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Justin

Portland, OR, United States

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  • The Road

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5616)
    Performance
    (2244)
    Story
    (2272)

    America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst this destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still, they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world of utter devastation.

    Darwin8u says: "My wife says he's that Cold Desert Writer I love."
    "Thought provoking"
    Overall

    This book is not chock full of action and adventure. However, I didn't feel the story needed all that drama. It was very real, and it made me think long and hard about what life would be like if I were in the main characters shoes, with no real place to go because everywhere has been affected. To be one of only a handful of survivors, left to scavenge for any semblance of life, is a powerful, heavy thought.
    The author did a wonderful job of leaving out pertinent details that can be left open for interpretation, yet giving the reader a heavy dose of details in other aspects. I liked that the father and son are nameless (they are referred to as the man and the boy throughout), and that the details of their prior lives are scarce.
    Lastly, the narrater was phenomenal. I was really able to vividly visualize the man and the boy as he spoke, thanks, in large part, to his delivery.
    I would definitely recommend this to anyone!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Innocent

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (709)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (234)

    Some mistakes can change your life forever. For Matt Hunter, that mistake came in one terrible moment when his attempt to help a friend and stop a fight resulted in an accidental death. Matt was convicted of manslaughter and sent to prison. Time that his peers spent in college, Matt endured behind bars.

    Amber says: "Exciting!"
    "Meh... Not my favorite H. Coben"
    Overall

    Not Harlan's best writing. I'll admit, there were times where I kept listening because I was excited to see where the plot twist was headed. It was written pretty well with many different characters and plot lines intertwining. I enjoyed the process of "unwrapping" the story, much like a present. However, I felt it often times moved slowly.

    In my opinion, the story was just too hard to believe and too convoluted for my taste. There were times when I really just wanted the story to get moving. I felt the author focused on a lot of irrelevant details regarding the characters. He'd introduce a character, spend what I felt was an eternity on unrelated minute details regarding said character, and then move on to the next character, only to do it all over again with that character. Honestly, there were times where I found myself zoning out during these introductions and recalls, only to snap out of it and not feel like going back to see what I missed. Another annoyance to me was, when all said and done, everything was wrapped up in a neat little bow. I have to roll my eyes when stories like this, where all these characters from different locals, are so entwined, only to have everything fall into place just in time.

    The narration was great. I enjoy Scott Brick and the books he voices. Where some think he's being too dramatic, I find that I lose myself more in the story when the other "performs" the book rather than simply reading it.

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