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Andrés

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  • The Drawing of the Three: The Dark Tower II

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4379)
    Performance
    (2338)
    Story
    (2369)

    Stephen King returns to The Dark Towerin this second, mesmerizing volume in his epic series. After his confrontation with the man in black at the end of The Gunslinger, Roland awakes to find three doors on the beach of Mid-World's Western Sea, each leading to New York City but at three different moments in time. Through these doors, Roland must "draw" three figures crucial to his quest for the Dark Tower.

    Kevin says: "If you read this, you're hooked"
    "Getting better, but still relatively slow"
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    After being somewhat disappointed by the first book in the series, and after reading the reviews, I guess I had high expectations for this book. However, even though it's much better than the first one, it's still relatively slow. Stephen King is still setting up his story, and the book continues to feel like an introduction with the real action still a while away. However, it's amazingly detailed, and it's definitely a must-read for the rest of the series, since most of the main characters are introduced here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gunslinger: The Dark Tower I

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7084)
    Performance
    (3488)
    Story
    (3543)

    Eerie, dreamlike, set in a world that is weirdly related to our own, The Gunslinger introduces Roland Deschain of Gilead, of In-World that was, as he pursues his enigmatic antagonist to the mountains that separate the desert from the Western Sea in the first volume of The Dark Tower series. Roland, the last gunslinger, is a solitary figure, perhaps accursed, who with a strange single-mindedness traverses an exhausted, almost timeless landscape of good and evil.

    Valerie says: "Just As Wonderful as I Remembered!"
    "I definitely hope it gets better!"
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    What did you like best about The Gunslinger? What did you like least?

    I was expecting more out of this book, and was disappointed. I had just finished listening to "It" by Stephen King, and it was one of the best books I've heard. So I had high expectations for this first book in the Dark Tower series. However, it did not grip me as "It" did. I see this book has the lowest rating of the series, so I'm going to continue with the others, expecting them to be better. As a prologue to the rest of the series it may be OK, but as a standalone book, it falls flat.


    If you’ve listened to books by Stephen King before, how does this one compare?

    Not good, other books such as "It" or "The Stand" are way better than this one.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was a little too soft for me... it lacked emotion, I felt like the narrator was going through a text book...


    Was The Gunslinger worth the listening time?

    It all depends on the rest of the series... I hope the other books will make up for this one!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kevin Mitnick, William L. Simon
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3439)
    Performance
    (3054)
    Story
    (3065)

    Kevin Mitnick was the most elusive computer break-in artist in history. He accessed computers and networks at the world’s biggest companies—and however fast the authorities were, Mitnick was faster, sprinting through phone switches, computer systems, and cellular networks. He spent years skipping through cyberspace, always three steps ahead and labeled unstoppable.

    Mikeyxote says: "Great listen for tech fans"
    "Interesting, but not gripping"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story about Kevin Mitnick is definitely interesting. And it's absolutely amazing (and scary!) to know how easy it is for someone with the right social skills (not even computer skills) to obtain confidential personal information from others. However, as interesting as it may be, I didn't find the story as gripping as other audiobooks. I guess I just didn't connect with the character. And the fact the author keeps reminding you every 15 minutes how brilliant and awesome he is, makes it hard to do so.

    The other part I find disturbing with the book is that, even though the author was illegally accessing information and hacking into numerous systems, he doesn't seem to think there's anything wrong with it. He points out that he never profitted from his hacking (apart from probably racking up thousands of dollars in phone bills using other people's numbers), but that still does not make it right. He turned his hacking around into a consulting business, and his story into a speaking career, and you have to give him credit for that. But he didn't give me the impression he realized what he did was wrong. He just found a way to get (legally) paid for it!


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Help

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kathryn Stockett
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
    Overall
    (27120)
    Performance
    (13741)
    Story
    (13787)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The most celebrated performance in all of Audible’s history, The Help has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews from your fellow listeners. We hear the print book’s not bad, either. In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

    Jan says: "What a great surprise!"
    "Great book, incredible performance, abrupt ending"
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    This book is amazing! Gripping, funny at moments, sad at others. I found myself laughing alone in my car while listening, as well as holding back tears from time to time. The performances of the narrators are superb, probably the best I have heard to date. The only complaint I have is about the ending. I'm not going to include any spoilers, but it seemed to me it was somewhat abrupt. There are storylines that, to my judgement, are lacking conlcusion. But it's definitely worth the time and money to listen to this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12409)
    Performance
    (10844)
    Story
    (10886)

    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
    "A great story continues, leaves you wanting more!"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Dance with Dragons the most enjoyable?

    This book takes you back to the beginning of Book 4, but covering all the characters left out in the previous book. You need to pay attention, as there are more parallel stories going on than in any of the previous books. But it will definitely leave you wanting more.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    After not voicing Book 4, looks like the narrator (Roy Dotrice) forgot some of the voices he had given the characters in previous readings. You are left wondering who is talking now, as you probably already have an image of each character, and the new voices don't quite fit. It wouldn't have been so hard to go back to book 3, review the acting, and continue with the voices.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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