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James D. Hurless

IT Knowledge Quest

Nashville, TN | Member Since 2013

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  • Horror Stories: Twenty Six Scary Tales

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jack Kilborn, J. A. Konrath
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (95)

    Twenty-six horror stories by masters of fiction J.A. Konrath and Jack Kilborn.

    Barbara says: "Just "ok""
    "Hours of great Horror entertainment!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Horror Stories to be better than the print version?

    I believe that while listening to an audio book, the narrator always provides the reader with a unique perspective and imagery that the avid reader will not receive. As a reader of the stories, one might not catch some of the subtlies of the humor that a voice can inflect.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The unexecpected humor breaks made me laugh out loud. It added to the fact that I completed the book in record time - then went back to re-listen to my favorite stories.


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

    As I mentioned - the narrator is exceptional. His wide array of character voicings is incredible. He goes from a serious toned detective style character to a crazy redneck with ease. Without his wide array of complex character voice developments - I would not have appreciated the dead-pan humor at the junction of pivital story development. I have completed many audio books, and I believe Mr. Andrews to have the widest character selection I have come across.


    Who was the most memorable character of Horror Stories and why?

    The Furby character in the S.A. story is absolutely awesome. Sometimes in a horror story you wonder why it is necessary to go in the basement or split from the group and walk alone in the woods. For once you get a character that does the opposite. They end up doing what you want and are right there where you want them. This makes it unexpected and pulls you in to cheer them on!


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  • John Dies at the End

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Stephen R. Thorne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1810)
    Performance
    (1651)
    Story
    (1665)

    STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

    Amazon Customer says: "Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win."
    "Beyond Expectations - a Wild Awesome Ride!!!!!!"
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    Story
    What did you love best about John Dies at the End?

    There is never a moment in the story that is not filled with action and imagination.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of John Dies at the End?

    The chemistry and wit between John and Dave is beyond exceptional. I think every reader can connect with the two charaters.When the two discover how to use the "fur" gun, it actually had me laughing out loud while listening.


    What about Stephen R. Thorne’s performance did you like?

    Stephen's performance was over the tops. He went from being the scientific psychologist, to be Amy, to being a distinct John and Dave voice - seemlessly throughout the entire story. he is one of my top narrators!


    If you could rename John Dies at the End, what would you call it?

    John and Dave Save the World - Twice!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Collection: Volume One

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Bentley Little
    • Narrated By Mitch Urban
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (33)

    The Collection contains 32 stories of hot blood and frigid terror that could have come only from the mind of Bentley Little...and that's a scary place to be. Volume One consists of 15 stories.

    T. Holyoak says: "The digital conversion needs to be redone"
    "Don't Waste Your Money"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What would have made The Collection better?

    As with most Bentley Littlebooks, the boring writing fills every story. He tries to compensate the banality of the storeis with shcoking content that tries, and fails, to make up for the poor story lines. His story lines are an assult to anyone expecting a good read.


    What could Bentley Little have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He could try developing a story with good character development and plots that are not dveloped for their shock value.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was quite good, although I feel sorry for Mitch for having to read the content.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Collection?

    The child molestation equates to child porn.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Tall Grass

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 46 mins)
    • By Stephen King, Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (377)

    In the Tall Grass begins with a sister and brother who pull off to the side of the road after hearing a young boy crying for help from beyond the tall grass. Within minutes they are disoriented, in deeper than seems possible, and they've lost one another. The boy's cries are more and more desperate. What follows is a terrifying, entertaining, and masterfully told tale, as only Stephen King and Joe Hill can deliver.

    Gabe says: "Absolutly disgusting. Emotion provoking. Brilliant"
    "Not your average King or Joe Hill"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book only to those who are not offended by extreme grotesqueries.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was a bit predictable but it was so raw and startling that I did not expect a lot of the imagery that took place.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Lang – was your favorite?

    The brother sister relationship established at the beginning of the book built a great foundation for the reader to get pulled in. Even in the short duration of the pages - the characters were crafted carefully and you actually get to know them before the darkness takes over the story theme.


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

    It was over the top blood and guts! I wasn't expecting the punch in the stomach that it provided.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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