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  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "Long time King fan, but I can't finish it"

    It is very sad, since Will Patton is such a good narrator. I loved Doctor Sleep in large part because of his narration.

    Before you just disregard this, let me say that I have been a huge King fan for a long time, with notable exceptions like Under the Dome and Mile 81. And I'm not just looking for supernatural accoutrements. I thought Joyland was good, in spite of the lukewarm narration, and I really enjoyed the Colorado Kid.

    But this story is just weak. It has the feel of one of Dean Koontz's formulaic madman with sexual fetish stories. Pretty much straight down the check list:
    * Homicidal Maniac (check)
    * Maniac has strange sexual fetish (check)
    * Tough guy hero (check)
    * Damsel in distress (check)
    * Unlikely love interest develops between tough guy and damsel (check)
    * Some supernatural or paranormal aspect (hmm, only thing missing)

    I still think Koontz was the ghost writer for this one...

    I can't recommend it.

    Hopefully he put more effort in to the upcoming book Revival.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition): An Oral History of the Zombie War

    • ABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Max Brooks
    • Narrated By Max Brooks, Alan Alda, John Turturro, and others

    World War Z: The Complete Edition is a new recording of Max Brooks’ best-selling novel, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, featuring 21 additional Hollywood A-list actors and sci-fi fan favorites performing stories not included in the original edition. New narrators include Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, Spiderman star Alfred Molina, The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont, rapper Common, Firefly star Nathan Fillion, Shaun of the Dead’s Simon Pegg, and members of the casts of Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes and more!

    Kim Venatries says: "A Good Story with an All Star Cast but ABRIDGED"
    "Don't skip it because it's "Abridged""
    What other book might you compare World War Z: The Complete Edition (Movie Tie-in Edition) to and why?

    This has the feel of the War of the Worlds radio-cast because of the way it is presented as a documentary.

    Any additional comments?

    I normally skip over abridged books, but I"m glad I listened to the reviews and gave this a chance.Because it is presented as a number of NPR-like interviews with survivors, they can cut out some sections without making the story hard to follow. It is a number of different viewpoints of the events surrounding the Z war.I am really surprised how much I like it. The narrator/interviewer has a familiar sounding voice -- I wonder if he may actually be an NPR reporter. And having a different reader for each character interviewed helps to sustain the feeling of real interviews.I have never read the book - only seen the movie, but I can say that it does not feel disjointed at all. I have no qualms about recommending this book -- even to the movie haters!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    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"
    "The King is BACK!"
    Would you listen to Doctor Sleep again? Why?


    Any additional comments?

    First 11/22/63, then Joyland, and now Dr. Sleep. King hit the trifecta!If you were a King-o-phile that wandered off while he struggled to find his voice again, wait no longer. Dr. Sleep brings back Danny Torrance and a host of compelling, believable characters that drive the story. Something I think he's been missing for a while. Granted, there is some shameless plugging of his son's book NOS4A2 with references to Charlie Manx, but I guess that's to be expected.Danny seems like a real guy with real problems. He's not just struggling with his paranormal gifts, he's struggling with alcoholism...just like his father did.And this is a unique story line, not just Round 2 of Danny vs. the Overlook. Steve-o came up with a great premise for this story, and it kept me riveted.It would be remiss of me to not comment on Will Patton's performance. This is the first time I have listened to him as an audiobook narrator, but it won't be the last. I thought he did a great job of giving unique voices/speech patterns to each character. And he had an interesting way of handling King's typical inter-mixed dialogue and thought sequences. I am always leery of new narrators they bring in for King books, but Will Patton ranks up there with the best by Ron McLarty and Stephen Weber.This is a sequel to "The Shining", though, so you may want to read that first. You won't be lost without it, but much of the context will be missing. Please notice that I said "read"...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Breathing Method

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller

    "The Breathing Method", from Stephen King's bestselling collecton Different Seasons, takes place in an exclusive gentlemen's club in New York, where no one pays any dues. Membership is based upon a telling of tales, and one nightmarish tale about a disgraced woman determined to give birth - not matter the consequences - pays for them all.

    Coffee says: "Punched me in the face, and I loved it."
    "Loved it!"

    This is good, old-fashioned SK at his best. Great story and great narration.

    Frank Muller really pulls you into the story and makes you feel as if you are a part. This is one of those shorts you can listen to many times.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Duma Key: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By John Slattery

    A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.

    Amazon Customer says: "Play the Book and Let the Book Play You"
    "Story - 5, Narration - 3"

    It averages out to a 4.

    I'm a huge fan of Stephen King's classic work, but I had found some of his more recent novels to be amalgam of previous stories (i.e. IT + Tommyknockers == Dreamcatcher). This one, however, was an exception. The story was gripping, and you are drawn to the characters.

    The narration almost drove me away, though. It sounded like they were feeding Mr. Slattery quaalude sandwiches. I wasn't sure he'd be able to stay awake for the whole story. Towards the end he seemed to grow into the characters and give them each a bit of an identity.

    This would have been 8.5 stars if Ron McLarty had read it, but it is still a great tale.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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