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Julia

Venice, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4503)
    Performance
    (3235)
    Story
    (3260)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "Too over the top."
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    A shame because I LOVE Stephen King and this story is one of the more creepy stories out there. There are some strong situations in there admittedly...but it's STEPHEN KING. It's very well written.
    I really would have enjoyed it I'm sure but I am going to read this one, not listen to it.
    Unliike everyone else on this review board I find the narrator too over the top. I understand that Billy is supposed to be stuttering, but Weber takes 6 seconds to say the word WHY. I started to skip over his parts because it became SO A a a a a, mmmmm, a a a a A ANNOYING!!
    I get it already! Ritchie was a parody of a boy doing a parody...I found it shallow.
    I don't need an attempted Oscar winning performance, I just need the book read to me at an adult pace and level. Thank you and G g g g g g g ugghhhhhh... g g g GOODNIGHT.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pygmy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Paul Michael Garcia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (80)

    "Begins here first account of operative me, agent number 67, on arrival Midwestern American airport....Code name: Operation Havoc." Thus speaks Pygmy, one of a handful of young adults from a totalitarian state sent to the U.S. disguised as exchange students to live with typical American families and blend in, all the while planning an unspecified attack of massive terrorism

    Maude Lebowski says: "A Kinder, Gentler Chuck"
    "Clever and funny."
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    I wasn't expecting to be so entertained by, and impressed with this book. I felt as if I was sharing a secret language with Mr C.P.
    I don't agree with the negative reviews, although I did let them influence me at first...for months actually and I almost didn't buy this book.
    As I was reading, I realized that they were the ones who were not quite picking up the clever concept. And excuse me, but it made me laugh to hear some say that this is an "anti-american" book...and yet...these same people loved FIGHT CLUB!
    Go figure. PS...great narrator, good job!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cell: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    Overall
    (3319)
    Performance
    (1057)
    Story
    (1065)

    The cause of the devastation is a phenomenon that will come to be known as The Pulse, and the delivery method is a cell phone. Everyone's cell phone. Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization's darkest age, surrounded by chaos, carnage, and a human horde that has been reduced to its basest nature...and then begins to evolve.

    chris says: "Entertained"
    "Time for a re-read."
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    Or rather...a re-listen. I've listened to this twice already. I just downloaded The Shining...and noticed that Campbell is the narrator...and it made me think of Cell and how quietly great this book is. (I must remember to write more postitive reviews instead of just complaining all the time...)
    Brilliant author, great narrator...what else is there to say? It's a gory story and an exciting adventure with no shortage of ideas and scenarios that will probaly stick with you for a lifetime. Throw in the realistic intimate human touch that make SK go from gifted to magical, and you have Cell.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Horns: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1153)
    Performance
    (745)
    Story
    (750)

    Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache, and a pair of horns growing from his temples. At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances.

    bet says: "people are funny"
    "Joe wishes he had horns."
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    But he doesn't.
    I'm a huge Stephen King fan and bought this book in the hopes that the apple had not fallen far from the tree and had high hopes that S.K. had spawned my next literary obsession. Not to be.
    There is no drama in this book, no depth, no spice, no soul...and at times I felt I was being lectured, spoken TOO and not WITH.
    I can't finish the book. It's SO empty, not to mention poorly written. I'll give Joe Hill a miss. A BIG miss.
    Didn't like the narrator either.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Damned

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Tai Sammons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (479)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (438)

    “Are you there, Satan? It’s me, Madison,” declares the whip-tongued 13-year-old narrator of Damned, Chuck Palahniuk’s subversive new work of fiction. The daughter of a narcissistic film star and a billionaire, Madison is abandoned at her Swiss boarding school over Christmas, while her parents are off touting their new projects and adopting more orphans. She dies over the holiday of a marijuana overdose—and the next thing she knows, she’s in Hell.

    William says: "As a new Chuck Palahniuk reader, I liked it a lot!"
    "Damned Boring."
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    I usually go head over heels for C.P.'s work. I have read almost everything he has writtin and adored Rant and Haunted...flipped over Lullaby and really enjoyed Diary.
    This reads as though it was written by an inexperienced writed trying to sound like Palahniuk.
    I didn't feel any connection to the characters, the story built to an anticlimax that left me feeling really flat. It actually seemed more like a book written for teenagers or Y/A.

    An hour close to the end I couldn't have cared less but I kept slogging along until, nothing happened, and then, to quote Chuck out of Pygmy, (another fav) nothing kept happening.
    If hell is as boring as C.P. invisions...I'd rather go to heaven.
    On the other hand I would listen to the narrator. She did a good job with what she was given.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil All the Time

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Donald Ray Pollock
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (144)

    Set in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia, The Devil All the Time follows a cast of compelling and bizarre characters from the end of World War II to the 1960s. There’s Willard Russell, tormented veteran of the carnage in the South Pacific, who can’t save his beautiful wife, Charlotte, from an agonizing death by cancer no matter how much sacrifi­cial blood he pours on his “prayer log.”

    Kathy says: "WOW What a FIND!"
    "You're a sick man, Mr Pollock,"
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    ...AND I LOVE IT. This story is brutal and grisly, gritty and realistic, shocking, nihilistic, sarcastic and constantly amazing. Read by an obvious master...Mark Bramhall propels the listener deep in to this expertly woven world. Please-oh-please write more D. R. Pollock.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Pump Six and Other Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Paolo Bacigalupi
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis, Eileen Stevens, James Chen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (125)

    Paolo Bacigalupi's debut collection demonstrates the power and reach of the science-fiction short story. Social criticism, political parable, and environmental advocacy lie at the center of Paolo's work. Each of the stories herein is at once a warning and a celebration of the tragic comedy of the human experience.

    Julia says: "I never wanted the stories to end."
    "I never wanted the stories to end."
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    I could listen to Paolo Bacigalupi for the rest of my life. I could just lock myself in my house and lay there, listening, (preferably with J. Davis narrating...he is fantastic) in a futuristic stupor...happily ever after.
    I never wanted to leave the world of 'The Windup Girl', and gratefully returned through the stories of 'Pump Six'...now I wander aimlessly though other choices, from various authors...some of whom have been on my "to read" list forever, thinking, "I wish you were Paolo Bacigalupi".
    This book is a rare and beautiful, brutal gift.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Elantris

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4157)
    Performance
    (2661)
    Story
    (2704)

    Legendary science fiction author Orson Scott Card calls Brandon Sanderson a writer to watch, and Publishers Weekly says his debut is "outstanding." Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

    Lore says: "What if your body could never heal?"
    "Longing for a different narrator."
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    I purchased and listened to this book about a year ago and although the narrator was one of the very WORST I had ever had the displeasure of listening to...the story itself held onto me and forced me to indure the narrator's butchery.
    Recently, I have had a hankering to re-enter Elantris's filthy/shining gates but alas...on arrival I was reminded of what I had NOT missed as Jack Garret commenced to "box my ears". (not again Mr Garret, once assaulted, twice shy...)
    So it looks as though I will be buying this book the old fashion way to read in peace. IE: If you can stomach the narrator, the story is more than well worth it...but I would suggest reading it yourself.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Warded Man

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Peter V. Brett
    • Narrated By Pete Bradbury
    Overall
    (2491)
    Performance
    (1848)
    Story
    (1860)

    Peter V. Brett has won accolades from critics, fans and fellow authors alike for this riveting debut novel. The Warded Man features a world where demons stalk the night, hunting humans who have long forgotten the magic of their ancestors. But all is not lost, as some hold out hope that a savior will release humanity from the demons' terrifying reign.

    Meloney says: "Brilliant"
    "Evil meets Days Of Our Medieval Lives."
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    I think this book has a unique concept and also the execution of the concept is nicely put together. I enjoyed it immensly, although I have to admit to taking a break a few times due to the fact that the characters interactions are a bit immature, and quite often don't make any sense...they come off sounding like a medieval soap opera more often than not. The women are obviously picked straight out of the authors private fantasy stash...(assuming he is 15 years old...I'm quite aware that he's not).
    Frustration and longing for more realistic human discourse aside...it's a VERY entertaining ride and a great yarn.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By Felbrigg Napoleon Herriot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (55)

    FNH Audio presents a complete and unabridged audio book of H.P. Lovecraft’s novel "The case of Charles Dexter Ward". Charles is a young man, a young man with a passion, a driving passion, a love of the past. What starts as the curious interest of a young boy, growths up with the youth to become the obsession of the man. His friends turn their back on him, he becomes reclusive. His few new friends are dark and mysterious, ominous even.

    Steffen says: "Narrator"
    "Droll narration."
    Overall

    This narrator has an exotic name and a voice akin to the crunch of dry toast. I was looking forward to listening to this book...I love Lovecraft, however there is more inflection presented within the 10 o'clock news broadcast.
    I gave only one star as I couldn't make it even a quarter of the way through due to the narration.
    I'm sure it's a wonderful book. I'll have to read it someday.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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