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Nellie

Independence, ks | Member Since 2003

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  • Life Expectancy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (828)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (193)

    Jimmy Tock comes into the world on the very night his grandfather leaves it. As a violent storm rages outside the hospital, Rudy Tock spends long hours walking the corridors between the expectant fathers' waiting room and his dying father's bedside. It's a strange vigil made all the stranger when, at the very height of the storm's fury, Josef Tock suddenly sits up in bed and speaks coherently for the first and last time since his stroke.

    mdd says: "New life for Koontz"
    "refried scenarios"
    Overall

    I am a Koontz fan but...is this the third Koontz book I've read where one of the antagonist eats a spider during his character development? What's that all about?

    Not at all crazy about this book. He's had way better. I think he's trying fill his contract quota because I recognize scenarios pulled out of his other books..

    Reader is too melodramatic, he sounds like a motivational speaker overplaying and exaggerating the antagonists.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Lovely Bones

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Alice Sebold
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    Overall
    (524)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    It may be difficult to imagine a life-affirming book which begins with the main character, a 14-year-old girl, recounting her rape and murder, but Alice Sebold's debut novel is just such a book. Having received advance critical acclaim that before now was reserved only for literary giants, this book will no doubt invite comparisons to works such as Tracy Chevalier's The Girl with the Pearl Earring and Toni Morrison's Beloved.

    Susanne W. says: "Don't Pass It Up!!!"
    "Eye Rolling Ugh"
    Overall

    Haunting? Creepy? I couldn?t stop yawning.. this book almost sapped the life right out of me! Being her first book it reminds me of my friend who is an aspiring novelist herself. My friend makes up metaphors or finds an unusual word in the dictionary and builds a sentence or even a whole paragraph around it just because she likes the way it sounds. And I believe this author did that too because some of the metaphors and adjectives seemed unnecessarily placed.

    What a mopy dead person Suzy was and Mom was mopy and kooky and I never did understand why mom did what she did (maybe not enough character development). Everybody was so mopy and melancholic that I was forever rolling my eyes at their unlikely behavior. Even after Suzy?s reunited with Holiday and Granpa their reunions are flat and any joy that is express by the author is left for dead by the reader. I?m sure she?s a good reader ? but not for this book ? to staccato all the words seem to come out tat tat tat tat putting the same tone and attitude in all their voices ? hardly any inflection. The only person she did any justice for was grandma. Which gave grandma a lot of spunk. Maybe it?s the reader that took all the intended feeling out of this book. My readers of choice would have been Matt Dillon, Anna Fields or Keith Szarabajka.

    The author should have really ran with psychic Ruth except the author chose to make Ruth continually withhold experiences.

    Mr. Harvey?s trinket trophies? The ones in the drain? What happened to those? I thought for sure those would slip back into the story, even help with his capture, but no. Even his long awaited demise was an eye rolling ugh.

    The ONLY thing that kept me going was the other reviews. With all the positive reviews I kept thinkin? these folks say its great! They can?t all be wrong, it?s GOT to get better.
    For me it never did.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful

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