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Marj

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  • Lost at the Con

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Bryan Young
    • Narrated By Bryan Young
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Lost at the Con tells the tale of a drunken political journalist and his dangerous assignment to a science-fiction and fantasy convention. Though he'd rather be at home drinking his liver to death, his spiteful editor delivers an ultimatum: Take the assignment or lose the steady paycheck. Since Cobb can't afford to turn down the job, he heads to Atlanta and dives headfirst into the realm of Griffin*Con, renowned the world over as the Mardis Gras of geek conventions.

    Marj says: "Disappointing"
    "Disappointing"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Bryan Young and/or Bryan Young?

    Maybe.


    Has Lost at the Con turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Nah.


    Did Bryan Young do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    That wasnt the problem.


    Any additional comments?

    I expected a lot more hilarity from the notion of him going to the convention. Not so much.
    Then the soul searching did nothing to help make this a humorous book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Damned

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Chuck Palahniuk
    • Narrated By Tai Sammons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (500)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (459)

    “Are you there, Satan? It’s me, Madison,” declares the whip-tongued 13-year-old narrator of Damned, Chuck Palahniuk’s subversive new work of fiction. The daughter of a narcissistic film star and a billionaire, Madison is abandoned at her Swiss boarding school over Christmas, while her parents are off touting their new projects and adopting more orphans. She dies over the holiday of a marijuana overdose—and the next thing she knows, she’s in Hell.

    William says: "As a new Chuck Palahniuk reader, I liked it a lot!"
    "Well, I'll be damned"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about this story?

    The story grabbed me and I gladly hung on. I thought it might be depressing from the synopsis and the other reviews but it really wasnt. There are aspects of this hell that are certainly hell like but hell is not to be white washed. The main character and her crew wend and rampage their way through the hellish landscape and I didn't have the impression that they were true victims of their fate. The story was also comical. I guess one just has to listen to it to get that.


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

    The narrator brings it all to this story. It would not have worked without her. Her wonderful dry delivery is perfect. I totally believed I was listening to a 13 year old precocious kid.


    Any additional comments?

    Take a chance with this book. I am glad I did.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkest Evening of the Year

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Kirsten Kairos
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1055)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (204)

    Amy Redwing has dedicated her life to the Southern California organization she founded to rescue abandoned and endangered golden retrievers. Among dog lovers, she's a legend for the risks she'll take to save an animal from abuse. Among her friends, Amy's heedless devotion is often cause for concern. To widower Brian McCarthy, whose commitment she can't allow herself to return, Amy's behavior is far more puzzling and hides a shattering secret.

    Fred says: "Dean's got his groove back"
    "Preachy"
    Overall

    Even though I am a Koontz fan, I have noticed that his recent stories are very preachy as to what types of people are good and worthy and what type are bad, wrong and unworthy. The bad guys in this book are extremely evil, even ridiculously so. Give me a break, Dean! Lets get a little real here. Tbe good guys and bad guys you have created are just way out there.
    I do enjoy his dog characters as I am a dog lover. Golden retrievers are near saints and geniuses in his books...what about pitbull mixes (my dog)?? lol
    I managed to get to the end of this silly book but was disappointed with it overall.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • My Father's Mask: A Short Story from '20th Century Ghosts'

    • UNABRIDGED (52 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    Jack's mother is a storyteller, a game-player. On an impulsive trip out to the family lake house, she spins a macabre tale for Jack and his father - a tale that, as the weekend progresses, Jack finds more and more difficult to untangle from his family's real life.

    Marj says: "Wierd"
    "Wierd"
    Overall

    I found this story hard to comprehend in one listen while walking. I didnt give it a second chance. It is a very strange tale about a boy who discovers the "truth" about his parents...with all sorts of creepy stops along the way. Lucky him. If you have the time and interest to keep track of what is going on in this story, you might find it more enlightening and enjoyable.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Phone: A Short Story from '20th Century Ghosts'

    • UNABRIDGED (48 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By David LeDoux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    John Finney is in trouble. The kidnapper locked him in a basement, a place stained with the blood of half a dozen murdered children. With him in his subterranean cell is an antique phone, long since disconnected...but which rings at night, anyway, with calls from the dead.

    Kathryn says: "enjoyable"
    "Made me cringe"
    Overall

    The kidnapping of a youngster by a pedophile reflects real life, unfortunately. The suspense of waiting to see if the boy will survive is at times too much to bear. This is a dark, dark story with a supernatural aspect that is fascinating. The ending is "happy" but the story is a downer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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