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Martin

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  • Full Dark, No Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson, Jessica Hecht
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2176)
    Performance
    (935)
    Story
    (932)

    "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 mesmerizing tales from Stephen King. 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.

    Parusski says: "Eerie, honest, frightening!"
    "Not sure how traditional King fans will feel."
    Overall

    As a 'Constant Reader' since 1978, I saw, felt, and heard SK in all these stories, but the title doesn't lie. There are no 'stars' here, no bright light to see by. These are not children's stories, not escapist fiction, nothing 'feel-good' here. This is the keen imagination of a story teller reading the horrible things that happen daily and looking behind the headlines. Disturbing is a mild word for these stories. They feel like Pet Sematary, without the magic. I can't say I enjoyed them, you'd be demented if you did. This is adult horror. Not the children's horror of monsters in the closet, but the adult monsters inside each of us. You are forced into the place in your mind that asks, "what would I do if that was me". Sometimes that's a place we don't want to look. Honest, sad, heart-rending, and too close to my own nightmares to be comfortable. I think I will remember these stories for a long time. I also think I will probably never read or listen to them again. Be prepared.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Law of Nines

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (227)

    Turning 27 may be terrifying for some, but for Alex, a struggling artist living in the midwestern United States, it is cataclysmic. Inheriting a huge expanse of land should have made him a rich and happy man; but something about this birthday, his name, and the beautiful woman whose life he just saved, has suddenly made him - and everyone he loves - into a target.

    D says: "Can't stand alone"
    "This Goodkind fan was delightfully surprised"
    Overall

    I hope we'll hear more from Alex! It's hard to write this review and not be a spoiler. I'll just say that Goodkind fans will feel right at home and find a lot in this one. Folks that haven't read any Goodkind should enjoy this modern story with a fantasy twist.
    It just seemed too short for a Terry Goodkind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Elfstones of Shannara: The Shannara Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (853)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (421)

    Before the Great Wars and the Old Race of Man, there was a world populated by different beings: elves, demons, faeries, and the like. The Elves and the Demons constantly fought each other, until the Elves finally imprisoned them with the enchanted tree called the Ellcrys. Thousands of years later the Ellcrys still survives and still keeps the Demons imprisoned within the Spell of Forbidding, but not for much longer, the Ellcrys is dying.

    Aaron says: "A good story"
    "Great book, not great narration"
    Overall

    I love this series. But I am really tired of this narrator, Scott Brick. These books read so easily when you read them in hardcopy. The characters are fun, and you get involved in the storyline. This guys narration is just grating. If you only listen to books on audio then go ahead and listen. Just have to ignore the narrators tone, silly cadence, and emphasis on every single line.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Sword of Shannara: The Shannara Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs)
    • By Terry Brooks
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1520)
    Performance
    (712)
    Story
    (729)

    Long ago, the wars of the ancient Evil ruined the world. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles. But the supposedly dead Warlock Lord is plotting to destroy everything in his wake. The sole weapon against this Power of Darkness is the Sword of Shannara, which can be used only by a true heir of Shannara. On Shea, last of the bloodline, rests the hope of all the races.

    Nevermore says: "Worst Reading in History?"
    "Good clean fantasy fun"
    Overall

    I read this series years ago. When you read the first book, you feel like it's a Tolkien knockoff. But keep going! The world Terry creates is rich, deep and real. This is a wonderful series for teens that love fantasy. I have many dog-earred paperback copies that made the rounds of my boys friends. Of course, the best way to decide on books for your kids... read them first! Then you have something to talk about.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Symbol Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dan Brown
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    Overall
    (3707)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to deliver an evening lecture in the U.S. Capitol. Within minutes of his arrival, the night takes a bizarre turn. A disturbing object is discovered in the Capitol Building. The object is an ancient invitation, meant to usher its recipient into a long-lost world of hidden esoteric wisdom. And when Langdon's mentor is kidnapped, Langdon's only hope of saving him is to accept this invitation and follow wherever it leads him.

    Jennifer says: "How sad..."
    "Fun and Enjoyable"
    Overall

    As I expected, Dan Brown goes a bit overboard with some of his decriptions/lectures/sermons. Overall as a book of fiction it's fun. I enjoy books that invite you to discuss the premises with others. You can't miss nor lack appreciation for the overall theme of the book, we have more in common than we have differences.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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