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Charles

Kailua, HI, USA | Member Since 2001

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  • From a Buick 8

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By James Rebhorn, Bruce Davison, Becky Ann Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (980)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (280)

    Stephen King's first full-length solo novel since Dreamcatcher, the long-awaited From a Buick 8 is "nearly flawless and one terrific entertainment," says Publishers Weekly. A strange car acts as a conduit between our world and some other...and the boogeyman of this creepy story is our collective fascination with deadly things.

    J M says: "Essence of Stephen King"
    "Great People Story"
    Overall

    If you're looking for a story that's big on non-stop action, or in which someone dies a gruesome death in the first 10 pages - this AIN'T it. If you're looking for something with great character development - people that you can empathize with: a story basically about how life goes on, regardless of how strange things get some times - this is definitely it. Not typical King, but a great read nonetheless.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower VII

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3779)
    Performance
    (1890)
    Story
    (1914)

    All good things must come to an end, Constant Listener, and not even Stephen King can write a story that goes on forever. The tale of Roland Deschain's relentless quest for the Dark Tower has, the author fears, sorely tried the patience of those who have followed it from its earliest chapters. But attend to it a while longer, if it pleases you, for this volume is the last, and often the last things are best.

    Dawn says: "Unbelieveable"
    "The End!"
    Overall

    Man I'm depressed!! I've been following the exploits of Roland since around 1982, and I've grown up and grown old(er) with Roland. It's sad to see Roland's tale come to an end, but I have to say that Stephen King, unwilling to let his and Roland's fans down, has produced a fine, well-written, exciting and comprehensive ending to this modern epic. Will it ever be considered in the same class as the "Trilogy of the Ring?" Who's to say? But I'd be willing to bet that, like the Trilogy, the story of the "Dark Tower" will be discovered by and enjoyed by readers long after we current readers have gone to "the clearing at the end of the path." Thank you Stephen King (and Roland) for adding so much enjoyment (and, at the end, a little sadness) to my personal life story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Al Franken
    • Narrated By Al Franken
    Overall
    (2085)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (330)

    Finding logical inconsistencies, factual errors, and doublespeak wherever he looks, Al Franken takes on and destroys the myth of liberal bias in the media, hoists the Bush White House on its own rhetorical petard, and punctures the mean-spirited sanctimony of such media darlings as Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly. Timely, provocative, unfailingly honest, and always uproarious, Lies is sure to raise hackles and spark hilarity inside the Beltway and from sea to shining sea.

    Peter says: "Franken's One Sided View"
    "My Time and the Half Wit Authors that Waste It."
    Overall

    A moderately un-funny and highly factually skewed work of semi-fiction. Other reviewers here cite Franken's "Havard Researchers," or "Harvard Graduate Students," which is to say that he enlisted the assistance of a bunch of spoiled college kids, whose thinking undoubtedly, ran along the same lines as his, before they ever began their "research." And, as anybody who works with "facts" and figures could tell you, information and numbers can be massaged to support just about anything you want them to support. Something that has been overlooked by most of the 5-star reviewers here is that Franken has been "called" on several of his supposed facts and assertions, and his response has been, "well, I'm a comedian, this is a satire and should be taken as such." Evidentially, some of the reviewers here don't take it that way, instead viewing it as the gospel according to Al. In summary, most, if not all of the reviewers here who rated this "book" highly, already had his/ her mind made up before he/ she ever strapped on the headphones and, to them, the REAL facts don't matter, unless those facts go to support his/ her already formulated opinion. I just think that it's a little sad that the best the left can do for a Messiah figure is a cut-rate, semi-washed-up comedian. But, if you're (far)left leaning, and in need of a little moral support, go ahead and read it - what can it hurt. Oh, and you have my sympathy.

    15 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Who's Looking Out for You?

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bill O'Reilly
    • Narrated By Bill O'Reilly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (24)

    Who's Looking Out for You? is a book that boldly confronts our worst fears and biggest problems in a post-9/11, post-corporate-meltdown world. Its sage, candid advice on regaining control and trust in these troubled times will resonate with the millions of readers and viewers who have come to believe in Bill O'Reilly as the man who speaks for them.

    Charles says: "Balancing The Reviews"
    "Balancing The Reviews"
    Overall

    It's obvious that reviewer "Tom" from from Vancouver, WA, hasn't read the book, but only left a ultra bad review to skewer the overall ranking for O'Reilly's latest effort, only because "Tom" apparently doesn't like O'Rielly. If he had read the book, he would have known that O'Rielly uses indisputable FACTS to back up his views. I can't say that I always agree with the opinions and advice that he draws from those facts, but his witty, well articulated, and well researched arguments make for entertaining, educational and enlightening "reading."

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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