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Derek

Cottonwood, AZ, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 143 titles in library
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  • Warm Bodies: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Isaac Marion
    • Narrated By Kevin Kenerly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (958)
    Performance
    (896)
    Story
    (893)

    R is a young man with an existential crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he has dreams. His ability to connect with the outside world is limited to a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. After experiencing a teenage boy’s memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim’s human girlfriend, Julie.

    Tabitha says: "Incredible!"
    "My favorite book of 2012"
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    What Anne Rice did for vampires, I predict Isaac Marion will do for zombies. This book goes far beyond just zombie mayhem, but actually makes you take a deeper look at society and the end-of-the-world literature boom. I found myself hitting the 30-second repeat button on my iPod more times than I could count to re-listen to Marion's prose that border on the poetic mixed in with a smart, hopeful and nihilistic critique of current affairs of the world. This is one book I will probably listen to once year for the rest of my life (or until the world ends in zombie plague). I predict, if we survive to 2050, this book will emerge as a classic that have captured our 2012 ennui better than any novel written to date. Bravo Marion!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3007)
    Performance
    (2780)
    Story
    (2782)

    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!"
    "When I finished it, I wanted to listen again."
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    You know King can chill you to the bone, but who knew he could warm your heart? This novel does both. I almost didn't purchase this one. I am a big fan of King's horror novels and fantasy, and this one was a coming of age mystery. A friend said it was great, so I took a chance. So glad I did. You will love it. The narration is great as well. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2232)
    Performance
    (2038)
    Story
    (2020)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "King should stick to writing, not narrating."
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    I wish the publisher would have had a professional narrator read this story. Great writing, but King shouldn't read his own work. The other Dark Tower books had such a wonderful narration. This feels jarring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zombie Fallout: Zombie Fallout, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Mark Tufo
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2959)
    Performance
    (2764)
    Story
    (2774)

    This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.

    Mike Naka says: "bucket full of zombie juice"
    "Fox's "The Family Guy" vs. Zombies"
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    I wasn't going to order this book, but I read the reviews and then double-checked them against the reviews on Amazon and they were consistent. What's good about this book is the humor (some laugh out loud jokes with more than a few groaners mixed with genuine scares and a fast-moving story). Plus, more than a few refreshing and inventive twists that I haven't seen in other zombie books. I would have given the story four or even five stars, but dang, the clichés Mark Tufo depends on too much got to me. "Eyes as big as saucers" "Chest in a vice" "heart leaped out my chest" and about two dozen others. But the overall storytelling and pacing is good enough to let those slide.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insomnia

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Eli Wallach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1030)
    Performance
    (690)
    Story
    (693)

    Ralph Roberts has an incurable case of insomnia, but lack of sleep is the least of his worries. Each night he stays awake, Ralph witnesses more of the odd activity taking place in Derry after dark than he wants to know. The nice young chemist up the street beats his wife and has delusions about beings he calls "The Centurions".

    KB says: "King lover very disappointed - NO Spoilers"
    "Where's the editor?"
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    This book was about 40 percent longer than it needed to be. It's my least favorite of King's works. Characters we're sub-par, writing was okay, and narration was passable, but certainly not worth the 38 hours. Also, the music between the chapters was ear piercing at times and would often drown out the final two or three sentences of narration, overpowering the best lines in the book. I don't think the sound engineer even listened to what he was doing.

    Recommend Dark Tower Series, instead. The first book, The Gunslinger is a little slow, but the series takes off after that and never disappoints. Desperation is the next best in my opinion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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