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M. Wire

Fort Wayne, IN | Member Since 2001

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  • Lost Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    Overall
    (550)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (164)

    Step Fletcher, his pregnant wife DeAnne, and their three children move to Steuben, North Carolina, with high hopes. But Step's new job with a software company turns out to be a snake pit, and 8-year-old Stevie's school is worse. As Stevie retreats into himself, focusing more and more on a mysterious computer game and a growing troop of imaginary friends, the Fletchers' concern turns to terror.

    Dave says: "A knockout"
    "A new way... a new road..."
    Overall

    I can’t begin to explain how much I enjoyed this book.

    As a person who doesn’t believe in organized religion, I have to say that it didn’t bother me that it was such a strong element in this story. It is a part of the characters lives, it is just a part of who they are. Another detail in the story.

    The character build up is a bit slow, but it makes you a part of the family in the long run.

    I have to say that, after 5+ years of membership at Audible, this was one of the best.

    The narrator is excellent and holds you to the story very well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fool: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2134)
    Performance
    (948)
    Story
    (965)

    Pocket has been Lear's cherished fool for years. So naturally Pocket is at his brainless, elderly liege's side when Lear demands that his kids swear to him their undying love and devotion. Of course Goneril and Regan are only too happy to brownnose Dad. But Cordelia believes that her father's request is kind of...well...stupid, and her blunt honesty ends up costing her her rightful share of the kingdom and earns her a banishment to boot.

    Michael says: "Mr Moore does it again."
    "A rousing bound through King Lear!"
    Overall

    Yes, indeed: thou wouldst make a good fool. (King Lear, I, iv)

    Folks, this is not great literature; I think Christopher Moore would be the first to agree with that statement. It is however, a fun retelling of the Shakespearean classic, 'King Lear' from the perspective of the King's much beloved Black Fool, (with a glut of liberties taken.)

    The narration is brilliant! Acted more so than read, and it does add an ?lan that would be missing from written text.

    All and all, 'Fool' is a fun romp through the bawdy mind of Christopher Moore. I do hope he has stopped speaking/thinking in Old English by now. I can only imagine what ordering a Starbucks must be like in Old English. It boggles the mind...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodlist: The Vampire Files, Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By P.N. Elrod
    • Narrated By Barrett Whitener
    Overall
    (307)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (114)

    I've always had a weak spot for strange ladies. One very beautiful girl had even warned me that she was, get this, a vampire. But did I listen? No.

    Joseph says: "A unique perspective on vampire novels."
    "Fun Read"
    Overall

    While I was totally new to this series, I decided hey, what the heck; and I'm glad I did. What a fun little ride. Is it a great work of literature, no. Will this be a timeless vampire story, again sadly no, but it is worth a read. It's fun, unique, and totally different than anything in this genre, it is much more a film noir sort of story than a vampire tale, but it is enjoyable. I wasn't thrilled with the ending, but then I find that the ending of a book, no matter how good, is still the end, and if you like a book, then you hate to see it coming. It was a little trite, but still enjoyable enough for me to go on and read the rest of the series. Wonder why audible doesn't have at least one or two of the others in this series?!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Brother Odd: An Odd Thomas Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2468)
    Performance
    (1000)
    Story
    (996)

    No one could have imagined Odd Thomas ever leaving the quirky comfort of Pico Mundo. Yet leave it he has, for a monastery. But Odd has a knack for finding trouble no matter where he goes, and a killer is stalking the ancient holy halls. Odd is about to meet an enemy who eclipses any he has yet encountered.

    Travelgirl says: "Odds are you will LOVE this book!!!"
    "Another Great Slice..."
    Overall

    in the life of Odd. I am not a Koontz fan at all, most of the time, I can't read him, but there is something about 'Oddy' that just calls to me. I can't explain it, other than to say, if you normally don't like Koontz, but want a character you can actually care about, Odd Thomas is a good choice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Brief History of the Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kevin Brockmeier
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (197)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    All residents of the City have recently died, and they will remain in the City only as long as someone still living on Earth remembers them. On Earth, however, the population has been devastated by a terrible pandemic. Laura Byrd, isolated at an Antarctic research station, may be the only person to have survived the pandemic. But she's running out of time and supplies, and her memories are fading.

    Audrey says: "Can't wait to hear it again."
    "Not for everyone..."
    Overall

    I can't exactly classify this book for anyone, as it isn't classifiable. It's not sci/fi, it's not really dramatic, it's.. well it just is. it's sort of a slice of life & death.

    Don't expect this to be a thrill ride, but if you let it in, this book will have an ongoing place in your memory; little things will suddenly pop into your head, little details you might not of picked up, but all the sudden their they are.

    I really enjoyed this book, but as I said it’s not for everyone. The narration is some of the best I've ever listened to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Dirty Job

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Fisher Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4159)
    Performance
    (1450)
    Story
    (1466)

    People start dropping dead around Charlie, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

    colleen says: "I loved it!"
    "A++++++"
    Overall

    As usual, absurdist fiction author Christopher Moore has written a masterful diversion for those of us who’s lives oven overlap a little too much with reality! You'll laugh, you'll cry, all in all you'll have a wonderful time. I thought the narration was wonderful as well!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    Overall
    (21578)
    Performance
    (13045)
    Story
    (13176)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "I love this series..."
    Overall

    First things first, you must realize that this is a story about an exceptional child, but not a story for children. This is a book about politics and war. This is a story of a government desperate to find the solution to a problem that is both real and imagined. It is a fascinating look into military strategy and the life of Andrew Wiggins.

    I will warn you that some of the ?ideas? presented will offend those who are more politically correct than others, but if you take it for what it actually is? the pre-story to the second book, ?The Speaker for the Dead,? and know that it will give you a base understanding of the main character in this series, you will grow to love and care about the characters presented here within.

    One last warning, this series will draw you in and you will not be able to stop until you have read every book in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Thomas

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    Overall
    (4369)
    Performance
    (1842)
    Story
    (1859)

    "The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Odd Thomas thinks of himself as an ordinary guy, if possessed of a certain measure of talent at the Pico Mundo Grill and rapturously in love with the most beautiful girl in the world, Stormy Llewellyn.

    Denise says: "No Doubting Thomas"
    "Not the biggest Fan of Koontz"
    Overall

    This is actually the first Koontz book I've been able to get through.. I'm not sure if it's his usual writing style, or if all the stories just seem too similar, but usually, I get bored with Koontz's stories.. Odd Thomas, however, was different. I was hooked from the start and couldn't shut it off. One of the reviewers said something about it being too much like Sixth Sense, and while, there is a basic premise very much like Sixth Sense, I don't see the coloration at all. For one, this book grabbed my attention and the characters were totally likable? unlike Sixth Sense IMHO. All in all, a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Canticle

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    Overall
    (391)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (154)

    Anne Rice continues her astonishing Vampire Chronicles with the story of Lestat's passionate quest for redemption, goodness and the love of Rowan Mayfair. Here are all the brilliantly conceived principal characters that make up Anne Rice's world of vampires and witches. And here is the spirit of Julien Mayfair, guardian of the family, determined to torment Lestat eternally for what he has done to Mona.

    Marc S says: "Enjoyable"
    "AWESOME!"
    Overall

    MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE!!!!!

    5 of 28 people found this review helpful

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