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John

Cheltenham, PA, United States | Member Since 2002

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  • The Langoliers: One Past Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Willem Dafoe
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (76)

    The first of a four-part audio series from Stephen King's best-selling book, Four Past Midnight. On a redeye flight from Los Angeles to Boston, only 11 passengers survive - but landing in a dead world makes them wish they hadn't.

    DJM says: "If You Like the Story..."
    "5-star story, 1-star narration"
    Overall

    One of Stephen King's best. Unfortunately, the fantastic film actor Willem Dafoe doesn't narrate well. He has a voice that's more suited for a noir-ish novel (very 1930s private eye), and I found his voice for the teenage girl distracting -- sounded like an old lady. Plus, the recording sounds like it was done in a closet using a Mickey Mouse telephone. The only thing that kept me listening was Stephen King: great plot, 3-D characters and top-notch writing.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Pompeii: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Robert Harris
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1200)
    Performance
    (280)
    Story
    (279)

    All along the Mediterranean coast, the Roman Empire's richest citizens are relaxing in their luxurious villas, enjoying the last days of summer. But the carefree lifestyle and gorgeous weather belie an impending cataclysm, and only one man is worried. The young engineer Marcus Attilius Primus has just taken charge of the Aqua Augusta, the enormous aqueduct that brings fresh water to a quarter of a million people in nine towns around the Bay of Naples. His predecessor has disappeared.

    Marty-Seattle says: "Brought my visit to Pompeii back to life"
    "Pretty lame, Millhouse"
    Overall

    Why even call it POMPEII when only about a third of the novel was set in that town? A better title would have been THE AQUADUCT, since that was the main focus of the story. Never mind the fact that the eruption doesn't start until about three-quarters into the book. Want more reasons why this overhyped novel deserves to be in the bargain bin? How about poor storytelling with the all-too-obvious antagonist and the predictable love story. That said, the only benefit of this sophmoric novel is that it'll have you craving nonfiction books on Pompeii.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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