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S. Crider

lost in words

Kansas City, MO, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Dharma Bums

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Allen Ginsberg
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    S. Craig says: "jack at his best"
    "Not what I remember when I was a Beat in SF"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What was most disappointing about Jack Kerouac’s story?

    I was so enchanted by Kerouac, but at my much older age found this story so out of date. I guess i missed the point.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Allen Ginsburg seemed so smug in his reading, I thought he was drunk or stoned. His voice was slurred. I think Mr. Ginsburg could do a lot better than what he did for this book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Man's Walk

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Larry McMurtry
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (506)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (289)

    In Dead Man's Walk, Gus and Call are not yet 20, young men coming of age in the days when Texas was still an independent republic. Enlisting as Texas Rangers under a land pirate who wants to seize Santa Fe from the Mexicans, Gus and Call experience their first great adventure in the barren great plains landscape, in which arbitrary violence is the rule -- whether from nature, or from the Indians whose territory they must cross in order to reach New Mexico.<

    Richard says: "Not Lonesome Dove"
    "Closer to the truth of the 'old' West"
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    Performance
    Story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story had was interesting but the ending felt like walking off a cliff.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    narration was very good


    Do you think Dead Man's Walk needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think the ending left you so high and dry it begs for a follow-up book


    Any additional comments?

    I have not read all the Lonesome Dove series and it would probably be helpful to do so to understand the whole complexity of this saga. I love the western open lands and love the visions created by the author. All in all it's a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On the Road: 50th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jack Kerouac
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (691)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (463)

    Few novels have had as profound an impact on American culture as On the Road. Pulsating with the rhythms of 1950s underground America, jazz, sex, illicit drugs, and the mystery and promise of the open road, Kerouac's classic novel of freedom and longing defined what it meant to be "beat" and has inspired generations of writers, musicians, artists, poets, and seekers who cite their discovery of the book as the event that "set them free".

    Guillermo says: "My Favorite Narration and a Wonderful Book"
    "BLAST FROM THE PAST"
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    What did you like best about On the Road? What did you like least?

    Kerouac was my hero when I was in College. Reading this book again leaves me dispondent. The best part for me is still the freedom of traveling across the nation, that dirty down and out feeling. The world and this nation have changed so much from those days of the 50's and 60's.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 77 Shadow Street

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (727)
    Performance
    (634)
    Story
    (632)

    Enter the world of the Pendleton: The original owner became a recluse - and was rumored to be more than half mad - after his wife and two children were kidnapped in 1896 and never found. The second owner suffered a worse tragedy in 1935, when his house manager murdered him, his family, and the entire live-in staff.... Craftsmen and laborers working on renovations disappear or go mad.... For years, the Pendleton is a happy place, until a bad turn comes again.... Voices in unknown languages are heard in deserted rooms....

    Carol says: "Disappointing, a total let-down."
    "My first experience with Audible"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made 77 Shadow Street better?

    A better plot and better written, it's a wonder I even tried listening to a second book.


    What could Dean Koontz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not spend so much time filling in the story line with useless words and descriptions. This story was just too wordy.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Neon Rain: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3051)
    Performance
    (1852)
    Story
    (1846)

    New York Times best-selling author James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels began with this first hard-hitting entry in the series. In The Neon Rain, Detective Robicheaux fishes a prostitute's corpse from a New Orleans bayou and finds that no one, not even the law, cares about a dead hooker.

    S. Sand says: "The perfect combination of author and narrator"
    "My first book narrated by will Patton."
    Overall
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    What did you like best about The Neon Rain? What did you like least?

    The leading character Dave Robicheaux brings this book to life.


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

    will Patton style of narration is creatve and attracting. He brings cadence to the words and life to the characters


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alas, Babylon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Pat Frank
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4314)
    Performance
    (3260)
    Story
    (3266)

    This true modern masterpiece is built around the two fateful words that make up the title and herald the end - “Alas, Babylon.” When a nuclear holocaust ravages the United States, a thousand years of civilization are stripped away overnight, and tens of millions of people are killed instantly. But for one small town in Florida, miraculously spared, the struggle is just beginning, as men and women of all backgrounds join together to confront the darkness....

    Evelyn says: "Excellent listen"
    "Alas Babylon is an eye opening experience"
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    If you could sum up Alas, Babylon in three words, what would they be?

    wake up notice. When you read this book you can't help but think about what would you do to survive and do you start now or wait till it is too late.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Randy told Ben Franklin how it is to be a man.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18200)
    Performance
    (16194)
    Story
    (16152)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "so far not impressed with the concept"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes for those who like King.


    Has 11-22-63 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I got tired of the performance. Seemed over acted unrealistic.


    Do you think 11-22-63 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No no. Science fiction covers this subject already ..


    Any additional comments?

    @

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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