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  • Song of Susannah: The Dark Tower VI

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3285)
    Performance
    (1591)
    Story
    (1612)

    The next-to-last novel in Stephen King's seven-volume magnum opus, Song of Susannah is a fascinating key to the unfolding mystery of the Dark Tower.

    Daniel F. Webster says: "Undoing the writer's block!"
    "I'm A DT Addict!"
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    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    This was a good review of everything that transpired before this book and it picked right up where the last one left off. However (SPOILER ALERT), just to be honest, I don't know if I care so much for King showing up as himself and having a sizable part in this book. I love the series and cannot WAIT to finish the last one but this was a bit odd for me.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    His voice to me is Roland.


    Who was the most memorable character of Song of Susannah and why?

    My heart goes with the bumbler. :(


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anansi Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Lenny Henry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3813)
    Performance
    (1676)
    Story
    (1685)

    Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

    A. Hawley says: "Beautifully narrated"
    "LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS BOOK!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the characters that Gaiman created for this story. I also love the lightness he infused within the story to give even the grimmest moments a humorous twist.


    What does Lenny Henry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I have to be honest that BEFORE I listened to this book I was disappointed to find Neil Gaiman was not reading it himself as he has with many of his books. Neil is not only an amazing author but reads them so well I would prefer to listen to him reading his own stories than anyone else. That was how I felt until I listened to this book. I do not believe Neil could have read this story nearly as well as Lenny has. Lenny created each character within the story beautifully!!! I will be looking for other books read by him now.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to many other Gaiman books but this has become my all time favorite!!! It is whimsical, constantly moving and funny. Listening to the book always left me in a great mood after and I am so sad I finished it so quickly. I might have to listen to this one again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (5557)
    Performance
    (5051)
    Story
    (5063)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Riviting from beginning to end!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story held me captive from the start! This is one of those books where I sit outside in my car while I wait for a chapter to end. I highly recommend this novel to anyone that enjoys a good who done it!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story gave me lots of hints here and there but I could not figure this one out until the very end. Also, the author did well with the character development.


    What about Robert Glenister’s performance did you like?

    Excellent!!! He had perfect pace, pause and inflections. A wonderful story teller without over or under acting. Robert WAS Cormoran in this audio book for me!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eyes of the Dragon

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (948)
    Performance
    (616)
    Story
    (616)

    A tale of archetypal heroes and sweeping adventures, of dragons and princes and evil wizards, here is epic fantasy as only Stephen King could envision it.

    Christine says: "Enjoyable"
    "This Story Sucked Me In!"
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    Any additional comments?

    This story was fantastically colorful and full of good vs evil! A great story that I had a hard time turning off to do the more mundane but important tasks in my day, like working. :)

    Bronson Pinchot was terrific however, I felt the reader needed a more youthful voice for the characters of this book. He played the king very well and also the other more mature characters in the book. He fell short when portraying female characters or the younger characters within the story which was a little distracting. Overall, he did very well.

    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
    (2131)
    Performance
    (1950)
    Story
    (1931)

    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."
    "It Was a Good Tale However..."
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    If you’ve listened to books by Stephen King before, how does this one compare?

    I have listened to the entire Dark Tower series and only now listened this one. Big mistake on my part. This needs to be listened to directly after Dark Tower 6 for continuity.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I really enjoyed the story within the story within the story. It was fun to follow and meet a few new characters as well. It was also good to meet Roland as a young man.


    Any additional comments?

    Not my favorite of the series but a good read nonetheless and for those like myself who are true Dark Tower addicts, I didn't want to miss anything from the series. Again, I wish I had listened to it directly after Dark Tower 6.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (5793)
    Performance
    (5365)
    Story
    (5385)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Thank you for taking me back to the Overlook!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    As with all of King's books, by favorite part of them all are the characters he creates. They are real, like I know them! Or could them, or have known them! He creates 3D people that have good and bad within each, just like in the real world. This I believe is what makes all of his stories so hard to put down.

    I just loved revisiting Danny, now as adult, many years down a very hard road. It is good to see where he went after the tragedy at the Overlook, what fate befell he and his mother after his father perished and how he grew up.

    I will not spoil the book but let me say it was surprising but also believable (to me at least) the set of coincidences that led to his profession, the people he meets and the events that brings him back to the Overlook once again.


    Any additional comments?

    King was my first favorite author growing up and still ranks and one of my all time favorites now in my 40s.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Changes: The Dresden Files, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5022)
    Performance
    (3514)
    Story
    (3521)

    Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden's lover-until she was attacked by his enemies, leaving her torn between her own humanity and the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. Susan then disappeared to South America, where she could fight both her savage gift and those who cursed her with it.Now Arianna Ortega, Duchess of the Red Court, has discovered a secret Susan has long kept, and she plans to use it-against Harry.

    Amazon Customer says: "WOW. I'm stunned!"
    "My Favorite So Far!!!!"
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    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    I cannot fathom anyone else reading performing this series other than James Marsters. Unfortunately I believe Book 13 is read by someone else but then James Marsters is back on track with book 14 which makes me happy. I am dreading Book 13 because is is not read by James.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic series!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Waste Lands: The Dark Tower III

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3626)
    Performance
    (1911)
    Story
    (1923)

    In the third volume of The Dark Tower, Roland, the last gunslinger, is moving ever closer to the Dark Tower that haunts his dreams and nightmares. But he is no longer alone. He has trained Eddie and Susannah, who entered Mid-World from their separate whens in New York City in The Drawing of the Three, in the old ways of the gunslingers. But their ka-tet is not yet complete.

    Kristin says: "A reader for the ages!"
    "Edge of Your Seat Read!!!!"
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    If you could sum up The Waste Lands in three words, what would they be?

    No time to catch your breath in this one! From one crazy moment to the next you have no time to guess what will happen next and at the same time can't wait for it to be revealed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Drawing of the Three: The Dark Tower II

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4184)
    Performance
    (2158)
    Story
    (2185)

    Stephen King returns to The Dark Towerin this second, mesmerizing volume in his epic series. After his confrontation with the man in black at the end of The Gunslinger, Roland awakes to find three doors on the beach of Mid-World's Western Sea, each leading to New York City but at three different moments in time. Through these doors, Roland must "draw" three figures crucial to his quest for the Dark Tower.

    Kevin says: "If you read this, you're hooked"
    "My Favorite In the Series!!!!"
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    What did you love best about The Drawing of the Three?

    I love how he "draws" the new characters into his world and the relationship that blooms within the group. Very well done!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Drawing of the Three?

    Eddie finding his courage at Balazar's place!


    What about Frank Muller’s performance did you like?

    I love his portrayal of Odetta. He captures her essence well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Christopher McDougall
    • Narrated By Fred Sanders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4573)
    Performance
    (2342)
    Story
    (2377)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Want to join the “superhumans”? Luckily you don’t have to run to catch up with them, thanks to McDougall’s and Sanders’ inspiring (and motivating) journey through history, science, physiology, health, entertaining characters and unlikely friendships. Full of incredible characters, amazing athletic achievements, cutting-edge science, and, most of all, pure inspiration, Born to Run is an epic adventure.

    Corey says: "Amazing read - even for non-runners"
    "A Fun Read"
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    Did Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen inspire you to do anything?

    It did inspire me to get back outside and run. I have also started running barefoot. We'll see how that works out. :)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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