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Jake

South Hadley, MA, USA

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  • Strangers

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1436)
    Performance
    (673)
    Story
    (675)

    A handful of people. From different backgrounds, living in different towns and cities across America, they had nothing in common - except fear. Deep in the heart of a sprawling desert, a dark memory called out to them, drawing them to the Tranquility Motel - where the terrifying truth was waiting.

    Barry F. Stinson says: "Brilliant"
    "Median Koontz"
    Overall

    A really good Koontzian mystery cum sci-fi thriller, though it does not live up to earlier works in the character development department. See Christopher Snow (Fear Nothing, Seize the Night) for example.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (52 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2104)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (438)

    This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world - and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies, but against the woman he loves? Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus and launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who had never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Robert says: "Over before you know it"
    "Rand delivers as much now as 40 years ago"
    Overall

    This book lives somewhere in my floating top ten. It is high time americans rediscover Rand's pusuit of quality of life and the materials that populate our lives. This recording is extremely well read, inspirational and worth every minute.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Bill Irwin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (692)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (298)

    Just why do humpback whales sing? That's the question that has marine behavioral biologist Nate Quinn and his crew poking, charting, recording, and photographing very big, wet, gray marine mammals - until the extraordinary day when a whale lifts its tail into the air to display a cryptic message spelled out in foot-high letters: Bite Me.

    Jill says: "Entertaining story, as usual!"
    "Moore Better"
    Overall

    Christopher Moore's wit is unparalleled, well maybe, but the early Fluke does not disapoint. I laughed outloud at the audio format as much as at the printed version, it is substantially well performed. If you were disappointed by You Suck, maybe you don't get it. Fluke is, like Lamb, a Moore humor pinnacle.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Spin

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Robert Charles Wilson
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (3350)
    Performance
    (1129)
    Story
    (1131)

    One night when he was 10, Tyler stood in his backyard and watched the stars go out. They flared into brilliance, then disappeared, replaced by an empty black barrier. He and his best friends, Jason and Diane Lawton, had seen what became known as the Big Blackout. It would shape their lives.

    Robert says: "A Classic"
    "Fine Sci Fi"
    Overall

    Spin is a fantastic modern example of the genre. Wilson spins an humanist account of the world in its trials and hopes and nails the balance of fantastic tech and contemporary knowledge.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Demons in the Spring

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Joe Meno
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Demons in the Spring is a collection of 20 short stories by Joe Meno, author of the smash hits The Boy Detective Fails and Hairstyles of the Damned. In these stories, oddly modern moments occur in the most familiar of public places.

    Chris says: "Weird...very weird!"
    "Not what I expected"
    Overall

    Although some of the stories in this book are fascinating character studies, I was, on the whole, left flat. Meno's prosaic style, while interesting, would better suite a more developed treatise.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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