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C. Stephan

alwayswalkingmydog

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  • Edward Adrift

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (485)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (439)

    That’s the flummoxed state of Edward Stanton, a 42-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome. His job, his therapist, and his best friends are all gone. Even his nightly ritual of watching Dragnet reruns has short-circuited. But a call from his friend Donna in Idaho, telling him that her son Kyle is in trouble, launches Edward from his rigidly scheduled existence in Billings, Montana, to the open road. He and Kyle, a sweet little boy turned sullen adolescent, debate football, music, and bodily functions (“Why do you pee so much?” Kyle asks).

    Madora says: "At first I was flummoxed...."
    "Delightful Character Study continues"
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    I liked the continuation of Edward's life as described in this book. His relationships with others are more meaningful and he has learned mindfulness. I cannot help but like Edward, quirks and all, because he has such a good heart. He is working so hard on himself and is so honest about his emotions and feelings. His insights reveal valuable life lessons. A very pleasant read, indeed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5838)
    Performance
    (5367)
    Story
    (5372)

    A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

    Cynthia says: "Shadows Dissolved in Vinegar"
    ""...The Child That Remains.""
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    Vivid childhood memories, clouded by dense fog are triggered by the main character's return to his childhood home for a funeral. Neil Gaiman managed to construct a fantasy around disturbing childhood occurances that grips the reader with enchantment and wonder seen through the eyes of a seven year old boy. Afterall, we are children in adult bodies, as the writer reminds us. The excellence of this novel lies within it's uniqueness, concise and tight storyline that flows effortlessly, without pause. The author is a wonderful narrator, who gave this listen a highly intimate feel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Woods

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2293)
    Performance
    (1425)
    Story
    (1424)

    Twenty years ago, four teenagers at summer camp walked into the woods at night. Two were found murdered, and the others were never seen again. Four families had their lives changed forever. Now, two decades later, they are about to change again.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Pleasant Surprise"
    "One of the Best Mysteries!"
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    Great twists and turns, interesting characters and story development! I was not able to take but short breaks from this excellent listen! It is definitely one of those 'listen from the edge of your seat' books! Outstanding narration and captivating mystery! Very well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lock In (Narrated by Amber Benson)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Amber Benson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (728)
    Performance
    (643)
    Story
    (664)

    Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever, and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent - and nearly five million souls in the United States alone - the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.

    Anthony says: "Love Amber's Narration"
    "Active Minds Trapped in Bodies use Androids"
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    Interesting premise, not as well executed as Scalzi's other works. The epilogue was very well done, however I would have preferred it intervowen into the main novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Time Out of Joint

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    Ragle Gumm has a unique job: Every day he wins a newspaper contest. And when he isn’t consulting his charts and tables, he enjoys his life in a small town, in 1959. At least, that’s what he thinks. But then strange things start happening. He finds a phone book where all the numbers have been disconnected, and a magazine article about a famous starlet named Marilyn Monroe, whom he’s never heard of. Plus, everyday objects are beginning to disappear and are replaced by strips of paper with words written on them, like "bowl of flowers" and "soft-drink stand".

    Sandy says: "Well ahead of his time even in 1959"
    "Nice and Easy until Something Gives!"
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    The nice and easy fifties, families living their post war lives until one day something odd happens. Discover ever so slowly what is hidden and then hang on for the ride of a lifetime!
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though it starts out very slow, almost boring. It is so worth it, because it intensifies the suspense that builds up slowly until suddenly everything falls apart and the reader sits at the edge of the seat until the last page!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clans of the Alphane Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Philip K. Dick
    • Narrated By David de Vries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    For years, the third moon in the Alphane system was used as a psychiatric hospital. But when war broke out between Earth and the Alphanes, the hospital was left unguarded and the inmates set up their own society, made up of competing factions based on their particular mental illnesses. When Earth sends a delegation to take back the colony, they find enclaves of depressives, schizophrenics, paranoiacs, and others uniting to repel what they see as a foreign invasion.

    C. Stephan says: "Timeless Phillip K. Dick Novel"
    "Timeless Phillip K. Dick Novel"
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    What about David de Vries’s performance did you like?

    Great voices for all characters, including mechanical voices! Bravo!


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting premise, Fun story and superbly narrated!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Final Call: A Mary O'Reilly Paranormal Mystery - Book Four: Mary O'Reilly Paranormal Mysteries, Volume 4

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Terri Reid
    • Narrated By Erin Spencer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (69)

    Stanley peered up into the shadows above the stage. There was a colorful blaze of fabric amidst the burgundy curtains and canvas backdrops. He moved closer, trying to get a better view from a different angle.Faye McMullen was murdered in cold blood at Winneshiek Theater and Mary O'Reilly and Police Chief Bradley Alden have to discover who done it before the murderer gets the chance to get rid of the prime witness...Mary O'Reilly.

    Annie says: "Great Story"
    "Entertaining, Fun Paranormal Mystery"
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    Absolutely delightful, entertaining and fun! I laughed out loud throughout the comic relief sections of this fun story! The author addresses one issue common to narcissistic individuals in three different scenarios. I truly enjoyed the effective layering of one common theme. This is the fourth book in the series and I had to read it in one day. The professional narration of the audio version was very well done. I love the immersion feature, where I can switch back and forth from the e-book and the audio book. Off to purchase book five in the series.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whistling Past the Graveyard

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Susan Crandall
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (379)
    Performance
    (335)
    Story
    (336)

    In the summer of 1963, nine-year-old spitfire Starla Claudelle runs away from her strict grandmother's Mississippi home. Starla hasn't seen her momma since she was three - that's when Lulu left for Nashville to become a famous singer. If she can get to Nashville and find her momma, then all that she promised will come true: Lulu will be a star. Daddy will come to live in Nashville, too. And her family will be whole and perfect.

    Laurette says: "Feisty red-headed little girl takes on the south"
    "Remarkable, Unforgettable and a Great Listen!"
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    I loved everything about this fabulous novel! The story development, the plot, the characters, the setting and the outstanding narrator Amy Rubinate made this book unforgettable. Seeing the early 60's through the innocent eyes of a child in Mississippi during the Civil Rights Movement was an incredible experience for me. Starla's and Eula's growing friendship, filled with insight and wisdom as they experienced fear, tragedy, disappointments, joy and wonder and love on their adventure, built a lifelong bond between two wonderful individuals. The supporting characters were equally interesting, especially the teacher who ranks among my favorites. Author Susan Crandall created a noteworthy book for generations to come! I highly recommend this enjoyable listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cryptonomicon

    • UNABRIDGED (42 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By William Dufris
    Overall
    (2478)
    Performance
    (1780)
    Story
    (1801)

    Neal Stephenson hacks into the secret histories of nations and the private obsessions of men, decrypting with dazzling virtuosity the forces that shaped this century.

    Steven L says: "Good Book But Missing Something"
    "Mathematical Geniuses and WWII History"
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    Anyone who likes mathematics and WWII History should read this highly detailed and wonderfully written leviathan. Get your fill of mathematical geniuses, Zeta functions, Mandlebrot sets, ciphers, exciting war stories, brave warriors, computer whizzes, fully fleshed out characters and an ending that ties everything together. To me this was worth an over fourty hour listen. It is advisable to pay close attention, as two stories, one from the fourties and one from the present time intertwine. They do eventually connect in a most satisfying way. I think this writer is brilliant and the narrator is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When I Found You

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Catherine Ryan Hyde
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (554)
    Story
    (561)

    Nathan McCann thought he didn't want a family. But when he finds an abandoned newborn in the woods, he feels an inexplicable bond with the boy and starts to make plans to raise the child as his own - until the baby's grandmother steps forward to claim him. Nathan makes a request of her, though: to one day bring the boy to meet his rescuer.

    Zabie says: "Love comes from many places"
    "Gripping Story of Lives Intersecting"
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    What about Jeff Cummings’s performance did you like?

    This narrator brings this book to life with assigning different voices to each character.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The young man's ability to love with devotion.


    Any additional comments?

    Thoughtful exploration of the emotional effects on an abandoned child carried through his adult life in tandem with the experiences, commitment and teachings of the man who found this abandoned baby. Not only is this a gripping story of the people involved, it also examines the psychological impacts of one life event and the history behind it, the ripples it causes throughout the years and how everyone handles it to the best of their abilities. It is a story of change, of growth, of secrets and truths and of obstacles that may or may not be overcome, depending on one's outlook on life. The characters in this book have been carefully and meticulously described and explained on many levels and from many points of view. I highly doubt I will forget those individuals or this book. Because of the basic human interest story aspect, I highly recommend this read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Ice: Harry Bosch Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3276)
    Performance
    (2109)
    Story
    (2124)

    Narcotics officer Cal Moore's orders were to look into the city's latest drug killing. Instead, he ends up in a motel room with his head in several pieces and a suicide note stuffed in his back pocket.

    Daniel Mcafee says: "Good Listen"
    "Beware of Black Ice"
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    Harry Bosch is a memorable and likable character. Dick Hill does an excellent job narrating. I especially love the saxophone interludes and the special effects during phone calls. The story could have been a bit tighter, but it was still a satisfying read. I really enjoy the character Harry Bosch. He sort of grows on me. Ok, I am hooked now and will listen to the entire series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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