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Anthony

Chicago, IL, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Old Man's War

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4194)
    Performance
    (3125)
    Story
    (3152)

    John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First, he visited his wife's grave. Then he joined the army. The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce - and alien races willing to fight us for them are common. So, we fight, to defend Earth and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has been going on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

    Michael says: "As good as Heinlein"
    "Brilliant premise"
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    A true classic. Scalzi's delightful wit comes through - and Dufris provides an outstanding voice to the compelling narrative. I couldn't stop listening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The City

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Korey Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (445)
    Story
    (446)

    There are millions of stories in the city - some magical, some tragic, others terror-filled or triumphant. Jonah Kirk’s story is all of those things as he draws listeners into his life in the city as a young boy, introducing his indomitable grandfather, also a "piano man"; his single mother, a struggling singer; and the heroes, villains, and everyday saints and sinners who make up the fabric of the metropolis in which they live - and who will change the course of Jonah’s life forever. Welcome to The City, a place of evergreen dreams where enchantment and malice entwine.

    Pat says: "Great story once you wade through the beginning.."
    "Surprising disappointment from Koontz"
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    As a general rule, I read everything Dean Koontz writes - and I will continue to do so. But this work left me wanting. Unlike Koontz's more traditional heart-pounding thrillers with a touch of the supernatural (sometimes more than a touch), this book is very slow - even plodding. The action is limited. There is a definite Koontzian heart-warming payoff, but it's just not worth all the lengthy build-up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2201)
    Performance
    (2042)
    Story
    (2031)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Thug4life says: "Great for family car ride"
    "Wonderful story; terrible performance"
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    This is simply a delightful and classic story that I and my children (ages 9 & 6) have enjoyed. If you've only seen the film, you should treat yourself to the novel - though it is admittedly difficult not to judge the book in light of the epic film.

    What I could not tolerate was Anne Hathaway's dreadful performance. Ideally the narration should complement the story, but not distract or steal from the author's words. Hathaway's performance is a complete distraction - to the point that you hope certain characters won't have anything else to say because you don't want to hear her needlessly over-the-top voicing. Why does the palace guard have a southern (US) accent? Why does another person have a French accent? It's all just too much.

    Do yourself a favor and pick from the 5 or so other versions of Baum's classic on Audible.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • 77 Shadow Street

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Peter Berkrot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (745)
    Performance
    (651)
    Story
    (648)

    Enter the world of the Pendleton: The original owner became a recluse - and was rumored to be more than half mad - after his wife and two children were kidnapped in 1896 and never found. The second owner suffered a worse tragedy in 1935, when his house manager murdered him, his family, and the entire live-in staff.... Craftsmen and laborers working on renovations disappear or go mad.... For years, the Pendleton is a happy place, until a bad turn comes again.... Voices in unknown languages are heard in deserted rooms....

    Carol says: "Disappointing, a total let-down."
    "Excellent Old School Koontz!"
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    For those of you who have loved Koontz as long as I have (20+ years), this is a delightful throwback to older favorites like Midnight & Lightening. It's an engrossing mix of sci-fi & outright spookiness - also charged with that biting social commentary that we Koontz fans love. One of his best in years!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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