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Dave

Edwardsville, KS, USA

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  • Frankenstein, Book Two: City of Night

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz, Ed Gorman
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1221)
    Performance
    (427)
    Story
    (437)

    They are stronger, heal better, and think faster than any humans ever created, and they must be destroyed. But not even Victor Helios, once Frankenstein, can stop the engineered killers he's set loose on a reign of terror through modern-day New Orleans. Now the only hope rests in a one-time "monster" and his all-too-human partners, Detectives Carson O'Connor and Michael Maddison.

    Chris F. says: "Other Reviewers Are Nuts"
    "Lukewarm"
    Overall

    It was a fun listen, but like most lengthy tales, the ending leaves a little to be desired. If a person liked the first Frankenstein book, then this one is a must-have. A person could start with this one, but I'd advise against it. The most frustrating part is the time between volumes -- it makes it difficult to keep up with the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Song of Susannah: The Dark Tower VI

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3487)
    Performance
    (1779)
    Story
    (1802)

    The next-to-last novel in Stephen King's seven-volume magnum opus, Song of Susannah is a fascinating key to the unfolding mystery of the Dark Tower.

    Daniel F. Webster says: "Undoing the writer's block!"
    "Even Roland had a Love"
    Overall

    This part of the series explores how Roland's softer side was traded for his gritter features.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolves of the Calla: Dark Tower V

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3719)
    Performance
    (1874)
    Story
    (1909)

    Roland Deschain and his ka-tet are bearing southeast through the forests of Mid-World, the almost timeless landscape that seems to stretch from the wreckage of civility that defined Roland's youth to the crimson chaos that seems the future's only promise. Followers of Stephen King's epic series know Roland well, or as well as this enigmatic hero can be known. They also know the companions who have been drawn to his quest for the Dark Tower: Eddie Dean and his wife, Susannah; Jake Chambers; and Oy.

    Amazon Customer says: "The Dark Tower Review - Part Five"
    "One of the Best in the Series"
    Overall

    Part V is a great way to ramp up to the last of the mysteries of the Dark Tower. Avoiding spoilers, there is a certain pun in what or where the "Calla" is and some interesting tie-ins to other King novels. Its a fast listen, and moves and flows in typical Stephen King fashion.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Break Through Pain

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs)
    • By Shinzen Young
    • Narrated By Shinzen Young
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    Widely respected meditation expert Shinzen Young presents proven strategies for pain-free living, drawing on over 20 years of field research and a lifetime of experience. Dr. Young teaches us how to "retrain" our relationship with pain by using traditional meditation techniques. He adapts the core principles of mindfulness training to a practical process that treats even the most chronic and extreme pain, possibly reducing the need for drugs or surgery.

    Debbie says: "Break through pain"
    "Lacks Substance"
    Overall

    The author sounds as if he is in pain himself. The metre and flow of this book is poor at best, amateurish at worst. ALthough the author may believe himself knowledgable on the subject he is quite hard to listen to.

    This book has more pauses than the Nixon Watergate tapes and reads like the material is unprepared. The reader does not clearly define who he is speaking to, and the lack of specificity makes the material appear to be more of a monotone if..then statement in an endless loop. It takes over 90 minutes to get to the first 'excercise' that essentially blames the person with pain for the pain and suggests a mind-over-matter approach that is sold by volume, not weight. Too much air, too much pause, not enough charismata to have been a good addition to my library of 3000 some titles.

    There are other authors that are easier to listen to that have a more dynamic listening experience than this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein, Book One: Prodigal Son

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz, Kevin J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (1451)
    Performance
    (585)
    Story
    (595)

    The first in a mesmerizing four-book original series, Prodigal Son is a brilliant re-imagining and updating of the classic Frankenstein story that only Dean Koontz could conceive. Two hundred years old, the "monster", Deucalion, is a monster no more. Literate and intelligent, he arrives in modern-day New Orleans, where he will join forces with a street-smart police detective and her partner on the trail of a macabre serial killer.

    John D. Grote says: "CSI -Transylvania"
    "Something New From Something Old"
    Overall

    The idea of reading a Frankenstein novel with a twist of H.G. Wells "The Time Machine" seemed like an unrealistic leap at first. After listenting for awhile, the idea of the monster becoming a man, and the man becoming the monster was very appealing. This tale shows a deeper side of a familar story. The classic version portrays the creation as an accidental monster. This version shows the impact of intentional decisions. It is a great listen, but does require patience at the outset.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Talisman

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs)
    • By Stephen King, Peter Straub
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3709)
    Performance
    (1751)
    Story
    (1760)

    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"
    "Nice listen...long in the tooth"
    Overall

    The book is quite long. Much of the dialog is extremely repetitive. The constant repetition makes for some frustrating minutes -- trying to get some idea as to why the same phrases are repeated.
    The story itself is engaging, but somewhat falls apart toward the end. One of the transitions is somewhat unbelievable -- therefore hard to follow.
    "The Talisman" is a nice read, certainly worth listening to. The effect is a cross between "The Chronicals of Narnia" and the average Stephen King fare.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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