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Riley

Bellevue, NE, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • 18 purchased in 2014
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  • Deliverance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Dickey
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1317)
    Performance
    (1166)
    Story
    (1167)

    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"
    "Hits like a stick of dynamite!"
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    I remember reading this book when I was a young lad and enjoying every turned page. I remember the movie both engaging me and holding me in suspense. Without a doubt Will Patton is quickly becoming one of my favorite narrators. His voice is as enthralling as it is mesmerizing. I always loved him as an actor, now I love him even more as a narrator of excellent audiobooks. He first grabbed me when I listened to the abridged edition of Gone South by Robert McCammon (a two cassette edition done years and years ago, my favorite author--three of his books are in my top five favorites of all time--Boy's Life, Swan Song, and The Wolf's Hour, by the way).

    The story is as strong as a raging river which cannot be denied its sacrifices. The reading greatly matches Dickey's superb storytelling!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17205)
    Performance
    (15284)
    Story
    (15237)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Going full circle with no gain."
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    Now, before I get started I just wanted to point out that there's a reason Stephen King is the world's bestselling novelist. I've loved his books since picking up The Dead Zone when I was in high school.

    However, I've come to realize that his longer works are in dire need of some serious edit trimming. There are many points in his longer works that seem to wander off the trail and go on and on about something that has no real purpose and doesn't move the story forward. One of the many things I've learned about writing is that if it doesn't move the story ahead then it should be deleted. During these side stories I find my mind wondering about other things going on around me. The grip of the story simply loses me many times throughout the book.

    Don't get me wrong, it is a good story, but you could have an even better story by cutting this novel in half and doing away with extra stuff thrown in to bulk up the novel.

    The Stand, It, Under the Dome, the Dark Tower series and several others would have been stronger stories by cutting sentences, paragraphs and even entire chapters.

    And by saying in my headline "Going full circle with no gain" can be understood when you listen to or read the book to the final page.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34067)
    Performance
    (25239)
    Story
    (25582)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "I certainly didn't know what to expect."
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    I was actually surprised with this book. I really didn't know anything about it, but became interested with I learned of the upcoming movie series. The only one problem I had with it was that it was nearly 4 1/2 hours into the audiobook before the characters finally entered the arena and began the games. But once there, my mind was fixed on everything that was going on. I'm interested in listening to the other three books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 77 Shadow Street

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (701)
    Performance
    (610)
    Story
    (607)

    Enter the world of the Pendleton: The original owner became a recluse - and was rumored to be more than half mad - after his wife and two children were kidnapped in 1896 and never found. The second owner suffered a worse tragedy in 1935, when his house manager murdered him, his family, and the entire live-in staff.... Craftsmen and laborers working on renovations disappear or go mad.... For years, the Pendleton is a happy place, until a bad turn comes again.... Voices in unknown languages are heard in deserted rooms....

    Carol says: "Disappointing, a total let-down."
    "From bad to worse to something else."
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    I purchased this based on the synopsis and that I've read nearly every DK book. I should have read the reviews first. I have several problems with this book. First, the layout for the book reminds me of one of his previous novels "Breathless" which was also an epic failure and one of the worst books I've ever read. The layout consists of each chapter being dedicated to a different character. It's almost like a whole bunch of short stories written, then having the chapters shuffled into each other. Second, there is no central character that the story revolves around. A bunch of people in a supposed haunted apartment building. Third, the story jumps from the present, to the past and then to the extreme future for many of the charaters. It was hard enough to follow with the many characters and trying to figure out what was going on, but then DK had to throw in some time warping.
    I was either so lost with the story or bored with it that my mind constantly wandered to other things. I regret buying this audio book. Should DK writing career continue down this path, I'll have to cross him off my favorite writer list just like I did with James Patterson.
    Better DK choices would be Cold Fire, The Bad Place, Hideaway, Dragon Tears, Mr. Murder and a few others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Empire of Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Andrew Klavan
    • Narrated By Andrew Klavan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    Sustained by a deep religious faith, Jason Harrow has built a stable family and become a pillar of principle and patriotism in the Midwest. Then the phone rings, and his past is on the other end of the line. A woman with whom he once shared a life of violence and desire claims her daughter is missing - and Jason is the one man who can find her.

    Riley says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall

    Despite the synopsis, which made the book sound exciting and action-packed, it was boring to listen to. I only made it a little past halfway before giving up. If you want a good story written by Klavan, read True Crime or Don't Say A Word, even Hunting Down Amanda was pretty good. Unfortunately, you can't get those on audio, but they're a great read. However, Klavan has a remarkable voice for audiobooks. His voice is pleasing to listen to, but the story lacked. I found myself wanting a lot more action and intensity, but couldn't hang in there until the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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