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Anne-Grethe

Bording, Denmark | Member Since 2011

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  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (315)

    When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family.

    Tim says: "Wonderful story, brilliant writing and narration"
    "Quaint, sweet and naive"
    Overall

    I was very taken with the story of this wonderful book, which can be read and heard by anyone - teenager or grown-up alike. The entire book is very sweet and almost naive, but at the same time, there are both scary characters and children as heroes. The main character, Nobody Owens, is very innocent but at the same time strong and open to all the things. I highly recommend this book - I heard it in one fell swoop and could not bear to press pause. The author is very talented, painting pictures with every word!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insomnia

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Eli Wallach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1129)
    Performance
    (782)
    Story
    (788)

    Ralph Roberts has an incurable case of insomnia, but lack of sleep is the least of his worries. Each night he stays awake, Ralph witnesses more of the odd activity taking place in Derry after dark than he wants to know. The nice young chemist up the street beats his wife and has delusions about beings he calls "The Centurions".

    KB says: "King lover very disappointed - NO Spoilers"
    "story perfect, book ruind by music"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Honestly, I can't imagine how anybody could enjoy this version of the book. While the actual Stephen King novel is another little marvellous masterpiece, this version has been entirely ruined by loud, horrid music.. I sincerely hope a new reader of Stephen King does not start with listening to this book.. buy the paperback instead. Or start with the audible version of the Stand or Duma Key, both lovely books with very well rendered audible versions.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ralph - as the main character, we do follow him and get to know his inherent humanity.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Eli Wallach’s performances?

    No - However good he is, he is not suited for Stephen King - and Stephen King is not suited for him


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Insomnia?

    None - Stephen King has created one of his usual masterpieces - I will just have to go and purchase it as a regular book instead, as I cannot bear to listen to more of this.


    Any additional comments?

    Stop putting musical tracks and annoying noises on books - it ruins the entire experience. If people want to listen to music, there are so many options to get that - no need to make large parts of the book impossible to actually hear. So dissatisfied

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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