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Jen

Ogden, UT, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Cujo

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (219)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (146)

    A cute family dog turns into a vicious family killer in King's canine classic.

    Rachel says: "Great story, wrong narrator"
    "Don't be scared off by the reviews"
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    I almost didn't download this due to bad narration reviews. In the end I went for it because it was one of the few King books I hadn't read.

    The narrator would not have been my first choice but I did not find her bad. Certainly she is no Frank Muller or George Guildhall, but overall I found her very good. She did not sound to me like an "old lady".

    BEST OF ALL, this production did not have any of the awful synthesizer special effects that so many of these older recordings have.

    I could NOT stop listening. I knocked this out in two days.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nocturnal: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Scott Sigler
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (263)

    Homicide detective Bryan Clauser is losing his mind. How else to explain the dreams he keeps having - dreams that mirror, with impossible accuracy, the gruesome serial murders taking place all over San Francisco? How else to explain the feelings these dreams provoke in him - not disgust, not horror, but excitement? As Bryan and his longtime partner, Lawrence 'Pookie' Chang, investigate the murders, they learn that things are even stranger than they at first seem.

    valarie says: "Another AMAZING story"
    "A great story ruined by unnecessary sound effects"
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    I wish that audible would let us know when a production included sound effects. The excellent narration of this book was all but ruined by distracting and often inappropriately timed sound effects. I am perfectly capable of understanding when a dramatic moment has occurred without the assistance of a synthesizer effect.

    Too bad because the book is engaging with well written, engaging and humorous characters.

    5 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9541)
    Performance
    (8769)
    Story
    (8815)

    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
    "Is Aria auditioning for a Lucky Charms commercial?"
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    Every time Aria speaks in this book I find myself expecting to hear her refer to the old god's as "magically delicious". This new voice is a complete departure from her voice in the first books.

    And while Roy Dotrice's apparent inability to remember how he pronounced a name not only in other books but even earlier in the same paragraph is distracting, the story itself is as solid and well written as I have come to expect from Martin.

    Dotrice chooses to use a mix of both his former pronunciation and the new in this book, most notably as follows.

    CAT-lin and KATE-lin

    Bry-EEN and BREE-en

    Pee-TYR and PEE-ter

    A-ria and ARI-er ("I've lost my Lucky Charms")

    If he decided to pronounce Catelyn as Caitlin I could adapt but he switches constantly between the old and new pronunciations so it is difficult to become settled into listening to the tale.

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
  • Horns: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1279)
    Performance
    (862)
    Story
    (867)

    Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache, and a pair of horns growing from his temples. At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances.

    bet says: "people are funny"
    "Joe Hill's 2nd effort does not disappoint"
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    If possible, even better than Heart Shaped Box. Wildly entertaining with a fascinating premise. A well written page turner that kept me guessing until this end. I can hardly wait for Mr. Hill's next book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heart-Shaped Box

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    Overall
    (2059)
    Performance
    (949)
    Story
    (947)

    Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

    Lesley says: "Yikes! Five stars for fright"
    "Wild ride, engrossing from the start!"
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    Absolutely engrossing. I listened to the book in two days. Joe Hill has his father's (Stephen King) gift for storytelling, though with decidedly less detail and character development which is not a bad thing in this case.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • American Gods

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5302)
    Performance
    (2178)
    Story
    (2192)

    For the three years Shadow spent in prison, all he wanted was to get back to the loving arms of his wife and stay out of trouble for the rest of his life. But days before his release, he learns that his wife has been killed in an accident, and his world becomes a colder place.

    Joseph says: "Amazing, powerful book about America."
    "Keeps, going, and going, and going, and going...."
    Overall
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    Awful, just awful. Rambling, pointless, confusing, and generally boring. Even George Guidall's superior narration could not save this snoozer. After 8 excruciating, mind numbing hours of trying to stay focused on this book, I finally accepted two facts. First, nothing of any interest was going to happen in the story and second, that there was not one character about which I cared in the least. I turned it off, mourned my wasted credit, and moved on!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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