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Jonathan

Peoria, AZ, USA | Member Since 2007

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  • Black Out: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lisa Unger
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    On the surface, Annie Powers' life in a wealthy Floridian suburb is happy and idyllic. Her husband, Gray, loves her fiercely; together, they dote on their beautiful young daughter, Victory. But the bubble surrounding Annie is pricked when she senses that the demons of her past have resurfaced and, to her horror, are now creeping up on her.

    A User says: "A different kind of thriller"
    "Annie, quit your whining"
    Overall

    The lead character, Annie... about drove me nuts with her whining. As a victim of violence myself, I understand the trauma and psychological ramifications... but this character was a little "over the top" for me... by the end, I had a difficult time identifying with her...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joyland

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Michael Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3412)
    Performance
    (3149)
    Story
    (3149)

    Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever. Joyland is a brand-new novel and has never previously been published.

    Bella McGuire says: "The sweest and creepiest coming of age story!"
    "My opinion might be slightly skewed..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Michael Kelly?

    Not sure anymore...


    Any additional comments?

    My opinion might be skewed here as I just finished re-reading The Stand last week. Giving that Joyland too has high religious overtones, it was strange for me. I love Mr. Kings writing.. his character develpment is amazing. The version of The Stand that I own is the most recently released "uncut" version. In the preface, Mr. King speaks a little about the book, what you should expect, and warns that this is not a "new version" of The Stand, but simply included many of the things left on the cutting room floor from the first version. He also says that The Stand is one of his most asked about books from his fans.. They ask how "so-and-so" is doing, or "whatever happend to whats-his-name".. Although I am perfectly aware that The Stand is a work of fiction, I'm not totally surprised by this reaction. As I said, Mr. Kings character develpment is what sucks me into his writing each and every time. He is the King of the story tellers.. no pun intended.. well, maybe a little... Anyway... Well, with as much as I love his stories, I have to admit that the combination of just finishing The Stand, and then being dropped right into Joyland, left me a tad bit sour. Especially the ending of Joyland... I respect that we all have our opinions regarding Christianity and the belief in God.. But Mr. Kings writings have become quite "anti-Christian"... I understand that my views aren't everyones.. and I respect that. I also understand that Mr. King is obviously not a believer in the sense that he "follows God" or conforms to any organized religion. That's perfectly fine. However, he seems to be making it a point to not only "deny", but to "mock". I don't see a reason for this in "fiction".. It's to the point that it's clouding the story for me. I spend so much of my time "dismissing" this or that, or "ignoring" this or that, that it's hard to concentrate on the story line itself. I'm not one that is easily offended, and I'm certainly not a "bible thumper".. Yes, I am a Christian. I follow Christ. I have my faith. But I still enjoy all kinds of stories.. movies, books, articles, short stories, whatever I can get my hands on. I run across things in stories all the time which conflict with my own belief system. That's okay. It usually lends itself someway necessary to the storyline, and I accept it and am not offended in the least. But as I said.. this has become to a point where it's almost "mocking", and that confuses me, as I don't see it's necessary. *sigh*... Oh well...

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Rough Country: A Virgil Flowers Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Eric Conger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1204)
    Performance
    (657)
    Story
    (662)

    Virgil's always been known for having a somewhat active, er, social life, but he's probably not going to be getting too many opportunities for that during his new case. While competing in a fishing tournament in a remote area of northern Minnesota, he gets a call from Lucas Davenport to investigate a murder at a nearby resort.

    Ruby says: "Extraordinary Plot Twists"
    "It was.... "okay"..."
    Overall

    I love John Sandfords stuff... this one was just a little "off" for me...

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Demons in the Spring

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Joe Meno
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Demons in the Spring is a collection of 20 short stories by Joe Meno, author of the smash hits The Boy Detective Fails and Hairstyles of the Damned. In these stories, oddly modern moments occur in the most familiar of public places.

    Chris says: "Weird...very weird!"
    "Ummmm... okay..."
    Overall

    I'm a lover of short stories. These, are "different". When I read the synopsis of the book, it was described as poignant, entertaining, and humorous. Poignant, yes. Somewhat entertaining, yes. I myself enjoy dry humor, but this was a little off the charts for me. Check it out of the library... don't spend the money on it. Weird.. .very weird.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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