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Andrew

NAPERVILLE, IL, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • What the Night Knows

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1555)
    Performance
    (747)
    Story
    (762)

    In the late summer of a long-ago year, a killer arrived in a small city. His name was Alton Turner Blackwood, and in the space of a few months he brutally murdered four families. His savage spree ended only when he himself was killed by the last survivor of the last family, a 14-year-old boy. Half a continent away and two decades later, someone is murdering families again, re-creating in detail Blackwood’s crimes.

    sadee poulsen says: "Koontz is back!"
    "One of the Best Koontz in Years"
    Overall

    I’ve read many Dean Koontz books, and listened to several audio versions. There are some that I read and re-read and there are others that, while interesting, are not moving. This is by far one of Koontz’s best!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas: How Jay Sarno Won a Casino Empire, Lost It, and Inspired Modern Las Vegas

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David G. Schwartz
    • Narrated By Eric Martin
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Sarno's casinos - and his ideas about how to build casinos - created the template for Las Vegas today. Before him, Las Vegas meant dealers in string ties and bland, functional architecture. He taught the city how to dress up its hotels in fantasy, putting toga dresses on cocktail waitresses and making sure that even the stationery carried through with the theme. He saw Las Vegas as a place where ordinary people could leave their ordinary lives and have extraordinary adventures.

    Andrew says: "Great Listen - Thanks to Dr. Dave"
    "Great Listen - Thanks to Dr. Dave"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas to be better than the print version?

    I find print version slightly superior, I read it prior to purchasing it on Audible However, it is great to see the nuances that I missed the first time through.


    What other book might you compare Grandissimo: The First Emperor of Las Vegas to and why?

    Grandissimo was what Super Casino by Pete Earley could have been had Earley had the passion for Las Vegas that David Schwartz displays. After reading Super Casino I always wondered about this Jay Sarno guy, he seemed far more interesting that Bill Bennett and William Pennington. To finally get the whole story and find out the truth - not that Jay Sarno died after a night of satisfying a dozen prostitutes - allowed a much broader view of how ahead of his time Jay really was, and the fact that had Jay not been a "hotel man" Las Vegas would not be place it is today.


    What about Eric Martin’s performance did you like?

    I thought Eric Martin did a very good job, however some details and pauses made it seem a bit over the top.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    There is so much information you can't really make it though in one sitting but is certainly a book I will listen to over and over.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to see what Dr. David Schwartz does next!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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