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Mark

Santee, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Somewhere in Time

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Richard Matheson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (86)

    A dying young playwright staying in a turn-of-the-century hotel becomes captivated by a painting of a beautiful stage actress from the previous century. Obsessed, he begins to study everything he can about the woman and her time and becomes convinced he belongs with her. Through self-hypnosis, he transports himself to 1896, where he finds the soul mate he was fated to meet. But will he be able to stay?

    R. E. Jones says: "Worth Returning To Again and Again"
    "Another great one from Richard Matheson"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've never seen the movie that was spawned from this novel, but I remember my mother enjoying it when I was a child. I've always been a fan of Matheson's sci-fi and horror work, and given my mother's love of the film's version of this story decided to give this a try. I'm so glad that I did. Its not a page turner, its more of a slow boil that heats up gradually, and is a wonderful story of love at first sight. I'd recommend this for someone looking for a slow romance from the man's point of view, which is drastically different than the normal female perspective that we usually get in romance novels.

    4 of 5 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
    (6070)
    Performance
    (2648)
    Story
    (2683)

    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.

    Steven says: "Spellbinding"
    "Whelp...."
    Overall

    This was a very well written book. That's why I gave it a high score. The story doesn't really go anywhere and the few moments of excitement are few and far between. It's shortish length turns out to be a blessing as I don't think there would be much more tale to tell beyond what is already here.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Plague of the Dead: The Morningstar Strain, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Z. A. Recht
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (1938)
    Performance
    (1394)
    Story
    (1397)

    The end begins with a viral outbreak unlike anything mankind has ever encountered before. The infected are subject to delirium, fever, a dramatic increase in violent behavior, and a one-hundred percent mortality rate. Death. But it doesn't end there. The victims return from death to walk the earth. When a massive military operation fails to contain the plague of the living dead it escalates into a global pandemic.

    Big Art says: "Makes my top 10 Zombie Stories of all time!!"
    "Boring"
    Overall

    The storytelling is like something out of a first year fiction writing course. Everything was told to me and I saw nothing. From stereotypical characters to wooden dialog there isn't a lot to recommend about this book. Just keep looking.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful

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