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John

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  • Guns

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (874)
    Performance
    (792)
    Story
    (777)

    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"
    "A good essay, but it won't change your mind"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Christian Rummel reads this with the same passion King used to write it. While Mr. King's perspective as the author of Rage is interesting, and it is easy to understand his need to speak out, you are only going to like this if you already agree with him.

    The fact that you can tell a person's political bent by the number of stars he gives this work is the saddest (and most telling) fact of all. In that aspect, Stephen King's stated goal of provoking a reasonable debate has failed. Not his fault, really, but that's "the way it shakes out".

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rachel Maddow
    • Narrated By Rachel Maddow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1403)
    Performance
    (1278)
    Story
    (1270)

    Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about how, when, and where to apply America's strength and power - and who gets to make those decisions.

    Dolf says: "Half the National Debt?"
    "every American should read this book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The issues raised here are important, pervasive and certainly bipartisan. Far too few Americans are aware of the costs and consequences of our recent history of oversea adevntures.

    It doesn't hurt that Ms. Maddow has years of radio and television experience. She performs her work with the same conviction that shines through her writing, and makes this audio version an entertaining listen.

    Still, this book will frighten and anger you.

    19 of 30 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Worlds of H. P. Lovecraft, Volume Six

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By Wayne June
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (101)

    Hailed by literary critics as the inventor of modern-day horror, H. P. Lovecraft is the cultivating force behind such modern writers as Robert Bloch, Wes Craven, and Stephen King. The Dark Worlds of H. P. Lovecraft, is a collection of his best-known tales narrated for the first time by Wayne June. This volume includes At the Mountains of Madness (originally written in 1931), the novella which served as the foundation for his Cthulhu Mythos.

    anthony says: "Wayne June is a Storyteller. Not a narrator."
    "Well done!"
    Overall

    "At the Mountains of Madness" is easily one of Lovecraft's best stories, and Wayne June gives an excellent performance of the work. Don't miss this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Illuminatus! Part III: Leviathan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert Shea, Robert Anton Wilson
    • Narrated By Ken Campbell
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Illuminatus! Part III cheerfully ushers in the apocalyptic high-camp conclusion of the Illuminatus! Trilogy. The 9th and 10th Trips are performed by a grand ensemble cast. The Appendices (which are most instructive) are performed by the incomparable Ken Campbell, bringing the audiobook trilogy full circle. The Illuminati has never looked so good. All Hail Eris!

    John says: "now it's all here!"
    "now it's all here!"
    Overall

    Like an expansion to a computer game, this listen makes no sense without the first two parts.

    Illuminatus! is silly, paranoid, provoking, preachy, sexual, anarchistic fun. You don't have to agree with the philosophy or believe in the magic to enjoy this. It's easily the best trip you'll ever take; no one has ever matched it.

    Love it or hate it, Illuminatus! is a masterpiece.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Illuminatus! Part II: The Golden Apple

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Robert Shea, Robert Anton Wilson
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (36)

    Packaged in a carnival bundle of timeless truths and Joycean high camp, The Golden Apple serves as a perennial instruction manual for life on Earth in which you'll be lucky enough to learn: the Guerrilla Ontology of Markoff Chaney; the secret history of Atlantis; why gorillas and dolphins don't ordinarily talk to humans; the conspiracy against sex; the origins of the Trojan War (starring Eris, the namesake of our solar system's newest planet); the startling truth about UFOs.

    Amazon Customer says: "Over the top, but in the right way."
    "this is only part 2"
    Overall

    According to R.A.W's autobiography "The Cosmic Trigger", Illuminatus! was intended by the authors as a single work and artificially split into a trilogy by the publisher. Therefore, the three individual parts do not stand alone. If you liked "Eye in the Pyramid", you'll like this one. Heck, you'll need it.

    This time around, Deepleaf gives the work much better production values and expands the cast in order to better bring the work to life. For the most part, the extra effort pays off. The addition of female voices and a special sound effect for Howard are especially welcome improvements.

    That being said, I still miss Ken Campbell and Chris Fairbank, who do not appear anywhere on this one. They gave "Eye in the Pyramid" a specific mood that is missing here.

    Good news - Leviathan (pt. III) is out and hopefully will be available here soon, and Ken Campbell returns to perform the Appendices, which all fans of this book know are good reading in their own right.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Illuminatus! Part I: The Eye in the Pyramid

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Robert Shea, Robert Anton Wilson
    • Narrated By Ken Campbell, Chris Fairbank
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (86)

    The Illuminati, an inside joke? The lunatic fringe? Or a vast conspiracy hidden for centuries, unleashing it's power on a naive, defenseless world? It was the lousy luck of Saul Goodman, a tough, streetwise New York detective, to smell the trail in a bombed-out office - the heavy case he'd always dreaded. In a breakneck race against an awesome deadline, Goodman plunges down the trail of the ultimate conspiracy as the days fall away toward Apocalypse.

    Amazon Customer says: "Over the Top and Proud of It"
    "there is nothing like Illuminatus!"
    Overall

    As you should be able to gather from the other ratings and reviews, you will either really love this trilogy or really hate it. There are no tepid reactions to this one.

    The disjointed presentation of the story (Think a literary version of Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" to get the idea, although the stories have nothing in common.) can make these books confusing at first. Still, I personally find a visceral impact to this trilogy that has not dissipated over time or many, many rereadings. There is literally no other book (or series of books) like this one.

    The narrators do a good job translating this incredibly difficult piece to audio. I'm looking forward to the release of Leviathan.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Catch-22

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Joseph Heller
    • Narrated By Jay O. Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1942)
    Performance
    (1015)
    Story
    (1028)

    Catch-22 is set in the closing months of World War II, in an American bomber squadron on a small island off Italy. Its hero is a bombardier named Yossarian, who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he hasn't even met keep trying to kill him. (He has decided to live forever, even if he has to die in the attempt.)

    Phil says: "Phenominal Reading - Story and Damn Funny"
    "All Better Now"
    Overall

    The problem with the order of chapters has now been fixed, and the book is presented in its entirety and the proper order.

    The book (and this audio presentation of it) is brilliant. Get it. You'd be hard pressed to find a better way to spend 20 hours.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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