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maria

Fana, Norway | Member Since 2011

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  • Heart-Shaped Box

    • ABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    "Buy my stepfather's ghost, read the e-mail." So Jude did. He bought it, in the shape of the dead man's suit, delivered in a heart-shaped box, because he wanted it - because his fans ate up that kind of story. It was perfect for his collection: the genuine skulls and the bones, the real honest-to-God snuff movie, the occult books, and all the rest of the paraphernalia that goes along with his kind of hard/goth rock.

    Steve says: "Narrator"
    "Joe Hill got a new fan!"
    Overall
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    Where does Heart-Shaped Box rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heart-Shaped Box?

    The first description of the ghost.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Lang – was your favorite?

    Jude. He's not your typical nice guy, but he is believably human with his flaws.


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

    The dead drag the living down.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved the book; both the story and the performance. An unbelievable story is made believable by the author's fine attention to detail and descriptive abilites. After I finished the book, I immediately purchased and started listening to Joe Hill's 'Horns'. I'm officially a fan!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4370)
    Performance
    (4031)
    Story
    (4044)

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Dave says: "Oh, the Wondrous Ocean!"
    "Imbuing the world with magic!"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lettie Hempstock. Because she has been eleven years old for a very long time.


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    It's perfect. Very pleasant voice, and since he's the author, he knows exactly how to present his story to the listener.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Ocean at the End of the Lane and why?

    The Hempstock Women; I can't really separate them, because they're essentially three aspects of the same character. They set the story in motion and see our hero through his dangerous journey.


    Any additional comments?

    Neil Gaiman contnues to animate the world with his stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angel Time: The Songs of the Seraphim

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (59)

    The novel opens in the present. At its center: Toby O'Dare - a contract killer of underground fame on assignment to kill once again. A soulless soul, a dead man walking, he lives under a series of aliases - just now: Lucky the Fox - and takes his orders from "The Right Man." Into O'Dare's nightmarish world of lone and lethal missions comes a mysterious stranger, a seraph, who offers him a chance to save rather than destroy lives.

    K. Pounds says: "Good, but the resolution felt a bit anticlimactic"
    "Promising beginning, but the rest not so much..."
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    What would have made Angel Time better?

    If Rice hadn't changed the story halfway through. It started out as a story about a modern day assassin seeking redemption, and ended as a story about a jewish couple being persecuted in England during the dark ages.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    As a long time Anne Rice fan, I returned to a former favourite: Interview with the vampire


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I like the idea behind Angel Time. It had the opportunity to be an interesting philosophical delving into eternal questions and the serach for redemption (even though very influenced by what I take to be Anne Rice's own spiritual journey) - but unfortunately, I don't think Rice pulled it off. Instead of exploring these questions more, she made the story revolve too much about a couple experiencing persecution at the hands of stupid and fanatic people. Unfortunately, this seems like an 'easy way out' of complex questions, and made me not want to read/listen more of this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    Overall
    (11260)
    Performance
    (9787)
    Story
    (9819)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "Couldn't listen to it!"
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    What would have made A Dance with Dragons better?

    Actually, I can't rate the story. I couldn't finish the book, because the performance was so horrible! I have read and enjoyed the other books in the series, and thought I would listen to book number 5 as an audio book. The narration was awful from the beginning.1. The narrator often paused at unnatural places in a sentence, making it difficult to listen to2. The pronunciation often was muffled and unclear3. The voices of the characters were awful - especially the female ones! All females in the book sounded like Monty Python's Terry Jones as the woman selling spam in their famous sketch....


    How could the performance have been better?

    Another narrator


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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