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Mary Z

Atlanta, GA USA | Member Since 2006

  • 2 reviews
  • 3 ratings
  • 446 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014

  • Mile 81

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Edward Herrmann, Thomas Sadoski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    At Mile 81 on the Maine turnpike is a boarded up rest stop, a place where high school kids drink and get into the kind of trouble high school kids have always gotten into. It’s the place where Pete Simmons goes when his older brother, who’s supposed to be looking out for him, heads off to the gravel pit to play “paratroopers over the side”. Pete, armed only with the magnifying glass he got for his 10th birthday, finds a discarded bottle of vodka in the boarded up burger shack and drinks enough to pass out.

    Mary Z says: "Nailed it!"
    "Nailed it!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I always recommend Stephen King to my friends. King, to me, is one of our most critically underrated American storytellers, even though he is a massive commercial success.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I've read a lot of King's body of work, but, I have come to get more and more excited with what he's written at this point in his life. Unlike some popular authors, he really seems to try to constantly improve his skills as an author and storyteller, always trying new ground rather than resting on his laurels. This was yet another crisp, well constructed short story by a short story master. Maybe what I liked best his how, in this short space, he surprised me. Without being specific as to spoil it for other readers, I'll just point out that you cannot take anything for granted. He'll pull the rug out from under your feet ... then do it again. And you can imagine him laughing at his keyboard while writing it.

    Which character ??? as performed by Edward Herrmann and Thomas Sadoski ??? was your favorite?

    Pete Simmons is the heart of the story. Not unlike Steven Spielberg, King does the perspective from a child's view very well. He never talks down to Pete, yet also does not idealize him. He's a real kid, but King finds in him his moment to shine.

    Any additional comments?

    I cannot imagine missing a new King creation, no matter what form it is, but a short story? Never. This is HIS format, no modern popular author can compete with King on this.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Cloud Roads

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Martha Wells
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak

    Moon has spent his life hiding what he is - a shape-shifter able to transform himself into a winged creature of flight. An orphan with only vague memories of his own kind, Moon tries to fit in among the tribes of his river valley, with mixed success. Just as Moon is once again cast out by his adopted tribe, he discovers a shape-shifter like himself... someone who seems to know exactly what he is, who promises that Moon will be welcomed into his community.

    Gail says: "M. Wells' RAKSURA books narrated by Chris Kipiniak"
    "Had Not Read Wells Before"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I most definitely intend to recommend this book. Starting tonight on the second in the series.

    What did you like best about this story?

    I bought this book purely on a recommendation, unusual for me to try someone completely new. I am so pleased I did. I was not really even in the mood to read when I started it. So, it really pulled me in. I found myself caring about these characters because they felt real (even though it's fantasy!) They were multidimensional. Mostly, I thought Wells really brought Moon to life. She was quite careful to know him well enough to keep his personality quite consistent, regardless of the various changes and challenges that befell him.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really liked the solitary scenes between Moon and Stone. That relationship, from the beginning where Stone seemed a desperate threat to when both were near fatally injured in different parts of the book, provided maybe the best opportunities to reveal Moon's internal conflicts. Stone became more than merely a father-figure, I think he represented a missing tableau or framework that Moon needed to be able to excavate from himself who he was ... and that had been such a mystery — not merely his race, but how culture shapes us all. Moon had none of that. Stone gave it back to him, so he could then find a place with others.

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When, toward the end, Moon found out about Pearl's true intentions ... I thought it was, again, a superb continuity device to show the depth of Moon's mistrust (not of others, but of his own ability to understand himself).

    Any additional comments?

    Read the book! It will take you in to its completely believable environment. Yes, Wells created an entire world skillfully, and that's great. Moreso, she provided people that we can all see ourselves in, perhaps. That's meaningful. Yes, we read fiction for entertainment, distraction, diversion — a mental or emotional getaway. But, I wonder if what we really seek is ourselves in these pages.

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