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John

Brighton, MI, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • The Given Day

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (417)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (181)

    The Given Day explores the crippling violence and irrepressible exuberance of a country at war with, and in the thrall of, itself. As Danny, Luther, and those around them struggle to define themselves in increasingly turbulent times, they gradually find family in one another and, together, ride a rising storm of hardship, deprivation, and hope that will change all their lives.

    D Jay says: "As Good As It Gets"
    "Amazing"
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    The plot, the narration, the history, the characters--this is one one of my favorite books ever.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • NOS4A2: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Kate Mulgrew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2993)
    Performance
    (2774)
    Story
    (2778)

    Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be. Vic doesn't tell anyone about her unusual ability, because she knows no one will believe her. She has trouble understanding it herself.

    Jacqueline says: "Finish to Start Excellent is Novel This"
    "(Just) Another Stephen King Book"
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    If you’ve listened to books by Joe Hill before, how does this one compare?

    I was very excited to download this book and began listening to it almost right away, before several others. Heart Shaped Box is my favorite horror/scary/ghost story of all time, different from anything that Stephen King or anyone else has written. The characters were fantastic, including the evil villain; everyone acted with understandable motives, good or bad, and sometimes both. I liked Horns a lot too, not quite as much perhaps, but it too was unique.

    In contrast, NOS4A2 reads like another long Stephen King novel, and not one of his best either. The protagonist, Vic, is likable enough, but the villain, Manx, is simply a caricature. The only real explanation for his behavior, and for Bing's behavior, is that they are crazy, but craziness as an explanation for evil behavior is a cop out and entirely uninteresting. Compare this to the "villain" in Heart Shaped Box who seeks revenge for the shabby way his daughter was treated by the "hero." And remember how the "hero" evolved from an unlikable character to an admirable character. And remember how his girl friend also evolved from a nameless bedmate to become a true heroine. And remember how in Horns the hero ended up being the devil. Here, there is no real evolution, and everything is black and white, good or evil.

    This book, unlike Hill's earlier ones, is unnecessarily gruesome in too many spots. I'm no prude, and I don't object simply because a book is filled with profanity or occasional gruesome images when they are necessary to advance the story. But (minor spoiler alert) was it really necessary to describe how Vic's hair was filled with portions of Bing's body?

    Having said all this, I was never bored. The story was interesting and suspenseful enough that I looked forward to listening to it in the car. The narrator was pretty good (but no female narrator can beat Katherine Kellgren, in my view). And even a relatively inferior Stephen King book is still pretty good.


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