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G. Jahn

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California | Member Since 2001

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  • Cujo

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (138)

    A cute family dog turns into a vicious family killer in King's canine classic.

    Rachel says: "Great story, wrong narrator"
    "Where did they get this narrator?"
    Overall

    I love King. I'd read his grocery lists; but listening to his books is difficult when the audio publisher will let just anybody narrate them.

    This is a story about a young woman in real danger with her tiny son while her (also young) husband is off on a business trip.

    The scary parts are about monsters and a big growly dog. Why, in the name of all that's sacred, is this book read by an old lady????? She should be reading Rosamund Pilcher novels or maybe Maeve Binchy but hearing her narrate sex and terror and emotions expressed by 30 somethings really misses the mark.

    I can't finish it. Yuck

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17307)
    Performance
    (15375)
    Story
    (15328)

    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"
    "Did I read the same book as others? TOTAL dud!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Craig Wasson?

    Sure. This one was just a total miss for both of them. Boring, unrelatable story and uneven narration.


    What could Stephen King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Burned the manuscript


    How could the performance have been better?

    I don't know how old Wasson is but his voice certainly sounds MUCH older than the mid 30s of the character. A wonderful age-appropriate pairing as in Duma Key would have made it so much better.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I can't think of one. I'm the same age as King and as a lifelong fan have read his books at the pace which he wrote them. I've seen and understood his transitions in subject matter and style but this one leaves me in the dark. I can't imagine why he finished it never mind published it.


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't finished this book yet but since I bought it I am forcing myself to listen to the end. I listened to it during a two hour dentist appointment yesterday and that seemed appropriate. It was a toss-up which was the more painful experience. Well, the dentist DID give me Lidocaine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9899)
    Performance
    (4828)
    Story
    (4857)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "Good book poor narrator"
    Overall

    As other critics of Raul Esparza have mentioned, he hasn't much of an ear for Maine (or French) accents. Moving on...

    Stephen King's writing seems to reflect the arc of his life. He's a horror writer who's simply not afraid of the same things he was afraid of 25 years ago.

    From the social horrors of a young person in Carrie through the absolute terror of losing a child in Cujo and Pet Sematary he's traveled through a cultural panic in The Stand and now has arrived in his 60's facing retirement in Duma Key and now in UTD is just satisfied to have survived.

    Those of us who are longtime King fans and have had to wait a year (or so) between novels come fresh to the feast each time and have tasted them one by one. Later readers can hippity hop from one to the other and sort of get too many flavors at once.

    Sorry, folks. Stephen King is entitled to change his focus and his voice. Vote with your dollar but keep in mind that if you're in your 50's or 60's like King (and me) you're likely to re-read some of his earlier (scarier?) work with a sense of indulgent amusement and ask yourself "Can this really have scared the crap out of me the first time I read it?"

    3 of 8 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
    (4947)
    Performance
    (1654)
    Story
    (1643)

    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"
    "The"
    Overall

    While I can only picture Billy Crystal when I hear John Slattery read, he certainly conveys Stephen King's literary voice. Except for King himself, I don't think any reader thus far has done justice to SK's stories in terms of emphasis and timing. After wading through "Cell" I thought I wouldn't read any more Stephen King but this book shows promise that he might still have something.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Teeth of the Tiger

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Tom Clancy
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (866)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (462)

    Charged with spotting terrorist threats, the top-secret "Campus" has its hands full when Middle East thugs and Colombian drug lords join forces. New Campus recruits include Jack Ryan Jr., son of master spy John Patrick Ryan, now President.

    John says: "NOT CLANCY'S BEST"
    "Should be called"
    Overall

    Endless whining from terrorists, FBI agents, Marines, supervisors, friends, relatives - basically - everyone. Any "adventure" in this story jumps around so much that one would consider Clancy himself was looking for any excuse to get away. My DH (longtime Clancy fan) and I listened to over half of this on a car trip and simply couldn't finish it. UGH!!!

    Tom, time to put away your word processor and take a loooooooooong vacation.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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