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Txjack

txjack

Central Texas | Member Since 2005

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  • Needful Things: The Last Castle Rock Story

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    Overall
    (992)
    Performance
    (737)
    Story
    (741)

    A new store has opened in the town of Castle Rock, Maine. It has whatever your heart desires...if you're willing to pay the price. In this chilling novel by one of the most potent imaginations of our time, evil is on a shopping spree and out to scare you witless. Presented unabridged and read by the author.

    Jaimie says: "A good book and narration"
    "Nice creepy read"
    Overall

    I liked this book. It has a nice mix of good people type characters, flawed characters and some not so nice folks. I loved the narration and wish all Mr. King's books were narrated by him. It's like spending time with an old friend.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Moveable Feast

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By James Naughton
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (166)

    Published posthumously in 1964, A Moveable Feast remains one of Ernest Hemingway's most beloved works. It is his classic memoir of Paris in the 1920s, filled with irreverent portraits of other expatriate luminaries such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein; tender memories of his first wife, Hadley; and insightful recollections of his own early experiments with his craft.

    Catherine says: "Hemingway without being TOO Hemingway"
    "A great listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up A Moveable Feast in three words, what would they be?

    A great book


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed hearing about what life was like in the 1920s Paris and the interactions Hemingway had with other famous writers.


    Any additional comments?

    The is the original, unchanged version of the book. The narration was wonderful and the book really sucks you in. Hemingway looks back, sometimes in regret, at the beginning of his literary career.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    Overall
    (5186)
    Performance
    (1881)
    Story
    (1871)

    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"
    "Whew, Creepy!"
    Overall

    I normally like a Stephen King book read by Stephen King, but John Slattery, who narrated here was wonderful. The story was good, that built in intensity and was a mix of humor, sadness and horror. The narration really brought the book to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Trek: Sarek (Adapted)

    • ORIGINAL (3 hrs)
    • By A. C. Crispin
    • Narrated By Mark Lenard
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    Spock's mother, Amanda Grayson, is dying, and Spock returns to the planet Vulcan where he and Sarek enjoy a rare moment of rapprochement. But just as his wife's illness grows worse, duty calls Sarek away, once again sowing the seeds of conflict between father and son. Yet soon Sarek and Spock must put aside their differences and work together to foil a far-reaching plot to destroy the Federation, a plot that Sarek has seen in the making for nearly his entire career.

    Txjack says: "Great Read"
    "Great Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Mark Lenard (who plays Sarek in Star Trek) does an outstanding narration on this story. The audiobook is definitely abridged but still an enjoyable 3 hours or so.

    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
    (531)
    Performance
    (316)
    Story
    (315)

    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"
    "Super"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have started and restarted this review several times. I don't want to gush, but . . . Will Patton is as incredible a narrator as he is an actor. In fact, this will seem like a movie in your head. There are many, many characters, but with Will's narration, you will recognize each voice -- even without a "Gus said'. I read this book years ago, and thought it an ok read, but, with Will Patton's narration, it brings it up to one of my favorites. I just wish he read the entire series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tommyknockers

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Edward Hermann
    Overall
    (1008)
    Performance
    (698)
    Story
    (704)

    Bobbi Anderson and the other good folks of Haven, Maine, have sold their souls to reap the rewards of the most deadly evil this side of Hell.

    Grant S. Burroughs says: "The old Stephen King"
    "Nice read"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this book. It has a great mix of characters, horror and mysterious plot. Mr. Kings writing is excellent. For example, one of the main characters seems to get himself into bad situations, and it's Mr. King's expert writing that makes you feel very uncomfortable for the character as he seems so real. Edward Hermann's narration was enjoyable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lake Wobegon Days

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Garrison Keillor
    • Narrated By Garrison Keillor
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (50)

    Garrison Keillor is the consummate storyteller, gifted with the rare ability, both in print and in performance, to hold an audience spellbound with his tales of ordinary people whose lives contain extraordinary moments of humor, tenderness, and grace. This exclusive recording of Garrison Keillor reading a carefully edited abridgement of the book also includes a few segments taken from live performances recorded during a fundraising tour for public radio stations in 1985.

    MrGee says: "A great shot of Garrison Keillor..."
    "Very enjoyable"
    Overall

    I have so say, I amost didn't make it past the first chapter -- Man, it is slow. Once I got past it, I loved pretty much everything after it. Garrison Keillor reads it like a champ. I have listened to it many times, and still laugh at the residents of Lake Wobegon. If you can get past the first chapter, I think you will like this book, too.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Fiction

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (57)

    Ayn Rand discusses how a writer combines abstract ideas with concrete action and description to achieve a unity of theme, plot, characterization, and style, the four essential elements of fiction. Here, too, are Rand's illuminating analyses of passages from famous writers, rewrites of scenes from her own works, and fascinating rules for building dramatic plots and characters with depth.

    Lois says: "Get Stein on Writing"
    "Didn't like it"
    Overall

    I enjoy Ayn Rand's work, especially on audio. I have listened to Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead many times. Each of these are epic in scope (and volume, A. S. is over 50 hours!) I couldn't even finish this. I don't know if it was the narrator or the the style of the writing, which isn't strictly written as if she spoke it in a series, but from what I understood much was culled from other sources beside study groups. I waited a long time for this as it dropped from Audible for a while. It came back, I got it, and boy, do I ever regret it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Rob Lowe
    • Narrated By Rob Lowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3558)
    Performance
    (2844)
    Story
    (2835)

    A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

    N. Belle says: "Great Book and Great Story"
    "Excellent"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Although I have not seen most of Rob Lowe's work, I thought this was a really interesting read. Rob reads it and does a fine job. I felt like he was in the room talking to me like an old friend. If you are a fan of 80's movies or not, I think you will enjoy this audiobook. You will hear names that you will recognize and stories that will make you raise your eyebrows, make you laugh, and even bring a tear. I was sorry the book had to end. I hope one day there is a sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Dark, No Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2406)
    Performance
    (1157)
    Story
    (1152)

    "I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger...." writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up "1922", the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife, Arlette, proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

    Parusski says: "Eerie, honest, frightening!"
    "Real Horror"
    Overall

    I'm a huge Stephen King fan, going all the way back to The Shining, but I didn't care for this book. It was a horror book that really didn't rely on much supernatural, but the horror that resides in people. Murder, death, rape, tragedy . . . this is about all this book was about. It's a well written Stephen King book, don't get me wrong, but if I wanted to read/hear about this kind of terror, all I have to do is watch Nancy Grace and see the very worst in man -- Full Dark, No Stars. I'm sorry Mr. King, I know you put a lot of work into this. I am really looking forward to 11/22/63.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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