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Aj

Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2009

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  • Under the Dome: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Raul Esparza
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10207)
    Performance
    (5120)
    Story
    (5153)

    On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when - or if - it will go away.

    Suzanne says: "The scare is in the human nature under stress."
    "Finally!!"
    Overall

    I am a die hard King fan and have read everything he's written ... including the disappointing last 8 years of stuff. This book is excellent, classic King at his best!!! What makes this audio book so excellent is the narrator. Esparza is simply fabulous. He maintains all the characters, and damn there is alot, with distinct and believable voices. I especially love how he's got Big Jim's drawl and sanctimonius tone to a tee. If you've never heard an audio book this is the one for you. If you aren't a King fan, you will be. If you are a King fan you'll be thrilled!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4656)
    Performance
    (3385)
    Story
    (3409)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "Volume control anyone?"
    Overall

    What is it about Stephen King's audio books that they just can't seem to get the volume levels working? This is a great book and the narrator for the most part is great too. The problem however, when the narrator shouts or raises his voice as the script may call for, I had to quickly turn down the volume. And of course when he whispered or lowered his voice I had to turn up the volume. Not a big deal in most cases but when a book is as long as this one there is alot of volume adjusting going on. I can't for the life of me figure why the producers of this audio book didn't properly adjust the levels. Very annoying to say the least. Other than that this book is well worth the purchase.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dreamcatcher

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Jeffrey DeMunn
    Overall
    (1823)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (585)

    "The genius shines through...flat-out riveting." (Publishers Weekly)
    "Makes for great midnight reading." (The New York Times)
    "Dreamcatcher is a comeback and an infusion of rich new blood into King's body of work." (Amazon.com)

    Click the sample icon to hear an extended excerpt from Chapter One of Dreamcatcher!

    Murray Zetterholm says: "King Fans Will Love Dreamcatcher"
    "Good listen"
    Overall

    For some reason this was one King book I could never get through when reading. Perhaps it was because I saw the really awful movie version before reading that put me off. I enjoyed the audio version and it is much much better than the movie, as is the case with most King adaptations to screen. I would have preferred a little bit happier ending but then again .. its King. Good narration and not annoying as some of King's narrators.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elantris

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4311)
    Performance
    (2797)
    Story
    (2843)

    Legendary science fiction author Orson Scott Card calls Brandon Sanderson a writer to watch, and Publishers Weekly says his debut is "outstanding." Once the godlike rulers of the capital of Arelon, the inhabitans of Elantris have been imprisoned within themselves, unable to die after the city's magic failed years ago. But when a new prince falls victim to the curse, he refuses to accept his fate.

    Lore says: "What if your body could never heal?"
    "Rushed ending."
    Overall

    I really enjoyed the majority of this book but as I find sometimes with long novels the ending for this was rushed. The story line was fantastic and I wish the author had either decided to make a second novel or allowed the ending to take its time and not just go BANG in a couple chapters. There were alot of things happening at the end and it just seemed like the author capped it too quickly. Maybe an editorial decision? Of note the narration was good however there were a number of times a sentance would have just ended and immediately, without a breath, the next chapter would be announced. I believe this to be an error in production but it was annoying.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Talisman

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs)
    • By Stephen King, Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3674)
    Performance
    (1713)
    Story
    (1724)

    On a brisk autumn day, a 13-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: His father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America - and into another realm. One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery.

    Swad says: "Still Good"
    "Awful Narrator! Great Book."
    Overall

    I loved this book when I read it. I can't stand it now that I am listening to it and that is due to the narrator. He is breathy and has an awful habit of drawing out the last word of almost every sentence. It is absolute torture to try to listen to this book with this narrator. I will never, ever, ever, purchase another audio book narrated by Frank Muller. If you are someone who can ignore annoying narrators then I recommend this book bacause it is an absolutely wonderful story and that is the reason I have given it two stars. If you are like me, and find annoying narrators as irritating as nails scratching on a chalk board, I suggest you pass this one up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ender's Game: Special 20th Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22401)
    Performance
    (13791)
    Story
    (13935)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

    Kapila says: "6 titles in the series so far"
    "A great listen!"
    Overall

    This is definately an Orson Scott Card classic. I have read and re-read this book over the years and I loved listening to it. The narrators were fabulous and though I can't figure which character it was, Card was in there too. The author's note at the end is definately worth listening to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Courts of the Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Brian D'Amato
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    December 21, 2012. The day time stops. Jed DeLanda, a descendant of the Maya living in the year 2012, is a math prodigy who spends his time playing Go against his computer and raking in profits from online trading. His secret weapon? A Mayan divination game---once used for predicting corn-harvest cycles, now proving very useful in predicting corn futures---that his mother taught him.

    D. Powers says: "Interesting but bleak"
    "Confused time line and story stream"
    Overall

    I round the narrator to be quite good in this book especially with the pronunciation of the various languages. I found however that the story line confused the hell outta me and I was often not sure where it was going. For me the author never really described the "divination" or "sacrifice" game in a way that i had any more than a vague understanding of how it worked/looked or was even played.

    The pace of the book was very slow once you got past chapter 1. I liked how it opened and was really disappointed with how long it took to get back to the opening action. The author seemed to use alot of obscure words for describing things and for me it really confused the whole story which I think could have been quite brilliant given its subject. I suffered through the audible and was faintly entertained but I've listened to much better.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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