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monnie1976

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  • The Shining

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Campbell Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2228)
    Performance
    (2076)
    Story
    (2096)

    Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

    Kristin says: "Don't expect the movie..."
    "Campbell Scott does a great job on The Shining"
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    Would you listen to The Shining again? Why?

    Absolutely, I wasn't completely convinced I would like Campbell Scott's reading of this but he did a fantastic job. I was worried he wouldn't be able to sound menacing enough when required but he did just fine! I was able to soak a lot of detail in that I didn't get reading it. Definitely a great performance!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The detailed characterization, fantastic setting and the slow burn horror King can do so well.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where Wendy and Jack face off towards the end of the stormy


    If you could rename The Shining, what would you call it?

    The Overlook


    Any additional comments?

    Great reading of a fantastic book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Matilda

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Roald Dahl
    • Narrated By Kate Winslet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (126)

    "The Trunchbull" is no match for Matilda! Matilda is a sweet, exceptional young girl, but her parents think she's just a nuisance. She expects school to be different but there she has to face Miss Trunchbull, a kid-hating terror of a headmistress. When Matilda is attacked by the Trunchbull she suddenly discovers she has a remarkable power with which to fight back. It'll take a superhuman genius to give Miss Trunchbull what she deserves and Matilda may be just the one to do it!

    Jane says: "This is feel-good."
    "A wonderful kid's story that adults love too!"
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    If you could sum up Matilda in three words, what would they be?

    Magical, warm, funny


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Matilda of course. I love how resourceful and caring she is.


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

    I thought she did a great job bringing all the characters to life and made it more vivid.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    There was already a movie that is actually very good. I have no idea what the tag line would be.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a delightful story that is sure to win over the child in your life. Matilda is a very strong little heroine who makes the most of her circumstances, values education and has good morals in spite of her lousy parents. She is definitely a character you will want to root for.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2826)
    Performance
    (2569)
    Story
    (2586)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Entertaining, thought provoking prison story."
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    What did you love best about Orange is the New Black?

    The story was very entertaining and shows why the "fish out of water" scenario is always entertaining. I really enjoyed hearing about how she adjusted, made friends and found herself in prison and also how she tried to highlight the issues with the criminal justice system.


    What other book might you compare Orange is the New Black to and why?

    I can't think of any off the top of my head.


    Have you listened to any of Cassandra Campbell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I thought she gave a fantastic performance and never once did her reading take me out of the moment. She had to do a variety of accents, characters and ethnicities and I thought she did a good job.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I listened to it on a road trip going to some fun locations and still regretted when I had to turn it off!


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely not for everyone, I found this story to be entertaining and true to the viewpoint of the person telling it. Some have criticized the fact she wasn't always culturally competent but if that's who she is, its really no big surprise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By David Wong
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (972)
    Performance
    (917)
    Story
    (926)

    Warning: You may have a huge, invisible spider living in your skull. This is not a metaphor. You will dismiss this as ridiculous fearmongering. Dismissing things as ridiculous fearmongering is, in fact, the first symptom of parasitic spider infection - the creature secretes a chemical into the brain to stimulate skepticism, in order to prevent you from seeking a cure. That’s just as well, since the “cure” involves learning what a chain saw tastes like. You can’t feel the spider, because it controls your nerve endings.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Velvet Jesus Painting, My Jimmies Are Rustled"
    "Hilarious, twisted, disgusting and entertaining."
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    Would you listen to This Book Is Full of Spiders again? Why?

    Absolutely. It was a horror book that managed to be both horrifying and often laugh out loud funny. The characters are well developed, the story never really lags and its so bizarre and squishy you will often find yourself going "Eww" even as your laughing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of This Book Is Full of Spiders?

    When David is escaping through the tunnel towards the end. The spiders in his bedroom!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think the creepiest is when he is initially attacked by the spiders.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I definitely could.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable horror/comedy book. Dark comedy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Green Mile

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    Overall
    (1717)
    Performance
    (790)
    Story
    (794)

    At Cold Mountain Penitentiary, the convicted killers on E Block await their turn to walk the Green Mile and keep a date with the electric chair. Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working as a guard on the Mile, but he's never met anyone like John Coffey.

    Orita says: "Both the book and the reader were just plain great"
    "A great Stephen King novel."
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    Where does The Green Mile rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's towards the top.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    John Coffey because he was a gentle soul and a truly good person.


    Have you listened to any of Frank Muller’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, he always does a good job and has narrated other stories from Stephen King such as Apt Pupil and The Body.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Green Mile and why?

    Percy because he's such a little twerp.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (420)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (335)

    At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance, and a cautionary tale about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering "the cause of generation and life" and "bestowing animation upon lifeless matter", Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts. However, upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature's hideousness.

    Tad Davis says: "Great reading"
    "Frankenstein, even better than I expected."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Frankenstein is a wonderful horror story and the characters are iconic and amazingly crafted. I always thought I would like Dracula better but in the end Frankenstein is the better story. Simon Vance's performance was superb.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The monster. I can understand his emotions even if I didn't agree with what he did. The whole scene when he is with the family in the mountains is sad and well written.


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

    I think he brings a deeper sense of empathy to the monster. He also gives us great insight into Victor and both his selfishness and his guilt in what he has done.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    This book probably doesn't need another movie.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula [Audible Edition]

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Bram Stoker
    • Narrated By Alan Cumming, Tim Curry, Simon Vance, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2383)
    Performance
    (2176)
    Story
    (2202)

    The modern audience hasn't had a chance to truly appreciate the unknowing dread that readers would have felt when reading Bram Stoker's original 1897 manuscript. Most modern productions employ campiness or sound effects to try to bring back that gothic tension, but we've tried something different. By returning to Stoker's original storytelling structure - a series of letters and journal entries voiced by Jonathan Harker, Dr. Van Helsing, and other characters - with an all-star cast of narrators, we've sought to recapture its originally intended horror and power.

    N. Houghton says: "Gothic Horror Never Sounded So Good"
    "It's Dracula."
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    What did you love best about Dracula [Audible Edition]?

    The voices are very well done and I love how somebody sprung for a cast instead of having one voice do it all. I think it really made this story come to life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    In its best moments its brilliant and scary.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

    Honestly, the whole cast did a great job.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, even though its a classic I though the pacing was a little uneven. Sometimes I couldn't put it down and other times I was a little bored. I like Frankenstein better.


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone should experience Dracula once and I think this audiobook would probably be one of the best ways.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Let Me In

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By John Ajvide Lindqvist
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (288)

    Let Me In is the horrific tale of Oskar and Eli. It begins with the grizzly discovery of the body of a teenage boy, emptied of blood. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last - revenge for all the bad things the bullies at school do to him. While Oskar is fascinated by the murder, it is not the most important thing in his life. A new girl has moved in next door. They become friends. Then something more. But there is something wrong with her, something odd.

    neil says: "Not for everyone"
    "Dark, twisted but ultimately a well written story."
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    What made the experience of listening to Let Me In the most enjoyable?

    I really felt like Oskar and Eli were interesting and fascinating characters and both are well drawn.


    What other book might you compare Let Me In to and why?

    I can't think of any book like this one.


    What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

    He did a decent job. I can't remember anything specific but at the end of the day I stayed in the book and wasn't taken out of it by anything he did or did not do.


    If you could take any character from Let Me In out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    None of them. I'd be more likely to do therapy with them!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bag of Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2385)
    Performance
    (987)
    Story
    (994)

    Even four years after the sudden death of his wife, best selling novelist Mike Noonan can't stop grieving, nor can he return to his writing. He moves into his isolated house by the lake, which becomes the site of ghostly visitations, ever-escalating nightmares, and the sudden recovery of his writing ability. What are the forces that have been unleashed here - and what do they want of Mike Noonan?

    Amazon Customer says: "My Favorite King Novel"
    "Slow starter but worth the investment of time!"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Yeah, I probably would have struggled if I was reading it because the beginning definitely starts a little slow. I tried to read it awhile back and ended up putting it down. King's narration brings it to life.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    When the main character is swimming in the lake and the bad guys are throwing rocks at him!


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    He does a good job tying the back story of the town, his own life and the present together and I felt like everything felt plausible in the world he set up.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    This was a perfect book for King to narrate out of his catalog because the character is fairly similar to him and it was plausible.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    This is a great Stephen King book but definitely time consuming. I didn't regret the time I spent on this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (17846)
    Performance
    (15870)
    Story
    (15826)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "Fantastic Stephen King yarn!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. This story was so engrossing and involving. I felt like I had been through a lot by the time I got done reading. It's a huge book but it felt like it went by really fast. The characters, the details of the different eras and locations and the wild imagination of it all is both fascinating and riveting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The lead character.


    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    Overall he does a good job narrating and I felt like he really captured the main character.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Nothing extreme all though I was really involved. I definitely couldn't wait to get back to it when I got in the car every day!


    Any additional comments?

    Craig Wasson's voicing of women isn't the best and at times made me giggle. Especially in the more intimate moments featured in the novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9694)
    Performance
    (7191)
    Story
    (7229)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    Tim says: "True Blood PG13"
    "Right in the middle of the road for me."
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    What did you like best about A Discovery of Witches? What did you like least?

    The world building is very well done and I liked a good majority of the characters. The whole genetic evolution idea is unique and interesting and I felt like it was all unique enough to not feel like I had been there and done that. This book could have used some ruthless editing. There is way too much padding in the action. Also, putting in the horror category is not accurate at all! Honestly, if it would have been labeled the romance it actually is I probably wouldn't have gotten it. There is only so much drinking tea, yoga, culinary decision making and snowflake gazes I can handle before I get bored.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The idea of genetic evolution between the demons, witches and vampires. The politics and everything was cool. Of course, some elements seemed like a smart more intellectual version of elements in Twilight yet it works well because its written with a sense of authenticity. The romance element is the least interesting because A. It's something we've seen before and B.) there is very little tension in the relationship.


    Have you listened to any of Jennifer Ikeda’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've only heard her on this one but based on this I would listen to her again if she did a book I would be interested in. Her accents are amazing! When I first started the book I thought she sounded a little like Velma from Scooby Doo but that went away after a bit and its dizzying how many different voices she did and how they were all fairly distinctive.


    Did A Discovery of Witches inspire you to do anything?

    Yeah, edit the heck out of my own writing!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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