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J. Ducharme

Somersworth, NH USA | Member Since 2012

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  • In the Tall Grass

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 46 mins)
    • By Stephen King, Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (399)

    In the Tall Grass begins with a sister and brother who pull off to the side of the road after hearing a young boy crying for help from beyond the tall grass. Within minutes they are disoriented, in deeper than seems possible, and they've lost one another. The boy's cries are more and more desperate. What follows is a terrifying, entertaining, and masterfully told tale, as only Stephen King and Joe Hill can deliver.

    Jesse says: "More King than Hill, more gross than scary"
    "Recycled Children of the Corn"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Sure - short story, not bad.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen King and Joe Hill ? Why or why not?

    Of course. I am determined to read / listen to every Stephen King book ever written. I'm almost there...


    Did Stephen Lang do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Better than some readers, worse than others. There were only a couple of characters in this book so not the most impressive performance in the world but he did a fine job.


    Do you think In the Tall Grass needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. It already seemed like it was a follow-up book.


    Any additional comments?

    This book seemed like the Cliff notes to "Children of the Corn". While I enjoyed it, I had this sense of Deja Vu for most of the book. It was still good but seemed recycled.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Doris Kearns Goodwin
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1674)
    Performance
    (1411)
    Story
    (1450)

    On May 18, 1860, William H. Seward, Salmon P. Chase, Edward Bates, and Abraham Lincoln waited in their hometowns for the results from the Republican National Convention in Chicago. When Lincoln emerged as the victor, his rivals were dismayed and angry. Throughout the turbulent 1850s, each had energetically sought the presidency as the conflict over slavery was leading inexorably to secession and civil war.

    Amazon Customer says: "Beautiful, Heartbreaking, and Informative"
    "A lot of information and insight."
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    This very long book had a lot of great insight into the character of A. Lincoln. At times I felt a sense of "Deja Vu" as the book tended to repeat some information. Also, I wish I had a dollar for every time I heard "melancholy". If the book wasn't 700 hrs long I'd suggest a drinking game where you have to drink every time you hear "melancholy". Ugh...

    Also, I had to listen to this book on 1.5x speed - thank God for that feature. Many times the audio book seemed to have long silent gaps but at 1.5x times it sounded ok.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guns

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (940)
    Performance
    (852)
    Story
    (836)

    In a pulls-no-punches essay intended to provoke rational discussion, Stephen King sets down his thoughts about gun violence in America. Anger and grief in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School are palpable in this urgent piece of writing, but no less remarkable are King's keen thoughtfulness and composure as he explores the contours of the gun-control issue and constructs his argument for what can and should be done.

    Daniel E. Jacobs says: "putting his voice on what people have been saying"
    "Balanced insight into a sensitive issue"
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    I really enjoyed Stephen King's perspective on Guns in this essay. I'm not sure I agreed with it 100% but it wasn't presented in a way that made the reader feel like they must agree but rather presented a perspective and opinion that certainly was balanced with practicality. It's very easy to get emotional about this issue of Guns but unfortunately it's not an issue solution. I think this essay presents a constructive start to the dialog.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Mark Owen, Kevin Maurer
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3641)
    Performance
    (3257)
    Story
    (3287)

    From the streets of Iraq to the mountaintops of Afghanistan and to the third floor of Osama Bin Laden's compound, operator Mark Owen of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group - commonly known as SEAL Team Six - has been a part of some of the most memorable special operations in history, as well as countless missions that never made headlines. No Easy Day puts listeners alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the 24-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives.

    Darwin8u says: "Gripping, first-hand narrative of Op Neptune Spear"
    "Great insight and telling of UBL killing"
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    I thought this book would not be very good to be honest especially after being disappointed in the movie Zero Dark Thirty but this book was great. It wasn't just a lot of fluff around the mission itself but rather went into the preparation and training for the mission from a SEAL perspective. The details of the mission itself were much more in depth than I expected and wasn't just an account of what happened but I felt like I was in the head of the SEAL that was telling the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2376)
    Performance
    (2171)
    Story
    (2155)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "Another great piece of the Dark Tower series"
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    Well I had waited all these years to start the Dark Tower series because I wanted to be able to get through the entire series without stopping for years in between books. Then this book comes out and places itself in the MIDDLE of the saga. I was worried that reading it "out of turn" would be confusing, etc. but also appreciated the fact that it was published way out of sequence.

    Turns out that this book can really be viewed as a pit stop along the journey that is the journey to the Dark Tower. Really there is little to do with our main characters of Roland and the rest of the Ka-tet but instead a completely different story with completely different characters set in the same world.

    It was a good story with fresh ideas but all set in the same Dark Tower universe.

    So don't get too hung up on the Dark Tower aspect of it and if you haven't gotten through the entire series of the Dark Tower I wouldn't worry too much about the order in which you read this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Road Virus Heads North

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Jay O. Sanders
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (35)

    The Road Virus Heads North tracks an author who buys a creepy painting at a yard sale which was painted by a metal-head neighbor just before he committed suicide.

    Rob says: "Classic King"
    "Nice Stephen King appetizer."
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    I enjoyed this short story by Stephen King. The performance was good and the story kept moving pretty good. I think this would have made a great Twilight Zone episode.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dugard
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4001)
    Performance
    (3561)
    Story
    (3583)

    The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to fulfill Lincoln's dream of healing a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased....

    Daniel says: "History Made Interesting"
    "Bill O'Reilly's performance is terrible."
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    The worst part about this book was the performance. Bill O'Reilly's reading just gets old quick and I feel like I'm being lectured to. I found that odd given in the intro he talks about how they turned the book more into a suspense type novel but yet it reads like someone reading the US Tax code.

    I was also disappointed by the embellishment of the "story". Meaning, in their attempt to make the book more of a suspense they left me saying "now how do they know that happened???" too often.

    Also, the first 3rd of the book was mostly about civil war battles and didn't even mention Lincoln for chapters on end... At one point I was beginning to think I was listening to the wrong book... But Bill O'Reilly's grating voice quickly brought me back to reality.

    Lastly, I didn't feel I knew more about Lincoln or his assassination than I did before listening to this book. I felt they spent more time on civil war battles than they did on the plot to kill Lincoln.

    I was really looking forward to this book as I love learning about Lincoln but it left me unsatisfied and was a big let down.

    2 of 2 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
    (10547)
    Performance
    (5436)
    Story
    (5478)

    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.

    Russell says: "Glad I Listened to 11-22-63 First"
    "Good premise, Great start, fizzled out at the end"
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    I am a huge Stephen King fan but I found this book to be one of the worst I've read / listened to in some time. I really looked forward to this book as I thought the premise had a lot of promise. I thought the book started off very strong and setup what I though would be a great story. The middle of the book dragged on and it felt like the author got lost and forgot where he wanted to take us. I felt like I was just wondering around this book observing things that I wasn't sure were relevant and it turns out most of it wasn't. The ending of the book was a huge let down. I am not going to spoil anything but I thought this would result in the usual "good vs. evil" King novel (that I enjoy so much) but it never happened. I remember thinking at the end of this book: "That's it???" Pretty surprising for a 1,000+ page book.

    What I found interesting is during the author's notes, Stephen King said he actually started this book a long time ago and put it down. I feel like the best part of the book was that early start he did so many years ago. Once he picked it back up again, I don't think he had a great place to take it and it probably should have stayed at rest.

    Again I am a huge King fan and have read / listened to the VAST majority of his work but this one is towards the bottom of the list for me.

    I'd suggest if you are looking for a great recent Stephen King book I'd go with 11-22-63 - incredible. Of course his classic works like "The Stand" and the Dark Tower series are still his best works.

    The performance of this book was ok. Nothing that memorable but it wasn't horrible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18665)
    Performance
    (16615)
    Story
    (16576)

    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"
    "One of the best Stephen King Books of all time!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of 11-22-63 to be better than the print version?

    The audio performance of this book was VERY well done. The reader created a great experience and really brought the book alive.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry Dunning - his story (all of the verions of his life) were very touching in the book and impactful. The reader did a great job of portraying him as well.


    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    The MANY different voices that he used for the various characters. This was the most impresses span of voices I have heard from a single performer on an audio book and he really made a connection with each character. This is the first time I've read an audio book and want to look up the *performer* to see what other books he has done.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The past is obdurate.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read / listened to the VAST majority of Stephen King books and like most readers of his work, my favorite is still "The Stand" closely followed by the Dark Tower series however I put this book in that same class. I've always enjoyed King's books but this one was one of those impactful books that re-energizes my appreciation for him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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