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krista

New Orleans, LA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Lisey's Story

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Mare Winningham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1460)
    Performance
    (495)
    Story
    (502)

    Lisey Debusher Landon lost her husband, Scott, two years ago, after a 25-year marriage of the most profound and sometimes frightening intimacy. Scott was an award-winning, best-selling novelist, and a very complicated man. Early in their relationship, before they married, Lisey had to learn from him about books and blood and "bools". Later, she understood that there was a place Scott went, a place that both terrified and healed him, could eat him alive, or give him the ideas he needed in order to live.

    krista says: "Atypical"
    "Atypical"
    Overall

    For King fans, this listen will be a bit more cerebral, and a good deal less traditional King Creepshow. From that perspective, Lisey's Story is a masterpiece of fiction, seasoned by King's ability to transform the mundane aspects of life into otherworldly, magical elements. It becomes almost autobiographical in the detailed journey through the details held within writer's imagination, The Pool, and the reader's ability to hitch a ride for a voyeuristic dip. Not a traditional horror format, Lisey's Story is a personal description of the ways and means of authorship, the guts of the writer's mind, and the interaction between the real world and The Pool, just under the surface, but not available to all, offered not to frighten, but rather validate and explain.

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book IV

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (4180)
    Performance
    (2396)
    Story
    (2420)

    It is not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters start to gather, picking over the bones of the dead and fighting for the spoils of the soon-to-be dead. Now in the Seven Kingdoms, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed, while surprising faces, some familiar, others only just appearing, are seen emerging from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges ahead.

    Aaron says: "No Roy Dotrice"
    "READ instead of LISTEN to this one."
    Overall

    I'd like to think that Roy Dotrice simply was not available to narrate this book, rather than find that the powers that be at Random House felt that his absence would not be noticed, or that John Lee's mispronunciation of well loved character's names would be easily set aside, as the story itself was so engrossing. No. The story was not engrossing, and Mr. Lee made it difficult to even recognize beloved characters, as they all sounded rather haughty, and much the same. Not so with Roy Dotrice. It was a stupid move, and one I am pleased they have corrected for A Dance with Dragons. Narration Rant over.

    For the previous three books in this series, I literally could not stop listening! I found traffic to drive in just to extend my listen. Seriously. So, imagine my surprise when I found myself FF through whole sections, not simply because of the narrator, but because I could not manage to become invested in the main character POV's in A Feast For Crows. Even those POV's which continued from the previous books remained unfamiliar "in their own skin," so to speak. I wouldn't say this would be a waste of 2 credits, but one might want to actually read this one page by page, rather than listen. All hail Roy Dotrice, who paints pictures in my mind with his voice!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4996)
    Performance
    (1703)
    Story
    (1691)

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "A Must!"
    Overall

    Do NOT hesitate to obtain this offering from King...In top form, can not put it down, page turner...Absolutely worth it. ENJOY!!

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Dahlia

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (373)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (133)

    On January 15, 1947, the tortured body of a beautiful young woman was found in a vacant lot in Hollywood. Elizabeth Short, the Black Dahlia, a young Hollywood hopeful, had been brutally murdered. Her murder sparked one of the greatest manhunts in California history.

    Craig F. Noell says: "Great naration"
    "Entertaining."
    Overall

    I enjoyed this listen, but would strongly warn those easily offended by violence, racial slurs, bias, language, and the like to choose an alternative. That said, this novel takes some time getting started as a good deal of time is devoted to establishing main character back story, but upon the discovery of "The Dahlia," the plot snaps along without losing any momentum or quality. Sometimes depressing, sometimes outright funny, sometimes uplifting, this novel easily takes its rightful place within the Noir/Crime genre, and for those who enjoyed "L.A. Confidential," it is a sure bet. **Bonus author interview included wherein author identifies his thought processes and motivations associated with the writing of "The Black Dahlia."

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (1669)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (724)

    Barcelona, 1945: Just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his 11th birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console his only child, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona's guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again.

    Katherine says: "Great With One Exception"
    "Gothic fun"
    Overall

    In the tradition of gothic genre, I found this novel quite entertaining. Some parts were a bit overly sentimental, frought with musical overtures, and melodramatic, but such things did not completely destroy the entertainment value. Comparative to other novels which I have paid more for, but whose value and quality were non-existent after listening, I would suggest that this is the best $13.00 download I have ever purchased, whose quality far outweights the price of purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unspeakable

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By John Henry Cox
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (87)

    Realistic, sharp-edged, and complex, Unspeakable is Sandra Brown's best yet. A beautiful woman locked in silence, a man stalked by dark secrets he can no longer outrun, and an over-the-hill peace officer seeking redemption must defeat their own demons before a tumultuous confrontation with a diabolical killer.

    Cathryn says: "Unspeakable - unbelievable!"
    "Just....don't."
    Overall

    Don't waste your credit on this. Usually I enjoy Brown's books, but this one is simply not worth the time or energy, it's inherent flaws too numerous to list here. Suffice to say, the author phoned it in and were no stars allowed in submission, this review would reflect it.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bag of Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2354)
    Performance
    (962)
    Story
    (968)

    Even four years after the sudden death of his wife, best selling novelist Mike Noonan can't stop grieving, nor can he return to his writing. He moves into his isolated house by the lake, which becomes the site of ghostly visitations, ever-escalating nightmares, and the sudden recovery of his writing ability. What are the forces that have been unleashed here - and what do they want of Mike Noonan?

    Amazon Customer says: "My Favorite King Novel"
    "LOVED IT!"
    Overall

    I loved listening to this book about as much as King clearly loved writing it. Don't miss the "bonus" interview with King at the end. There seems to be a little something extra added when King reads his own work, the dialect, the inflections, the "yankee" accents. My only complaint is that Audible does not carry the entire King library of work as I would dearly love to listen to "Misery" in English, rather than the offered Spanish. The possiblity of hearing King vocalizing "Dirty Birdy" would be worth the cost alone. But I digress....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Scott Smith
    • Narrated By Patrick Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (96)

    The Ruins follows two American couples enjoying a pleasant, lazy beach holiday together in Mexico. On an impulse, they go off with newfound friends in search of one of their group, the young German who, in pursuit of a girl, has headed for the remote Mayan ruins, site of a fabled archeological dig.

    Art says: "The Plant"
    "great read!!"
    Overall

    I purchased this book because of the Stephen King recommendation, and I find I must agree with him. After listening to "Bag Of Bones," by King, there follows an interview in which King details what he believes comprises a good novel, character development, thoughtful story, solid presentation, etc. Perhaps it was better that I had knowledge of his review criteria prior to listening to "The Ruins" as it prepared me, allowed for an educated guess, or simply provided the boundries by which to measure expectations. Regardless, this novel was outstanding and to my mind very reminicent of "The Lord of the Flies" or "Heart of Darkness" in which the "horror" aspect comes from within, rather than without, the character's and reader's minds. Oftentimes people are more comfortable with a fiendish creature, something apart from us, which we can name, detail, a direct our fears and anger towards. This novel, and the aforementioned, make it difficult to separate the horror from the human, and in this they mark their purpose, their theme and thesis....there is nothing more horrifying than that which one human being can inflict on oneself or others....we are the evil, and given the chance, we find ways to florish, like vines. Read it, you'll see what I mean.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Every Breath You Take: A True Story of Obsession, Revenge, and Murder

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Ann Rule
    • Narrated By Blair Brown
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (37)

    "If anything ever happens to me, promise me that you will see that there is an investigation...And find Ann Rule and ask her to write my story," Sheila Blackthorne Bellush told her sister after she divorced multimillionaire Allen Blackthorne. Now, in perhaps the first book ever written at a victim's request, America's best selling true-crime writer, Ann Rule, untangles a horrific web of lies that culminated in Sheila's savage murder more than 10 years after she left Blackthorne.

    krista says: "Well worth it"
    "Well worth it"
    Overall

    As an insatiable devotee to "Forensic Files," "City Confidential," and "American Justice," I could not wait to download and listen to Rule's "Breath." Though I was somewhat familiar with the subject matter, I found Rule's telling, complete with details not covered within any of the aforementioned television programs, entertaining, educational, and interesting. Her grasp of the criminal mind, and her ability to present it for the layman, are what drive the content of "Breath," and render it difficult to abandon once started. I strongly recommend both of the Rule books available at this site, and would encourage Audible to aquire those works outstanding.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • My Life Among the Serial Killers: Inside the Minds of the World's Most Notorious Murderers

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Helen Morrison, Harold Goldberg
    • Narrated By Helen Morrison
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (75)

    Dr. Helen Morrison has profiled more than 80 serial killers around the world. What she has learned about them will shatter every assumption you've ever had about the most notorious killers known to man.

    P. Minor says: "Boring reader,boring writing"
    "Disturbingly interesting"
    Overall

    I must confess an absolute facination with serial killers, more for their inherent ability to act without moral or ethical compass, than for their actions, specifically. Morrison, while a gifted profiler, unfortunately is not equally gifted as the narrator of her own work. This failure notwithstanding, the material covered was horrifingly interesting and kept me rapt, though only up to the point in which she waxes at length on her views regarding the neccesity of stem cell research used for the study of serial killers currently in captivity. Overall, her assertion that serial killers are "born" rather than "reared" is worth the price of listening.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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