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Eva

Hardinsburg, IN, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2302)
    Performance
    (2102)
    Story
    (2083)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "King comes through again!"
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    What did you love best about The Wind Through the Keyhole?

    The story; I was skeptical when I first heard what this book was to be about. I have read the Dark Tower series and wasn't sure that this would play well. However as always King manages to spin you in a web that wraps you up and makes you want to continue when you should be doing something else. These characters are old friends and as so often with old friends you're really glad to hear from them again. I find myself hoping that King again finds another story or 12 from those friends.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wind Through the Keyhole?

    There were quite a few; I found myself as lost in Rolands tale as his Ka-Tet did.


    What about Stephen King’s performance did you like?

    It's always a treat to hear the author perform his own works. He has a connection to them that other people don't have. He can hear them in his head in their voices just as he did when writting the story. I think it adds a flavor to it that you can't get with another performer.


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

    The moment when the boy realizes that his step father..............ohhhhhh wait you haven't read the book yet hmmmmmmmm. Better not say then. You will know it when you read/listen to it.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is well worth listening to and or purchasing. It's a story full of old friends that you've missed and some new ones that you'll hope to hear from again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Deja Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (528)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (441)

    It's June in Montreal, and Dr. Temperance Brennan, who has left a shaky marriage back home in North Carolina to take on the challenging assignment of Director of Forensic Anthropology for the province of Quebec, looks forward to a relaxing weekend in beautiful Quebec City. First, though, she must stop at a newly uncovered burial site in the heart of the city. The remains are probably old and only of archeological interest, but Tempe must make sure they're not a case for the police. One look at the decomposed and decapitated corpse, stored neatly in plastic bags, tells her she'll spend the weekend in the crime lab.

    Kay says: "Mixed"
    "This is NOT the TV show!"
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    What did you love best about Deja Dead?

    I loved the layers in the story. It wasn't one or two dimensional. There were many layers that led you in different directions.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have to be honest. At first I didn't care for this book at all. I LOVE the tv show. It's probably my only well one of two TV shows that I will not miss. This book, is not that TV show. I had to get past that before I could enjoy the book. I went into the book thinking the character would be the same as the TV show. She's not. In the setting of the book she really couldn't be. As I went on with the story I realized that and was able to enjoy the story.


    What does Barbara Rosenblat bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really enjoyed the flipping back and forth between French and English. Ms. Rosenblat has an excellent command of the languages.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I can't say that I did. I was however extremely happy I'd read it and look forward to reading/listening to more.


    Any additional comments?

    For me I really had to seperate the two. The book from the show, the author from the writers, ect. I would be curious to know how many people went into her books with the same expectation as I did. Cudos to her for a wonderful story and a well written character. Now that I have the two characters seperated in my expectation of who they are, I look forward to reading more of her work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Pilo Family Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Will Elliott
    • Narrated By Mark Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    "You have two days to pass your audition. You better pass it, feller. You’re joining the circus. Ain’t that the best news you ever got?" Delivered by a trio of psychotic clowns, this ultimatum plunges Jamie into the horrific alternate universe that is the centuries-old Pilo Family Circus, a borderline world between Hell and Earth from which humankind’s greatest tragedies have been perpetrated. Yet in this place - peopled by the gruesome, grotesque, and monstrous - where violence and savagery are the norm, Jamie finds that his worst enemy is himself.

    Eva says: "Wow, you gave me what for free!"
    "Wow, you gave me what for free!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Pilo Family Circus to be better than the print version?

    I haven't had the chance to read this in print. I will probably add it to my list of books to pick up to give as gifts. This was a free book from Audible. It was AMAZING! I was so shocked! I almost feel like I should give up a credit anyway. Yessssss it's that good.


    What other book might you compare The Pilo Family Circus to and why?

    I can say with total honesty.........I don't think I've read a book like The Pilo Family Circus. It's irreverant to any stereotype that you want to put on it. It has everything...........kinda a love story albeit in a creepy odd way. It has enemies (everyone), friends (everyone). Yes yes I know. It has violence mostly in the best possible sense...........yes yes I know. This is just a book that you need to read. My paltry words are unable to do it justice.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Stephens – was your favorite?

    Wow, in a book like this I'm really not sure that you can have a favorite. I think they all kind of become favorites in their own particular way........except George. I never really cared for George.


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

    Yes but I can't tell you because it will ruin one of the main twists of the books. Just know that you will be suitably impressed.


    Any additional comments?

    I am sorry and glad that I'm just now finding this book. If I had read it while I was younger I may not appreciated all of the nuances in the book. I'm so happy that I had the opportunity to find this author and artist. I will be looking for more by both. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I was sad to see it end. Now I have to go and try to find more by this author.........really I am. Go read this one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Carrion Comfort

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Mel Foster, Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (420)

    The Past...Caught behind the lines of Hitler’s Final Solution, Saul Laski is one of the multitudes destined to die in the notorious Chelmno extermination camp. Until he rises to meet his fate and finds himself face-to-face with an evil far older, and far greater, than the Nazis themselves...

    Robert says: "Simmons at his best"
    "A different kind of read"
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    Would you try another book from Dan Simmons and/or Mel Foster and Laural Merlington ?

    This is my first experience with them so I would have to say yes, I would try another.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I didn't care much for it. It's too clean. I get the feeling that none of these characters sleep well at night. Although it's not really brought out in the ending like that.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performers did a good job with the reading. I didn't get the seperation that you often hear when a book is read. I really like it when that's cohesive. I think it helps to build the character in a multi-dementional way.


    Do you think Carrion Comfort needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I don't think so. I think if you tried to build on it now it would just feel drawn out. That's part of the problem with loose ends. When you tie them all up neat with a bow, you often cut yourself off from moving it forward.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the characters. They felt true to the story and to each other. I liked that the romantic interest didn't jump right into love. These characters fit each other. Which can be very hard for even the most seasoned of writers. I would like to add as a side note from a personal perspective. Just in case Mr. Simmons should ever read this. You're never going to please every reader. At the end of the day if you are happy with it and you feel that you've done your story justice then you should be happy. Take the critisism as what it is. A learning tool and use it on the next story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Clive Barker
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (72)

    Candy Quackenbush's adventures in the amazing world of the Abarat are getting more strange by the hour. Christopher Carrion, the Lord of Midnight, has sent his henchman to capture her. "Why?" she wonders. What would Carrion want with a girl from Minnesota? And why is Candy beginning to feel that the world of Abarat is familiar to her? Why can she speak words of magic she doesn't even remember learning?

    karen says: "Imaginative but predictable"
    "This was better than the 1st. 2nd of 3"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I've never met a book I didn't like. Even the worst are time well spent. It broadens your view of your world or theirs. Either way it's a new experience. The best of them wrap you in a bubble and trap you in their world. It's the thing that all readers search for. This book was better than the first. The characters gave up more of themselves, their worlds, their ambitions. Some of the questions raised in the first book. Although this still isn't living up to Mr. Barkers other works that I've read.


    Would you recommend Abarat to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, it's a journey. You may not like all aspects as with any journey; however you can't really judge it until you've arrived at your destination.


    What about Richard Ferrone’s performance did you like?

    He really breathes life into the characters. He gives real dimension to the characters without making them feel the same.


    Do you think Abarat needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS! This series has so much moreto offer. I want candy to grow into her potential. I want to see more of the Abarat. I want to know all about the Abaratarata lol, probably mispelled that one. That is one thing I can say as been the same in both book thus far. I want more.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm willing to stay with this series as I've read others by Mr. Barker and really enjoyed them, so I'm hoping this will end the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abarat: Absolute Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Clive Barker
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (75)

    “'I know that many of you here have waited years for this Hour,'” Mater Motley said, using that voice that, though it was barely conversational in volume, was somehow heard everywhere. 'The waiting is over. Tomorrow there will be no dawn. Only midnight, absolute and eternal.'”

    And so begins a new chapter in the epic story of 16-year-old Candy Quackenbush and her journeys through the world of the Abarat, where every hour is an island in one eternal day, and nothing is as it seems.

    Old Man Parker says: "BARKER gets DARKER"
    "Filler read"
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    Would you try another book from Clive Barker and/or Richard Ferrone?

    Yes to both! Clive Barker let me down some on this one. His heroine Candy makes me want to slap her through out this book. I try to remind myself of her age. However I raised a daughter and she was not as spineless at Candy is on several occasions. One minute she's competent the next simpering. The one time that she seems set on a course (anger fulled after a friend is killed)she just fizzles out. They say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.......well as a mother of a teen ager I would say Hell hath no fury like a hormone fulled teen ager scorned. I enjoyed Richard Ferrone's reading of the books. I've read other Clive Barker books and was swept away into one of most unique worlds that I've ever experienced. While I see hope and promise for the isles, they didn't deliver in these books. Sorry Mr. Barker........I wanted more, I expected more.


    Would you recommend Abarat: Absolute Midnight to your friends? Why or why not?

    If you're between books, and you want something to kind of fill the gap. These books are entertaining. It's not that they are horrible and I apologize if my rant earlier gives you that impression. They just didn't in my humble opinion, live up to the potential of the characters or the setting.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Ferrone – was your favorite?

    I really enjoyed the depth, feeling and presence Mr. Ferrone brought to the Carrion character. He really brought that character to life for me.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    If I did I would be angry...........if follows the spirit of the book that is. There is just to much missing for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read several Clive Barkers and was enchanted and lost in the story. He is an author well worth reading. Not every book will be a hit with every reader......no matter how good an author is. That is the case with this book for me. I will continue to follow Mr. Barkers work with anticipation and enthusiasm.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ewerton Death Trip: A Walk Through the Dark Side of Town

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By A. R. Morlan
    • Narrated By Arika Escalona
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    The cursed village of Ewerton, Wisconsin is one of the great "bad places" in weird literature: a town that's just thoroughly bad to the bone - evil and dark and full of human suffering. And now A. R. Morlan returns to the scene of her classic horror novels, The Amulet and Dark Journey, with 25 horrific tales of men and women pushed beyond the limits of endurance. As Ardath Mayhar says: "The horror she evokes is not so much occult as uniquely human. The worst of human traits are her stock in trade. The hints of otherworldly elements are used in just the right proportions to make one shiver."

    Eva says: "This book was exactly what the title promises."
    "This book was exactly what the title promises."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would have to recommed it simply because of it's diverse nature. It's certainly not going to be everyone's cup of tea. However if you're looking for something different, this book could certainly fit the bill.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I actually liked them all. This book can be quite engaging as long as you don't go in looking for something that's like other things specifically that you've read. It is what it is and that will have to due.


    What does Arika Escalona bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I'm always interested at the begining in the narrator. What their voice brings, what it lacks. Does it fit the story. I am afraid that as a reader I'm far harsher on the Narrator than I probably should be. When I read it, I provide the voice, I provide the inflection. When I listen the narrator has to do all of that. In this case Arika Escalona did a great job.


    If you could rename Ewerton Death Trip: A Walk Through the Dark Side of Town, what would you call it?

    I think that this title while longish is exactly right for it.


    Any additional comments?

    If your looking for something thats maybe a little different. If you want to experience many different "tastes" of a story, spend the credit and give this one a chance. In my opinion is was worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abarat

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Clive Barker
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (135)

    It begins in the most boring place in the world: Chickentown, U.S.A. There lives Candy Quackenbush, her heart bursting for some clue as to what her future might hold. When the answer comes, it's not one she expects. Out of nowhere comes a wave, and Candy, led by a man called John Mischief (whose brothers live on the horns on his head), leaps into the surging waters and is carried away.

    Azizul says: "Dark Fairy Tale"
    "Not quite what I expected from Clive Barker"
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    Where does Abarat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    While I enjoyed Abarat, I can't in good conscience place it high on my list. Maybe somewhere around the middle. It was entertaining, in some places it was predictable, while in other places I found it to be droll. Which was my biggest disappointment. I've never read anything from this author that left me feeling less than intrigued and usually confused but always curious.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    You could tell it was part of a series. Or perhaps if you were a TV buff we'd have to say that this was the ending of the first of three nights of a particular mini series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    hmmmmm this is hard because there really weren't any favorites for me. If I had to pick something it was perhaps the introduction to the sea card players.


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

    Unfortuanatly I can't say that there were any parts that were moving. Parts that should have been moving tended to be more.........predictable than anything.


    Any additional comments?

    I have reread this review and just feel awful about it. It's not that this isn't a good listen. It has been satisfactory. I just had extremely high hopes for it. I'm going to read/listen to the second book and see if I have any better luck with it. Cross your fingers, I've certainly crossed mine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deeply Odd: Odd Thomas, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By David Aaron Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1543)
    Performance
    (1392)
    Story
    (1404)

    How do you make sure a crime that hasn’t happened yet, never does? That’s the critical question facing Odd Thomas, the young man with a unique ability to commune with restless spirits and help them find justice and peace. But this time, it’s the living who desperately need Odd on their side. Three helpless innocents will be brutally executed unless Odd can intervene in time. Who the potential victims are and where they can be found remain a mystery. The only thing Odd knows for sure is who the killer will be: the homicidal stranger who tried to shoot him dead in a small-town parking lot.

    D says: "Odd Once Again"
    "I'd take more ODD anytime"
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    Would you listen to Deeply Odd again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to all of the Odd Thomas books again. Dean Koontz has hit a deep well of character that is relatable to just about everyone. Odd Thomas has just the right mix of supernatural (without being over the top), trauma, mystery, comedy and the naivete that makes human being.....................human.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Deeply Odd?

    I think it was on the roof when he saw himself............don't want to ruin it by saying more than that. Leading up to the climax of that moment you find yourself telling him what to do.


    Which character – as performed by David Aaron Baker – was your favorite?

    I LOVE Edie and his potrayal of her is wonderful. I can see her face after his description. The way he becomes Edie matches the description.


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

    I think the end of this one did more so than any other. It made me feel like there is an end coming to the series. I could feel his pain more then before. Not just physical pain but the tiredness that comes with emotional and mental stress.


    Any additional comments?

    I am an avid reader/listener. I love the written word more than most things in life. Rather it's physically read or listened to. It has the power to give or take such a large range of emotions. It has the gift of taking us away to some place else where maybe our lives don't seem as bad in that moment. With that being said I have to say that the Odd Thomas books are by far one of my most favorite series of books. I will truly mourn the passing of this series and rejoice when Odd moves on to the next stage to be with his beloved Stormy. Thank you Mr. Koontz for a character I could get to know, laugh with, laugh at sometimes (although never unkindly), root for and to get to know so completely as Odd Thomas. He's been a true gift.

    To those constant readers if you haven't tried a little Odd in your life you should.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shining

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2341)
    Performance
    (2181)
    Story
    (2199)

    Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

    Kristin says: "Don't expect the movie..."
    "This is not the movie that you're expecting."
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    What did you love best about The Shining?

    The depth of detail. Mr. King always adds those touches that make a character more real in your minds eye. That is the "magic" of any good story. I


    What other book might you compare The Shining to and why?

    I do not compare any book to any other. Simply because they aren't alike. You can say they are part of the same genre, same style......but over all they are different, the experience, the character, the ride if you will.


    Which character – as performed by Campbell Scott – was your favorite?

    I can't say that I preferred one over another.


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

    Yes, I hated turning it off. I'd ready if multiple times of course. However the Shining is one of the books that never gets old.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't say this was a truly scary story. To me it was more suspenseful than anything. Watching as a man descends deeper and deeper into madness with the supernatural help of a haunted hotel is creepy, but to me it wasn't horrifying which is what I often seen said of this story. It's well worth the read, reread or listen if you've never checked it out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Sleep: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    Overall
    (6748)
    Performance
    (6257)
    Story
    (6277)

    Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

    D says: "The sequel to the book; not the movie"
    "Worth the wait!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Doctor Sleep to be better than the print version?

    Oh goodness, can't they both be good? I have to admit there is a strong attraction and fulfillment in holding a book and reading. It has a certain attraction, a calming that no other source of entertainment can quite compare to. However with that being said, audio books allow me to have the time to listen to a book that I may not otherwise have. In our hustle and bustle world, I like many find that we have less time for the pure pleasures of life that such things as reading can provide. I like so many have a long commute to work. I drive an hour one way. With audio that means I get at least two hours a day to listen to a book. To find myself lost in another world. I'm thankful for that two hours, even if it's not the same as it would be to sit down and read a book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Doctor Sleep?

    There were so many; but I think one of the poignant is when Dan finds the first message on his blackboard.


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't before now. He did a great job


    If you could rename Doctor Sleep, what would you call it?

    I don't know that I would rename it even if I could. At first Dr. Sleep seems................odd. But as the book goes on and you see how he's helping people; it becomes quite fitting.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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