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Devlin Faust

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Knoxville | Member Since 2008

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  • 6 reviews
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  • 577 titles in library
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  • The Stand

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7075)
    Performance
    (6278)
    Story
    (6341)

    This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death. And here is the bleak new world of the day after: a world stripped of its institutions and emptied of 99 percent of its people. A world in which a handful of panicky survivors choose sides - or are chosen.

    Keith says: "Worth the wait!"
    "A Grand Slam"
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    Pure and simple; this book is excellent. To be fair, I like most Stephen King novels, but this one is in a class by itself. It has interesting characters that are well-developed, along with an inventive plot, which very quickly wraps you in. In addition, the narration is superb.

    I understand that this edition has some 500 pages of material that the original release didn't have. That's good, because this is done so well, it leaves you with wanting even more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Long Hunt

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Cameron Judd
    • Narrated By James Jenner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (2)

    Spur Award finalist Cameron Judd has won wide acclaim for bringing both action and authenticity to his novels set in the American frontier. In The Long Hunt, Crawford Fain is hired to find Deborah Bledsoe, who's rumored to still be alive years after being abducted by Cherokee raiders. Trouble is, Crawford is getting up in years, and his tracking ain't what it used to be. But with the help of his son Titus, Crawford just might have a fighting chance of making it across the vast, untamed wilderness and bringing Deborah home safely.

    Devlin Faust says: "A Great 'Western' That Acutally Isn't"
    "A Great 'Western' That Acutally Isn't"
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    It would be fair to say that "The Long Hunt" is written in something along the lines of the Western genre. However, there are no tumbleweeds or longhorns, as it takes actually place in frontier East Tennessee, which was referred to as a 'western' state in it's earlier years.

    There has been a ton of fiction written about 'the old west' of Texas, Arizona and the Dakotas, but there has not been much fiction written about the early expansion east of the Mississippi. Cameron Judd has done a fine job of capturing the flavor of the aspirations, morality and dangerousness of those Americans trying to scratch out a living in those primitive conditions.

    "The Long Hunt" has a myriad of interesting characters that run the gambit from afflicted to desperate; from innocent to sometimes even noble. The primary plot of the story is the hunt for the daughter of an aged father, but it is set against the backdrop of the failing state of Franklin, which will eventually evolve into the eastern part of Tennessee.

    There's some very good historical notations, with every effort being made for dialogue, locations and technology (or lack thereof) to be in keeping with the time and place where the story is set. That, in of itself, makes the book worth a listen, but there is also skillful writing here, and the characters in the story are simply superb. In addition, the variety of subplots always seems to keep the reader guessing.

    The narrator is perfect for this book. He is not overly dramatic in the reading, and it is more or less like you are being told a story by a master storyteller.

    Excellent!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Caine Mutiny

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (975)
    Performance
    (849)
    Story
    (852)

    Having inspired a classic film and Broadway play, The Caine Mutiny is Herman Wouk's boldly dramatic, brilliantly entertaining novel of life—and mutiny—on a Navy warship in the Pacific theater. It was immediately embraced upon its original publication as one of the first serious works of American fiction to grapple with the moral complexities and the human consequences of the Second World War. In the intervening half century, this gripping story has become a perennial favorite, selling millions throughout the world, and claiming the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.

    James says: "Even Better than the Movie"
    "A Slice of WWII"
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    I liked the movie, but Humphrey Bogart's representation of the Captain is more sympathetic than the original (the book).

    Anyone who has ever had a very, very bad boss can empathize with the suffering of the progtagonist in "The Caine Mutiny". However, what is really good about this book is that it gives one small slice of what the American part of the WWII experience might have been like. No one in "The Caine Mutiny" is an exceptional individual, and the Caine doesn't do anything spectactular for the war effort. The Caine and it's crew are just one more cog in the machine that won the war, and this is a story about a young man who grows up (sort of) in the backdrop of 'doing his bit' in a largely unappreciated job.

    The humor in this book is not overdone, but gives the reader a break from some of the drudgery that the main characters have to work through. That said, the actual 'mutiny' is, in of itself, almost a sidebar for the plot of the story.

    What you get with "The Caine Mutiny" is something that is extremely well-written along with a first-rate narration.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The James Thurber Audio Collection: Fables and Selected Stories by James Thurber

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By James Thurber
    • Narrated By Keith Olbermann
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    "My father was in the hospital and every night when I visited him, I read aloud to him. James Thurber. And one night he said, 'You really should do that on your show,' and I said, 'Dad, it’s a television newscast. I’d love to, but how could it possibly fit?' And he said, 'How often have I ever suggested anything for your shows?' And I remembered that he never had. But I also reminded him that there were things like copyrights and bills, to which he said, 'Try it. You never know.'"

    Kristi Richardson says: "James Thurber and Keith Olbermann? Wonderful!!!"
    "Superb"
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    I had downloaded this book some time ago, and kept it as a 'buffer', to listen to when one audiobook ran out and there was no quick replacement. When I finally got to listen to it, I was pleasantly surprised. Olberman does a masterful job, and gets things out of the reading that truly adds to the enjoyment of these Thurber classics.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Death of a Gossip: A Hamish Macbeth Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By M. C. Beaton
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (141)

    Lady Jane Hamilton, one of the guests at the Lochdubh School of Casting, is positively ruining everyone's holiday with her knack for digging up nasty secrets. As the week-long fishing class progresses, she gives each person there a reason to hate her. But figuring out which one of them would go so far as to commit murder is trickier than catching a Lochdubh salmon.

    MissSusie66 says: "Just Ok"
    "Consider Throwing it Back"
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    Even the backdrop of highlander fly-fishing didn't really save this one. I've listened to another MC Beaton novel in this series, which was much better in terms of organization, character development, and also humor. This particular book has some charm, but it was Beaton's first effort and it falls a little flat as a 'whodunit.'

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    Overall
    (6906)
    Performance
    (5272)
    Story
    (5354)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Off-Beat, but Better Than the Rest"
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    What did you love best about Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter?

    To be clear, I am totally done with stupid books about over-sexed vampires, but when I saw the reviews for this one, I decided to give it a try, mostly because it was such an odd concept.

    What is being done here, is actually some very good writing. I majored in History in college, and had come across some of these peculiarly-worded documents that are used in the book, which are reltaive to both Lincoln and the Civil War. The author has done a masterful job in weaving these historical documents and events into the narrative.

    While the use of history in this book lends to the suspension of belief (or even reality) necessary for the fictionalized account, the style of writing throughout is very good and it holds the interest of the reader.

    There are some humorous parts in the book, a few of which are not intentional, but what has been done here is generally very good, and worth the listen, if you are seeking diversion.

    Download the book and listen to it before it is too late! The movie is coming out this summer, and in striving to make it 'hit' for the masses, it's likely that changes are going to be made to the story that will cause it to lose much of its charm.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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