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  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5153)
    Performance
    (1850)
    Story
    (1839)

    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"
    "Thank God It's Over Muchacho!"
    Overall

    Unfortunately, I purchased AND listened to the entire book. I really can't believe all the great reviews this received.

    Half of the book was quotes from various people and personalities, a quarter was horrible cliches, and the other quarter was Wireman calling Edgar "Muchacho". I swear, that word...Muchacho...makes you want to pull your hair out when you've heard it several hundred times.

    Don't waste your money or credits on this one.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Irving
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Of all of John Irving's books, this is the one that lends itself best to audio. In print, Owen Meany's dialogue is set in capital letters; for this production, Irving himself selected Joe Barrett to deliver Meany's difficult voice as intended. In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys – best friends – are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary and terrifying.

    Maxine Fuentes says: "Wonderful"
    "Political/Religious Disagreements I STILL Loved It"
    Overall

    I saw several reviews who said they couldn't stand the narration of Owen Meany. I thought it perfect based on the physical description of Owen Meany and his personality. In fact, I thought the entire narration was outstanding.

    After listening to the book, I was most surprised I hadn't seen comments about politics or religion in the reviews.

    The author starts bashing the United States pretty early in the book and doesn't stop and has a lot of negative things to say about Catholics. I'm not Catholic, but I kept thinking that if I were, I would be getting pretty irritated.

    All the negatives about the United States did really irritate me and yet I still loved this book.

    There's a real teaser in the book about the Catholic church committing an "unspeakable outrage" to Owen and his family that leaves you wanting to know what it could be. If you read the book "The Help" it has a teaser with Minnie and the "terrible awful" that's mentioned just enough times to leave you constantly wondering what it could be.

    If you can put aside your personal feelings on the political and religious, it's a wonderful story. I loved Owen Meany and his simple, straight-forward, and literal thinking. There was something about all the main characters to fall in love with. I found myself laughing out loud at times and on the verge of tears at others. I wished the story could have gone on much longer. I miss Owen Meany's voice.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Sons of Fortune

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jeffrey Archer
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (113)

    In Hartford, Connecticut, in the late 1940's a set of twins is parted at birth - not by accident. During the 1950s and 1960s, the two brothers grow up apart, following similar paths that take them in different directions. At various times in their lives, both men are confronted with challenges and obstacles, tragedy and betrayal, loss and hardship, before they both decide to run for governor, unaware they are brothers...

    Margaret Campbell says: "A Total Disappointment"
    "Can't I Leave A Zero Star Rating??"
    Overall

    If I could leave zero stars I would. The only thing I can say is this is a male's version of a Danielle Steele novel. I can't believe I listened to the entire book. Please don't waste your time as I have.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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