitious undertaking. Six Jedi Masters and 12 Jedi Knights, including Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, and 50,000 men, women, and children, will embark on a mission to contact intelligent life and colonize undiscovered worlds. But the mission is secretly being orchestrated by an unlikely ally: the evil Sith Lord Darth Sidious.

    Preston says: "Great story, enlightening for fans.HATE ABRIDGED"
    "A must listen if you enjoyed the Thrawn series"
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    This is a good book that takes you back to the Outbound Flight project and gives some background into one of Zahn's best characters... Thrawn. It definitely gives you a different perspective on this character. The only complaint I would have is that I do not like abridged books very much. They tend to leave things out and I wonder what I missed in this book so that is the reason for the 4 stars instead of 5.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • UR

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (628)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (253)

    Reeling from a painful break-up, English instructor and avid book lover Wesley Smith is haunted by his ex-girlfriend's parting shot: "Why can't you just read off the computer like everyone else?" He buys an e-book reader out of spite, but soon finds he can use the device to glimpse realities he had never before imagined, discovering literary riches beyond his wildest dreams...and all-too-human tragedies that surpass his most terrible nightmares.

    doG ma says: "BRAVO!"
    "Excellent Short Story"
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    This is an excellent short story that will appeal to many sci-fi fans and Dark Tower fans. I have listened to this many times and enjoy it each time. There are a few people who make the ridiculous statement that this is an advertisement for the Kindle. It is true that the main character uses a kindle in the story, but that hardly makes it an ad. Just like having a Buick in a story doesn't make that book an ad for Buicks and having a character drink a Coke doesn't mean it's an ad for Coca Cola. Kindles and other e-readers are a part of everyday life and this story has to do with a special kindle and the multi-verse.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9119)
    Performance
    (3342)
    Story
    (3420)

    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.

    Frank says: "Not his best"
    "Good, but no where near Great"
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    Overall, this was a good book but no where near Da vinci Code or Angels and Demons. In fact I was often confused by Langdon's character. In previous books he seemed open minded where in this book he came across very closed minded. Much of the story seemed repetitive and there were parts where it dragged on. This was not a "must listen to now" book like the other two.

    Even with those faults, it was an interesting storyline that I did enjoy... I just wished it had been delivered better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    Overall
    (673)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (372)

    What do Starbucks and JetBlue and KrispyKreme and Apple and DutchBoy and Kensington and Zespri and Hard Candy have that you don't? How do they continue to confound critics and achieve spectacular growth, leaving behind former tried-and true brands to gasp their last? Face it, the checklist of tired P's marketers have used for decades to get their product noticed - Pricing, Promotion, Publicity, to name a few - aren't working anymore.

    Sunny says: "Excellent"
    "Long, Boring and Dated"
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    I was having a hard time just staying awake during this audiobook. While 3 hours doesn't seem like a long book, the information here could have been provided in less than 20 minutes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18209)
    Performance
    (16202)
    Story
    (16160)

    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"
    "Great Book even for those not fascinated w/ JFK"
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    Being born in 1975 I have no fascination with JFK or any misguided belief that somehow the world would be better today had he lived. No one really knows what would have happened, my guess is that life would be the same. Unfortunately, many baby-boomers seem to think JFK was the greatest man to ever live and I was afraid that King would use this book to push that idea. He definitely reflects that point of view in Al Templeton, but being a King fan I picked up the book anyway because he is most likely the greatest author of our time.

    He definitely did not disappoint. This book really isn't about JFK though and its not a horror story at all. Its a story about a great adventure that we all dream of having. It's a story about finding the greatest love of your life, which we all hope to do. In some cases it's a story of sacrifice and sorrow. Whether you have listened to a King book before or not, this is one everyone can enjoy.

    The Narrator Craig Wasson does a good job with one major exception. Sadie's voice was just horrible, He didn't capture a good Georgian accent at all and she sounded like a dying horse through most of the book. Other than that, the narration was excellent and captivating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Wars: Darth Plagueis

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By James Luceno
    • Narrated By Daniel Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1541)
    Performance
    (1445)
    Story
    (1443)

    Darth Plagueis: one of the most brilliant Sith Lords who ever lived. Possessing power is all he desires. Losing it is the only thing he fears. As an apprentice, he embraces the ruthless ways of the Sith. Darth Sidious: Plagueis’s chosen apprentice. Under the guidance of his Master, he secretly studies the ways of the Sith, while publicly rising to power in the galactic government, first as Senator, then as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor. as Chancellor, and eventually as Emperor.

    Mike Naka says: "couldn't stop listening"
    "A Fantastic Listen for any Star Wars Fan"
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    I had stopped listening to Star Wars books a while back because the writing seemed to be suffering. The Thrawn Trilogy was good, not great, but good and I had listened to many others after that were just OK at best so i had lost interest. I picked this one up because I needed to use a credit before the end of the month and wanted to see how well it tied into the Star Wars Movies. I was very pleasantly surprised. The book seems more written for adults rather than teens and is very well written as well. The story had me interested from the beginning to the end and tied into the movies very well but can definitely stand on its own if you have never seen the movies.

    The narrator Daniel Davis took a little getting used to. At the beginning the voice seemed kind of "flat" for a lack of a better word. However, once used to it I was completely engrossed in the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inheritance: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Christopher Paolini
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4404)
    Performance
    (3846)
    Story
    (3900)

    Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders. months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can.

    Robert says: "All the reviews had me worried for nothing!"
    "Dragged on and on and on and on and on..."
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    This was a very long and in the end disappointing book. There were many places in the book that just seemed to drag on for no reason. The ending was just plain odd and didn't seem to fit with the characters. While there was some excitement during the climatic part of the story, it fell short of truly delivering. I mean the big bad bully is brought down by being made to feel bad for what he has done... really? That's like a Political Correctness wet dream and not even in the realm of realistic... Guess that's why they call it fiction.

    As much as I liked the first 3 books, this one just seemed "thrown together" with a lot of filler to make it as long as the other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crash Proof: How to Profit From the Coming Economic Collapse

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Peter D. Schiff
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (73)

    From both an economic and monetary perspective, the United States is a house of cards; impressive on the outside, but a disaster waiting to happen beneath the surface. In a relatively short period of time, the country has gone from the world's largest creditor to its greatest debtor; the value of the dollar has declined; and manufacturing has given way to non-exportable services.

    Paul says: "Wrote late 2006 and predicted 08 and 09 VERY well"
    "Good on his predictions, Bad on his advice"
    Overall

    While he was able to predict a lot of what is happening now with the downturn ( though, many predicted it so its nothing special ), his advice is the pure definition of "Speculative Investing". He talks about the tech and housing bubbles, yet wants you to invest in gold when its at an all time high under his assumption that its just going to keep going up and up and up (Sounds like the other bubbles that burst).

    I do agree that he recognizes the issues of our economy and does explain it well, although is quite repetitive about it and that was well worth the listen, just ignore the horrible advice he gives ( Like mortgaging your house to invest in foreign stocks, put all your money in gold etc...)

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Gingerbread Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Mare Winningham
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (127)

    In the emotional aftermath of her baby's death, Em starts running. Soon she runs from her husband, to the airport, down to the Florida Gulf, and out to Vermillion Key, where her father has offered the use of a shack he has kept there for years. This is doing her all kinds of good, until one day she makes the mistake of looking into the driveway of a man named Pickering. Pickering also enjoys the privacy of Vermillion Key, but the young women he brings there suffer the consequences. Will Em be next?

    Fiona says: "Run, Em! Run!"
    "A good story throughout"
    Overall

    Sometimes King has a hard time keeping a reader interested through the entire book, but not with this one. This story was interesting in the beginning and exciting towards the end. A must listen for any King fan.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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