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jon

rocky mount, VA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Salem's Lot

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (570)
    Performance
    (529)
    Story
    (530)

    Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem's Lot in the hopes that living in an old mansion, long the subject of town lore, will help him cast out his own devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods and only one comes out alive Mears begins to realize that there may be something sinister at work and that his hometown is under siege by forces of darkness far beyond his control.

    Melinda says: "King's Favorite Novel? Good Enough For Me!"
    "My favorite king book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Salem's Lot to be better than the print version?

    I actually went out and bought the actual book and I wouldn't say there was much of a difference for me. Some books I just can't listen to like Kurt Vonnegut books but I love to read them. However for Stephen King I just love his books in audio or print equally as much.


    Any additional comments?

    I actually got scaired a few times while listening to this! It's a spooky book. What made this book I think is that it's a modern day vampire and I could really place myself in the story pretty easily. As I mentioned earlier I love King books but I wouldn't label them as favorites because for me he just lacks that uniqueness that makes a book a favorite of mine. All throughout this book there are very clear references to Dracula and that kind of disappointed me. Overall though I liked this book and like I said it's my Stephen King favorite

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • God, No!: Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Penn Jillette
    • Narrated By Penn Jillette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1524)
    Performance
    (1378)
    Story
    (1377)

    From the larger, louder half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes a scathingly funny reinterpretation of The Ten Commandments. They are The Penn Commandments, and they reveal one outrageous and opinionated atheist’s experience in the world.

    A User says: "Stevan"
    "God Yes!"
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    Where does God, No! rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very unique, I listen to mostly fiction so these stories are true but out there.


    What does Penn Jillette bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Energy


    Any additional comments?

    This book is basically short stories about penn's life. Some are stories with a point but mostly it's just random stories. He does seem to start each chapter with one of the ten commandments and obviously he is critical of religion but it isn't a hitchens or dawkins book by any means.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agent to the Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3156)
    Performance
    (2712)
    Story
    (2714)

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents.

    C. Paget says: "excellent"
    "Fun Sci-fi"
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    If you could sum up Agent to the Stars in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, silly, smart


    Would you recommend Agent to the Stars to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, This book kept me entertained for the whole time. I enjoyed all of it but I don't think I would spread the word on this book.


    Any additional comments?

    The story follows a Hollywood agent that is chosen by an alien race that wants to make contact with earth. The race of aliens are small blobs that have the power to heal and read peoples minds. The book was like ET but still unique. If you need a book to read and you aren't sure what to get, this one should do the trick.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Thieves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By David Benioff
    • Narrated By Ron Perlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1417)
    Performance
    (687)
    Story
    (684)

    A writer visits his retired grandparents in Florida to document their experience during the infamous siege of Leningrad. His grandmother won't talk about it, but his grandfather reluctantly consents. The result is the captivating odyssey of two young men trying to survive against desperate odds. Lev Beniov considers himself "built for deprivation." He's small, smart, and insecure, a Jewish virgin too young for the army, who spends his nights working as a volunteer firefighter with friends from his building.

    Paul says: "Stunning Tale. Great Narration."
    "Pleasantly surpised"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book was amazing. Originally I picked it up on sale just to have something to listen to and it was just a wonderful story. Along with a great story the reader was perfect for this one as well. Get this and read it, you won't be sorry!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9800)
    Performance
    (9118)
    Story
    (9118)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Top 5 favorite audio book!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Ready Player One the most enjoyable?

    The whole story just got me from the first few minutes. I haven't read or listened to any books like this. I found it to be so unique


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The part where the main character meets the creator of oasis james haliday


    Any additional comments?

    This book starts out with a world that has fallen apart and the only escape from reality is this fully interactive massive multi-player game called oasis. The story revolves around wade owens a poor teenager who has dedicated his life to finding the Easter egg that james haliday put into his game. The reason I loved this book was that not only was it unique but it was a book that had me from the start. There is every thing in this book from action to romance and in the end it's inspiring. I will listen to this book again for sure

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucifer's Hammer

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3057)
    Performance
    (1712)
    Story
    (1730)

    The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

    DJM says: "Good story from front to back"
    "It was hard to stay focused the whole time..."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, I have a few friends who are into survival and end of the word kin of stuff and this book really has some interesting insights into end of the world survival for sure!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I don't enjoy books that bounce around different characters. This book does that a lot! I would have made it focus on one person.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end is a battle between these religious cannibals. I found that to be my favorite part of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall I would say that if you see this book on sale it's a good listen but I wouldn't get this at full price. Its a fun listen if you like the stand, the road, earth abides or really any thing about the end of the world kind of story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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