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David M. Bullard

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Atlanta, GA United States | Member Since 2001

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  • 5 reviews
  • 84 ratings
  • 444 titles in library
  • 4 purchased in 2014
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  • The Dying Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jack Vance
    • Narrated By Arthur Morey
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (120)

    The stories in The Dying Earth introduce dozens of seekers of wisom and beauty, lovely lost women, wizards of every shade of eccentricity with their runic amulets and spells. We meet the melancholy deodands, who feed on human flesh and the twk-men, who ride dragonflies and trade information for salt. There are monsters and demons. Each being is morally ambiguous: The evil are charming, the good are dangerous. All are at home.

    Jefferson says: "A Decadent and Hopeful Dying Earth"
    "A Fun Listen"
    Overall

    The Dying Earth is a series of slightly interwoven stories, each depicting someone experiencing a great personal challenge. Of course the backdrop to each is a dying planet and lots of sorcery. I don't read a lot of that genre, but this particular book delivered because the stories are well paced and each character is fully developed. The author's prose is very formal but it lends a certain gravity to the story that wouldn't be there if written in a more contemporary style. I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes sci-fi/fantasy. It's a book written in 1952 and still mirrors many moral issues we face in the 21st century. Worth the 6 hour listen

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (16049)
    Performance
    (14207)
    Story
    (14154)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "A Rewarding Listen at All Levels"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

    The combination of Stephen King's story and Craig Wasson's narration combine to create on of the most fascinating audio books I've ever listened to. From the opening passages of Jake Epping's grand adventure into the past I could not stop listening to this story. There are so many mind boggling things to consider that it keeps you engaged all the way to the end. Craig Wasson's narration is among the best I've ever heard and he breathes life into each character without being overly dramatic. I think that this may be my favorite King novel so far. King weaves together a tapestry of science fiction, character studies, politics, conspiracies and just plain humanity in a way that makes sense and doesn't seem contrived even though the plot itself is predicated on time travel. Once I got into the book, I was so fascinated by the people Jake meets on his journey that how he got to 1958 seems secondary to his experiences in the past. King has a fertile mind and this book may be among the best of all his works. And again, kudos to Craig for a wonderful job as narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9312)
    Performance
    (4288)
    Story
    (4314)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "Captivating Listen"
    Overall

    I can't add much more than what others have already said. It's a very captivating book to listen to. King has written a hefty book full of interesting characters and a compelling plot. I'm about half way through the story. And big kudos go to Raul Esparza for his excellent narration. He does a wonderful job of keeping the characters as distinct as possible. He's got a natural voice for narration and that can make all the difference in the world. I look forward to more from Raul. Between King's prose and Esparza's narration, it's a thrilling listen.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4754)
    Performance
    (1456)
    Story
    (1446)

    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"
    "Captivating"
    Overall

    This King novel of full of interesting characters, an interesting locale and an intriguing mystery. Plus, John Slattery, the narrator does an excellent job delivering the story. What helps make the story work is how King develops the main characters thoroughly and weaves them through a not overly complicated but very compelling plot. It's a bit of a long listen but the story is chock full of people you want to know more about and Mr. Slattery's voice is very pleasant, not at all annoying. The sufferings of an amputee, an eccentric old woman, the Gulf Coast of Florida and the world of art all come together for a fine listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • No Country for Old Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1913)
    Performance
    (607)
    Story
    (612)

    Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

    Alan says: "Great story!"
    "Well worth the read."
    Overall

    I think that people who didn't like the ending were simply expecting a typical resolution to a story. But Mr. McCarthy took a departure from that and decided to get a bit philosophical with the Sheriff Bell character. Bell could either go on looking for Chigurh and risk his life or he could take the safe way out and return home to his doting wife. How he makes that decision takes some reflection and a confession in order to make the right choice for him. I thought those passages of reflection where Bell wasn't sure what he believed in anymore were very well written and resonated with how I feel and many of us feel well into the 21st century. It spoke to me on a personal level and I understood what Bell felt. McCarthy showed us a real human being through Bell. He showed what stubborness can cost with Moss and how cruel men can be with Chigurh.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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