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Kevin

austin, TX, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • Bag of Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2621)
    Performance
    (1212)
    Story
    (1219)

    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"
    "Best King Bood I've read"
    Overall

    I got this book just to see if I would like it. I read no reviews and knew nothing about it before I started listening. I was very skeptical about King reading his own work, but decided to give it a try anyway. I am glad I did.

    Bag of Bones is now one of my favorite books. King's narration is nothing short of brilliant. The book is written in first person and you get the feeling that King actually lived this tale.

    What I really like is that Bag of Bones is not just a ghost story. It is a book about a writer attempting to deal with the death of his wife, writer's block, and his dawning realization that there are things more important and more fulfilling in his life that simply writing his mystery novels.

    This book has all the elements that I love in a good story - real characters that you care about, suspense, a great plot that does not reveal itself fully until the end, and great insight into the human condition.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Hades: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Nick Chamian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1487)
    Performance
    (1355)
    Story
    (1378)

    At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy's instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea's forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors from both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

    amyrex2 says: "I really HATE it when narrators are switched"
    "You should have kept Joshua Swanson."
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is a great book, even if it seems childish at parts. It has a lot of interesting mythology mix up in all the shenanigans.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It would have been better if narrated by Joshua Swanson, because he has a very defined set of voices for all of them (the characters) and switches between more smoothly. Although I have no complaints as nick chamian for a narrator, he was still excellent. The other reviews are quite exaggerated about his voice. He is just not the best for this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wolf Gift

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (840)
    Performance
    (757)
    Story
    (766)

    A young reporter on assignment from the San Francisco Observer... An older woman welcoming him into her magnificent family home that he has been sent to write about and that she must sell with some urgency... A chance encounter between two unlikely people... An idyllic night - shattered by horrific unimaginable violence, the young man inexplicably attacked - bitten - by a beast he cannot see in the rural darkness....

    Johnny Dough says: "Terrible: Sex, Food, and Not Much Else"
    "The best Anne Rice book since Blackwook Farm"
    Overall
    Performance
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    What made the experience of listening to The Wolf Gift the most enjoyable?

    This is the old Anne Rice who wrote the Vampire Chronicles. We have not seen her in a while and it is a true pleasure to have her back.


    What about Ron McLarty’s performance did you like?

    Everything. He is an amazing narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    This is book is similar to the Vampire Chronicles in the ideas it explores, however not so sweeping and spellbinding as to be a good subject for exploration in multiple volumes as were the Chronicles. It suffers form the same misgivings as Blood Canticle because in the end a bunch of characters simply sit down and explain everything. Rather than being shown through plot, story, and characterization, we are sermonized. All the elements are there as they were in the chronicles - immortality, human becoming monster, love, and ancient history and more. But it is distinctly watered down and somewhat unoriginal. Though nowhere near it in richness of character or quality of plot and writing, it is the most enjoyable book she has written since Blackwood Farm.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bel Canto

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ann Patchett
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1761)
    Performance
    (918)
    Story
    (925)

    Somewhere in South America at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the guests with her singing. It is a perfect evening, until a band of terrorists breaks in, taking the entire party hostage.

    Brian says: "Surprisingly engrossing"
    "One of the best ever"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you like a book of characters and character interaction, as well as surprise and suspense, you will love this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Do not be fooled by the surface situational description of this book as I was. I had owned it for years and never read it because I was not so interested in a book about hostages. However this book only uses the situation as a vehicle to explore human relationships and it is wonderful, gripping, and impossible to stop listening.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Talisman

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs)
    • By Stephen King, Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3785)
    Performance
    (1817)
    Story
    (1830)

    On a brisk autumn day, a 13-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: His father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America - and into another realm. One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery.

    Swad says: "Still Good"
    "Worst King Book I've Read"
    Overall

    I got this book after reading Salem's Lot and Bag of Bones, two really good Stephen King novels. It contains none the elements that make up a good novel, that being character and plot developement. I have a hard time believing that Stephen King would put his name on this book.

    Unfortunately I bought Talisman based on reader reviews and paid more attention to the good reviews than the bad ones.

    Talisman leads you through a fictional world full of gore and violence with stereotypical characters who are either all bad or all good, with little to no depth or development. If you like action and gore for their sake alone, perhaps you will like Talisman. If you like a book with realistic characters that you care about, and a plot that contains more than just a series of gory action scenes, then like me, you will have trouble finishing Talisman, and you will be dissappointed that you wasted a book credit.

    I would not reccommend Talisman to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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