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Shane

An avid sci-fi/fantasy reader for over 30 years.

Valparaiso, IN, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 720 titles in library
  • 53 purchased in 2014
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  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2305)
    Performance
    (2104)
    Story
    (2085)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "This is not my Roland"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I first began reading about Roland in 1986 when a customer at a bookstore where I worked was kind enough to loan me her hardcover. I read the opening couple of lines and I was hooked. It set up the situation perfectly. Unfortunately, this book doesn't really show much of the Roland I've grown to know over more than 25 years.

    I actually listened to the first two books in the series on audio cassettes as narrated by King. Unfortunately, I've not been able to track them down digitally anywhere so I'll end up converting them, but his narration had more life in the '80's.

    Yes, they're clear that The Wind Through the Keyhole is a story within a story within a story. It didn't seem so clear to me, however, that it has only a tenuous connection to the rest of the series. The best way that I can sum it up is that it's a fine story on it's own, but not a good Dark Tower story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    Overall
    (6837)
    Performance
    (5211)
    Story
    (5291)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Ridiculous! Still fun, though."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It's been out for a while and each time I'd seen it I'd just shake my head. Then, finally, I just had to give it a listen.
    I hadn't read a single review before I got this audiobook, so I didn't realize how much of a biography feel the book would have. I'm still not sure how I feel about it, and I'm even less sure that it felt important that the vampire hunter was Abraham Lincoln. I think that it could have been almost anyone else and the story could have been virtually identical. Sure, the politics stuff would have been absent, but that's really only a small part of the meat of this story.
    I didn't particularly dislike the story, but I didn't particularly care for it either. The concept was interesting enough to originally get my attention, as I'm sure was the intention. The execution wasn't nearly so interesting.
    Many more interesting vampire and vampire hunter stories are available in the world. This is just too much of a gimmick.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12511)
    Performance
    (10144)
    Story
    (10259)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
    "A nice change of pace"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I've been a fan of epic fantasy for years and this story is one of my favorites in years. The protagonist, Kvothe, deals with some of the typical trials and tribulation that are common in many fantasy novels, but it seems that each of the confrontations that endures are handled with much more flair than I'm accustomed to. A very fun listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swan Song

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3119)
    Performance
    (2719)
    Story
    (2758)

    Facing down an unprecedented malevolent enemy, the government responds with a nuclear attack. America as it was is gone forever, and now every citizen - from the President of the United States to the homeless on the streets of New York City - will fight for survival. In a wasteland born of rage and fear, populated by monstrous creatures and marauding armies, earth's last survivors have been drawn into the final battle between good and evil, that will decide the fate of humanity.

    Amanda says: "Simply an Amazing Story"
    "Pale shadow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    For such long story I was surprised at the fact that I really found none of the main characters very interesting at all. The title character, Swan, wasn't particularly engaging.

    The Stand by Stephen King is another post-apocalyptic story with supernatural elements, but the characters stand out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shack

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Wm. Paul Young
    • Narrated By Roger Mueller
    Overall
    (4044)
    Performance
    (1674)
    Story
    (1724)

    Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare.

    Renato says: "much more than I expected"
    "Very poor writing"
    Overall

    I won't focus on the theological blunders, though there are a few. No, I'll simply focus on the fact that it's very poorly written. This book had very juvenile sentence structure and use of language. Combine those problems with the "point of view" switch and I'm amazed that it was ever published. I've seen other people complain that they couldn't give zero stars. Now I understand why.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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