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Justin

Cranbourne East, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • Quitters, Inc.

    • UNABRIDGED (43 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Eric Roberts
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (69)

    Dick Morrison's life has become a nightmare of addictions, filling his days with overeating, overworking, and smoking way too much. When an old friend tells him about a surefire way to quit, he's more than willing to give it a shot. But what Dick doesn't know is that Quitters, Inc. demands a high price from anyone who strays from their rigid rules-like a few volts of electricity for the nearest and dearest... or maybe a missing thumb?

    Gia says: "Love the story, hated the narration."
    "Kicking the habit the hard way"
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    Eric Roberts does an excellent job of narrating Stephen King's chilling tale of a man who inadvertently has to go to extreme lengths to quit his smoking habit. King's writing is so descriptive and plausible that you have to wonder if such and organisation might exist somewhere for the hardcore vice addicts. If only it went for longer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Afterparty

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Daryl Gregory
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (98)

    It begins in Toronto, in the years after the smart drug revolution. Any high school student with a chemjet and internet connection can download recipes and print drugs, or invent them. A seventeen-year-old street girl finds God through a new brain-altering drug called Numinous, used as a sacrament by a new Church that preys on the underclass. But she is arrested and put into detention, and without the drug, commits suicide. Lyda Rose, another patient in that detention facility, has a dark secret: She was one of the original scientists who developed the drug.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "You may suffer from psycosis while listening"
    "Engaging, ambitious, but just not cohesive enough"
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    Welcome to a world where drugs aren't cooked up in filthy meth-labs and sold on street corners by kids with low IQs and extraordinary street-smarts. In the world of 'Afterparty', any brain altering experience can be made to order and is only a chemical printer away. After a kid, seeking a religious enlightenment, is found dead and all signs point to the now out of production drug Numinous, ex-junkie and co-creator of Numinous, Lyda Rose, gets spurred into action to make sure that this highly dangerous drug is no longer being manufactured. This leads her on a wide scale, cloak and dagger type operation in Toronto's religious and party scene to try and track down this new menace. Add in a schitzoaffected hitman to the mix and the book veers into thriller territory.

    I liked that the book wasn't afraid to ask the big questions like whether a religious experience is pure pharmacological delusion brought on by the neuro-chemical pathways of the brain. What if a "Moses on the mountain top" experience could be artificially induced? What is the nature of consciousness? Is reality subjective or universal? However the novel tends to shadow-box rather than full on spar with these ideas, which is unfortunate. Much like some of the characters in the story the book itself has a bit of an identity crisis; does it want to be a thriller; does it want to be a crime novel; does it want to be a social commentary? So as a result it spreads itself a little thin across all spectrums.

    Tavia Gilbert does a serviceable job with the narration, giving unique voices to each character.

    If I could I'd give it a three and a half star rating I would. Better than average, but it won't really stick with you after it's over. After a blistering first half, it kind of loses it's way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    Overall
    (10478)
    Performance
    (9516)
    Story
    (9533)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "A real surprise package"
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    I can't remember why I bought this audio book but boy am I glad I did. '14' is an excellent tale for anyone who likes their mystery with a tinge of the supernatural.
    I won't divulge much of the story because not knowing what you're in for is half the fun. While Nate may be the main protagonist, the real main character is the Kevatch building that he moves into, which contains a lot of curious anomalies and is the driving force behind the story. Peter Clines' writing moves at a steady pace, holding your interest and dangling the carrot of intrigue just far enough in front of your nose to keep you invested and wanting more.
    This descriptive and well-written book is brought to life by a rock solid narrative performance by Ray Porter. He provides a variety of different voices and emotions to suit the characters, who are all very relatable, and sets an appropriate tone throughout the novel.
    Although the story starts veering toward the ridiculous around the three-quarter mark, there is still a lot to highly recommend about '14'.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ladies' Night

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jack Ketchum
    • Narrated By Anthony Mendez
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (19)

    Ladies' Night is a non-stop rollercoaster ride of sheer nerve rattling terror, previously deemed too violent for mass market publication. In this modern tale of the ages-old battle of the sexes carried to the extreme, Jack Ketchum again provides readers with an excursion into horror as relentless as a John Woo film.

    Barbara says: "Lame to the core"
    "The female, zombie apocalypse"
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    Reads like a bad teenage male fantasy on acid; the female, zombie apocalypse! The narrative is urgent and intense but can be messy as the story transitions in "quick cuts". From memory in the prologue the author says that he was trying to write a movie script at the time and 'Ladies' Night' reads that way. It would make a great B-grade horror movie. The narrator's gravelly voice seems a bit abrasive to begin with but once the action kicks off it suits the story down to a t. I'm still not sure if I "like" 'Ladies' Night', but it certainly leaves an impression while it lasts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dust and Shadow: An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lyndsay Faye
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1342)
    Performance
    (1001)
    Story
    (996)

    Breathless and painstakingly researched, this is a stunning debut mystery in which Sherlock Holmes unmasks Jack the Ripper. Lyndsay Faye perfectly captures all the color and syntax of Conan Doyle’s distinctive nineteenth-century London.

    connie says: "the best of both Holmes"
    "A satisfying combination of fact and fiction"
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    Having read many, many books about Jack the Ripper I couldn't resist picking this one up and I wasn't disappointed. It successfully weaves established Ripper lore in with the avante-garde, deductive detective work of Sherlock Holmes, while steering clear of the more ludicrous consipiracy theories. Not an easy feat.

    This is the second audiobook I have listened to with Simon Vance narrating and he is quickly shaping up to be one of my favorites. He gives perfect voice to both Watson and Holmes, amongst others.

    I thorougly enjoyed this book and I think it remains true in spirit to both Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Holmes and the factual Jack the Ripper murders.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    For listeners new to the Dark Tower saga, The Wind Through the Keyhole is a stand-alone novel, and a wonderful introduction to the series. It is a story within a story, which features both the younger and older gunslinger Roland on his quest to find the Dark Tower. Fans of the existing seven books in the series will also delight in discovering what happened to Roland and his ka-tet between the time they leave the Emerald City and arrive at the outskirts of Calla Bryn Sturgis.

    Fjolnir says: "Great Classic Story Telling"
    "Dropping in on old friends for a story"
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    Like many Dark Tower fans I was drawn to the promise of a new novel like a moth to a flame and on the whole 'The Wind Through The Keyhole' doesn't disappoint. Much like 'Wizard and Glass', 'The Wind Through The Keyhole' delves into Roland's youth in Midworld and tells of a challenge he faced as a new gunslinger. However it weaves itself into a story within a story regarding another young boy's experience with an all to familiar antagonist.
    King's narration at first seems a bit half-hearted, but about a third of the way through where he hits his stride, he really breathes a lot of life into his own story. Perhaps it just took him a while to get settled into the flow.
    Overall, I'd recommend it to any fan of the Dark Tower series, as long as you don't go in expecting Dark Tower 4 and a half. As the man himself states in the prologue, it's more of a visit to old friends to hear a tale they'd not gotten around to telling. I wish I'd gotten to spend a little bit more time with them though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just After Sunset

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King, Holter Graham, Mare Winningham, and others
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (16)

    King's brand new fiction title: a captivating collection of tales with dark - and light - twists from the master of this wonderful form. What would you do if your everyday world were turned upside down in an instant? Here are 12 riveting stories about relationships with unexpected twists. Be very careful what you wish for.

    Mari says: "Fabulous"
    "Disjointed but well worth a listen"
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    Just After Sunset is a collection of King's short stories, both published in magazines or previously unpublished, bundled together in bite-sized, easy to listen to portions. Unlike "Full Dark, No Stars" there's no overarching theme to maintain the flow between stories and the quality is a bit inconsistent, but it's worth the purchase. "The Gingerbread Girl" and "Mute" are worth the price alone, and King himself even lends his voice for a couple of the stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Dark, No Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (25)

    'I believe there is another man inside every man, a stranger....' writes Wilfred Leland James in the early pages of the riveting confession that makes up '1922', the first in this pitch-black quartet of mesmerising tales from Stephen King, linked by the theme of retribution. For James, that stranger is awakened when his wife Arlette proposes selling off the family homestead and moving to Omaha, setting in motion a gruesome train of murder and madness.

    Todd says: "A fair read from Mr King, but not great"
    "Traversing the dark parts of the soul"
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    Stephen King takes a refreshing departure from the supernatural and fanciful, to take a tour of the darker parts of soul of the average everyperson. While "Full Dark, No Stars" consists of four seemingly unrelated tales, they are all wonderfully bound together in the unasked question, "what would you do?" While not all the stories get an equal amount of time to unfold, the first story "1922" almost overstaying it's welcome, they are all well-rounded and most importantly entertaining.
    The two narrators do an admirable job with these tales of misfortune, greed and human frailty, however if I was to have one complaint it is that Jessica Hecht sometimes sounds a little too cheerful for the gravitas of the material.
    These aren't stories that will chill you to the bone, but they are stories that will hang around in your mind long after the narration has ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2168)
    Performance
    (1976)
    Story
    (2002)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
    "Dracula the way it should be heard"
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    Having read Dracula over a couple of decades ago, I found this audiobook version both refreshing and authentic to Bram Stoker's original text. The stellar cast of narrators, especially Simon Vance as Jonathan Harker, is merely the sweet icing on the well-written cake. My only precautionary note is don't buy this on the much touted (and justified) talents of Alan Cumming and Tim Curry alone. They aren't in it as much as you might be led to believe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deliverance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Dickey
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1310)
    Performance
    (1159)
    Story
    (1161)

    The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the state's most remote white-water river awaits. In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare. And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance.

    Katherine says: "excruciatingly vivid, marvelously written and read"
    "A Fantastic Novel Brilliantly Narrated"
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    Where does Deliverance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the very top of my list.


    What did you like best about this story?

    James Dickey's colourful and descriptive use of language. It really helps set the scene and mood.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Everything. His accent and pronunciation perfectly complimented the spirit of the book and its setting.


    If you could rename Deliverance, what would you call it?

    Little Fish, Big Pond


    Any additional comments?

    A definate must have for people that enjoy a tightly woven thriller.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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