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James

Upton, MA, USA | Member Since 2005

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  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7183)
    Performance
    (3579)
    Story
    (3633)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Valerie says: "Just As Wonderful as I Remembered!"
    "The Best is Yet to Come"
    Overall

    This is the first of the Dark Tower series of stories, but it was written by King in the early 1970's. He had yet to acquire his incredible visionary writing style that he is most known for, so this story, however amazing, is not his best work. However, the Dark Tower series absolutely is his best! So in order to read the remaining stories and understand everything about them, The Gunslinger is a must read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Laura Hillenbrand
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12317)
    Performance
    (8244)
    Story
    (8284)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.....

    Annie M. says: "Hillenbrand could make even laundry fascinating!"
    "Unbroken is Unparalleled"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Multiple friends told me about this book before I listened to it and although I had heard of Laura Hillenbrand, mostly for Seabiscuit, I hadn't read/listened to a book of hers yet.

    Unbroken is absolutely a brilliant, compelling, tear jerking book of what the human soul can tolerate. Brilliantly researched and wonderfully written. A must read/listen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Family

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2514)
    Performance
    (985)
    Story
    (984)

    Camp David, USA. A birthday party turns into a nightmare when a child is snatched after the celebrations. The First Lady enlists the services of Sean King and Michelle Maxwell to bring the child home safely. But she and King share a past. Years ago he saved her then senator husband from political disaster. And this may not be all that passed between them. With Michelle still battling her own demons, the two are pushed to the limit, with forces aligned on all sides against them.

    jerry says: "Outstanding as always"
    "First Family"
    Overall

    I'm a big Baldacci fan and I like the two main characters of this series, but this book felt rushed. Rushed as in the writing was not as well thought out and the plot not as tight as other Baldacci stories. Still worth a listen, but not his best. Won't stop me from listening to the next in the series though.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Member Bonus: Duel in the Snow, or Red Ryder Nails the Cleveland Street Kid

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 6 mins)
    • By Jean Shepherd
    • Narrated By Dick Cavett
    Overall
    (758)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (137)

    This is a free download, for members only, of "Duel in the Snow, or Red Ryder Nails the Cleveland Street Kid", the first story in the anthology on which the film A Christmas Story was based. Young Ralphie Parker launches an unstoppable campaign to get Santa, or anyone else, to give him a Red Ryder carbine action 200-shot range-model air rifle. Who cares that the whole adult world is telling him, "You'll shoot your eye out, kid"?

    K. Vieira says: "Early Christmas gift..."
    "Christmas fun"
    Overall

    I love the movie that came from this story so I was thrilled to have a chance to listen to the original story. It did not disapoint. I listened to it and then listened again with my 11 year old son. We both enjoyed it immensely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divine Justice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2272)
    Performance
    (783)
    Story
    (789)

    Known by his alias, "Oliver Stone," John Carr is the most wanted man in America. With two pulls of the trigger, the men who destroyed Stone's life and kept him in the shadows were finally silenced. But his freedom comes at a steep price: The assassinations he carried out prompt the highest levels of the U.S. government to unleash a massive manhunt. Behind the scenes, master spy Macklin Hayes is playing a very personal game of cat and mouse. He, more than anyone, wants Stone dead.

    Graham S. Stafford says: "Love the Camel Club"
    "Oliver's Awesome"
    Overall

    Loved it. The Camel Club series is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Long live Oliver and his friends.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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