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BigDan

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  • Live by Night

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (259)

    Boston, 1926. The ‘20s are roaring. Liquor is flowing, bullets are flying, and one man sets out to make his mark on the world. Prohibition has given rise to an endless network of underground distilleries, speakeasies, gangsters, and corrupt cops. Joe Coughlin, the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain, has long since turned his back on his strict and proper upbringing. Now having graduated from a childhood of petty theft to a career in the pay of the city's most fearsome mobsters, Joe enjoys the spoils, thrills, and notoriety of being an outlaw.

    Christopher says: "bad narrator choice"
    "Excellent story telling by Lehane"
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    What made the experience of listening to Live by Night the most enjoyable?

    I'm not much of a period piece enthusiast but Lehane pulled it off here with a great story and an enjoyable story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suttree

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Richard Poe
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (225)

    No discussion of great modern authors is complete without mention of Cormac McCarthy, whose rare and blazing talent makes his every work a true literary event. A grand addition to the American literary canon, Suttree introduces readers to Cornelius Suttree, a man who abandons his affluent family to live among a dissolute array of vagabonds along the Tennessee river.

    Riley A. Vann says: "Challenging Read/Listen, Narrator Outstanding"
    "Another Winner for McCarthy"
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    Would you listen to Suttree again? Why?

    I would listen again, yes. Not too many books would fall under this decision, however, Suttree is a modern classic and told McCarthy Style which makes it even more appealing


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Robert McKee
    • Narrated By Robert McKee
    Overall
    (584)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (240)

    Robert McKee's screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress, and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. Quincy Jones, Diane Keaton, Gloria Steinem, Julia Roberts, John Cleese, and David Bowie are just a few of his celebrity alumni. Writers, producers, development executives, and agents all flock to his lecture series, praising it as a mesmerizing and intense learning experience.

    Steve says: "Good abridged version"
    "McKee knows his stuff."
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    Where does Story rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    For a reference book it is tops. McKee is a master screenwriting instructor and historian of the form. I wish more screenwriters would reference his book, maybe we'd get some half way decent movies produced rather than what we are suffering through now. McKee is old school and knows what a good screenplay requires to get the STORY told.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2428)
    Performance
    (1300)
    Story
    (1294)

    The prolific, perennially best selling author recounts his early life and writing struggles, gives advice on the crucial aspects of the writing art, and talks about his much-publicized, near-fatal accident.

    Bill says: "Excellent!"
    "I've read it 2 times and and listened to it once!"
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    Would you listen to On Writing again? Why?

    Yes. A great entertaining read as well as a great reference book for writers of all caliber.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Talisman

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs)
    • By Stephen King, Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3794)
    Performance
    (1827)
    Story
    (1840)

    On a brisk autumn day, a 13-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: His father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America - and into another realm. One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery.

    Swad says: "Still Good"
    "Great horror story....."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. A great book to read in the dark. King is the master. just add Straub and you've got one hell of a story. The story line is tight and the plot is remarkable. Can't wait to start the sequel "The Black House".


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Steven Weber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4972)
    Performance
    (3684)
    Story
    (3710)

    They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.

    Parola138 says: "I thought I was desensitized"
    "WOW.....what a great book!"
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    If you could sum up It in three words, what would they be?

    Very Damn Scary!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything. King is the master story teller and he just gives another example here. If it wasn't so long it would be difficult to put down but sleep is required and you need to catch your breath once in a while


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Child of God

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (106)

    In this taut, chilling audiobook, Lester Ballard - a violent, dispossessed man falsely accused of rape - haunts the hill country of East Tennessee when he is released from jail. While telling his story, Cormac McCarthy depicts the most sordid aspects of life with dignity, humor, and characteristic lyrical brilliance.

    Darwin8u says: "And HE has sent me here?"
    "Mesmerizing Story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Child of God to be better than the print version?

    Yes. McCarthy is a generally tough read with his run-ons and lack of normal writing style. The audible version made it easy to comprehend


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Given Day

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (422)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (186)

    The Given Day explores the crippling violence and irrepressible exuberance of a country at war with, and in the thrall of, itself. As Danny, Luther, and those around them struggle to define themselves in increasingly turbulent times, they gradually find family in one another and, together, ride a rising storm of hardship, deprivation, and hope that will change all their lives.

    D Jay says: "As Good As It Gets"
    "A very good read."
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    Would you listen to The Given Day again? Why?

    Probably not. It was a great book but not a "re-read". The characters and story were strong and well plotted. It did go on a little too long but overall very entertaining.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • As I Lay Dying

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By William Faulkner
    • Narrated By Marc Cashman, Robertson Dean, Lina Patel, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (224)

    At the heart of this 1930 novel is the Bundren family's bizarre journey to Jefferson to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Faulkner lets each family member, including Addie, and others along the way tell their private responses to Addie's life.

    Kristina says: "Faulkner's As I Lay Dying review"
    "Awesome Classic"
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    If you could sum up As I Lay Dying in three words, what would they be?

    A Must Read!
    What can you say besides "Faulkner at his best". A great novel of life and love and tragedy.
    Three words cannot do it justice


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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